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I started getting into 40k in the last couple of months, and I've spent countless hours scouring every thread, forum, and article for information. I've spent alot of time reading through painting tutorials and threads, so I know there is alot of talk on what the best primers to use are... but the problem being I can't remember ever coming across a definitive majority vote for any one product!
So far I've heard:
- GW's is sometimes untrustworthy, but also very popular.
- Walmart auto primer works but is too cheap so I am wary.
- Krylon may be my best bet, haven't heard anything bad.
- I know Army Painter has colour primers, but haven't heard anything of them.
- Acrylic Gesso can be used but is time consuming, I'd prefer to use a spray.
I've never used spray paint before, but understand the importance of weather and humidity. I just want something that won't obscure the details, and will hold the paint well.
I've spent most of the morning trying to come up with a solid answer, with no luck, and my Eldar army is in dire need of a priming!
I've only tried two brands of primer, Armoury and GW. In my experience, GW is far harder to mess up. Armoury spray creates powdery crud and a really rough surface on the model if the spraying conditions, distance, etc aren't perfect. Needless to say, this ruins plastic models. Thus far I've never received a bad result from GW black or white primers.
i buy krylon i think just cuz its the only cheap primer i can usualy find, in my experience i have never had any problems, minus one
their white primer is very thin and didnt seem like it was sticking to the thane i was priming...and i droped the plate he was on.....but the spare thane got primed fine.
also my friend primed his eldar whit the white and a few got a ruff texture, though he sucks at priming so it may be a combi failure there
so in the end i vote krylon it is krylon just noticed i had a can next to me, also they have this new nifty spray nozel that is easy to use. it doesnt realy change anything i just thought it was kool.
good luck on you primer hunt buddy
dupli-color sandable spray primer from oreillys or auto zone works well on both plastic and metal including large flat surfaces often found on tanks
i have used a few different primers over the years. The old GW colored primers were awesome but the new stuff is a bit meh. you cannot go wrong with GW white, it sticks and covers well but like all GW primer, it can get fuzzy when its too hot, humid or windy.
GW primers are garbage for primering resin.
I have been working more on my FW stuff of late and have been using Auto Primer (cant remember the brand will update with it). It works fantastic. even when i sprayed a bit too heavy it dried evenly and did not blob details. Heck i even painted when it was more than 10 degrees colder than the paint can recommended on a windy day and got good results. Dry time is longer and it is stinky but it works great.
what makes auto primer really shine is how paint sticks to it. i had some of my Death Guard primed in GW white and some in auto primer, it took 2 coats of paint to have smooth, even coverage on the auto pimer, the GW primer took atleast 4 or 5 thin coats to get the same coverage. i can paint metallic colors straight on without having to make a basecoat mixture to make it even and shine. the auto primer is also cheaper than GW paint so thats a plus.
May the "Nurgley Goodness" protect you!
Almost any fine sandable primer is going to work good, such as Dupli-Color and Krylon. Any hobby fine primer will work better, such as Tamaya and Army Painter. Truth be told, it matters less the type of primer rather than the technique you use. Typically I will use two coats of primer on a single model. The first layer is a very thin mist and shot from about 12" away. The second layer is about the same mist (maybe a bit thicker) and shot from about 8" away from the model.
i checked at home and it is Rustoleum car primer i use.
May the "Nurgley Goodness" protect you!
Personally I find that Krylon sprays a little too heavy... I've always had good luck with plain ol flat black or flat white Walmart brand. Nice mist, nice coverage, not too rough, not too powdery.
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I've used GW primer, both white and black, my white was a little bit odd...after the white ran out, I replaced it with Rustoleum, which is more cost-effective, and works just fine.