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Phil5000
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Posted: Monday, April 06, 2020 - 01:06 PM UTC
Hi fellas,

I could use a bit of advice with regards to paining PE parts. Normally I don't bother priming my models, I just use Tamiya or Gunze acrylics and that seems fine. But it didn't work so well with a large PE engine grille on my current tank. The paint just scrapes off.

I tried AK primer and same thing. I've looked on youtube and one suggestion is metal primer.

I was wondering what you guys do.

Thanks.
Tojo72
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Posted: Monday, April 06, 2020 - 01:19 PM UTC
I use Tamiya Extra Fine or Mr Surfacer 1200 in the rattlecan to prime everything,it works on PE.For the grills,I spray for a little greater distance so as not to clog the screens.
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 12:01 AM UTC
This one from VMS is a modelling primer specific for metal. Haven't used it myself but have heard good things:



https://www.vms-supplies.com/vms-metal-prep-primer
Grauwolf
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 04:34 AM UTC
There is also this product which works great on PE and metal items
ie metal barrels and figures.

http://www.mr-hobby.com/en/itemDetail.php?iId=1873

Phil5000
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 11:44 AM UTC

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I use Tamiya Extra Fine or Mr Surfacer 1200 in the rattlecan to prime everything,it works on PE.For the grills,I spray for a little greater distance so as not to clog the screens.



Anthony, would you mind if I asked what precautions you take using a rattle can? I've never used one but I find myself with no alternative at the moment but to use a Tamiya Fine Surface Primer and I'm very wary of using it. I don't have a mask, so is doing it outside good enough? And do you wear gloves and goggles?

Thanks.
Phil5000
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 11:45 AM UTC
Thanks fellas. Would you brush on those metal primers or do you have to spray them? I would imagine you could get away with brushing on small parts but what about something like a side skirt on a tank or a tank gun barrel?
varanusk
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 12:19 PM UTC
According to their site, VMS can be used either with brush (it's self-levelling) or airbrush
Lada_Niva
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 10:15 PM UTC
I think that you can try to do the spraying outside. That is the more economical option. But, if you want to do a lot of spraying. I would at least invest in a good spray booth, like I have from Fengda. Or you could buy a mask. I would certainly use gloves, because you don't want to paint your fingers or hand.