Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt Review

Updated Jun 7, 2024 | Posted Feb 20, 2022 | Product Reviews, Paints | 2 comments

This is a product I’ve been meaning to try for a while. I have just completed a large job with it, so I thought I’d jot down a quick review.

Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt is a durable emulsion for interior walls and ceilings. Available online by clicking here, you can buy this emulsion in brilliant white, or a range of colours. Touch dry in around an hour, re-coat time in just 2 hours! Tin sizes are 2.5L, or 5L. It takes roughly a week for Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt to cure and become fully durable.


My Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt Review


OK, let’s get into my personal views on the AllClean. The first thing I want to get off my chest is I’m a little bit frustrated with Zinsser for this one. They’ve developed one of the best durable matt emulsions on the market and they didn’t think to tell anyone? I’m a professional decorator who reviews loads of products, and I only heard about Zinsser AllClean because I happened to get talking to a rep visiting my local JDC?? There’s something wrong there!


The paint is awesome. Dead easy to apply, opacity is unreal, and the best thing is It leaves a nice flat finish. This is significant, because a lot of durable matt emulsions have a high sheen level, which then leads to problems with flashing and picture-framing, especially on ceilings.

Oh, it touches up well, which is unheard of for a durable emulsion!! I really do like this paint.

My only gripe about AllClean is it pulls on itself. You can’t cut a wall in, then roll it. You need to cut a wall in, allow it to dry and then roll it. Oh, and there was a slight adhesion issue in a bathroom I painted over a stain-block, but I have a feeling that was down to my clients using the shower before my paint had cured properly. I just sanded that spot, then touched up with the Zinsser AllClean.


Zinsser AllClean in Brilliant White


I thought I’d dedicate a section of this review for brilliant white Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt, as it is something a little bit special.  White durable emulsions are normally a nightmare for opacity (not covering), and flashing (visible roller marks), particularly on a ceiling. White can be an issue, ‘brilliant’ white is normally a nightmare.

You don’t experience either of those problems with Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt, which is so refreshing!! The finish on a ceiling is unreal too!! It’s a soft, flat, clean white. I love it!! This is an amazing product for kitchen or bathroom ceilings.

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Review Summary

Zinsser AllClean Interior Scrubbable Matt Review - Decorator's forum UK

A durable matt emulsion used to paint interior walls and ceilings.

Product Brand: Zinsser UK

Editor's Rating:


  • Waterproof.
  • Very durable.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great finish.
  • Perfect for a kitchen or bathroom.
  • Brilliant White shows no defects (which is very rare for a product like this).


  • Not widely available.
  • No ‘luxury’ colour chart to choose from.

Updated Jun 7, 2024 | Posted Feb 20, 2022 | 2 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Gregory is a Professional Painter and Decorator who works in the Northwest of England. He mainly sub-contracts for large decorating firms and works on a wide variety of projects.


  1. Katherine Penrose

    Hello Mike Gregory
    Thank you very much for your review of zinsser all clean.

    I have tried johnstons, dulux diamond Matt and crown extreme.
    I have experienced the problems you described plus Johnstons durable matt’s do leave a polished patch when scrubbed/wiped.
    Dulux diamond too thick and crown not in brilliant white.
    Thanks for the tip about cutting in.

  2. Joe

    For newly skimmed plaster walls, Zinsser recommend a coating of Gardz, but no mention of a mist coat. Obviously this is significantly more expensive than a traditional mist coat. Is this how you normally treat the walls with this paint or can it be painted direct to plaster?



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