“ Cuprinol shed and fence treatment provides a very even covering, is easy to apply and clean afterwards. A little more pricey than some, but the quality and results are there. „
Having recently purchased a garden bench we thought it was best to treat the wood prior to leaving it outside over the next few summer months. After much deliberation in our local Homebase store my partner and I decided to go with a well known and trusted brand, hence purchasing this Cuprinol Timber care in a 5-litre tub. We paid £9.98 for this size tub, which was on a similar par to other makes available on the day. It was more expensive than Homebase own make however we did expect this to be the case as Cuprinol is a branded product.
Despite this product being recommended for sheds and fences, we were advised it would be perfectly suitable for our use for a picnic bench.
The wood on the bench was completely natural and untreated so we were able to choose any colour we wished, with no worry of having to cover over a previous colour stain. In the end we settled on the Autumn Gold variant within the Cuprinol timber care range. This is a light and golden yellowy gold colour, almost very light orange. Within the range there was also woodland green, rich oak, autumn red and rustic brown coloured stains to choose from.
This stain comes in a plastic tub no different to other paints and stains, with a plastic pull off lid to access the stain.
The stain comes in a large 5 litre tub which stated that it contained enough of the stain to cover 6 fence panels sized 6' x 5' with one coat. Now at first I didn't think this sounded like a lot but as soon as I opened the tub it was full to the brim and I would imagine it would probably go a bit further than this. For our purposes there was plenty to get the job done!
I found that the stain was of quite a thin consistency and quickly ran from the brush if I didn't move it to the bench in time. When applying to the wood it did however give an even finish, not appearing patchy at all. It applied with great ease and I found that I soon had finished one coat.
I found that after applying one coat, you could still see the natural wood underneath and it did need a second coat once it was dry. Perhaps I hadn't applied enough on the brush during the first coat, but I wasn't expecting to have to give it a second coat!
The first coat dried very quickly within an hour, however it was a very hot day that I stained the bench which no doubt would have helped speed the process along. The tub states to allow around 2-4 hours for a coat to dry, so this was very quick. As I was using this product outside I didn't need to worry, but it is recommended that you use in a well-ventilated area and it is not suitable for any interior use. You should also not use if it is likely to rain - I thought this was fairly obvious but I guess people still need the warning information!
Overall I was very happy with the end result from this product. After applying two coats to our bench we achieved the desired result, and the bench looks great. We have even had friends comment on how nice it looks. I would say that the colour of the stain is slightly different to the colour indicated on the front of the tub. This is only very slight, but I found it noticeable. For value for money I would recommend this stain, it did the job well and there is plenty left over to stain again next year if the bench becomes faded and dull by the sun.
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Having just finished applying this timber paint and wood treatment to some new fence panels I thought I may as well do a review.
Cuprinol Claims that this is a one coat paint and weather protection treatment for your rough sawed timber. I have just used this both now and in the past on fence panel gates and posts for the same. The colour we have used is Autumn red which is a red/brown. Now I have to admit this wouldn't be my first choice in colour as I think it is a bit harsh looking against the green of plants but has we have been stuck in a cycle of losing a few panels each winter to the wind it has always seemed to be a case of matching them to what has been there before as replacing the full fence is a job we cant afford.
This treatment is very watery in its texture I have to say and even with me being careful I invariably get some on the paving or plants around me as it drips as I lift the paint to the panels. On placing this on the wood of the panels they just seem to guzzle this paint up and it does take a lot of the paint to do a strip on the fence panel. As an estimate of time it has taken me 3 hours to paint 4 sides of fence panels and both sides of a gate today due to the need to keep going over bits as it gets absorbed into the wood. The claim the treatment is low in ordure and I would say this is right there has been no noticeable smell as I have been painting and no headaches induce by fumes as is often the case with gloss painting. As this doesn't come in a spray-able version so you do need to allow plenty of time for the job of applying this in my experience.
They claim the paint is quick drying and again I would have too say in my experience this is true by the time I had finished the last panel today the first ones were dry to the touch. Whilst on about drying the colour of this treatment actually changes as it get dry an the light orangey colour of application turns into the red/brown once dry which was a bit disconcerting the first time I used it as I though my husband had picked up the wrong tin.
This paint is also a wood preservative to protect your fences from the elements. The direction that the majority of the wind and rains comes in garden is straight at the fences panels hence why they have been gusted over! The treatment on the fence panels against the relentless rain has been fairly good and the main body of the panels that have remained upright need only to be treated once every two years. However due to the large amounts of snow we have had this year the tops of the panels and posts have needed a top up this year as both the colour had faded and there was some splitting occurring in the wood at the top.
This is a reasonable product for the job it is required to do however the paint is quickly absorbed into wood meaning it can take a while to try to achieve one coat of this paint. The manufacture claims that a 5 litre tub contains enough to paint 6 sides of fence panels 6 foot by 5 foot or 20 square meters. In my experience 5 litres doesn't actually stretch this far so I would suggest it would be better to a little more than you think you need for the job. At around £10 for a 5 litre tub I think it does represent a reasonable value for money. I think next time though I may look at a spray-able paint and wood treatment just to save time.
Because the hot weather has caused timber to dry out excessively this year, I have had to treat a lot of garden sheds and fences this year. The fence treatment being water based was sucked into the timber very quickly, which encourages the timber to swell back to the original size and close any gaps up. Because the sun bleached the colour out of the timber during the summer a wood stain colour is very useful in returning the timber back to the original state. If you like the look of tanalised timber for example, use a light green treatment. I tend to choose a darker brown but that is purely preference. Cheaper wood stains have a wax coating which offers around 1 year of protection, and the more expensive stains have an acryllic base, which offers around 5 years of protection.
I have regularly used the Cuprinol range, and have been very pleased as it is easy to apply, however I have also found that the Wood Protector range of products from Shedcare, is equally as good should you need an environmentally friendly option, plus it lasts longer than the shed and fence range.
This is a market leading woodstain for rough hewn timber fences and sheds. We have used this recently on our back garden fence, which was looking very tired, faded and grey. It has really improved the look of the wood with the added benefit of protecting it from the elements so it should last a few more years ( as long as it doesn’t blow down!). It was very reasonably priced and when we worked it out was cheaper than the average price of a tin of emulsion for internal use. It does not smell as strong as other fence treaments such as creosote which I found very beneficial. We found that on rough wood , it was absorbed fairly quickly which made the coverage time longer and you do need to get a good load on your brush to get even coverage. It is also important that you make sure to work it into any corners as the colour coverage will not be even if it is not well worked in. Also, if you do apply a thick coat it saves you from having to ‘patch’ areas where the colour result obtained is lighter. It has not harmed our lilac bush which also went autumn red temporarily (;-) so I believe that the manufacturers claims about it not harming plants are correct. However, all plants will react differently to this differently, so try not to paint them too much if you can help it. The woodstain washes off your skin very easily, I found I got covered in lots of little splats and these came off easily with water alone. Also, this is all that is required to clean your brush once you have finished. However, if you are using this for the first time then wear clothes that you do not mind getting messy as it does not come out of clothes at all even with stain remover applied. On the whole this product is very reasonably priced and does what it promises and hence is an ideal option for giving an old fence a new lease of life.
I have recently finished paining one of our garden fences with Cuprinol Timber Care Shed and Fence Treatment. A 9 litre tub cost just over £8 from our local B&Q. The colour I chose was Rich Oak and although the fence had not been treated in at least 8 years, painting the fence was not the chore I had expected it to be. The product is quite viscous which I had not anticipated, since the only things I have ever used previously are preservative and creosote and my first thoughts were that it wouldn’t go far, but it did! The product has the appearance and smell of typical household emulsion paint. Do not be put off by the colour of the wet paint – it is several shades lighter than the finished colour – quite a handy feature if you’re repainting or applying a second coat. Cleaning up is easy – brushes are simply rinsed under the tap. The product won’t harm your plants according to the manufacturers – something I may comment on in a few weeks time since some of our hostas inevitably got covered as their leaves are right up against the fence. I used a brush specially made for fence treatments – lots of fine hairs designed to hold the maximum amount of paint yet minimizing splashes – I thought it worked quite well and would recommend you spend an extra £4 on one as it makes the job that much easier. As yet I obviously can’t comment on the manufacturers claim that the colour will last six times longer than others but hey, look out for an opinion in a few years time!!!