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#1 siliconjedi

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:25 PM

Everytime I use a brush on primer from a miniatures paint collection, It doesn't cover, pools in recesses (slightly reducing detail), and the white color isn't even.

(I hate using spray primer as I tend to like prep one mini at a time, and it is nice to be able to stay indoors.)

Am I missing something? Do you get good results with Reaper's Brush-on White Pimer?
Is the Black any better?

My current brush-on solution is white gesso, which I'm liking except I can't find the balance between putting it on too thin and it leaving areas exposed, and putting in on too think and winding up with an army of melting snowmen.

#2 buglips*the*goblin

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:33 PM

Shake it well. VERY well. If you think it's shaken enough, you must double your efforts.

My Reaper New Pro Paint primer (which I have in vast quantity) settles so fast that within half an hour it's separated again and needs vigorous shaking. Just something with primer.

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#3 siliconjedi

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:38 PM

Okay, I'll try it on one of my bare minis tonight.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:47 PM

I have to shake the dickens out of it and usually stir it after it comes out of the dropper too. It does go on looking uneven and seeming like the coverage was not good. However once it dries it works just fine, and once the base coat is on you can't tell.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:17 PM

Looks like folks have covered brushing it on.

If you've got an air brush 1 part primer to 1 part water will get you a good mix to start with as well. I frequently use Reaper MSP Primer White as a spray primer (with my airbrush as the delivery system).
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:07 PM

I've found that I need two (or more) coats of white brush-on primer to get total coverage anyway.
At a consistency thin enough not to show my brushstrokes, but not so thin that the primer-wash would simply bead up on the metal, one coat of white primer just doesn't completely cover the gray "color" of the bare metal, even though it may be giving enough of a primer coat for further layers of paint to stick to.
Lately, I've been mixing some black primer into the white primer to get varying values of gray, which seems to cover better than straight white -- or maybe it just isn't as obvious if the gray isn't fully covering the bare metal on the first coat.

Good luck! I hope you get it to work out for you.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:35 PM

Everytime I use a brush on primer from a miniatures paint collection, It doesn't cover, pools in recesses (slightly reducing detail), and the white color isn't even.

(I hate using spray primer as I tend to like prep one mini at a time, and it is nice to be able to stay indoors.)

Am I missing something? Do you get good results with Reaper's Brush-on White Pimer?
Is the Black any better?

My current brush-on solution is white gesso, which I'm liking except I can't find the balance between putting it on too thin and it leaving areas exposed, and putting in on too think and winding up with an army of melting snowmen.


I used Golden's gesso on some minis recently and it worked out rather well. I mixed enough water to get it to flow and added a drop of matte medium to the mix. The medium helped it stick the surface better. Took 2-3 coats to get a smooth, even white but it was worth it in the end.

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