Mighton Anker Stuy exterior opaque gloss

Updated May 21, 2024 | Posted Jan 6, 2020 | Product Reviews, Paints | 1 comment

Mighton Anker Stuy Exterior Opaque Gloss is a high opacity opaque water-based paint that is nice to use and gives a great finish like oil. Self-undercoating and available in white, or a range of tinted colours. Can be used inside or out. Available online by clicking here.

I was recently given 1L of ‘standard white opaque restoration topcoat’ to test out and review for a company called Mighton Anker Stuy. Mighton are a company who specialise in manufacturing products specifically designed for timber sash and casement windows, one of the products being paints.

Due to the time of year I received the paint (December) I didn’t have any exterior jobs to try it on, but I thought I would try it out at home interior to get the feel of the paint and still test the performance on usability, opacity, drying times and finish.


I decided to repaint the woodwork in my kitchen (as it was long overdue), so after all the usual prep it was ready to paint. My first impression I got when opening the tin was the smell. Even though it is a water-based paint, I’m almost certain it is a hybrid of some sort as it has got a distinct oil smell to it.

I gave the tin a good stir and started applying the first coat. I was highly impressed by the opacity as it seemed to cover almost entirely in one coat. After the first coat I did notice on vertical surfaces (door frame) a few runs had started to randomly appear (like how Dulux diamond satin does) even though I ensured I hadn’t put it on too thick and was an even coat. It seemed to be touch dry within 30 minutes, but on the spec it says 24 hour re coat (which is the same as Sadolin Superdec which not many people stick to) so I left for the next day before re coating.

The second coat went on great like before and I was shocked by how good the finish was. It was bright white, a good sheen and it had levelled out just like an oil, especially on the windowsills. I decided to test the durability/adhesion on 2 occasions (later that day and a few days later). The first scratch test it did feel tough but could still scratch it off with my nail, but this didn’t put me off as I know that water-based paints usually take up to 7 days to fully cure. The test I did a few days after was impressive, it was tough and wouldn’t budge and seemed equivalent to the durability of oil.

exterior water-based gloss

After trying Mighton Anker Stuy’s standard white opaque restoration topcoat I can safely safe it’s the best opaque I have used and will definitely be using it this summer on exteriors.

I can honestly say, even though you do get those annoying ninja runs, everything else about this paint is bang on!! I have never used a water-based paint which is self-undercoating and leaves such a nice finish. The flow and ease of use are perfect too!! I’m not sure how well it will hold up on the exterior of a property, but I have every faith it will do just fine.

We’ve also been given a discount code for the Anker Stuy website, Simply use DFUK10 at the checkout.

Mighton Anker Stuy Exterior opaque gloss – For more information click here



Mighton Anker Stuy exterior opaque gloss - Decorator's forum UK

A water-based gloss designed for use on exterior wood and other trim.

Product Brand: Anker Stuy

Editor's Rating:


  • High opacity.
  • Levels out like oil.
  • Water-based, so quick drying.
  • Durable.


  • Runs and sagging can be a nightmare.
  • 24-hour re-coat time (like Sadolin SuperDec and other opaques)
  • You must order it online.

Updated May 21, 2024 | Posted Jan 6, 2020 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.
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1 Comment

  1. Russell Margerison

    Brilliant stuff, we use it on our Summerhouses ( exterior version ) its a great finish for any job.


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