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Hi All Does anyone know of the most cost effective way of buying farrow and ball paint please? Just in the process of redecorating and the OH wants F&B. Used to be the cheapest via Homebase offers… Read More
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11m, 5d agoPosted 11 months, 5 days ago
Hi All

Does anyone know of the most cost effective way of buying farrow and ball paint please? Just in the process of redecorating and the OH wants F&B. Used to be the cheapest via Homebase offers, but they've scrapped these in favour of always 'high' prices in this instance! Thanks in advance!
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11m, 5d agoPosted 11 months, 5 days ago
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#1
There shops have sales with discounts sometimes. Online seems the cheapest though but there shops will price match if you catch the right sales person.
#2
just get Leyland trade mixed in farrow and ball colours, anywhere that does mixing can do the f&b colours. the base is not quite as good but for general use youd be hard pressed to tell the difference.
#3
Do you know what this paint actually is ? PVA + water + colour in other words add poster paint (school paint) to either water based varnish or even PVA glue and mix. The branded item is perhaps 1000 times the cost of the manufacture because they make them in fancy colours that you can mix yourself.



Edited By: PulisOut on Aug 21, 2016 20:36
#4
Get their colours mixed in Valspar paints at B&Q.
#5
wayners
There shops have sales with discounts sometimes. Online seems the cheapest though but there shops will price match if you catch the right sales person.
Their. Each time.
#6
I would avoid f&b as a professional decorator it is way too greasy to use and way over priced, as said earlier in this post is would go with Leyland or mcphersons mixed as Imo it better paint and probably less than half the price
#7
Thanks for the advice guys. What's the best way to try and colour match? The little swatches from F&B I dont think are a very good representation. Can they match from a tester pot?
#8
exmouthred
Get their colours mixed in Valspar paints at B&Q.


Unsure if that's a serious suggestion..?

Valapar paint is crap, OP, you will regret following that advice.

As others have suggested get same colour mixed up in Macpherson,Leyland or Dulux Trade.
#9
jackdean1990
Thanks for the advice guys. What's the best way to try and colour match? The little swatches from F&B I dont think are a very good representation. Can they match from a tester pot?


Get a F&B tester, paint couple of coats on small scrap of wallpaper, take into Homebase or Dulux Trade Centre who will scan it and match it.
#10
jackdean1990
Thanks for the advice guys. What's the best way to try and colour match? The little swatches from F&B I dont think are a very good representation. Can they match from a tester pot?


F&B colours are in general, just that ie, they are quite unique to F&B. The trade outlets mentioned, and all the others, should not claim to do F&B matches. They should offer to get as close as they can using their colour pallets, but they are very difficult at times to get anywhere near to the F&B shade card. If you truly want F&B, best just bite the bullet and pay the premium. Personally, I would go into the trade paint centres and ask for their shade card which they would put up against F&B. Choose off that, and ur colours should be pretty much bang on- plus they will stand by their mixed products, and rectify if things don't look quite right. Also, u will be buying superior paint at a lower price, in my opinion of course.
#11
Specifically regarding Dulux, yes good advice, but either you will not get a match, or the suggested match will be quite a bit off, so ur really not much further forward. F&B really are a pain to try and reproduce accurately..
#12
dont try and scrimp on f+b its not just about the colour the quality is far better than dulux etc.
#13
Disagree re Dulux not getting a good match.

During my years working in both Homebase and B&Q Paint/Wallpaper depts colour matching using the Dulux Majic Eye had a decent success rate.

Agree, never get 100% match but if your adamant you don't want to pay premium for a specific paint brand then somethings got to give.
#14
59darren1
I would avoid f&b as a professional decorator it is way too greasy to use and way over priced, as said earlier in this post is would go with Leyland or mcphersons mixed as Imo it better paint and probably less than half the price


I've painted multiple rooms with farrow & ball.
We have always been complemented on the colour schemes we use and I've not come across the term of that brand of paint being classed as greasy before. ?
#15
Thanks all for the help and advice. We've gone with a Leyland mix (for those tempted, it's well below 50% of the cost of the real thing). Reason behind the decision is because it's a new house and we're expecting some cracking and don't want to have expensive paint when we inevitably have to repaint haha

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