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Terry3710 Nov 2017 12:19 p.m. PST

I have been a faithful user of Floquil Primer for probably the last 30 years at least. But alas, my last bottle has gone south! I picked up a bottle of Tamiya Surface Primer and am wondering if it works well on lead figures and if acrylics adhere well over it?



Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

It's my go to primer: use it for almost everything. Expensive but the spray is extremely fine and very easy to control.

Terry3710 Nov 2017 1:46 p.m. PST

Thanks Joe. I got the brush on which I feel I can better control. I thought it would probably work, but wanted to be sure before I messed something up.

Thanks again!


Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

I only used Tamiya Surface Primer a couple times, and found it a bit goopy (tending to fill in small details), and the solvent in it attacked acrylics. That said, it stuck like glue, wore like iron, and acrylics stuck to it very well in turn, so it works pretty well. I have yet to try it on plastic figures, which is what I bought it for, and I *expect* (but cannot verify) great things on that front.

I like the Testors enamel primer just a bit better because it is similarly tough, but goes on thinner, dries very thin, and doesn't attack acrylics. The downside for me is that it only comes in gray, and I prefer white primer.

- Ix

Old Contemptibles13 Nov 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Tamiya Surface Primer is my favorite primer. I use it on any kind of surface.

ConfederateSwede13 Nov 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

I used it but switched to GW sprays, got better results every time.

idontbelieveit14 Nov 2017 5:20 a.m. PST

@Yellow – I tried the Testors enamel primer and it took forever (like a week) to dry. Is that normal? Or was I doing something wrong?

SquadPainter22 Dec 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

I have had very good luck with my Tamiya White Spray Primer.

In addition, I've also taken a tip from the garage kit people and have had very good results with Duplicolor Sandable Spray Primer (Black, Gray and White). Duplicolor is from the auto parts store and it is dirt cheap.

Jeff aka SquadPainter

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