Primer & Undercoat

Preparing your surface before painting is very important in order to get the most of your colour and ensure lasting power. Undercoats and primers although similar serve two quite different functions. While primer acts as a base for your paint to latch on to, an undercoat is used to provide a neutral foundation for colour to develop. If you are questioning the condition of your wall for painting, priming would be your best choice. Priming works to hide stains and prevent discoloration. It is best used on wood or metal surfaces and should always be used when changing from dark to light colours or when transitioning from a glossy base coat.

Always ensure your purchase one that is compatible with your chosen surface, we have a large selection to choose from including…

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  1. Johnstones Aqua Undercoat Tinted Colours
    From £41.83 £34.86
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  2. Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat (all colours)
    From £43.01 £35.84
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  3. Johnstones Wood Primer White
    From £32.70 £27.25
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  4. Johnstones Professional Undercoat White
    From £20.89 £17.41
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  5. Dulux Undercoat (All Colours)
    From £33.62 £28.02
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  6. Dulux Trade Quick Dry Undercoat Colours
    From £40.32 £33.60
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  7. Macpherson Undercoat (all colours)
    From £18.67 £15.56
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  8. Johnstones Professional Undercoat (all colours)
    From £28.60 £23.83
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  9. Teamac Quick Dry Zinc Phosphate Primer P219 Ready Mixed
    From £32.11 £26.76
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  10. Teamac High Build Rapidry Zinc Phosphate Primer P218 Ready Mixed
    From £24.90 £20.75
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