Should I use primer under chrome paint?

Birdie

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I'm going to be using Rustoleum Brilliant Metallic gold on a prop I'm painting. I've read that best results come from fine sanding then using gloss black as an undercoat, but should I use primer under the black?

I normally always use grey plastic primer on resin props, but I'm not sure on this one, anyone got any experience or tips?
 
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ave4uevoli

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I would use primer - you want the black undercoat to stick to the resin. Last thing you want happening is the black undercoat to start bubbling raising and screwing up your chrome paint too..
 

Too Much Garlic

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I agree. Definitely prime. That's the whole purpose of the primer: to bond the paint to the object. You can easily sand the primer to a clean, smooth surface that will be perfect for the black and the metallic paint.
 

Risu

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Yep. Black primer sanded really smooth, gloss black paint, then the gold. Pretty good results that way.
 

hydin

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I always used bright red gloss paint under gold, and black under silver..

Chris
 

Too Much Garlic

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Really? First I've heard of that combination. Do you have any examples of the difference in final look? Would be cool to see/hear about.
 
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