Water based Zinsser Allcoat Review

Updated May 4, 2024 | Posted Apr 30, 2019 | Professional insight, Product Advice | 0 comments

I bought this Zinsser Allcoat because of recommendations on the Decorators Forum UK. I needed a paint that would adhere to a previously glossed surfaces which had then been coated with Sandtex disaster.

Zinsser Allcoat is a water-based satinwood, suitable for interior or exterior use. This paint comes in white, black, and a variety of tinted colours. You can buy this paint from a wide number of trade paint stockists around the UK, but unless you have a trade account, you may be better buying it online. Click here to see online prices.

Allcoat is a fully water-based product, not a hybrid. This means it will never discolour over time. You can get a solvent version too, which you can use to paint anything, from timber gates, to old tractors!! It’s also resistant to UV rays, meaning it doesn’t lose it’s colour as time goes on.


Using Zinsser AllCoat


This was my first time using this paint. After my prep, I started using the Allcoat. I was expecting it to drag given its water-based, but to my amazement it flowed fantastically. Even better, it dried in the early morning, 15 degrees heat, in less than an hour. Coverage was better than any paint I’ve ever used!! It looks like an emulsion in the tin, went on like a rock.

Zinsser All coat had great adhesion, so using it over multiple surfaces without additional primers isn’t an issue. The only caveat it that it won’t stop stains from coming through. So, tannins, rust, mould, and anything else will need to be blocked first. Luckily on this occasion it wasn’t needed.


This can also be used on almost all surfaces, indoor and outdoor. The matt finish was appealing to customer and watchers. Great paint, I will be using for most jobs from now on. It comes in 9000 colours!!

Below are photos of the job I used the Zinsser Allcoat on. As you can see, there are multiple substrates to cover, from metal, timber, and masonry. If I was using a different system, I may have needed to use a different product on each of those surfaces.

Because I was using Allcoat, I just completed my prep and applied two coats of paint. It turned out brilliantly. Click here for more info, or to see online prices.


Water based Zinsser Allcoat Review - Decorator's forum UK

Zinsser AllCoat is a muti-surface paint used inside or out. It can be used on wood, metal, uPVC, masonry, and more.

Product Brand: Zinsser AllCoat

Editor's Rating:


  • Good opacity.
  • Great flow.
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces.
  • Good adhesion.
  • Fantastic finish.


  • Doesn’t block stains.
  • Doesn’t contain rust inhibitors.

Blog written by Allan Aldo Clark – Professional Painter and Decorator

Updated May 4, 2024 | Posted Apr 30, 2019 | 0 comments

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.


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