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Osmo country colour & WR basecoat

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by angelboy, 17 Jun 2020.

  1. angelboy

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    I’m painting some garden furniture and was going to use the Osmo WR basecoat first (it’s new pine) then Osmo country colour (Labrador blue)

    Are they worth the massive cost or is there an alternative?
     
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  3. Toria J

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    A chippy friend who specialises in outdoor stuff swears by Osmo. The reviews are excellent too.
    Is it worth it? Depends how expensive your furniture is.

    What else have you considered?

    I painted my veranda in Cuprinol Shades garden paint (water based with wax added) two years ago and it still looks great.
     
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    I painted a fence and gazebo in Ronseal fence paint and a year later it’s washed out. I painted a outbuilding with some barn paint from Paintmaster and it’s like new 2 years later. I also repainted the gazebo in this paint. It seems to have quite a thick plastic coat to it. I was going to use this on the furniture but I’m thinking it’ll look too thick and clumsy, if you get my meaning. The osmo stuff is gonna cost £120 for the paint and basecoat but I’m reading it could last 10 years. The basecoat I’m also going to use on a large garden table so that why I need 2.5ltrs.

    Every online supplier is charging the exact same amount to the penny so it seem Osmo must demand set prices. I just can’t find it cheaper.
     
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    Do you mean paint? Or do you mean fence stain?

    Fences shrink and expand massively when their moisture content rises and falls in rain or sunshine, and are rough sawn wood. Ordinary paint will flake or peel off. Fence stains are not paint but leave a coloured waxy film to repel water, until it weathers away.
     
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    This stuff.
    https://www.toolstation.com/ronseal-fence-life-plus-5l/p84400

    Also, that's why I was looking at the Osmo stuff because the paint says it doesn't bubble or flake off.
     
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    by the price and description it appears to be a water-based waxy emulsion fence stain.
     
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    OK. I'm not bothered about that stain though, I was just telling you the different types of stain/paint I've used before and what the results have been. I'm not going to paint the garden furniture in the Ronseal stuff, I'm going to paint it in the Osmo paint. I just wanted to know if there was an alternative that performs like the Osmo but is cheaper.
     
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    Ronseal fence stains/paints are renowned for washing off. The water doesn't bead so I don't think they have wax in, certainly not like the Cuprinol Ducksback (which is only for rough sawn) or Garden Shades. Both of which stick properly if used appropriately, IME.

    Garden paints generally are waterbased with wax - you know when there's wax in as subsequent coats need applying within a certain amount of time, otherwise they roll off. For Garden Shades & Johnstone's Garden Colours, it's 8 hours (imprinted on my memory as I decided I hated the colour that evening & had to take an emergency trip into town to buy another can).
    GS is quite thin, the Rustins variant is too, so you do see the wood grain through - I wouldn't say it's plasticky.

    I've not used any of them on furniture yet though, just rough-sawn and smooth timber. I was really impressed with the Rustins coverage on a door.

    I'll take a pic later if you want, once it stops ****ing down here.

    The Osmo system is oil-based, so totally different.

    Have you spoken to a supplier, e.g. Wood Finishes Direct? They're pretty helpful and have been through the different options with me before now. They'll also be aware of supply problems.
     
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