We produce a comprehensive range of colour-matched primers and undercoats, to ensure the beauty of your paint is matched by its performance.
Whether you are painting interior woodwork or exterior metalwork, Little Greene’s range of undercoats achieve full depth of colour and the most beautiful finish possible.
For further information on each product, please browse our Technical Data Sheets.
It's essential to use the correct primers and undercoats to allow paint to do its job properly. Undercoat is often required to seal unpainted surfaces or prepare the surface for painting.
If you are transitioning from a dark to a light colour, the undercoat will help to obliterate the colour beneath. This will allow your chosen topcoat to achieve an unrivalled depth of colour.
Both primers and undercoats prepare the surface to ensure a better finished result.
An undercoat prepares an even surface for painting. Painting a base layer ensures that your chosen colour can be achieved in fewer coats.
A primer produces a fully prepared substrate, to support your chosen finish. Primed surfaces are easier for paint to adhere to and also prevent seeping or bleeding between paint layers
Patchy or friable walls and new plaster, including skimmed walls and ceilings, are best prepared using our Wall Primer Sealer. This will take up the porosity of the surface and create a uniform base on which to paint. Use our wall sealer beneath any of our water-based emulsion, eggshell or masonry paints.
If your walls have been painted previously and are in a good condition, no separate undercoat is required. We recommend that you simply apply two coats of your chosen finish.
New or resinous wood should always be sealed with a coat of our Aluminium Wood Primer. This will prevent any resins from bleeding through the topcoat of your chosen finish.
If your woodwork is sealed or previously painted, apply one coat of quick-drying Intelligent Primer Undercoat, or Traditional Primer Undercoat. The correct undercoat for wood will depend on your chosen topcoat and should be applied before two coats of eggshell or gloss finish.
Previously primed or painted metalwork, in good condition, can be painted without further priming. However, it is good practice to rub down the surface with a medium grade sandpaper first. This will create a key for the topcoats.
New radiators are usually supplied primed. However, we recommend applying one coat of Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat, before finishing with two coats of your chosen topcoat. This may be eggshell or gloss, depending on your chosen finish.
Wall Primer Sealer (water-based)
Perfect for walls and ceilings.
Choose Wall Primer Sealer for new plaster, skimmed patch-repaired or friable surfaces.
Perfect for woodwork, also walls, ceilings, and primed metalwork.
Choose Intelligent Primer Undercoat for bare wood and suitably primed metals.
Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat (oil-based)
Perfect for woodwork and metalwork.
Choose Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat for interior and exterior woodwork and metalwork.
Aluminium Wood Primer (oil based)
Perfect for woodwork
Use this on bare softwoods and hardwoods, both indoors and outdoors.
If you’re struggling with selecting shades or concerned about colour combinations, Little Greene Colour Consultants can help you decorate your home with confidence.