AK Interactive Primer and Thinner Paint Review
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||July 2013||Manufacturer||AK Interactive|
|Subject||Primer and Thinner||Product Number||AK 175/176/712|
|Pros||Easy to use, perfect color||Cons||None|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$6.25 ($5.75 for AK712 Thinner)|
AK Interactive is the world leader in advanced products for weathering and finishing scale models. Each product has been carefully designed and tested on real models by real modelers. The AK products are designed to be easy to use and to save time.
Primers are an important step to insuring an attractive finish when painting your models. AK Interactive has developed an acrylic primer that is very easy to use, free of harsh chemicals and very strong and resistant. The AK Primers can be used straight from the bottle or they can be diluted with tap water or AK's own AK712 Acrylic Thinner.
My test subject for these primers is a mixed media kit that has styrene, photo etch brass and vinyl tires. I used a Grex airbrush with a .2mm needle for these tests. I sprayed both colors of primer straight from the bottle without any further thinning.
This stuff sprays great! I did not run into any problems at all spraying the primers. I thought that I might need to switch to an airbrush with a little larger needle, but this was not the case. These primers go down very smooth and lay down thin enough to not cover any of the very fine details. They covered very well and 2 thin coats were all that was needed to cover the different materials. After spraying the primers, I cleaned out the airbrush with AK's AK712 Acrylic Thinner followed by their amazing "Perfect Cleaner".
After letting the primer set for a few hours, I wanted to see how tough it was. I soaked it in paint thinner and scrubbed it pretty hard with a stiff brush. All I managed to do was put a little shine on it! This stuff is great and will provide a great base to start your painting and weathering from. It goes on smooth while providing just enough of a "tooth" to allow you to apply your top colors and it doesn't cover up any details.
Another great product from AK Interactive to make our modeling lives easier!
My sincere thanks to AK Interactive USA for this review sample!