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OSL200029 May 2018 8:47 p.m. PST

Hello curious what kind of primer to use on mdf wood buildings and will acrylics paint well on them?

wolvermonkey29 May 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

For my ruined buildings I just prime with what ever primer is the cheapest at Walmart then paint/dry brush with cheap craft store paints. Maybe a black or brown ink wash to dirty them up a bit.

For my sci-fi buildings I used Rust-Oleum white metal primer and one of their light blue spray paints. As seen here…
YouTube link

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2018 9:52 p.m. PST


zoneofcontrol Inactive Member30 May 2018 5:20 a.m. PST

GameCraft Minis has a huge line of MDF building as well as several other materials. They come in several scales.
They have a 13 minute you tube video that covers prep, assembly, sealing and painting.
YouTube link

Red358430 May 2018 6:25 a.m. PST

When I built some of the Sarissa mdf Japanese buildings undercoating seemed to be the key. The mdf soaks up a lot of paint.

Vigilant30 May 2018 8:17 a.m. PST

Just working on some Sarrissa Gangs of Rome buildings. I've just used craft paints without undercoating. The white has taken 3 or 4 coats to cover. I've used car undercoat in the past which covers in 1 go, though I've had issues with white undercoat running for some reason. Depending on the size of buildings they can take a lot of paint whichever method you use.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 9:15 a.m. PST

zoneofcontrol thanks for the link. Good stuff!

OSL200031 May 2018 6:37 a.m. PST

This helps thank you

JimDuncanUK31 May 2018 6:43 a.m. PST

I mostly use Howard Hues acrylic paints on MDF, two coats usually.

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