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After going through a few cans of GW primer, I just don't feel like spending $10 a can anymore, and I've heard better things about other brands.
The issue is that the only hobby store in the area only carries GW primer and probably Testors, and I think they have a Tamiya rack too. Not a very wide selection.
Does anyone have any recommendations for relatively inexpensive online retailers (US-based, please) that I can order a few cans of good primer from?
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Actually you don't really need to go online. Do you have a Kmart, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace hardware? Any of those places have relatively cheep primer. I personally use a Krylon primer for my plastics and for my metal ones I used some car primer don't remember the name.
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If you have a craft store like Michaels around another alternative is a brush on primer called: Folk Art Glass and Tile medium. It is usually around $1-$3 and you cut it 50/50 with water so it lasts a very long time. It is clear but mixing it with black ink will darken the recesses. It works very well - though I would cut it with each use rather than mixing it up front for the entire bottle.
I personally like the GW primer. It is more expensive but I have tried many other brands and haven't found them to be better. Usually then end up granier.
Just my $.02.
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Dupl-color Grey automotive primer-sealer. Not exactly cheap, but less than GW and it's really nice stuff. any store that carries their auto paint supplies ought to have it.
EDIT @ frozencore: There are certain auto primers that are a "filler" type - used for priming over rough surfaces or in areas where you need a particularly thick coat. They'll kill details, no doubt about it. Most basic auto primers are actually a finer product than GW sells. The Dupli-color stuff I mentioned certainly is, and it goes on nice and light so it's really hard to overdo it.
I would be worried that car primer would fill in the details of the model. How do you find its coverage?
Consider me a Slorak convert to the Folk Art stuff (does that make me a Slorakian? :rofl) I personally H-A-T-E spraypainting anything, and for me the key factor here is that it brushes on. Not as painstaking as you might think. Yeah, it's clear, but so what, as long as you do full coverage with your basecoating anyway (which I do).
Just a quick note on price and value: As Slorak said, you can get it for $1 US, which I did for a bottle once, over a year ago, as a test.
Since then, that ONE bottle has generated enough primer to do:
3-4 test models
An ENTIRE necron battleforce (28 warriors, 9 scarab bases, three destroyers)
A walking necron lord with scenic base
Necron destroyer lord (base, "regular" destroyer torso and "lord" destroyer torso)
An extra necron destroyer
Six Space Marines
And I still have probably enough left to go through at least another tactical squad or two (10-20 models).
Not too shabby for a buck.
Krylon products are cheap and plentiful and I personally haven't had any bad experience using Krylon.
PS - @Slorak: Mike, I finally found two local sources for Dullcote...Yippee!!!
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