Barrettine Decking Stain

  4.9/5.0 (189 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
  • Penetrative oil based formula will not crack, peel or flake
  • 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, DTNO2.5, DTRO2.5, DORC005, DOCL005, DODO005, DOCP005, DONO005, DORO005
GTIN 5015861552259, 5015861550255, 5015861553256, 05015861551252, 5015861004604, 5015861554253, 5015861003010, 5015861002815, 5015861002853, 5015861002839, 5015861004628, 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.

189 customer reviews

A good product at a good price. Would definitely use again

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 14/06/17
Sadly the Light Oak was too Red for my garden by Pat Richards

Difficult to pour from the container without waste. Easy to apply but colour not as I envisaged from swatch shown on screen and can.

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 13/06/17

Great product, easy to use with tough hard wearing finish

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 11/06/17
It did what I bought it for by Alan Ford

Superb ! Easily applied,covered completely, not messy .I bought it to oil new decking and it was made a lot easier as this product is so easy to put marks !.

Reviewed 5L, Rosewood on: 05/06/17
Great finish and easy to use by Brendan Mcguire

Finally I've discovered how to treat wood. No more 'does what it says on the tin' rubbish for hard wood decking. This oil leaves a beautiful finish and although I used the clear stuff, it still creates a nice dark hue. Also liked the guidance on the website that explained what I should be doing and why and didn't try to sell me the most expensive product in the range.

Reviewed 5L, Clear on: 30/05/17
Easy to order and easy to use by Ian Douglas
Reviewed 5L, Rosewood on: 28/05/17
Excellent finish, better than the big boys! by Paul Clews

Dealing with the company is a pleasure as their products not only give value for money but, the durability and finish is far superior to the market leaders in my opinion. Spend some time reading what Trade people write and your home will look better!

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 22/05/17
Good value by Andrew Hegarty

Great Stain for a great price

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 12/05/17
Did exactly what it promised it wood do by John Donnelly

Very easy to use with it being oil based, i ordered 2 tins and it covered decking 30ft by 6ft including spindles, the decking wood seemed to be very dry and it soaked up the stain but after the second coat it came up well, I am pleased with the result and would use this product again without doubt.

Reviewed 5L, Cedar Red on: 08/05/17
Ideal for any external timber Seals and protects by J Arthur Jones

Excellent product, service and price. Thank you Wood Finishes Direct.

Reviewed 5L, Cedar Red on: 08/05/17
Good by Gillian Wilson

Good value for money product that does what it says on the tin

Reviewed 5L, Cedar Red on: 02/05/17
Easy to use, gives good protection by Chez Whillians

Bought this to put on my five year old decking. Really easy to cover it, easiest I've worked with. Lovely rain drops stay on the surface showing good seal and protection. Would recommend just hope it lasts!

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 30/04/17
Fantastic quality by Karol Salamonczyk

Really good oil, nice and rich colour , quick drying , i definitly buy this again next sezon

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 25/04/17
Excellent product by Christopher Morris

I bought Berretine after lookin into other brands i.e. Ronseal and found this to cover a larger area per litre and the price was much cheaper. Application was a breeze with a decking mop and pole and I could see the oil soak into the wood. The rain water beads on the decking and runs away now. Hopefully it lasts the rest of time now.

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 20/04/17
Best product I have found for my decking by David Blakeman

I was recommended this product by the installer of my decking, I now wouldn't use anything else.

Reviewed 5L, Clear on: 05/04/17
Does what it says on the tin by Jane Wylie
Reviewed 5L, Clear on: 04/04/17
Makes new decking look fab and old decking new by David Stewart

Great product although do not apply in the rain

Reviewed 5L, Dark Oak on: 14/03/17
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
Used before - gives excellent finish which lasts retaining colour by John Horridge

Yet again excellent service with fast delivery from Wood Finishes

Reviewed 5L, Light Oak on: 09/02/17
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