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I recently used dulux satinwood. I have previously used another brand of satin paint, and it gave a lovely matt/very slight sheen finish. Sadly this time I chose dulux. The coverage is excellent, and it doesn't smell too badly as long as you ventilate. Unfortunately, I used a lot of this and painted a lot in one go. I thought it wasn't dry for ages, because it looked so shiny. Turns out that is just how it looks. I cannot tell the difference between this and gloss paint, and it is certainly not satin. I'm very disappointed as now I will have to do the whole lot again because I don't like a shiny glossy finish. I am baffled as to why they would call this product satinwood - it is just gloss! It looks wet! I bought this because I trusted dulux, as they are one of the respected paint brands. This is the type of experience you expect if you buy cheap, but at nearly £20 a can, it is not particularly cheap. This product is not what I expected, in my opinion it is not what I was sold, and it is not what I wanted. Very disappointed. The label and name are very misleading.
When we had our house decorated a few years back the builders doing the work suggested that we use Satinwood rather than gloss on our newly fitted doors. They said that it gave a more modern look and was more forgiving (in terms of wear, bumps and scrapes) than the traditional gloss paint that's used on woodwork and radiators. We agreed.
I must confess I do like the look of satinwood. Stating what might be the obvious, it is less glossy than gloss paint and seems, at least in white, to have a good, true colour that looks closer to white linen than the photo-paper look of gloss. It does wear well and, whilst not really being chip resistant, it does chip less obviously than gloss. It's as easy to clean as gloss and, I'd argue, probably better than gloss in that there's no sheen to take off if you rub a bit too hard.
So in use it seems good.
There was one room in our house that remained untouched from when we bought the house a few years back. It was used as a spare room cum junk room (despite being the second largest bedroom!) and we've only just come around to doing it up. For the first time I've experienced how easy (or not) satinwood is to apply.
In the can satinwood appears to be thicker than gloss. Opening an older can I found that a sticky layer had formed on the paint. On the whole this stirred into the paint quite well but I found I had to be careful on application as a few clumps persisted. These tended to be slightly brown from the solvent in the paint and, as a result, you had to take them off the brush in order not to spoil the paintwork. This wasn't an issue with a new can but something to bear in mind if you store paint - the "old" tin was only 2 years old and was well sealed.
The paint goes on fairly evenly and, as there is no gloss effect, you don't notice the brush marks in quite the same way as you do a gloss. This makes painting surfaces much easier and, on things such as radiators, makes life a lot easier as you don't have to match strokes over an uneven surface.
The paint is dry in 16 hours for a re-coat. At this time I still find that it's a bit tacky to the touch but it's not going to spoil or come off on clothing - I just wouldn't put anything on the surface that could mark.
The regular paint does seem to require two coats to get an even finish, even on well prepared or otherwise good paintwork. This fact is really not apparent until the paint has dried. Coverage is, however, good with a small quantity of paint going a long way.
The paint isn't too smelly in application. It's certainly not odour-free but it's bearable, even in a closed room. The smell doesn't persist either - the paint dries and the smell goes, not entirely, but enough that your house won't smell like a can of paint for the next week.
One thing that using this paint did bring to light was the fact that, like gloss, over time satinwood will discolour. It discolours to a slightly yellow hue - not enough that you'd notice day to day, but if you want to retouch then you'll probably need to apply a complete coat. This is in a house of non-smokers and in a room that's barely used.
If you're after a fresh, modern look to your wood and metal work then I would recommend satinwood. Ultimately I think it's just a look - I don't think it's any better than gloss and has as many upsides as downsides. One thing I will say is that gloss and satinwood don't mix - if you change one piece of woodwork then you'll need to change the lot.
When you paint different surfaces, different products are required. Although you can use regular wall emulsion to paint wooden bannisters and metal radiators you'll find that there is a dramatic difference in the quality of the finish compared to using a specialist product. The product I purchased was from B&Q and was just under £10 for 750ml of this product in deep blue in the "Once" range (which means you pay more but do less work!).
I found using this product extremely easy and had painted a skirting board, radiator, windowsill and door in a little over an hour by myself. Now obviously I have done a lot of decorating over the years so for me it took half the time it may take someone who is less experienced but either way, the point is that this is a quick product to use that will save time off your usual personal best.
I found this really needed to be left overnight to dry thoroughly as unlike regular emulsions, this needs more time to surface dry as it's a less porous filling paint. The next day on inspecting my handy work I found that the paint had covered the painted areas perfectly with just the one coat and that it left a lovely smooth, glossy finish.
When it comes to decorating, this is one area that I don't think you can try and scrimp on. There are many cheap paints out there that can be bought and you think you have got a bargain, however when using these kinds of paint, more often than not, you have got to apply more than two coats to even get a half decent result and ends up costing you more in the long run to do a decent job.
I swear by premium paints, although they are a lot more expensive, it turns out more cost effective in the long run as you get the job done quicker as you don't have to do as many coats, and a tin of paint goes a lot further because it gives more coverage.
Dulux Satinwood is a product that I have used before and used at the weekend. I like to keep my house looking fresh and always give it a lick of paint from time to time to avoid any discolourations.
Satinwood is an alternative to gloss and is available in many different colours, the colour I used at the weekend was Coffee Liqueur which is probably one of the darker colours within the range, however I have developed an obsession with brown and my whole house weems to be that colour now. Using this paint, as opposed to gloss, it gives you more of a matt finish rather than a gloss and I find it looks a lot more attractive as gloss sometimes I think looks a bit cheap.
Satinwood can be applied to wood, metal and radiators, and the good thing is you can apply it over old paint or gloss, without having to put an undercoat on and still get good results. With the particular colour that I purchased I also found that I only had to do one coat and it wasn't patchy at all and did not require a second coat like a lot of paints do.
This product also does not smell as bad as gloss. I find that gloss lingers for days and days and sometimes gives me a headache if I have used it, however Satinwood is by far not as strong in odour and disappears completely after a couple of days.
This does take a while to dry though, thats one similarity between that and gloss and with having a pet, I have to keep an eye on him to make sure that he doesn't rub up against the skirting boards and ends up with paint all over himself and smudging what I have carefully been doing for a couple of hours.
The tub I bought was a standard size and costed £9.49 from Focus. Althought it was a small tub, it went a long way and I am sure I have got enough left to redo it once or twice more as the paint seems to keep for a good while. Would definitely recommend this.