Valspar paint is owned by Sherwin Williams, who is the biggest paint manufacturer in the world. Valspar have a whole range of paint to meet the requirements of just about everybody, from interior designers and decorators to those on a budget.
Valspar also have a reputation for being very good at colour matching. To say their colour range is extensive would be an understatement! Valspar have around 1,200,000 colours available!!!!
I’m going to use this blog to give you my brutally honest opinion as a decorator, of every Valspar product available. I’ll start with the retail products, and then go through the newly formulated trade product. This is my Valspar paint review and guide. I hope you find it useful.
Valspar Simplicity Walls and Ceilings Review
I thought I’d start at the low end of the product scale and work upwards. Valspar Simplicity is a very cheap matt emulsion with very little polymer binder. It’s very similar to a contract matt. Opacity is poor and it can take many coats of this paint to cover a wall properly. Valspar simplicity isn’t very durable either and the finish can be streaky. Flashing and picture framing can be a nightmare when using strong colours. Plus, you can literally wipe the paint off your wall, even after it has fully dried.
That old cliché comes into play when buying paint, “you get what you pay for”. In this case, it rings true. Valspar Simplicity is a very poor quality paint and one you should avoid at all costs.
Valspar V500 Blend Walls and Ceilings Review
This is a better product!! Valspar V500 is a big step up from Valspar Simplicity. V500 is a durable emulsion available in matt or silk. You would use this paint for interior walls and ceilings. The finish is good. Opacity is lacking in certain colours and can be a nightmare in reds and blues. Avoid using Valspar V500 in strong colours, or you will need to apply extra coats. Other than that, it’s a good emulsion.
Valspar V700 Premium Blend Review
Here we go!! Valspar V700 is a premium durable product available in matt, mid-sheen and silk. I know it is expensive, but the finish is good. Opacity is great, except in reds and blues, which are terrible. Many decorators I know have experienced problems with strong colours, which you wouldn’t expect considering the price tag on this paint.
I got to the bottom of the problem by talking directly to Valspar. It turns out you should apply an undercoat colour when using a deep tint (which they should explain to you when they sell the paint). Providing you do that, and you don’t mind an extra coat, you won’t have an issue.
I still like V700 though. It isn’t as durable as Valspar Trade Tough Matt or some of the other durable matt products available, but it will stand up to condensation in a kitchen or knocks in a high-traffic area. This paint is very popular with homeowners who don’t mind paying a little bit more, providing they get quality in return.
Valspar Trade Vinyl Matt Review
This is the part of my Valspar paint review that I really get excited about. Valspar reformulated their trade range recently to compete on quality with Dulux, Crown and Johnstone’s. Some of the products are fantastic, including their Vinyl Matt.
Available in Brilliant White or tinted colours, this paint is easy to apply, has good opacity, and generally looks great once on.
Most other manufacturers get around the issue of roller marks by lowering the sheen of their emulsion paints. This is particularly true for Brilliant White (which is normally downgraded to white).
Valspar is different. Valspar Trade Vinyl Matt has an extender in it, which allows the paint to level off itself. That means Valspar can keep their white ‘brilliant’ and ‘in your face’. It looks sharp, and really does cut down on defects. Full review here.
Valspar Trade Contract Matt Review
Contract matt is sometimes used as a mist coat on new plaster, or even as a finish coat, as it allows the plaster to breathe. Valspar Trade Contract Matt is another good paint in my opinion.
Like the Vinyl Matt, Valspar Trade Contract Matt has extenders in it, which is unusual for a product of this type. This means it doesn’t drag as much as the other contract matt paints I’ve used, resulting in a better finish.
There are a couple of negatives. The first is the price, which is on the high side for contract matt. The other is opacity. A contract matt should cover bare plaster in two coats. Valspar Trade Vinyl Matt takes three.
It does bleach out as it dries, so don’t panic if it goes on like semi skimmed milk. Click here for full review.
Valspar Trade Masonry Paint Review
Valspar Trade masonry paint is another great product. This is a water-based paint used for exterior masonry work. Opacity and ease of use are out of this world! I love spraying this product, but it works just as well when being applied by brush or paint roller.
Valspar Trade Tough Matt Review
Valspar Trade Tough Matt is a brilliant paint. It’s a low-sheen durable matt emulsion. It has good opacity, flows well, and looks brilliant. No defects like flashing (which can be a nightmare with other durable matt emulsion paints).
It is expensive, but well worth it. Full review here.
I thought I’d mention the Valspar glitter, as it’s a very fun product. Available in gold or silver, you just add it to your paint before you start. One pack of glitter per litre of paint is the measure. You only need to add it to your paint for your final coat really, and it adds a bit of bling!! Great for dressing rooms, or a little girl’s bedroom. A glitter wall can be a great feature, and it’s something I have been asked to do many times.
I set out wanting to cover all the products in my Valspar Paint review, but I would have ended up typing for hours. Their Knot Block is a great adhesion primer and stain block. Their Exterior Direct to Wood and Metal is another notable paint.
It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of the retail products but love the trade. As a Professional Decorator, I’d urge you to spend a little bit more and go for Valspar Trade over Valspar retail. Providing you do that; I don’t think you’ll have any problems.
Is Valspar owned by Dulux?
No. Valspar is owned by Sherwin Williams, which is an American company. Dulux is owned by AkzoNobel, which is Dutch. These two brands, along with PPG (who own Johnstone’s Paint), make up the three biggest paint manufacturers in the world.
Is Valspar as good as Dulux?
You need to tackle this on a product-by-product basis. There are Dulux products that are better than Valspar, and vice versa. I think it’s comparable though. Neither brand blows the other out of the water.
Is Valspar exterior paint any good?
Yes, I like Valspar Trade Masonry Paint and the Direct to Wood and Metal (although I think they need to add rust inhibitors). Providing you stick to Valspar Trade rather than retail, you’re good to go.
Valspar Paint Review and Guide – by Mike Gregory