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Joggerdude

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I'm about to paint the small wooden model made of limewood.
I would like to use a primer from what I already have around the workshop, and hope I can get some suggestions here.
With it being such a small item, I want a thin primer which doesn't obscure the details.
I plan to use artist's acrylics which I already have for the final paint job, with a clear lacquer on top.
Would a watered down emulsion do as a primer or ???
 

stuckinthemud

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Yes, BUT, any water based primer will raise the grain where you have sanded the model. I always damp down a carving with a wet cloth or flash it under a running tap then, after it is dry, use a scraper to remove the raised fibres. I seal with diluted pva for acrylic
 

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