An overwhelming variety of paints are now available on the market. Even when considering a white interior emulsion from the single manufacturer the options can be hugely confusing, with little guidance in a concise form on any website I possibly could find. One such dilemma is the choice between Dulux Trade Matt Emulsion.

A quick look around will confirm the options:

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

Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt: Is named so since it has plastics added to increase durability, particularly when surface is wiped down and cleaned in the foreseeable future. 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 brand new build in mind, or at least new plaster. This paint could be applied to plaster which is still drying. Reason being, there is no vinyl quality to this paint, no plastic as they say. So that it remains more porous and the plaster can continue to breath beneath.

Dulux Trade Diamond Matt: The tough one of many bunch! Have kids and painting the hallway walls? This can be the one for you, advertised to be 10x tougher. I can believe it when I use it. You really feel just like you’re painting on a layer of vinyl. Although credit to Dulux, it continues on well and you certainly would not know.

So this is a scenario to highlight the differences: You are doing a job and its a hallway, stairs and landing. The plasterers have just finished. The chippy has been in to hang all 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% however, not a lot more than 50% depending mostly on preference. I would say that over 30% is rather safe, as in it will soak into the plaster rather than develop a layer which will just peel off. Especially important to utilize the Supermatt where plaster have not quite dried, because of the porous qualities mentioned earlier. We can use Supermatt or Vinyl Matt for the last 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 perfectly. A second coat where you want to finish with this paint.

The client has specified that she has a dog and three children, they want the very best because of their new home and are looking for durability, they dont desire 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 has 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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