An overwhelming selection of paints are now in the marketplace. Even though considering a white interior emulsion from the single manufacturer the options can be extremely confusing, with little guidance in a concise form on any website I could find. One such dilemma may be the choice between Dulux Trade Matt Emulsion.

A quick look around will confirm your options:

Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt (or as one customer called it, Vinly Slick)
Dulux Trade Supermatt
Dulux Trade Diamond Matt
Addititionally there is the non trade line but I will not bother with those as this question would probably arise in the trades. So here goes:

Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt: Is named so because it has plastics added to increase durability, particularly when surface is wiped down and cleaned later on. Although it is not completely resistant, it will require a bit more abuse that a non vinyl paint. Good opacity.

Dulux Trade Supermatt: That is paint that has the new build in mind, or at the very least new plaster. This paint can be applied to plaster which is still drying. Reason being, there is absolutely no vinyl quality to this paint, no plastic as they say. Therefore it remains more porous and the plaster can continue to breath beneath.

Dulux Trade Diamond Matt: The tough among the bunch! Have kids and painting the hallway walls? This is the one for you, advertised as being 10x tougher. I could believe it when I use it. You really feel like you are painting on a layer of vinyl. Paint diamond Although credit to Dulux, it continues on well and you certainly wouldn’t normally know.

So here is a scenario to highlight the differences: You do a job and its own a hallway, stairs and landing. The plasterers have just finished. The chippy has been in to hang all of the doors, fit skirting board and architrave etc.

Firstly you paint all the bare plaster (ceiling and walls), in Supermatt, mixed to a proportion of water. This might be more that 30% but not a lot more than 50% depending mostly on preference. I would say that over 30% is fairly safe, as in it will soak in to the plaster rather than develop a layer which will just peel from the lime. Especially important to use the Supermatt where plaster have not quite dried, due to the porous qualities mentioned earlier. We are able to use Supermatt or Vinyl Matt going back two coats on the ceiling, some recommend a final coat of the Vinyl.

We then paint all the walls with one coat of Vinyl Matt. This provide a great opacity and covers very well. Then a second coat where you want to finish with this paint.

The customer has specified that she has your dog and three children, they need the very best because of their new home and are looking for durability, they dont wish to be calling you back to touch up in six months because all of the walls in the immediate hallway are dirty and the paint is worn where it’s been wiped down so mny times. So we apply Diamond Matt on both walls in the hallway and continue the up the stairs.

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