11 Aug 2019 19:51
Any tips for affordable tv stands? Looking for something sub 500 that's 125-150cm wide. They are all either super glossy and cheap looking, too small or too wide, or cost a grand.
13 Aug 2019 12:35
rich my mrs is obsessed with F&B. the only issue we have had is when painting on MDF (new fitted wardrobe). the cheap MDF primer we used meant the 1st coat of F&B took almost a week to dry. subsequent layers were quick though and it came out very well. this was there eggshell stuff for interior wood, not walls. for walls we have always used shit primer and it has come out well
also it is worth noting that F&B colours are very hard to match by B&Q etc. we tried to get a cheapo version of studio green and it looked fucking terrible. way too light.
13 Aug 2019 12:36
what colours are you using? will help determine the primer colour..
posted 13 Aug 2019 13:35, edited 13 Aug 2019 13:35
Looked at Auro and Earthborn too as we wanted to go "eco friendly", but settled on F&B due to the greater range of colours they had, and when it came to price there wasn't much between the three.
We're using F&B for the top coats for sure. Just thinking whether we can save a bit for the primer/undercoat.
Majority of colours we've chosen are light tones, apart from two that are mid tone. The F&B guy said we can get away with a MT primer for all of them. Though not sure why MT instead of W<.
Reading reviews on F&B of their primers they seem like a nightmare for application even for the pros, so may just end up with a tub of £20 white matt emulsion (similar to the one Andy posted!).
13 Aug 2019 14:57
F&B paint is rubbish. Get your chosen colour mixed at a local paint centre. Get it mixed using Dulux Diamond Trade Matt and it's the same price and completely scrubable.
Always use Zinsser paint for primer/undercoat…no stains or wood knots come thru
13 Aug 2019 15:04
Not sure I’d agree they’re rubbish. Coverage can be hit and miss though depending on what surface you’re applying it to. Most surfaces will require at least 2 coats in my experience.
I’ve done all my rooms in F&B, I’ve used wevet, inchyra, calamine, all white, down pipe, oval room blue, light blue etc
13 Aug 2019 16:12
Coverage is terrible and if you mark the wall good luck getting it off without taking some of the paint off too
13 Aug 2019 16:13
For the money Little Greene does better paint imo
13 Aug 2019 16:28
Used F&B to paint some furniture, but wouldn't use it on walls unless it is a small surface - too expensive. Would use a primer though. Quality seems fine but not exceptional. They just have a nice color range, but just pick some RAL or NCS colors and have it mixed.
13 Aug 2019 16:28
Will be covering previously painted walls. Plan to use their modern emulsion for walls and ceilings, and estate eggshell for wordwork. From the samples (estate emulsion) that we applied on the wall, they seem to go on okay.
Sydneyking, you bother with their primers at all?
13 Aug 2019 18:50
I did on the woodwork but not on the walls. If I’m honest I don’t think it worked any better than simply applying another coat. Coverage is better on some colours than others. Light blue for example took 3 tins of 2.5l to do one room.
13 Aug 2019 19:01
If anyone’s interested I have an original robin day recliner that I had reupholstered last summer and never used that I’d sell cheap, just got back from holiday and need the money sadly
It’s missing the arms but wouldn’t cost that much to have some made, it’s got new fabric, webbing etc and looks like a new chair from twenty twenty one.
I have a few other robin days bits id let go cheap too if anyone’s after anything in particular