Spray paint is a great high-coverage medium for graffiti, mural, and stencil art. But properly prepping your surface can make all the difference between success and failure. Make sure your color adheres to your surface by first spraying on a primer. Spray paint primer ensures that your work will have greater staying power and won’t flake or fade. It’s useful for preparing a variety of surfaces, from metal and Styrofoam to plastic and other nonporous materials. Browse our selection of the best spray paint primers below.
1. Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer
From Rust-Oleum, this primer is ideal for prepping metal and plastic and will also seal porous surfaces like drywall, concrete, wood, and masonry. The oil-based formula creates a uniform ground that requires no sanding. The primer dries in just 30 minutes. and a 13-ounce can covers up to 12 square feet. Designed to hide imperfections with just one coat, it has great stain blocking capability and can be used under or over both oil and latex paints.
2. Krylon ColorMaster Primer
From one of the biggest names in artist’s spray paint, this ultra-flat white primer ihas a drying time of 10 minutes, the fastest dry time on this list. This primer is ideal for use on metal, wood, and plastic and works for both indoor and outdoor projects. Use it to increase paint adhesion and surface smoothness and to make sure you get a true spray paint color on your surface.
3. Montana Gold Spray Primer
Montana’s Gold spray primer is formulated to boost the adhesion and coating powers of synthetic or acrylic spray paints. Use it on plastic, metal, Styrofoam, leather, cardboard, and wood. This high-quality primer is easy to apply, sand, and recoat; just make sure it’s dry before applying paint on top of it. This primer pack in a 400-milliliter can.
4. Tamiya Surface Primer
This Japanese firm has been making model kits since 1948 and now offers over 3000 products, including static and radio-controlled models, acrylic and enamel model paints, tiny tools, and, of course, spray primers. Tamiya USA’s 180-milliliter spray primer dries to a light gray and is formulated to be high quality and long lasting. Use it to treat your surface so your spray paint will properly adhere to metal, Styrofoam, cardboard, wood, or plastic. The spray nozzle is designed not to clog or sputter.
5. Rust-Oleum American Accents White Primer
Rust-Oleum’s white primer bonds to wood, plastic, metal, wicker, plaster, unglazed ceramic, and more to provide long-lasting protection and adhesion. The formula dries in 20 minutes, and the 12-ounce can covers up to 12 square feet. The any-angle spray tip is designed for comfort while enabling you to reach difficult-to-access spots. With superior durability, smooth coverage, and a bright white color, this primer provides an ideal ground for any spray paint project.