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Helmi Acrylic Satin 30

Water-based acrylic satin

Advanced water-based high performance acrylic satin trim and furniture paint which provides class leading levels of application and opacity. Helmi satin has established itself in the kitchen and cabinet manufacturing market as the go to product for hand finishing.     

Interior trim and furniture, including doors, skirting, kitchens radiators and cabinets. Helmi is suitable for application onto metal after priming and will not yellow under heating. Helmi cures to form an incredibly tough film which can be cleaned and washed, resistance to scrubbing over 5000 cycles SFS 3755.

Suitable for application onto numerous substrates including radiators, Helmi will not yellow or soften under heating. 

The paint is water-borneTool: rollerTool: sprayTool: brush
The coverage of the paint on rough surfaces
The coverage of the paint on smooth surfaces

A paint for all places

The high-quality Helmi products are ideal for various wooden and metal surfaces at home. In addition to furniture and small items, you can also use Helmi to paint window frames, doors, skirting, cabinets, radiators, and more.

Joy and the power of colours

Helmi Furniture Paints can be tinted in thousands of colours. Apart from the colours, you can also play around with Helmi’s various gloss grades to create matt, semi-matt or gloss surfaces. Standard colours are convenient for providing your furniture and decorations with a longer life and fresh new look.

Choose a safe and practical option

Helmi is proven to be safe, has a mild odour, and dries quickly. It also meets the stringent requirements set for the surface treatment of toys.

Tikkurila Oyj
(Previous date 19.12.2014)

Helmi Acrylic Satin 30

Acrylate paint for interior use.
Product features

High performance waterbased acrylic satin suitable for new and previously painted wooden, chipboard, wood fibre board and metal surfaces. Also suitable for repainting of surfaces previously coated with an alkyd or acid catalysed paint. See instructions.

Not suitable for repainting of surfaces previously coated with nitrocellulose lacquers.

Recommended uses
Doors, skirting, window frames, radiators, cabinets, furniture, sheet metal wood stoves etc.

The paint is semi-matt The paint is water-borne Tool: roller Tool: spray Tool: brush
The coverage of the paint on rough surfaces
The coverage of the paint on smooth surfaces
Base paints
A and C
Colour Range
Tikkurila Symphony 2436 colour card.
Additionally standard colours: Listavalkoinen (Carpenter's White), yellow, black, red, blue, white and green.
Gloss grade
8-10 m2/l

Can sizes
0.225 l,0.9 l, 2.7 l, A-base also 9 l
Standard colours: 1/10 l, 1/3 l, 1 l, Carpenter's white also 3 l.
Application method

Synthetic fiber brush, roller.

Conventional spray:

-pressure 3-4 bar

-nozzle 1.4-1.8 mm

-thinning 20-40 vol-%

Airless spray:

-nozzle pressure 140-160 bar

-nozzle 0.009˝-0.013˝

-thinning 0-5 vol-%

Air assisted airless spray:

-nozzle pressure 80-120 bar

-atomization air pressure 1-2 bar

-nozzle 0.009˝-0.011˝

-thinning 0-5 vol-%           


Drying time at 23°C and 50% relative air humidity

Dust dry in approx. 1 hour.

Recoatable in approx. 16 hours.

Ready to use hardness after 2-3 days.

Wash resistance
Resists over 5000 scrubbings by brush, SFS 3755
Chemical resistance
Resists cleaning detergents and weak solvents e.g. White Spirit.Coffee, tea etc. stains have to be cleaned off immediately.
Light resistance
Solids volume
Approx. 40%
Approx. 1.2 kg/l in white (ISO 2811)
Protect from frost.
Product code

Application conditions
The surface to be painted must be dry, the temperature of the air at least +8°C, and the relative humidity of the air below 80%.
Lower temperature (approx. +15°C) and higher humidity (50-70 % RH) will make the open-time of the paint longer and the work easier.
Unpainted surfaces: Remove all dirt and dust carefully to obtain good adhesion. Treat knots with Oksalakka Knotting Lacquer. Prime new wood and wood fibre board surfaces with Helmi Primer or Otex Akva adhesion primer. Prime metal surfaces with Rostex Super Akva or Rostex Super metal primer. Prime absorbent surfaces first with a primer thinned with 5-10%, and sand. Prime surface after that with an unthinned primer. Previously painted surfaces: Wash down previously painted surfaces with Maalipesu Cleaning Agent and rinse carefully with water. Remove loose, flaking paint with a scraper and sand hard, glossy and industrially painted surfaces matt. Remove sanding dust. Fill holes and cracks with Presto Furniture Putty or Rapid Filler and sand the filled parts. Prime with Helmi Primer or Otex Akva adhesion primer.
Stir the paint thoroughly down to the bottom and thin with water, if necessary. Apply by brush, roller, paint pad or spray 1-2 times. Apply on large surfaces first with a roller and level with a brush. Multi-branched synthetic brushes are best suited for the work.
Cleaning of tools
Remove excess paint from tools. Clean tools with water. Tikkurila Pensselipesu (Tool Cleaner) is recommended to be used to remove a bit hardened paint.
Maintenance instructions
Cleaning earliest approx. 1 month after painting: The surfaces are cleaned with a soft brush, sponge or cleaning cloth and neutral (pH 6-8) dish washing solution. Clean very dirty surfaces with weakly alkaline (pH 8-10) washing detergent and e.g. cleaning cloth or sponge. Rinse the surface carefully.

The product achieves its final hardness and durability after one month under normal conditions, therefore the surfaces must be handled with care during a couple of weeks. If the surfaces need to be cleaned soon after finishing, clean them lightly with a soft brush or damp cleaning cloth.
Maintenance treatment
If the surface was previously painted with Helmi Furniture paint, then maintenance painting can be carried out without priming. See Pretreatment.
Note! If alkyd primer is used as a primer, the final adhesion into the primer is achieved after 2 weeks from the finishing painting. During this time avoid e.g. the usage of masking tape.
EU VOC 2004/42/EC-limit value
(cat A/d) 130g/l(2010) Helmi Furniture Paint contains VOC max. 130g/l.

according to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008
Contains 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one and 2,4,7,9-tetramethyldec-5-yne-4,7-diol. May produce an allergic reaction. Wear protective gloves. A Material Safety Data Sheet is available on request.
Safety Data Sheet - Helmi

Recycle empty, dry cans or dispose them of in accordance with local regulations. Destroy liquid waste according to the local regulations for hazardous waste.
ADR: not classified
sre190315 / ssa270208 / akk300315 / mli140906 / hok050906 / 365-,366-,22V


Feel the Color colour card

This colour card shows the 263 colours of the Tikkurila Feel the Color collection. The colour names are evocative and lead your selection.

Feelings colour chips

Our popular Feelings colour chip selection offers an inspiring framework for selecting the colours for your home. Interior design and colour professionals have created basic styles that differ from one another and through which you can reflect your personality and test what feels right for you. It is easy to approach interior design through the style you select. Now you can use colour to decorate like a professional.

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Consumption varies depending on the surface to be treated and its condition. Absorption is affected e.g. by the surface roughness, moisture content level of timber and porosity. For example, log surface that has been untreated for a long time takes a lot more wood finish than a new surface to be treated.

When calculating the consumption, note that the consumption for round logs is 1.5 times higher than normal. Please also note the corner joints in the surface area.

Rounding up

As the filling rate is usually 90% (space for tinting), it is good to round up the liter amounts and reserve enough of the product so that the work is not interrupted unnecessarily, and colour will be even.