best place to buy Johnstone's paint and a full Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt Review

Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt Emulsion Review

By Mike Gregory


Covaplus is Johnstone’s’ trade vinyl matt. You can buy it in 1, 2.5, 5 or 10 litre tubs. Covaplus is available in white, or any colour from Johnstone’s’ vast range. Recoat in 2 – 4 hours depending on conditions and suitable for bare plaster when heavily diluted.



Performance and Overall Finish of Johnstone’s Covaplus


The opacity of Johnstone’s Covaplus is absolutely bang on. You can often get away with two coats on bare plaster, or a big colour change. The finish is very flat and chalky, much flatter that some of it’s rivals. You don’t normally encounter blemishes such as picture framing or flashing either, making Covaplus an easy product to get a great finish with. As a decorator, Johnston’s Covaplus is my favourite vinyl matt to use in a client’s home. In fact, it the one I went for in my own house.


The only minor gripe I have with Johnstone’s Covaplus vinyl matt is you can’t use it to touch up. Let’s face it, this is true of any vinyl matt nowadays. It’s still annoying though. If you finish decorating a room, then scuff a wall whilst you’re moving furniture back, or putting a certain rail up, then I’m afraid you’re painting that wall again



Is Covaplus Value for Money?


A 5L tin of tinted Covaplus will normally set you back around £35. To put that into perspective, the same amount of vinyl matt in Dulux will cost you £45 and Johnstone’s Covaplus is a lot better than Dulux Vinyl matt!! So yes, I’d say Covaplus is very good value for money. Crown Trade vinyl matt is a little bit cheaper, but that product is more like a contract matt and I would personally avoid it.



Best Place to buy Johnstone’s Covaplus


Johnstone’s Covaplus is a trade quality product which is a lot better than its retail counterpart. With that in mind, you need to go to a trade outlet. If you need guidance on products or colour choice, you should go to a Johnstone’s Trade Centre. Their staff are well trained and know each product intimately.


If you already know what you need, the best place to buy Johnstone’s Covaplus is online. Unless you have a trade account with favourable rates, it is always going to be cheaper to buy your paint from a trade website like The Paintshed.


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What do other Decorators Think about Johnstone’s Covaplus?



I’ve been using Covaplus vinyl mat for 30 years! So much better than Dulux.

Thomas Lawless - Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt Review

Good gear! Covers well, doesn’t flash over the fillers I use, is a nice white, and is an acceptable matt finish. I use it all the time and never have any problems with it.

It’s also very good tinted and I rarely need 3 coats. The only issues I expect are the same ones you generally get with other brands regarding opacity in certain colours like yellow, deep blues, and some pinks?

Covaplus is just so much better value compared to Dulux (nothing new there) and its actually matt!!

Better than Armstead

Better than HMG

Better than Tikkurila

Better than Wickes

Better than Homebase

Better than Aldi semi Matt silk…….😜

Joe Elwick

Good stuff, I use it all the time and never have any problems with it. Does what it says on the tin

Michael Cormack

I always used to use Dulux and then I had a big job that needed a farrow and ball match which Dulux couldn’t do for me. I decided to try Covaplus. The match at Johnstone’s Decorating Centre was spot on. The paint all round a lot better that Dulux. The coverage is brilliant it goes on great. I don’t use anything else now.

Jack Anderson - Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt Review

I’m using it right now. Opacity is very good. Dries very flat for a vinyl Matt, more like a contract matt. But not a bad drop.

Jan Syner

Nice drop, covers well and looks good. The only negative is when you try and touch anything up and it flashes.

Lee Thornton

Opacity isn’t as good as it used to be. Sort of covers in 2 coats if you’re going over a similar colour but needs 3 for any real depth.

Jim Ware

Best vinyl matt out there, better value than Dulux or Crown will ever be.

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