Cuprinol Garden Shades

  4.9/5.0 (100 reviews)
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Wood type and application method can vary coverage.

  • A water-based garden paint for all types of exterior wood
  • Perfect for sheds, fences and other garden wood
  • Weather-proofs, colours and protects
  • Offers up to 4 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
  • Washable and waterproof
  • Low V.O.C
Brand Cuprinol
No. of coats 2
Coverage Up to 10 per litre
Drying time hr
Size 50ml Sample, 1L, 2.5L
MPN 5192608, 5192609, 5192785, 5192670, 5192687, 5232405, 5232406, 5192671, 5232404, 5192672, 5192684, 5192683, 5192674, 5245182, 5192682, 5192676, 5192677, 5192686, 5192678, 5192679, 5192689, 5192801, 5192803, 5192681, 5192680, 5092572, 5122390, 5092588, 5232365, 5083471, 5122392, 5092611, 5092582, 5083478, 5083482, 5092607, 5122391, 5122247, 5092592, 5083483, 5092573, 5083469, 5122395, 5092589, 5092604, 5232386, 5232387, 5083472, 5232385, 5092557, 5122397, 5092612, 5092586, 5244439, 5092583, 5083479, 5092567, 5092608, 5092577, 5122396, 5122393, 5159075, 5159077, 5092593, 5083484
GTIN 5010212575048, 5010212575062, 5010212576359, 5010212575086, 5010212576250, 5010212614327, 5010212614358, 5010212575109, 5010212614303, 5010212575123, 5010212576199, 5010212576175, 5010212575161, 5010212619445, 5010212576151, 5010212575208, 5010212575222, 5010212576236, 5010212575246, 5010212575260, 5010212576298, 5010212576458, 5010212576496, 5010212575307, 5010212575284, 5010368061457, 5010212557426, 5010368066162, 5010212614235, 5010368060382, 5010212557440, 5010212512777, 5010212512739, 5010368060887, 5010368061013, 5010212503119, 5010212557433, 5010212557402, 5010368066261, 5010368061112, 5010368061419, 5010368060177, 5010212557471, 5010368066124, 5010212503096, 5010212614242, 5010212614259, 5010368060375, 5010212614228, 5010368060573, 5010212557495, 5010212512746, 5010368066025, 5010212619438, 5010212512708, 5010368060870, 5010368061068, 5010212503126, 5010212476598, 5010212557488, 5010212557457, 5010212562901, 5010212562925, 5010368066223, 5010368061167

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 shine through.

Can be applied with the Cuprinol Spray and Brush sprayer.

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 50ml, enough to cover an area of approximately 12 square inches or 30 centimetres, depending on the type and condition of the wood.

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

  • Brush wooden surfaces with a stiff brush or broom to remove surface dirt, debris, mould, algae and moss
  • Areas affected by mould, mildew, algae and fungi should first be treated with a mould and mildew cleaner
  • All rotten timber must be cut out and replaced
  • Any existing surface coatings such as paints, stains and varnishes must be fully removed back to clean, bare wood, by sanding or stripping

Bare or untreated garden wood can be pre-treated with an exterior wood preservative prior to painting if required. 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 test area before starting any project to check suitability and compatibility. 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.

Brush Application

  1. Thoroughly stir the paint before and during application to ensure a consistent colour.
  2. Brush on evenly along the wood grain.
  3. Allow 8 hours between coats.

Spraying Cuprinol Shades

  1. Shake contents of the tin thoroughly before pouring into a Cuprinol sprayer. Please Note: This product is 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 over-spray should be cleaned up immediately (whilst still wet) with water and household detergent

Please note: 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.

On areas subject to wear, such as garden furniture, allow Cuprinol garden paint to dry for a few days before heavy use or contact with soft furnishings such as throws and cushions.

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

Q. Can I use Cuprinol Garden Shades 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.

100 customer reviews
Lovely colour for something a bit different on a fence by Mrs A

Quite thin paint, but goes on well and good coverage. A nice alternative for fences. I've also used it on raised beds and gates.

Reviewed 2.5L, Summer Damson on: 03/03/17
Nice colour to blend fence into background by Mrs A

Good coverage from a thinner paint. Works well to blend back fence into surrounding hedges and make garden appear larger.

Reviewed 2.5L, Urban Slate on: 03/03/17
Very good fast delivery great by Paul Fisher


Reviewed 2.5L, Deep Russet on: 08/02/17
Sample only to test suitability for new outdoor shed by George Linsley

sample only and decided not to purchase the larger size tin as advised pressure treated timber and not necessary to paint over,however may decide to purchase a clear timber presreve in the spring/sumer of 2017.

Reviewed 50ml Sample, Sage on: 30/12/16
Just love it by Lynn Wilson

Goes on great,dries quickly,looks great. Good range of colours to chose from.

Reviewed 2.5L, Seasoned Oak on: 26/12/16
New tin to re coat existing timber sleeper wall next year by Alan Wanless

Great product

Reviewed 2.5L, Dusky Gem on: 20/12/16
I saw, it came, I painted by Mr Matheson
Reviewed 2.5L, Sage on: 12/11/16
Excellent by Ann Ramsbottom

We painted our new picket fence at the front of the house. It took two coats - the fence was previously seasoned- and it looks great. Really pleased with the final result. The grains of the wood show through which is exactly what we wanted. All good!

Reviewed 2.5L, White Daisy on: 12/11/16
Stunning Delivery time for Online Purchase by Mr K Leppingwell

I have used this product in the past and I needed a quality protective finish for my new wooden allotment shed. This product does the job, based on past usage, so I searched for Cuprinol on line. Wood Direct Finishes came out top on price. The shed now looks great and will be weather protected for a number of years.

Reviewed 2.5L, Somerset Green on: 11/11/16
Excellent paint would not use anything other then Cuprinol by Joyce Bradley

I used forest mushroom to cover Holly it covered brilliantly

Reviewed 2.5L, Forest Mushroom on: 10/11/16
Brilliant product by Patsy Mayor

A really good product for my fence and a good price. Have used this company several times and always great customer service. Quick delivery. Item packed well. Thank you. Will be using Wood finishing direct again without hesitation.

Reviewed 2.5L, Barleywood on: 02/11/16
Great product by Patsy Mayor

Really nice colour. My wooden trough looks great. A good price. Excellent customer service as always. Will use again.

Reviewed 1L, Summer Damson on: 02/11/16
Love the colour, easy to apply by Christine Harry

Had used the colour before and wanted to touch up areas of fencing that had been exposed after cutting big plants back. A nice easy on the eye colour looks great in good or bad weather.

Reviewed 2.5L, Urban Slate on: 27/10/16
Works well, although next time I'd choose a colour that's available in bigger tins by Aaron Whiffin

Doesn't go as far as it says on tin, unsure if that's the wood I was using or the fact that the wife seemed to paint the grass, patio and everything else in the garden. Next time use a colour that's more readily available (i.e. in 5L tins) as it'll work out cheaper and the colours are virtually the same. As for the supplier, they were very cheap, and delivered quickly. Would use again

Reviewed 2.5L, Forest Mushroom on: 25/10/16
Always use Garden Shades to protect exterior wood (fences, sheds etc) by Rod Wicks

Excellent price and super delivery.

Reviewed 2.5L, Sage on: 08/10/16
Superb by S G DANIEL

Placed on the wooden shutters of my french house 12 years ago, without removal of old paint , the very high sun temperatures have had no detrimental effect and the finish looks as good as when placed. Excellent product.

Reviewed 2.5L, Old English Green on: 25/09/16
Very good by Martin Gibson

Good colour cover and easy to apply.

Reviewed 2.5L, Dusky Gem on: 19/09/16
It does what it says on the tin - what more can one ask for by Jan Benfield

Cuprinol is a good preservative, easy to apply and long lasting

Reviewed 2.5L, Old English Green on: 17/09/16
Excellent product by Margaret Jones

Painted our new summerhouse in Natural Stone had to give it two coats really pleased with the result excellent delivery would definitely recommend

Reviewed 2.5L, Natural Stone on: 16/09/16
Yes I have brought this item on more than one occasion by Stephen Northrop

This product gives good coverage and goes a long way . I have painted all my fences and garden buildings .

Reviewed 2.5L, Natural Stone on: 14/09/16