Just a quick poll: Primer...... Rattle Can, or Airbrush


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I would like to know how you guys prime your kits.  Do most of you use rattle cans, or do you use an airbush to prime your parts before painting.  If you use an airbrush, do you decant, or use an airbrush only primer such as Zero. or Mr. Surfacer?



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Well, I use both...  I like the Tamiya spray primers and they work well from the can.  I will also use their cans for the color coat, but I will try decanting them and using an airbrush at some point.

 I need a little more practice with my airbrush before I start using it regularly and probably need a spray booth.  Just got a nice Iwata, but have not yet tried it.



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I do both.But it depends on the application.

Large bodies i will use tamiya primer from the can.Smaller parts i will use the air brush.

Straight from the rattle-can....I only use an airbrush when I have no other choice.

I tend to use the cans for the car bodies and the airbrush for all the smaller stuff. Using a a can on all the small pieces is simply not economical. I use Tamiya white on the body and any colour matched parts. Mr. Surfacer for the airbrush stuff. I don't decant primers because they are (most) available in a bottle. I personally find Mr. Surfacer has to be cut to a minimum 50/50 depending on your airbrush tip and psi. Mr. Surfacer is grey and needs to be overcoated (usually with white) to avoid your top coat looking pretty putrid or requiring 10 coats to cover it. That's my 10 cents.



Can for primer, airbrush for body parts and a mix for all the small stuff.

Here comes the "It depends".  Primers come in a number of viscosities and the solids are different sizes.  I have three different airbrushed with different size nozzles and each handles a different paint.  Smaller nozzle - finer grained paint.  I use DuPont Veraprime which is very course, for large pieces, like1:12 scale bodies and have a baby Iwata gun for shooting this stuff.  The Iwata is a very small touchup gun that handles the same bottles as a side feed airbrush.  I decant the Tamiya white for 1:20 and smaller stuff.  I use Tamiya gray straight from the can, over white, as a guide coat for sanding.  If I am doing one small piece then I use the Tamiya white directly from the can.

As usual no one definitive answer.  Just a bunch of special situations.  I use what works and is the most time efficient. 

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I always primer for bodywork, large pieces, etc, because it sets up a good base for paint adhesion and because it allows you to see better the surface quality, smoothness, gaps, etc.

Usually Tamiya primer (white and gray) from the can.  The coats are sanded back anyway, so thickness of application is not so much a concern for me at that point.  I'll use the airbrush for color coats and detailing.  Airbrush mostly for final clear coat too.