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The Search for Spray Primer 2

Its been 2 years(!) since my last quest for spray primer.  One can of Plasti-Kote White was good for about 250 figures.  Great stuff – covered both metal and plastic, with no flaking and did not hide any detail.   Now the can is empty & the product no longer seems to exist.

Going back to my original research Dupli-color automotive primer seems to be the next best product.  What is everyone using to prime their figures?  I always prime white, work with metal and plastic figures, and would like to avoid spray paint.


Dupli-color sandable primer is a hit.  $5.00 at the local auto parts store will take care of my primer needs.  The test figure turned out great.  The metal fig showed off flash lines & minor details I missed when first cleaned & the plastic figures (Wargames Factory and Mantic) have a smooth base coat with no melting or bending.


The search for Spray Primer

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.

Plasti-Kote left and right.  GW center.

Primer Test: Plasti-Kote left and right. GW center.

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.