How To Paint Your Exterior Timber

What to use: Cabot’s TIMBERCOLOUR Deck & Exterior Paint

Why you should use it: Give your exterior timber surfaces a whole new look and feel with Timbercolour. This opaque paint provides excellent dirt and stain resistance whilst also nourishing the timber, meaning your exterior surfaces will look newer for longer. If you want to enhance the look of timber you already have, a decking oil may be more suitable, but for everything else – this does the job!

How it works: Cabot's Timbercolour Deck & Exterior Paint is a premium acrylic self-priming exterior paint. It’s formulated to provide exceptional durability to all exterior timber surfaces and decking, and provides excellent dirt and stain resistance.

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Depending on your project, you may also need
When working with timber, preparation is key! Getting your surface ready is vital as it gives you a smooth, even finish to work with, allowing paint to glide on more effectively. Depending on the surface you’re coating, there are several ways to prep:
New Bare Timber: Scrub damp timber with Cabot’s New Timber Prep to draw out tannins and oils from the surface. After this is done, use Cabot’s Deck Clean according to the label’s instructions. If you are preparing a deck, you can remove excess water with the squeegee on Cabot’s Deck Prep brush. Allow your timber time to dry and you’re ready for coating.
Weathered and Grey Timber: Sand any old timber back to fresh wood, then fill cracks or holes with a suitable filler. Make sure you sand all surfaces flat before dusting and cleaning with Cabot’s Deck Clean.
It’s important to make sure the weather is right before you embark on this next step – ensure the temperature is above 10°C during application and drying time, and do not apply if rain is expected during the drying period.
Good to go? Stir Cabot's Timbercolour Deck & Exterior Paint thoroughly with a broad flat paddle before and during use. Using a brush, roller or spray, apply a generous coat along the board, making sure you seal the end grain. If you’re using a spray, always back brush immediately to ensure an even finish.
Once the first coat has been applied, allow it to dry for two hours. Once this has happened, apply a second coat using the same method.
Previously unpainted timber may need three coats, and some colours may need more coats to achieve full opacity.

And just like that – you’re done! Your exterior timber looks pretty as a picture!