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Posted by ardvark002 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 9:31 PM

Hi again, i'm petty much a nubie to al-clad, shot it a couple times, ok,kinda. My question is, after primeing with al-clad,all additional paint must be lacquer, correct?   Think I know the answer to this ? but I'm giong to ask anyway, no such thing as a dumb question.    Thanks  Aardvark

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:27 PM

I'd be careful using Alclad brand primer, particularly their black primer. Too many horror stories. You can use plain enamel gloss black as your primer when using Alclad metallics.


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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:30 PM

No, the rest of your paint need not be lacquer.

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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:44 PM

I use all three shades of Alclad's Primer & Microfiller with great results. It's easy to spray right out of the bottle, sands well and takes finish coats well. My finishes tend to be Tamiya acrylics or Model Master enamels, and I get good adhesion with both. The P&M products are also a good choice under their own metallic shades, which work very well for me.

I think what Black Sheep is referring to is Alclad Gloss Black Base, which had some bad batches that resulted in poor drying and were not at all satisfactory. It is recommended as a base coat under the high shine metallics, specifically Chrome. Several people have found that Testors Gloss Black is a good substitute. The unfortunate reputation that came from the "bad batch" scares a lot of folks away from their products even now. 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:11 AM

I do not prime with the Alclad primer, I use Rustoleum auto primer.  I then use Testors black enamel for the undercoat for Alclad.  Don't know why the Alclad works so well over enamel, but it does!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:15 AM

As mention, you do not have to use lacquer paint on top of Alclad primer. Like Mike i use all 3 Alclad colours without any issues and paint with enamels, again no issues.

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