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Rusty Balls Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 4:55 p.m. PST

I live in upstate NY and the temperature is falling fast! I have been trying to get anything I might possibly paint this winter primed while I can but inevitably I will buy something else!

I usually spray prime in the garage but it soon it will be too cold. Anyone have any tips or tricks for priming figures in the Northeast indoors?


huron72523 Nov 2021 5:37 p.m. PST

I live in Michigan and we have the same situation – getting cold. I do have an insulated garage which is maybe 10-15 degrees warmer – - – maybe.

I still prime in the garage then right away transfer to the basement. I have had no issues with using this method going on years if not decades now.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 5:57 p.m. PST

I live in South Jersey, and long ago stopped attempting to spray prime. Humidity, cold and uneven coverage. I'll stick with my Gesso.

KevinV23 Nov 2021 6:46 p.m. PST

I'm in Winnipeg (look us up) :)
Even in January, at 40 below, Much like Huron, I prime in a heated garage and transfer right away into the basement. I've had very few problems except a slip on ice running into the house and scattering of my primed figures into the snow. Believe it or not I recovered the one 'lost' figure while cutting the grass in the summer!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:50 p.m. PST

I've never had any problems priming in the cold. I've used an unheated and uninsulated garage in the past. Now, I generally just prime in the basement.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:53 p.m. PST

Huron725 method used for decades by me as well.

Zephyr123 Nov 2021 8:34 p.m. PST

" Anyone have any tips or tricks for priming figures in the Northeast indoors?"

Brush-on gesso… ;-)

Striker23 Nov 2021 10:13 p.m. PST

Wisconsin here. I had an airbooth before I got into gaming and when we bought the house we put in exhaust venting to the outside from my basement. Not an option for everyone but if you are able to do it I highly recommend it for the northern climes. I can spray all year round and a piece of pink foam keeps the cold from coming back in through the vent.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 11:44 p.m. PST

I've been wanting to do that outdoor venting from my basement for awhile. Some day…

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 2:13 a.m. PST

I use brush on primer mostly. Cold here in Michigan too.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 6:25 a.m. PST

Yep, I am running out of outdoor spray priming time here in Missouri, too. I have Reaper brush-on primer but I prefer to use spray on, when I can. I have stockpiled many figs to paint already and then I have some to clean and prepare for priming, so I should be alright.

Perris070724 Nov 2021 7:24 a.m. PST

I live in northern Wisconsin and it gets really cold here. I use the same method as Huron725, but I have also used an electric hair dryer to warm/dry the metal figures in my uninsulated garage with no problems. I have not tried this on plastic figures.

Just a painter24 Nov 2021 7:49 a.m. PST

Pennsylvania here. Again, like Huron I prime in an unheated garage then transfer figs to the house to dry. I prime fewer figs at 1 time when it's really cold.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 8:09 a.m. PST

I do all my undercoating with brush-on gesso. I use gray but you can also get it in black and white. Down here in central Mississippi we have to deal with high humidity almost year round. I've found the brush-on to be just as easy as a spray. And you can do it indoors without any obnoxious fumes.


Rusty Balls Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 9:05 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tips! I find some primers are better than others too with regard to the Oder or fumes they give off. I'll try the spray outside, dry inside technique and see how that goes. I think I can pull that off without annoying the family too much.

With regard to the brush on gesso. Any particular brands?


Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 1:14 p.m. PST

The Southwest is really the best place for spraying. If it's too cold or wet, try again after dawn, or wait a few minutes until the rainstorm passes…

I live in the coastal mid-California mountains and I also have a long period of no spraying in the winter. In October the sun moves south in the sky and then the days are short, cold, and humid until March or April.

I'd also be interested to know if there are gesso preferences out there. I've got huge bottles of Liquitex gesso I'll probably never deplete. They work fine, but I find gesso a bit thick for really small-scale miniatures with fine details.

For fine details or really small miniatures, I prefer the Vallejo surface primer or Testors brush-on primer. Both have disadvantages: the Vallejo has poor coverage, so only works on really small areas and may need multiple coats; the Testors is smelly, dries fast, and needs odiferous paint thinner to clean the brushes.

- Ix

Matamoros133724 Nov 2021 2:23 p.m. PST

It's worth investing into an airbrush and air compressor. For priming you can buy the cheapest one you want. That way you can prime year round in any temp/climate and do not have to wait for primer to dry out the aerosol chemical from the paint.

Zephyr124 Nov 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

I use the Liquitex gesso (white). You can thin it down with a few drops of water, but the secret is to let it dry for 24 hrs before starting to paint…

Major Thom24 Nov 2021 2:48 p.m. PST

Although I am in Florida. I use a spray booth and just prime indoors and vent through a window. Temp and humidity remain a constant. Its a little bit of an investment but its worth it.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 6:31 p.m. PST

A friend of mine has a portable spraying booth which one sets up in any room that has a window through which to vent. Very useful and reasonably pressed at under $100. USD

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 5:14 a.m. PST

Tamiya Flat White or NATO black brushed on work if it's not a huge undertaking. The paint is on the thinner side and is almost impossible to put on too thickly. Dries quickly and is relatively low odor.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2021 2:18 a.m. PST

I actually use white craft paint & have not had any problems. Minimal smell problem, and relatively cheap. I've found it works well on both plastics & metal but not too well on resins (which I don't care for anyway).

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2021 6:55 p.m. PST

I use Tamita spray primer down in the basement.

Timmo uk28 Nov 2021 5:46 a.m. PST

In the UK I can only successfully spray acid etch primer prime from about late April to early October. I just make sure I do enough during the summer months.

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