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what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

I'm making a wee area in my garden for the kids. The patio is down, rubber matting ordered, and I'm going to do I picket fence idea round about it. I'd like to paint the fence really sugary sweet pinks and blue and white. The external cuprinols come in lovely colours but a horribly expensive. Could I use something else like masonry paint? Exterior paints? I don't expect this patio area to last the kids a lifetime, so don't expect the fence paint to last for years either. I know Masonry or door paint might not last as long as cuprinols, but I really wouldn't mind having to redo the job every year. What do you think?


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,972

    I think that using the wrong paint for the wrong job will just be a nightmare in the long run. Masonry paint is much thinner and has less coverage than the ones designed for wood.

    Would it not be possible to ask on Freegle to see if anyone has some left over  Cuprinol paints? 

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949
    Why not see if Homebase / B&Q / Wilkos do an exterior own brand wood paint to suit your budget? You might not get the exact colour you want but its a possibility.

    How much Paint do you actually need? The smaller pots don't seem that expensive.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,442

    We used the Cuprinol Shades on our fence - the coverage was great and a little went a long way. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,442

    But that would be three coats - Cuprinol will only need one. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    If it is a brand new wood fence the cheapest stain option is to buy a large 3 litre of vinegar and rub that on to the wood. Overnight it will turn dark. Cost £3 and elbow grease?

    The external cuprinols can be bought cheaper in B&M and Wipro, esp towards autumn.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Wilkinsons are about half the price of Cuprinol; just about to use their 'Buttermilk' on some staging around the house to make it blend in with the background. I think 2 coats are recommended, but you could get away with 1 on pressure treated timber if the life of the unit is only about 4/5 years. With ordinary timber, it will rot where it touches the earth and no treatment will stop that. Even the treated timber will not be happy in damp soil after 3 or 4 years.image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Nat 4, As a mural painter who has done lots of children's murals, I would question whether children actually like very 'sugary' colours; in my experience, they like really strong colour combinations; not pastels. They also appreciate quite subtle colours. I have never met a child under 5 who likes pastels (when I can talk to them without their parents being present)

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I am truely ancient and love very neutral cool colours where you can then insert any mad colour you like and it will work! That is for interiors; outside I just work with the 'borrowed view' which is trees; green, and the English light which is soft, not harsh like the Mediterranean, or Caribbean, so I disapprove most heartily of Rhodadendrons in English woods as the colours are so harsh, almost vulgar in the context of softly tinted English woodlands. I think I better shut up nowimage

  • natalie 4natalie 4 Posts: 21

    aawwwh what a lovely set of responses from really helpful folk, thank you all so much.  i was just crying into my cornflakes that i hadn received any replys to my message, but for some reason i didnt get the email alert (though feature is turned on) so it was a nice surprise to see all your messages.  Thank you for your suggestions, seems like i need to stick with the right paint for the right job, and if it's only going to take 1 coat then it's not as expensive as i thought. 

    I'll hit freegle and gumtree for left overs, then wilko and b&m for a bargain and then finally homebase!

    thanks all.image

    ps. i will keep my mind open to brighter/bolder colours, honest!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,442
    philippa smith2 wrote (see)

    Perhaps I misunderstood........thought the OP was looking for sugary pinks and blues......I don't think Cuprinol do thatimage

    Cuprinol do pinks and blues and all sorts of colours, not desperately sugary, but a wide assortment 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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