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We sell trade paints. Their higher quality gets the job done in less coats, saving you time and money. They will give you a better looking finish and importantly a longer lasting finish – meaning less maintenance and reducing your long term costs as well.

Look out for the   trade   tag.



Matt paints have a very flat non-reflective finish and are a very popular finish for interior walls and ceilings in low traffic areas.

Vinyl Matts have a small amount of vinyl added to them which increases their durability. They are still recommended for low traffic areas but they are one of out most popular general purpose paints. They retain a matt finish though side by side with flat matt you may notice a slight increase in sheen – around 5% as compared to 2%.

Acrylic Durable Matt has an acrylic base which gives it a more durable and flatter finish than the vinyl matt. Durable matt is scrub resistant and is ideal for high traffic areas such as hallways and stairwells. It is also popular for kids’ playrooms and public buildings such as schools and busy retail environments.


Eggshell paints are highly durable and resistant to humidity. They dry with a flat finish. You should note that the initial finish will have a sheen – but this will flatten down in a week.

Oil-based Eggshells are ideal for primed wood and metal and are great for trim areas around the house.

Acrylic Eggshell is a multi-purpose paint suitable for all surfaces from wood to walls.

Acrylic Eggshell is highly durable and is great for medium to high traffic areas from halls and stairways to school corridors and commercial areas. It is also ideal for kitchens and bathrooms where humidity is a problem. It has greater durability than the vinyl silk or vinyl softsheen in these environments.

As a water based paint it is low odour, quick drying (2 hours compared to 16 hours for the oil) and non-yellowing.


Satin paints are designed for interior wood and suitably primed metal. With both acrylic and oil-based versions available, satin products dry with a mid-sheen finish.


Vinyl Softsheen paints have a soft, mid-sheen finish. Like silk, they are suitable for walls and ceilings that encounter humidity, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

They are great in low to medium traffic areas such as halls, stairs and school classrooms. Where humidity is more problematic, acrylic eggshell paints have a higher durability.


Vinyl Silk paints have an extremely high sheen finish. They contain the highest amount of vinyl making them wipeable and condensation resistant and great for walls and ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms. They are also an ideal solution for painting embossed wallpaper.

They are great in low to medium traffic areas such as bedrooms, stairs and school classrooms. Where humidity is more problematic, acrylic eggshell paints have a higher durability.


Gloss is a durable paint suitable for interior and exterior wood and metal. It is often used for trim areas such as window sills and ledges. It has a high sheen finish.


We are now offering colours from the Johnstones Trade palette online, in matt, silk and softsheen finishes.

To find out about our colour service, click here or go straight to the swatches below.


Chorlton Trade Paints is a family-owned, independent business that has grown up in Manchester after more than 15 years’ trading.

We supply schools, care homes, many bars and businesses and are open to the public as well as tradesmen.

We are known for our quality goods, competitive prices and friendly staff.


We stock a huge variety of interior and exterior paints, varnishes, wood oils. We are a major Johnstones Paint Stockist and are Polyvine Premier Stockists – among our other high quality brands such as Leyland, Blackfriars, Dulux and Crown. We have all the decorating tools you need, including brushes, rollers, fillers, sandpaper and much more. We also have a variety of blown vinyl wallpaper as well as lining paper and thermal liners.