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How to Paint a Pergola Quickly Without Using a Brush

How to Paint a Pergola Quickly Without Using a Brush

If you find that you’re short on time to complete a paint project, don’t stress! There are plenty of ways to apply paint in a quick and effective way without brushing the whole thing.

For your painting a pergola quickly, the best product to use, which is easy to apply and ideal for exterior wooden surfaces, is Cabot’s Timbercolour Deck & Exterior Paint. This self-priming water based product requires no undercoat when applying onto timber, which means faster, simpler painting. Specifically designed and formulated to provide exceptional durability for exterior timber surfaces, Cabot’s Timbercolour Deck & Exterior Paint would be perfect to use on your pergola.


Depending on the condition of your pergola you’ll need to prepare the timber differently

  • If the pergola is new timber then give it a clean down with Reviva Gel as this works perfectly for vertical surfaces and will reduce the chance of Tannin affecting the painted surface.
  • If the pergola has been previously coated with a decking oil or wood stain you will need to remove as much of this coat as possible using Intergrain Power Prep or by sanding.
  • If the surface has been previously painted, wash down using a pressure washer or a well-pressured garden hose. If there is any mould present you can use 30 Seconds Mould Off Exterior, which is a quick and easy way to remove dirt and mould stains. Make sure you remove any peeling or flaking paint.

Any screw, nail heads or steel brackets that are rusty will need to be treated to avoid rust stains bleeding through the Timbercolour. Using Action Gel from Action Corrosion (or a similar rust converter) is an effective way of treating rusty metals. Applying directly to the screw or nail heads and leaving for 20 minutes before washing or wiping off, the Gel will remove and convert the rust back to a sound surface for coating.

Once treated, spot prime these screw or nail heads with Action Extreme or an oil based Undercoat/ Primer, to seal and help prevent the rusting process from occurring in the future.


Painting on timber is quite different to painting on walls, which is why for best results it’s important to use a paint specifically formulated to give best results on timber. After you’ve finished cleaning the pergola and the wood has dried, you can start to apply the first coat of Cabot’s Timbercolour.

To apply the paint in the most effective, time-saving way, we recommend using the Maverick Fabric Mini Roller. This small roller will apply an appropriate amount of paint without gaining an orange peel finish, and being that its short, you’ll be able to maneuver the roller around tight corners and difficult angles. This makes application a lot easier and lets you get into the wood grain and all the hidden nooks & crannies.

You may still need a small brush like a lining fitch for the really hard to get to places. Allow two hours’ dry time before applying the second coat.

Timbercolour Deck & Exterior Paint can be tinted to over 1,000 colours, so there are plenty of options. If you’re unsure what material the pergola is made out of Cabot’s Timbercolour Deck & Exterior Paint is suitable to be applied onto bricks, concrete, decking, exterior dressed timbers, fibre cement board, rough sawn timber or weatherboard.

No paint project should be rushed so remember to take your time preparing the surface and applying the paint so that you get a nice even finish.

For more information regarding the Cabot’s range, what colour’s you can use and the best tools for the job, speak to the staff at your nearest Inspirations Paint store.