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Just wanting to get some opinions on rattle can primers. I used to prefer the old citadel flat black but I wasn't too impressed when they changed to the less flat chaos black. Not to mention that they've just jacked up the already ridiculous price of their spray paints(brilliant strategy during these difficult economic times). I've had some luck with a rustoleum primer but I've only been able to find it in grey, and I prefer black. Any suggestions would be welcome.
I was faced with the same situation as yourself, I always used the GW primer but the price went up and the quality went down. A friend of mine suggested a .99 cent can from any hardware store. Originally though PSSHHH I am too high caliber to use that junk. I tried it on a test model and it gave me a better finish than I have ever gotten. I went and I bought a case of the cheapest flat black I could find still on can one and my models look great. I would buy a couple and try to see what one you like best but at that price you can buy a few before you reach the price of one can of GW
A note of warning when using the cheap ones that you buy at you're supermarket... find one that works then only use that one. My model that I was planning on entering in GD started to chip after about a week cus my dad picked up a random can (i'm 13).
I agree the cheap primers look great. I use krylon it is like $1.50 a can or so and it painted all my battle force and still had half a can left over.
I use automotive primer from Wal-Mart. Works like a charm and is hella cheap.
One thing I like about the old GW ones is that they are easy to strip. I wonder how these alternatives are for that...
RecklessFable's Journey to Mediocrity (Painting an IG army)
I've been addicted to World of Tanks lately and neglecting my IG... But it is so... much... fun!
I recently bought a large can of black Primer for about $7.50. I was considering getting some Brush-on Primer or Gesso, but those ran around $15..just like the Citadel Primer. So far, I've been getting decent results, but I'm not really sure what constitutes a "good finish".
I still feel like I paid a bit much, but at least I got a friend to buy the foundation set for me, and I can get the standard Citadel paints for $3 a bottle
i like krylon primer, its cheap and it works well.
though the white primer is very thin. (dont rush the priming stage it will all go bad)
I use Halfords car primer, either matt black or matt grey. Great stuff.