Miniatures and 3D printing primers: Buying guide
If you’re wondering what kind of primer to use on miniatures and 3D printed parts, and what makes one primer better than the other, you’re not alone. To end up with the primer that’ll give you the results you’re after, you need to consider the following.
1. Spray vs. brush on
This is the most important thing that you need to consider when choosing a primer for miniature painting. While some people prefer the brush on method for more control, other people find it tedious and unnecessarily time-consuming.
We prefer sprayable primers, as the process doesn’t need to be super-accurate, and spraying is much faster.
When you’re applying primer to your miniatures, choosing the right color is half the battle. Knowing the “base color” of the figures will help you pick a primer color that makes the painting process easier. Let’s just say that a pink primer for your undead army isn’t a great idea!
If the miniatures you’re spraying are used by children, getting a non-toxic primer —and colors— is simply a must. Even if the kids are old enough not to put things in their mouths, you can’t be too careful. Keep in mind that even if those figures are yours, they’re super-attractive for children and as they say, better safe than sorry.
4. Size of painted item
You should always consider the size of the item you’re painting when you’re choosing a primer. Things like the thickness of the primer and whether its sprayed or brushed makes a big difference.
We don’t want to overcomplicate things so, the general rule is that spray primers work best for smaller props and miniatures, and brush on primers are better for larger 3D printed parts —like armor— and figures that aren’t highly-detailed.
The best primers for miniatures vary depending on the material of miniatures you are painting. So, the best primer for metal miniatures won’t be the best option for plastic miniatures. Always keep that in mind when you’re choosing.