color of the primer coat?

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color of the primer coat?

Gary Hoyt
Gary Hoyt

November 11th, 2004, 6:22 pm #1

When I model, I usually don't get to the "paint" stage. I enjoy the building part the most, so I don't have that much experience with painting. I do own an airbrush (I will have to dig it out of some box that I shoved it into when I moved). My question (after all this rambling) is this--- I am almost done with a Pz1F that should be painted German panzer gray, I bought some Tamiya German Gray but what color should the primer coat be?? I have read about people using flat black as a primer, but should you use another color instead to make the gray look better?
Any input will help with this matter.

Thanks,
Gary
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Greg H
Greg H

November 11th, 2004, 10:17 pm #2

Gary,

Your query would get better results if you had posted in the "Axis WWII" DG.

I'll take a stab at it, if you want to do it like the real deal, you could always get a bottle of Polly Scale's "SPEACIAL OXIDE RED" (#414354) in their "Model Railroad Colors" line - it's an acrylic paint in A 1oz bottle.


hth,
Greg Harting
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Rick Purdy
Rick Purdy

November 11th, 2004, 11:42 pm #3

When I model, I usually don't get to the "paint" stage. I enjoy the building part the most, so I don't have that much experience with painting. I do own an airbrush (I will have to dig it out of some box that I shoved it into when I moved). My question (after all this rambling) is this--- I am almost done with a Pz1F that should be painted German panzer gray, I bought some Tamiya German Gray but what color should the primer coat be?? I have read about people using flat black as a primer, but should you use another color instead to make the gray look better?
Any input will help with this matter.

Thanks,
Gary
Gary-
Primers are now available in a few colors.Whites,black,grays,green,and reds.Polly Scale is fine.Some shades/brands of red auto primer could work also.Bayer AG is a major player for iron oxide(rust) in the paint pigment industry worldwide.Their source for the oxides are the steel mills of the Ruhr valley.I'm 99% sure that they supplied MAN,Henschell,et al with primers and paints throughout WW2.It's a pretty good chance that if you use red primer then you just might be incorporating a panzer's ancester into your build.Cool,huh?
cheers-n-beers on a rainy day
Rick
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November 12th, 2004, 8:21 am #4

When I model, I usually don't get to the "paint" stage. I enjoy the building part the most, so I don't have that much experience with painting. I do own an airbrush (I will have to dig it out of some box that I shoved it into when I moved). My question (after all this rambling) is this--- I am almost done with a Pz1F that should be painted German panzer gray, I bought some Tamiya German Gray but what color should the primer coat be?? I have read about people using flat black as a primer, but should you use another color instead to make the gray look better?
Any input will help with this matter.

Thanks,
Gary
I usually use either flat or semi-gloss black as my primer. When using your spraygun the best result is by painting a progressively lighter color until you reach your base color in my opinion, but I'm sure there are more effective techniques!:>! Be sure to use acrylic paint for your primer, it sticks to the surface well.
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