What do you use as primer?

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The couple of kits I have built, all seem to require a lot of parts to be painted black.

What I have been doing is undercoating with white, then spraying black. I do this because the paint doesn't stick very well especially on the chassis, which gets a lot of handling.

I figured if I just undercoated (primered) with black, it would save a lot of time and fiddling.

What primer do people use?

For white and grey I use Tamiya rattle cans.

I tried some grey Badger which sprayed beautifully, but reacted with Tamiya paints or Tamiya reacted with it, so I have stopped using it.

I guess I am looking for a slightly cheaper option than Tamiya, if available. If not I'll buy some Tamiya black primer.

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Duplicolor primer - it is dark gray.

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Plasi Kote comes in gray,red,white and black. It's the only primer I'll use.

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Plasi Kote comes in gray,red,white and black. It's the only primer I'll use.

Which paints do you use with the Plasti Kote primer...i have been wanting to change to a cheaper in cost primer (i use Tamiya at this time).and also spray with Tamiya TS-sprays..

sometimes i will use Model Masters Lacquer Sprays...

Thanks for any information...Cheers.....Don

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I'll try Bunnings and see if they have it.

Thanks for the replies.

This forum is awesome and full of people who know stuff and who aren't afraid to share it!

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This question was actually prompted because I went to buy a can of Citadel Black primer and was told it was $27.00. I nearly fell over.

I politely told the guy I didn't have enough and left. Way too much $$$, it's good but not that good.

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You Live in Australia,so some products available here may not be there.

I use Plasti- Kote primer,both the white and the gray.I don't like the black or red oxide for personal reasons but some prefer it. I will still use Tamiya white under a bright color as it seems to make those colors pop like no other.

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You can go to Platikote's website to see if/where it's available down under. I use Platikote as well as Duplicolor, but Duplicolor is easier to find where I live.

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I did go to their website and you can get it here, but not so much locally.

I went to Bunnings anyway and purchased a can of white knight, satin black enamel spray.

Tried it when I got home, didn't melt the spruce, didn't rub off.

So I painted some parts for the firebird and it seems to work great, I could even paint some acrylic detailing over the top.

Next experiment is to try some Tamiya rattle can on it.

And it only cost 8 for the can.

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Plasi Kote comes in gray,red,white and black. It's the only primer I'll use.

Ditto; I use all types of paint with it. It's been my primer of choice for the last 11 years.

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X 3 for Plastikote. Although I recently purchased a can of Duplicolor primer/sealer in an attempt to keep ghosting away.

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I have an unlimited supply of plastikote so thats all I use.

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Which paints do you use with the Plasti Kote primer...i have been wanting to change to a cheaper in cost primer (i use Tamiya at this time).and also spray with Tamiya TS-sprays..

sometimes i will use Model Masters Lacquer Sprays...

Thanks for any information...Cheers.....Don

I use mostly Tamiya TS sprays. I also use the occasional Model Masters and Dupli Color laquers. No problems with any of them. The white primer won't lay down quite as nice as the gray does,but will sand down very nicely. The closer and wetter you spray it,the better. I usually spray in the 6-8 inch range.

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Nothing but tamiya fine ,never had to sand which for me makes up for the cost

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I just use the dollar primer from Wally World.

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I use PlastiCote Primers. White for bright colours, grey, red, or black for other colours, depending on the finished colour, and the effect I am looking for. Under Metalics, and/or pearles I Use Model Masters Aluminum Metalizer.

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I used Plasticote and love it but no one around here carries it anymore. I don't like DupliColor as much but I use it and Tamiya.

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I use mostly Tamiya TS sprays. I also use the occasional Model Masters and Dupli Color laquers. No problems with any of them. The white primer won't lay down quite as nice as the gray does,but will sand down very nicely. The closer and wetter you spray it,the better. I usually spray in the 6-8 inch range.

Thank-You for the useful information.. ;)

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What do guys use when spraying automotive lacquer as a top coat. I have done a lot of custom painting on 1:1 cars and have a pretty good stock of Metalflake Candy colors and base coats I would like to use.

I know that they are quite hot and can melt plastic so is there a primer/sealer that will act as a barrier coat?

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Bob, I like to use Dupli-Color primer sealer or sandable primer if I am useing automotive lacquers or acrylics. Never had a problem with these.

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I used Plasticote and love it but no one around here carries it anymore. I don't like DupliColor as much but I use it and Tamiya.

It could be because Valspar bought them. That's what my local auto parts store owner told me the last time I bought a can. It may now be re labeled as Valspar in some areas. The last time I was at the parts store,they had Plasti Kote,but the cans had a new design and they were still labeled as Plasti Kote. I just hope Valspar doesn't change up the formula.

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You can use future as a barrier to help prevent any damage to the plastic, I have done that a few times, apply future, then once it cures, then primer.

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Thanks guys,

@Ron, Trying the Dupli-Color primer right now. I had a couple of coats of Tamiya White primer on already and had the body blocked out so I just shot a dry coat on and let if flash off and a second wet coat. I'll give it a day or so to dry and shoot it.

Just today I went to my local unclaimed freight store and found boxes and boxes of Dupli-Color for a buck each... Couldn't pass it up so I bought a few.

@Jonathan , FUNNY... I have a little experiment trying exactly that!

Does it create a good barrier for lacquer? Will it allow me to lay a good glossy coat of auto paint on? I am using the fastest thinner I can get so it isn't too hot.

Thanks for any help you can give, I am not new to making models but never shot lacquer on them before.

Bob

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The work horse at my bench is Plastikote if I am working with enamels, lacquers, and urethanes.

Vallejo Acrylic primer when I am working with acrylic paints.

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