Dulux or Johnstone’s Paint, which is Better?

Dulux or Johnstone’s Paint, which is better?

Posted by Mike Gregory

PPG, which owns Johnstone’s Paint, is the world’s largest coatings manufacturer and popular with decorators. Dulux is widely recognized as the best paint brand among homeowners, but which is actually better, Dulux or Johnstones paint?

In this blog, I’m going to walk you through and compare some of the most popular TRADE products from each brand. I will base everything on my own experience. There are many differences in performance and I think you will find it useful if you choose between Dulux and Johnstones color.

If you have a trading account with Dulux or Johnstone, it is often better to buy your paint directly. If you don’t have a trading account, it is almost definitely cheaper to buy trading inks online. A good trading website I’ve found is the Paintshed, which not only sells paint products for a reasonable price, but they also have everything you could possibly need to carry out a DIY project. As you will see on my blog, some products are better from Dulux, others from Johnstone. If you use a proper trading website like the Paintshed, you can buy both. I made a whole blog about where to buy commercial paints that you can see by CLICKING HERE.

Johnstones Jonmatt versus Dulux Supermatt

I thought we’d start with contract mat as this is often the first color used on a project. Both products are generally used for priming bare plaster, finishing on a ceiling, or for the “builder finish” of a new building.

Johnstones Jonmatt is a very strange color. The opacity is incredible and you can easily cover bare plaster in two layers. The problem I have with Jonmatt is that it dries way too quickly and if you don’t have a wet edge you will notice a blink. It doesn’t fix either, so it’s useless on a construction site. Unfortunately, when someone marks a wall or ceiling, you paint the whole thing again.

Dulux Supermatt, on the other hand, is excellent all round. The opacity is great, no blinking or picture frames, and a nice, flat, matte finish. Much easier to work with than Jonmatt. Dulux Supermatt is by far the better product.

Johnstones 0-1 Dulux

Johnstones Covaplus versus Dulux Vinyl Matt

Ok, let’s do a vinyl matte emulsion next and this is a very easy choice. In my opinion, Johnstones Covaplus is the best trading emulsion on the market. It dries flat and you’ll have very few roller and brush marks problems. Dulux Vinyl Matt is one of the worst! It’s expensive, has a high gloss, and roller or brush marks can be a big problem.

Johnstones 1 – 1 Dulux

Johnstones durable acrylic versus Dulux Diamond Matt

Another landslide in Johnstone’s favor, though it has more to do with how poorly Dulux Diamond Matt is doing than how well Johnstones Durable is. Dulux Diamond Matt has a gloss level issue, which means it is more like a soft gloss than a matte. This has a negative effect on the overall finish. You can still get a good finish with it, but it definitely falls short of the Johnstone and Crown alternatives.

Johnstones 2 – 1 Dulux

Johnstones Satinwood versus Dulux Satinwood

Both products have great coverage and are wonderful to apply. The Dulux leaves a slightly nicer finish, I would say. The real test of high quality white oil paints these days is how long they stay white. This is due to the VOC restrictions, but this is a whole different blog. Johnstone’s oil-based Satinwood doesn’t last long to turn yellow, while the Dulux can look brand new for years. Go to the Dulux Satinwood every time.

Johnstones 2 – 2 Dulux

Johnstones Aqua Satinwood versus Dulux Diamond Satinwood

Uhh !!! Water-based satin wood, and that’s difficult! The Aqua and the Diamond are both great products for a variety of reasons. Johnstones Aqua is a hybrid, which means it will eventually change color. That said, it’s nice to use and feels like it’s oil-based. I know it’s the favorite among professionals too.

I like the Dulux Diamond Satinwood. It is completely water-based and leaves a real, brilliant white finish “on the face”. It’s quick and easy to use too !! There are a couple of problems, the first is the oil-based coating. The other being, ninja, is running so you need to keep checking your work.

I am going to give these two products a point. I would personally prefer Dulux Diamond over Johnstones Aqua, but I know I am in the minority and many other decorators would argue that Johnstones Aqua is the best on the market.

Johnstones 3 – 3 Dulux

Johnstones Handelsglanz versus Dulux Handelsglanz (based on oil)

Not many people use oil-based gloss indoors these days simply because of the yellowing problem. As a decorator, I try to steer my customers in a different direction. Even so, some people still prefer gloss over other surfaces, so let’s do the comparison.

Dulux Trade Gloss is sticky and difficult to apply. It can creep onto another surface after you’ve cut it in, but the finish is nice. You need to give natural light to this product when it hardens. Therefore, do not put the furniture back for a few days after painting. Johnstone’s is easier to use, leaves an equally good finish, but begins to yellow within weeks of application. For this reason I have to go with Dulux.

Johnstones 3 – Dulux 4

Selection and range of products

It is easy! Johnstone has a product for everything! You have 3 different varieties of durable mat so you can choose how durable you want it to be. They also have a water-based stain block and top coat in what is called a “stainaway”. They have a premium matte emulsion called “Perfect Matt” that throws off the stains of every designer emulsion out there. The list goes on and Dulux has none of it. If you want to stick to one brand for all of your decorating needs, the Johnstone has to be the one.

Johnstones 4 – 4 Dulux

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