Wood Primer & Undercoat

Mid Tones

Wood Primer & Undercoat is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
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Our Wood Primer & Undercoat is for use on bare or previously painted interior and exterior wood, including floorboards and knots. It creates a smooth, protective base for our Eggshells, Full Gloss or Dead Flat®. Available in four shades to complement your topcoat for a durable, colour-rich finish.

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.

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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 Wood primer and undercoat. I used this on my wood cupboard doors in preparation of painting them. Goes on well, drys quickly. Did the job.
Date published: 2024-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I didn't skip the undercoat stage. Covered well with low odour and the brushes were easy to clean. Seemed a shade too dark, but when the emulsion was added the finish was perfect.
Date published: 2024-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done Google Search! Excellent product Excellent product. We choose to give the cupboard top 3 coats and it gave a deep rich black coverage. It applied easily using a foam roller.
Date published: 2024-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, smooth coverage I used this primer/undercoat on a bedside table that had been sanded back to bare pine. I painted two coats using a brush and the primer provided excellent coverage, ready for the topcoat. Definitely feels like a good quality paint. It is more expensive than other primers, but the extra cost is worth the finish you can get.
Date published: 2024-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality undercoat Superb covering quality. Easy to apply to bare wood. Brushes wash out in water easily
Date published: 2024-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Amazing consistency and coverage. Will buy again despite price
Date published: 2024-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best primer ever! Fantastic base coat! Lovely smooth finish to take the top coat.
Date published: 2024-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don’t forget the undercoat! We always use undercoat - the finish is just perfect!
Date published: 2024-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Painted full wall bookcase from white to a dark green ‘Bancha’ dead flat - Was an excellent base and then needed only one coat afterwards of Bancha. I have read other reviews where there are moans about undercoat recommended or required for some F&B paints - but it was no more work as only one coat of the more expensive top coat rather than two was required. Really pleased with the result and finish is holding up well.
Date published: 2023-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New furniture Excellent, used it to prime furniture which we then covered with two coats of Farrow and Ball modern emulsion. Perfect job.
Date published: 2023-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent primer… We always use the recommended primer for the individual F&B colours… they always offer excellent coverage and smooth application…also assists in the depth of pigmentation for the following 2 top coats of which ever coloured finish of paint you choose. Would never, not use this product! To Paul19 who left a 1star review, a few months back…you used the wrong colour wood primer &undercoat. The Pointing gloss you wanted to use is a light/white tone primer&undercoat…not dark tones. Not sure why this wasn’t pointed out to you at the time of talking to F&B and testing etc…🤷‍♀️☺️
Date published: 2023-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect First time in using a dark primer using F&B as other companies have stopped mixing dark primers. I will certainly be using this again - perfect.
Date published: 2023-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Primer - Undercoat The best primer undercoat on the market. Very creamy and not watery like some.
Date published: 2023-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interior Wood Primer and Undercoat Wow, the finish on the wood primer and undercoat is like silk, I have never used anything quite like it; thank you F & B.
Date published: 2023-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite exterior paint As always a solid performer outside and a paint of great distinction.
Date published: 2023-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect start for an upcycling project. Love the primer. It sets up a fantastic finish for my upcycling projects. No matter what the original surface was coated with after a bit of a sand, clean and prime the modern eggshell glides on for a perfect finish.
Date published: 2023-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Farrow and ball paint Followed instructions to the letter and although the paint end result as in colour wise was just as we had imagined it unfortunately is now flaking where you open and close the doors. Where we placed the table lamp the paint has peeled off under the lamp... Great colour, very disappointing.
Date published: 2024-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Primer Not a good as the top coat at adhering to shiny surfaces
Date published: 2024-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eggshell and Primer Both eggshell and primer are very runny and prone to drips that appear after the area has been stroked several times, looks to be finished and smooth then develops drip marks. Each door has been sanded and primed..and taken 4 coats of eggshell to complete. The finish is very good but it has never taken me so long to paint a door from prep to completion.
Date published: 2023-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst primer/undercoat I’ve used Extremely poor coverage was like using coloured water. Contacted F&B 2 weeks ago, still no resolution
Date published: 2024-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor coverage Used this undercoat prior to using Pointing full-gloss. After 3 under-coats on one run of skirting and 4 coats on another the knotting was still showing through. Paint returned to F&B for testing but was told it met their specification. If that was the case then (as it applied according to the instructions on the tin) why the problem? Not happy with F&B response so will not use their products in future.
Date published: 2023-06-06

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