Painting your garden fence – New build edition

by Hannah
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If you move into a new build the chances are you will end up with a plain orange boring looking fence…

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So if you plan to spruce up your garden with a makeover then you will no doubt be thinking about painting your garden fence to match.

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For most people, when you think about painting your garden fence, sheds, gates or anything else that requires some form of waterproof protection for your wood, you will probably instantly think of ‘Cuprinol’ or ‘Ronseal’.

Like with most wood paints for exterior applications, you will need to re-paint every year or so, but with Sadolin it claims five years worth of protection. Now if you have ever painted a garden fence, especially a new unprotected fence, or are thinking about paining your garden fence, I will tell you that not having to repaint every year or every other year would be worth its weight in gold!

We have only just recently finished our entire garden fence, but on the third coat after 30 minutes the paint was completely dry and was already rainproof. I hosed it down just to check the protection and I can only describe this like imagine a wax jacket where the rain literally just rolls off, it is the exact same thing with the Sadolin shed and fence paint.

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Another thing to bear in mind is price. If you are looking to paint your fence in your new build garden then depending on the shade, you will almost certainly need at least three coats, perhaps even four coats! So depending on the size of your garden this could end up with you needing a fair few tins of paint.

We did three coats on ours and we were very happy with the outcome but we could have easily gone for a fourth coat. This probably had something to do with the shade we chose though, as we went for the Sadolin Shed & Fence Wood Stain in Pale Grey, and it definitely needed three coats.

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However, when it came to our sleepers, we went with Sadolin Shed & Fence Wood Stain in Ebony Wood and we ended up only needing two coats. So it will all depend on the shade you choose determining how many tins you will need.

In total we used ten tins of Sadolin Shed & Fence Wood Stain in Pale Grey for the fence and just over one tin of Sadolin Shed & Fence Wood Stain in Ebony Wood for the sleepers.

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Here are the stages of each coat for comparison so you can see the difference after each coat.

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The other thing we found out when it came to Sadolin was just how hard it would be to actually get hold of what we needed! Sifting out the companies who claim to have it in stock versus the people who have it in stock that don’t charge a small fortune was as painful as the actual painting.

However we took on a chance on a company we had never used before and the service was amazing. ITs (Industrial Tool Supplies stock both Sadolin and the Cuprinol equivalent (Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback). You will also notice the price difference, Sadolin at £11.39 vs Cuprinol at £18.59, so I will leave you to decide on which you think is the best value.

For both the fence and sleepers we used 12 tins in total, which cost us £137 (FREE delivery on orders over £100 from ITs), so it isn’t cheap, but the end result is very much worth every penny.

What we used:

Sadolin Shed & Fence Wood Stain – Pale Grey – https://www.its.co.uk/pd/Sadolin-Shed–Fence-Wood-Stain—Pale-Grey-5-Litres_CRO5096093.htm

Sadolin Shed & Fence Wood Stain – Ebony Wood – https://www.its.co.uk/pd/Sadolin-Shed–Fence-Wood-Stain—Ebony-5-Litres_CRO5093242.htm

*Nb. This is in no way a collaborative post, I am just sharing to help out anyone who was in the same boat I was when trying to find out about which fence paints are the best to use.

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