Trade vs Retail Paint

August 4th, 2021

This handy infographic highlights the key elements which make trade paint stand out from the retail crowd:

Superior Ingredients – the formulation of trade paints is generally superior. Combining more higher-grade ingredients such as titanium dioxide (white pigment) and colourants (used for tinting) than DIY paints. They can also include specialist ingredients such as Zinc Phosphate and Biocides to provide additional superior properties such as protection from fungal degradation and anti-corrosion, not readily found in DIY paints. 

Superior Range – Trade paints offer a greater range of job specific products enabling the decorator, with their professional experience and knowledge, to judge each job’s unique situation and advise the client which paints are most suitable.

Superior Knowledge – Trade paints are distributed by decorator centres such as Brewers who can provide specialist knowledge about trade paints and their application.

Superior Performance – Trade paint has higher opacity and better coverage 30%-40% about retail equivalent. The higher opacity of trade paints means less chance of the substrate grinning through and therefore less coats are required. The paint life is extended as trade quality paints usually hold their colour longer and are more durable than DIY paints.