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'Hot Rod Primer' - need some help

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'Hot Rod Primer' - need some help
Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:40 PM

I just received the Aoshima Max Max Interceptor for a commission build.  I plan on painting it 'hot rod' or black primer, but the problem is I've never been able to find that color, which to my eye is a very dark grey.  I've thought of doing a mix of 90% XF1 and 10% XF63 (german grey). My question is:  does anyone know what that color really IS?  And does anyone make it in a model paint?  I tried some actual HRP spray paint and it didn't just craze the body, it ate it up and digested it on the spot!  Any thoughts or theories are welcome, I'm welcoming any feedback.  Thanks!

Two  footnotes, too:  1) does anyone make PE for this kit (Aoshima) and 2) does anyone make a resin Mad Max figure?  




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Posted by tgabreu on Thursday, March 02, 2017 5:36 PM

I started painting cars in the early 70's, and we used the term "hot rod primer" to generically refer to dark grey laquer primer. (kind of like using the word "bondo" to refer to any plastic filler). My "hot rod primer " of choice was DZL34 by Ditzler/PPG- I still have an unopened gallon in my garage!

To my eye, the Mad Max cars look flat black.


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Posted by Plowboy on Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:06 PM

Dupli Color actually has a "Hot Rod Gray" primer. This model is sprayed with it. The bottom portion is as it comes out of the can. The top portion has a clear pearl over it.

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Posted by jwrass14 on Friday, March 03, 2017 2:08 AM

What Tom said.....


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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, March 03, 2017 9:47 PM

I've used the same DupliColor "Hot Rod Primer" as Plowboy, and have never had a problem with it reacting badly to the plastic:

For a slightly darker gray, I've also used Floquil's "Grimy Black." This has a shot of clear over top of it, as it's flat straight out of the can/bottle:

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:13 AM

DupliColor makes both a nice gray primer and a black primer . You can "DECANT" the paint (Spray them into separate containers), then mix them to whatever shade of dark gray you want, then shoot the mix through an airbrush Thumbs Up.

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Posted by trainwreck on Saturday, March 04, 2017 11:23 AM

I've used satin black for the "look" of washed out gloss. I only use rattle cans but the finish is always satisfactory, try it on some scrap and see if this is what you're looking for.  Trainwreck.


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