First Time Using Tikkurila Anti-Reflex, Luja 7 & Optiva 5

By Ray Horton

So, just a little follow up. I was recommended Tikkurila by another decorator on Decorators Forum , so I thought I’d give it a bash. This is what I thought of it

Nothing fancy colour wise just boring old magnolia.

The Anti-Reflex is the dog’s boll***s!! Fantastic stuff to use, no splatter and looks great. I will be using that again.

 I was decorating some bathrooms and decided to go for the Luja 7. It was quite creamy but oh so lovely to cut in with and rolled like a dream. It’s just a little pricey.

 As for the optiva 5, I have mixed feelings with this. The finish was fantastic, but it took some work. Mainly because it was far too thick despite a good stir. It was like rolling double cream on the walls, drying immediately and I could see the layers up and down where I’d been! It took a fair bit of watering down, close to 20% before it worked. But once I’d done that and 2 coats later it looked fab. Is this normal for the optiva 5?

 I’m going to stick with Armstead trade vinyl for the time being, just because I like using it and know it’ll do the job without any effort. However, I will give the Tikkurila another go. Big thanks to the team at Sudbury Kent Blaxhill for their expertise though 👍


I find with optiva 5 it very much depends on the colour; lighter colours are straight out the tin but darker needs a splash of water.

If you like Armstead vinyl matt, try optiva colour or nova 2 from Tikkurila.

Adam Featherstone

I think optiva 5 is good gear and it sprays a dream, plus it very durable

Ryan Micheal Foulger

You need to thin optiva 5

James Hunter

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