The elements can wreak havoc on outdoor timber, leaving the exterior of your home looking tired and unkempt.

But while it’s impossible to control the wrath of nature, you can influence how efficiently your woodwork endures the sometimes extreme British weather conditions:

1. Choose a weatherproof paint

Dulux Weathershield Exterior Gloss or Satinwood is designed to protect outdoor wood from the sun, wind and rain, so your paint will look fresh for longer.

2. Prep like a pro

Before you start, make sure you sand down rough areas to remove old or peeling paint, and fill in any cracks with good-quality wood filler, such as Polycell Wood Flex Polyfilla.

3. Prime time

Now prepare the surface with a primer designed for exterior woodwork, such as Weathershield Quick Dry Undercoat, making sure it’s completely dry before applying your first coat of paint.

4. Show your true colours

Now you’re ready for the fun bit – giving your woodwork a lick of colour. Weathershield comes in a range of ready-mixed colours and finishes, while Weathershield Paint Mixing products can be mixed to order in any Dulux shade. So there’s something to suit every style of home – and homeowner.

Once your woodwork is looking all shiny and new again, why not go one step further and spruce up your porch, or other surrounding masonry, as well? After all, a little bit of effort goes a long way when it comes to the exterior of your home, and Weathershield Masonry paint is quick and easy to use.

Weathershield’s quick-drying formula means it’s completely rainproof in just 30 minutes, while a combination of unique ingredients actually resists peeling and flaking, as well as staining caused by mould. And if you need more convincing, it also comes in a range of shades curated by our colour experts, so you can depend on it to look good, too.

In fact, we’re so confident in our formulation, we’re offering a new Weathershield Promise, which guarantees to protect your home for as long as you live in it. If your Weathershield Smooth Masonry or Textured Masonry paint peels, flakes or goes mouldy while you’re still living in your home, we promise to return the value of a replacement product. All you need to do is register your purchase with our easy-to-use portal*.

*Registration and paint application required within 120 days of purchase. T&Cs and exclusions apply.

For more information about the new Dulux Weathersheild Promise, please click here