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The Best Exterior Satinwood and eggshell – Review and Guide

The Best Exterior Satinwood and eggshell – Review and Guide

By Mike Gregory


I’ve been a decorator for the best part of 19 years, 10 years of which were spent self-employed. I’m a little bit of a product geek too, opting to use a range of products from different brands. I thought I’d put pen to paper and explain a little bit about what I think are the best exterior satinwood and eggshell products on the British market. I’m going to do both eggshell and satinwood on one blog as I see them as similar products (eggshell has a sheen level of around 10%, whereas satinwood is closer to 40%). I hope you find this useful.


Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-Tra


This is an amazing product and probably the best eggshell finish for any exterior timber or metal work. Touch dry in approximately 2 – 4 hours and recoat after 16. This product is available in white, black, or any one of 2,500 tinted colours. You can buy it online, or any Crown Decorating Centre. It is important to use the Sandtex Trade Flexible Primer Undercoat when coating bare timber or metalwork.


Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-Tra is a premium product at a premium price, but worth every penny. Opacity is fantastic, ease of use is brilliant and the finish is rich and luxurious. Brush marks just seem to melt away. The best thing about this product is it’s longevity. You must apply two full coats of the eggshell to achieve sufficient flexibility and withstand the movement of timber caused by our everchanging climate. However, if you do this, your paint finish will last for many years.

10/10 for me. This is the best exterior eggshell on the market in my opinion.



Dulux Ultimate Opaque


This is a solvent based, self-undercoating paint from Dulux Trade. Available online or any DDC, you can buy this product in white, black and many tints from Dulux’s vast range. I’d say the sheen level puts it in the eggshell bracket.


This is another great product which I really like, especially in colours. Opacity is fantastic in any tint, as is ease of use. The overall finish is nice too. Dulux Trade Opaque is probably my second favorite exterior eggshell product. You can buy it online, or any Dulux Decorating Centre.



Johnstone’s Stormshield Satin


The first satinwood on my list of best products is Johnstone’s Stormshield. Again, this is an oil-based product available in white, black, or about a million other colours. I love this product because of the opacity the Stormshield primer has. You can paint any dark colour white by applying one coat of primer, followed by one topcoat, which is unheard of really. The downside of this product are the brush marks. No issues using it on fascia boards, but not so great on lower windows and doors.



Sikkens Satura


This is an outstanding exterior oil-based satinwood and I’d have to say it gives a better finish than anything else out there. Sikkens Satura is only available in white, grey and black. The sheen level is a little on the high side for a product of this type, but the finish is unbelievable!! It goes on so easily, opacity is spot on.  This has to be my favourite satin product as the finish is gorgeous!! Head over to your closest Dulux Decorating Centre or have a look online.


Zinsser Allcoat Satin


Zinsser Allcoat satin is the first water-based product on the list. It is available online and from many stockists in white, black, or any tinted colour. The finish is good, as is longevity. You can see brush marks if you’re not careful on application, however with a bit of care, you can achieve a nice flat finish. Zinsser Allcoat’s superpower is it’s versatility!! You can paint masonry, cladding, timber, metalwork or even uPVC. This satinwood is self-undercoating and the adhesion properties are excellent.  You can re-coat after an hour which is another bonus, however it does take around a week to fully cure and become durable.


Water-Based Opaques


Water-based opaques, or “barn paints” are products I don’t tend to have a lot of faith in, simply because the longevity of a lot of these products aren’t comparable to the longevity of their oil-based counterparts. That said, there are a couple of products out there which I do have faith in. The first one is Bedec which is very easy to apply, offers a great finish and will last for years.


The other product worth talking about is Valtti Opaque from Tikkurila. This is an awesome product which I’d put in the “eggshell” bracket due to it’s low sheen level. Very easy to apply, great adhesion, nice finish and will last for years and years. I’d say this is probably up there as the best opaque paints on the market if I’m honest. Oh, it’s available in white, black, or a range of colours directly from Tikkurila online.

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