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Primer and topcoat

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  • Member since
    November 2005
Primer and topcoat
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:01 PM
Do you guys recommend priming and what topcoat do you suggest?
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Sunday, June 29, 2003 9:58 PM
I almost always prime before I topcoat.
The type of paint I use depends on the subject and the material I'm painting onto.............
I like to use automotive acrylics for cars because It can be polished to within an inch of it's life for that "glassy, wet" look.
I always use gray primer for black topcoat, and white primer for other colors - especially gloss white, yellow, reds or blues.
For armour, I often use a primer color that fairly closely matches the topcoat color - and sometimes I just paint the bare plastic with the topcoat as armour sees hard use and doesn't need to be "pretty" to be effective.
For aircraft, I do a lot of airliners, 1/144 scale, and as they never really have that much in the way of detail, I usually make them into the "travel agent" style model with blacked out windows and a glossy paint scheme - then I usually use a flat white primer, then hit it with Future for a gloss, then decal, then Future again.
There are about a thousand different techniques that people will use that differ from mine, but these ways work for me.

Cheers, LeeTree
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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, June 30, 2003 9:20 AM
mostly build car models, and always prime. I use Dupli-color primer, and Testors clear enamel for the clearcoat when needed. Hope this helps.

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