I’ve been working on a newbuild house that the customer was supplying the materials. For the woodwork he had supplied Dulux Quick dry undercoat and Satinwood. After seeing peoples’ thoughts about these products written on the Decorators forum UK, I was dreading it. Most of the woodwork was pre primed MDF apart from the door frames that I knotted and primed before usual prep (as you do) then filled/rubbed down & caulked all the woodwork. Time to work out the difference between the new Dulux Diamond Satinwood V the old Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood. Here’s what I have found –
Dulux Quick Dry Undercoat Review
I started using the Dulux Quick Dry undercoat, on first impressions I thought it was really good. It felt the closest thing to oil for water-based that I’ve used, it had quite good opacity, was nice to use and dried quite solid over the pre primed MDF and pulled out smooth like oil-based. One thing I noticed though, it was a terrible for runs. Now this isn’t down to my inexperience of using water-based paints, as I pretty much converted to water-based about 3 years ago, but it isn’t normally like this. I found the Dulux Quick Dry undercoat had sagged in places and there were little runs on vertical caulk lines.
I also used it on some windows that were grey, even though when applying it seemed to have good opacity, it dried back a lot more transparent. Then I also noticed on the window sills, where there had been plaster on, even though I had sanded it off and very little trace had remained, the undercoat on that part had severely crazed or peeled away, same happened on bits of filler but not as bad. Overall verdict, feels good, looks good, but does not sit well on anything porous. It dries with poor opacity with runs.
Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Review
It started off like the QD undercoat, felt like oil-based and seemed to cover well. Over pre-primed MDF that had 1 QD undercoat, the one coat of satin was solid, felt like we were off to a good start!
Once I had applied 1 coat of satin on all the woodwork, I found that it was similar to the QD undercoat and dried more transparent, with some runs in the same sort of places. After the second coat of satin it was solid everywhere except the windows (that were originally grey), which required a further full 3rd & selective 4th coat (yes, 1xUC & 4xSatins!!).
But one thing I noticed is that it wasn’t very white, more like an off white and not “Brilliant” white. The one positive thing I found with the Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood is that it levels out lovely, very much like oil. I think this is because it is a Hybrid, as you can tell on the tin where it says, “longer lasting whiteness”, instead of with fully water-based paints which say “non yellowing”. I will not be using this product again.
Dulux Diamond Satinwood Review
While doing this job, trying out the quick dry satinwood and been very unimpressed by it, I remembered I had won a tin of the new Diamond Satinwood from a Brewers competition on Facebook. I thought it was the perfect time to give it a try and compare to the QD satin. It was interesting to see how it stood up against all the other water-based satinwoods on the market that I have tried. Well, I’ve got to say that I’m blown away by this product, it’s the water-based product I’ve been trying to find for years! It had great opacity, dried as solid as it went on and was bright white. Over the grey windows which had 1 QD undercoat (that had dried like milk with no opacity), the Diamond satin nearly went in 1 coat but gave it 2.
I also tried it on a door frame next to the skirting board which was done in the QD satin, the diamond satin was so white it made the QD look like it was a slight grey, so I had to redo the skirting board with the Diamond. Another thing I noticed on the window sills, is it actually pulls back like oil, leaving little to no brush marks. All this without all the faffing around you have to do with other water-based paints to get a good finish (dampening the surface, adding floetrol etc). Click here to see online prices.
Dulux Diamond Satinwood is now my absolute favourite ‘go to’ water-based satinwood for many reasons…. It has good opacity, nice to use, can get it off the shelf, great finish like oil, not a hybrid, fairly priced, dries bright white and is fully water based. I haven’t tried it over old oil, but if its sticks well after a good key then this product is faultless. And you know that being in the Dulux diamond range, it’ll be bombproof like all of their other diamond products (matt, eggshell, diamond glaze etc) which I also highly recommend. Dulux quick dry Satinwood…. This needs to be taken off the shelf when they have a far, far superior product to do the same thing for just a couple quid more per tin. The comparison is like chalk and cheese between the two. So, If you are looking for an actual decent water-based satin that you can pick up off the shelf, that knocks spots off most others on the market, Dulux Diamond Satinwood is for you.
Where to buy
You can get either of these products from any Dulux Decorating Centre, but unless you qualify for a trade account, it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy this product online. Click here to see online prices.
Best Tools to Use to Apply Dulux Diamond Satinwood
As with any water-based paint, the tools you use to apply Dulux Diamond Satinwood will make all the difference in terms of finish. So, I thought it would be useful if we added a little section on the best tools to apply it.
You will need a microfibre roller for the larger areas, and it needs to be capable of applying an even layer of paint without causing orange peel. Our recommendation is Two Fussy Blokes, which not only performs well in terms of paint application, but there is no need to de-lint it before you start. Click here to see latest prices.
As for the brush, The Purdy Monarch Elite XL is perfect when applying any water-based satinwood. It keeps its shape whilst cutting in, but it’s soft enough to lay-off. It also has a nice thick stock, so it holds loads of paint. Click here to see current prices.
I agree wholeheartedly with this review. The Dulux Diamond satinwood may run a little bit, but it is the nicest white finish of all the water-based satinwoods I have used. Durability is spot on too. The only little grip I have is the long re-coat times, but it isn’t much of an issue.
One other thing I’d say about the Dulux Diamond satinwood is the ease and speed you can apply it. I coat doorframes and skirting boards with a 3 inch Purdy with no issues at all. This is my preferred coating when I’m not using oil-based.
I’ve never really used Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood. Hybrids have had their time really. We’re now spoiled for good quality fully-water-based satin products. I love the Dulux Diamond; You need to make sure you use a good adhesion primer first, especially when you’re painting over old oil-based gloss, or something similar.
Opacity is good and the finish is fantastic. You can get it tinted too, which is a massive advantage. However, the “Brilliant White” is absolutely spectacular. Dulux Diamond Satinwood does sag unfortunately. It flows off your brush well, so painting with it is nice and quick, but you do need to go back over your work as it’s drying to knock the runs out.