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Was priming a barrier for you?


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Not metal figs, but back around 1991 I tried to paint some airfix 1/72 scale soft plastic figs. I couldn't figure out why the piant didn't stick. After one box of Normans I gave up until a year or so later when I discovered 40k. GW sold "Smelly Primer" so that's what I bought. I've been priming ever since.

 

Now I use Gesso or various Sprays (paint or primer depending on the color I want).

 

Pre-90's, I'm not sure primer was that big a deal since alot of folks were using non-acrylic enamels of the type that require mineral spirits (thinner) for cleanup. Those tended to stick pretty well, even without primer. I've got hard plastic [email protected] game figs from the early 90's that I used enamels on for some reason and it's pretty durable. I've also stripped a fair number of metal figs painted with "enamels" only and often times that paint sticks really well.

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GW's brush on white "Smelly Primer" c. mid 90's is the work of Satan, though

 

That and Miniature Paints bottled primers are what got me to stick to spray on priming. I should probably try someone elses paint on primer as I assume they've improved in the last 15 years,

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