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Decking Paint – Dark Brown

Premium and long-lasting matt opaque finish for decking

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Dark Brown Decking Paint Swatch with tin
  • Excellent adhesion and flexibility of the film
  • Guaranteed against peeling or flaking for 5 years on bare wood decking
  • Delivers high traffic performance on deck surfaces and perfect choice for long-lasting beauty on siding
  • Protects against moisture damage
  • Available in wide range of 35 different colours
  • ALL previous finishes must be removed prior to application

Our Dark Brown Decking Paint is a premium finish suitable for use on new wood, weathered wood and even previously treated wood. It is fortified with Owatrol’s Emulsa-Bond helping it to provide unsurpassed adhesion on both horizontal and vertical surfaces where competitors would require extensive preparation and priming whilst providing a rich matt finish perfect for decking.

The Decking Paint range has now been expanded and it is available in 35 stylish colours and is incredibly easy to use with just 2 coats needed in most cases. It provides long-lasting performance, even in high traffic areas like your garden decking and when applied correctly to bare wood is guaranteed against peeling or flaking for 5 years on horizontal surfaces such as decking and 15 years on vertical cladding and sidings (please see below for limited warranty specific details).

Ideal Uses for Owatrol’s Dark Brown Decking Paint

  • Giving your decking a new look in our Dark Brown Decking Paint
  • Protecting decks previously treated with inferior products which have peeled or flaked
  • Long-lasting protection for outdoor wood furniture
  • Also suitable for fencing, cladding and other exterior wood surfaces

If this isn’t quite the Brown you were looking for, we also have other shades available such as Canyon, Coffee, Bark Brown, Mahogany, Mid Brown & Traditional Oxford Brown.

Please Note: colour shown is given as a guide only. Actual colour will depend on the type and age of the wood surface treated. Always test with a sample first before coating the entire surface.



Owatrol International warrants Decking Paint against peeling on wood decks for 5 years and against cracking, peeling and flaking on wood cladding for 15 years from the date of purchase if it is applied on bare wood to a properly prepared surface according to label directions – this means that all previous coatings MUST be properly removed before applying Decking Paint or the adhesion could be compromised.

Owatrol International will, at its option, replace the material or refund the purchase price if Decking Paint does not perform as described above. Please see the technical data for the full warranty.

This Product is DeckMark & CladMark Certified.

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Always read the Decking Paint Product Information before using and follow the instructions carefully.

Surface Preparation

New wood surfaces

Before using Decking Paint, all surfaces must be clean, dry and free of dirt, grease and mildew. However, in addition new wood also has a hard shiny surface known as mill glaze which prevents maximum penetration – preventing any coating from adhering properly. We would always recommend new wood is treated with Seasonite new wood protection and then allowed to weather for a minimum of 6 months after which time Decking Paint can be applied following the  instructions for weathered wood.

Weathered wood surfaces

Uncoated wood surfaces which have weathered for 6 months of more simply need a thorough cleaning to restore their original colour and remove any built-up dirt and grime before applying decking paint. To do this simply use Net-Trol wood cleaner which is scrubbed on, allowed to work and then rinsed off. Be sure to allow your wood to dry thoroughly for 48 hours afterwards before applying Decking Paint.

Previously coated surfaces

In this case, first sand or scrape to remove any loose, flaking or peeling finish (if there is any). If necessary, you should strip the surface with Dilunett Gel before cleaning and neutralising it with Net-Trol wood cleaner. Then allow 48 hours for the surface to dry before applying Decking Paint.

Application of Owatrol’s Decking Paint

Owatrol’s Decking Paint is easy to apply by following these simple instructions.

First apply a coat of Decking Paint avoiding heavy application. Be sure to work it into the grooves of the deck to ensure even protection. Next allow this coat to dry for 3-4 hours before applying a second coat. If applying by spray, always back-brush or back-roll immediately after application to ensure uniformity of colour, coverage and penetration.


Surfaces with harsh exposure to weather or traffic will wear more quickly than other areas. In these cases, clean affected areas with Net-Trol and recoat as necessary.

Clean Up

Clean all tools and equipment with soap and water whilst still wet. If allowed to dry, remove with paint stripper.

Rags soaked in this product should be soaked with water before disposing of with household waste.

Please Note: Woods high in tannins e.g. Cedar, Ipe, Oak, Teak will darken when treated with Aquanett, Prepdeck or Dilunett. Neutralising with Net-Trol immediately after rinsing will lighten and restore the woods colour.

It is imperative that a contact time test is done when using Aquanett, Prepdeck or Dilunett on Oak, Chestnut and other high tannin content woods to avoid blackening the wood – Refer to the relevant TDS.

Things to Remember

  • Before starting your project, test penetration and absorbency by sprinkling water lightly onto the wood. If the water is absorbed rapidly, surface is free of contamination and ready for staining. If water is repelled, thorough preparation, as for new wood must be performed.
  • Before starting application, test the colour choice on a small area and allow to dry to determine final colour.
  • Purchase sufficient product for the whole job and mix all product together before starting to avoid colour variances.
  • If applying with a sprayer it must be (.017-.021 tip at 1800-2000 psi (124-138 bars)
  • Cover everything you do not wish to coat, including plants and shrubs.
  • Apply between 10°C and 35°C.
  • Do not apply in direct sunlight, on hot surfaces.
  • Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 48 hours.
  • Mix product thoroughly before and during application. Do not thin.
  • Always work the entire length of a deck board or horizontal siding to a logical break, such as a window or door frame.
  • Vertical siding should be coated from top to bottom.

51 reviews for Decking Paint – Dark Brown

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    Bradley Verified Owner

    Great product with a quality finish..

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Grey

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    David Kitchener Verified Owner

    Really pleased with the excellent service received from Owatrol regarding delivery of samples and my order which arrived next day. The application of the decking paint was easy with a brush and gave excellent coverage after two coats. All of the colours suited our needs but we chose green which looks really smart and complements our newly laid artificial lawn. Very satisfied with the product and service provided by Owatrol……not cheap but if it lasts five years as claimed then it represents a good investment.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Mallard Green

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    david luxton Verified Owner

    Very helpful team supporting products. Found stripping previous decking oil coats frustrating and very time consuming, requiring repeat treatments of Dilunett, Aquanett and Nettrol and eventually I resorted to sanding the last vestiges. These strippers though, as claimed, seemed non toxic to the pondlife nearby. Painting was therefore a simple operation, colour a little lighter than anticipated so should have bought a sample pot first. Time will tell as to whether the paint is as dusrable as is claimed but looks very nice freshly painted, though none of the products are cheap. Delivery very efficient.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Sea Foam Green

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    Thank you for getting back to me i will try and strip the old stain of the decking first.

    Kind Regards

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

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    Hi I have treated my decking with a dark stain and she wants it a light colour
    can i apply this paint on top of the stain without any primer or undercoat.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi Paul,

      Unfortunately you can’t apply Decking Paint on top of another stain as we can’t guarantee the adherence of that previous coating and the Decking Paint would be adhering to that rather than the wood itself. To use Decking Paint (or any of our other finishes) you would first need to strip your existing stain using Dilunett or another brand of wood strippers.

      If you need any further help please don’t hesitate to contact us.
      The Owatrol Team

      Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

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    Adam Wharton

    Hi. All the comments are recent ones stating they are confident that the paint will last 5years. Are there any older reviews that would help prove it does? Thanks.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi Adam,

      This photograph shows the surface after 3 years. It was applied in 2014. Generally speaking customers leave their reviews quite soon after purchasing so unfortunately we don’t tend to get many reviews about the longevity. Decking 3 years after application

      Many thanks,
      The Owatrol Team

      Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

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    A mcgreevy Verified Owner

    A bit expensive, if it does what it says on the tin it will be worth it. Painted my newly laid decking at tail end of summer, we will see how it survives the winter.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Black

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    brian cooper Verified Owner

    Before I painted my newly installed deck I did a little unscientific trial. I had my builder leave me a decking plank and painted it with one coat , I placed it on the gravel by the door and walked on it each time I went in and out of the house. The paint held up well no scuffing or signs of damage to the surface. Because I have dogs I wanted to seee how it would hold up with their claws running over it. I turned the plank paint side down on the gravel and again walked over it every time I went in and out for a week. I was amazed to find little or no damage to the painted surface. It did get grubby but that’s hardly suprising. It was just a case of going over the plank with a mop and it came up like new. I was pleased with the results of my test and went ahead and painted the deck. The paint goes on easily and it gives good coverage. We tried a new household roller but found it didn’t get into the grooves of the decking . My wife persevered with a soft brush to complete the job. We let it dry for a couple of days before applying the second coat. For the second. Coat we purchased a thick piled decking roller, this made the second application a very easy quick job. One of the things I love about this paint is the clean up is so easy , how such a tough paint can be cleaned with just water is suprising.
    The paint has been down a couple of weeks and with constant daily traffic it hasn’t had any detrimental affect on the Finnish. The paint has a five year life , judging by my initial tests and how it has stood up to daily traffic and three dogs I am both pleased and confident I picked the right paint for the job. I know how the paint stands up on a horizontal surface as I have used it on cladding, I am now confident this is going to stand the test of time. I highly recommend this treatment for decking it’s the best there is having spent pounds on many products that just don’t work it’s a money saver in the long run.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

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    Andy Verified Owner

    The decking paint is very easy to apply and creates a great smooth matt finish. Do take note of the advice that there should be every expectation of dry conditions for 48 hours after application as we were unfortunate to have rain soon after application on one section of deck and we were left with white vein lines.

    If you follow the advice you will be more than happy with the finished surface and it has certainly given our deck a premium finish and a new lease of life.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Light Green

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    Alison taberner Verified Owner

    Seems really good quality paint only put it on a few weeks ago so yet to say about durability

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Aged Grey

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Coverage: 8-10m2 per litre
Tools: Brush, Roller, Airless Sprayer
Suitable for: Exterior use
Clean up: Soap & water
Drying Time:  24-48 hours
Re-coating Time: 3-4 hours
Suitable Surfaces: New or weathered softwood & hardwood