Brewers Contract Matt Review
Tom Holloway



My name is Thomas Holloway of Holloway’s Professional Decorating & Consultancy based in Dorset,


I have been given some Contract Matt emulsion to trial and test from Brewers on behalf of the Decorators Forum Review team,


We carry out a lot of traditional domestic decorating and also a lot of spraying and this month October we have some very large projects going on. Contract Matt is an ideal choice for newly plastered walls and ceilings as it allows the substrate to breathe.


Over the years we have used many different brands of contract matts and what we have found with some is they lack opacity and coverage can be poor which is often why you would opt for a more expensive paint such as a vinyl or acrylic product.


With fresh plaster I believe it is important that you essentially seal the surface to limit porosity but more importantly for adhesion for your following paint layers. Contract Matt thinned is the common choice,


Being a waterborne product and following the manufacturers guidelines it can be thinned with water to the required viscosity for the task whether it be spraying or rolling but normally these are the same I.E 40/60 – 50/50 etc. Each decorator is different and has a preference.


I found that the brewers contract Matt sprayed very well from mist coat to partially diluted top coats. We sprayed some rather large ceilings therefore finish was critically given the light that was beaming in through the bi-fold doors on this certain project. I did find i added a further coat than I normally would ie 1 mist and 3 tops for the ceilings but it was worth it. Given the speed spraying it wasn’t much of a big deal to add another so after the 4th coat had dried I really quite liked the finish.


Following a mist coat I did finish the walls on this certain project in another brand but the brewers contract Matt seemed to give a nice based in order for me to work off. It dried tough but even after thinning opacity remained decent.


It’s not the best paint in the world but it’s not designed to be. It’s a cost effective alternative and has been a pleasure to work with,


Durability is hard for me to determine but again it only a contract Matt.


If I were to rate the Brewers contract Matt I’d give it a steady 7/10 and I would buy it again for sure.


A good all round contract Matt and it does what it is supposed to.


Many thanks

Thomas Holloway


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