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Primers and Tamiya White Primer

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  • Member since
    July, 2017
  • From: Boston
Primers and Tamiya White Primer
Posted by George123 on Monday, March 04, 2019 5:21 PM

Hi All,

I'm going to be building the Tamiya Ferrari FFX-K  and finishing it  in the yellow number 15 version.  The styrene is molded in red.  My last experience with Tamiya white primer is that it is very very thin and translucent even after multiple coats.

In order to cover the red styrene I'm thinking of airbrushing Testors flat white enamel as a primer.  This sticks very well to clean styrene and I think it will totally block the OOB red.

After a few days of curing I will start my course of Tamiya TS-16 yellow. 

I feel the Tamiya primers have very poor cover-up in a case like this. Any opinions on my plan of action?


  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, March 04, 2019 10:45 PM

Colored plastic George? I've been doing this for years now over red, yellow, blue, etc. colored plastic. Spray the plastic first with Tamiya Silver Leaf, then your primer coats, then your color and clear coats. Works for me.

High octane

  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:34 AM

I agree with you on the Tamiya white primer. It barely will cover white styrene. Their Pure White is the same. The only time I use white primer is if I'm using white paint. Anything else gets gray primer. Even an off white.

This Corvette was molded in orange. I primed it with Plasti Kote gray and painted it with Model Masters Daytona Yellow.

  • Member since
    July, 2017
  • From: Boston
Posted by George123 on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:25 PM

Thanks for the advice guys. 


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