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Osmo Country Colour

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Osmo Country Colour is an opaque, satin-matt wood finish based on natural micro-porous oils that allows the wood to breathe whilst offering exceptional resistance and durability for both exterior and interior use.

It will not crack, flake, peel or blister and is extremely weather and UV-resistant, water-repellent and moisture regulating. It covers the wood grain to give a 'paint like' appearance but allows its texture and character to show.

Osmo Country Colour wood stain is suitable for all wood types - new or weathered, rough or smooth.

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Osmo Country Colour is an oil based wood stain that produces an opaque 'paint like' finish on a wide range of exterior wooden surfaces.

Based on a blend of natural vegetable oils that penetrate deep into the wood, keeping it elastic and healthy, and preventing it from drying and becoming brittle. The oil reduces shrinking and swelling and allows the wood to breath so that moisture can evaporate.

This product is perfect for a wide range of projects such as wooden sidings and claddings, trim, clapboards (shutters), fences, shakes, shingles, pergolas, summer houses, log cabins, boat houses, garden furniture, sheds and more.

Osmo Country Colour can be used on all kinds of exterior wood, new or weathered, rough or smooth. It can be used to renew previously stained, weathered or discoloured wood surfaces, giving protection and beauty for many years.

Interior uses include wooden surfaces, stone and brick walls (not plaster) where a satin-matt, intensely coloured but micro-porous finish is desired.

You'll find plenty of useful guidance about picking the best wood stain colour in our blog. Happy hunting!


Wooden surfaces must be clean, dry and frost-free. Old paints and varnishes must be fully removed with a Paint and Varnish Remover. Existing micro-porous finishes such as oils and stains need only be cleaned or lightly sanded before application.

Wood preservatives compatible with Osmo country colour include Barrettine Premier Wood Preservative and Ronseal Total Wood Preservative


For protection against blue stain, rot and mildew, pre-treat with Osmo WR Base Coat 4005 and allow 12 hours to dry. This product doesn't contain an insecticide. For additional biocide-free water protection, apply Osmo Wood Protector 4006.


Osmo Country Colour is ready to use straight from the tin, no thinning required. Stir well before and periodically when in use.

Use a good quality brush and apply thinly, evenly and thoroughly along wood grain on clean, dry and frost-free surfaces. For exterior wood such as cladding, apply the first coat on all sides of the wood before installation for maximum protection.


Simply apply a further coat of Osmo Country Colour on clean, dry surfaces as and when required.


Can be stored up to 5 years or more if the original tin is full, tightly closed and stored in a dry place. If product becomes thickened by frost it will regain its normal consistency under normal temperatures within 24-36 hours.

To preserve any oil that is left over, pour the remaining product into a smaller container such as a tin, jar or bottle and fill to the rim so that there is no or minimal air in the container. Protect the stored oil from temperature extremes of heat and cold.


  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not fill into containers normally used for food and drink.
  • Work in areas with good ventilation.
  • Do not apply in the presence of naked flames, hot surfaces or unprotected electrical equipment.
  • In case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of water.

Important: Wash out any cloths or rags used immediately or store in a airtight container (danger of self combustion).

Drying Time

Allow 12 hours drying time between coats and for the final coat to fully dry. The finish is normally dust dry in around 6 hours.

  • Reviews

Osmo Country Colour reviews - Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 77 reviews.

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William Scotney
 2.5L, Anthracite Grey - 2716
The package was damaged in delivery
The tin was damaged in delivery and some of the paint had come out in the box, not sure if the tin will seal correctly so shelf life of the paint may not be as described. I did not return it as I needed it the next day
Our feedback:-
Mr Scotney,

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. I'm pleased that you were able to complete your job. We always ask customers to contact us if at all possible if goods are received in less than perfect condition. It does help us assess our packaging for the future. I am aware on this occasion that you needed to complete your job. I'm also please you were satisfied with the arrangement that we came to.

Kindest regards,
Wood Finishes Direct.
Meagan Garrett
 2.5L, Light Grey - 2735
Excellent product, good coverage and colour range.
Really pleased with the colour I ordered - light grey. Covered well with two thin coats. Just perfect, looked exactly how I had envisaged.
Amar Gopal
 750ml, Dark Brown - 2607
Excellent coverage
I bought this for a garden fence that had previously been stained in blue. I tried other dark brown stains to cover the blue but nothing worked until osmo 2607. Please also find photos
 2.5L, Medium Brown - 2606
Great colour and easy to apply
Osmo create the best wood preserving products. I used this on an old fence and it looks like new after one good coat.
David Coupland
 2.5L, Dove Blue - 2507
Osmo. Brilliant
First experience of using Osmo and it will not be the last. Used this to restain & freshen up a large summerhouse. This colour is like magic, it spreads far as the pigment is excellent, goes on glossy but dries to a satin matt within a couple of days. 2.5l and I've got a quarter of the can left to use on some other garden furniture that is blue. Bonus. Best Price on web
Tim Clowes-Pritchard
 750ml, White - 2101
very easy to apply giving a proffesional look
Steven Webster
 750ml, Cedar Redwood - 2310
Really good coverage on Decking
I used this product on our decking & found it to have really good coverage & soaked in well. Seems really strong & doesn't look as though it will flake off like other products I've used in the passed. Very pleased with result.
Sandra Redmond
 2.5L, Light Grey - 2735
So easy to use
It looks light in the tin but put it on wood and my god it beautiful so glad I got this make, I research for a long time and choose this 1 it's a little more expensive but well worth it. Will always use this make from now on
Richard Coles
 750ml, Dark Brown - 2607
Easy to use good colour depth
Osmo products are always good and you can have confidence in their performance this one again showed how easy they are to use and I am sure it will perform well Into the future
Stephen Walton
 750ml, Dove Blue - 2507
Quick and easy
Have used Osmo products for 20 years best on the market.
Taz Lovejoy (art Technician In Eeg120)
 2.5L, Royal Blue - 2506
Amazing paint, vibrant, easy to apply and tough for exterior use.
I have been using this paint for over 3 years now and find it an absolute pleasure to work with, it is incredibly tough making it perfect for exterior use. It is easy to apply and the first coat absorbs nicely into wooden surfaces giving the wood a fantastic coloured finish or a second coat can be applied for an even colour. This product is 100% worth the cost of the can!
Ken Bateson
 750ml, Light Grey - 2735
Worked well
I'd like to test it against ordinary grey paint but it worked well on bare wood.
Michele Morrod
 125ml, Dove Blue - 2507
Good colour
I've only tried this on a sample so far, but it seems fine
Michele Morrod
 125ml, Dusk Grey - 2704
Nice mid grey
I've only tried it out on a sample piece of wood, but so far it looks good
Tom Sheerin
 2.5L, Dove Blue - 2507
This product seems to have high pigment content and has fantastic covering properties
Excellent product with high coverage due to high pigment levels.
Richard Carpenter
 2.5L, Pebble Grey - 2708
Excellent product
This was a re-paint of external windows and doors after many years, pebble grey on fir green. Despite being a much lighter colour, it covered very well using 2 coats. As promised in the description on WF Direct website, the previous coat had not cracked, flaked, peeled or blistered, making preparation very easy. Then easy to use and a tin goes a long way. Would definitely recommend for similar job.
Ufuk Ozaktanlar
 125ml, Fir Green - 2404
Very happy with the end result
I used this on my new front door it looks fantastic.
Sue Kimber
 750ml, White - 2101
I used Osmo Country Colours 7 years ago to paint a log cabin and it was brilliant. A pleasure to use and still looks great, no flaking or weathering issues. Now I have just used it to paint a huge weathered oak roof lantern which had seen better days. The improvement is almost miraculous, and it has been given a whole new lease of life. This product is the only one I could even think of using on it because the wood was in such a poor state. Ordinary paint would not have been possible. It is completely unlike ordinary paint, soaks right into the wood even when it's weathered and cracked, and is completely weatherproof when dry. And when the time comes to recoat, all that is needed is a wash - no laborious sanding preparation required. I can't speak highly enough of this wonderful product.
 750ml, Charcoal - 2703
Not for furniture
Bought this to paint a garden bench I was given. I found out that it had a watered-down preserver on it from the manufacturer so I needed to get something to protect it for the winter. The bench did indeed absorb rainwater so the manufacturers really did scrimp on product. I would say that Osmo has pretty much ruined the look of the bench! Looks like a bad, tatty DIY project now. I am sure it's fab for sheds etc, but for a bench, no.
Our feedback:-
Thank you for your feedback. We would very much like to see pictures if you don't mind sending some. The product should be ok for a bench but clearly your experience was not a good one.

Do please get in touch if you want to get to the bottom of this.
Nicki Orton
 750ml, Fir Green - 2404
Easy to apply and very effective protection here in wet west wales.
Very effective protection against rain. It does not just peel off, but soaks into the wood. Long lasting so you have more time to do interesting things, instead of needing to repair and reapply every summer. Lots of colours to choose from.

per litre
12 hours
dry time
  • Opaque - satin-matt
  • Robust & Hard wearing
  • Weather-proof
  • Requires 2 thin coats

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