Tikkurila Optiva White Review

Updated May 5, 2024 | Posted Aug 27, 2019 | Professional insight, Product Advice | 0 comments

This week I used the new formula optiva white paint from Tikkurila. This is a water-based emulsion used on interior walls and ceilings. The advantage of using this product is there is no need for a primer on previously painted surfaces, however optiva primer is still advised for bare plaster.

Even though the product is called “optiva White”, you can have it tinted into any of 16 pastel colours (ok, ok, it isn’t a huge choice). Drying time is roughly an hour, but you should wait slightly longer before re-coating.

Tikkurila Optiva White is touch dry after around 1.5 hours and recoat in around 4 hours. It has a class 1 scrub rating, which means it’s waterproof enough to be used in a kitchen.

You can apply it via brush and roller or an airless sprayer. Just be conscious that the finish achieved between the two methods is completely different.


Tikkurila Optiva White Review


The paint itself is very nice quality. It goes on lovely and dries very flat, very impressive. Would I use it again? Yes, in a colour maybe. In white? Not a chance!! The issue I have found is it isn’t remotely white enough! It has a lilac tint to it. This suits the finish achieved with a sprayer. It looks crisp and sharp. However, it’s much less desirable when you use a brush and roller. It just doesn’t look right. Tikkurila Anti Reflex is much better.

I’ll carry on using Tikkurila Anti-Reflex on my ceilings, which really is a nice paint. Optiva 3 or 5 on my walls and intact or Helmi on my woodwork.

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Tikkurila Optiva White Review - Decorator's forum UK

A water-based emulsion, predominantly used for interior ceilings in white, but is also available in a few pale colours.

Product Brand: Tikkurila

Editor's Rating:


  • Relatively durable.
  • Great when sprayed.
  • Easy to use.


  • The finish achieved when applied with a roller is poor.

Blog written by Mike Gregory – Professional Painter, Decorator and Blogger

Updated May 5, 2024 | Posted Aug 27, 2019 | 0 comments

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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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