Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal Review

Posted Jun 11, 2023 | Paints, Product Reviews | 1 comment

Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal is a fully water-based paint used on exterior trim such as soffits, doors, windows and railings. Available from B&Q and Screwfix in Pure Brilliant White, or any colour from Valspar’s extremely vast range.

The recoat time for Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal is 2 – 4 hours, but like any paint of this type, it takes a couple of weeks to cure and fully harden. You can apply this paint via brush, roller, or airless sprayer.

I’m a professional Decorator, and I’ve been using this product in gloss over the past few days, so I thought I’d take the time to sit down and write a quick review.

 

My Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal Review

 

As the name suggests, you do not need an undercoat or primer when using this paint system. Products like this are becoming commonplace really, as paint technology has come a long way in recent years. It is now possible to have a paint that can cope with the great British whether, handle adhesion, opacity, and still leave an acceptable finish.

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So, with that in mind, I’m going to review Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal based on its performance in comparison to similar products.

The first thing you notice when you start using Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal is how easy it is to apply. You can use a 3-inch Purdy and blast out larger surfaces like soffits and facias in no time.

The other thing you notice is how good the opacity is, especially in white, which is normally a problem with other brands. To say Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal in white has better opacity than its competition would be an understatement!

This picture shows how well Direct to Wood and Metal covers dark green paint and patches of bare timber! You’d normally expect to need 3 or 4 coats of white paint to cover a colour like that, but Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal almost looks solid in one! This is quite spectacular really!

Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal Review

There is one negative I need to point out: If you read the back of the tin, you are led to believe this paint will cover rust, which it probably does to a point. However, one thing it doesn’t do is block stains. This means the red oxide from rust bleeds through the paint finish. Not the end of the world, but definitely something to look out for.

The finish you achieve with Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal is good. The sheen level is low for a paint labelled “gloss”, but that is to be expected with a fully water-based product.

All being said, this is a great product, and one I’ll start using regularly. It flows well, has great opacity, and looks good. What more can you ask for? Click here for more info.

Valspar Trade Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal Review – by Mike Gregory

Posted Jun 11, 2023 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

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.

1 Comment

  1. B Ryan

    What is the costing of 5 Litres of white Matt emulsion.

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