Protect Your Wood Cladding – Paint & Stains

Only the best paint for exterior wood cladding

Timber cladding is a beautiful and timeless option for the exterior of any house. Whether you already have timber cladding or are looking to update your current exterior with the authentic appeal of wood, protecting the timber will ensure that you can maintain its beauty and protect against weathering and exposure. Use wood cladding paint to stop mould, UV deterioration, cracking, algae and more.

The best exterior wood cladding paints in the UK

If you want to keep your timber cladding looking its best, you need to treat and finish it. Some timber comes pretreated, but if your cladding is aging or untreated extra care needs to be taken. There are a range of treatments and finishes available, including wood cladding paint, stains, oils, and clear protective coatings. Below are the top 5 best paint for wood cladding available in the UK.

Wood Stain for Cladding – Solignum

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Solignum Architectural Woodstain

Solignum are known for their portfolio of timber treatment products. Their Architectural woodstain is available in solvent-based and water-based varieties, provides a low sheen opaque finish, and comes in a range of tints. They are BBA certified, suitable for all species of wood, and:

  • Penetrates the wood for strong adhesion with no need for primer
  • Resists cracking and flaking
  • Allows the timber to breathe while resisting water ingress
  • Prevents mould and algae growth
  • Life expectancy of five years

Protect Exterior Buildings – Bedec Barn Paint

Timber cladding paint
Bedec Barn Paint

Bedec Barn Paint is a true all rounder, initially formulated for restoration work on Essex barns.It can be applied to previously painted surfaces, even those coated with weathered bitumen, tar varnish or creosote. It is:

  • Tough, durable, and with excellent colour retention
  • Microporous coating which allows the wood to breathe
  • Resists cracking, blistering and flaking
  • Prevents rot and algal build up

Self Priming and Versatile – Bedec Multi Surface Paint

Paint for wood cladding
Bedec Multi Surface Paint

Also made by Bedec, this Multi Surface Paint is exactly that – an interior and exterior self priming paint that can be used in home and garden for a wide variety of substrates. It works a charm on wood cladding in a range of finishes and colours and:

  • Is microporous and breathable
  • Resists flaking and cracking
  • Provides long lasting gloss that resists chalking
  • Heat resistant up to 80ºC

Maintain and Enhance the Natural Wood – Osmo UV Protection Oil

Wood oil for cladding
Osmo UV Protection Oil

If you want to preserve the natural beauty of the wood cladding, a wood oil will maintain the colour and defend against greying from UV exposure. Osmo UV Protection Oil is specially formulated for UV defense and:

  • Water and dirt resistant
  • Breathable finish that does not crack, peel, flake or blister
  • Reduces wood swelling and shrinkage
  • Contains biocides to resist the growth of algae, mildew and fungal attack

Low Maintenance and Easy Application – Zinsser AllCoat

Paint for timber cladding
Zinsser AllCoat Exterior

Zinsser AllCoat Exterior is a high performance coating that is suitable for exterior protection for wood, metal, masonry, plastic, concrete and cladding. No primer is needed, and it can even be applied to unsanded surfaces and glossy paints. It is:

  • Vapour permeable and water shedding
  • Recoatable in 1 hour
  • Resistant to rain and severe weather and offers excellent colour retention
  • Contains a biocide to protect the dried coating against fungal degradation

Durable and Long-Lasting – Dulux Weathershield

Wood cladding paint
Dulux Weathershield

Weathershield is the well known Dulux exterior brand with a well-deserved reputation for quality and performance. This wood cladding paint is available in satin and gloss, and a guaranteed decade of protection. It provides a beautiful finish and:

  • Mould resistant film to minimise staining
  • Flexibility to prevent cracking
  • Needs only one coat (for well prepared and primed surfaces)
  • Quick drying and easy to apply

Preservation and Basecoat – Cuprinol Wood Preserver

Timber cladding paint
Cuprinol Wood Preserver

If you want to lose none of the finish of your wood cladding, a wood preserver may be the product you are after. They are absorbed by the wood and do not tint it. Cuprinol’s Wood Preserver is a clear general purpose preserver that:

  • Protects against decay, mould & blue-staining fungi
  • Is low odour and safe near plants
  • Protects against wood worm
  • Provides an excellent base for painting, staining or otherwise coating

Wood cladding paint increases durability

Cladding refers to wall or roof panels which protect the material underneath it. Cladding is available in many materials of which wood is the most popular in residential buildings. Wood as a material is visually appealing, strong and long-lasting. Moreover, it is considerably sustainable comparing to some of its alternatives. However, timber surfaces also deteriorate fast without appropriate protection. Not only is timber cladding suitable for exteriors but it is also common in interiors. It is a considerable option for wall covering also inside due to its appealing looks. Both interior and exterior require special wood cladding paint. Painted wood cladding has always higher lifespan than untreated wood.

Make sure to choose a suitable paint for wood cladding

Opaque tinted timber paint gives wood a fresh colour and  transparent or translucent coating systems create a more natural look. Coating wooden surfaces is a must, for exposure to UV radiation and other climate phenomena wear and tear wood quickly; painted wood cladding is thus more durable than untreated surfaces. Once the wood cladding has started to deteriorate, it must be re-coated as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

A clear wood cladding paint offers less protection than an opaque system. Namely, the pigments of translucent and opaque wood paints provide extra protection from UV light. Dark colours prevent UV light getting through to the surface but they also absorb warmth. This may cause cracking of the surface due to heat and drought of the wood. Furthermore, wood cladding coating must be flexible (extensible) and permeable to moisture vapour. Therefore, stains, varnishes and solvent borne paints are not the most suitable options for wood cladding. They are often too friable to follow the wood’s moisture movement and may crack easily.

Interior timber cladding paint

As cladding is also suitable for covering interior walls, there are special paints for interior wood cladding. Also in interiors the wooden cladding must be protected from wear. The interior cladding does not need protection from rain and temperature fluctuation but it may be under exposure to UV light.

Additionally, timber cladding paint can improve the appearance of the wooden cladding and make the surface last longer. Coating the surface also guarantees a smooth wooden surface which does not leave splinters.


Wooden cladding paint application

Wood cladding is often coated prior to installation in controlled conditions designed for cladding spraying. On site spraying tends to involve a higher risk of dirt and dust. Therefore, it is not recommended for untreated cladding. However, on site spraying is the best option for re-coating cladding. There are many companies who provide cladding spraying services carried out by professional cladding painters. Alongside with spraying, brush and roller are suitable tools for cladding paint application.