We pride ourselves on having an abundance of choice for you guys here at DCO which is amazing, but it can also sometimes be a little overwhelming! As we’re all getting creative with our outdoor spaces now that the weather has improved (although we’ll say that and it will instantly rain!) we wanted to run through our key exterior products and which products you would use them for!
Painting my fence!
The most asked about question by far is which paint product to select when painting fences and we have a couple of options available for you!
We love the QD Opaque here as its such a high quality paint finish and its available to colour match! It has an 8 year life which is so important as painting your fences isn’t a job you want to have to top up each year! It comes in two sizes, handy for accommodating all spaces and is also suitable for use in a sprayer like the Wagner W590 Flexio making the job even easier!
You’ve probably heard us recommend Zinsser All Coat on a number of occasions as it’s a fabulous self-priming product that’s suitable for so many applications! Fencing is another as its great for all wood types! Its available in 3 finishes, 3 tin sizes and to be colour matched so the world really is your oyster with this product. Once again, it’s another product suitable for spraying and comes with a 15 year life span.
If you’re after wood coloured product for your fences and are hoping to keep to a budget then the Shed & Fence Treatment range would be the best option. Available in 9 colours since they added new shade ‘Grey’ this summer it’s a water based treatment for rough sawn timber perfect for your fencing and sheds! It’s a Matt finish and suitable for use in a sprayer.
Painting my walls!
The key product terminology you’re looking for if you’re painting your walls is ‘Masonry’ paint. We have a few options available again so strap yourselves in for some more key benefits!
When it comes to masonry paints the Truguard Smooth range by Leyland really is a fantastic product! It offers a 15 year protection against weathering and is thick and creamy making application and coverage much easier! Its available in 5L sizes, available to colour match to any shade and can be sprayed in addition to applied with a roller or brush!
Its time to mention All Coat again! Pricier per litre than the Truguard Smooth Masonry but in smaller tin sizes if you’re just doing a smaller surface area this fantastic product will paint onto almost anything! We would opt for All Coast on your brick work if you’re also wanting to paint other areas in the same colour as it means you just have one tin for everything! It also has the benefit of multiple finishes and its fantastic 15 year life.
Another product perfect for smaller brickwork areas is the new Rust-Oleum Garden paint. This is a beautiful range of 110 paint colours suitable for use on most surfaces including your brickwork. A great 750ml tin size and with any leftovers you can paint up your planters to match.
Painting my Front Door/Garage
One of the most popular projects to breathe a bit of life into your exterior is painting up your front door or garage door. Its such a quick and easy task that you’d be daft not to attempt it!
At the risk of sounding a little like a broken record All Coat once again comes up trumps as the perfect product to select when taking your front door or garage door. Wood, metal, plastic it can cover any surface and only requires a primer if you have a uPVC front door. As I’ve already mentioned in this blog but just in case you skimmed down to this bit, its available in multiple sizes and finishes and a 1L tin is usually more than enough for a door and garage project with its 10m2 per litre coverage.
The new Rust-Oleum Garden Paint is suitable for wood or metal and plastic if primed (the Bullseye 123 is a great primer to opt for!). As previously mentioned it’s a gorgeous range of 110 colours, a beautiful Matt finish and a handy 750ml tin which is great for smaller projects. As its suitable for so many surfaces you could also paint your planters, electric boxes or stonework in the same product when you want everything matching!
What Else Could I Need?
So whilst this list isn’t exhaustive and we have some more specialised products if you need them, (for example if you have some specific concern areas like weather conditions etc) hopefully this has given you a bit of an overview of what to choose for your various exterior projects. If you’re still wondering which to choose or feel like you need to talk through it more then drop us a message, call, email and we’re always happy to talk everything though! We also have blogs providing some colour inspiration, best tools to use when tackling your exterior projects or some other gorgeous garden and exteriors we've spotted over on our instagram. View those here: best tools, colour palettes, inspiration.
Some final thoughts when decorating outside…
- Think about the impact direct sunlight has on your colour. Paler colours can appear so much lighter and brighter and be a little washed out. You may want to shade down a little.
- Pay attention to the weather! It may be sunny now but what’s the temperature going to be in a few hours? If you get the paint out at 6pm as its clear now but its going to drop below 8 degrees whilst your paint is still drying, then leave it until tomorrow! Oh, and start earlier in the day!
Happy Decorating! xoxo