Crown or Dulux, Which is Better Paint?
By Mike Gregory
I’ve been a decorator the best part of 20 years and self employed just over 10 of those. I tend to play around with different products from each trade brand. In this blog I thought I’d offer up some insight on which is the better paint, Crown or Dulux. The best way for me to do this is compare a few of the most regularly used products from each brand. It is worth noting that I’m only going to talk about trade paint in this blog. Decorators tend to avoid retail paint because they are of lower quality. I’ll stick to interior paints too, as there are way too many exterior products to go through on the same blog. Right, let’s get into it.
Crown Vinyl Matt Vs Dulux Vinyl matt
Crown vinyl matt is a lot cheaper than Dulux. The opacity is great, and the finish is a rich flat matt. There are a couple of issues, it doesn’t seem like there is much in the way of polymer binder in the paint, meaning it can scuff and mark easily. Plus, it drags when you’re applying a second coat.
Dulux Vinyl matt is the opposite! It is expensive for a standard trade emulsion. The finish has a little bit of a sheen to it, meaning you can’t achieve a true matt finish. It is more durable than Crown and won’t scuff as easily.
I think I’m going to give this one to Dulux, although both products have their drawbacks.
Crown 0 – Dulux 1
Crown Clean Extreme Vs Dulux Diamond Matt
This is a landslide in Crown’s favour. Clean Extreme is probably the best durable matt emulsion on the market. The finish is lovely, opacity is great and it’s very easy to use. It’s the cheaper option too.
Dulux diamond matt has too much of a sheen to it, meaning roller marks and picture framing can be an issue on light sensitive walls. It’s also very expensive for the quality you’re buying
Crown 1 – Dulux 1
Crown Satinwood Vs Dulux Satinwood
These are both brilliant products and I use both on a regular basis at work. Crown satinwood does not come in a “brilliant white”, but I don’t think that’s an issue because satinwood isn’t supposed to be “in your face” anyway. Opacity is amazing, ease of use is brilliant, it ages well, it’s cheaper than Dulux and the finish is nice.
Dulux satinwood has most of the same qualities. I’d say the opacity isn’t quite as good and the price difference isn’t justified.
Crown 2 – Dulux 1
Crown Gloss Vs Dulux Gloss
Crown Trade have 2 oil-based gloss options. The standard trade gloss has a party trick, it goes on green and dries brilliant white. The major issue with this paint is it discolours very quickly. This is one to avoid.
The other option is Crown’s next generation gloss which is miles better. Ease of use and finish are great, plus it ages well.
Dulux Trade oil-based gloss is also a good product, but it does have some drawbacks. It is harder to apply, it can creep (bleed into another surface) and it discolours very quickly in places where there is no natural light.
Crown 3 – Dulux 1
Crown Fastflow Vs Dulux Diamond (water-based trim paints)
This is a bit of a funny one and I’ve got a feeling it’s down to personal preference more than anything else. Both the Crown Fastflow and Dulux Diamond satinwood are good products. Both require the same number of coats (undercoat plus 2 topcoats over previously painted). Both perform well too.
The Crown Fastflow comes in a gloss, satinwood and eggshell. It is actually a hybrid, meaning that at some point in the distant future it will start to discolour. It can be awkward to use.
Dulux diamond comes in eggshell (which can also be used as an emulsion) and satinwood, however you can’t get it in gloss. The white is a lot whiter than Fastflow though. The best thing about Dulux Diamond eggshell and satinwood is they’re fully water-based, so they’ll never discolour. They’re very easy to use too. Dulux takes this one, but it’s a close call!
Crown 3 – Dulux 2
Colour Range and matching
The Dulux colour range is vast, much bigger than Crown’s. This means if you were to take something to scan into both a Crown and a Dulux dec centre, Dulux will get a closer colour match for you more times than not. Something else that is annoying about Crown is the restrictions on which products can be mixed into which colours. Sometimes they even have trouble with something as simple as getting a tester pot mixed up in a specific colour. This one is defiantly Dulux all the way
Crown 3 – Dulux 3
Value for money
This one is easy. Dulux Trade has got a bad reputation for being expensive, be it “off the shelf”, or through a trade account. Crown are, however, quite reasonable in most cases.
Crown 4 – Dulux 3
I’d go for Crown over Dulux personally. The company is more down to earth more than anything and every penny they make in profit goes to charity.