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Robert J Hampton Sr.

04-06-2012 05:24:59

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should the primer color be red if painting red or would gray be ok?

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04-09-2012 06:59:03

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 Re: primer color in reply to Robert J Hampton Sr., 04-06-2012 05:24:59  
I like black primer for red. Just graduating from rattle can's myself, so I'm far from knowledgeable.

But so far, the work we've been doing we've used a variety of primers - red, brown, white, gray, and black.

For red paint, I like the black the best. It's easy to see if you've missed anything. And as somebody else pointed out, when (not if) you get some nicks and dings, the black looks a lot more natural and it doesn't catch the eye - lighter color primers kind of scream out "I've been scratched".

If you went with red primer, I can almost guarantee you'll miss some areas and not notice it till well after you're done painting.

If the color of the primer shows through the paint, I'd think you're not putting enough paint on. At least for any paint you'd likely be using on a tractor.

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04-09-2012 06:18:29

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 Re: primer color in reply to Robert J Hampton Sr., 04-06-2012 05:24:59  
here at the shop, we use the primer that is the closest to the color that is being sprayed. dark color, black primer, light color , light gray or white primer, ect.

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04-06-2012 17:16:18

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 Re: primer color in reply to Robert J Hampton Sr., 04-06-2012 05:24:59  
No effect on the topcoat color with urethane and acrylic enamel. I prefer gray epoxy when using red or any color. A primer color close to the color of the topcoat makes it harder to see any places you may have missed.

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Stephen Newell

04-06-2012 06:09:30

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 Re: primer color in reply to Robert J Hampton Sr., 04-06-2012 05:24:59  
It would depend on the paint. Some paints are somewhat transparent. You could paint two pieces with the same paint different primer and the one with the red primer would be darker. If you are using enamel it shouldn't matter unless you get a ding and it will show up more with gray under it.

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