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Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 1:15 p.m. PST

Ok just ordered the Dark Ops MDF dashboards for What A Tanker. Saw them at HURRICON this year and just too nice to pass up.

When they arrive they will need to be painted, They are MDF. It seems from my readings it is best to prime these. I previously primed some MDF buildings using Liquitex Acrylic Gesso but that was rather time consuming.

Most articles mention using oil based primers or shellac. It looks like Zinsser Bullseye Shellac Clear in spray may do the trick. Anyone have any experience with this product? Is there any others you would recommend.

It seems I can use my regular model rattle cans once surface is sealed but wonder about brush painting water based acrylics once sealed?

If anyone has assembled and painting these and would like to pass on what they used and how they did it would be very appreciative and others may be interested. Oh, and yes, I know from the few structures, 5 minute epoxy to assemble.

Thanks in advance!

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 3:00 p.m. PST

I used a can of walmart camo green primer. I painted the sliders/wheelies different colors. The spray covered well and left the lettering still easy to see.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 6:25 p.m. PST

Just remember top paint both sides to reduce the chance of warping.


Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 7:21 a.m. PST

I primed mine using Army Painter desert yellow primer. I also painted the slider and wheels in different colors. I also matt varnished everything.

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