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To prime or not?

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  • Member since
    June, 2018
To prime or not?
Posted by ARDVARK003 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:45 PM

Hi all, hope everyone is well. I know this question has been asked before but I can't find it. I have always used primer, but recently I' ve washed rinsed and dryed, with good results, any thoughts? Model On!   AARDVARK         

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:07 PM
If you have mixed media on your kit like PE or resin it unifies the color and the primer helps the other paint stick to the PE. If your using enamel it ain't as necessary but with acrylic paint it's more of a issue to prime everything first.


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    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 23, 2018 9:16 PM

Exactly. It all depends upon your paints and your painting surface. It won’t hurt to prime in all cases. But on a strictly styrene surface using enamel paints, or the brands of acrylics that have better adhesion properties, priming is not a necessity. 


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  • Member since
    February, 2012
Posted by Liegghio on Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:55 PM

I prime everything that isn't being painted with either enamel or lacquer. Even in those instances I will prime if I had to do a lot of filling and sanding so I can make sure I have the surface right before I apply the final paint. My favorite was Floquil primers when I could still find them,  but there are still plenty of very fine primers that work but are thin enough to not obscure details. I still have a white metal 1/2500 Enterprise CV-6 that  I primed and painted with Floquil without loss of even the very fine detail of the hanger deck corrugated doors, or any lifting of paint. 

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:53 PM

I prime everything. Except PE.

It doesn't have to be the perfect opaque coat, but give yourself a level playing field.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, August 24, 2018 7:04 AM

I especially prime PE!  I find painting more reliable than if I do not prime. I have always had good results when priming, but occasionly have problems if I didn't.  I do not prime for very small parts that I am brush painting.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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