Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood Review

Updated Feb 12, 2023 | Posted Jan 15, 2019 | Professional insight, Product Advice | 0 comments

I received the 2.5ltr tin of Dulux trade diamond satinwood from Akzo Nobel, so I thought I’d write a quick review.

I used to use the Dulux QD satinwood when it was first out and wasn’t overly impressed. However, I was looking forward to seeing how far it had come on. Water-based paints as a whole have come a long way in the past few years. That said, the oil Vs water debate still rages on!! Plus, I’m always very interested in trying new water-based woodwork paints.

This is a fully water-based product which is available in white, or any colour from Dulux’s vast range. It dries rock solid and will never discolour. Recoat time is around 6 hours, meaning you can achieve multiple coats in a day.

I opted to test this paint in a bathroom. All the woodwork had been rag rolled last time the room was done over 15 years ago.

After the standard preparation, I used a coat of grip primer (Tikkurila otex) as I was applying the paint system over old oil-based gloss. I know this product is self-priming, but I wanted to make sure. As you can see from the photo the opacity is very good, that’s one coat of Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood on top of oil otex, going over a green rag rolled woodwork, I was very impressed.

The only complaint I do have is the ninja runs!! You need to constantly look back over your work in case drips start to appear out of nowhere. Slightly annoying, but you can manage it.

Dulux Diamond Satinwood review
Dulux Diamond Satinwood review

I found the Dulux Trade diamond satinwood applied brilliantly onto the primer. Nice open time, nice flow, and very importantly, good opacity. It dried as quick as most water based do and there was virtually no odour to it.

It feels very much like oil to apply, I’ve not thinned it our tried any paint conditioner, I always like to see how the paint is straight out the tin, and I was very surprised at how nice it is on the rush and rolls out with the fussy blokes 5mm mini roller sleeves.

I’m looking forward to trying it out some more jobs and having a play with it through an airless and hvlp sprayer, and testing to see if paint conditioners make a big difference or not.


I used to be a big user of Dulux Trade, but found over the last 4/5 years, they lost the edge, but if this paint is a sign of things to come, I’d be very keen to try the range out again, because I really like it.


Where to buy Dulux Diamond Satinwood


Dulux diamond satinwood is widely available from many stores, be it online, DDC, or one of about a million independent merchants. If you don’t have a trade account, then it may be cheaper to buy this paint online. Click here to see online prices.

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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.


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