Armstead Durable Matt Review - a good quality emulsion for high traffic areas

Armstead Durable Matt Review

By Mike Gregory


Armstead durable matt emulsion is wildly available from any Dulux Decorating Centre, or several different independent stockists. The brand is owned by Akzo Nobel who also own Dulux, so both brands are generally sold side by side.


Armstead durable matt is available in a huge range of colours, including white and brilliant white. There is no need for a separate product when priming bare plaster, as a coat of diluted Armstead durable matt is easily up to the task.


Durable matt emulsion is often used on walls and ceilings which are occupied by young children or pets, but it can also be used in a kitchen. This is because it stands up well to knocks and scuffs. Plus, you can wipe the off bit down without damaging your wall


My Armstead Durable Matt Review


Right, I’ve told you the facts, now let’s get down to my opinion. I’m a decorator and I reckon I’ve used just about every trade durable emulsion on the market. I really like the Armstead!


Ease of use is fantastic, and you’ll find the second coat just flies on!! Opacity is ok, you can normally cover bare plaster in two coats. Big colour changes occasionally take a third coat, particularly when going from a dark colour to a pale colour, but this is rare.


The sheen level of Armstead durable matt is higher than that of the vinal matt, but this is normal. The best quality of this product is the overall finish, which is fantastic. You get very little in the way of flashing or picture framing in light sensitive areas, which is a common problem with some of the other durable matt emulsions.


Up until a few years ago, you could have any Dulux colour mixed into Armstead, meaning you could choose any colour and decide from the two brands once you’re in the shop. This was handy because some Armstead products are better than their Dulux counterparts, and vice versa. The Dulux Vs Armstead comparison makes for a very interesting debate.


Now things are a little different. You need to choose an Armstead colour if you want an Armstead product, and a Dulux for Dulux. This is a huge step backwards in my opinion. For the record, I much prefer the Armstead durable matt over Dulux Diamond. The sheen level is lower, and the overall finish is far better.


This is a minor irritation on an otherwise superb product / brand. Armstead is one of my favourites and I use it almost every week. I’d happily recommend it to anyone.

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Armstead Durable Matt Review