Going bold: colourful exterior woodwork with Sadolin


With spring edging ever-closer, now’s the time to start refreshing exterior wood items such as doors, windows, conservatories and garden architecture.

While translucent woodstains have traditionally been the go-to for giving exterior wood a new lease of life, industry sales data from the British Coatings Federation (BCF) has shown that the use of opaque woodstains outdoors is on the up.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide on what makes opaque woodstains such a popular choice for exterior wood, and how you can achieve the best results.

Why go opaque?

Choosing opaque woodstain brings a number of practical benefits, as well as the option of using bright, bold colours, to ensure the timber will be protected from the elements for years to come. Sadolin Beautiflex Solvent Opaque Woodstain for example offers up to seven years’ protection with a flexible finish which resists cracking, peeling and flaking, thanks to its natural erosion through weathering – making it ideally suited to decking areas.

Sadolin Superdec on the other hand is an opaque woodstain which is suitable for most external timber items including doors and windows. It creates a solid colour finish which is weather resistant to UV light and water – leaving colours looking brighter for longer.

Opaque woodstains also offer an ideal solution for surfaces which have previously been stained or painted, as its opacity allows for a complete transformation.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Before adding an opaque woodstain however, as with all exterior wood projects, it’s important to ensure the surface has been correctly prepared to ensure the best result. Fortunately, Sadolin Superdec is self-priming and undercoating, so the required preparation is minimal in comparison to other woodstains.

When working with new wood we recommend making sure the surface is thoroughly cleaned and any loose particles are removed to create the best possible base for coating. However, previously painted surfaces generally only require a clean to remove excess debris, though in some cases a light sand may also be necessary to create a suitable base to recoat.

For a step-by-step guide on preparing wood surfaces, watch our ‘how to’ video here.

Colourful choices

Earthy brown tones and greens have long been popular for exterior wood, as they allow wooden structures to blend in with the environment. With exterior trends often following interior trends, we’re seeing a lot of grey shades – like Asteroid, Whisper Grey and Volcanic Ash – being used outdoors at the moment, however as consumers lean more towards bold colours indoors, we’re expecting to see more of this making its way into gardens too, with pinks, purples and blues becoming popular.

And because Sadolin Beautiflex and Sadolin Superdec come in a choice of standard colours as well as 300 tintable shades, there’s something to suit all tastes and styles. If you’re struggling to choose the perfect colour for your project, our Exterior Colour Book can provide advice and guidance on choosing the right shade, with factors such as historical styles and regional colours.


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