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Plan your project - fence painting

Most new fence panels come ready treated with a wood colour which can be anything from light golden to dark brown. Over a period of time this will fade, usually to an unobtrusive shade of grey. To maintain the original appearance and to protect your fence from the elements you can treat it with a wood colour or preservative. You will be able to restore it to the original colour, change it to another wood tone, or go for something completely different.

At Wickes we offer an extensive range of wood treatments to suit all gardens from traditional to contemporary. Treatments that will preserve your fence for longer life and ones that will revive old timber.

Which wood treatment is the best for your fence?

Today’s advanced water based wood treatments are easy and pleasant to use and give an excellent level of protection on the surface of the wood. They are ideal on pressure treated (sometimes referred to as tantalised) timber which is given a long lasting preservative treatment during the manufacturing process. A water based wood treatment applied regularly can maintain or change the colour of the fence and gives excellent protection for up to five years.
Wickes Shed & Fence Timbercare and Shed & Fence Timbercare Advance are resistant to fading and provide safe, long lasting protection against sun and rain damage. Our timbercare advance lasts up to 5 years, which is a great choice to keep your garden looking neater for longer whilst protecting your timber from the elements.
Ronseal Fence Life offers excellent protection at a very economical price. It dries quickly and is harmless to plants and pets. It is easy to paint on with a brush and goes a long way. One 5 litre can will cover up to six fence panels. It comes in five different wood colours and Forest Green.
Cuprinol Ducksback also comes in a range of colours. 5 litres goes a long way. Its wax enriched formula is showerproof in just one hour and lasts for five years, although it can of course be applied on a more regular basis to ensure a perfect finish. As the name suggests it is very water repellent.

Choosing a paint colour for your fence

Changing the colour of your fence can have just as much impact on your home as painting the walls of your living room. It is a great way of adding colour and setting the mood for your outdoor space. The most popular natural wood colours include:

The most popular natural wood colours
Colours Products Results
 Dark Brown Ronseal Fencelife Dark Oak
Cuprinol Ducksback Harvest Brown
Wickes Shed & Fence and Shed & Fence
Chestnut Brown
Perfect for a traditional look.
Perfect for a rustic effect and where a dark unobtrusive background is required.
 Warm red wood tones Ronseal Fencelife Red Cedar
Cuprinol Ducksback Rich Cedar
Wicked Shed & Fence and Shed &
Fence Autumn Cedar
For a more defined and noticeable fence.
This works well with dark evergreens and traditional red brick houses.
 Light oak tones Ronseal Fencelife Harvest Gold
Cuprinol Ducksback Autumn Gold
Wicked Shed & Fence and Shed &
Fence Red Cedar
Works best with Cotswold paving and golden stone chipping.
Closest match to new fence panels and a good choice for preserving the original colour.
 Shades Sage
Fresh Rosemary
Combine wood protection with appealing different colours while still showcasing the natural grain of the wood.
Always remember that a wood colour is there to enhance the garden, not to make a feature of the fence. An old fence in a state of disrepair may become a more obvious feature if you paint it with an eye-catching colour. Green may seem a natural choice of colour for garden timber, but it can look surprisingly awkward with natural foliage. The soft grey-green Garden Shades are kinder and generally work well as a backdrop to plants.

Soft stone shades such as Cuprinol Garden Shades: Natural Stone work well with plants, enhancing both foliage and the colours of flowers. They also suit contemporary and minimalist designs.

Blues, yellows and even pinks work in the bright daylight of a seaside garden, perhaps alongside similarly coloured flowers with gravel, pebbles and lots of grey foliage. In most gardens a bold shade, like bright blue, might work on a bench or arbour, but is likely to be overpowering on a fence.

Whatever wood colour you choose always try and choose one that suits the style of your house and garden. Ideally one that compliments the tone of your patio or deck and the brick of the house. It’s a good idea to paint a small area first before you paint the whole fence. Colours often look a little different when you see them applied to timber in daylight.

When you’ve painted your fence, make the most of it as a backdrop and enhancement to your garden. Wall baskets and planting pouches can look out of place. If you wanted to make it more interesting, plant a foliage shrub against it; maybe a variegated plant (a plant which has different zones of colour on the leaves) or a climber. Maybe a soft yellow climbing rose against a Ronseal Fencelife Black Oak. Lighten a shady Forest Green fence with the bright, shiny foliage of a cream and green variegated ivy. Variegated plants look particularly effective against green fence colours.