The Surreal Effects range of products include Mannex Textures, Scylla Ripples, Aztec Hammer and interior grade Sarouk Matt Ripple effects that have been designed to cleverly hide surface defects on fabricated metals, whilst providing interesting tactile surfaces. The range combines decorative and appealing patterned effects with excellent overall performance and are suitable for application over various substrates including steel and aluminium. Examples include: electrical enclosures, office fittings, furniture, tool boxes and automotive components.

They are ideal for use:

  • On pre-treated architectural grade aluminium
  • On mild steel, bright/semi bright steel, black steel and blue steel
  • In mild exterior conditions*
  • In general interior conditions
  • In environments greater than 100m from the high tide mark

*excluding Surreal Effects Sarouk


  • Polyester thermosetting powder coating
  • Range of distinctive textured finishes


  • Hard wearing finish
  • Assists in hiding surface defects

Product code: 901


Developed for use over various substrates including steel and aluminium on interior applications, except for Sarouk. Sarouk is only for interior. Examples include: interior furntiture and storage equipment, electrical cabinets other industrial metal products such as bicycles, garden tools, lawn mowers, and automotive components. Consult Dulux for most appropriate Surreal product for your end use.

Surface preparation

Surfaces should be prepared according to appropriate standards such as AAMA 2603, AS/NZS4506 or AS3715 (available from Standards Australia or Standards New Zealand offices).

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8 - 10m2/kg corresponds to 80 microns
Galvanised Steel, Stainless Steel, Steel (mild), Zincalume, Non ferrous metals
Powder Coating
Surreal Effects Powdercoat Range
Interior or Exterior
Interior, Exterior
Film Build
Minimum 80 microns, Maximum 120 microns
Application Method
Electrostatic Spray

Performance Guide

Green Star
Dulux ® Powder Coatings are a prime consideration for projects where air quality standards have been set, such as 4, 5 & 6 Green Star Rating Projects.
VOC Level
Virtually zero (please consult Dulux for details)
Good resistance to weathering (except Sarouk which is interior only).
Salt Resistance
Good salt spray resistance over pre-treated aluminium (1000 hrs ASTM B117)

Cure Schedule

Metal Temperature
210° : 4 mins minimum
200° : 5 mins minimum
180° : 8 mins minimum


How to Specify Aluminium
Example – (Dulux Surreal® Effects Primrose Scylla 9013005Z) to be applied in accordance with AS 3715.

How to Specify Steel
Example – Powder Coating of (Components to be coated) (Atmospheric Classification) (Substrate) with (Dulux Surreal® Effects Primrose Scylla 9013005Z) to meet AS4506. Compliance to this standard must be demonstrated through provision of a certificate from the coating applicator outlining the relevant, “atmospheric classification, substrate and method of chemical or mechanical surface preparation”.

Care and Maintenance

Refer to AAMA 609 and 610

As a general rule, cleaning of externally located powder coating surfaces must take place every six months. Where salts/pollutants are more prevalent such as seaside, industrial and geothermal areas, a cleaning program should be carried out more frequently.


  1. Remove loose deposits with a wet sponge (avoid scratching the surface by dry dusting).
  2. Using a soft clean cloth and a mild detergent in warm water, clean the powder coating to remove dust, salt or other deposits.
  3. Always rinse after cleaning with fresh water to remove any remaining detergent.


In some cases, strong solvents recommended for thinning various types of paints and also for cleaning up mastics/sealants are harmful to the extended life of the powder coated surface. These solvents should not be used for cleaning purposes and will render the warranty void if used. If paint splashes or sealants/mastics need to be removed then the following solvents can be used safely: Methylated Spirits, Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropanol.