Johnstone’s Trade Paint Review

Mike Cupit

Johnstone’s Trade Paint Review by Mike Cupit

Johnstone’s Paint is owned by PPG, who are the worlds largest coatings company. They also own Leyland Paint, as well as manufacturing white label brands such as Homebase, Wicks, and many more. It’s worth noting that Johnstone’s Trade do a lot of variations of some of their products, meaning things can get confusing at times. I’m just going to stick to the more popular mainstream products for my Johnstone’s Trade paint review. Johnstone’s paint is available from many outlets, but if you are visiting their trade center you may want to read this article as well.


Johnstone’s Trade Covaplus

Johnstone’s Covaplus is their version of vinyl matt. You can get it tinted into anyone of Johnstone’s vast colour range and price wise it sits somewhere in between it’s Crown and Dulux counterparts. You can achieve a nice flat finish and opacity is bang on. A really good product all round. You do need to be careful to avoid picture framing though which can be a problem in say a hallway.

I’d give Johnstone’s Covaplus 8/10


Johnston’s Trade Endura

The Endura is Johnstone’s Trade Durable matt. Again, it is a good all-round product. Opacity on light colours can be a pain, so expect to have to give it a third coat. As far as finish and durability goes, you’re onto a winner. I recommend this product regularly. They also do acrylic durable and cleanable, both very much the same product in my eyes.

Johnstone’s Trade Endura gets 9/10


Johnstone’s Trade Acrylic Eggshell

There isn’t much I can say about acrylic eggshell really. It’s basically the same in any trade brand and Johnstone’s Trade doesn’t stand out as any different. It can be tinted to any colour, has good opacity apart from the white, makes great emulsion and is almost durable to use on woodwork. Johnstone’s acrylic eggshell would be a great choice for a kitchen or bathroom.

I’m not going to rate Johnstone’s Trade eggshell.


Johnstone’s Trade Jonmat

Jonmat is Johnstone’s Trade premium contract matt. It used to be terrible, but they changed ithe formula a while back and it’s ok now. Strange stuff though! The opacity of it is fantastic, but it dries ridiculously fast. Great for spraying onto new plaster as you can apply your two coats on after another. It’s great if you want to get away with applying one coat over a previously white ceiling. You can’t touch Johnstone’s Trade Jonmat up at all or it flashes like crazy! Other than that, it’s a great contract matt. It smells lovely as well.

Johnstone’s Trade Jonmat gets an 8/10


Johnstone’s Trade Satinwood

Johnstone’s Trade Satinwood is an oil-based satinwood that does everything it’s supposed to. It is self-undercoating over primed, or pre-painted surfaces. It has plenty of body, good opacity, easy to apply and leaves a nice finish. The only downside (and it’s a big one), is Johnstone’s Trade satinwood seems to turn yellow quite soon after you’ve applied it.

Because of the issue with discolouring, I’ll give Johnstone’s Trade Satinwood 6/10


Johnstone’s Aqua

The Johnstone’s Trade Aqua system is a waterbased (well hybrid) gloss and satin system designed for interior and exterior woodwork. It was voted the best waterbased gloss on the Decorators Forum, so it is a favourite amongst decorators. It takes a bit of getting used to, you need keep your brushes wet and sponge your woodwork with a damp rag just before you paint it. I’ve got to admit, I do like the Johnstone’s Aqua. It will start to yellow over time, but you’ll get a good few years out of it.

I’ll Give the Johnstone’s trade Aqua an easy 9/10