I purchased this paint to see if it could be a replacement for the discontinued Sikkens Rubbol BL Satura for the decoration of internal woodwork, as in my opinion the Sikkens paint was exceptional and should be used as a benchmark to evaluate other waterborne paints.
Dulux Quick Dry satinwood is a thick bodied paint which I found difficult to apply evenly to large panels. The paint itself when applied upon a prime or undercoat achieves very good coverage and it is only the subsequent layers which proved to be disappointing. I believe the reason for this poor result is the highly smooth finish to the paint which causes the wet paint film to slide rather than grip the under layer. As a result of this wet paint slide the final dried paint film appeared patchy and uneven.
However on small and detailed surfaces, such as banister rails, and architraves and skirting this wet paint film slide was less noticeable and in the final paint finish was acceptable.
Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood achieves a very smooth paint film finish, the satin sheen is glossier than Dulux Diamond Eggshell and feels softer when touched. The appearance is pleasing to the eye and there is a great depth to the paint film.
I would recommend Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood for use on internal woodwork as I believe the end results are worth the extra effort this paint requires. A practical solution to overcoming the patchiness on larger panels is to use Dulux quick dry undercoat or equivalent product to prepare the panels for their final application, and ensuring that when you apply the Satinwood you do so evenly.
Despite my reservations I have given this product a five-star rating, this is because there is an element of adaption on the part of the decorator in both the preparation and painting process when using modern waterborne paints to achieve the best results.
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