priming metal/pe

02-05-2014, 04:36 PM
Alclad or zero paints primer/microfiller ok for model factory hiro metal kits?

02-05-2014, 05:06 PM

02-06-2014, 11:31 AM
I like to use Tamiya Metal Primer before laying down my main primer. It's clear and has a chemical reaction with the metal that helps it adhere to photo-etch, white metal and wire. I even decant some from the can into a small paint jar for brushing onto little parts. If you decant into a jar make sure the propellant has finished outgassing before tightening the lid (24 hours) so you don't risk an explosion. (

When I first started building metal kits I didn't know about this undercoating and some of my paint jobs started flaking off.

02-06-2014, 11:54 AM
Not sure how readily available the clear metal primer from Tamiya is, the last few times I've tried to get it I have been told it's 'discontinued'. Tamiya does have a gray metal and plastic primer which works fine thought.

02-06-2014, 08:00 PM
I've always used Automotive Self Etching Primer. its a fraction of the cost of Tamiya Metal Primer down this neck of the woods

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