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As a guy with a model kittening blog, you can probably imagine I also participate in quite a few related communities, both specific to particular brands/properties I’m interested in and more general ones. If you do too, then you know there are certain questions that seem to get asked at least once a week. Because I like to share what little knowledge I possess (i.e. because I’m an insufferable smartass) and therefore have this compulsion to answer those same questions the same way every week, I decided to start a new series of blogs to tackle them, so I can just link to them the next time one of these questions comes up.

Having an undercoat in a specific color is not always necessary, but it can be helpful. Honestly, I’ve been getting by with exactly three primers until now – white for lighter colors or if I’m doing preshading, black for dark colors, and gloss black for metallics. la gasolina letra If you’re going to paint white over anything that’s not white (especially red, though), primer really helps, or if you want to paint several parts the same color that aren’t molded in the same color plastic. I don’t go any farther than that, but if you want, Vallejo makes primers in more colors than you can shake your compressor at.

The bigger reason why the answer is always yes, though, is that primer helps your paint stick to the plastic. quadcopter gas engine On Gunpla in particular, you always have moving parts that sometimes scrape against each other, and the more you can do to prevent that from damaging the paintjob, the better. Longtime RoboShop readers may remember my MG Sinanju and how puzzled I was by the fragility of the paint despite the topcoats I had put on. Well guess what – I didn’t prime the parts. gas in back relief And now the paint comes off if I so much as look at the kit, I can’t pose it and I really basically don’t want to touch it.

And really, how much time does skipping the primer actually save you? A day, at best. You generally want to let primer (at least the Vallejo one that I’ve been using) cure overnight, so priming adds one day to your build time where you can’t do anything and you’re just sitting around waiting for it to dry. I don’t know about you, but painting a whole kit typically takes me at least several weeks, if not several months, so slicing one day off of that really doesn’t make a difference at all. You’re just going to be spending all this time producing a paintjob that’s going to get nicked the second you start final assembly. electricity load shedding Modeling is time consuming and sometimes dull, so we all look for corners to cut, but priming isn’t one that makes sense. It saves very little time and seriously impacts your final result.

PS: One other advantage of matte primers is that the matte finish allows you to see surface imperfections, like seamlines that need more cleanup, more easily. p gaskell You can just go back to sanding and then prime over it again until you’re happy with what you’re seeing. I’m guessing if you’re in such a hurry that you want to skip priming, this won’t mean much to you, but it’s worth mentioning.