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What color primer would you use under white?

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What color primer would you use under white?
Posted by JimLo on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:09 PM

What color primer would you use under white paint? The bare plastic is either white or red. Thanks

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:49 PM
I would use Tamiya white primer.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:11 PM

The only concern would be if you can see the coverage of the finish white over the primer white, but a flat white primer followed by a gloss white finish should be workable. Or if flat over flat, just use multiple coats of the same paint.

I like white primer and use it pretty much exclusively except under metallic silver.

I usually mask where the decals will go if those are a kind of regular shape because decals are designed to read as true colors over white. Same with translucent paints.


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Posted by JimLo on Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:03 AM

Thanks. I agree that it might be hard to see the white over white. But anything darker won't help the final white finish either ? Ok

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:03 AM

White or grey depending on the subject and what sort of finish i wanted.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:28 AM


I usually use one layer of grey primer and white primer over that. Tamiya white primer is so nice that I seldom if ever overcoat it.

Good luck with your builds and have a nice day


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