What is vinyl matt paint — plus why you'll find it in the trade aisle

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We explain what is vinyl matt paint and where you can use it (Image credit: Screwfix)

While knowing how to paint a room is essential, if the variety of paint finishes on offer has left you wondering what is vinyl matt paint, we're here to help. After all, as with any DIY project, getting the right end result is not just about skill and application, but also about using the correct products that both look good and that last.

While matt paints are celebrated for their ability to hide imperfections on surfaces, what you may not realise is that not all matts are equal – and we're not just talking about the brand of paint. It also about the difference between trade and retail products.

Steve Jenkins
Steve Jenkins

Steve is Homebuilding's resident DIY expert with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.