Thought I’d post on something pretty basic – primer. Any serious modeler and/or minis painter uses primer to prepare their minis for the actual basecoat colors. Now, some of the Tamiya primers are pretty damned good, but they are expensive at around $7-8 for a 3 oz. can. Some of the spray primer you can find in the game store give you more at 12 oz per can for about the same price. GW primer, btw, is a rip off at $15.75 a can. What’s in between? Auto primer.

There are a bazillion kinds of auto primer out there, from brand name stuff to cheap no-name stuff and everything in between. Therefore, finding a good primer that you like is kind of like finding a Chinese restaurant that you like – you just have to keep trying them until you find one.

Well, I’ve found mine. Of all the various primers I have used, Dupli-Color Sandable Primer is hands down the best, most cost effective primer I have ever used. I get it for $5.49 at the local auto parts store. I picked up two cans today for $12 total (compare that to $15.75 for the GW primer). This stuff goes on really really smooth, in thin layers and with excellent coverage that never clumps or dribbles. If you let it dry overnight, it provides a workable surface that you can sand easily, and it holds paint extremely well.

I’m not going to get into which color to use, because you probably know about all that (I usually prime black), but I just wanted to let you all know what brand I use, in case anyone is wondering. And no, Dupli-Color didn’t compensate me in any way for this glowing endorsement!


One Response to “Primer”

  1. Great Stuff. I have several hundred figures primed using Dupli-color without a bit of trouble.

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