Teknos Futura Aqua 90 review - The best water-based gloss on the market for interior and exterior timber

Teknos Futura Aqua 90 Review

By Mike Gregory


The Futura Aqua range by Teknos includes various finishes and are labelled according to their sheen levels. These finishes include Futura Aqua 5, 20, 40 and 90. They all seem like amazing products, but I wanted to focus on the Teknos Futura Aqua 90 for this review, as good quality water-based gloss products are few and far between, whereas there are plenty of acceptable water-based satin and eggshell products out there.


Product Information


Futura Aqua 90 is a durable water-based gloss paint which can be used internally or externally. It has very low VOCs and can be used to coat things such as windows, doors, boards, cladding, any internal trim, furniture, and just about anything else you’re ever likely to want to gloss.

Touch dry in an hour, re-coat time is around the 6-hour mark and you can expect this product to be fully durable after 3 days. This product can be tinted into various colours which is another bonus.

As with all water-based products of this type, you must use the specified primer as part of the system. In this case it is Teknos Futura primer (funnily enough), which I’ll go into in the next section of the review.


Teknos Futura Aqua Primer


Right, let’s get on with my review, starting with the primer!! Teknos Futura Aqua Primer is a water-based adhesion primer designed to stick well to problem surfaces such as existing oil-based coatings. It is very much up to the task!! Opacity is absolutely bang on, you’ll find it very easy to apply and the finish is perfect for your topcoats. The only slight gripe is it seems to take a while to cure and toughen up (overnight). It is only a slight gripe when you weigh it up against the positives.


Teknos Futura Aqua 90 Review


Let’s start with the negative, the opacity of Futura Aqua is lacking slightly, but in a similar way to how oil-based gloss lacked opacity 20 years ago. I can live with that, as a lot of the time it’s simply impossible to develop a paint product of this type, which looks as good as it possibly can do AND does the job of the undercoat. Therefore, there are two separate products; Use your primer for adhesion and opacity and the Aqua 90 to make it look pretty. Make sure your primer is solid before using the 90, simple!!


Opacity is the only negative thing I can think of about the Teknos Futura Aqua 90. The sheen level is 90% for a start, which is almost unheard of for a water-based!! The finish is nice and even, brush marks are minimal compared to similar products from competing brands, it is lovely to apply, and it is extremely hard wearing. Teknos Futura Aqua 90 could quite possibly be the holy grail when it comes to water-based gloss. It looks brilliant!!


If you prefer water-based over oil, you will absolutely love this gear. Available from many stockists around the UK

It’s a Decorators’ Job to fix bad Work

Why don’t builders take responsibility for completing their own work? It isn’t a decorators’ job to cover bad workmanship and make them look good!

Mates rates in decorating – yes or no?

Do you have separate rates for mates in decorating? Or is it unreasonable for a friend to ask for any sort of discount? Dean Young gives his view.

How Wethertex® Transformed Tired Brickwork

See how Wethertex® transformed this tired brickwork on this industrial unit!! Become an official contractor to gain the support of this brand leader.

Crown Paints Teams up with Material Source

Crown Paints Teams up with Material Source Studio, a World Class Product & Materials Hub for Architects & Designers. This is impressive!!

Imagining What Life Used to be Like

Professional decorator Vish Ladwa finds himself imagining what life used to be like for the original owners of a Victorian house.

Crown Trade Vinyl Matt Review

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest Crown Trade vinyl matt review. This is quite a cheap option, but is it any good?

Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle Paint Brush Review

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest review of the Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle paint brush. Is it a brush or dinosaur?

Crown Paints Leaves Flawless Finish on Joules HQ

Crown Paints are an industry leader when it comes to product and specification, as you can see here as it leaves a flawless finish on Joules HQ.

Crown Paints and Todmorden Town Hall Revitalisation

Crown Paints have been heavily involved in the revitalisation of Todmorden Town Hall. Everything from colour consultancy and specification!!

WRX Eggshell Review – Written by a Decorator

Professional decorator Mike Gregory jots down a full and honest WRX Eggshell review. How does it shape up against its rivals?

Different Feel to the Painting and Decorating Show

Professional decorator Mike Cupit explains how there was a different feel to the National Painting and Decorating Show 2021 compared to other years.

What is Silk Plaster?

What is Silk Plaster? Well, it’s a natural decorative fibre pulp, which when applied to a wall or ceiling, creates an amazing, unusual feature.

Dulux Trade To Demonstrate Its Stand-out Support

Dulux Trade are due to demonstrate Its stand-out support for decorators at the upcoming National Painting & Decorating Show

Testing Every Stoke – Hamilton Decorating Tools

Testing Every Stoke – Ever wondered how Hamilton test their tools when they’re in the development stage? This will give you an insight.

How the Decorating Industry has Changed

Professional tradesman Mike Cupit explains how the decorating industry has changed over the last 20 years. This is an interesting read.

Teknos Futura Aqua 90 Review