Crown trade satinwood review - an interior paint used on woodwork

Crown Trade Satinwood Review (White)

By Mike Gregory

This is Crown’s premium trade satinwood. Available in 1, 2.5 or 5 litre tins from any Crown Trade Centre, as well as plenty of other Stockists 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 wary of brush marks

Let’s Get It On With Crown Trade!!

I’ll be honest, I have used every trade satinwood, and this is my favourite 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. The finish is bang on too of course. It looks good anywhere and in any style of house. This probably is the best oil-based satinwood out there in my humble opinion.

 

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 previously painted woodwork gets a quick tickle with some very fine 60 grade finishing paper, then I apply two heavy coats of the Crown Trade satinwood. 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 if you dilute it slightly with white spirit.

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 too. This 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 revisit every job months after I have finished it, but the issue is definitely a lot less prolific than it’s trade rivals from what I can tell. That has got to be a massive advantage.

 

Where To Buy

 

Crown Trade Satinwood is a popular product, so you’ll find it in various different paint outlets. You can always go directly to Crown Decorating Centre and get a good deal, regardless of whether you’re trade or DIY. You can also purchase this product online.

 

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What do Other Decorators Think About Crown Trade Satinwwod?

I think Crown is just about the best satinwood on the market unless you’re looking to spend big bucks on a designer paint like Benjamin Moore. The coverage is brilliant and its cheap. I don’t like the slightly off white colour it comes in, but it still looks amazing after the paint has had chance to cure. The main reason I like this paint is it seems to last for years and years before starting to discolour. I was using Johnstone’s satinwood until I recently moved over to this stuff, purely because of longevity. As a decorator you need to have faith that your work is going to look like new for years to come. With the restrictions in VOC’s, discolouring on oil-based paints is becoming a pain. Crown Trade Satinwood is probably the only oil-based satin product I still have faith in. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Mike Cupit

Great stuff, opacity is great, flows well and seems to have fairly low VOC’s compared to eggshell/gloss. It goes on a slight green/yellow but dries white. I would class it as a brilliant white rather than just white. Very hardwearing once cured and touches up easily if needed. Self undercoating and grips well.

Jamie Wakeford - Crown Trade satinwood review

Best oil satin you’d get, I’ve used it in a lot of traditional style houses where they asked for a none stark brilliant white finish. Takes a week or 2 to flatten off so always mention that to the customer before they think you’ve used gloss!

Christian Wardle

People get it in their heads that they want “brilliant white”. Fair enough, but go for gloss if you want it to stand out! Satinwood is supposed to be a dull, luxurious sheen, so a flat “white” is perfect. The Crown Trade satinwood is the best coverage, nicest finish and easiest to use out of any of the satinwood products on the market. Certainly the oil-based versions anyway. I do like Dulux Trade satinwood too, it just depends on the job really

Lee Thornton - Crown Trade Satinwood Review

I love Crown satinwood. Mostly because it’s easy to use and you know it’s going to last for years before it starts to discolour. Speaking of colour, I’m surprised this review doesn’t go into detail about the various different tints this paint is available in. Some Crown colours don’t mix into it, but most do and they can look stunning. I used a pastel green on walls and doors in a grand hallway recently (Crown Trade vinyl matt on walls and Crown satinwood on the doors). The satinwood was absolutely stunning!

James Nuttall

My favourite Satin 😍

Lee Britton

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