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Hey i was wondering what other alternatives are there to Citadel Spray Paint? Its too pricey for me and i used to buy Painters Touch spray paint but now theyve changed the formula saying its thicker or something like that. So there goes my alternative. What else do u guys use? Do only other alternative i have is Montana Hardcore spray paint thats a matte finish and the 6.50$ is ok for me. But is that any good? Im not sure of it though cause its geared towards graffiti and from what i read, it paint is really thick. Help me please?! By they way, krylon ultraflat black is out of the question as its nowhere available where i live.
I find Dupli-color auto primers to be tolerable. Really it's tough to find sprays that give a nice finish on a mini anymore since they've started removing all the things from them that give us cancer and poison the planet. I brush prime metals ever since the last Citadel formula change.
I seem to be alternating between krylon and Folk Art Glass and tile medium cut 50/50 with water and mixed a bit with black ink...
both seem to have their pro's and cons but work fine. The glass and tile medium is a bit more tedious but a very good alternative to spray priming. Takes a lot longer to dry/set...
Hmm. I wasnt aware you can hand prime models. Has anyone tried the Montana Hardcore paint?
The glass and tile medium dries well enough for me in 24 hours, which is how long I'd wait for ordinary oil-based primer like the Citadel stuff anyway.
Biggest drawback to the medium is that it's clear, even if you mix it with ink, and you'll have to get used to painting much more "cleanly." You don't get to just "leave some black in the recesses" anymore. Now you gotta paint the WHOLE model. Forces you to paint the basecoat more carefully, I think. Also, you'd be surprised how different your colors will look after being used to painting over black, or even white primer.
All that said, I love the brush-on medium. I think Vallejo also makes some "real" primer that you can brush on, too. Haven't tried it though.
Another "quick" way to get a good base coat without worrying about details too much is to water your black paint (or any base coat) a little more than you would do for regular highlights and brush it on with a larger brush. It is quicker and the paint is thin enough where it shouldn't "clot" into the details...
(that sounded a little gross now didn't it? )