I'm sold on priming now

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  1. copcheck

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    I never really bought into the concept of priming to put down enamel as I thought it did a good job of adhering to the kit.

    Now that I've switched nearly all my paint to acrylic, I've noticed that my mask jobs are pulling some paint off. I decided to pick up some Badger Acrylic grey primer and I have to say I'm sold.

    Currently working on a 1/72 P51-D "Down for Double" and the Acrylic Aluminum adhered liked a dream with the primer.

    Jon
     
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    #2 Wurger, Jul 20, 2011
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    Jon, the peeling of acrylic paints is very charakteristic for them. Therefore a primer has to be used. The cheapest way is to use light grey enamels ( Humbrol for instance ) as the primer. Also it is better if you wash your model with a soap and warm water before applying a primer. Of course a model has to be dry too.
     
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    Yeah, primer is very important...in my opinion. I've tried different brands of primer (Tamiya, Model Master, et al) but I actually ended up using a generic general purpose primer from my local drug store. It's only a couple bucks a can and the stuff is awesome. You just have to experiment....
     
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    I've recently started using Army Painter Black primer for dark finishes, otherwise I use Halfords grey plastic primer. It's designed for car bumpers (fenders) but works very well on plastic kits and is much cheaper than anything designed for models. I won't even think about painting until there is primer on the model....
     
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    Ok, so what's the US equivalent of Halford's primer? I know Halfords well - I owned a MkIII Ford Escort for years...Halfords was my friend! But now I live in the States so what's the equivalent "cheap but effective" solution over here?
     
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    I've tried Badger Acrylic grey and don't like it and tried MM Acrylic white and don't like it either so I'm open to other solutions in the States as well.
     
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    Not sure of brands, but generic plastic primer from your local auto parts supplier should do the job
     
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