On Summer’s WIP for the Landscape Challenge thread I began describing my search for a less noxious primer for aluminium composite laminates. While Rustoleum is a fine product for bare metal surfaces is pretty heavy on the VOCs. When I spotted a household primer for metal that is water based it was time for a test.
Yes! I bought a litre of Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer (DPMSAP).
The shop was reluctant to tint a primer with anything other than a black pigment to arrive at a middish grey. The reasoning was that a brown pigment would only arrive at a light brown. To push it to a mid brown would need so much pigment the primer’s qualities would be compromised. So they shot in 2Y of Black, about 140 mls for the1000 Ml tin.
About to decant into my screwtop jar with built in brush and apply to a brushed aluminium panel.
Photos and description to follow in the morning.
Here is the product, available in Aust. UK and through PPG in US.
The primer surface is a smooth, mat appearance, not unlike a chalk board. Slick to apply and easy to smooth out brush strokes. Best of all NO ODOR AND A WATER CLEAN UP.
This needs a few days to cure. I expect a great drawing surface, unlike an oil toned surface. There should be no sinking as gesso is not needed.
BTW there are quite a few artists painting directly on bare aluminium. Scott Naismith for one.
I’ll continue the story as it evolves.