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Cockpits...... To prime or not to prime????

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Cockpits...... To prime or not to prime????
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 8, 2003 8:05 PM
I'm fairly new to the hobby and have screwed up more than I care to mention here........ I would like some advice on whether to prime cockpit parts or not.... Seems like any amount of primer requires at lease some sanding and and some parts are almost impossible to sand to an acceptable smoothness..... In other words, is it better to prime only the exterior exposed parts, not bothering with cockpits and small bits???

I'm just trying to save myself some labor and headache.... I've been working on an old Tamiya Zeke for far too long and would like to do a better job and save time on my next model.....

Thanks
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 8, 2003 9:20 PM
As a general rule of thumb I prime everything that's gonna get painted, but for small parts or interior pieces which won't get polished later I don't use the thick, sandable primer. I wash and dry the parts, then airbrush them with an acrylic neutral grey, slightly thinned (between 4:1 to 4:2). Apply only enough to give complete coverage. It gives nice and thin base coat, allowing details to remain visible, but gives a good neutral base for the final colors to lay over.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 9, 2003 11:43 AM
Thanks for the advice............ I'll give your method a try and see how it goes...........

Thanks again.........

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