B&Q White Durable Matt Emulsion Review

By Daniel James Wilson

 

I bought this to try as I’ve heard positive things about it.

I had a kitchen/diner to paint which was light pink.

Normally I would use optiva 5 but opacity in white is poor.

 

First thoughts is 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 £26

Almost half the price of Dulux trade.

Finish is good solid white as the ceilings in this job was done in Tikkurila Anti – Reflex and the white from this B&Q paint was identical.

 

Negatives: smell, spread rate.

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