All Leyland products are manufactured by PPG, who also make Johnstone’s Paint.
Is Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt Emulsion any good?
This is a trade quality product, which means it should perform better than the retail paint options you might find at DIY shops like B&Q. However, Johnstone’s Trade is regarded as PPG’s premium brand and Leyland is the ‘cheaper alternative’.
That isn’t to say Leyland isn’t quality paint. I love a lot of Leyland products and use them regularly in my role as a professional decorator. I’ll talk about this paint in relation to its price. Yes, you could buy a better paint if you have a big budget, but how does Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt stack up against products in a similar price bracket.
The opacity of Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt is bob on. You can easily achieve a colour change in two coats. Even bare plaster covers in two coats. The flow of the paint is OK. No real complaints, but it does drag a little bit on the second coat.
I like the overall finish. The sheen level looks a little high for a matt emulsion, but there are no major issues with picture framing or roller marks. Avoid using it in rooms like hallways where you look across your walls, but it’s perfect for rooms like bedrooms and lounges etc.
Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt in White on a Ceiling
I thought I’d talk about this as a separate section, simply because choosing a good ceiling paint can be tricky, particularly for large ceilings in rooms with a lot of light. A lot of products fall short and you see defects like flashing and picture framing.
Not with Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt, which is quite impressive really. The opacity in white is lacking, so occasionally you need to apply an extra coat, but the finish is a proper crisp white, and there are no such defects. This is a great paint for ceilings.
A quick summery – Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt is a good quality product. BUT I still opt to pay a little bit more and buy Johnstone’s Covaplus instead. The difference in price is less than £2 per litre and the finish you achieve WILL be better.
You can buy either of these products from any Johnstone’s Decorating centre, but unless you’re eligible for a trade discount, it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy them online. Plus, at some online stores, they can match any colour from a different brand into your chosen product.
Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt – Click here to see online prices.
Johnstone’s Covaplus – Click here to see online prices.
Best Tools to Apply Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt
Regardless of whether you go for Leyland Vinyl Matt or Covaplus, having the correct tools for the job will make all the difference. I like to use a long-pile roller for this type of material, simply because you can apply generous coats of paint without experiencing any defects such as orange peel.
Purdy colossus is my roller of choice for this type of paint. You will need to de-lint the roller before you start, but it holds a fantastic amount of paint, and it will make your work a lot easier. Click here to see online prices.
As for the brush: my preference is ProDec Ice Fusion. These are brilliant because of the way the bristles are tapered from bottom to tip. Striking straight lines in nice and easy when using them. Click here to see online prices.
Leyland Trade Contract Matt Review
I thought I’d throw a very quick Leyland Trade Contract Matt review onto this blog, as you may be considering it as an alternative. Leyland Trade Contract Matt is a lot cheaper than vinyl matt, and is very competitively priced as a contract matt compared to similar products.
Contract matt contains less polymer binder than other emulsion paints, which is probably why it’s cheaper. You might not want to use it to paint your walls because it isn’t very durable, but it’s fine on most ceilings.
This paint can drag a little bit and stain block will flash through the finish (but this is true of every contract matt). Leyland Trade Contract Matt has great opacity and will easily cover bare plaster in two coats. It’s also ideal when painting white on white and you only want to apply one coat as a ‘quick freshen up”.
This is a good contract matt. Pound for pound, one of the best you can get.