I bought a couple of buckets of the B&Q durable matt to try out as I’ve heard positive things about it on the Decorators Forum UK. There is loads more information on the website as well. This is my B&Q White Durable Matt review.
I had a kitchen/diner to paint which was light pink and had to be painted white. The paint needed to be durable enough to withstand a quick wipe down every now and again.
Normally I would use optiva 5 as it is the best durable emulsion I’ve tried, however the opacity in white is poor, so I wanted to test something else.
First thoughts when popping into B&Q through the trade counter and having to walk (what felt like a good Mile) to get the paint was quite off-putting. Why is paint for trade not near the tradesmen entrance? Carrying it back was also a bit worrying as the 10L tub has a very flimsy plastic handle and although it didn’t snap on me it also didn’t fill me with confidence.
No discount either with a trade card unlike Wickes that give 10%.
The paint is very thick like Dulux trade Matt. I didn’t water it down at first as I wanted to see it’s true opacity and spread rate.
The paint does smell a little a bit like play-doh and PVA.
The spread rate is awful nothing like Dulux trade or optiva 5. It is like spreading glue in comparison.
That said, I continued. Once dry after 4 hours I applied my 2 coat this time with water added but didn’t seem to make much difference.
The following day I arrived to see it required a 3rd coat.
Overall price is good as 10L is £36 which is almost half the price of Dulux trade.
The finish is good solid white. The ceilings on this job were done in Tikkurila Anti – Reflex and the white from this B&Q paint was identical.
I would say in conclusion that this Goodhome matt from B&Q is a lower end trade product, but much better than most retail paints. The opacity and spread rate aren’t very good, but the overall finish is fantastic, especially for the price. This is definitely a product I’d use again. Especially on ceilings.
Best Tools to Apply Goodhome Durable Matt Emulsion from B&Q
As with any painting and decorating job, having good quality tools will make all the difference. You’ll find the work a lot easier, and the results far better.
As this paint is a durable matt, you should use a medium pile roller. My favourite is the Hamilton Perfection Green. You’ll find it holds plenty of paint, and there is absolutely no orange peel, so you’re left with the perfect finish. Click here to see online prices.
As for the brush, you won’t find better than ProDec Ice Fusion. They have a tapered bristle, meaning there is more room within the brush for paint. It’s easy to manipulate material with this brush, so striking sharp lines is never an issue. A good brush like this will last for years! Click here to see online prices.
B&Q White Durable Matt Emulsion Review – by Daniel James Wilson