Over the past couple of weeks the weather has really been rather dry so I've been working hard in the garden so I can sit back and relax for when the summer sun comes our way.
Wickes Exterior Varnish:
'Flexible - resists cracking and peeling, all weather UV protection'
I'm a person who really loves making things I have such enjoyment when I have completed an item and a sense of achievement. So I like to make such I do the job right and use products that will help it last well and protect against the elements. I recently made some planters for my mom using scrap wood my dad had lying around his shed.
Once my planter were complete I painted them in just normal matt paint obviously the paint would soon wash off when watering the plants or when the rain came down. So off I went to my local DIY store which for me was Wickes. I needed a good but cheap can of varnish, as I have used ones from the pound shop before in the past and well what a poor job they did!
After reading so many cans of varnish I came across the right one, it was a clear gloss exterior varnish. I needed clear as I already painted the planters the colour I wanted. Opening the tin you need something like a flat headed screw driver. The whole lid lifts off and soon as the lid is open the smell hits you! I personally think it is on the strong side.
In my opinion I would recommend painting any products/items outside the shed as I found the smell got a little over whelming. The gloss has a medium consistency and holds well on your brush, when brushing it over my planters I was a little worried as it comes clear with a slight dirty pale yellow colour. Luckily it dries perfectly clear!
It is recommended you apply two coats of this varnish to obtain maximum results, so this is what I did. I was able to do it all in one day as it only took an hour and the first coat was dry to the touch. The second coat however took around hour and thirty minutes before it was completely dry.
So far my planter are standing up well it gave them a lovely shiny gloss finish. I have seen any cracks or peals, and the coloured paint underneath the gloss is still just how it was the first day I painted. They have now been outside for a while now in the rain and winds and still in perfect condition.
Now it does state on the packaging that it is suitable for soft and hard woods, however I do get carried away at times and started to paint my plastic pots then gloss over the top. At the time I didn't know if it would work but it has! My dated plastic pots now have a new lease of life; the varnish went on perfectly and dried in no time. The plastic pots are also outside with a shiny glossed look.
But this is me, I didn't stop there! I spotted in the pound shop some stickers which matched the colour of my pots. So I stuck them on my pots and yes you guessed it glossed over the stickers to protect them and that also worked amazingly well!
Price and Availability:
It cost me £9.98 for a 0.75 litre tin which states should cover for up to 11m. I personally wanted a smaller tin but that was the smallest I could find. However if needed they do bigger tins, at the time I was thinking to myself £10.00 that is more than I wanted to pay, but for the results I have got from this product I'm more than happy.
Well I am over the moon with what I have completed so far, table and chairs and the next things to do! This varnish was easy to work with, dries much faster than claims and a little goes a long way. I still have more or less a whole tin! So if you're feeling like you want to jazz your garden up I would certainly recommend you protecting it with this varnish.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
* Use on previously stained, varnished or bare wood
* Tough and durable 5 year protection
* All weather UV protection
* Flexible and microporous