Barrettine Decking Stain

  4.9/5.0 (142 reviews)
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Wood type and application method can vary coverage.

  • Premium quality oil that stains, protects and nourishes
  • Suitable for use on decking, sheds, fences and other garden wood
  • Excellent water repellency, beads rain thereby stopping water ingress
  • Contains UV Stabilisers to protect wood from the suns harmful UV rays
  • Prevents wood from splitting and warping
  • Safe for humans, animals and plants once dry
  • Solvent-based formulation for deep penetration
Brand Barrettine
No. of coats 1-2
Coverage Up to 8 per litre
Drying time 12 hrs
Size 2.5L, 5L
MPN DTRC2.5, DTCL2.5, DTDO2.5, DTCP2.5, DTRO2.5, DTRC005, DTCL005, DTDO005, DTCP005, DTRO005
GTIN 5015861552259, 5015861550255, 5015861553256, 05015861551252, 5015861554253, 5015861003010, 5015861002815, 5015861002853, 5015861002839, 5015861002990

Barrettine Decking Stain is perfect for all softwood and hardwood decking. Can also be used to colour and protect a wide range of other exterior wooden fixtures and fittings including sheds, fences, summerhouses and other garden wood.

Find out more about how to protect your decking from the effects of weather and sunshine in our blog.

Decking stain is an essential product for keeping your garden decking in good condition, making it look good for longer and last longer too. Our blog post about decking maintenance reveals more.

Decked areas to be treated should be clean, dry and free from dirt, debris and other surface contaminates.

New Decking Preparation

For all bare wood decking including tantalised, pressure treated and preservative impregnated decking timbers.

New softwood decking

  1. Treat with a suitable exterior wood preservative for the best protection
  2. If possible, preserve all sides including end grain prior to installation
  3. Sweep the decking with a stiff broom to remove all traces of surface dirt and debris
  4. Use a suitable decking cleaner if required before staining

New hardwood decking

Hardwood decking usually requires a period of weathering to allow the surface grain to open up. This allows for better absorption of the decking staining. Check the decking manufacturer's guidance on how long decking should be left to weather before treating.

Old Decking Preparation

Old coating type finishes such as decking paints, varnishes and varnish type stains must be fully removed back to bare wood before staining. Depending on the condition and type of finish, it may require more than one attempt to fully remove the old coating.

  1. Ensure that all 'coating' type finishes have been fully removed to expose bare wood by either jet washing or using a dedicated decking stripper and remover
  2. Old oil finishes should be cleaned thoroughly with a suitable decking cleaner
  3. For decking affected by mould, algae or moss, or to restore the colour of decking that has turned grey or silver over time, use a decking restorer or reviver gel
  4. For the best protection, treat with a suitable exterior wood preservative
  5. If possible, preserve all sides including end grain prior to installation
  6. Sweep the decking with a stiff broom to remove all traces of surface dirt and debris before staining

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 Barrettine Decking Stain in wet conditions or if rain, frost or snow is likely before the product is dry.

  1. Stir thoroughly before and periodically during application
  2. Apply a thin, even film of decking stain with a suitable decking applicator
  3. Work the decking stain in to the surface of the wood grain
  4. Wipe off any excess deck stain with a clean lint free cloth
  5. Allow the first coat to dry inline with environmental conditions
  6. Apply a second coat as above
  7. Allow 24 hours to dry before subjecting to heavy foot traffic

One to two coats of Barrettine Decking Stain are usually sufficient but this may vary depending on the type and condition of the decking timbers.

Regular Cleaning

To preserve the look and performance of the stained finish for longer it is recommended that decked areas are swept with a stiff broom on a regular basis. This is to remove loose leaves, dirt and other organic matter that can settle on the deck and in the grooves, which can degrade or damage the finish and decking timbers over time.

If signs of mould or algae appear, use an appropriate decking cleaner. The condition of wooden decking should be inspected on a regular basis and treated as required.

Deep Cleaning

Scuff marks, stains, grease and other surface contaminates can normally be cleaned with a decking cleaner. Stubborn marks and stains may require a light sanding and a thin application of stain to restore.


High foot traffic areas that start to appear worn or tired, or that are losing the ability to repel water effectively can be easily restored. First clean with a suitable decking cleaner then re-apply a thin coat of Barrettine Decking Stain to the affected area for an invisible repair.

142 customer reviews
Does exactly what it says on the tin and more by C OWEN

Having used many other proprietary products over the years I find the Barrettine products are far superior and economical.

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 11/02/17
No problems with ordering & delivery by Jackie Robb

this product is very good value for money this is my 2nd time buying this

Reviewed 5L, Clear on: 05/11/16
Excellent by David Jackson

Very good quality product and easy to use. Got an excellent result

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 21/09/16
Quick, easy and great result by Mark

The product is great, applied one coat in about 45 mins, decking area was 22 feet x 11 feet. The oil had a stain within it and it was exactly what we were after. It also cost cheaper thans some other premium brands, so better on the pocket. One tip, apply with a decking brush on a broom handle, saves your knees!

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 19/09/16
Quick, easy and great result by Mark

The product is great, applied one coat in about 45 mins, decking area was 22 feet x 11 feet. The oil had a stain within it and it was exactly what we were after. It also cost cheaper thans some other premium brands, so better on the pocket. One tip, apply with a decking brush on a broom handle, saves your knees!

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 19/09/16
Great product, lovely colour, easy to apply by .

Nice colour, easy to apply, leaves nice finish, looks natural

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 11/09/16
Great product Went on really easily by Avril Moulds

I am not the greatest at DIY so the thought of giving my decking a new lease of life was not appealing. However Battenttine decking stain was easy to use and looked fabulous. It actually looks quite professional. I may even attempt more DIY in the future.

Reviewed 5L, Rosewood on: 08/09/16
Looks good, hopefully it will do the job and stop our grandchildren getting splinters in their feet! by Mrs C Hope

Great service from this company, well informed and helpful staff

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 01/09/16
Does a great job by Les Shaw

Used on garden furniture it took 24 to dry but gives a beautiful finish. I am now going to use it on Decking after seeing how easy it was to use on furniture

Reviewed 2.5L, Cedar Red on: 01/09/16
Easy to use Great coverage Lovely colour by Andrew

Very easy to usee with great coverage and lovely colour. Colour deepens with subsequent coats to achieve your desired tone.

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 17/08/16
This product is brilliant and preserves my decking and revives the timber beautifully by DAVID WILSON

Excellent value

Reviewed 5L, Clear on: 13/08/16
Best on the market by Jason Wood

Excellent product, I have used barrettine a few times now and the level of protection provided to the decking leaves the competition standing...all I can say is don't waste your money on another brand and end up doing the job twice.. You won't be disappointed at the results

Reviewed 5L, Clear on: 09/08/16
Good service and price by Colin Payne

Excellent product

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 01/08/16
Best decking stain ever by Linda Maddox

This stuff is great. Having tried other products, (Ronseal, Cuprinol) in the past and been disappointed, I did a bit of research this time and was impressed by the reviews about Barrentine's deck stain. They were all correct; it went on like a dream and since we finished the job everyone has been very complimentary. Our decking looks good and I'm confident it will do so for a good few years.

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 29/07/16
Great product by Maxine DALE

Easy to apply and gives a deep professional finish.

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 26/07/16
Stunning Finish by Maxine DALE

This oil is so easy to apply and gives a deep, professional finish. Has totally transformed our decking.

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 26/07/16
Excellent Product by Paul Stroud

I had been looking for a good product to re stain my decking after having stripped it back to bare wood.Spent ages looking at the usual Cuprinol and Ronseal products then came across the Barrettine range that had very good customer reviews. Purchased the 5L Dark Oak decking oil stain from Wood Finishes Direct, prompt delivery and very well packaged. The first liquid coat easily soaked into the bare wood, simply to apply by brush. After 24 hours I applied a second coat which give a richer and darker finish. Once dried it looks lovely and still have quarter of the tin left. Very pleased with this product and will certainly purchase again when required. The previous water based decking stain had peeled and flaked but I am hopeful this oil based stain will not. (although I accept it will need a re coat every year or two).

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 21/07/16
Literally does what it says on the can by Pat McFadyen

Did a great job of sprucing up very tired decking

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 24/06/16
Excellent does exactly what it says by Pamela Sweeney

goes on easy. my decking looks amazing. and you still see the natural wood knots. my neighbour's have asked me where I got it and family members. i have taken photos with my plants on it and the contrast is stunning. excellent fast delivery a pleasure.

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 23/06/16
Wonderful product - protects and colours your wood beautifully! by Debbie B

Having already used Wood-Finishes before I knew the company was very reliable. Plus I had bought the Barretine Wood Preserver (in Golden Brown) last time for my fence panels and it made them look like new. And with the decking stain I was not disappointed. The dark oak is a beautiful rich dark brown with a hue of red and now my old decking looks like it has just been laid. Highly recommend the company and the product.

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 22/06/16