What’s the Difference Between Non-Vinyl and Vinyl Matt Paints?

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Here at Paintmaster, we’ve spent years helping our customers to find the best paints for their needs. We specialise in providing our domestic, commercial and industrial customers with the perfect paints and treatments. Whether you’re looking for a hard-wearing paint, or something weather-resistant, our team are here for you. Today, we’re going to talk about the difference between non-vinyl and vinyl matt paints.

We’re happy to provide both non-vinyl and vinyl paints to our customers. Whichever option you’re looking for, the Paintmaster team can help. Neither type of paint is necessarily better, but they are better in different situations. Whether you’re just looking to understand the difference, or you need the highest-quality paints for an upcoming project, our team are here for you.

Non-Vinyl Emulsion Vs Vinyl Matt Paints – What’s the Difference?

Vinyl matt emulsion is a little different from non-vinyl paints. While it is available in the same variety of colours, vinyl matt is more hard-wearing and resistant to damage. When a paint is ‘vinyl’, it means that there has been a certain resin added to the paint. A similar kind of resin is often added to acrylic paints for a similar effect.

This resin makes the vinyl paint more resilient to damage and harder-wearing. As such, vinyl paint is perfect for areas which need to withstand a great deal of stress.

The resin added to these emulsion paints will, normally, cause the surface to have a certain sheen on it. However, this sheen will be absent from any surface treated with vinyl matt paints. This non-shiny finish is sometimes criticised for not looking as good as those vinyl paints with a sheen. However, the matt nature of the design makes it more suited for damaged or imperfect surfaces. These matt paints are good for not showing up small imperfections on walls and ceilings.


What Kinds of Surfaces Can I Apply Vinyl Matt Paints To?

Vinyl matt emulsions are relatively easy to apply to almost any surface. However, they aren’t always going to be able to dry correctly or adhere to the surface as you might intend. Vinyl matt emulsions are, at their basic level, water-based. This makes them easy to apply and quick-to-dry.

Vinyl matt paints are, generally, less durable than those with a sheen. They are easier to mark and discolour. As such, matt vinyl solutions are often used on ceilings and high walls. They are perfect for hiding imperfections and can help to make any space feel closer and more natural. These paints are best used in areas with low-levels of moisture and which are unlikely to become marked or otherwise damaged.

Surfaces To Avoid with Vinyl Matt Paints:

We’ve seen all kinds of people, including professional decorators, fall in love with vinyl matt emulsion. Unfortunately, this can lead to the paint being used on inappropriate surfaces. Just some of the surfaces that you should take care to avoid with vinyl matt emulsions include:

You should also be aware that vinyl emulsion paints are not designed for exterior surfaces. They are not designed for weather-resistance or high-intensity environments. As such, matt emulsions are commonly used for ceilings and out-of-reach areas.

Wiping Down Vinyl Matt Emulsions

Due to its appearance, vinyl matt paints cannot be easily cleaned. When you wipe them down, even with simple water and soap, you can leave long streaks which are easily noticeable. Other kinds of vinyl or acrylic paints can be easily wiped down. It is simply due to the matt design that these paints are vulnerable to damage. They are less protected against all kinds of surface damage than their sheen or silk paint alternatives.

If you’re looking for paints which can be used in high-intensity or high-footfall areas, vinyl matt emulsion isn’t for you. These paints are quick-drying and easy-to-apply but are not particularly hard-wearing. As such, you should choose vinyl sheen or vinyl silk paints, or even choose a non-vinyl option.

Choose Paintmaster for Vinyl Matt Paints and Emulsions

Here at Paintmaster, we can provide a complete range of vinyl matt emulsions in a wide range of colours. In addition to simple white and magnolia paints, we can also create paints to meet your specific design choices. If you’re looking for paints to suit your home or business’ interior, get in touch today.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team today. You can call our paint specialists directly on 01663 733633 if you need more information about any of our vinyl matt emulsion. You can email any questions or concerns you might have to our team directly at sales@paintmaster.co.uk. Our paint specialists will get back to you as quickly as possible.


Does vinyl paint peel?

Yes, vinyl paint can peel. It can be caused by several factors, from moisture being trapped beneath the surface of the paint or by paint being applied over a powdery surface. Unclean surfaces can be another cause, highlighting the importance to sugar soap the walls to remove any dirt, oil, and grease when prepping the surface. It is also good idea to use contract emulsion on freshly plastered walls before using vinyl so that the vinyl doesn’t lift from the wall.

How long does vinyl paint last?

On average, Vinyl interior walls normally need repainting every 5yrs from general wear and tear in a home. Vinyl Matt is very popular but not a good choice for high traffic areas in a home like the hallway… a more durable option would be a ‘Paintmaster Vinyl soft sheen’ or ‘Paintmaster Tough Vinyl Matt’ with a higher resin.

What is vinyl matt paint?

Vinyl matt paint is a water-based emulsion that provides a flat, non-reflective finish. It offers the least reflective finish of the four most popular types of finish, matt, satin, eggshell & gloss. It is a very popular choice by many as it is easy to apply to any smooth interior surface.

What is vinyl paint used for?

Vinyl matt emulsion is a wall and ceiling paint which is extremely easy to apply. As it is water-based, it can easily be applied to almost any smooth surface. As it is matt, it will also provide a flat, non-reflective finish which is ideal for masking any existing surface imperfections.