Little Greene oil eggshell or acrylic eggshell?
This question is mainly asking about whether to use Little Greene acrylic eggshell or oil eggshell over Dulux primer and undercoat.
I am starting small and painting a magazine rack with the intention of going on to paint a nest of tables and my TV stand, all of which are pine. I have looked at the Little Green website and agree that the paints look very good quality and am prepared to buy them. BUT I am so confused as to whether to go for oil based eggshell or acrylic eggshell.
I have primed/undercoated in Dulux Primer Undercoat and done two coats, which I plan to rub down again before the final coats.
Also the Little Green White Lead doesn’t look white it looks a grey colour and I definitely want white.
Any help would be much appreciated.
This is my answer.
Hi thanks for your question. Sorry I couldn’t explain the choices better on the main article!
Oil or acrylic eggshell?
– If you have used Dulux acrylic (water-based) primer undercoat you can use either Little Greene acrylic or Little Greene oil eggshell finish. The choice is personal.
Easiest to use is acrylic eggshell.
Aesthetically, both Little Greene oil and acrylic eggshell are low 20% sheen, so both have a good ole chalky flat look, but durable. The acrylic has a slightly more plastic look, but that is me being picky. At first glance, or without a side by side comparison, you probably won’t be able to tell.
– If you have used Dulux oil based primer undercoat, then for simplicity, I would stick with Little Greene oil eggshell finish. Oil eggshell plus up to 10% Owatrol additive (a fancy white spirit), the brushmarks should be minimal.
Little Greene do both oil and acrylic eggshell finishes and I think that their paint is the trade’s best kept secret, (thankfully the word is spreading) so no worries with selecting their paint.
Paint table tops
You say you are going to be painting tables etc? I tend to avoid painting the tops, if they are being used regularly, because paint will scratch with keys and stuff thrown on them, time after time. If for display purposes only, or if you put a cloth over, then paint is fine on a table top. Otherwise I sand them back to bare and seal them clear or tint a lacquer for some depth of natural colour.
Here is a bit more info on how and when to prepare and paint table tops
Little Greene’s whitest paint
White Lead isn’t particularly white. Try Shirting, which is the whitest white mixed in the Little Greene range, I believe. You could ask an independent Little Greene stockist for Shirting, without the tint added, I guess that would be whiter still? Not done that myself, as pure white doesn’t really gel with the traditional vibe of Little Greene, but that is a personal preference not a rule set in stone.
btw, have you seen the latest Little Greene flying colour cards. Quite innovative.
Hope that has helped. And I will try and rejig the original article so it reads clearer.
This last paragraph is a bit techno /arcane so ignore if you are OK with the options so far! There are oil based primers specifically formulated to take acrylic eggshell over the top without any compatibility concerns (eg Zinsser Coverstain). However with standard oil based primers and undercoats, I think the chemists will say it is best for the oil base paint to be totally cured for best results before applying acrylic eggshell. Standard oil paint takes about 30 days to cure.
I also believe that for longevity, a bridging coat (ie a specialist primer) is best before applying acrylic eggshell over standard oil paint. Having said that, there are self priming hi-performance acrylic eggshells coming on the market and breaking that rule though! Mythic have one.
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