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Old 08-23-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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I have a high profile client requesting Farrow and Ball. I have never used it, and am a little concerned how it is will perform. Do any of you guys use it regularly? I will be using the Estate emulsion in an off white. Any information would be very helpful. Thanks, Mike
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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Over priced and over hyped.

Estate emulsion is rubbish. Marks very easily. Best suited to low to no traffic areas. Modern emulsion is better but that's not saying much.

Paint definitely aimed at designers and keep up with the Jones type. F+B hadn't a patch on little greene or FPE Imo.

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What he said. Zero coverage too.
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That is what I was worried about. Does it lay down nice and even after two coats? I have a few small patches. Will the patches flash with two coats finish? Sorry about all the questions but I don't have an opportunity to work with the stuff prior to being on display applying it.

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How can a $100/gallon paint be an underperformer? ESPECIAL:LY if it's imported from the UK ???



sell the color, not the quality, dummy



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I've used it a couple of time and my advice is this:
If you have the skills to make this paint look good, make sure you charge accordingly.....
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As said previously, overpriced by a long shot.

I walked into the store in Vancouver and as a painter in painters clothes I've never felt more out of place in a paint store! Boutique!

A friend hired me to paint an accent wall in her store. She picked the colour. I painted it. She didn't like the colour and wanted me to take the can back and get it retinted "slightly darker". I told her the flight to the UK would be costly just for one can.
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I've had a couple customers bring quarts and gallons from a Chicago store, it was no big deal to work with, last job the owner gave me a color brochure and we had colors matched at SW, she was fine with that. With both customers they were looking for the F B color, not the product.
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That's another funny thing about them. My understanding is that they're total nits about other companies matching their colours or using their colour names on any labels.

The guy at the BM store in Vancouver told me they add some coating to their colour swatches to screw up any hope of a proper colour match.
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Yeah, expect multiple coats.
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Would I be better off tinting some primer for my first coat? Color is an off white going over a beige color.

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Regarding opacity, I have never had a problem (used hell of a lot). Estate emulsion is not practical really as its very chalky but it gives a really nice finish, in say a old thatched cottage. I prefer modern emulsion for most jobs!

You will need to spot prime any bare plaster or filler before you put the estate on other wise you will have problems.

As said LittleGreene is the preferred paint, all there papers and colours are very good

http://www.littlegreene.com/?gclid=C...FQoCwwodOxQA_A
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What does Little Green offer for wallpaper? I clicked on your link, and all I got was a banner demanding me to choose my location. I could not enter the site and see what they offered.

Is it like the typical Brit ampersands (F&B, C&S, O&L, C&F) or dynamic like Timorous Beasties? I expect I'll be seeing it soon enough and would like a heads up.



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Used enough to know it is not a good paint for the price.
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We used a lot to know it's an ok paint.
The price is not my problem.
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After hours of samples and conversations with the client and designer. Jumping through hoops all day. She goes with BM decorators white. Kinda funny I guess. At least now I can go with what I know, aura matte.

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I've used the Estate Emulsion once in a colour called Mouses Back. Covered well (although granted the colour that it was covering was in the same tonal family, so it should) dried quickly (as in Aura quick,) but doesn't drag. Did have minor issues with picture framing.

All in all I liked it, but paying $120 a gallon I agree with previous comments - it's a I want to be "The Jones's" paint.
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