Dulux Diamond Matt Review
By Mike Gregory
Dulux Diamond matt is a durable matt emulsion manufactured by Akzo Nobel. It can be mixed into any of the vast colours in the Dulux range, as well as white or magnolia. It can be purchased from about a million different stockists, including DDC and B&Q, as well as online at the Paint Shed. Diamond matt boasts a class 1 scrub rating which is very durable for a matt emulsion. Recoat time is 4 – 6 hours, but you’re pretty much good to go once it’s touch dry really.
The shelf price of 5L Dulux Diamond matt in a tinted colour at DDC is £73. That seems expensive, but it is the same as the Johnstone’s equivalent. If you open a trade account, you will be eligible for a discount and your price will be lower. The cheapest place I have found it online is Paintshed, who also do some Armstead paints if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative. It is still quite a chunk of cash for a tin of emulsion. I don’t mind paying a premium for a premium product, so how does the Diamond matt stack up?
Quality and Finish
Diamond Matt comes with a few issues unfortunately. One of these issues is the sheen level of the paint, which is far too high for a matt emulsion. You can also have problems with roller marks and picture framing, so the overall finish isn’t good at all. You will notice the problems more in a hallway because you tend to look across the walls, rather than straight at them. You can’t touch the paint up either, but that is a problem with most modern emulsion products. It can also pull on itself, so if you cut a room in, you may need to wait for it all to dry before rolling it, otherwise the roller will take the paint off again. Nightmare!
Are there any plus points you ask? Not many. Diamond matt is priced as a premium product but doesn’t perform like one. Opacity is ok, but other than that it’s a big no from me. I’d maybe give it a 4/10.
Armstead Durable matt
I thought I’d mention this product because it is an alternative to Dulux Trade Diamond matt and is also made by Akzo Nobel. Armstead Durable matt is cheaper, has less of a sheen and a much better finish. Opacity isn’t the best and occasionally you find yourself having to apply an additional coat of paint. I still think it is better than Dulux Diamond though and represents much better value. This one gets a 6/10 from me.
What Do Other Decorators Think?
Dulux Diamond matt is expensive, and I know a lot of people don’t like it. It’s not my favourite, but on the positive side it goes a long way. If you thin it down it goes even further and this helps overcome some of the usability issues people mention. I’ll probably get shot down in flames for saying that, but I don’t have a problem using it – it’s just that there are cheaper options that I’m just as happy (if not happier) using.
Overpriced needs diluting a lot. There are better products out there at a fraction of the price
Dulux Diamond matt is horrible stuff!! 4 coats on a wall and it still picture framed
I prefer the Johnstone’s durable matt, although I have used this and not found to much of an issue. Any high pigment paint will frame if you don’t operate a wet cutting edge rather than letting it dry. I also found if you weren’t quick enough with your cuts it would start pulling away from the wall as it skins thicker being a more durable paint.
We use Dulux Diamond matt a lot, it’s not very good. Doesn’t cover well, picture frames and doesn’t touch up.
Not a fan at all, can dry very patchy (even when thinned down) especially in very light conditions.
Dulux Diamond Matt Review