Dulux Trade Eggshell Review (Oil-Based) - an interior product for woodwork such as doors and skirting boards

Dulux Trade Eggshell Review (oil-based)

By Mike Gregory


Dulux Trade eggshell is an oil-based product which is “self-undercoating” on previously painted surfaces. However, you will need an appropriate primer for unpainted surfaces and an undercoat if you are going for a colour change. Touch dry in roughly 6 hours, but wait at least 16 hours before applying a second coat. You can get this product in white or tinted into any colour from the extensive Dulux range.


How does Dulux Trade Eggshell Perform?


The first thing to note about this product is it is lacking in opacity, especially in white. This can often lead to you having to apply an extra coat of paint which isn’t ideal. It is however, very easy to use. You’ll find it flies on via brush and roller and lays off easily. Drying time is extended with tinted colours and sometimes you need to wait a full 24 hours before re-coating. Clean up with white spirit.



The Overall Finish


The finish left when using Dulux Eggshell is fantastic. White really is an “in your face white” which is exactly what you want. The tinted colours are equally impressive.



How Well Does Dulux Eggshell Age?


The sheen level of this product is way too high when you first apply it, but it does flatten off over the weeks which follow, coming down to between 10 and 20% sheen (half that of satinwood) Another thing to note is the paint isn’t very durable until it’s had time to cure properly (a week or so after you’ve finished painting).


One of the biggest problems with oil-based paints in general is the discolouration (yellowing) over time. Dulux eggshell seems to last a lot longer than it’s competitors. In fact, eggshell is often chosen over gloss as it retains it’s colour for longer.



Would I Recommend the Product?


Dulux Trade eggshell is a great product, except the opacity issue in white. You should easily be able to cover yellowed paint with two coats of any oil-based product in white, but that isn’t always possible with this. It’s a shame really. I do still use it on certain jobs and I like the end result. I’d probably go 7/10 if I had to score it.


Where to Buy Dulux Trade Eggshell


Dulux Trade eggshell is available at many trade counters across Britain. I think it’s even available in B&Q, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting your hands on a tin. The most obvious place to go would be Dulux Decorating Centre. You can also buy it online at the Paint Shed.


Dulux Diamond Eggshell


This is the water-based alternative. The paint itself is quite good. You will need an adhesion primer if going over a surface previously painted with oil-based. The Diamond eggshell has a great finish, it’s nice and easy to apply and you get all the other benefits of water-based. Durability is good for a water-based paint and you can also used it as an emulsion (although it is an expensive emulsion).

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What do Other Decorators Think?

I completely agree with the majority of this. The opacity problem is easy to solve. All you need to do is give everything a coat of Dulux Trade undercoat, followed by a coat of eggshell. The finish paint flattens off really nicely.

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I can’t believe people are still using oil-based paints. There’s no need to, especially for something like an eggshell finish. So many great water-based alternatives out there

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