I’m going to stick to talking about the trade version, as it’s much better than their retail quick dry gloss. You can buy this paint form any Dulux Decorating Centre, but unless you qualify for a trade discount, it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy this product online. Click here to see online prices.
After many years using oil-based products for gloss work, I decided to give Dulux Quick Dry Gloss a try earlier this year.
I will admit to being sceptical as I’d heard stories of it being difficult to apply.
These were, I’m afraid to say, quite true. The paint dragged and wouldn’t flow very well, leaving a very brush-marked finish. To check it wasn’t just the brushes I used, I used a variety from different brushes from different manufactures. Whilst some were better than others, the finish was still not acceptable.
After reading the method suggested by Dulux and a few posts by other decorators on DFUK, I decided to use a very fine water mist spray from a cheap spray bottle to lightly mist the surface before application (or a damp lint free cloth) and a slightly damp brush. If you are using this product a lot to cover large areas, I would recommend cleaning the brush as it will begin to clog due to the quick drying of the paint.
The paint flowed much better giving a virtually brush-mark free finish, much closer to an oil-based one with less visible lines and a glossier finish.
Dulux Trade Quick Dry Gloss is part of a 2-stage system and requires an undercoat to be applied before the topcoat. QD undercoat is a vital part of the paint system.
The paint has quite good opacity and good coverage of large areas, it is thinner than oil-based paint so runs/ sags can be an issue if applied too thickly, use 2 coats as advised instead of 1 thick one, the result is a better finish and with a re-coat time of 6 hours between.
Dulux Quick Dry Gloss is very white and after returning many months later I can confirm it doesn’t yellow nearly as much as oil-based products do. However, it is a hybrid product rather than a true water-based, so you can expect some discolouration over time.
I like Dulux Quick Dry Gloss. It’s all in the application, which is different from any other product I’ve used. Remember to keep you brush wet and dampen the surface you intend to pain. Providing you do that, you’ll love Dulux Quick Dry too. It’s much better than oil-based and hold’s it’s own against some of its water-based competitors. Click here to see online prices.
The Best Tools to Apply Water-Based Gloss
Having the correct tools will make all the difference when applying Dulux Quick Dry Gloss. You will need a mini-roller to apply the material to larger areas of windowsills and doors, and you will need a good quality paintbrush for the smaller edges and the cutting-in.
Your roller should be lint-free, hold loads of gloss, distribute it evenly, and leave no orange peel. For me, the best roller for Dulux Quick Dry Gloss is Two Fussy Blokes. Click here to see online prices.
As for the paintbrush – you need something that keeps its shape so you can strike a line, but stay soft enough to lay-off your gloss as you apply it. I don’t think you’ll find better than the Purdy Monarch Elite XL. Click here to see online prices.
Dulux Quick Dry Gloss Review – by Ian Cooper