Metal Primer & Undercoat

Mid Tones

Metal Primer & Undercoat is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
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A rust inhibiting primer for all bare ferrous metal surfaces, our Metal Primer & Undercoat is designed to create a smooth foundation on gates, railings, furniture, radiators and metal downpipes before using Modern Eggshell, Exterior Eggshell, Estate Eggshell, Full Gloss or Dead Flat®.

Based on the colour Bone, using our Mid Tones Primer & Undercoat adds the richest depth of colour to some of our best-selling shades. Whether you’re painting your walls in Whirlybird, front door in French Gray or skirting boards in Sulking Room Pink, primer is the all-important first step of your transformation.

Our Primers & Undercoats

We recommend using Farrow & Ball Primer & Undercoat wherever you’re using a Farrow & Ball topcoat. Not only is it specially formulated to bring out the very best in our paint, but keeping to the same brand for your priming and painting products will help to avoid any incompatibility issues.


The Farrow & Ball System

Our paint colours are renowned for their depth, complexity, and ability to respond extraordinarily to light.

For an even, long-lasting finish, we recommend following the Farrow & Ball system:
• One coat of our Primer & Undercoat in the recommended tone
• Two coats of your chosen topcoat

Richer Colour

Our Primers & Undercoats are available in up to four tones: 
White & Light Tones, Mid Tones, Red & Warm Tones, and Dark Tones.

Each one is made with a careful balance of pigments, and between them they bring out the best in our entire palette of colours, adding richness and depth for that signature Farrow & Ball look.

Priming ensures long lasting perfrmancePriming ensures long lasting perfrmance
A second coat of paint creates depth of colourA second coat of paint creates depth of colour

Exceptional Coverage

Because they begin with the same rich pigments and water base as our paints, our Primers & Undercoats help your chosen colour to adhere effortlessly to the surface you’re painting, giving you a smooth, even finish and unrivalled coverage.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect base for the perfect range of paints. Having had only F&B paints used since 2014 this undercoat is the perfect base in preparation for completing the job with their top coats. Beautiful finish. Easy to apply.
Date published: 2023-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did cover, did also need an additional coat to giv Used to cover existing F&B paint on cast iron radiator, I'm sure the surface was adequately primed after one coat, but the previous colour (Tallow) still showed on some areas. Second coat covered nicely. Someone mentioned no instructions or drying time information on the tin, but that's what the product advice sheets on the website are for . . . . .
Date published: 2024-01-25

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Metal Primer & Undercoat: Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.