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What’s the Best Way to Treat Outdoor Wood?

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Treat Outdoor Wood

When you invest in timber products for your garden, you want them to last. The key to keeping outdoor wood looking better for longer is treating it. Here’s our guide on how to treat outdoor wood. 

Why Treat Outdoor Wood? 

There are ways to treat outdoor wood and there are ways you should definitely NOT treat it. Treating timber incorrectly can leave it vulnerable to damage. Here’s a cheat sheet on the rule of treating outdoor wood. 

What is the Difference Between Paint, Stain, and Sealant

Depending on the wood you have and your location you will need different products. Paint, stain and sealant all do different jobs, therefore it is important to consider what you need from the product you use and then what suits you.


Paint protects your timber products from UV damage and moisture but it doesn’t offer much protection. Paint is not a sealant so you should use a sealant alongside it. 


If you want to treat outdoor wood, stain offers some protection from moisture. It will also add colour to the wood and protect it from UV damage. 


A sealant protects wood from the moisture that can warp or damage it. It usually contains ingredients that will make your wood waterproof once applied. Where it falls down slightly is that it doesn’t offer much protection from UV. You can get around this by applying a stain then 48 hours later, applying a sealant. 

Should I Treat Outdoor Wood Every Year

We all know that the UK weather throws everything at us. Our 4 seasons in a day climate is frustrating for us and damaging for wooden garden products.

So, yes you do need to reapply stain and sealant every year to protect outdoor wood and prevent damage. 

Check the Weather Forecast Before you Seal 

Yes, if you want to treat outdoor wood, the weather conditions make a difference. Choose a hot day and the sealant can evaporate before it’s absorbed. A damp or frosty day can affect the surface of the wood so it’s harder to protect properly. For best results, seal your wooden garden products on a dry spring or autumn day. 

Treat Outdoor Wood with the Right Tools

You can’t afford to be slapdash when protecting your timber. To apply paint, stain, or sealant, you can use a roller, paintbrush, or paint sprayer. Make sure you cover the entire surface and get into the nooks and crannies. Don’t apply more than one coat at a time, and allow it to dry for 24 hours between coats. 

Don’t Forget to Sand

To get a good finish, sand down your wooden garden products before applying sealant or stain. Wipe away any excess dust before you begin. 

When you spend your hard-earned cash on some beautiful handmade wooden garden products, you want them to last for as long as possible. Follow our tips on how to treat outdoor wood and you’ll be admiring them for years to come. For more interesting articles on all things timber, check out the rest of our blog.

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