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“Terrible, time consuming, very dejected”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 31/08/2013

Extremely expensive paint, took 3 coats to get it to a point where I wasn't ashamed for others to see it. Did it in moderate temperature with top quality brushes and it took a whole tin (£20) to do one door. Feel such a fool for buying it having found this page. DON'T BUY IT!

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“Worst paint ever”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 13/08/2013

I've used Weathershield many times in the past and have always been very pleased with the results both in terms of consistency and finish. I could not believe my eyes when, after about five minutes of painting I came across this result. After forking out nearly £40 for u/c and gloss I was so displeased with both the formulation (very runny) and finish. No matter how many strokes I brushed paint onto the undercoat, as if by magic small pits would always appear revealing the undercoat underneath. I decided to search the internet for comments and came across these articles. Letter to ICI methinks!

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“Waste of Time”

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written by on 02/08/2013

Very thin paint, similar to spray paint, runs, streaks & drips everywhere but takes days to dry, no coverage, took 6 coats, and when it does dry the top surface slides over the wet lower surface causing awful wrinkles. And with such a slow drying time insects stick to it everywhere

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“Useless drys to quick leaves brush marks I was told...”

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written by Jaffa1964 on 04/07/2013

Useless drys to quick leaves brush marks I was told By dulux it's to warm outside Tried it when it cooled down still rubbish So when is the best time to use it Total useless

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Anthnnol's Response to Jaffa1964's Review

Written on: 12/07/2013

You need to be a professional decorator to apply products. Its down to experience efficency and a knowledge of what product to use where. Surface diagnosis, the correct tool everything. If you want it done right get a pro in.

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“Bad paint”

★☆☆☆☆

written by jg10001 on 01/06/2013

I've done a fair bit of diy painting over the last 20 years and without doubt this is the worst gloss I've ever used. I made the mistake of recently purchasing it to paint an exterior door. The main problem is that it has pretty much no viscosity at all. In fact, it's so thin that the slight breeze that was present outside was enough to blow paint off the paintbrush and onto the floor. This happened with just tiny amounts of paint on the brush. This made a relatively straightforward job extremely messy. As mentioned in previous reviews the lack of viscosity also means the paint has no filling properties so any imperfections show right through the paint. Whatever you're painting will need to be perfect prior to using this gloss. If you've sanded off flakes of paint from an old coat and repainted with this paint it will look like a dog's dinner. I'm now going to have to strip all of this paint off and start again with a better system.

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“Dulux water based satinwood ”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 27/04/2013

The worst paint I've ever used very runny with zero coverage they should make it clearer on the tin being dulux I expected better

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“Worst paint ever”

★☆☆☆☆

written by dazzee38 on 16/01/2013

Handymen were advised by Dulux to use this paint on a metal railing fence. When the rain hits it, it just slides off the fence. will be taking it up with Dulux and they better be prepared to cover the cost of painters to redo it.

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“What's the problem?”

★★★★★

written by on 05/10/2012

I'm not sure why this paint is getting such bad reviews! I haven't tried the water based or quick drying versions, but the spirit based gloss is the best. 10 years ago I painted the wood paneling on the front of a friends house. Proper job - burned off the old paint. Used primer, undercoat and Weathershield gloss white. Its a south facing wall in direct sunlight. There's still no peeling and with a recent wash down it still looks great. Just doing the exterior of my house. The undercoat covers really well. The gloss is thick and flows smoothly using a high quality brush. Yes it takes a long time to dry, so you have to be mindful of the weather but the results are well pleasing.

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Notafanofdulux's Comment

Written on: 11/10/2012

Try using the water based version then experience the problems first hand.

Six weeks after being painted in dry conditions my front door was still not dry and was rubbing off onto clothes. I contacted (name removed), Holloway Rd, north London who said they'd get the Dulux representative to get in touch.

SILENCE - customer care must be an ALIEN concept to Dulux.

Every surface in my home was/is dulux branded paint. After this experience
NEVER again will I use Dulux paints anywhere.

I urge other consumers to boycott Dulux until they sort out the problems with their Weathershield water based version. Or until customer care becomes a core value!!

Clearly neither Dulux management nor the representative who services (name removed) CAN read judging from the plethora of negative reviews for this product all over the net.

So before give a 5 STAR ratings why don't you try the version with the problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Davem62's Comment

Written on: 18/10/2012

Still a 5 star rating for Weathershield Exterior Gloss!

No reviews I read mentioned they had used the water based version and I actually I couldn't see this in B&Q - maybe it's been withdrawn. In the end I wouldn't consider water based paint for exterior use, so I am surprised Dulux were offering this, probably due to the tightening of regulations of what goes into paint. I did see, some time ago, claims that Dulux interior white gloss was yellowing very quickly after the change in the content of the paint.
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Reviews on other websites are very positive for Weathershield Gloss, but again it isn't clear which type of paint they are referring to.

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Stewartcat's Comment

Written on: 10/01/2013

what on earth is a 'spirit' based gloss...?? Surely it's either a water based or an oil based so do you mean oil.....?????

thank you

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“Dulux Weathershield - Complete Rubbish”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 27/09/2012

Painted my windows with Dulux Weathershield, it has poor coverage, it’s too thin, drips everywhere, wrinkles when dry even when used in at 18 degrees C. Takes ages to dry, about 5 days opposed to the 16 hours it says on the tin. Even when dry it’s still soft and can be peeled off again. Worse paint I've ever used and Ive done a fair bit of painting in my time. I now have no alternative but to sand the windows down again and start again, what a waste of time.

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Allinproperty's Comment

Written on: 17/12/2012

If the preps right no probs with this paint try stiring it?

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“Dulux Weather Shield the Worst Paint Ever”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 26/09/2012

Dulux Weathershield is the worst paint I have ever used. It is so thin it is just like water and thus very difficult and time consuming to apply. It has no body or filling capability and thus the surface has to be perfect if blemishes are not to show. It is so thin it has no coverage and on some surfaces I had to put up to five coats to cover the primer. Pure rubbish. Do not waste your time or money with this paint.

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“Not fit for purpose”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 09/09/2012

I have just painted metal railings using Dulux Undercoat for wood and metal followed by Dulux Weathershield. What a mess. The paint has wrinkled in many places. I have sanded it down and repainted with the same result. I rang Dulux who said that it was due to the painting being carried out in either too hot or too cold weather and may be to the paint being too thick. If they cannot manufacture a decent paint that can be used in normal British weather, they should go back to the drawing board. I would definitely not recommend this paint and will not be using it again.

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“Warning avoid Dulux Weathershield Quick Drying Gloss”

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written by DaveT53 on 05/08/2012

Painting two metal garage doors. I followed the instructions to the letter, rubbed down the old paint then two coats of the Dulux Weathershield Undercoat (dark grey). Applied the Black gloss and what a mess, the paint dragged and left brush marks, it just wouldn't flow at all. The end result has been to rub it down and prepare the surface again. I then went out and bought two tins of Dulux Weathershield Gloss which takes 16 hours to dry, luckily I've now read the reviews on this site so I'm going to return the paint to B&Q and hunt down a different make of Black Gloss. DULUX HAS NOW LOST A CUSTOMER.

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“Unexpected reaction”

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written by on 12/07/2012

In addition to the poor obliteration and brush marks reported by others, I discovered an unexpected reaction I have not seen reported elsewhere. The Weathershield satin top coat reacts with printed material. I left a twenty-year-old printed cardboard box on a surface I painted a year ago (colour: Heathland); on lifting the box a day later permanent white marks were left on the painted surface, where the printing ink had apparently reacted with the paint. Having done the damage, I experimented with a pizza carton and a magazine, and achieved similar results. This matters as I am using the paint for an internal job, the colour being exactly right.

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“Weathershield Exterior Paint”

★☆☆☆☆

written by Davedogfish on 02/06/2012

This product is totally useless with the poorest coverage of any paint that I have ever used. After four coats failed to cover the undercoat previously applied I just gave up and bought Sandtex extrior paint instead. This is much better and the first coat covered all signs of the undercoat and (thank goodness) the Weathershield apology for paint! Save your money and avoid this product.

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“Why are ICI/Akzo still selling this?”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 29/04/2012

My professional decorator tried in vain to paint my front properly with this stuff and just gave up saying. This stuff is not for purpose take it back and go to B&Q

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“Waste of time and money”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 15/04/2012

Dulux weathershield water based gloss sounded fab but having just spent an entire weekend trying to perfect my front door all I want to do is sand it off and start again with something decent. Coverage is poor, brush marks impossible to hide and I don't believe the paint will ever cover the original colour no matter how many coats are applied. Do not waste your money or precious weekend with this product.

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“Weathershield Is Not Fit For Purpose”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 28/03/2012

We have been reading these reviews and must concur with those who say it is terrible. It is not fit for purpose. We have a shop and had it painted with DULUX Weathershield Satin finish (water based), by a professional painter in October 2011. Within 2 weeks, the paint was deteriorating, mainly with scuff marks, i.e. paint flaking off. Our previous paintwork is DULUX Trade High Gloss (spirit based). The other half of our shop is still painted with it. It has lasted 7 years, resisting scuffs etc. etc. We have been in contacted with DULUX, but find them to be very reluctant to inspect the paint and to compensate us completely for our costs. We have been back and forth with emails, which is very time consuming. They are very unhelpful and don't want to admit there is a problem with this type of paint.

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“The World's Worse Paint”

★☆☆☆☆

written by WhyDoINeedToRegister on 20/03/2012

This stuff is terrible. I've just wasted 3 days and almost £20 a tin on 2 tins for my front door and garage door. It's way too thin to cover properly. Plus, when it starts to look okay, after a few minutes you will notice it has run. Also, it takes an age to dry. It says 16 hours on the tin, it's not. You can't put one coat on then leave it for a day and do it again. Oh no, because it will still be soft. Do not buy this rubbish unless you want to waste your life waiting for the endless coats you will need to dry and even then it's still terrible.

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“THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SLATE IT!”

★★★★★

written by jimmyjames on 12/01/2012

In order to obtain a high quality finish get a pro in. Don't use anthing other than TRADE paint! if you insist on doing it yourself use trade paint. Dulux trade weathershield is a top quality paint. B&Q dulux paint may not be great but has been made for people who think they can paint but can't. easy application is the top priority for these paints, not coverage or durability. bare wood - needs 2-3 coats of acrylic primer, dont forget knotting solution if needed. then at least 2 coats of oil based dulux trade undercoat ( same colour as finishing coat. - very important! and finally 1 coat of gloss. ask for your undercoat to be tinted the same colour as your gloss, or for amateurs - a shade lighter so you can see where you have missed. A light sand inbetween each coat. easy, do not listen to bad reviews on paint. these people don't know how to get a good finish that is why they are unhappy with the product.

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Trumpetmonkey's Response to jimmyjames's Review

Written on: 05/09/2013

You obviously haven't used the water based version.( I buy from trade suppliers. ) it is not top quality paint. It couldn't be worse.

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“Weathershield exterior satin is the worst paint i have...”

★☆☆☆☆

written by on 25/04/2011

Weathershield exterior satin is the worst paint i have ever used the coverage is so bad that after 2 coats i have decided to give up and purchase another paint to cover up the mess that weathershield is :( I would give nil points if i could!

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 12/01/2012

This goes out to all the amature painters out there..... you can't expect your finishing coat to look good if you have not put in the preparation required. Primer and undercoat are both high in pigment, gloss and satin are not. both require many coats of primer and undercoat before you even think about applying gloss or satin. Your base coat should be the same colour as your finishing coat, maybe one shade lighter for all you amatures who can't see where they have been. Please do not slate a good quality paint if you don't know what you are doing. this goes for the all the bad reviews on here, it is quite clear that non of you know what your doing.

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Do I need to use a stabiliser on a new sand/cement and unibond slurry before I apply Weathershield paint?

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Asked by eil1gr on 22nd February 2014 Report this content
We are a block of 7 flats that was repainted two and a half year's ago (August 2011). Paint is already peeling off windows and cills in many areas leaving bare wood exposed to the elements. The peeling is mostly happening low down on the window frames and on some of the cills. Dulux Weathershield Exterior Gloss paint was specified for the work and we were assured that Dulux products were used in three-step process - primer, undercoat and Dulux Weathershield Exterior Gloss. Have others experienced this problem in such a short time? Can anyone please advise what recourse we have to the manufacturers of Dulux or to the decorators?  We feel that each will probably try to blame the other - Dulux could say the fault is with the decorators and they could blame the products. It was a very expensive job and it involved scaffolding all round the house. The windows date back to the early 1990s and have been redecorated every few years when necessary. For the most recent repainting the decorators were instructed to make good any damaged timbers before doing the redecorating. One thing is for sure it shouldn't be down to us to put it right as we paid for a quality job with quality products.

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Report this content Trumpetmonkey Written on: 24/02/2014
Was it all oil based? I have had serious problems with the water-based version of Dulux Weathershield, though not on such a large scale, just 3 exterior doors and frames (white, satin finish). But I did apply the whole three part system, with great care, on new wood. Within a couple of weeks the lack of flexibility of the paint was obvious, hairline cracks had appeared at joints on the doors, and resin staining was already coming through from the timber (Hemlock). What I learnt from this job was that legally the customer should expect me, as the contractor, to put things right. If it is a failing of the paint then it is then my responsibility to go further down the supply chain and get recompense etc. Sadly all I could get from Dulux was replacement paint and I had to foot the bill of my labour time etc putting things right. They gave me oil based weathershield gloss, which seemed much better. However I have no trust for Dulux products anymore. It's also worth mentioning that if you buy Dulux products from B&Q they are a different (poorer quality) mix than the same products bought from a trade centre. At least this is what a man in a Farrow and Ball shop told me! Again, don't trust Dulux.
Report this content DaveM62 Written on: 24/02/2014
The front of my house from the roof down to the top of the downstairs windows is covered in tongue and groove wood panelling. 10 years ago this was peeling badly. I burned off all the previous paint and replaced some of the tongue and groove boards (rather than repair them). I used the Weathershield system - primer, undercoat and topcoat. The work was done during a hot summer where the wood was completely dry. The panelled wall is south facing and gets very hot in good weather. The colour was gloss white which, I have read, stands up better to strong sunlight (white reflects light rather than absorb it). There is still no sign of peeling and I'm well pleased that it has lasted this long. 2 years ago I painted a gable end brown (conker) with Weathershield. This is still good (vile colour though!) I don't know if the current Weathershield is made in the same way. Was all the old paint scraped / burnt off? If it wasn't, the primer would be pointless. New paint won't stick to old gloss either, it must be roughed up and degreased. If the windows have been redecorated regularly, there may be layers of paint - removing all the old paint takes time but pays off in terms of the quality and reliability of the finish. I seem to recall that 2011 was a wet summer - any trace of dampness in the wood will prevent new paint sticking properly. Looks like the decorators were cutting corners. Hope this helps.
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