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  1.  
    Got the fence and decking all sorted. Went with pressure treated redwood I think it is.

    We'd like to paint, stain or oil the fence so it is a modern black

    And we'd like the deck to be more natural, so maybe just an oil

    Can anyone recommend products for both purposes and methods?

    I hear osmo oils are meant to be good. But expensive... Perhaps barn paint black is an option?
    • CommentAuthorjamesingram
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2020 edited
     
    osma are worth it
    this goes a long way, its not an oblitorating colour though , more or a wash, you have to lay it off well.
    https://www.osmouk.com/sitechaptern.cfm?bookid=Products&chapter=82&page=264
    look on web for best price
    • CommentAuthorLF
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2020
     
    Osmo stuff looks good reading the data sheet.

    Once you start with coatings you need to keep doing them, is the greenest thing to allow it to be self colour rather than add colour in the first place ? Will it bleed through and make the other side blotchy for whoever is looking at it ?

    Can you char the wood black ? (no experience of this - saw it on TV recently on some cladding)
  2.  
    Looked up the charring method but I think there's an art to it, knowing my luck I'd end up setting the fence on fire.

    I've no issue with staining the fence with something like Sadolin if it really only needs doing 'up to 5 years'
    https://www.sadolin.co.uk/products/sadolin-shed-fence-all-weather-barrier/

    As for the decking I'd still like to keep it original but understand deck oil will or 'should' keep it looking good
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020
     
    Have a look at what Owatrol have to offer. I painted the cladding on our house with it. They warrant it for 15 yrs on cladding and 5 on decking. Something in the range may suit you. I also use Osmo but prefer that for internal areas.

    https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/

    and here is a supplier of a great range of coatings


    https://www.promain.co.uk/
    • CommentAuthorArtiglio
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    I use

    Liberon clear decking oil and creocote for fences and sheds.
    • CommentAuthorselly
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    bedec barn paint
  3.  
    For black, we are considering “ebonising” some timber cladding.
    Did a bit of research online and it involves steel wool dissolved in vinegar (to make rust) and then tannin in the form of a bark ‘tea’ (can’t remember the finer details).
    I was reminded of this today when some teabags I left in the sink overnight on a rusty baking tray produced the most incredible dark staining liquid.
    I have no idea about the durability, but am fascinated to try it.
  4.  
    Or maybe Bedec would be easier.
  5.  
    There's also the Japanese method of burning it 😂

    I did read you shouldn't really use paints on timbers though as they end up peeling. Better to use a stain or an oil
    • CommentAuthorborpin
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2020
     
    For black I use Sadolins but paint it before it goes up - much easier!!
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