Leyland Trade Satinwood Review

Updated Jun 9, 2024 | Posted Mar 24, 2022 | Product Reviews, Paints | 4 comments

Leyland Trade satinwood is an oil-based satin paint used on interior woodwork and other trim. It is described as “self-undercoating”, which just means you do not need to apply an undercoat to previously painted surfaces before applying the satinwood, unless of course you’re going for a big colour change.

Bare timber should be primed accordingly before applying Leyland Trade satinwood. Problem substrates such as melamine should first be coated with an adhesion primer.

Available online by clicking here, you can buy this paint in brilliant white, or any colour from Leyland’s extensive range. Recoat time is 16 hours and in my experience, trying to apply additional coats sooner can lead to problems.

You can apply Leyland Trade Satinwood via brush or roller. Dilute with white spirit and clean with turps. I probably wouldn’t attempt to spray this, but that’s a similar story with all oil-based satinwood products.


My Leyland Satinwood Review


Right, let’s get down to my personal feelings about Leyland Trade satinwood. Opacity and ease of use are amazing!! You can dilute the paint slightly so it flies on, and it will still cover most surfaces in two coats. The finish is fantastic too. You can experience brush marks on large flat surfaces, but providing you’re careful, these are avoidable. The brilliant white in particular leaves an outstanding finish.

There is one massive drawback with Leyland Trade satinwood, and that is how quickly it discolours. Much the same as any of the Johnstone’s alternative, but worse. As a decorator, I use this paint when working for landlords as it often covers in one coat to keep the costs down. However, I wouldn’t use it in someone’s house.

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Review Summary

Leyland Trade Satinwood Review - Decorator's forum UK

An oil-based satinwood paint used to coat interior woodwork and other trim. This product is manufactured by PPG in the UK and is available in many colours.

Product Brand: Leyland Trade

Editor's Rating:


  • Very quick and easy to apply.
  • Awesome opacity.
  • Self-undercoating.
  • Available in colours.
  • Great finish.
  • Reasonably priced.


  • Turns yellow quickly.

The Alternatives


I may be a little bit of a paint snob, but as a professional decorator, I tend to stick to the better trade paints. If you have your heart set on an oil-based satinwood, then I’d opt for either Dulux Trade or Crown Trade. Both of which are fantastic.

Or you could go water-based. Johnstone’s Aqua Guard is manufactured by the same company who make Leyland Satinwood. Unlike the Leyland Satinwood, it is widely regarded as one of the best satinwood paints available.

You will need to use Johnstone’s Aqua undercoat if painting over previously painted surfaces. Aqua Guard is easy to use, quick drying, good opacity, leaves a gorgeous finish and dries durable. You can buy it online by clicking here, in any colour from any brand. (Thank me later)

Updated Jun 9, 2024 | Posted Mar 24, 2022 | 4 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Gregory is a Professional Painter and Decorator who works in the Northwest of England. He mainly sub-contracts for large decorating firms and works on a wide variety of projects.


  1. Michael

    Not sure about the comment regarding using it on landlord properties but not on someone’s home. Is a landlords property no going to be someone’s home?

  2. Richard

    The Armstead oil satin a very good option not really that quick to yellow.

    The famous landlord special Dulux once covers fairly well but yellows very very quick.
    Local trade merchant told me that was one of his biggest sellers…

  3. Steven Boyles

    I used this for the first time only becuase the big brand paints seem to have recently got very expensive. I found that it goes on well and will need a second coat. The finish is slightly more glossy that I would expect from a satin paint but still i think it leaves a very nice finish. As to haw long it will be before it goes yellowish only time will tell. The end finish is more of a glossy finish that satin but dont be mistaken its not a full on gloss finsih, personally I do like it.

    • Mike Cupit

      Great comment. The sheen level drops as it cures


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