The best shed paint for freshening up your garden shed

These paints are sure to give your shed a new lease of life.

A close up of a hand holding a brush and painting their shed

by Rosie Floyd |

The humble garden shed gets exposed to a lot in the UK. From heavy downpours to scorching sunshine, the weather can take its toll on them after a while. This is why it is important to use using the best shed paint to keep your structure looking in great condition.

Whether you use your garden shed as a workshop where you can tinker with tools, a man cave or she-shed where you can practise your hobby to your heart's content, or as a storage solution for all your gardening equipment and household items – a lick of paint will give your shed a fresh lease of life.

Best shed paint

Best shed paint for damp wood application

Ronseal Fence Life Plus+
Price: £15.44


If you're worried about the protection your shed has against the elements, this shed paint offers


  • 100 per cent shower proof in one hour
  • Can be applied to damp wood


  • Needs multiple coats, some customers have commented on a water-like consistency

Best shed paint for non-drip application


Looking for quick-drying, low odour shed paint? You need Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback. It has a wax


  • Non-drip application
  • Wax enriched water repellent formula


  • Works best on rough-sawn wood

Best shed paint for one coat application


You can save your arms from a lengthy application process with the Ronseal One Coat Fence Life.


  • Easy to apply
  • Great results with one coat


  • Doesn't keep its colour as long as other shed paints, for rough sawn sheds only

Best shed paint for range of colours

Johnstone's Garden Colours
Price: £18.37


Bring your garden to life with Johnstone's Garden Colours. This brand offers many bright and


  • Range of bright colours
  • Long-lasting colour without losing the natural grain of the wood


  • You may need more than one tin if your garden shed is on the larger side

Best shed paint value for money

UK PAINT Shed and Fence Paint
Price: £50


This shed paint comes in a huge 20-litre tin, so you won't be running out of it in a hurry. It's


  • Great value for the amount of paint
  • Short drying time


  • Some customers have commented that the heavy pigment made their rollers and brushes difficult to clean afterwards

Best shed paint easy to apply

HQC Fence and Garden Shed Paint
Price: £59.95


Whether you use a brush, roller or spray application, HQC's fence and garden shed paint is easy to


  • Easy to apply
  • Weather-proof


  • Some customers have commented on an un-even finish

Best shed paint for fade resistant colour


Offering a high colour coverage while also giving long-lasting protection to your shed is the


  • Fade resisting colour
  • Five-year weather protection


  • Some customers have commented that the paint is very thick, brush application only

Best shed paint plant and animal friendly


With no strong odour and a low VOC, this shed paint is ideal to use if you're worried about the


  • Protects against extreme weather
  • Plant and animal-friendly formulation


  • Some customers have commented that the paint is a little watery

Best shed paint for a stained finish


If you would like your shed to have more of a stained than fully painted finish, the GoodHome


  • Weather and UV resistant
  • Low odour
  • Low VOC levels


  • Some customers have described the paint as being thin and runny, suitable for rough sawn wood


How to prepare a shed for painting

If you're unsure about where to start with getting your shed ready for painting, the experts at B&Q have lots of advice.

Make repairs

Before you start painting your shed, you will want to take some time to have a good look around it. Be sure to check for any damage. Your shed is exposed to all the extremes that the UK weather brings, so there are bound to be some areas that need a bit of attention. Replace any decayed sections of wood with healthy timber. If there are any smaller areas of damage that need repairing but don't warrant replacing a full panel, you can use exterior wood filler to put in any cracks. This will just need to be sanded flush before it gets covered in paint.

Prepare the wood

Next, you'll want to get rid of any dirt, cobwebs and flaking paint. The best way to do this is by brushing it with a stiff bristle brush. If your shed is covered in algae, just dip your brush in diluted outdoor cleaner and give it a good scrub to get it off. Once your shed is looking clean, you will need to make sure the wood is completely dry before getting your paintbrush out.

Prepare the area

Preparing the surrounding area is a great job to do while you're waiting for the timber to dry out. Firstly, you will want to cover any nearby surfaces and plants with dust sheets. No matter how careful you are with paint, mishaps can happen, so by covering your surroundings, they will be protected from any accidental spillages and drips. We would recommend wearing old clothes for this reason too.

You will also want to make sure you leave yourself enough room to get around every angle of your shed. You will want to trim back any hedges and cut back any foliage that hangs over your outdoor structure so it doesn't cause any obstructions. If you don't want to cut any of your plants, we would suggest tying them back with plant ties and canes.

Cover handles and windows

It can be a pain to remove shed paint from areas that you don't want to be painted. So, use masking tape or newspaper to cover any metal work and window panes. You may want to consider unscrewing handles or fittings so you can paint underneath. This will give a tidier and neater finish.

How to paint a garden shed

Once you've finished doing all the preparation, you can now get your paintbrush and roller at the ready and start painting. Each shed paint can be applied differently, so check the tin of your chosen colour before you get started for advice on the best results.

Apply the paint in the same direction as the grain and be careful not to spread it too far. You can avoid runs or drips by not overloading your chosen applicator and making sure you work it in well. Watch the video above for more instructions.

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Rosie Floyd is a Homes & Garden product writer. She works across a number of brands for Bauer Media including Yours, Take A Break Pets, Modern Gardens and a Modern Kitchen.

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