Dulux Weathershield Paint Review
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 from the Dulux exterior paint range 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.
If you don’t have a trade account at Dulux, or you want to order online, you might want to check The Paintshed out. The Paintshed is generally the best place to buy Dulux Trade online, just use discount code FORUM5 at the checkout. I can’t seem to find Weathershield undercoat and gloss in white on their site, but everything else is listed.
Dulux Weathershield Masonry Paint
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. Re-coat time is around 2 hours and you can get it mixed into any colour from Dulux’s vast range.
I’m going to give Dulux Weathershield masonry paint 9/10. I’d say it’s the best trade masonry paint on the market!!
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 almost as good.
Dulux Trade All Seasons gets an 8 / 10.
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 Weathershield 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 Opaque
The Dulux Trade Ultimate opaque is like the quick dry opaque, but solvent based. I love this product and I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves. You can have it tinted into any Dulux colour, touch dry in 6-hours, recoat the next day. Opacity in colours is bang on, in fact 1 coat on a colour change is sometimes enough! Ease of use is good too, as is the finish. The ultimate opaque will last around 10 years before needing to be redone.
9/10 from me
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. We do have a blog on the best exterior woodstain if you’d like some alternatives.
Dulux Trade Ultimate Exterior Woodstain gets a 8/10
Dulux metalshield is worth a mention. I always compare metal paint to Hammerite as that was the brand leader for many years. Hammerite can be applied directly onto rust, whereas the Dulux metalshield cannot. You need to spot prime any rust with an oxi primer as part of your prep. Opacity isn’t quite as good either. Saying that, you never need more that 2 coats which is all you can ask for.
Where the Dulux does come into its own is ease of use. Hammarite is thick and gloopy which makes life hard work. You can’t even dilute it. Dulux metalshield is a bit sticky but compared to any comparable products it is a joy. Brush marks aren’t as much of an issue either. In fact, the finish of this product is bang on.
I haven’t used the water-based version. But the oil is a great product. Easily gets 7/10. It would be 8 or 9 if it wasn’t for the extra prep needed
What do Other Decorators Think About Dulux Trade Weathershield Paint?
I haven’t used the full range of Dulux Exterior paint, but the Weathershield gloss is up there with the best oil-based on the market. Tikkurila Miranol is good but you need the 2nd gloss for full sheen, I find Weathershield gloss is that shiny with 1. Have used the water based satin and opaque and been impressed too. The opaque as good as any other water based opaque in my opinion including Demidekk and Superdec
Weathershield is probably Dulux’s best range of paints. Dulux Trade Weathershield masonry paint has one of the best opacities across all brands. The oil gloss is great stuff, I’ve only really had issues with red, but I think I read before that it’s down to the make-up of red paint rather than a Dulux issue. Water based undercoat is solid. The Opaque stuff is fantastic, the water based especially, however most other water based top c-oats still lag behind others but overall, Weathershield is an excellent system to use.
I’m a big fan of the Dulux Trade opaques, both oil and water-base. However, the oil does need a little help regards drying at time. Another good product the external quick dry satin. I find you can apply this with speed and recoat very quickly.
Dulux Weathershield trade smooth masonry paint has great opacity. I’ve found the 7.5 litre tubs are easy to lift and handle when working on scaffold, although you can get 10 litre tubs.
Dulux Weathershield undercoat and gloss system; great to work with and brilliant long lasting finish. Do find the oil undercoat even when dry remains a tad tacky so hard to rub between coats, so recommend using the Weathershield quick drying undercoat followed by the oil finish top👍
Weathershield undercoat and gloss; Opacity is not great with dark colours, even if you get the same colour match with the Weathershield undercoat the reds are a nightmare. Three coats on this door. The finished results were perfect
Dulux’s best range of paint! I find that it’s a little better than the Johnstone’s in darker colours. Johnstone’s seems to go funny colours every time it rains, but then dry out the same as it was before rain. No Dulux Weathershield available in Cornwall right now, not a bloody sausage. I’ve even got the bottom half of a new build house cut in in first coat waiting for paint to roll and second coat as soon as it comes into stock at either Dulux (daylight robbery) Dec Centre or Brewers…
I always use the Dulux Quick Dry Opaque on all my windows, doors, fascia and any other exterior woodwork. I find it covers well and you can get two coats in under an hour. Weathershield masonry has great coverage, never bother with the gloss as you only get 8 years life out of it and that is if you use the hole 1 2 3 process. You get 10 with opaque so I steer my customers towards that. In my opinion the opaque covers better than Zinsser All Coat, Sandtex and True Gard. They’re the only ones I’ve tried.
You can’t go wrong with any of the Dulux Trade Weathershield range. Let’s be honest, it’s one area where Dulux really excel. I particularly like the undercoat and gloss system. It lasts for years and the sheen level and overall finish are phenomenal! Apart from Sikkens (which is also owned by Akzo Nobel), there is no paint quite as shiny, especially in blacks or dark colours. The only time it’s a bit of a pain is when you’re using deep reds, but you get that with most brands.
The Dulux Weathershield masonry paint is amazing gear too! I’d agree, it is the best masonry paint on the market for price and performance. Magnolia and white are cheap enough, it’s just the tinted colours that can get a bit pricey.
Same with the All Seasons masonry paint. That gear is VERY expensive, but it performs like nothing you’ve seen before. Everything dries a flat matt and looks boss. Armstead pliolite is a cheaper alternative if price is an issue.
Dulux Weathershield Paint Review