Johnstone’s Trade Paint Review
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, and go through each of them in turn. Johnstone’s Trade paint is available online, from many independent outlets, or directly from Johnstone’s decorating Centre. If you do go direct, it may be worth reading this article too.
Johnstone’s Trade Covaplus
Johnstone’s Covaplus is their version of vinyl matt. You can get it tinted into any colour from Johnstone’s vast range. Price wise, it sits somewhere in between its Crown and Dulux counterparts, although it sits above both of them in terms of quality. You can achieve a nice flat finish with this paint, and opacity is bang on. A really good product all round. Johnstone’s Trade Covaplus is a favourite amongst decorators, including myself.
I’d give Johnstone’s Covaplus 8/10
Johnstone’s Trade Perfect Matt
Johnstone’s Perfect Matt is a premium matt emulsion, developed and manufactured to perform as well as it possibly can. It is expensive, but it leaves a luxurious flat matt finish with a lovely depth of colour. This one of the best matt emulsion products on the market in my opinion, and worth every penny.
10/10, expensive but worth it!!
Johnstone’s Trade Endura
The Endura is Johnstone’s Trade Durable matt. Well, it’s one of them anyway, they also do durable acrylic matt and cleanable matt (told you it can get confusing). They’re all pretty much the same, but with different levels of durability and slightly different sheen levels.
Let’s stick with the Endura for now. I think it is a good all-round durable emulsion. Opacity on light colours can be a pain, so expect to have to give it a third coat at times. As far as finish and durability go, you’re onto a winner. Although there are better durable matt emulsions out there now, including Tikkurila Optiva 5, and Teknos Pro5.
Johnstone’s Trade Endura gets 7/10
Johnstone’s Trade Acrylic Eggshell
There isn’t much I can say about Johnstone’s Trade acrylic eggshell really, as it’s basically the same as any other trade eggshell. Opacity is good, as is durability and ease of use. This is the type of paint you would use in a bathroom, or perhaps a kitchen. I have no issues using it at all, and always achieve good results when I do.
Johnstone’s Trade Jonmat
Jonmat is Johnstone’s Trade premium contract matt. It used to be terrible, but they changed the 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 one after another. It’s also good if you want to get away with applying one coat over an already 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 satin that does everything it’s supposed to. It is self-undercoating over primed, or pre-painted surfaces and fine for interior wood or metal. 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
The Johnstone’s Trade Aqua system is a water-based (well hybrid) gloss and satin system designed for interior and exterior woodwork. It was voted the best water-based gloss on the Decorators Forum UK a few years ago, so it was a favourite amongst decorators. However, other water-based gloss products have possibly stolen the limelight since then. 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
Johnstone’s StainAway is quite a special product, as it acts as a stain block and finish coat in one (white emulsion). An absolutely fantastic product for dealing with a nicotine stained ceiling, however it does struggle a bit with tougher stains. I wouldn’t bother with it on water marks or anything like that. You can also have problems with the finish unless you’re careful. Roller marks can remain visible on a light sensitive ceiling. That said, I still rate Johnstone’s StainAway and use it regularly.
I’ll go 7/10. It does have it’s drawbacks.
Johnstone’s Stormshield Flexi Primer, Satin and Gloss
These are exterior products designed to stand up to the Great British weather. It is important to use the appropriate flexi primer with your finish, because as the name suggests, both primer and topcoat can flex and move with exterior timber. The paint is thick and hard to use, but the opacity is absolutely bang on! I painted over dark green with white satin and it looked solid after one coat of primer and one topcoat. The only thing you need to watch out for is brush marks.
Johnstone’s Stormshield Flexi Primer, Satin and Gloss easily gets 8/10. Good products!
Johnstone’s Stormshield masonry
You expect a masonry paint to feel very elasticy and flexible. Johnstone’s Stormshield masonry paint doesn’t, it is more like a thin emulsion. I don’t like that to be honest. You need a paint to bridge every indentation on stonework for it to look good and this just doesn’t. I don’t know, maybe its down to my personal preference, but I don’t get on with it. It is showerproof in 20 minutes which is a major plus point, it is easy to use and opacity is fine.
5/10 for me
Leyland Trade Paints are also made by PPG and are often sold side by side. They have an alternative product for every one of the Johnstone’s products I have just spoken about. Think of Johnstone’s as PPG’s premium brand and Leyland as their budget. Still trade quality and some awesome products, but they’re manufactured to a tighter budget.
Where to buy
Quite a few trade counters sell these products. If you want to go into a physical store, then you can’t go far wrong with Johnstone’s Decorating Centres which are located all over the place. The very best place I have found to buy Johnstone’s online is The Paintshed using discount code FORUM5 at the checkout. Buying online normally works out cheaper, especially if you don’t have a trade account instore.