Perfect Preparation & Application

Painted in Treron No.292 | Estate Eggshell

Once you’ve made a final decision about finish and colour, it’s time to start the practical part of the decorating process. From preparing your surface to choosing tools for flawless application, our application tips will guide you through the next steps to creating your perfect home.

Preparing Surfaces

Proper surface preparation is key to helping you get the most from your chosen colour and finish.

  • Make sure the surface you’re planning to paint is in good condition – clean, dry, and free of grease, mould or algae
  • Fill or seal any large imperfections

For more detailed advice on the correct steps for preparing different surfaces, visit the specific pages below, step in store, or give our Customer Services team a call on +44 (0)1202 876141.

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

For some surfaces, such as newly plastered and dry-lined walls, we recommend a diluted layer of your chosen Farrow & Ball topcoat colour, followed by two full coats.

To ensure the best finish, it’s important to let the recommended drying time pass between coats. We list the drying time for each finish on its individual product page, but please be aware that these can vary depending on factors like temperature, humidity, and the shade being applied.