Here is a cry for help this week from a lady who wasn’t expecting the hassle. My advice was to leave it as long it takes to harden off, and then sand back any imperfections and carry on with the estate eggshell.
[quote]I have had a problem with Farrow and Ball interior eggshell paint taking forever to dry, and I found your forums regarding this paint’s drying times and read them with interest.
I’m an amateur painter but had followed instructions on a DIY site, and the person who wrote the DIY blog had used F&B paint too but didn’t mention any problems with drying time.
I’m painting kitchen cabinet doors which are a beech laminate, and I sanded them down beforehand. I asked the sales assistant in the F&B shop if I had to get their primer and she said 'shhh, don’t tell anyone but no!’ so I used B&Q water-based primer which said it was suitable for any surface, and it had dried thoroughly.
I left it a couple of days before getting round to adding the F&B paint, and I sanded the primer with no problems. I used a small foam roller to apply both layers. After applying the F&B paint, I noticed that it had lots of tiny bubbles on the surface. These have mostly gone away now it is dry(ish) but some have remained.
I left the doors for 48 hours before touching them again, and then I picked a door up with the intention of sanding the bubbles out and doing the second coat of F&B, but some of the paint smudged and left white thumbprints where my hand had been (I am using black paint, Railings, and the undercoat was white)! [/quote]
There was reference to the bubbling in another thread here with pro decorators experiencing the same. Common theme I believe is the non F&B basecoat not compatible with F&B eggshell, for whatever reason.
In theory any brand of adhesion primer would be compatible with the mandatory F&B primer undercoat followed by 2 or 3 eggshell coats, and presumably all would have been well with the world.
Personally I think the store should recompense this lady in view of the completely duff advice she was given, but you know where that would end.
You are an amateur painter? - user error…
Pro painter? - user error…
If they sorted that attitude of theirs out, it would be easier to put up with aggravation.