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Light Creocote for a pergola - anyone tried it and liked it?

I recently renovated my shed that I suspect to be over 15 years old based on my knowledge of the buying history of the house.  I imagine that the reason the neglected shed was actually still standing was because it was treated with creosote originally - I could tell it had been and the timing was right.  

Since it was so faded, I thought about changing it to a modern colour once re-roofed but as I had some "CreoCOTE" in stock and there were bits that were still dark (in the shade), I succumbed and re-did it in dark creosote.  

It was a revelation.  With the brand new felt on the roof, it looked classy and gorgeous. I love it because you can see the grain in the wood and it's tidy.

So here's the dilemma.  I have a pergola to treat.  What I'd really like is for it to go beautifully, naturally, grey in colour but I did this with some sleepers in my last garden and they just rotted!

I tried some exterior garden paint today on something inconsequential and realised that I love the penetrative nature of the oil-based finishes and decided that light creocote might be the way to go with my pergola.

Has anyone used light creocote and been a fan, if so, why?

Thanks for any help,





  • Not CreoCote, but used old  light creosote on a large shed and it was lovely, a warm, golden, honey colour, not the nasty orange of some bought treated timber.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,150

    Be careful when using creosote, many plants don't like it. But I don't think it's sold any more. Creocote has replaced it and is more environmentally friendly.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,457

    You can't buy creosote any more Busy-Lizzie, it's now Creocote which doesn't protect your wood from insects (so presumably also doesn't kill them).  It does still need white spirit to clean your brushes and there are warnings on the pack but I tend to have a dedicated brush and don't clean it! image

    Good point though, if wisteria doesn't like it then the deal's off!

    Hmm, warm, golden honey?  Thanks Buttercupdays.  There're quite a few natural features in the wood (knots etc) and since creocote is oil based, it could highlight these.  

    I am convinced that it is way better than the horrid, matt skins that Timbercare and the like provide so I guess it's try it and see from here.  

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