What's new at Resene Paints

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The Classics collection

It's a classic

For all those that want the latest trends in their home, there are an equal number that know they want colour in their home, but they don’t necessarily want to follow the trends either. While there are plenty of colours to choose from already, Resene has gathered together a collection of many favourite Resene colours into a new Resene Classics collection. This colour range focuses on colours that outlast the trends, colours that have been popular for many years and will likely be popular for many more to come. The chart also includes a small collection of whites and neutrals so you can choose an entire colour palette using just one colour chart… or you can add extra accent colours or variations of your chosen neutral using the Resene palettes or other Resene colour ranges. Order a free copy of the Resene Classics Collection online or pick up one from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.

Resene Aquaclear

Naturally beautiful

When designing timber interiors, it can be tempting to leave them uncoated, but this leaves the timber prone to wear and tear, dust and contaminants that can be impossible to remove later. Clear coating timber provides a smooth seal and makes it easier to wipe clean.

And now with new Resene Aquaclear Natural you can apply a flat waterborne clear finish that protects the timber while still allowing its natural beauty to show through. Resene Aquaclear Natural is designed for interior timber walls and ceilings to enhance and protect timber from everyday wear and tear. The flat finish helps the timber retain its natural just cut look. If a little colour rejuvenation is needed, Resene Colorwood Enhance may be added to Resene Aquaclear Natural to add extra depth and colour.

Resene Aquaclear is also available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss finishes for those looking for a higher sheen effect.

View Technical Data Sheet

Greywash options

All about the grey

As many look for more relaxed finishes, the trend to washed looks continues. Resene Colorwood Whitewash and Greywash have been popular options inside. Now Resene Woodsman Whitewash has been extended to include two greywash options also. Choose from a light or mid greywash option for a new way to enhance timber finishes. View timber samples online...

REsene Qristal Clear

Easier on the nose

Resene Qristal Poly-Flat, Satin and Gloss are moving to a new lower odour formula so you can clear finish your interior timber, without the strong odours. Or choose Resene Aquaclear or Resene Qristal ClearFloor for waterborne options.

Top quality times three

Resene has received the Reader’s Digest Gold Quality Service Award for paint and decorating stores recognising exceptional customer service, winning each year since these awards started in 2016. Winners were identified in a survey conducted by Catalyst Marketing and Research. Commissioned by Reader’s Digest, the survey canvased a representative sample of 1,500 New Zealand adults.


Celebrating 15 years

Little habits, repeated often, can make a massive difference over time. Not so long ago, recycling paint containers wasn’t something most customers even contemplated. Today, for many, it’s part of their normal painting process to recycle the packaging when they have finished the project. It was 15 years ago that Resene PaintWise first started following nearly five years of development. In those days product stewardship was in its infancy so there was no easy path to follow to set up a programme. Every process was forging new ground. Since then, over a kilotonne, i.e. over 1,000,000 kilograms, of packaging and paint has been recycled. That equates to millions of packs being returned. Find out more about how to recycle your paint… more

Enviro for both

Resene has an extensive range of Environmental Choice approved products for everything from paints and stains, to clear finishes, primers and sealers. And now Environmental Choice New Zealand’s EC-07-17 Paints specification has achieved Level A recognition by the Green Building Council of Australia. Products that carry the EC-07-17 licence are eligible for GBCA Green Star credits, as well as NZGBC Green Star and Homestar credits. View the Resene Environmental Choice approved product range.

Mural Masterpieces


The Resene Mural Masterpieces 2019 is open for entry. Entry is easy - register online or drop into your local Resene ColorShop and pick up a copy of the Mural Masterpieces Competition registration form.

Send your completed registration to Resene and you’ll receive an entry pack containing all the information you’ll need to get started. Gather together your favourite community group, school children or tackle a mural yourself. Entry is open to all ages and all mural types, so get your creative juices and paintbrushes fired up. Entries close 8 November 2019. Open to murals in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Snug homes

Got room in your backyard? Make the most of your space and add a SNUG home.

The design competition for the best SNUG home launched to massive interest at PrefabNZ’s CoLab event. Dozens of teams from the building, architecture and design industries submitted plans for a prefabricated SNUG home smaller than 65m2. See the winning designs that you could add to your backyard… more

 Resene Pre-Coated Steel Primer

Ready to repaint

Pre-coated coloured steel, such as ColorSteel®, ColorBond® and ColorCote, is a hugely popular option for roofs and may also be used as cladding. However inevitably owners want a colour change, sometimes within months of installation or sometimes years later. To make it easier to prepare the surface for topcoating, Resene has launched new Resene Pre-Coated Steel Primer. Simply apply, allow to dry and you’re ready to topcoat with Resene Summit Roof on roofs or you can opt for waterborne exterior finishes such as Resene Lumbersider waterborne low sheen, Resene Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss or Resene Hi-Glo waterborne gloss on cladding. Available from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers.


Check out the colour forecast

If there is one constant about colour, it’s that the latest on-trend colours and how we use them are always changing. Drawing from international trends experts and combining those trends with local colour knowledge, Resene has created the new The Range fashion colours 20 with colours designed for 2019/2020 and beyond. The new collection includes over 90 new colours, as well as a selection of favourite Resene colours, whites and neutrals, and a page of popular Resene wood stain finishes to make it easy to choose everything from one chart. Get a taste of the new trends online or view the fandeck at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.

Habitat plus

Fresh trends inspiration

If you need fresh decorating and colour inspiration, the new habitat plus – decorating and colour trends is here to help. It’s packed full of new on-trend colours, decorating suggestions and handy tips to help. The habitat plus series of books, including this latest issue, are available free at your Resene ColorShop or view online.


Yours in fabric

It’s a common problem… you find a fabric you like but don’t know what paint colour to team with it. The Resene Curtain Collection has always focused on creating new fabric options designed to go with Resene paint colours. Each fabric design and colourway comes complete with its own suggested Resene paint co-ordinates, to help create a colour palette that works. And now the collection has expanded with a whole host of new designs, including the latest in sheers. New fabrics are planned for regular release. To see the full range view online or view the sample book at your Resene ColorShop or the samples at selected curtain specialists.


Clearly for floors

Timber floors are a popular choice, but how do you keep them looking good? Now flooring contractors can enhance and protect hardwood timber floors with new durable Resene ProSelect, a tough 2K low VOC waterborne polyurethane range developed for use on residential and commercial flooring. Resene ProSelect gives specifiers and contractors the freedom to select any finish they desire, from a full or semi-gloss, all the way through to a natural or ultra matt finish, with just the minimum of components. To help make it easy to find all you need for your flooring project, view the info hub online with everything from application advice and data sheets, to maintenance tips and information.

Habitat 29

Habitat’s here

The latest habitat magazine is packed full of fresh ideas and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. Habitat issue 29 is available from Resene ColorShops and resellers or view online.

Total Colour Awards 2018

Colourful winners

Bold hues won Freemans Bay School the top colour award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2018 with colours that bring the school into the heart of the community. Resene has a long history of colour and today's colour range of thousands of hues is a far cry from the handful that was available when Resene started 72 years ago. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour; to showcase striking colour palettes and combinations and provide fresh inspiration. See the winners online.

Winner Trusted Brand 2018

Most trusted again!

When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the seventh year running. Thanks for your ongoing feedback that helps us to continually improve. And remember we always welcome constructive and helpful feedback - simply email us at or fill out the contact form on our website.

Rolling out recycling

Rolling out recycling

12 years and over 3 million recycled packs later, the Resene PaintWise programme has been expanded to include the Resene Automotive and Light Industrial network of stores and products. Customers can return their Resene Automotive and Light Industrial products to their local Resene Automotive and Light Industrial store, or to the existing Resene ColorShop PaintWise network. See for more information.

In Australia, unwanted paint can be returned to the Paintback service. This service started in 2016, supported by Resene.

Resene SpaceCote Clear

Clearly tough

New Resene SpaceCote Clear is a low sheen clear finish, designed to bring enamel style toughness to broadwall areas, allowing you to get a low sheen finish without sacrificing durability. It’s ideal to protect interior wall paints (in wet and dry areas) and Mason wallpaper.

Resene SpaceCote Clear is a durable low odour finish with scuff, scrub and burnish resistance.

See Data Sheet D513

Clear lids for testpots

Quick view

Ever had clients opening testpots because they want to see which colour is inside? Or perhaps you’ve been painting with testpots yourself and found you need to open each one to find the colour you want.

The Resene testpot is changing to a new format lid… with a clear viewing panel so you and your customers can see what colour is inside, without having to open the testpot.

The overall size, fill level, labelling and pricing is the same, just with a new lid and a flatter finish, which provides a little extra grip when opening the lid.

The new testpot lids are coming through as the old lids run out.

Always remember: Wet paint does not look identical to dry paint so the colour through the viewing hole is just a guideline of the colour. Once dry the colour may look a little different so always use the Resene colour charts or the colour library folders to view the colour when dry.

Wow wallpaper!

Wow wallpaper!

Patterns, plains, bolds, neutrals or textures, when it comes to wallpaper there is a huge range of designs and styles to choose from. There’s something to suit all tastes. We’ve put together a habitat plus – ways with wallpaper to help you and your clients incorporate wallpaper into your design plans. You can order your free copy by emailing us at, visit your Resene ColorShop to pick up a copy or view online.


The funny side of paint

“I have been in the painting decorating trade for 48 years as was my father for 60 years before me. While doing my apprenticeship a paint traveller arrived with a new way of putting paint on – a roller! As we always used brushes then this was a new invention which impressed us all. My father was not on the job that day and so when we were having tea that night I told him about this new paint roller. To which he replied "Don't be so silly how could you roll paint on?' His imagination could not cope with this until later he saw it. And yet here we are half a century on and most painters couldn't imagine tackling many paint jobs without their trusty roller!”

Thanks to Lea.

Total colour awards

Win a colourful award

We’re on the hunt for creative and colourful projects finished in Resene paints and colours in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Have you completed a project with creative and excellent use of Resene colours and paint? Then make sure you enter it into the Resene Total Colour Awards 2018. Get entry details and an entry form online… more

blackboard paint other colours

Chalk it up

When it comes to blackboard paint, most people think of black, black and black. However who said a blackboard had to be black? Resene is releasing tintable Resene Chalkboard Paint that can be made in a range of deep and bold colours. For other colours Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen can be used as a chalkboard finish. Resene Chalkboard Paint will be in Resene ColorShops soon.

hydrostatic pressure paint hydrablock

Paint beats the pressure

Hydrostatic pressure can cause moisture to rise through the pores in concrete, damaging an impermeable film sitting on the surface, usually through blistering or pressure sufficient to blow sections of the coating off. New Resene HydraBlock is a transparent two pack low VOC waterborne epoxy barrier coating for application to interior cementitious surfaces, such as masonry - walls, in-situ concrete - walls/floors and plastered walls, subject to hydrostatic pressure. Resene HydraBlock controls rising damp and efflorescence. It has excellent adhesion and is tolerant of application over damp surfaces… more


Hall of fame

Resene has been family owned since it started in 1946. Ted Nightingale started Resene in his garage, later passing the reigns onto his son Tony, who passed the reins on many years later to his son, Nick.

Tony’s hard work and dedication has been acknowledged with his acceptance into the Business Hall of Fame. Tony Nightingale (1939-2003) was an innovator, taking Resene multinational, introducing new products, processes and colour systems. Tony was passionate about paint and colour, with a knack for developing technologies and ideas that had never been seen before in the paint market.

hunger for colour

Hungry for colour… again

The Resene Hunger for Colour fundraiser has been back for its fourth year helping struggling Kiwis put food on the table while bringing colour to Kiwi homes. It was easy for customers to help – all they needed to do was bring in a can of food and swap it for a free Resene testpot. This year, over 37,000 cans of food were swapped for testpots during February, with over 150,000 cans of food swapped since Hunger for Colour began… more


Fresh inspiration

The latest habitat magazine, issue 28 – is packed full of fresh ideas and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. It’s a handy guide for you to keep up with the latest decorating trends and to help your clients with their choices. View online.

Owl logo 2018

What a hoot

If you have been wandering around Auckland recently, chances are you will have crossed paths with many owls.

Over 100 owls have landed in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. It’s all for charity, with 47 giant owls, each a bespoke work of art, being auctioned off to fundraise for the Child Cancer Foundation.

The Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families.

Many litres of Resene paints and an impressive number of testpots were used to add colourful personalities and characters to the once white owls.

Paint the town and be in to win

The Resene Mural Masterpieces 2018 is open for entry. Entry is easy - register online or drop into your local Resene ColorShop and pick up a copy of the Mural Masterpieces Competition registration form. Entry is open to all ages and all mural types, so get your creative juices and paintbrushes fired up. Entries close 6 November 2018. Find out more

The Range whites and neutrals fandeck

The right white

We know colour choices are always evolving and changing, which is why we regularly update our The Range whites and neutrals fandeck. The latest fandeck includes a few new colours and introduces favourites from other colour ranges to give you the best of the best in one handy fandeck. With the popularity of grey, the range of options has been expanded also. The new fandeck is available from your Resene representative or Resene ColorShop. The individual whites and neutrals palettes will also be updated this year to bring the new colours and favourites into those handy palettes.

Resene Decking Oil Stain Resene Lustacryl

Better and better

The Resene technical team are always on the lookout for ways to improve Resene products. Two of the products to enjoy recent updates are Resene Lustacryl and Resene Woodsman Decking Oil Stain.

Updated Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel, has been designed to be faster to dry and easier to apply. This will speed up application time and also give a better quality finish. It’s available in a huge range of Resene colours, including Resene CoolColours for exterior projects. Resene Woodsman Decking Oil Stain has moved to a waterborne alkyd version, with improved foot traffic durability and weathering durability. It penetrates better reducing the risk of tracking, to help keep it looking good for longer. It’s available in a wide range of exterior stain colours, including Resene CoolColour options.

Resene Summit Roof Commercial Spray Satin

Tip spray top

New Resene Summit Roof Commercial Spray Satin is designed specifically for airless spray application. By focusing the product just on spray application, the technical team have been able to optimise the application process. The new product will be available in 4L and 10L packs in the most popular tones, and many CoolColour options too.

Resene Summit Roof Commercial Spray Satin joins Resene Summit Roof Semi-Gloss, which is designed for brush and roller application, and MIOX and Aluminium finishes available for those who prefer a metallic finish. This gives you and your clients more choice for their roof finishes, and allows painters to choose the product that best suits the application method

Top of the colour pops

If you think you know the most popular Resene colour you might be surprised to find out it’s not Resene Alabaster. While Resene Alabaster is a very close second, Resene Black White has snuck in front to be crowned Resene’s top colour. See Resene’s top 20… more

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