I’m a professional decorator who likes to keep up to date with the newer brands and specialist products on the market. Not just because they tend to perform better, but using more modern brands gives me a great selling point with my clients. Using brands such as Tikkurila and Teknos makes me stand out from the crowd.
Tikkurila Anti-Reflex 2 has been widely regarded as the best emulsion for ceilings for a few years now, and it’s easy to see why. In recent years, most white emulsions have started throwing up problems such as flashing and picture framing, particularly on light sensitive ceilings. Plus, “brilliant white” and “shiny” white emulsions have fallen out of fashion. Tikkurila Anti-Reflex was the first mainstream product to reach the UK that was designed to reflect as little light as possible, eliminating flashing and leaving a dull, luxurious, and contemporary finish.
I think it’s fair to say that Anti-Reflex helped Tikkurila take the UK market by storm. In the last decade, they’ve gone from being unheard of, to being the number 1 choice amongst a lot of decorators. Their Anti-Reflex being unrivalled as the best “dull” emulsion that money can buy. That is until recently, because now, Teknos are going toe to toe with their own specialist ceiling paint, Teknoceiling!!
Tikkurila Reflex Vs Teknos Teknoceiling
Right, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!! Is Anti-Reflex better than Teknoceiling? Well for me, I think they’re both great products, but both do come with slight drawbacks.
Tikkurila Anti-Reflex has poor opacity, and the coverage isn’t very good. You will need to apply three coats on bare plaster and two on any previously white emulsioned ceiling. However, other than that, it’s pretty bang on. The overall depth of finish is lovely and you can apply generous coats without the worry of it flashing. Another negative is you sometimes get a few bits in the tubs if you order throughout the warmer months, but that isn’t a big deal. The finish is absolutely gorgous!! Click here to see current prices.
Teknos Teknoceiling is slightly more expensive than Anti-reflex, but the coverage is better, meaning it will go further. In my book, I think that makes it more economical to use. Opacity is better too, which is refreshing. A single coat of Teknoceiling is ample to refresh a ceiling which is already white. However, it does craze over caulk and the finish isn’t quite as nice. Don’t get me wrong, it is even flatter than the Anti-reflex and it’s still better than any of the other products I’ve tried. But next to each other, I think I still prefer the overall luxurious finish of Anti-Reflex. Click here to see online prices.
I know this is a bit of a cop out, but they’re both epic products and I really can’t decide between the two. The finish is better with Tikkurila Anti-Reflex, but Teknos Teknoceiling is a lot easier and less frustrating to use.
Sorry for wasting your time…. Go and use both, then let me know which you prefer.
Click here to see more info on Teknos Teknoceiling.
Click here to see more info on Tikkurila Anti-Reflex.
Best Tools to Use to Apply Either Tikkurila Anti-Reflex, or Teknos Teknoceiling
I like to add a little section on the “best tools to use” when I do any sort of review. Even though these two paint products are different, you apply them in the same way. The idea is to apply thick coats, simply because they are very forgiving, and you need to get them to cover.
To that end, I’d strongly recommend a long pile paint roller. The Purdy Colossus is perfect. It consists of a thick, dense nap which holds onto loads of paint and distributes it brilliantly. Available online by clicking here.
As for the brush, you need something that isn’t too soft, but will hold plenty of paint, especially with Anti-Reflex. I’d suggest the Purdy Monarch Elite. Available online by clicking here.
Tikkurila Reflex Vs Teknos Teknoceiling – by Mike Gregory