Helmi vs Everal Aqua, What’s the difference

Helmi vs Everal Aqua, What’s the difference ?

Possibly our most asked question, and we understand why! On the surface, these two wood paints are hard to differentiate given they have the same end use, but there are some distinct variances between the two ranges. In this post, we’ll delve into their unique features and benefits to assist you in making the right choice for your needs.

Composition & Properties

Both products are water-based and will not turn yellow unless exposed to temperatures above 100 degrees Celsius. Helmi is a water-based acrylic, whereas Everal Aqua is a water-based acrylic enamel.

Each product applies slightly differently and has different properties e.g. Helmi has excellent self-levelling properties and must be applied more generously to achieve the best finish, making it ideal for flat doors, whereas Everal Aqua can be applied in the same way as most water-based products on the market.

Sheen levels

Helmi is available in matt (10%), Semi-matt (30%) and Gloss (80%).

Everal Aqua is available in Matt (10%), Satin (40%) and Gloss (80%)

Unsure on sheen level? We’ve broken this down in more detail for the Tikkurila Sheen page

Curing and durability

Both products are equally durable, though Everal Aqua will cure slightly faster than Helmi.


Both are excellent choices for painting interior wood and primed metal, such as skirting, door frames, radiators, and kitchen cabinets. Everal Aqua can be used on small areas outside (however, the surface must be completely dry, sound, and stable before application), Helmi cannot be used outside.

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