Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt Review

Posted May 22, 2024 | Paints | 1 comment

Hot on the heels of my review of Fleetwood’s Advanced Extra Plus Vinyl Matt, I wanted to put pen to paper to let you know about it’s harder-wearing sibling, Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt.

As a professional decorator, I use so-called ‘scubbable matt emulsions’ a lot, as they stand up well to the wear and tear in high traffic areas such as children’s bedrooms and hallways.  Fleetwood Trade’s Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt was one that I hadn’t tried until recently, so I was excited to give it a go, and share my honest review with you.

 

Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt – Key Info

 

  • Class 1 Scrub Rating, making it ideal for high traffic areas
  • Resistant to most household stains, condensation and mould, so it’s also great for kitchens and bathrooms
  • Pack sizes: 10L only
  • Colours: Brilliant White only
  • Coverage: up to 14m² per litre
  • Touch dry: 40 minutes – 2 hours depending on surface and conditions
  • Recoatable – 2-4 hours
  • Apply with brush, roller or spray (information on pressure and tip sizes are on the pack)
  • Finish – matt only (Fleetwood describe it as “superflat matt”)
  • Available from – stockists all over Ireland.

 

Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt In Use

 

I really like this paint.  Not only does it claim to give top-of-the-class durability, and not only does it give a lovely smooth flat matt finish, it’s also a joy to work with.  It doesn’t flash, and it doesn’t smell particularly strongly.  The fact that it’s quick-drying means that you can crack on with the job without having to sit around waiting for it to dry.

I’ve used this paint in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and open-plan living areas, and it always leaves a lovely finish.

In use it can feel a little bit “stringy”, but generally it flows nicely, especially if you add a little water to it (which I would recommend if you are painting very absorbent materials such as dry-lined walls, for example).

The opacity isn’t fantastic, which seems to be the case with a lot of scrubbable matt paints in white.  This means that if you’re painting over a colour, you will almost certainly need to allow time and budget for extra coats.

Even when painting over existing white walls, it would be a good idea to “spot prime” any scuffs or blemishes quickly to help hide them.  But overall, Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt is lovely to work with, gives a great finish and is really hard-wearing.

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Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Matt – The Finish

 

It’s REALLY nice! I recently had to paint a “bachelor pad”.  All the walls in every room were white, and it probably looked mint when he bought it, but five years of wear and tear and it was looking a bit sorry for itself.

He asked if I could specify a paint that “would stay looking smart a bit longer and not scuff so easily”, so I decided to use Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt throughout; it kept my job really simple, and I knew it would deliver on his request.  As mentioned above, I “spot-primed” the scuffs and blemishes first, and then thinned the first coat, because the surface was so porous; contract matt over dry-lined walls is basically a sponge for paint.

I applied the paint using a Hamilton Perfection Roller and a Pro-Dec Ice Fusion Brush (using decent tools is always going to help get a decent finish).  It looked flat matt, it felt super smooth, and it was really hard to spot any brush or roller marks, or other imperfections, even in really critical light.

A wall painted with Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt

Final Thoughts

 

I wish it was widely available in mainland GB, I wish it was available in colours (not just white), and I wish it was available at a sensible price.  If there’s a decorating genie out there, you have my list.

 

Summary

Fleetwood Trade Pro-Clean Scrubbable Matt Review - Decorator's forum UK

A durable matt emulsion used for interior walls and ceilings. Perfect for a bathroom, kitchen, and high-traffic areas.

Product Brand: Fleetwood Paints

Editor's Rating:
4.2

Pros

  • Very hardwearing.
  • Lovely finish (which is rare for a durable matt emulsion in white).
  • Great flow.
  • Long lasting.

Cons

  • Opacity isn’t great (which is normal for this type of paint).
  • Is only available in Ireland.
  • Only available in Brilliant White.

Posted May 22, 2024 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

With years of decorating experience, Robin set up his own business – Wokingham Decorating Services – in 2007, carrying out mainly domestic work. He enjoys trying out new products and learning as much as he can about the decorating industry

1 Comment

  1. Michael Jones

    Just wondering how you trying these paints from Fleetwood if they’re not available in the UK?

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