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Shed stain advise please

Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

Hi Everyone

I must do my summerhouse this year before it starts to deteriorate. I want to stain and protect it but I don't want to spend a fortune.

Can anyone recommend a product that will give an all over good colour coverage that isn't too expensive. I'm going for an antique pine type of finish not a colour.

Mind you my plans might be scuppered as we have thunderstorms predicted for Saturday,



  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I've had a look on google of course but it's personal experience that is the thing. One of my patients said yesterday that colour shades is worth the extra pennies becasue it lasts for years.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,294

    I used Sadolin on my cedar shed about 12-15 yrs ago.
    It could do with another coat now, but still looks fine.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    That looks nice, that's the sort of thing I want, I'll have a look at that.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Well after much lurking in B&Q and my husband getting more impatient by the minute, by the time he'd regressed to age 2 I finally decided to try cuprinol shades shade willow. It's a nice muted green. Will look nice with evergreen hanging baskets image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Well I am less than impressed with cuprinol garden shades.

    I thoroughly cleaned and sanded the whole summerhouse and followed all the instructions to the letter and it has taken no less than 4 coats so far to even begin to cover it.

    The wood to start with was a very pale natural wood and I would have thought two coats should have covered that well but I have wasted my entire bank holiday weekend on it and have to do a 5th coat tomorrow to achieve full coverage.

    It's thin and weedy even after copious stirring and quite frankly I wish I hadn't started it.

    That's one I will not be buying again.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Just had a quick nosey for online reviews of the product to see if it's a common problem Lou. Whilst reading some on the homebase website I noticed that in the specs it says "2 coats recommended", that's half of what you've done.

    Maybe it's a dodgy tin? Take it back with a couple of photos and your receipt and ask for a refund. It's worth a try if you're not happy.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Having some experience in these matters I'll tell you a story.

    I noticed a very pregnant lady lifting a tin of good quality paint off a high shelf so I offered to help. When I lifted the tin it felt much lighter than expected. Upon opening it was discovered that some charmer had bought the paint, used half, topped it up with water and returned it for a full refund! Nice. The other thing to remember is that Shades is not an opaque product and if the wood in your shed is older than a couple of years it'll suck finish like a sponge. image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I also founf that becasue the paint was so very runny it leeched through the good quality maskking tape I put on very carefully. So now I have loads od scarping to do as well.

    Some might not mind that but as I am borderline OCD I'm thinking I can't live with that - where's the scraper image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    That looks amazing Doghouse Riley, I wish I'd used that!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Lou this is a link to their "contact" page.

    Check first on the side of the tin and see if there's a phone number. The tech guys are usually lovely and really know their product. I would be very unhappy if my "Shed of the Year" sponsoring product gave me those results.

    Call them and see what they say. They'll give you the same lines I did about different conditions etc but if it's running under the tape it's not right! Be calm, polite and stand your ground. image

    Tell them I sent you. image

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