After being sent this WRX satinwood to try from The Decorators Forum UK, I thought I’d give it ago. I had much trepidation because it was a brand I’d never heard of.
WRX Trade Satinwood is a fully water-based acrylic satinwood which is suitable for interior woodwork only. It contains no alkyd in it at all so, it should never turn yellow. Available online and several other paint outlets. Click here to see online prices.
This satinwood is self-undercoating over old oil-based coatings, touch dry after an hour and recoat after 6 hours, meaning it is possible to apply more than one coat in a day. As with all products of this type, it will carry on curing for a week or so after you’ve applied the paint.
I was asked to try this out by spray and rather than using my airless, Idecided to put it through my Qtech Q5.
I found it quite thin straight from the tin. Almost like Caparol NAST Pu Satin, if you have tried that? I was worried that because it was thin, I’d have difficulties with runs like I do with products like Aqua Guard from Johnstone’s. However, this wasn’t the case. I didn’t get a single run with the WRX satinwood. I was very impressed.
I did add 5% water to it anyway, although the tin didn’t mention anything about spraying.
The WRX also dried to touch within 45 minutes.
It recommends 6 hours between coats, but with it being a warm day I only allowed 4 hours.
I did a scratch test after the first coat on top of Caparol Haftprimer in one section and Teknos Futura Primer for the main staircase. The WRX was absolutely solid after one coat!!
I did a further coat, and the whiteness is astounding.
Toughness is on a par with Scuff X Satin in my view, but at a much cheaper price.
Would I use it again? Yes is my answer, although I do like the ability of paints lately to be used inside and out, so I can keep stock to a minimum. However, this is a premium product for a reasonable price. The finish is spectacular, as is the durability. It just flies on too!!
WRX Trade Satinwood Review – by Alan Saddler