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Why should you use Farrow and Ball Primer and Undercoat?

August 9, 2014

A common question we’re often asked here at Splendid Interiors is “why do you need to use primers and undercoats for our paint and is there a reason to use the primers and undercoat recommended by the companies we represent such as Farrow and Ball and Zoffany?”. 


Primer is used to “key” any surface you wish to paint, allowing the paint to adhere to the walls or woodwork you’re painting. This is usually used in conjunction with a light sanding of the area beforehand to make sure your paint will have a strong sub layer to stick to and avoid problems which can otherwise arise such as peeling or flaking. 


Undercoat is used to give your paint the beautiful full-bodied and even colour you desire. Some people have asked whether it adds anything to the final finish or is it merely another product for the companies to sell! On the contrary, rather than making you part ways with your hard earned money, undercoat can actually save you money as it gives your paint a clean, blemish-free surface to paint over meaning you’re likely to require fewer coats of the paint to get the perfect finish.


The advantage of using the primers and undercoats specified by companies such as Farrow and Ball is that they have been specifically designed to enhance the qualities the company wants their paints to represent. For example we recommend Farrow and Ball’s primer and undercoat with their exterior eggshell as they are confident enough in its quality to offer a 6 year guarantee if you use it as your sub layer. Their undercoat has also been designed in a range of tones to bring out the full extent of colour present in each of their paints. Although other undercoats will help, none of these will have been made with Farrow and Ball’s specific colour range in mind resulting in a less than perfect finish; something you don’t expect with paint the quality of Farrow and Ball’s.