Wall & Ceiling Primer & Undercoat

Designed for use under Estate Emulsion and Modern Emulsion. Farrow & Ball Primers & Undercoats are the crucial foundation to our topcoat. They ensure your colour is always primed for attention. It is important to use the correct type and colour of Farrow & Ball Primer and Undercoat, and is available in four colours dependent on your top coat colour. Click on 'Help with colours' below to find the correct colour.

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Wall & Ceiling Primer & Undercoat 3.5 5 20 20
Cracks and flakes quickly after application I used this paint on prepared and cleaned (interior) masonry and plaster and it cracked and flaked very quickly. This is most apparent on the uneven masonry but even the smooth plaster surface is the same. Both surfaces have now had four coats, as I was painting over a dark colour, and I now need to work out how to get it all off again... A waste of 7.5 litres of paint and many hours. 09 May 2015
Did the job for which is was intended Used red/warm tones colour as undercoat for F & B Incarnadine (both estate & modern emulsions). Felt this undercoat was a little thin as despite all attempts at even coverage the finished result was patchy, but it did make for a good finish eventually for the top coat I used. Still needed 3 top coats to achieve full colour density though! I wouldn't recommend this for use on very porous walls, but great for modern plaster. On the plus side, very easy to use & not at all messy. 29 April 2015
Very difficult to apply The primer & undercoat did prove very difficult. It just didn't stick well to the wall, which was well prepared. Also, the primer seemed to react with the wall creating an uneven coating. We tried to apply the primer & undercoat with two different rollers and pain brushed and got the same result. This primer & undercoat dried very quickly on the roller/brushes making them hard and useless after a short while. Diluting the primer & undercoat with water didn't help. Instead of the primer & undercoat we started using the paint directly and got very good results using two coatings. 13 April 2015
Lovely to work with Easy to work with, no splatter even with a roller. Perfect base for good application of top coat. (really liked the colour too - shame it was being covered up). 11 April 2015
obliterated bright yellow wall Primer was very dense and a good colour in its self 04 March 2015
Extremely dissatisfied Whilst working with the primer it formed a skin which split into small pieces that attached themselves to the roller and then on to the painted surface. I spent more time picking the pieces off the wall than anything else. I am extremely disappointed in this product and would not recommend it. 12 February 2015
Overall positive Really pleased with the final result. Took 2 coats of undercoat and 2 of the top coat (4 in total) a lot more than anticipated. So was a much bigger job than we had expected! 04 December 2014
Disappointing Application I am a fan of Farrow and Ball and have never had problems with the paint - until this time. As I was painting over light coloured walls I decided to use the primer and undercoat to ensure the best possible finish, but like some other reviewers I found the process unusually problematic. I worked quickly and avoided overbrushing but the slightest touch caused the paint to pull off the wall and plasticise. All the walls had been prepared and some walls had been recently skimmed with new plaster. Interestingly, the newly skimmed walls presented no problems. Mine is an old house so the interior has gained accretions of decorative work as a result of a long life. I am always careful to put in the preparatory work but I am sure I can be given a reason as to why I have had this problem on this occasion. However, I suspect I am not alone in using Farrow and Ball products (and paying the extra) because I rely on the quality of the product to help me achieve a good result with the less than perfect. Sadly, I feel rather let down on this occasion. 25 November 2014
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