What's the best primer to use?

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What's the best primer to use?

  • Well, here's a big duh question of the week.  Since I've been out of this for so long, I forgot to purchase primer.  And now looking at primers, I amazed as to how many different types there are?   I'll be building a Revell 56 Ford Pickup, that's still in the box, and has been for over 39 year.  Going to us Krylon Fusion plastic paint.   Use to be white primer would be best under a coat of Red, for a brighter Red.  

    Any suggestions, ideas and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks to all, DaPapa

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  • i honestly prefer tamiya finr surface primer .it has excellent atomization.and you can get it in white and light grey..

  • great, thanks pjk66

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  • Don't use FUSION on styrene !! Lots of different primers out there, search on the forum in the paint section and read em !

    HANG UP AND DRIVE........ Mike

  • MikeMc

    ...search on the forum in the paint section and read em !

    Sorry Mike, but the Search function still sucks.

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  • I'm in about the same place you are, PapaDan. I'm just getting back into painting and I'm still trying to hit on the best primer. I've tried Rustoleum, Testors and Duplicolor, and I'm settling on Duplicolor. The Testors gave a good finish, but it comes out of the nozzle so thick, it's hard to get a decently thin coat. I've thought about using the Tamiya, but it's too expensive. I'll stick with the Duplicolor for now.

  • thanks robs, appreciate the feed back

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  • Fusion is for plastic???  What kind of effect would it have on Model Cars?

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  • And what kind of effect would Fusion have a model cars?  It's primer and paint in one can????  or so that's what the can says????

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  • I'd stay awayfrom Fusion. The paint targets polypropylene products, and I have no idea as to how it would react to any of the strippers we commonly use (should you need to strip/repaint).

    As far as primer? Take a look at ModelcarRJR's work...stunning! He uses the cheapo primer from Walmart,

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  • tamiya may be a lil pricey but i think my other fav primer is plastikote sandable and its now about 7-8 bucks a can. but the best paint jobs are created from how you prepare for paint. try scale hobbyist. com its 7.59 a can. i have 15 cans.. so smooth..

  • i use the walmart primer in the blue can its .97 cents a can

  • i'm tempted to say the best primer is the one you have on hand. i typically use automotive primers from a spray can. it's recommended that you use the undercoat that is closest to your top coat colour, eg red primers for red paints. Grey is a good coverage for anything other than white.


  • rebel70

    i use the walmart primer in the blue can its .97 cents a can

     
    I believe that's the same primer ModelcarRJR uses.

    "In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

  • Thanks, BTD!  Yes, I also use the cheapo Walmart Primer and it works well. I also use the flat white as a base coat although it is a little thicker than Tamiya fine surface primer. The trouble with Tamiya is that I can't find it and it is at least $8 for a 5 oz can when I can get the same result with Walmart paint which is $1 for a 10 oz can. If you build enough you will appreciate the economics of the situation! 

    By the way, don't use Fusion as you will end up with a runny mess. I have tried it. I do use the regular Krylon but be aware that it tends to have a orange peel or matte finish so it will need a good clear and a good wet sanding with polishing cloths to smooth it out! Just my My 2 Cents Cool

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