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Otex Akva

Highly-adhesive, water-based primer for tricky surfaces. Matt, quick-drying finish.
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Product Description

Otex Akva is a quick-drying, high opacity adhesion primer for use on multiple surfaces. Once dry Otex Akva provides a solid foundation for subsequent coats of solvent and water-based trim products.

Suitable for priming and undercoating both new and previously painted surfaces. Otex Akva adheres well to surfaces requiring special adhesion like glass, tiles, glass fiber, melamine, PVC-plastic, aluminium, zinc coated sheet metal and surfaces coated with alkyd and acid-curing paint. In addition Otex Akva is also suitable for wood, fibre board, chipboard.

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For Interior or Exterior UseInterior
SurfaceWood, Trim, Furniture, Doors & Windows, Metal
Product CategoryPrimer/Priming
Sheen LevelMatt (6-10%)
Product CertificationsMED/IMO
Product EcolabelsM1
VOC LevelsLow (50-149 g/l)
Application MethodAirless, Spray, Brush, Roller
Theoretical Cover Rate6-8 m²/l
Touch DryTouch dry after approx. 1 hour.
Waterbased or SolventbasedWater
Recoat TimeRecoat time depends on product being applied
Minimum contentMinimum contents are the can size less 10%
Single Pack or 2 packSingle Pack
Product SegmentDecorative

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Frequently asked questions

How Do I Paint Kitchen Cupboards?

Painting kitchen cupboards can quickly (and cheaply) totally change the look of your kitchen.

First, you need to check your kitchen cabinets can be painted. If you have solid wood kitchen cabinets doors you are good to go, just make sure they are properly primed (more on that below). 

If your kitchen cabinet doors are laminate or veneer, you have a trickier job on your hands. You can still paint them, but the shiny, smooth surface just means you have to sand and use an adhesion primer to encourage the paint to stick. 

First, remove all knobs and handles (as well as the contents of your cupboards and drawers!) Use masking tape to protect hinges and glass and put down dust sheets to protect other parts of the room as necessary.

Next, wash your cabinets down with Tikkurila's Cleaning Agent or a strong detergent solution. This will remove grease and create a smooth canvas. Wipe off any residue with a damp cloth.

When the cabinets are dry, sand with fine paper (you can skip this step if you have melamine or high gloss surfaces). Fill imperfections with Helmi Furniture Filler which is great for filling in gaps on kitchen cabinets and cupboards as it's easy to sand, dries white, and it won't shrink or crack.

Apply a wood or melamine primer depending on the surface. 

Priming Options

  1. Otex Akva     (for laminate or veneer)
  2. Helmi Primer     (for solid wood)

Once priming is complete apply two coats of your chosen colour. You might want to use a small roller on doors for a smooth finish. After the first coat is completely dry, sand with a fine paper to ensure a smooth, professional finish. Remember to wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.

Topcoat Options

  1. Everal Aqua 10, Everal Aqua 40 or Everal Aqua 80, depending on the sheen level required
  2. Helmi 10, Helmi 30 or Helmi 80, depending on the sheen level required
  3. Empire Furniture Paint


If you require more advice on painting kitchen cabinets, give our technical team a call on 0131 334 4999 or send a message to our technical team.

Primer Tinting - Light Bases

Some primers in our range, like Otex Akva, Everal Aqua, and Helmi, may look lighter than your chosen topcoat, especially with darker colours.

This is because they have an A-base (light base) formulation, which means they won't achieve the same depth as a C-base (dark base). For instance, if you tint these primers in black, they'll come out as light grey.

Despite this, we recommend tinting towards your intended topcoat shade for optimal coverage. This helps with effective colour obliteration, reducing the overall number of coats needed.

Which Primer/Undercoat Do I Need?

Using a primer will ensure the full depth of colour of your chosen paint colour. Primer is vital to seal unpainted surfaces or prepare the surface for painting. If you are transitioning from a dark to a light colour, the primer has properties that will help obliterate the colour beneath before applying the topcoat. As well as ensuring your paint will last longer, you won’t have to worry about chipping, peeling or discolouration. Opting for a primer is a fail-safe way to achieve the perfect finish.

Some of our most popular primers are noted below:

For walls:                                 Optiva Primer

For walls (high humidity areas): Luja Universal Primer

For interior wood:                     Helmi Primer

For exterior wood:                    Ultra Primer

For exterior masonry:               Hydrosol Primer

For tricky interior substrates:     Otex Akva

For tricky exterior substrates:    Otex Adhesion Primer

For metal:                                Rostex Super Akva

For spraying wood:                    Akvi Primer

For more advice on primers, visit our primer guide.

Be sure to always check the data sheets for suitability for your specific project or give our technical team a call on 0131 334 4999 or send a message to us here.

Any Advice For Painting With Bold Colours?

If you’ve ever worked with paint, you’ll know that there are a few colours that naturally are harder to get right. Typically strong yellows, blues, greens, reds and oranges fall into this category. This is typically due to the hiding power of the pigments used in the colourants. Often it can take additional coats in these colours to achieve a good finish. By using a coloured primer first we can optimise material costs and also reduce the time taken to achieve the desired finish (by applying fewer coats). When choosing the primer shade, the best result can be achieved when we ensure that:

- The primer shade is a different colour from the required topcoat
- The primer is from the same colour family as the topcoat
- The primer shade is lighter than the shade of the topcoat (A primer darker than the topcoat might result in a cloudy impression)

Example: When your topcoat is a strong yellow like RAL 1021, a primer shade like TVT 4005 should be used. Please see Tikkurila’s full range of primer shades here which have been designed to achieve optimum results. If you are unsure about which primer shade you should be using, please contact our technical line by phone, e-mail or webchat.

See Tikkurila range of primer colours here

If you require more advice on painting bold colours, please give our technical team a call on 0131 334 4999 or send a message here.

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