Cuprinol Garden Shades

  4.8/5.0   167 reviews
You'll need enter area above for 2 coats (Recommended)

Wood type and application can vary coverage

  • A water-based garden paint for all types of exterior wood
  • Perfect for sheds, fences, garden furniture and other garden wood
  • Washable and waterproof
  • Resistant to the effects of weathering
  • Offers up to 6 years protection
  • Can be brush or spray applied
  • Allows the natural texture of the wood grain to show through
  • Dries to a natural matt finish in just one hour
  • Available in a range of striking colours
  • Low V.O.C content
Brand Cuprinol
No. of coats 2
Coverage Up to 10 per litre
Drying time hr
Size 30ml Sample, 1L, 2.5L, 5L
MPN 5207085, 5207086, 5207087, 5207088, 5207089, 5207120, 5227921, 5207121, 5227922, 5227926, 5207122, 5227930, 5245283, 5207124, 5207125, 5207127, 5207128, 5207129, 5227947, 5207130, 5227950, 5227953, 5207131, 5207132, 5207133, 5207134, 5207135, 5207136, 5207137, 5207138, 5207139, 5207140, 5207141, 5207142, 5207143, 5207144, 5207145, 5092572, 5159073, 5092596, 5122390, 5092588, 5244471, 5232365, 5083471, 5244472, 5083473, 5122392, 5092611, 5092582, 5232363, 5232364, 5092579, 5083478, 5083482, 5092607, 5092551, 5122391, 5159072, 5122247, 5159074, 5092559, 5092592, 5083483, 5092573, 5083469, 5122395, 5092589, 5092604, 5232386, 5232387, 5083472, 5232385, 5092557, 5122397, 5092612, 5092586, 5244439, 5092583, 5083479, 5092567, 5092608, 5244438, 5092577, 5122396, 5122393, 5159075, 5159077, 5092593, 5083484, 5092574, 5092549, 5244440, 5092590, 5092553, 5218983, 5092613, 5122398, 5092568, 5092594, 5092570
GTIN 5010212584446, 5010212584453, 5010212584460, 5010212584477, 5010212584484, 50102125207120, 5227921, 5010212584507, 5010212610589, 5227926, 5010212584514, 5010212610664, 5010212619520, 5010212584538, 5010212584545, 5010212584569, 5010212584576, 5010212584583, 5227947, 5010212584590, 5227950, 5010212610893, 5010212584606, 5010212584613, 5010212584620, 5010212584637, 5010212584644, 5010212584651, 5010212584668, 5207138, 5010212584682, 5010212584699, 5010212584705, 5010212584712, 5010212584729, 5010212584736, 5010212584743, 5010368061457, 5010212562888, 5010368066360, 5010212557426, 5010368066162, 5010212619377, 5010212614235, 5010368060382, 5010212619407, 5010368060481, 5010212557440, 5010212512777, 5010212512739, 5010212614204, 5010212614211, 5010212476567, 5010368060887, 5010368061013, 5010212503119, 5010368060283, 5010212557433, 5010212562871, 5010212557402, 5010212562895, 5010368060689, 5010368066261, 5010368061112, 5010368061419, 5010368060177, 5010212557471, 5010368066124, 5010212503096, 5010212614242, 5010212614259, 5010368060375, 5010212614228, 5010368060573, 5010212557495, 5010212512746, 5010368066025, 5010212619438, 5010212512708, 5010368060870, 5010368061068, 5010212503126, 5010212619469, 5010212476598, 5010212557488, 5010212557457, 5010212562901, 5010212562925, 5010368066223, 5010368061167, 5010368061440, 5010212535851, 5010212619476, 5010212513088, 5010368060344, 5010212593653, 5010212535868, 5010212557501, 5010368061143, 5010368066247, 5010212490242

Cuprinol Garden Shades has been specially developed to colour and protect sheds, fences and other garden wood. Its special pigments ensure a rich colour that allows the natural texture of the wood grain to show through. It can also be used on terracotta, brick and stone surfaces.

Not sure which colour to choose? Cuprinol Garden Shades tester pots allow you to sample a range of colours before deciding which is best for your project. Cuprinol tester pots contain 30ml, enough to cover an area of approximately 12 square inches or 30 centimetres, depending on the type and condition of the wood.

Looking for an alternative coloured finish for garden wood? Try one of the following products from the Cuprinol range:

Product Use
Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback A water-repellent wood treatment for garden sheds, fences and rough sawn timbers
Cuprinol One Coat Sprayable Fence Treatment A water-based, sprayable wood treatment for garden fences and sheds
Cuprinol Shed and Fence Protector A protective wood treatment for garden sheds, fences and all rough sawn and smooth planed garden wood

Ensure that wooden surfaces to be treated are clean, dry and free from surface dirt and debris before painting.

  1. Brush wooden surfaces with a stiff brush or broom to remove surface dirt, debris, mould, algae and moss
  2. Areas affected by mould, mildew, algae and fungi should first be treated with a mould and mildew cleaner
  3. All rotten timber must be cut out and replaced
  4. Any existing surface coatings such as paints, stains and varnishes must be fully removed back to clean, bare wood, by sanding or using a suitable wood stripper, such as Cuprinol Stain Stripper
  5. If the wood surface is looking worn or has greyed from sun damage and the effects of weathering, Cuprinol Greyaway Restorer or Cuprinol Garden Furniture Restorer can be used to revive the wood before painting
  6. Any holes, gaps or splits in the surface of the wood can be filled with Cuprinol All Purpose Wood Filler or Cuprinol Ultra Tough Wood Filler
  7. Bare or untreated garden wood can be pre-treated with Cuprinol Wood Preserver Clear (BP) prior to painting if required

Please Note It is important that any wood preservative used does not contain wax, oil or silicon as these will penetrate the wood and repel any water-based product that is applied on top.

Always do a small test area before beginning any project to assess the colour and compatibility of the finish. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the tin at all times.

Do not apply in temperatures below 5℃, in damp conditions or if rain is likely before the product has dried. Low air temperature and or high humidity may prolong the overall drying time of the product. Cuprinol Garden Shades can be applied with a Cuprinol Woodcare Brush or spray applicator.

Brush Application

  1. Stir Cuprinol Shades paint thoroughly before and during application to ensure a consistent colour
  2. Apply evenly along the wood grain using a good quality brush
  3. Allow 8 hours drying time between coats
  4. Apply second coat as above

Please Note: The second coat must be applied the same day as the first. If the first coat is left to dry overnight then the second coat will not adhere to the surface correctly.

Spraying Cuprinol Shades

  1. Shake contents of the tin thoroughly before decanting into Cuprinol Spray and Brush sprayer (not suitable for use with the Cuprinol Power Sprayer)
  2. Refer to the sprayer user guide for full instructions before every use
  3. Cover any nearby surfaces to protect from over-spray
  4. Any overspray should be cleaned up immediately (whilst still wet) with water and household detergent

On areas subject to wear, such as garden furniture, allow Cuprinol Garden Shades paint to dry for a few days before heavy use or contact with soft furnishings such as throws and cushions. The colour shade of the final finish may differ to that of the website and the tin when dry. This is down to the type and natural colouration of the wood being treated.

Regular Cleaning

Surfaces painted with Cuprinol Garden Shades can be cleaned at regular intervals with a dampened, lint-free cloth or Cuprinol Garden Furniture Cleaner.


To maintain the surface finish and its protective properties, re-apply a fresh coat of Cuprinol Garden Shades if the surface starts to show signs of weathering, following the Preparation and Application instructions above.

Q. Can I use Cuprinol Shades Paint on decking?

A. Although ideal for decking balustrades and handrails, this garden paint is not durable enough for decking boards and will soon start to show signs of wear and tear. For alternative products suitable for decking, see our full Cuprinol product range.

Q. My garden shed and fence panels have been previously treated with decking oil. Can i now colour them with Cuprinol Garden Shades?

A. It depends on how long ago your shed and fence panels where oiled. Cuprinol Shades paint is a water based product so any remaining oil or wax from previous treatments will likely repel the paint. If the timbre hasn't been treated for a couple of years it may be OK. In situations like this we always recommend a test area before starting the main project to test adhesion.

Q. I want to use a wood preserver on my garden fencing before painting with Cuprinol Garden Shades. Which one should i use?

A. It's important that you use a wood preservative that doesn't contain wax, oil or silicon as these will prevent the paint from penetrating and adhering to the wood. Wood preservers that are advertised as being waterproof and resistant to weathering often contain wax, oil, silicon or a combination of these.

167 customer reviews
First order placed on 09/02/18 despatced but went into a "black hole" Replacement order despatched 13/02/18 received 14/02/18 Excellent recovery by Graham Adams

Not had chance to use it but well packed for transit

Reviewed 5L, Wild Thyme on: 14/02/18
First class product by Derrick Barlow

Great colour and finish. Easy to apply.

Reviewed 2.5L, Forget Me Not on: 12/02/18
Very good by Linda Dutson

Not used yet. Packed well. Came before date given. Will do business with you again.

Reviewed 5L, Natural Stone on: 11/02/18
An excellent product by Paul Fielding

This is a really easy paint to store, apply and in particular the way that it looks.

Reviewed 2.5L, Somerset Green on: 30/01/18
Good product easy to apply by Mr David Emm

Covers well but needs at least two coats.

Reviewed 2.5L, White Daisy on: 03/01/18
Lovely colour by Riaz Ravat

The colour was spot on but several coats needed to cover the product to satisfaction as the paint is not thick enough

Reviewed 2.5L, Silver Birch on: 27/12/17
A note from us...


Thank you for taking the time to offer some feedback for this product. The guide is for two coats with this product, however it can depend on the wood and the colour of the wood that you are applying to. Rough woods will take in more product resulting in a stronger colour whereas a smooth wood will absorb less and give a lighter/paler finish. Further coats can be added to intensify the colour if required.

We always recommend test ares first and this will give you guide as to how the paint will look on your wood and the Garden Shades are now available in sample sizes.

For more help and advice please feel free to call in a speak to one of our friendly advisers.

Kind regards Samantha.

Very impressed - easy to use and a great finish by Wintonian

This is my first purchase of Cuprinol Garden Shades and I have not done a lot of painting of any kind before so was nervous about tackling the painting of my new garden shed and pergola, but need not have worried. I have to say I am really impressed with this product - it was easy to apply (I used a fat new 4 inch wide brush), with virtually no running or dripping. The weather was dry and breezy and two coats dried easily within the guide time stated on the tin. It goes a long way in terms of coverage so I have plenty left for painting plant pots and other items. There were a few raised eyebrows over my intended choice of "purple paint" before I bought it, and although when wet the colour initially appears lighter and pinker than expected, it dries to a rich deep plum, especially after the second coat, and the doubters now all agree that it looks amazing, especially when contrasted with bright green plants. I don't think I will apply a third coat as the coverage is excellent, even over knots. . I was so pleased with the results that I also bought a tin of "Muted Clay" and painted the inside of the shed and the shelves - just one coat to give a "wash" effect and it looks very smart. Whichever colour you are considering, I would recommend buying a sample pot to check how the final result will look, depending on the original colour/age/condition of your wood. Even if you then decide to go for a different shade for your project you can use your test pot for brightening up something else in your garden.

Reviewed 2.5L, Summer Damson on: 27/12/17
Generally a good experience by Mr David Emm

Good product covers reasonably well but needs at least two coats.

Reviewed 2.5L, White Daisy on: 20/12/17
Very easy to use gives a nice looking professional finish by Harry Taylor

Very good quality product used up in the highlands of Scotland and back home beside the seaside. Gives all types of outside wood (sheds fences) a really good looking finish.

Reviewed 5L, Natural Stone on: 14/12/17
Easy to use, nice colour by L Bolton

Good consistency, no drips & easy to paint on...nice colour, best after 2 coats :)

Reviewed 2.5L, Muted Clay on: 11/12/17
Brilliant coverage with 2 coats and great smooth, even finish by John Shinton

2 coats went on very well and left a nice smooth finish.

Reviewed 5L, Coastal Mist on: 10/12/17
Good value, excellent product by Mike Anderson

This went on well, dried well even in not ideal conditions, and have made an ideal coat of paint.

Reviewed 2.5L, Dusky Gem on: 07/12/17
Excellent Very happy by Daniel McDade

Excellent product at a fraction of the cost from local stores. Delivered straight to the door. Very happy.

Reviewed 2.5L, Silver Birch on: 02/12/17
Great product, by Ray Kortlang

Easy to apply, covers well, seems to offer good protection and no sign of colour fading after 6 months.

Reviewed 2.5L, Dusky Gem on: 30/11/17
Great product, good coverage and seems to be lasting well by Ray Kortlang

Easy to apply, covers well, seems to offer good protection and no sign of colour fading after 6 months.

Reviewed 2.5L, Urban Slate on: 30/11/17
A Very good wood stain/finish by Andy Horwood

Easy to apply, covers extremely well and it goes a very long way. A very pleasing colour.

Reviewed 2.5L, Old English Green on: 27/11/17
Good quality paint by T Smith

Paint covers well and looks like it will last.

Reviewed 2.5L, Natural Stone on: 26/11/17
Good coverage by R MCCARTY

Main downside is that you have to apply 2 coats the same day to avoid rubbing down the first coat

Reviewed 2.5L, Fresh Rosemary on: 24/11/17
Prompt efficient service by Mr R Lambert

Product was as expected, did the job but needs minimum of two coats on new sawn timber.

Reviewed 5L, Pale Jasmine on: 23/11/17
Easy to apply and good coverage by Ken Moore

Seemed like a good price and plenty of colours to choose from. It really did do what it said on the tin.

Reviewed 2.5L, White Daisy on: 22/11/17