GW white primer has been my go to spray primer for about a decade. I use past tense because GW has seen fit to replace their spray primer with spray paint and my can is about to run dry. Paint is fine for all the plastic kits GW produces these days, but primer makes a world of difference on metal figures. A bit of research turned up a number of discussions on the subject: ReaperMini forums brought me to a test site on Maximusinminimis for various primer products. TMP and Dakka also added their 2 cents to the topic. Be sure to check out the scratch test results for the rather popular choice of Krylon black.
The top recommendations were:
- Plasti-Kote White
- Floquil from Testors
- Duplicolor – automotive primer
- Krylon Ultra Flat Black
I wanted a product that I could buy locally – no need to pay more for shipping than the product. After a bit of shopping, I found Plasti-Kote white sandable primer at Micheal’s Arts and Crafts for less than $4.00 per can. Perfect! Now to try it out.
The Plasti-Kote primer is as smooth or better than the GW primer. Drying time is similar and plasti-kote was able to spray clean dispite the humidity of July in Chicago. The only test left is to see how well the primer takes paint. Short of some sort of disaster with paint – I think I’ve found my new brand of primer.