Primers and alternatives.

Well by now  a lot of modelers have gotten the bad news about Tamiya discontinuing it’s primers… all of them!!! dear god I was so pissed when I found out, tamiya made fine primers, so since I’m working with 6 kits right now … well actually 7 but Rei is on standby LOL.

So with this recent news, I was worried on where and how to get a good primer that will work for resin casts, so here are my findings and maybe this can help you out as well as it did me.

around $5 dollars

I went to my local Michael’s store and bought a “craft” primer, Design Master was the name, but it’s consistency is extremely liquid  and it clogs easely  spraying huge drops on your pieces and it will leave you with a very clumpy finish.

As you can see I’m not a very happy camper with this finish, but I already tried to prime my parts with  automotive primer which was worse because it was too thick,to had to take it off and do it again all over since the thinner also took away my puttied areas :S So I just decided to polish these parts, so DON’T use any “craft primers if you don’t want this type of finishing.

Was around $8 dollars

For those of you that wanted to try out Tamiya’s primer but have not been able to use it, well… in case you find any now here’s how the finishing looks like:

I personally loved this smooth finish, so if you can come across any of this stuff… STOCK UP!!! because it has been sold out and discontinued for months.

Around $4 dollars

Now for those of you that have indeed used Tamiya and are like the same as me trying to find a good replacement, I have some good news, I did find a primer at my local walmart (you can find it at any local paint store) I found out that Krylon carries a good primer that is almost as good as Tamiya’s finish, the only difference is that this one is a little on the dark side, but the other good news is that it also comes in white in case you don’t like the idea of priming and then adding a white base to all the piece (s) before you actually start painting; now it’s important that you choose the regular primer NOT the automotive one, that one is too thick and will not leave you with what you want, this is what you’ll end up with:

Pretty acceptable in my opinion.

Now after all this, today I was actually lucky, my hobby store where I would normally buy my tamiya primers, well not anymore, now carry the Mr. Hobby white Surfacer 1000 spray can, although it’s white, it’s equal or even better than tamiya’s primer, so I ACTUALLY STOCKED UP ON THIS STUFF (this is a little bit more expensive than tamiya but it’s worth it, it’s around $10 dollars), it’s so weird since tamiya has less “toxic” hazard than Mr. Hobby that this hobby store and a lot of others online carry it more now… it’s just very puzzling, so here are my two cents on primers, I hope this helps you as well as it has helped me.

2 thoughts on “Primers and alternatives.

  1. Wonderful tutorial. I’ve found another primer. I’d like to submit for your consideration. Plaid Glass and Time I’ve had excellent results on almost all of the materials I work with. The only drawback I can think of is it’s clear. So it’s pretty useless as a basecoat.
    Once again, wonderful tutorial.

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