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Whether you're looking to protect your decking or change the look and feel of your space with a fresh coat of colour on your garden fence, we have specialised paints to help you tackle any exterior wood project. Our solutions are designed not only to protect wood from extreme weather, moisture, fungal attack, and UV rays - but also to provide a visually appealing finish that you'll be proud to show off to the neighbours.

Discover our range of exterior woodcare products to get started on your outdoor transformation this Spring.

Shop by Type

Let’s start with the visuals. Exterior wood paints come in two varieties: semi-transparent (wood stains), or opaque (wood paints):

Medium brown wood stain

Wood Stains

Semi-transparent stains allow the beauty of the wood to shine through. They have a natural appearance and are designed to seal and protect the surface while offering an enhanced (and personalised) look. We have wood stains that can be used on garden sheds, fences, exterior wooden windows and doors, outdoor wooden furniture, and decking.

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Mahogany wood stain

Wood Paints

Opaque finishes offer a solid colour appearance that partially conceals the grain of the wood and are available in an infinite number of colour options, allowing complete creative freedom. These products can be tinted to any Tikkurila Symphony shade (including the Feel the Colour Collection) and can also be colour matched - if you are looking for something specific. Our collection of opaque wood paints includes solutions for most exterior garden surfaces, such as fences, exterior doors and windows, sheds, and furniture. Decking - and exterior wooden flooring - are the only surfaces that do not have a suitable opaque paint (a wood stain finish would be recommended .

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  • Both options come in a range of colours. There are a few stains that can be purchased in a clear coating, but this is not generally recommended for every use case. Adding a tint to your exterior wood stain increases the coating's durability, resulting in a more long-lasting and protective finish.

Shop by Surface

To help you choose the right solution for your project, we've broken down our range into the following surface categories:

Inspiration and Advice

Need a bit of help getting started? Take a look at our handy step-by-step guides below to find out how to upcycle and maintain wooden surfaces in your garden, Including expert tips, colour inspiration and product suggestions to make your DIY project a success.

Find your Colour

Wood Stains

We would recommend ordering one of the 250ml tins in Valtti Plus Color to sample your chosen stain shade. Otherwise, you can view all of our wood stain collections in their entirety online below.

Please keep in mind that colours shown on a digital screen or swatch card may not be representative of the final look when applied to your surface when it comes to exterior wood stains. The hue and opacity of wood will vary due to natural differences in its composition, such as type, colour, grain, texture, and wood porosity. Surface colour and texture can have an impact on the final finish colour and the number of coats required to achieve the desired colour.

Trending Wood Stain Colours

REED 5061
REED 5061
ANTIQUE PINE 5073
ANTIQUE PINE 5073
BLACKBERRY 3444
BLACKBERRY 3444
DEW 5081
DEW 5081
JUNIPER 5078
JUNIPER 5078
LAVA 5082
LAVA 5082

View all of our exterior wood stain colours here.

Wood Paint Colours

With so many colours to choose from, it may be difficult to pick just one. We've made this process easier for you by introducing our new "Colour It" exterior wood paint sample pots. 180ml of tester paint designed to allow you to see how your chosen colour looks on your garden fence, shed, or furniture before committing to the full tin size. These testers come in an opaque matt finish, covering an area of up to one square meter. Available in all 2000 colours from Tikkurila's collection, with the option of colour matching if you have a specific colour in mind. For opaque colours only.

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Close up of Colour It paint tester tin in front of grey wooden wall

Thanks to Tikkurila’s unique colour map manufacturing technology, our “Colour It” sample pots are all tinted to order in the same way as our full-size tins. This results in 100% colour accuracy between the sample and your chosen topcoat; so you know exactly what to expect before you start painting. Find out more about our Colour It Exterior Sample Pots.

Trending Wood Paint Colours

MERINO Y458
DREAM X459
NILE V386
SEPAL L447
CLOAK M499
BLACKBIRD Y493

View all of our exterior wood paint colours here.

Paint Calculator

How much paint do I need? 

Use this calculator to work out your requirements, if you have any question please get in touch with one of our team who will be more than willing to help you.

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Disclaimer: Tikkurila UK Paint Calculator is provided as a guide only. The coverage rates will vary depending on surface being coated and the particular product range being used. More information on these products can be found on the cans, on the technical data sheets on individual product pages, by using our live chat service or by calling our technical team on 0131 334 4999.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the estimate, however paint requirements may vary depending on the surface, type of paint, sheen level and colour chosen.