Can you use fence paint for decking? The experts weigh in on whether it's a good idea

A garden scene with wooden fence and decking and large garden bed with a lovely outdoor dining table
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If you're like me, when it comes to a spot of DIY or spruce-ups, I always prefer to use the fewest possible tools or products. Maybe it's the millennial in me, but if there's a tool or product that does everything, then that's always my go-to.

My desire for a magical one-size-fits-all approach has often steered me wrong. I even managed to convince myself that using gloss paint for wood was really just a clever marketing ploy. I definitely learnt my lesson when I was sanding peeling paint off a brand new set of built-in cupboard units.

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Jimmy Englezos

Jimmy is the Senior Brand Manager at Ronseal, the UK's number one woodcare brand. Jimmy regularly provides insights and guidance on how to properly prepare wood for treatment, as well as handy tips and hints for decorating and general woodcare projects.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.