Dulux Trade Weathershield Paint Review

Dulux Weathershield Paint Review

Mike Cupit

 

Dulux is probably the brand leader when it comes to external paint. They certainly get talked about on the Decorators Forum an awful lot. So I thought it was time to give you my personal Dulux Trade Weathershield paint review. I’ll take you through the more mainstream trade products that Dulux manufacture, which you can use as a guide. Note I’m going to stick to trade products which are available from any DDC. You pay extra for trade, but the quality speaks for itself.

 

Dulux Trade Weathershield Masonry

Dulux Trade Weathershield masonry paint is a fantastic product. The opacity is bang on, as is the finish. You can apply this paint straight over stonework without the need for a primer. It has an elastic feel to it, as all good quality masonry paints should have. The paint is also “shower proof” within half an hour of applying it, meaning there is less chance of you getting caught out by a sudden downpour.

I’m going to give Dulux Weathershield masonry paint 9/10

 

Dulux Trade All Seasons Masonry Paint

Dulux Trade All Seasons Masonry Paint is an oil-based alternative, meaning it can be applied all year round. Opacity is quite frankly amazing! It comes slightly condensed so feel free to add some white spirit to help it flow. I think the product is really good, however you do pay a premium for it and there are cheaper alternatives out there that are just as good.

Dulux Trade All Seasons gets an 8 / 10. It would have been full marks if it wasn’t for the price issue.

 

Dulux Trade Weathershield Undercoat and Gloss

Dulux Trade Weathershield Gloss comes as a three-part system. You have an oil-based primer, undercoat, and then gloss. It is a 4-coat system over bare timber, and 3 over previously painted (2 coats of gloss to give it the flexibility needed for longevity).

 

I really like the Dulux Weathershield gloss system. You achieve a real high gloss, crisp finish which looks mint for years! A lot of people don’t bother with the second coat of gloss, and it will last without, but for the sake of it I’d rather follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Opacity of this product is ok, the ease of application is a little iffy, but it’s ok. You can have problems with brush marks when painting doors and the like, so use a mini roller, then lay off.

Dulux Weathershield Gloss gets a 9/10

 

Dulux Trade Quick Dry Opaque

Dulux Trade Quick Dry Opaque is basically a barn paint or “multi-surface paint”. It is fully waterbased and dead easy to apply. You are left with a luxurious matt finish. There are a few major issues with this product. The first one is the price which is way more than similar, or better products from different brands. Also, barn paint should have great adhesion and you should be able to apply it onto anything. The Dulux Trade Opaque takes a separate undercoat, meaning you need to buy another product. The other downside is it doesn’t last, so expect to have to repaint every few years. I’m sorry Dulux, you have got this one wrong.

Dulux Trade Quick Dry Opaque gets a 4 / 10. It does a job but there are better choices out there.

 

Dulux Trade Ultimate Exterior Woodstain

From a bad product, to a good one! Dulux Trade Ultimate Exterior Woodstain is a solvent based woodstain, is fairly fast drying, stands up well to British weather and for a woodstain, the opacity is bang on! You can have issues with brush marks, it doesn’t dry nice and flat like say Sikkens, so it may not be the best choice on big flat doors. However, on windows or soffits it is hard to beat.

 

Dulux Trade Ultimate Exterior Woodstain gets a 8/10