Quick Buying Guide

External low-maintenance paints for timber are specially formulated to provide a longer period between full redecorations than standard decorative paints, this is normally around 5 years (as opposed to 2-3 years for standard decorative paints), although some may offer protection for 7 years or more when properly applied.

Nevertheless its good practice to maintain your low maintenance coating by checking it every 2-3 years and repairing any open joints, mechanical damage or other problems which have appeared since the last full redecoration.

Low maintenance coatings are normally manufactured using more expensive formulations, which means higher prices to the end user. This is usually justified, as the benefits can mean substantially reduced maintenance costs, not to mention time (if you intend to do-it-yourself).

Look out for coatings which are marked as Moisture Vapour Permeable (MVP), or Microporous, these allow the timber to loose moisture at a greater rate than standard paints, this can prevent a build-up of moisture beneath the coating, reducing the risk of the coating losing adhesion, or the timber rotting.

You will generally have a choice of Alkyd (solvent-borne), or Acrylic (water-borne) formulations, which will come in a variety of colours and finishes. Acrylic coatings have a number of substantial benefits over most Alkyd coatings; they don't crack, peel or flake, rather they wear by erosion, which means no more 'burning off'; whites stay white; gloss finishes are retained far longer; they dry faster; maintenance cycles are generally 7 years or more; they are easily repaired; clean up in water; no smell. We would recommend using Acrylics on all external timbers in preference to Alkyds, apart from areas which are likely to receive knocks and bangs (front/back doors and frames etc.), as they are not as resistant to mechanical damage.

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Exterior Low-Maintenance Paint

Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque Satin Paint

Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque Satin Paint

A lovely, fast drying, exterior high-build paint for fencing, cladding, windows. Satin/semi-gloss finish, excellent coverage, easy and forgiving application. No separate primer needed. Resists mould growth and protects timber from the harmful effects of UV light. Available in white and over 1600 colours directly from stock. 5 Litre.

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Sikkens Rubbol AZ Plus - High Gloss

Sikkens Rubbol AZ Plus - High Gloss

High performance, solvent-borne, very high gloss finish opaque paint system. For exterior use on smooth planed timber, based on a blend of resins including long oil alkyd. Stunning coverage and opacity. Highly flexible with low maintenance characteristics. Available in 1 litre White and 5 litre in White only.

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Sikkens Rubbol Satura Plus - Satin Finish

Sikkens Rubbol Satura Plus - Satin Finish

High performance, solvent-borne, satin finish opaque paint system. For exterior use on smooth planed timber. Solvent-borne modified alkyd resin formulation. Moisture Vapour Permeable. 1L and 2.5L in White, Black and Mixed Colours and 5L (2 x 2.5L) in White and Black.

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Sikkens Rubbol XD Gloss

Sikkens Rubbol XD Gloss

Extremely durable, high gloss, solvent-borne opaque coating. Patented styrene acrylic reinforced resin formulation produces an excellent level of durability. Extends maintenance cycles. 1L and 2.5L in Classic White, White and Mixed Colours and 1L in Black.

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Solignum Architectural Solvent Based Opaque Woodstain

Solignum Architectural Solvent Based Opaque Woodstain

Solvent-borne, microporous, flexible, opaque low-sheen paint finish for all exterior joinery. No primer required on bare timber. Will not flake or crack. Ideal low-maintenance paint for cladding, facias, fences, windows, doors etc. BBA Cert.5 Years. 1 litre and 5 litre sizes.

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Solignum Architectural Water Based Opaque Woodstain

Solignum Architectural Water Based Opaque Woodstain

Water-borne, microporous, flexible, opaque low-sheen finish for all exterior joinery. No primer required on bare timber. Will not flake or crack. Ideal low-maintenance paint for cladding, facias, fences, windows, doors etc. BBA Cert. more than 5 Years. 2.5 litre and 5 litre sizes.

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Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Gloss - ALL Surface Paint

Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Gloss - ALL Surface Paint

A high performance gloss finished exterior multi-surface paint which needs no separate primer for most projects. Available in white and black, or customised to any NCS, RAL, Little Greene, Farrow & Ball or BS colour. Ideal for maintenance professionals, who need to reliably specify a high performance coating system on important exterior projects with lots of different surface types. Available in 1L, 2.5L and 5L white/black and mixed colours.

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Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Matt - ALL Surface Paint

Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Matt - ALL Surface Paint

A high performance matt finished exterior multi-surface paint which needs no separate primer for most projects. Available in white and black, or customised to any NCS, RAL, Little Greene, Farrow & Ball or BS colour in 5L tins. Ideal for maintenance professionals, who need to reliably specify a high performance coating system on important exterior projects with lots of different surface types. 2.5L black and 5L white/mixed colours.

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Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Satin - ALL Surface Paint

Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Satin - ALL Surface Paint

A high performance satin finished exterior multi-surface paint which needs no separate primer for most projects. Available in white and black, or customised to any NCS, RAL, Little Greene, Farrow & Ball or BS colour in 1L, 2.5L and 5L tins. Ideal for maintenance professionals, who need to reliably specify a high performance coating system on important exterior projects with lots of different surface types. 1L, 2.5L and 5L in white/black and mixed colours.

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Zinsser Perma White Exterior - Mildew Proof Paint - Satin

Zinsser Perma White Exterior - Mildew Proof Paint - Satin

A brilliant white (tintable) satin finish, mildew proof and anti mould, self priming, acrylic paint for external use, guaranteed to prevent mildew for 5 years. Available in White and 5 British Standard pastel colours. 1L, 2.5L and 5L tins.

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Zinsser Perma White Exterior - Mildew Proof Paint - Semi Gloss

Zinsser Perma White Exterior - Mildew Proof Paint - Semi Gloss

Tough, durable, water-borne exterior opaque coating. Semi-gloss finish. Self-priming formulation bonds to glossy and hard-to-paint surfaces. Guaranteed to resist fading, cracking, peeling and blistering for 15 years. White, and tintable. 1 litres, 2.5 litres and 5 litres sizes.

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