Freshen up your garden with the best fence paint

Our pick of the best fence paint and other helpful tips.

Painting the fence

by Ellen Kinsey |

Over the summer, we spend a lot more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine in our garden havens. But, wear and tear from the harsh British weather throughout the year, especially in the winter months, may mean your garden fence needs a little TLC and a lick of fresh paint.

If you are looking to spend more time outdoors and want to get your garden looking its best, even if through a rain-spattered kitchen window, why not get started by grabbing a tin of the best fence paint.

Not only will painting your fence save you money in the long-term as, without the proper treatment, fences will rot and need to be replaced, but it will also inspire you, or the kids, to get outside.

We have researched the best fence paint to use to freshen up your garden. Plus, some additional accessories to make the job that bit easier.

What to look for when purchasing paint:

There are a few things to consider and look for when purchasing paint for your fence, including:

How much paint you'll need - depending on the size of your fence, you could need 2.5 litres or more; we recommend doing at least two coats of paint.

Budget - consider your budget for your paint and how much you're willing to spend.

The best fence paints 2022:

Water-Based Shed and Fence Paint Dark Grey 20L

Top pick
Water Based Shed and Fence Paint - Dark Grey - One Coat - 20 Litre
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Our top pick has to be this water-based paint from UK Paint, which boasts amazing reviews. With just one coat of this durable paint, you can freshen up your fence in no time. Plus, if you have a lot of fence space to cover this 20L bucket will last you a long time.

Key info:

• Takes around one to two hours to dry

• Secure and easy to open

• Paint is very heavy, so be careful when you're moving the tin

Review: "This paint is amazing - the texture is just right and covers so well. I was trying to cover an old fence that a previous tenant had put vandal grease on, and this covers it, with no issues. Buy it, it's perfect, you won't regret it. The colour of the grey is fab, quality is top-notch, you won't find better!"

Ronseal 12L One Coat Fence Life

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Ronseal 12L One Coat Fence Life

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This quick-dry paint is perfect if you want to get the job done quickly and cheaply. It's easy to open and apply and has a great colour. This 12L option will also give excellent coverage on dark wooden panels.

Key info:

• Becomes rainproof within one to two hours

• Should last a couple of years before it needs a touch-up

• Will protect your wood from greying

Review: "I just painted 15 panels, the colour is perfect. Looks far better than the other colours more upmarket. Would highly recommend it."

Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback Autumn Gold Fence & Shed Wood Treatment 9L

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Cuprinol 5 year ducksback Autumn gold Fence & shed Wood treatment 9L

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If it's time to give your garden fence some TLC then this amazing treatment from the Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback range will give your fence the polished finish it needs.

Key info:

• This paint offers protection for up to five years

• It will take around two to four hours to dry

• Perfect if you're looking for that matt finish

Review: "People keep moaning it's orange, yes it is when you first apply it, but when dry, the colour mellows out great value 9L pots."

Johnstones Woodcare One Coat Shed & Fence Paint

Best for fence protection
Johnstones Woodcare One Coat Shed & Fence Paint
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This red cedar fence paint is water-repellant and sun protecting properties. It also comes in other colours such as forest green, dark oak and golden chestnut.

Key info:

• The paint has been wax enriched

• It has a long-lasting colour which should last for three years

• This paint can be used with a fence sprayer

Review: "This is the second tub of paint I've bought, and both times delivery was speedy, and the packaging is excellent; I've never bought anything where the packaging was so good. I would recommend this paint. My fence looks magic, and I would recommend this company."

Wilko Garden Colour City Slate Exterior Paint 1L

Wilko Garden Colour City Slate Exterior Paint 1L

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Give your wood a fresh lick of paint with Wilko Garden Colour one litre in City Slate. This paint provides all-weather protection and is water-based for long-lasting colour.

Key info:

• Specially developed to transform planed and rough sawn garden timber

• Contains pigments and waxes to resist ultraviolet and water attack

• Apply by brush

Review: "Lovely colour, easy to use, totally transformed my Summerhouse."

Cuprinol Garden Shades Willow Exterior Paint 1L

Cuprinol Garden Shades Willow Exterior Paint 1L

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Available in an impressive range of shades from green to cream - this paint is designed to show the wood grain underneath and protect the wood too.

Key info:

• This tin of paint holds 1L

• The colour is willow green

Review: "Love the colour, goes on very easily and makes my old gate look fantastic."

Swan Household Coatings Paint

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We have talked a lot about wood, but what if you have a metal fence? Then this paint from Swan Household will give any iron fencing a new lease of life.

Key info:

• This tin of paint holds 180ml

• It is tough and durable, so it can be used on metal gates and fences

Review: "Applied it to the garden gates. Just the job. It left it clean and smart looking."

Fence painting accessories

Harris 5-Inch Seriously Good Shed & Fence Brush

Harris 5 Seriously Good Shed & Fence Brush
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Painting can be a tiring (and sometimes boring) process but this seriously good brush from Harris will take some of the strain out. Not to mention it promises to not leave bristles behind like other cheaper versions.

Key info:

• Comfortable handle

• No-loss bristle tech

• Can be attached to a pole for reaching tricky spots

Review: "Quality piece of kit. Good use easy to clean. Will last for ages."

Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer

Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer
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Let's face it; manual painting is exhausting - especially if you have a lot of ground to cover. This Wagner sprayer will take the pain away and can cover a 1.8 x 1.8-metre fence panel in less than two minutes. It doesn't even need fancy sprayer paint. Well worth your time and money.

Key info:

• Suitable for all solvent or water-based fence paint, oil, stain, varnish, wood preservatives and treatments

• Atomises the paint for a deep and even single coat

• Horizontal, vertical and detailed nozzle settings

Review: "This is amazing! I once lost 2 days of my life painting a fence. Beyond me, why didn’t purchase one of these. Easy to use, does the job in half the time - quicker! Nice finish. It takes a bit of practice to get the feel of it - you need a bit of rhythm for evenness. Dries well. Would buy again."

Can you use fence paint on the decking?

It is not recommended that you use fence paint on decking due to the properties in the paint not being able to withstand foot traffic. Instead, it is best to go for a paint specifically for decking for better longevity.

What colour fence paint makes the garden look bigger

A light blue colour usually makes your garden look bigger, as it adds depth.

Is staining or painting a fence better?

Staining will leave your fence with a more natural effect and will show the wooden panelling, however, paint is best if you are looking to transform your fence and change the colour entirely.

Paint will also give you the option of various bright colours if you are looking for a certain style. However, in terms of cost, paint is also more cost-efficient in the short term.

Am I allowed to paint my side of the neighbour’s fence?

No – legally you can only alter your neighbour’s property with their permission.

How do I paint a fence?

Is it your first time painting a fence then make sure to watch this informative step-by-step video from B&Q. The tips on protective clothing and the importance of a protective sheet are especially helpful

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