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    I am awaiting delivery of my new 7 x 5 shed in about a weeks time for my allotment. I decided to go for a decent tongue and groove shed, which hopefully will last at least 10 years (just hoping I make it for 10 years too) I am obviously keen to protect it properly.

    Looking at just one shop for now (Wilko) there seems to be a vast choice of products. I think I'll be going for the preservative type product (brown) rather than on eof the coloured exterior paints.

    There is so much to choose from including ...

    Ronseal One Coat Fence Life Harvest Gold Exterior Wood Paint 5L 8.00

    Wilko Timbercare Red Cedar Exterior Wood Paint 5L 4.25

    Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback Harvest Brown Exterior Wood Paint 5L 14.00

    Wilko Wax Enriched Timbercare Redwood Exterior Wood Paint 5L 9.00

    No doubt the other stores, B&Q, Wickes, Homebase, Screwfix have their own brands too as well as the common brands, but which one is best.

    I think brushing rather than spraying is the better option, but which product do I choose ?

    What would the experts here recommend please ?
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    Wickes have a lot of Clearance offers https://www.wickes.co.uk/Products/Ga...q=%3Aprice-asc
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    If the shed comes in kit form, the thing i would say is most important is to soak any end-grain (ie where wood is cut accross the grain so you see bits of the rings) that haven't been pressure-treated. They are rhe places that will suck up moisture fastest.

    In terms of product, i tend to use fairly generic stuff, and slosh it on generously. Any colour that looks like it .ight be yellow-ish will come up much brighter than you expect...
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    The Ducksback paint is fantastic. The water literally rolls off it.
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    5 year Ducksback is good as is Creocote.
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    Ducksback gets my vote

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    Thank you for all the replies

    I was going to use Ducksback but I see it's really for rough timber

    From Cuprinol website ..

    Ducksback/Less Mess/Sprayable is not deep penetrating but very much relies on the timber texture for adhesion. For this reason it is recommended for rough sawn timber only. If the construction contains smooth timber components, or has lost texture through weathering then adhesion performance will be reduced. The product only becomes water repellent when it is fully dry and until then it can be damaged by heavy rain. In addition, surface dirt, algal growth and any previous treatment which retains water repellency may repel the Ducksback, causing poor adhesion.

    For smooth wood, Garden Shades or Ultimate Garden Wood Preserver can be used. Both products can be applied to rough and smooth wood.
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    The 5 year ducks is fine on tongue and groove, I have it on both of my summer houses, the sprayable ones are thinner and maybe not so good on smooth timber and more for fence panels than for sheds.

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