Should I use primer under chrome paint?

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  1. Birdie

    Birdie Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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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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  2. 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 * up your chrome paint too..
     
  3. Maelstrom

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    And get that primer as smooth as possible!!!
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. Risu

    Risu Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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

    Chris
     
  7. 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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