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Armstead Contract Matt Review

Updated Jul 20, 2022 | Posted Dec 5, 2021 | Paints, Product Review | 3 comments

As a decorator, I have been using Armstead products for almost two decades. The brand offers a cheaper, but sometimes better alternative to Dulux Trade. However, one product I hated for a number of years was Armstead contract matt, so I stopped using it altogether. It always had a high sheen level and flashed spectacularly on any light sensitive ceilings or walls.

That was until a few weeks ago when I was caught short on a kitchen painting job and decided to grab a couple of buckets. To say it’s changed is an understatement!! The Armstead contract matt I’ve been using lately does not resemble the one I have used in years gone by. This prompted me to write a new Armstead Contract Matt review. Hope you enjoy it.


What is Armstead Contract Matt Used for?


It is important to know the product. You buy Armstead contract matt by the bucket, and it comes in white or magnolia. It is available from any Dulux Decorating Centre, or many independent trade paint merchants. This is a product that costs just £2 a litre and a lot of decorators (wrongly) use it as a mist coat.


Armstead contract matt is designed for use on bare plaster as it allows the surface to breathe. This makes it the ideal product for new builds.




As mentioned, this paint is only £2 per litre. This puts it at the lower end of the scale when it comes to contract matt. But Armstead contract matt really does NOT perform like a budget product.

Opacity is good, in fact two coats on bare plaster should be ample. It doesn’t seem as porous as most contract matt emulsions either, so ease of use on the second coat is pretty good. The finish is nice and flat, and there is very little flashing.

It also sprays well!! I decided to test it whilst mist coating a new build a couple of days ago and it was lovely. It went through my airless with ease and the finish was spot on. There was no hint of trailing and it left a nice flat finish.


What more can you ask for??


  1. Andy shaw

    Have been using this stuff on new builds. Poor paint takes 3 coats to cover by roller and brush even then not so good. Can’t touch it up either. Avoid use something better get what you pay for.

  2. Richard

    MacPherson Eclipse for ceilings touches up very well and dead flat.
    It’s a bit chalky slightly softer finish.
    If critical light the amstead contact can perhaps suffer as slight shine.

  3. Vince Robinson

    I like this stuff. new plaster.

    It’s cheap as chips and bleaches out nicely – also rolls out better than some other contract matts.

    Only downside to it is that it recommends plaster being completely dry prior to application.


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