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Can I brush paint Enamel Primer?

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  • Member since
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Can I brush paint Enamel Primer?
Posted by TheModeler on Sunday, February 21, 2021 6:10 PM

Hello all,

I have just bought some Testors Flat Gray brush enamel when I was at Hobby Lobby as a first primer,even though I wanted to get an actual spray can enamel primer,which unfortunately was out of stock.I have never used Primer before,I don't know what colors I should use or wether or not I can brush paint them.This post may seem kind of stupid,due to the fact that I can go anywhere to find answers(Such as YouTube,Google,etc.),but fo.r some reason this time I wanted to post on the forum.Anyways,any answers are highly respected and appreciated!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:08 PM

Not I understand what paint you bought (or if it is just paint or an actual primer); however,  You can test it on the inside of the car body and see if it lays down and levels out to your satisfaction.  Personally, I would get a few cans of Tamiya fine gray spray primer, or I am sure others can recommend less expensive alternatives to Tamiya. 

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Posted by TheModeler on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:22 PM

cbaltrin

Not I understand what paint you bought (or if it is just paint or an actual primer); 

Oh,I just bought some regular Testors Enamel like this:https://www.amazon.com/Testors-11TT-1163-Enamel-0-25-Ounce-Battle/dp/B0069FYOAW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=testors+open+stock+grey+enamel&qid=1613956892&sr=8-2...

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:57 PM

Enamels are on the whole much easier to brush than acrylics...and I have many times used that old Testors 'square bottle' battle grey as a primer over the years, specifically because it brushes so well.

Just make sure your paint is mixed well -- stir it, rather than just shaking the bottle -- and don't be afraid to thin it, if necessary, to get the consistency you can work with. As with all brushing, it's about technique: lay down a smooth coat, and try to avoid going back over an area that's already been painted. If it needs 'double' coverage, a proper second coat later on will be much smoother than trying to cover it all in one thick pasty coat.

Good luck Yes

Greg

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Posted by TheModeler on Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:28 PM

gregbale

Just make sure your paint is mixed well -- stir it, rather than just shaking the bottle -- and don't be afraid to thin it, if necessary, to get the consistency you can work with. As with all brushing, it's about technique: lay down a smooth coat, and try to avoid going back over an area that's already been painted. If it needs 'double' coverage, a proper second coat later on will be much smoother than trying to cover it all in one thick pasty coat.

Exactly.Yes

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, February 22, 2021 1:43 PM

I generally prine the whole sprues with spray can primer.  I use any of three brands.  I use Painters Touch sandable primer as a go to, Automotive metal primer if I will be priming any metal, or the Tamiya spray Fine Primer for max detail without a lot of sanding.  I see no reason to brush on primer after priming the whole sprues.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by TheModeler on Monday, February 22, 2021 1:48 PM

Don Stauffer

I generally prine the whole sprues with spray can primer.  I use any of three brands.  I use Painters Touch sandable primer as a go to, Automotive metal primer if I will be priming any metal, or the Tamiya spray Fine Primer for max detail without a lot of sanding.  I see no reason to brush on primer after priming the whole sprues.

 

 

OK,thank you.Also,will flat black work as a primer?I have a Testors Spraycan colored Flat Black.

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Posted by TheDemiGod on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:52 PM

TheModeler

 

 
cbaltrin

Not I understand what paint you bought (or if it is just paint or an actual primer); 

 

 

Oh,I just bought some regular Testors Enamel like this:https://www.amazon.com/Testors-11TT-1163-Enamel-0-25-Ounce-Battle/dp/B0069FYOAW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=testors+open+stock+grey+enamel&qid=1613956892&sr=8-2...

 

 

For the love of God, stop buying hobby paint through Amazon. They rip you off with what they charge you for hobby paints. You can find them far cheaper at any online hobby store like Scalehobbyist, Sprue Brothers, Hobbylinc, etc...

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