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The Best Paint for Interior Doors

Painting interior doors is no small task so finding the best paint for the job is crucial to save time, get the best finish and avoid having to repaint any time soon. We’ve reviewed our range of interior door paints and narrowed down our top 3 recommended products that won’t yellow in time, can withstand the knocks and scuffs that come with a busy family home and will provide a professional finish every time. 

You’ll notice that all of our recommended interior door paints are trade paints as we’re passionate about making trade paint accessible to everyone, not just the professionals. There are so many benefits of buying trade paint over retail paint that you fnd in big-name stores and supermarkets so we’ve outlined just some of the benefits for you below.

Why buy trade paint?

  • Trade paint has better coverage and opacity which means it goes further and requires fewer coats to cover the previous colour.
  • It’s more durable and will stand up to scuffs, knocks and stains miles better than a standard retail paint will. 
  • Trade paint is more cost-effective. It costs more upfront to buy but with superior opacity and coverage, you’ll use less of it and it lasts a lot longer thanks to their more durable formulas.


Johnstone's Trade - Aqua Guard

A firm favourite among professional decorators, Aqua Guard Satin is a high-performing paint for interior doors and other trim including skirtings and bannisters. It uses innovative surface protection technology that provides the ultimate defence against scratches, wear and tear, and greasy finger marks, ensuring a long-lasting, high-quality finish. With advanced application qualities, excellent hiding power and long-lasting whiteness you can’t go wrong with Aqua Guard.


  • Water-based so doesn’t yellow overtime 
  • Extremely durable
  • Low VOCs
  • Available in hundreds of colours
  • Affordable, one litre ~£18 
  • Can be recoated after 4 hours 
  • Also available in gloss finish


  • None we can think of 


Johnstone's Trade Aqua Guard Customer Reviews


Benjamin Moore Scuff X

The most durable paint we offer for woodwork, walls and metal trim, you can’t go wrong with Scuff X. Available in Satin, Eggshell and Matt finishes, it’s a latex based paint resistant to scuffs, scratches and general wear and tear.  The premium formula of Scuff X ensures a long-lasting finish that requires little to no maintenance once applied making it perfect for interior doors, skirtings, sills and more. Wash, wipe or scrub clean repeatedly without damaging the colour too so if your doors start to look grubby, there’s no need to touch up, just wash them and down to bring them back to life.


  • Scuff, scratch and general wear and tear resistant
  • Wipe or scrub clean without damaging the colour or finish
  • Low odour, despite having medium VOC
  • Dries quickly 
  • Available in 3,500 Benjamin Moore colours
  • Choose from Satin, Eggshell and Matt finishes 
  • Scuff, scratch and general wear and tear resistant


  • Most expensive option at ~£100 for 3.78 litres

Benjamin Moore Scuff X Customer Reviews


Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Satin

Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Satin is a water-based, durable satin paint that’s designed to be used on interior joinery like interior doors. It has excellent opacity and a smooth, low-sheen finish. It has all the characteristics of a traditional oil-based paint, with the added benefits of a water-based formulation, including quick drying, low odour and non-yellowing.


  • Offers protection from scratches, stains & grease 
  • Great coverage & easy to apply 
  • Low odour and VOCs
  • Won't yellow over time
  • Quick to dry
  • Available in tinted colours including colour matching 



  • Recommended that you apply 1 coat of primer first

Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Satin Customer Reviews

Wondering How to Match Your Doors to Your Skirtings?

Now you’ve decided on your preferred paint for your interior doors, you might want to consider painting the skirting boards to match. Read our article on how to paint your skirting boards and you’ll never go wrong………we hope!