Paint brands - Choose carefully

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Best Paint Brands - Choose carefully

Looking for the best paint brand in Ireland? Well, we believe there is no such thing - it simply depends on your personal preference and suitability to your specific environment. Your available budget for paint can often eliminate the more expensive choices. Feel free to discuss the choice of paint brands with our experienced painting team. Our experienced painters use only the best products to deliver a high quality finish to your property. We turn your dreams into painted perfection.


Paint Brands - Choose Wisely

Selecting the right paint brand can be a challenge. Advice can often depend on your surface, environment, location and your personal style.

Typical paint brands in Ireland:

  • Blackfriar
  • Colortrend (RECOMMENDED: premium, more expensive)
  • Crown Paints
  • Designers Guild
  • DeVine Color
  • Dulux
  • Dycon
  • Farrow & Ball
  • Fleetwood (RECOMMENDED: standard, value-for-money)
  • Glidden
  • Hammerite
  • Jotun Paints
  • Libert Paints
  • Little Greene
  • McConnells
  • Paint Library
  • Phoenix
  • Plasti-kote
  • Sanderson
  • Sandtex
  • Triflow
  • Zinsser (RECOMMENDED: primers and undercoats)
  • Zoffany

Please note: Some brands are more suitable for commercial use.

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Premium Paint Brands

Colortrend is a premium brand that is 100% acrylic which, means it is fully washable (both matt and soft sheen). Colortrend matt finish is less shiny than vinyl matt which will give a nicer effect.

Standard Paint Brands

Dulux, Fleetwood, Johnstons, Crown are standard brands with similar quality products. We recommend the Fleetwood paint brand, as it is slightly cheaper than the others and can be better value-for-money.

Primers & Undercoats

We recommend Zinsser primers and undercoats. This brand is more expensive than others but is a high quality product that is more effective on difficult surfaces.

Paint for Ceilings

The more flat finish paint is used on the ceilings the better. Soft sheen or low sheen paints are not recommended as they reflect light and show more cracks and imperfections. Many leading brands (Dulux, Fleetwood etc.) have paint called “ceiling paint” - please note that this type of paint is usually a medium sheen paint. The best paint for ceilings is called Supercover (Fleetwood), Supermatt (Dulux), Jonmat (Johnstons).

Paint for Bathroom Ceilings

The best paint for bathroom ceilings is Zinsser paint called Perma White (available in Eggshell – low sheen finish or satin – mid sheen finish). It gives best mould and mildew protection and is steam resistant. The only disadvantage is the price as it is quite expensive in comparison to standard white paint.

Paint for Walls – vinyl matt, washable matt or soft sheen?

In general, we recommend soft sheen emulsion only in high traffic areas for landlords or for families with small kids. Soft sheen is fully washable, hard-wearing paint that is more stain resistant than matt. Soft sheen reflects the light so it shows all imperfections on the walls (such as brush marks, structure after painting with roller, badly filled cracks etc).

Vinyl matt is a wipeable low sheen paint that gives a nice finish and hides many imperfections on the walls.

Washable matt is a low sheen finish that gives some washability but is not as washable (and will mark easier) as soft sheen.


As well-known painters in Cork City and County, we are proud to have a long list of customers who will act as a reference for our professional services. Feel free to ask us for a list of recent references.

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