Shed Oil

Why use an oil-based shed treatment?

Oil-based shed treatments provide excellent protection against weathering and water ingress. Available in clear and coloured formulas, they are also very easy to apply and maintain. The key benefit of using an exterior wood oil is that they keep shed timbers nourished and supple. This helps to prevent cracking, splitting, swelling and warping of the shed timbers. Wood oils will also never crack, flake, blister or peel off.

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clear and coloured shed oils

When treating a shed there is usually a preference to either keep the shed looking as natural as possible or to add colour. For the best possible protection, it’s always recommended to treat sheds and other garden structures with a wood or shed preservative prior to oiling. This combination of wood preservative and wood oil gives sheds the best protection from biological threats such as mould, algae and insect attack. It also provides the best protection from the damaging effects of weathering such as wind, rain, sun and temperature extremes.

Types of shed oil?

There are a number of exterior wood oils that are perfect for use on sheds, log cabins and wooden summerhouses. Traditional oils such as Danish Oil and Teak Oil can be used but these require numerous coats and regular re-coating to retain their weather proofing properties. Other specialist external wood oils are made from a blend of waxes, oils and resins which makes them more durable and longer lasting. These oils tend to only require 2 coats and only require maintaining every 2 years or so, dependent on the shed location and exposure to the elements. Many exterior wood oils also contain UV filters which are added to protect the natural colour of the shed timbers from the Sun’s UV rays.

Top 5 Recommended Wood Oils for Garden Sheds

  1. Barrettine Log Cabin Treatment: A clear exterior wood oil specially formulated for log cabins, decking and other garden wood. Can be used on tanalised or bare wood fence panels, new and old to provide additional protection.
  2. Osmo UV Protection Oil Extra: A professional grade, oil-based, UV-resistant wood finish suitable for garden sheds, log cabins and wooden summer houses. Available in clear and a range of attractive wood tone colours
  3. Holzol Weather Oil: A high quality oil designed for use on all exterior woodwork including garden sheds and more.
  4. Fiddes Exterior High Build Wood Oil: A versatile, clear, protective wood oil. Provides long lasting UV resistance to garden sheds, joinery and more
  5. Osmo Country Colour: An oil-based opaque wood stain suitable for garden sheds and other exterior wood

To keep the natural appearance of the shed albeit with a slightly darker, almost damp like appearance, simply apply a clear shed preservative then a clear exterior wood oil.

Adding Colour to Garden Sheds

Colouring a garden shed with pastel tones or more vibrant colours to brighten up gardens and other outdoor living spaces has become hugely popular. For more traditional shades of brown, green or black, sheds can first be coloured or stained with a coloured shed preservative and then over-coated with a clear wood oil.

If a more colourful approach is desired, use a clear wood preservative, then over-coat it with a semi translucent or opaque coloured exterior wood oil.

Coloured exterior wood oils suitable for wooden sheds

  • Holzol Weather Oil: A high quality oil designed for use on all exterior woodwork including garden sheds and more.
  • Osmo Country Colour: An oil-based opaque wood stain suitable for garden sheds and other exterior wood

Alternatively, using a shed paint is a great way to colour and protect garden sheds. Shed paints or garden paints are available in far more colours than wood preservers and exterior wood oils so if looking for something altogether brighter and more vibrant, then a shed paint will likely be a better option.

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Cost effective alternatives

A great alternative to exterior wood oils are decking oil products. Decking oils are formulated from blends of wax, oil and resins to provide weather protection and durability. After all, they’re designed to withstand foot traffic, liquid spillages and weather extremes. Many decking oils also contain UV filters and are available in both clear and coloured formulations.

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To find out more about decking oils, their uses, benefits and types see our decking oil treatments here