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Primer with lacquer?

RELATED TOPICS: LACQUER | PRIMER
Q: I recently picked up an aerosol can of Testor's lacquer. Do I need to use a primer under it? Thanks for your help.

- Matt Sharp
via E-mail

Ken: Good question, Matt. I slipped your question in behind Paul's to emphasize that no matter what the application or the anticipated end result, a good foundation (a good-quality primer) is important to achieve a good paint job.

Testor's lacquer isn't really super-hot, and likely won't eat the bare plastic if you don't use a primer, but why take a chance? A coat of automotive primer over your model (I prefer Plasti-kote T-235 sandable primer) and under the Testor's lacquer will provide an even surface and ensure good paint adhesion. And in all but the most extreme cases, it will protect the finished model from bleed-through - particularly with car parts modeled in red plastic.

As always, thoroughly wash the bare plastic model, and dust on several thin coats of primer instead of one or two heavy coats that may obliterate fine detail. Follow with a little wet-sanding and you're ready to go with any top color you choose.

Good luck with your paint job, Matt, and thanks for the question.


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