Bedec Advanced Gloss Review

Updated May 19, 2024 | Posted Dec 5, 2022 | Product Reviews, Paints | 1 comment

Bedec Advanced Gloss is a fully water-based paint used on interior and exterior timber and other trim. You can buy this product online by clicking here, or from several stockists in white, black, or a handful of tinted colours. Touch dry in around and hour, the recoat time is more like 4 – 8 hours, meaning you can apply more than one coat of Bedec Advanced Gloss in a day. You can apply this paint via brush, roller, or airless sprayer.


My Bedec Advanced Gloss Review


I’ll say from the outset, I think this is the best water-based gloss paint on the market.

The industry is moving away from oil-based paint products. As a professional decorator, in a desperate attempt to find something to rival that coveted oil gloss finish, I have tried a lot of gloss paints over the years. Few have come close to imitating that slick glossy look that oil creates. But that’s when I found Bedec Aqua Advanced, and I have not looked back.

The reason oil-based gloss goes a horrible yellow colour is because the oil degrades when it doesn’t have constant access to UV light, you know, the sun. That’s why you’ll always find it’s yellowed the worst in airing cupboards or underneath your second favourite dressing gown on the back of your bedroom door. Hence the need for a water-based alternative.


Bedec Aqua Advanced provides the perfect solution for this depressing dilemma, and it’s whiter than some of the industry favourites, like Helmi 80 or Johnstone’s Aqua.

Being water-based, meaning it’s made up of acrylic and polyurethane instead of oil, it doesn’t yellow. But that’s not even the reason I rate Bedec so highly.

There are so many water-based gloss paints on the market these days, but most struggle in their desperate bid to outshine their oil-based counterparts. Because of this, they compromise and lack opacity. Meaning I’d need about 20 coats before I cover any discolorations on my existing woodwork. But with Bedec Aqua Advanced I can apply two reasonably thin coats, and it will dry to a juicy sheen, with really decent opacity.

You’ll find Bedec Advanced Gloss easy to use, flows nicely, and leaves you with a great finish. What more could you ask for?

As with all water-based paints, application is key. To get the best base to start with, I lay a solid prime coat after a good sand, You should always use Bedec Aqua Advanced Primer prior to applying the gloss, particularly over previously painted surfaces.

I don’t have anywhere near as much working time as I do with the dated oil, so I like to apply a generous coat with a mini roller, and then lay it off with a really nice soft synthetic brush. Literally just one or two strokes to smooth it out right after I’ve rolled a section and the paint pulls back beautifully when it’s dry. Bedec Aqua Advanced Gloss has great working time compared with others, and is easy to use.


Warm air flow will dull any water-based gloss, so I avoid having windows open or the radiators on when I’m applying it. However, with that being said, it will brush the best if the paint is a bit warm itself, so I make sure it’s in a cosy position before I get started.

When it’s dried, it’s really tough, I’ve been back to hall stairs and landings that I’ve painted a few years later and they still look as good as the day I left.


To Summerise:


  • Great opacity
  • Excellent Sheen Level
  • Good working time
  • Barely any smell with Low VOC’s
  • Non-Yellowing
  • Readily available to buy off the shelf
  • Dries quickly
  • Great price


  • Scratching the barrel for something bad to say, perhaps that its consistency leads me to believe I should put it on thick, but it doesn’t level out as well as a two comfortable coats. So, you do need to make the time for that extra coat. 

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Best Paintbrush for Bedec Advanced Gloss


As with any water-based gloss product, having a good-quality paintbrush will make all the difference when applying Bedec Advanced Gloss. There are plenty of other great brushes out there which will do the job, but if follow my recommendation, you won’t go far wrong.

The Proform Picasso Original Oval Brush takes some beating. You’ll find it holds its shape well but is still soft enough to lay the paint off. That means you can cut straight lines but avoid brush marks when you’re working with it. Available online by clicking here. (Thank me later)

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About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. Andy Smith

    Bedec is something I keep coming back to after trying the others. I do tend to use Bulleye 123+ as a primer/undercoat because of the fast recoat, but the Bedec u/c is very nice to use.

    I’ve just been using the gloss through hvlp on a staircase and it does spray very nicely.


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