Albany Acrylic Eggshell on non acrylic undercoat

22 Feb 2009
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I have some new wood cupboard doors to paint with Winslade (green)Albany Acrylic Eggshell. The primer/undercoat I have is Albany Acrylic White which is a bind as I really need a green or grey acrylic primer/undercoat but Albany only do the white in Acrylic.

Could I use an ordinary Albany light grey undercoat over the acrylic primer/undercoat and then top it with the Winslade acrylic eggshell ? I normally would but I have seen so many problems with Farrow and Ball which seem to make paint that is incompatable with anything but their specified undercoats (which costs us more money obviously) I am not sure about sandwiching the ordinaty undercoat between two acrylics now.
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Are you planning to use a grey oil based undercoat?

There is nothing wrong with doing that but you will need to wait a few days before applying the WB eggshell. If you don't you will end up with "fisheyes" in the eggshell.

Alternatively, see if your local decorators' merchants will tint an acrylic primer to the Winslade colour.
No help from my local Brewers so bought a tin of Blackfriars acrylic grey primer undercoat sanded down what I have started and begun again so all coats will be acrylic Seems safer. Thanks
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You should be fine.

I spent many years specialising in hand painting MDF. My go to primer was Leyland acrylic eggshell (it is a dream to sand), followed by two coats of Dulux Trade oil based eggshell.

The first time that a customer specified an acrylic eggshell (Fired Earth) I used oil based primer. I waited a couple of days before applying the Fired Earth and then watched the fisheyes develop. I spent the next three hours rebrushing the paint until it covered the fisheyes. As it dries and becomes thicker it is able to counteract the release of solvents.

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