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Enamel is a much harder substance than the polyurethane material of a lot of non-rattle can primers. The Vallejo Airbrush Thinner is super versatile, because it is also useful for thinning model paints as well, acting as a flow-improver (check it out here). I wish I had it when I was starting! For most hobbyist, this is the best primer because of its accessibility and easy of use: just shake-the-can, hold back a few inches (6-12″), and spray in quick bursts. Krylon K05131507 ColorMaster Paint + Primer, Ultra... Rust-Oleum 249331 Automotive Rusty Metal Primer... Badger Air-Brush Co. SNR-210 Stynylrez, 2 Ounce,... Vallejo White Primer Acrylic Polyurethane, 60ml. Liquitex provides this gesso in one of the thinner viscosity forms. For the price, these are also the most inexpensive of the modeling primers available right now. At first glance, it’s fairly expensive, but it is a good choice if you’re looking for spray-ready primer for plastic miniatures. Enamel based primers come in aerosol cans, which provide their own pros and cons (discussed further later). Other times you’ll want the finest mist of primer to keep all those beautiful facial lines and wrinkles intact on that 75mm scale resin bust. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Applying primer with an airbrush is the easiest way to apply very thin, even coats of primer and to prevent air bubbles. Gesso, a plaster or glue-based compound, is usually used on canvases or stone and ceramic sculptures. You should apply a primer only after washing and drying your models. Using this with a brush allows me to apply thicker coats that are useful for hiding print lines in 3D prints. I’ve often left gesso on my models to dry for up to 24 hours. You’ll strain to see what exactly you’re painting at times. This function is sometimes helpful for miniatures because they can become scratched or dented from use and wear. Both are similarly priced with a similar kind of enamel-based formulation for undercoating highly-detailed miniatures and scale models. Use a large, flat headed brush and coat in thin layers. Howard Kester of Philadelphia founded what was then the world’s first aerosol paints, today Krylon Inc is the largest supplier of aerosol paints in the whole world. For environmental reasons, aerosols aren’t great either. Metal and to a lesser extent resin models are prone to scratches and deeper bumps, because their surfaces aren’t as flexible. Because of how thin I’m able to apply this primer, it helps retain details while also smoothing out small imperfections. They make several colored primers that exactly match their paint from the rest of their line. 1 Like. This primer auto-levels as it dries evening out any small bumps in your model surface. The Testors Enamel Primer can sells for $9. Spray with your rattle can primer in short bursts, sweeping the nozzle back and forth over your model(s). Aerosol spray cans do not spray as thinly as an airbrush, and cheaper products can leave a grainy surface. The primer can often be used as both the primer and the base layer of paint. If painting outdoors or in a garage, take care to only prime when weather conditions are favorable. With spray cans or airbrushes, don’t get too close to the miniature. How Do You Use It in…, the only miniature painting guide you need. I’ve found them to be the best spray primers I’ve ever encountered, and reasonably priced (just under half the cost of GW’s srays here in AU, same price as Tamiya). As such, they may apply in thicker layers or runoff of smooth surfaces and settle in cracks. You CAN buy “miniatures primer” which is designed for minis, if you feel like paying three to four times more for what is essentially the same thing. I mean, it’s good, but it’s expensive for what it is. These are by far the most commonly used colors of primer and each has some advantages. Do you prefer seeing shadows or highlights? This Vallejo Surface Primer thins nicely with pure water or Vallejo’s airbrush thinner. Brush (3) Primer (15) Sealer (2) Spray (12) Surfaces. Overall, take your time when you apply a brush-on primer. I’ve recommended the gray color primer as it is the most versatile of the primer colors. A word of caution about using cheap primers that are not designed for miniature and scale modeling work. It is best applied with a brush in layers. It also creates a roughly textured surface that acrylic paint bonds to easily. These should be generally used outdoors (in low humidity for best results!). This provides the thinnest, most even coats on your models. Details stay put and remain easy to resolve even after a few layers of this primer (shake the can vigorously for best results, and spray in a low humid environment). Why spend the time and energy covering the miniature with primer when it is just going to be covered by subsequent layers of acrylic paint? READ MORE: SHAKE YOUR PRIMER BOTTLES WITH A MINI SHAKER! I should note that the can is small, which is useful for portability. Remember, don’t apply too many layers of primer. I use the brand that is on sale when I walk into the store. My latest guidebook, The Miniature Painting Level Up Guide lays it all out for you. The ideal consistency is that of whole milk. A perfect spray enamel primer for all your modeling needs. It can be admittedly intimidating trying to gather all the essential equipment and products when you’re just getting started with the hobby. The result, however, is that every figure produced is covered by a thin, invisible coating of lubricant. Harmful vapors are not friendly to painting in a basement or enclosed area with poor ventilation. I LOVE Vallejo paints (especially their Metal Color Paint which is FANTASTIC! For example, if I am doing a mini with a lot of metallics I generally prime black, since I like to put my metals over black. Everything I said for Tamiya’s primer holds true for Testor’s version. I love this stuff. AK Interactive is one of the best primers for those looking for a no-nonsense acrylic primer. It can lead to splattering or “spider-webbing” when the pressure of the spray starts pushing the wet primer on the surface. Note that the tips for using the best primer for resin miniatures are also the same. Prep your model or miniature before priming. Stynylrez black primer, and Vallejo model air white over that. I struggled at first when trying to figure it all out, but there’s no need for you to do the same. A primer is a substance you use to coat an unpainted surface to prepare it for subsequent layers of modeling paint. Simply, you apply this to a model as a primer coat. It's dry to the touch within a few minutes. The best primers for metal models include the Tamiya Surface Primer and Testors Enamel Primer. Not only does thinly applying primer help you avoid covering up fine detail, these modeling primers give you a lot of control over how much you want to apply at a time. Each layer of primer, paint, or varnish applied to the miniature adds a layer of thickness to the figure. If you are painting a skeleton, for example, starting with a bone-colored primer may provide 90% of the coverage you need. For brush-on primers, you just need to remember to be patient! The simplest way to airbrush a primer is to use an airbrush-ready primer, such as the Badger’s Stynylrez airbrush-ready surface primers or AK Interactive Primer and Microfiller. You’re also not going to have as deep of a shadow as black. As an enamel based primer, it is also durable for plastic and metal miniatures. Although miniature companies have produced colored primers, they are expensive for what you’re getting. While primers come in a whole range of colors, we’re going to talk about the big three: Black, White, and Gray. It’s a rattle can primer. Cheap spray primers are especially useful for MDF terrain, laser cut parts and terrain pieces, gaming boards, and 3D printed pieces, e.g., PLA or resin 3D printed pieces, which are larger than smaller scale models. The negative space of the mold is filled with either liquid metal, resin, or plastic. You can opt (if you don’t want to pay for the Miniature brand name cans) to pick up any plastic primer from the likes of Rustoleum or Krylon for half the price or less. This is the color I have used most often. Use a gesso or enamel-based primer instead. Front sides of the figures have been washed with an appropriate GW shade color. For us, this is useful for sealing, protecting, and priming surfaces made of wood, cardboard, or medium density fiber (MDF) pieces. Krylon or Rustoleum? Enamel primers are available in aerosol spray cans, but not in an airbrush-ready formula. It’s fun trying out new tools and art mediums. Colors you paint on top won’t be quite as bright as white primer, and any empty spots will be more noticeable than black primer. In terms of price, it is on par with other competitor products, e.g., Citadel. The history of this world heavyweight, Krylon, dates back to as early as 1947. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It’ll easily obscure things like panel lines, rivets, and small folds in sculpts that are in the 28mm scale. Make sure you shake the can vigorously to mix the primer with the aerosol contents for a proper fine spray. The less expensive alternative to Citadel primer. In miniature and model painting, gesso is particularly useful for metal or resin because of its durability. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Exactly what you need to know, when you need it, all in one place. This should only take a few minutes, as this stuff dries fast! Recommended: Tamiya Surface Primer and Testors Enamel Primer are both enamel-based primers great for use on metal miniatures. Make sure you shake this can thoroughly before use. The first step in miniature painting, therefore, is always to wash the figures. I primed with Vallejo white primer and the overall paint is Iraqi Sand by Vallejo. More about this below. It’s a lot less noticeable if you miss anything. Badger Air-Brush Co. SNR-403 Stynylrez, 4 Ounce,... check out my article on priming with an airbrush. Liquitex makes an easy-to-dispense bottle of this Gray colored gesso. Learn how your comment data is processed. Vallejo makes a great surface primer (my favorite) that you can either brush-on or use with an airbrush. If it is too cold or hot, the aerosol formulation in spray cans won’t mix properly. These are typically called rattle cans and are just the basic primers that you can find in any hardware store. In general, almost all primers produced by dedicated modeling companies have primers designed specifically to adhere and “smooth out” as they dry on plastic (or metal) miniatures. Badger is a US based company with a great reputation for their line of airbrushes and accessories. Inexpensive. Recommended: If you can’t choose, Badger offers a 3 pack of white, black, and gray. You want to avoid obscuring details. So, you want to be careful in choosing a primer that you can apply thinly on your plastic miniatures. My recommendation would be keep the spray can some distance away to ensure you don’t over coat a model and lose details. provides a surface to which paint can bind. Auto-smooths as it dries on any surface, including plastic and metal models. Ideally then, the primer coat surface won’t be too smooth, since paint will adhere better to a rough surface. A good primer, therefore, will coat these surfaces as thinly as possible, so as not to obscure the fine details of the figure. It’s similar to adding an extra layer of clothing. You should always do this with metals. Miniatures are usually made from metal, pewter, resin, or plastic. Primers are used as a preparatory coat over unpainted metal, plastic, or resin and prevent the absorption of subsequent layers of modeling paint. Metal miniatures pose additional complications over plastic figures. It can be brushed on, but I use it through an airbrush. As with any aerosol, there is also the need for good ventilation. Automotive primers tend to emphasize the filling-in-scratches aspect of the product. Gesso comes in many forms, but they are all brush-on type primers. Gesso creates a more absorbent surface than typical primers, which is helpful for toning the model’s surface and allowing those first “lean” oil layers stick. The main image for this article is of two minis I had just primed and highlighted. They also need to be stored properly (especially aerosol cans) to avoid bursting or leaking and be disposed of at appropriate collection sites. A few suggest gray is a happy compromise, while others condemn gray as the worst of both worlds. Recommended: This versatile Vallejo primer can be brushed on or airbrushed. Tangible Day reports good results using less expensive primers on terrain pieces. No kidding. As with any primer with filling properties, be careful you don’t over-coat your model. Give it at least 30 minutes to an hour to dry depending on conditions. When they come out, a release agent is used to make the process easier. Ideal for metal surfaces in heavy-duty and commercial environments. My advice: Try Rustoleum primers first. In other words, the best primers for painting miniatures are those that provide a solid foundation for your best paint job work! That’s a choice you can totally make. Golden Gesso is ready-to-use liquid grounds formulated for the use of acrylics on any commonly used painting surface. This is great for 3D prints and large models. A ready-mixed painting ground, Liquitex Gray Gesso can be used with any kind of paint. Often times I’ll prime black, then highlight in white. Perfect for large models and 3D prints. Other brands make gesso that is almost paste-like. Thin coats! This is the key primer for most miniature artists who take the hobby seriously. I’m recommending Gray, but any of the Surface Primer colors are great undercoats. Instead of settling for the limitations of choosing either black or white primer (or the compromise of using gray), experts use advanced techniques like zenithal priming (I explain zenithal priming in detail here) or blackwashing. In conjunction for gap filling (see more about this here), an automotive primer can make a model or miniature resilient to damage because how “sticky” or adhesive it is to the surface. Gesso is inexpensive, forms a protective surface for applying paint, and smooths out surface imperfections. It will save you time, money, and frustration. Gesso is versatile. The vision you have for the miniature needs to be taken into account when choosing a primer color because it will affect the end result (and the amount of paint and effort to achieve it). However, the black colored primer has the best reviews. Your paint won’t chip with light coats of primer. It’s just my favorite and that’s that. Not all primers are the same. I let that dry and I used Blue, Red and Yellow clear paint by Vallejo. This means you probably want an enamel-based primer. It’s fairly expensive for a primer, but may be valuable for the Contrast Paint Technique of “one thick coat”. It’s less accurate, so if you’re adding a highlight coat with a rattle can it’s not as easy. I suggest spraying more than a single model at a time to make the most use of this primer. To my knowledge, I don’t know if there is an airbrush ready enamel-based primer designed for miniatures. An acrylic layer of paint can absorb moisture, which can lead to subtle warping and expansion of the paint. Rust-Oleum recommends applying one thin coat, rather than one heavy coat or … But, this mold-release lubricant repels primer and paint. Citadel by Games Workshop is a staple for many people. These are allowed to cool and harden, forming the miniature. I’ve covered at least a hundred 28mm scaled miniatures with a single can. For metal miniatures, you want a primer that hardens and for lack of better words, “sticks better” to the metal or resin surface. If you’re looking to step it up, try Army Painter cans or Citadel Chaos Black. Some primers are sold airbrush-ready, and can be sprayed through a standard size airbrush at around 25 to 30 psi. They are generally less costly and come with a lot more primer for your money. This is a general statement, and I found it to be the case when I primed Storm Troopers with my Rustoleum rattle cans. Our next option on this list is another that is great for beginners who perhaps want to take miniature painting a little more seriously. Gesso seals off porous surfaces effectively, and forms a solid foundation to apply paint. AK Interactive recommends that you use their thinner. Rust-Oleum primer is also known to protect against environmental exposure, blocking out ambient moisture. As an enamel-based primer, it forms a solid, smooth undercoat in preparation for modeling paint application. It can be tricky and time consuming to paint these valleys, especially if you need to apply multiple layers. To enable this to happen easily, the mold is first coated with a mold-release lubricant. You’re looking to create a primer “mist” that settles on the model. The advantage of the latter is that they are cheaper and available in larger quantities. I found the rustoleum primer and figure that is the direction I will go. I’m not a fan of the bottle caps on these Badger paints and primers. You can achieve really good highlighting with this technique. Not only is it inexpensive, it is resilient to scratches and stretches out as it dries on models, providing a very smooth and pleasant surface to work on. Many colors. It is probably the best deal in terms of volume of primer. Apply the plastic primer according to the directions on the back of the can. Believe it or not, primers can have specific-use scenarios. Legacy of awesome. The Army Painter Color Primer, Matt Black, 400 ml, 13.5 oz - Acrylic Spray Undercoat for Miniature Painting. Gesso application requires some patience as it will take a little longer to dry than other primers. Acrylic paints do not bind well to these materials. After these primers dry, an automotive primer can be sanded to further even out the surface in preparation for paint. So getting some rustoleum primer white/black for some of my miniatures and Armada fighters, but also looking to paint Zombicide Black Plague. Check out all of my miniature painting articles to discover tips, techniques, product reviews, and more. Here’s my thinking about black primer. Primer may not adhere properly if the temperature is too cold or the air is too humid. Primers form the prerequisite foundation for any painting. Also, as with aerosols, you need a good space to safely spray this an avoid the harmful vapors. Primer, however, bonds well to these materials, providing a uniform layer that the subsequent layers of acrylic paint can adhere to securely. Friggin love this stuff. It sticks nicely to any metal or plastic surface. But, also note that these are airbrush-ready primers formulated as an acrylic-polyurethane undercoat. Gap filling properties. And, in general, you’ll be painting other colors on top of those first primer layers anyway. Useful for any surface and is the best primer for plastic, metal, or resin miniatures. As an enamel-based primer it is very useful for a variety of surfaces, forming a durable undercoat layer for subsequent painting. But, if you want the best primer for miniatures, you should strongly consider Tamiya’s Surface Primer. Red, for example, might take a lot of layers before you get the full color. It covers in one coat and remains brilliantly white, flexible, and non-cracking. Colors used in the pics: Evening Navy, Golden Leaf, Harvest Grape and Krylon Matte Lilac. In general, although hard to find in some countries, and usually with long delivery times, the AK Interactive Primer has some of the best features of my personal favorite Vallejo Surface Primer. So, the question “What is the Best Primer Color?” is a good one! Often, they have names that evoke common uses for that color, such as bone. Games Workshop’s Citadel range is well known and you can also pick up Primers from Army painter & Privateer Press. Gray is obviously the halfway point between black and white, and it actually does a good job for priming. I have definitely noticed this with Rustoleum primer paints, but it does not seem to be the case with these. I’ve used this automotive primer to great effect on 3D printed parts and larger terrain pieces made of MDF or plastic. Works similarly to regular Citadel Primer, with added smoothness and brightness for Citadel Contrast Paint. The cap dispensing system clogs easily. As you see below, there are some limitations. Note that there are times when you want a brush-on primer (more about this below). Use a flat-headed brush and take your time. The best primers for plastic miniatures, such as those from Games Workshop Citadel miniature lines, may not be the best for metal surfaces. But, if you’re having trouble with using water to thin your primer, you can use an airbrush thinning medium. You only need a thin layer of primer on miniatures to properly prepare a surface for paint. For the price, a single bottle has lasted me hundreds of models. How to step up your game and move from beginner to advanced. Any primer will work, what matters most is what color is going over it! The best way I can express it is that it is thinner, and seems to just shrink perfectly on the models. This seems obvious because metal miniatures are a much harder surface. A ready-mixed painting ground, Liquitex Gesso can be used with any kind of paint. But, if you prefer Tamiya makes other colored primers as well, including black and pure white. I would recommend neutral gray as a color for most primers when I’m not sure what colors I’d like to paint my miniatures with. Most of those first undercoat colors won’t show up. Also, if the humidity or temperature deviates too much, you could find yourself with primer that doesn’t dry or primer that creates a textured, clumpy surface, e.g., orange peel bumps. Gesso can often be thick. This is basically a Zenithal Priming in which you start with black primer, and then once that is dry, you hit it from the top with a brighter color: gray, white or both. At the end of the day, it’s personal preference. Works well as both a brush-on or airbrush primer. Unlike plastic models which are more flexible, metal miniatures are more prone to scratching and chipping and thus, require a tougher primer. This 60+ page book will show you: Where to start, how to improve instantly, the best skills to work on and give you a step by step guide. that are crucial for the long-term condition of the miniature’s paint job. The nice thing about automotive primers is that they are designed specifically to smooth out imperfections on surfaces. They’re a bit messy and you typically want to be either outside or in a very well-ventilated area. Some hobbyists actually prefer the brush-on method, but it requires a lot more skill and patience than spray methods. Start the spray away from the miniature and then spray over it in short bursts from at least 6 inches away. More helpful tips like this can be found right here, or you can pick up your copy of The Miniature Painting Level Up Guide today to have everything you need to know to start your hobby the right way and become more skilled with every painting job. All the pros of regular Citadel Primer plus the added bonus of combining with Citadel Contrast Paint application. Much more so than painting wood or something else which has already been painted. I much prefer the color of Necrotic Flesh and the other Army Painter primer colors, but their price tag being 5-6 times more than what I can get other brands for has me searching for alternatives. This primer is no exception. If you’re a traditional painter as well as miniature artist, you can use this for all sorts of projects. Apply directly to plastic mailboxes, lawn chairs, storage lockers and more. I use many brands of miniature paints for my work, e.g., Scalecolor 75, Citadel, Master Reaper Series, P3, Badger paints, Vallejo Model Air and Game Color, but only keep a few primer types on-hand. Even my pinky toes. If you are at a convention, in a small apartment, or the weather is too cold or too humid to spray outside, you may need to apply primer with a paintbrush. Because primer’s main function is to bind well to the miniature, it’s important that the surface of the miniature is cleaned well before the application of the primer. Companies like Vallejo or Tamiya have been in the business of making primers specifically formulated for their model kit product lines. It seals and protects porous surfaces. Let it dry completely. The Vallejo Surface Primer sells for $16 and worth every penny! Tamiya fine surface primer provides a very thin mist that finely coats your models, preserving all the small details. Because it is an indoor/outdoor primer, it is resilient to many insults from the environment. ... Rust-Oleum 290971 Zinsser All-Purpose Primer, 13 Oz Aerosol Can, Liquid, Gray. Some primers work best on plastic, whereas other primers work best on metals. The shadows are taken care of for you. Miniatures are usually made from metal, pewter, resin, or plastic. In my opinion, the black primer is the best in terms of quality of the primer surface. As anyone foolish enough to apply paint directly to a miniature will soon find out, primer offers. The white primer seems to cause some individuals some problems with the quality of the final surface. Although I mentioned this is attribute of cheaper primers is advantageous for 3D prints (which have fine build layer lines you want to hide), or large terrain pieces; for miniatures that have small details, including high resolution resin 3D prints, I would suggest you avoid non-hobby grade primers for miniature painting. This is a highly recommended all purpose primer. Sweep the nozzle spray back and forth so you don’t apply primer on a single area of the model for a prolonged period of time. Recommended: The Vallejo Airbrush Thinner is very versatile. It’s a small can, and priced at close to the same as the other premium modeling primers out there. For painting miniatures, choose a primer that you can apply in thin coats. Enamel-based primers are good for metal miniatures because they stick better to the metal and dry into a harder surface than polyurethane primers do. A black primer can be useful if you don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing over your miniature. It effectively forms a hardened surface with the model you’re working on. Choose from a variety of top coat colors. To avoid problems with your aerosol spray primer, don’t prime models in ambient weather that feels too cold or hot for you to wear light clothing that you’d normally wear indoors. Black primer lets you just paint lighter colors. While there often is a marked difference in the quality of the primer, depending on your specific needs, you might be able to get away with buying a cheaper primer. Finally, a good reason to use gesso as your primer for painting miniatures is if you use oil paints. Rust-Oleum Auto Primers offer the ultimate top coat adhesion and appearance. So, it may be harder to find more established miniature painters from recommending them. Disadvantages are that with everything primed black, it’s hard to see the details. The best practice for airbrushing is to thin your paints or primers to the consistency of whole milk. If you start with pure white, bright colors will be much easier than black. This isn’t much of an issue on auto parts or large figures, but on miniatures, these layers can quickly obscure fine details. You can let some of the primer show through in the shadowed recesses! No problems! Many colors are available from Army Painter for this primer. When you glaze a color over this, you can achieve a beautiful saturated and contrasty model fairly quickly. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. Each layer slightly removes details from the miniatures. In zenithal highlighting methods, you either airbrush or use another white-color spray paint (this could be another primer or simply white paint) over the black primer-colored model. What are the best primers for miniature painting? 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