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alternative to paper towels and spray primer question/airbrush


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  • You can buy lint-free washcloths which work excellently for this purpose.
  • I personally suggest Reaper's own Brush-On Primer. It goes on very nicely and thinly.
  • I've never used an airbrush, but brushing the primer on by hand is quick enough for me unless you're doing a whole army at once or something.

 

ive never used brush on primer. do you thin it at all with water or anything else?

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I use a paper towel (Bounty brand) and don't have any issues with small hairs/fibers.  Maybe use a different brand?  Could also be your environment.

 

I don't know if I'd recommend getting an airbrush just for priming, especially since the costs should include a compressor and a ventilation system (you don't want to be breathing the out spray).  

 

That said, I do airbursh prime most of the time now.  I was using Reaper Brush On Primer through my airbrush, but I recently tried the Badger Minitaire primer, and I like it.

 

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Do not thin the Reaper brush on, use it straight from the bottle.  Shake it very well first. 

im gonna test on some crappy models first but why is it a bad idea to thin a little? i have visions of brush strokes being left but then again ive never used paint on primer so

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I use cardboard for wiping and table-protection.  I use an airbrush for nearly all my priming and some basecoating (especially for certain tricky colors).  There's a lot more you can do with airbrushes that I'm still learning, but one of my other favorite things is directional highlighting.  If you're painting an army, that could be a great way to get contrast quickly and easily.

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Do not thin the Reaper brush on, use it straight from the bottle.  Shake it very well first. 

im gonna test on some crappy models first but why is it a bad idea to thin a little? i have visions of brush strokes being left but then again ive never used paint on primer so

 

Its pretty thin right out of the bottle; I think there's just no need to thin it.

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I use cardboard for wiping and table-protection.  I use an airbrush for nearly all my priming and some basecoating (especially for certain tricky colors).  There's a lot more you can do with airbrushes that I'm still learning, but one of my other favorite things is directional highlighting.  If you're painting an army, that could be a great way to get contrast quickly and easily.

i kinda feel airbrush is cheating. ive seen the blends it can do and the time it saves just its not for me

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I remember from my limited experiences with a cheapo airbrush far too many years ago for me to really be happy about, that it's a skill like any other.    You can do amazing blends with it, but you can also do amazing blends without one.    You can also do a horrible job with or without... it's a matter of preference, talent and practice.     Not that I'm particularly good without one, but I am happier with a brush in hand.

 

I haven't had an issue with Reaper brush on primer, thinned or not... though thinned, sometimes I feel like I need to go back over some areas whether or not it's truly needed. 

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I remember from my limited experiences with a cheapo airbrush far too many years ago for me to really be happy about, that it's a skill like any other.    You can do amazing blends with it, but you can also do amazing blends without one.    You can also do a horrible job with or without... it's a matter of preference, talent and practice.     Not that I'm particularly good without one, but I am happier with a brush in hand.

 

I haven't had an issue with Reaper brush on primer, thinned or not... though thinned, sometimes I feel like I need to go back over some areas whether or not it's truly needed. 

well primer is only supposed to be a light coat so paint sticks i believe anyway

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