Crown Trade Satinwood (White) Review

By Mike Cupit

This is Crown’s premium trade satinwood. Available in 1, 2.5 or 5-liter tins from any Crown Trade Centre, as well as plenty of other Stuckists around Britain.

Pros

  • Self-undercoating

  • Great adhesion

  • Amazing opacity

  • Easy to use

  • Competitively priced

  • Hard wearing

Cons

  • Not available in brilliant white

  • You need to be weary of brush marks

Let’s Get It On !!

I’ll be honest, I have used every trade satinwood, and this is my favorite for a few reasons. As stupid as it sounds, the most important one after the finish, is it’s enjoyable to apply. Its creamy and flows off the brush with minimal effort. No dragging, less strain on the old arm, fewer runs, it’s just nice.

It’s All White in An Empty Rental

They don’t do a brilliant white!! Bit of a shocker really but it suits certain situations. It looks dull, which is how satinwood should look I suppose. Because it’s not “in your face” and “very shouty” like brilliant white would be, it hides a multitude of sins. I work for a lot of landlords and they all pretty much want the same thing. They don’t want me to go into a property and spend months filling, prepping, sanding, coating up, filling, sanding, prepping, etc. They want a good job but with a fast turnaround. Tenants don’t look after the property anyway. All the TRIM gets a quick tickle with some very fine 60 grade finishing paper, before I bang a couple of nice heavy coats on it. That’s where this product comes into its own in my opinion. The imperfections on the woodwork aren’t highlighted and because of the opacity of this stuff, two coats will cover anything!! Even with a bit of juice in it!!

That isn’t to say cheap rental jobs are the only time I use it. If fact its pretty much all I use. The finish is rich, creamy and luxurious in my honest opinion and looks stunning on all types of jobs.

They Call Me (Not So) Mellow Yellow 

I don’t like slating other brands when reviewing a rival product, but they’ve all got their strengths and their weaknesses. I have had spells of using each of the trade brands when it comes to satinwood. One which I really liked for a long time is Leyland Trade. That stuff is brilliant white, the opacity is also good, and the finished results look amazing. Not just that but Leyland isn’t even PPG’s premium brand, meaning its cheap. It has a major downfall though… It took me a few months to clock on, but it goes yellow very quickly. Going back to a job you completed a few months ago and seeing all your lovely woodwork well on its way out, is not only embarrassing, but it knocks your pride, which is a massive blow for any decorator worth their salt.

Now, I’m not stupib! I know that all oil-based paint will yellow (unless you buy magnolia), But I’ve never noticed the issue with Crown Trade Satin. Maybe because I don’t revisite every job months after I have finished it, but the issue is defiantly a lot less prolific than it’s trade rivals from what I can tell. That has got to be a massive advantage.

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