Johnstone’s Stormshield Paint Review and Guide

Updated Apr 20, 2024 | Posted Mar 29, 2022 | Product Reviews, Paints | 0 comments

I’ve been a decorator for the best part of 20 years, mainly focusing on exterior painting during the warmer months. I’m also a little bit of a paint geek, and love trying the different brands.

Johnstone’s Stormshield are PPG’s premium exterior paint range. Widely available and very popular amongst decorators. I thought I’d take the time to talk about each product in turn as part of a Johnstone’s Stormshield paint review. I hope you find it useful.

All these products are available from Johnstone’s Decorating Centre, but unless you’re entitled to a trade discount, then it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy them online. To that end, I’ll link from each product so you can easily find them online.


Johnstone’s Stormshield Masonry Paint


This is a water-based masonry paint and primer in one. Shower proof in 30 minutes, the recoat time is more like 3 or 4 hours. Available online by clicking here in any colour from Johnstone’s extensive range. You can apply this paint via brush, roller or airless sprayer.

Johnstone’s Stormshield masonry paint is slightly strange. I can remember Johnstone’s changing the formulation a few years ago to extend the masonry season. However, it no longer feels like a masonry paint when you apply it. Johnstone’s Stormshield feels more like an emulsion, in that it’s thin. I don’t like this, as it makes achieving a solid finish on textured masonry paint very difficult. You can’t flood crevasses and imperfections the same as you could with the traditional formula, meaning they still show once you’ve finished.

I’m probably in the minority because a lot of other decorators seem to love it. Opacity and ease of use are fine.


Johnstone’s Stormshield Pliolite-Based Masonry Paint


This is the oil-based masonry paint. Slightly more expensive and harder to work with. Also available online by clicking here. Touch dry in roughly 1 hour, re-coat time is more like 16 hours.

I really like this paint. It is slow to use, but the overall finish is fantastic, you can use it during the colder months and it will last for years. A quality product!


Johnstone’s Stormshield Flexible Satinwood


Again, avaible online by clikcing here in white, or about a million different colours. Re-coat time is around 6 hours. This is an oil-based product designed for exterior trim such as doors, windows, soffits and facias.

I have mixed feelings about this product. The opacity of the primer is unreal! It really does cover any colour in one coat. Or you can dilute it to help it flow more easily. The finish is good in white, but I don’t like the finish in darker colours. In fact, you can get a better finish with water-based alternatives.

I may be coming across as a little critical. Johnstone’s Stormshield Flexible Satinwood is still a good product. I suppose I’ve just been spoilt by using Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-Tra, which is probably the best lower-sheen exterior trim product on the market.


Johnstone’s Stormshield Flexible Gloss


I have only used this product in white, but it is available online in almost any colour. You use the same primer as you would the satinwood. Recoat time is 16 hours.

I really like this product. It stands proud, looks good and seems to last for years. I still prefer Dulux Weathershield, although Johnstone’s does have better opacity.


Johnstone’s Trade Woodstain


I absolutely love this product. Available online in matt or satin in a handful of colours. Recoat time is 16 hours, but it is touch dry in no time in well ventilated areas.

Most woodstains seem to compromise between opacity and overall finish. Johnstone’s have the perfect recipe to tick both boxes. Opacity is good, there are few brush marks, it is dead easy to use, and you’re left with a rich luxurious finish. This product is available online by clicking here.

Updated Apr 20, 2024 | Posted Mar 29, 2022 | 0 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.


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