Cuprinol Garden Shades

  4.8/5.0   195 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, 5293105, 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, 5282515, 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, 5010212637661, 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.

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

Bare or New Timber

  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. If the wood surface is looking worn or has greyed from sun damage and the effects of weathering, Cuprinol Garden Furniture Restorer can be used to revive the wood before painting
  5. 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
  6. 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.

Previously Coated Timber

Existing surface coatings such as paint or varnish must be fully removed back to bare wood before Cuprinol Garden Shades by sanding or using a suitable wood stripper.

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.

195 customer reviews
Does as it says on the can by Sandra

Excellent service we have used them in the past and their customer service is brilliant. Thank you

Reviewed 5L, Willow on: 25/04/18
Good for table and chairs on patio by Mr H T Curphey

Our table and chairs look like new since painted

Reviewed 1L, Muted Clay on: 13/04/18
Good by C A

used in the past & I like it. although do not expect 6 years protection as advertised.

Reviewed 5L, Barleywood on: 07/04/18
Nice colour - does the job by G A Cooper

Repeat order due to satisfaction with previous

Reviewed 2.5L, Urban Slate on: 29/03/18
Actually does what it is meant to do by Mrs Elizabeth Hughes

Cuprinol shades is a brilliant cover for wood , it really does last , i got sick of having to paint my fences every year , no more, this product lasts for years.

Reviewed 2.5L, Seasoned Oak on: 25/03/18
Great quality and easy to apply by Miss Tracie Beer

I have used another shade in this range before and had no hesitation in buying it again. Good depth of colour if you follow the instructions and apply two coats (or more if you wish).

Reviewed 2.5L, Urban Slate on: 21/03/18
Will use when weather improves by Mrs D P Lawson-Earley

Very prompt & courteous customer service. Securely packaged.

Reviewed 2.5L, Barleywood on: 20/03/18
Will use when weather permits by Mrs D P Lawson-Earley

Very prompt & courteous customer service. Contacted by telephone to ask if I would be happy to accept 2 x 2.5L tins as opposed to 1 x 5L tin as was not in stock at the time.

Reviewed 5L, Barleywood on: 20/03/18
Excellent coverage and colour as shown really pleased by Catherall

found this to be exactly what we wanted for our new gates. however we had no information telling us we needed to prime the wood first, until we read it on the tin. luckily we has ordered primer for a different application at the same time, so we were able to complete the job

Reviewed 2.5L, Fresh Rosemary on: 20/03/18
A good paint by Paul Hodgson

....that covered my new shed. A very nice it looks too!

Reviewed 5L, Country Cream on: 19/03/18
Brilliant service by Reg Saych

The sales team were great, nothing was too much trouble, even when my wife changed her mind about the colour after we received our order.

Reviewed 5L, Wild Thyme on: 18/03/18
Great to paint with by DAWN EDMUNDS

Great colour easy to use. Needs a couple extra coats to get the perfect look.

Reviewed 30ml Sample, White Daisy on: 16/03/18
Great colours great paint by DAWN EDMUNDS

Covers really well. Makes furniture look bright, revived and new looking. Would recommend to everyone.

Reviewed 5L, Wild Thyme on: 16/03/18
Excellent by Susan Tovar

This product looks really good, goes on easily, dries quickly and possibly lasts.!

Reviewed 2.5L, Urban Slate on: 15/03/18

Used for static caravan skirting. No better product on the market. Recommended to neighbours.

Reviewed 2.5L, Forest Mushroom on: 15/03/18
Easy to apply and clean up after use As for it's protection benefits, well that remains to be seen! by Bruce Hay

Good colour density, needs at least two coats very easy to work with.

Reviewed 5L, Coastal Mist on: 14/03/18
Does the job Covers old brown fence very well Nice colour by Phillip Broadbent

Really good paint and a great price compared to in the shops. Will be using this company again. Fast free delivery!

Reviewed 5L, Willow on: 11/03/18
Top quality paint by Laurence Fox

the finish this paint gave me on my large wood fence was very good.

Reviewed 5L, Willow on: 10/03/18
Excellent product, fast delivery, after service was excellent by Gerard Cairns

Excellent product, fast delivery, after service was excellent.

Reviewed 5L, Seagrass on: 08/03/18
Good pigment and coverage by Janet

Does what it says on the tin. 2 coats needed for good coverage. Don't know how long it lasts before re-coating is needed.

Reviewed 2.5L, Silver Birch on: 04/03/18