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 Garden Shades paint is a water based product so any remaining oil or wax from previous treatments will likely repel the paint. If the timber 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 silicone 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, silicone or a combination of these.
Q. Is Cuprinol Garden Shades suitable for a large log cabin / summerhouse at the end of the garden?
A. Absolutely - Cuprinol Garden Shades is suitable for any garden structure including summerhouses and log cabins. If it's a bare wood structure, new or old, its probably worth treating it with a wax free wood preservative first to protect the wood from mould, algae and fungi. Allow this to fully dry before painting. Its important than any preservative used is wax free otherwise the paint may not adhere to the structure.