The Best Decking Paints To Transform Your Outdoor Space

Say goodbye to unsightly decking as our recommended paints offer all-year protection, an array of colours, and a truly transformative touch.
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Although not as widely used as a stain or oil, decking paint is perfect for covering an older colour and providing a thicker finish (as shown in the image above). This is because stains contain a colour pigment that changes the natural colour of the wood and oil only penetrates the grain of the timber. Therefore, if you require a complete colour change, painting is often the best solution for transforming your decking.

To help you choose the right decking paint, our hand-picked selection features top-performing paints chosen through our first-hand experience painting a range of decking in varying conditions (i.e. painting brand new and over existing colours). We also thoroughly tested multiple paints and carried out the latest research.

Ronseal Ultimate Decking Paint
Best Overall: Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Paint
Trade Paints Non-Slip Decking Paint
Best Anti-Slip: Trade Paints Non-Slip
Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint
Best All-Rounder: Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint
TA Paints Oil Based Paint For Decking
Best Colour Selection: TA Paints Oil Based Paint
Paint People Firmtread Deck Coating
Best Value: Paint People Firmtread Anti-Slip Deck Coating
Slip Doctors Dura Grip
Best Heavy Duty: Slip Doctors Dura Grip

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Decking Paints

As many of our properties (Airbnb’s and rentals) have decking, we find ourselves giving them a lick of paint every other year to keep them looking fresh.

Therefore, over the years, we’ve tried and tested a range of decking paints and experimented with different colours as shown by some of the photos below. During our ongoing testing of the decking paints, we look into the paint’s quality, ease of application, finish, compatible surfaces, anti-slip qualities, drying time and durability.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest decking paints (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK.

Below are some of the most recent paints we’ve tested on decking and recommended within our roundup above.

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As well as our testing and experience of using decking paint, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the paint’s durability, colour selection, ease of application, finish, anti-slip qualities, drying time, tin sizes available and value for the money.

The Best Decking Paints

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1. Best Overall: Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Paint

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Ronseal is a highly reputable brand that produces paints for all types of surfaces and their Ultimate Protection is the brand’s highly-rated paint for decking. Although more expensive than its predecessor (as recommended below), this is the brand’s new and improved paint for decking that provides additional durability and a smoother finish.

Pros
  • Provides all weather protection
  • Fills cracks and locks down any splinters
  • Advanced UV protection
  • Available in a choice of 10 different colours
  • Ideal for softwood or hardwood decking
  • Easy to apply by brush or decking pad
  • Up to 10m2 coverage per litre
Cons
  • From our testing, it required two coats for the best finish

To conclude, the Ronseal Ultimate Protection is by far the best decking paint that ticks all the boxes and is able to revive any tired decking. Apart from requiring two coats, there isn’t much to dislike about this paint.

2. Best Anti-Slip: Trade Paints Non-Slip

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Slippery decking can be a nightmare and is caused by dampness or an accumulation of moss, mildew or algae. However, by choosing an anti-slip decking paint, you can confidently walk along the decking without an embarrassing fall. The Trade Paints brand offers the perfect solution for this with its hard-wearing polyurethane paint that provides plenty of grip.

Pros
  • Covers splinters and splits
  • Choice of 13 colours
  • Desirable satin finish
  • Great coverage per litre (13 m2)
  • 2 to 4 hours drying time
  • Application by brush or roller
  • Available in 2.5 or 5 litre tins
Cons
  • The most expensive decking paint within our roundup

Overall, the Trade Paints Non-Slip Paint is the perfect solution for decking that’s prone to its slipperiness. It also benefits from being available in a great selection of colours that can instantly transform your decking.

3. Best All-Rounder: Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint

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Another decking paint by the Ronseal brand is their Rescue Paint, which is by far the most popular decking paint in the UK. Although the brand has released an upgrade to this paint, it’s still a great option to consider.

According to the brand, it’s designed to provide a long-lasting and scruff-resistant finish that’s rainproof in just 90 minutes, which is very useful for the unpredictable British weather.

Pros
  • Suitable for hardwood, softwood, ridge and smooth decking
  • Provides a rich and long lasting colour
  • Withstands heavy foot traffic and weathering
  • Fills small cracks and seals down splinters
  • Choice of 10 colours
Cons
  • Needs two coats for the best finish

To conclude, the Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint is an easy to apply option that provides long-lasting results that can withstand plenty of foot traffic and weathering. However, if you can increase your budget slightly, the new and improved Ultimate Protection paint by the brand offers additional qualities that make it a better decking paint.

4. Best Colour Selection: TA Paints Oil Based Paint

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If you want a greater selection of paints to choose from, the TA Paints brand has the answer because they offer 37 different colours. Each is an oil-based formulation that covers 8 square metres per litre and is touch dry in 2 to 4 hours. It’s also great for use as a matching fence paint if your decking backs onto a fence too.

Pros
  • Choice of 37 different colours
  • Available in 1, 2.5 or 5 litre tins
  • Overcoat within 12 to 24 hours
  • Touch dry in 2 to 4 hours
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

To conclude, the TA Paints Decking Paint is a high-quality formula that’s available in a great range of colours to transform your outdoor space. It’s an excellent all-round option that’s affordable and certainly won’t disappoint.

5. Best Value: Paint People Firmtread Anti-Slip Deck Coating

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One of the cheapest decking paints that’s actually worth buying is the Firmtread formula by Paint People. It’s an anti-slip decking paint that contains multiple particles for maximum slip resistance once applied to the decking.

A great bonus of this particular decking paint is its fast drying time, which is touch dry in 2 to 4 hours and it can also be re-coated after 8 hours of drying.

Pros
  • Non-slip paint
  • Choice of 9 different colours
  • Fast drying time (recoat after 8 hours)
  • Easy to apply by brush or roller
Cons
  • From our testing, we found that it requires two coats for the best finish

Overall, if you need to paint a large decking area on a tight budget, the Paint People Frimtread is the best option. The fast drying time also means you can provide the decking with two coats of paint in a single day.

6. Best Heavy Duty: Slip Doctors Dura Grip

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One of the most expensive decking paints in this article is the Dura Grip Epoxy paint, which is designed for maximum grip. It can be applied directly to the decking using a quality paint roller and provides an unbeatable non-slip finish.

Pros
  • Choice of 10 colours
  • 1, 1.8, 2.8 and 3.7 litre tins
  • High performance non-slip finish
  • Dry within 12 to 24 hours
  • Barefoot and paw friendly
Cons
  • Doesn't provide as much coverage as alternative decking paints

Although expensive, the Dura Grip Epoxy is a commercial-grade anti-slip decking paint that provides a tough and durable finish. If it wasn’t for its premium price, it would certainly be the best non-slip decking paint but for those with large decking areas, the cost of using this paint may be quite alarming.

Conclusion

Using high-quality decking paint can completely transform your outdoor space into a colour of your choice.

Whether you are changing from a dark to a lighter colour, paint is the best solution because it’ll cover any surface and this isn’t possible with a stain or oil.

However, if you are looking for a more natural finish or protective qualities, a stain or oil may be the better option. Therefore it’s worth spending some time to think which of the desired results is the best solution for your decking.

If you require further information regarding any of our decking paint recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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