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Decking Paint – Forest Dew

Premium and long-lasting matt opaque finish for decking

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  • 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 Forest Dew 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 Forest Dew Decking Paint

  • Giving your decking a new look in our Forest Dew 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 colour you were looking for, we also have similar shades available such as Blue Grey, Green, Grey, Light Green, Mallard Green, Shale & Wave Green.

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 – Forest Dew

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    Jamie Ryan Verified Owner

    I spent a lot of money last year on this product after cheaper ‘bnq’ products failing. I following all the instructions, cleaned the decking with prep deck, following by net trol (more money spent) then hundred of pounds on the paint, only to fine by the time winter came the decking started peeling. Jet washed it recently reading for spring and 80% of the decking pint has come off! I’ve been told I need to sand it all back and re paint it, more money… if this doesn’t work I hope I will get some money back!

    garden deck

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Winter Sky

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi there Jamie,

      We are sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with our Decking Paint – this is most unusual. We would like to help you get to the bottom of the problem. Please feel free to give us a call so we can help you and discuss it: 01582 592707

      We would need to know:

      – How old the decking is
      – How big the area is
      – How many other treatments have been applied to the surface
      – How much Prepdeck & Net-Trol was used and how were they applied
      – How long was left after rinsing the Net-Trol

      We hope to hear from you and get this sorted.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

      Originally posted on Decking Paint - Winter Sky

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    Bob Bentinck Verified Owner

    I’m a P&D First time I’ve used this system. I striped the decking with Prep-Deck and cleaned with Net – Trol, followed by Stone grey decking paint. It was excellent. The strip and cleaners took the Deck right back to the wood, and the paint had great coverage, and only took two coats to finish. My clients were over the moon with the results. Although it’s early days, I’ve no reason to think it won’t last.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Stone

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    Sarah Bott Verified Owner

    Spent ages trying to find good decking paint! Many just didn’t work. This is expensive but well worth it. Used three colours to create a beach theme effect.
    Lovely thick paint that dried very quickly. The only colour that needed more than one coat was the white.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Wave Green

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    Guy Verified Owner

    Insights from and insider.

    I’m a Designer and I have worked with the marketing and production of the other ‘deck paint’ products on offer at your local DIY centres.

    These big name brands promise, but only deliver in the short term.

    If you’ve spent the money on the construction, and spent time on the proper preparation, a word of advice…Don’t be cavalier with regard to the preservation and finish.

    This deck paint is only product that works. Genuinely. Quite literally, you pay for what you get.

    With Owatrol you get a professional job that will LAST!

    No marketing bullshit.

    I know from mistakes of using the products I’ve helped design that this is a costly and flaking-well infuriating.

    Stupidly, I fell under the marketing spell,read the copy on the product, saw the price and thought with proper prep, my job would be better…. it wasn’t!

    After using a well known, moderately priced product on a correctly prepared surface, it flaked after 1 season.

    I had to lift my deck up and paint the reverse, bare side of the timber to rescue my ruined deck.

    Using owatrol deck paint on the bare side of my flipped deck, Saved me a rebuild and therefore a lot of money – 3 years on it’s still perfect!

    Thank you Owatrol. No thanks commercial brands.

    Contrary to popular opinion, you can paint decking. It will last. Just use the right stuff!

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Winter Sky

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    Ian Ferguson

    Last year’s project was a very old and tired area of decking by the house. I had used various stains/preservatives over the years, and was about to give up and have the area laid to patio at great expense. I then had the thought that perhaps I could paint the decking and stumbled on the Owatrol website.

    After speaking with Ken I gave it a go and am delighted with the result of using Decking Paint in the shade Light Green (unfortunately I don’t have any “before” images, but believe me it looked a mess!)

    Will be using the lockdown period to attack another area of decking, this time using Textrol – can only hope the result will be as impressive!

    After using Owatrol Decking Paint
    After using Owatrol Decking Paint

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Light Green

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    Linda T Verified Owner

    Bought this to paint the threshold of the front door, which gets a lot of wear and tear as there are four flats and seven people in the house. I stripped the threshold back to bare wood and sanded it thoroughly, which took ages, and painted this stuff on, which didn’t. It covers extremely well and is very quick and easy to apply, although it is very runny as it is apparently actually a coloured stain mixed with some magic formula to make it adhere better and give it opacity, so care is needed to prevent drips.
    I applied two coats as per the instructions and got a good solid, opaque finish which appears to be holding up very well.
    The service from this company is great, (I have used a couple of their other products as well as this). When I phoned up for advice the person I spoke to was friendly and very helpful and the product was delivered very quickly.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Black

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    John Barrott Verified Owner

    I have to say that decking paint was of great quality and covered extremely well. Decking looks great,but at £90 + per tin it does make you think about buying another one for a second coat.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Mahogany

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi John,

      Thank you for your kind words regarding Decking Paint – we are glad you had a good experience using it.
      Both our 1 liter and 2.5 liter tins are under £90 so it really does depend on how much you need for your project.
      With Owatrol products you can be assured of the highest quality finish and protection.
      We are so confident of the quality of Decking Paint that Owatrol International warrants against peeling on wood decks for 5 years and against cracking, peeling and flaking on wood cladding for 15 years.

      Thanks again for choosing Owatrol.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

      Originally posted on Decking Paint - Mahogany

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    David Barr Verified Owner

    I wasn’t sure which colour was right for the job. In the end I sent for 2 sample pots. Both were received after being informed when they had been despatched and kept aware of their progress. Consequently I was able to make the right choice. A great service.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Green

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    Alastair MacQueen Verified Owner

    I used an excellent American latex decking product Ace Wood Royal for many years but could no longer find a supplier in the UK.

    This is every bit as good – it is standing up very well to wear and tear and the unbelievable heat we have been having over the last few weeks.

    My decking has been getting so hot it is impossible to walk on it barefoot ! Paint seems totally un-affected.

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Mallard Green

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    Elizabeth Adamson

    Initial impression… fab!! Great coverage.. great colour.. only just painted it on so the proof will be in the pudding regarding how it performs over time. So far so fab! If it wears well., will be 5 stars!!

    Originally posted on Decking Paint - Birch Wood

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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