Best Auto Body Primer for 2023 (TOP 20)

Sometimes it might be quite difficult to find the best auto body primer. With every niche market offering so many different products, it makes sense that this is the case.

Unfortunately, this very fact can make it incredibly difficult to find the item that best suits your needs, which is why we’ve put together this auto body primer buying guide.

Our Best Picks:

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1 Rust-Oleum 260510 Automotive 2-in-1 Filler & Sandable Primer, 12 Ounce (Pack of 1), Gray Rust-Oleum 260510 Automotive 2-in-1 Filler & Sandable Primer, 12 Ounce (Pack of 1), Gray
2 SpeedoKote SMR-210/211 - Automotive High Build 2K Urethane Primer Gray Gallon Kit, Fast Dry, Easy Sanding, Activator is included. For California, Delaware, or Maryland, order SMR-221/222. SpeedoKote SMR-210/211 - Automotive High Build 2K Urethane Primer Gray Gallon Kit, Fast Dry, Easy...
3 Rust-Oleum 253499 Automotive Premixed Auto Body Paint, Quart, Gray Primer 32 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) Rust-Oleum 253499 Automotive Premixed Auto Body Paint, Quart, Gray Primer 32 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
4 acme FP 410 Gallon KIT Urethane Primer Sherwin Williams Restoration AUTO Paint FINISH1 acme FP 410 Gallon KIT Urethane Primer Sherwin Williams Restoration AUTO Paint FINISH1
5 SS-2790G/SS-2790A Super Fill High Build Primer Gray. For California, Delaware, or Maryland, order SMR-221. SS-2790G/SS-2790A Super Fill High Build Primer Gray. For California, Delaware, or Maryland, order...
6 Dupli-Color DAP1689 White General Purpose Sandable Primer - 12 oz. Dupli-Color DAP1689 White General Purpose Sandable Primer - 12 oz.
7 SS-2790G-Q/SS-2790A-8 Super Fill High Build Primer GRAY. For California, Delaware, or Maryland, order SMR-221 SS-2790G-Q/SS-2790A-8 Super Fill High Build Primer GRAY. For California, Delaware, or Maryland,...
8 Rust-Oleum 2081830 Stops Rust Automotive Primer, 12 Ounce, Light Gray, 12 Fl Oz Rust-Oleum 2081830 Stops Rust Automotive Primer, 12 Ounce, Light Gray, 12 Fl Oz
9 DeVilbiss 802789 Complete Spraying System for Automotive Primer, Finish Coats and Touch-Up DeVilbiss 802789 Complete Spraying System for Automotive Primer, Finish Coats and Touch-Up
10 Rust-Oleum 286793 Automotive Universal Bonding Primer Spray, 12 oz, Flat White Rust-Oleum 286793 Automotive Universal Bonding Primer Spray, 12 oz, Flat White
11 Rust-Oleum 249418 Automotive Sandable Primer Spray Paint, 12 Ounce, Black, 12 Fl Oz Rust-Oleum 249418 Automotive Sandable Primer Spray Paint, 12 Ounce, Black, 12 Fl Oz
12 CLAUSEN Z-Chrome Rust Defender Hi-Build Polyester Primer, 1 Gallon CLAUSEN Z-Chrome Rust Defender Hi-Build Polyester Primer, 1 Gallon
13 SpeedoKote SMR-275 - High Build Acrylic Lacquer Primer Gray Gallon, Fast Dry, Easy Sanding, For California, Delaware, or Maryland, order SMR-277 SpeedoKote SMR-275 - High Build Acrylic Lacquer Primer Gray Gallon, Fast Dry, Easy Sanding, For...
14 Dura-Gold Premium 6' x 9' Maroon General Purpose Scuff Pads, Box of 10 - Scuffing, Scouring, Sanding, Paint Primer Prep Adhesion Scratch - Surface Preparation Automotive Car Auto Body Woodworking Wood Dura-Gold Premium 6" x 9" Maroon General Purpose Scuff Pads, Box of 10 - Scuffing, Scouring,...
15 Custom Shop Premium High Build Acrylic Lacquer Primer Surfacer, 1 Gallon - Fast Filling, Drying, Easy Sanding, Excellent Adhesion - Apply Over Metal Steel, Body Filler Putties, Automotive Industrial Custom Shop Premium High Build Acrylic Lacquer Primer Surfacer, 1 Gallon - Fast Filling, Drying,...
16 3M  16580 Accuspray Paint Spray Gun System with Original PPS, Standard, 22 Ounces, 4 Nozzles 3M  16580 Accuspray Paint Spray Gun System with Original PPS, Standard, 22 Ounces, 4 Nozzles
17 Iwata - Lph400-144Lvx Gun Only (5670) Iwata - Lph400-144Lvx Gun Only (5670)
18 Custom Shop - Gray DTM High Build Urethane Primer Surfacer 2.1 VOC (1-1/4 Gallon Kit) High-Performance Direct to Metal Primer for Automotive and Industry use Kit= 1 Gal. of DTM Primer and 1 Qt. of Hardener Custom Shop - Gray DTM High Build Urethane Primer Surfacer 2.1 VOC (1-1/4 Gallon Kit)...
19 C.A. Technologies CAT-X Gravity Feed HVLP & RP Spray Gun (Model B Black-Teflon Coated) C.A. Technologies CAT-X Gravity Feed HVLP & RP Spray Gun (Model B Black-Teflon Coated)
20 Rust-Oleum 363525 Automotive Guide Coat Primer, 12 oz, Black Rust-Oleum 363525 Automotive Guide Coat Primer, 12 oz, Black

The 20 Top Auto Body Primer Reviews:

Bestseller No. 1
Rust-Oleum 260510 Automotive 2-in-1 Filler & Sandable Primer, 12 Ounce (Pack of 1), Gray
  • Filler and sandable primer is suitable for use on wood, metal and fiberglass surfaces
  • Oil based 2 in 1 paint with Stops Rust formula saves time and provides rust resistant base coat for cars, trucks, and other vehicles
  • Covers up to 10 sq ft and dries to the touch (and can be recoated) in 10 minutes
  • Filler and sandable spray paint fills minor surface imperfections and sands smooth
  • Provides superior top coat adhesion and flat finish yields a smooth surface when sanded
SaleBestseller No. 3
Rust-Oleum 253499 Automotive Premixed Auto Body Paint, Quart, Gray Primer 32 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
  • Provides a durable, professional finish to automotive surfaces
  • Acrylic lacquer formula goes on easily and comes ready to use
  • Dries to the touch in 20 minutes and covers between 40-50 sq. ft. per quart
  • Provides a touch, road-resistant coating that withstands everyday wear
  • Usable in auto body spray systems
Bestseller No. 4
acme FP 410 Gallon KIT Urethane Primer Sherwin Williams Restoration AUTO Paint FINISH1
  • FP 410 URETHANE PRIMER IS AN EXCELLENT GRAY PRIMER AND HAS EXCELLENT
  • FILL PROPERTIES.
  • WILL COVER 80 SAND SCRATCHES WITH EASE,
Bestseller No. 6
Dupli-Color DAP1689 White General Purpose Sandable Primer - 12 oz.
  • Helps achieve top coat uniformity
  • Sands easily
  • Dry to touch in 30 minutes/ can be handled in 1 hour
  • EZ touch patented fan spray nozzle
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island
SaleBestseller No. 8
Rust-Oleum 2081830 Stops Rust Automotive Primer, 12 Ounce, Light Gray, 12 Fl Oz
  • Primer spray paint is suitable for use on wood, metal and fiberglass surfaces
  • Oil-based paint with Stops Rust formula provides rust resistant base coat for cars, trucks and other vehicles
  • Covers up to 12 sq. ft. and dries to handle (and can be recoated) in 15 minutes
  • High quality spray paint ensures long lasting, durable coating
  • Flat finish provides superior adhesion and works with any topcoat
Bestseller No. 9
DeVilbiss 802789 Complete Spraying System for Automotive Primer, Finish Coats and Touch-Up
  • DEVILBISS CO. 802789 STARTINGLINE 3GU
  • 802789
  • Contact us with any questions!
Bestseller No. 10
Rust-Oleum 286793 Automotive Universal Bonding Primer Spray, 12 oz, Flat White
  • Primer helps bond any top coat paint to even the most difficult of automotive surfaces
  • Professional grade formula seals and protects surfaces while creating the ideal surface for coating
  • Dries to the touch in 30 minutes and covers up to 10-12 sq. ft. per can
  • Creates a lasting bond to bumpers, trim, plastics, fiberglass, galvanized steel, aluminum and more
  • Flat finish spray creates a smooth, ready-to-coat surface for superior adhesion
SaleBestseller No. 11
Rust-Oleum 249418 Automotive Sandable Primer Spray Paint, 12 Ounce, Black, 12 Fl Oz
  • Wet and dry sandable primer is suitable for use on wood, metal and fiberglass surfaces
  • Oil based paint with Stops Rust formula provides rust resistant base coat for cars, trucks and other vehicles
  • Covers up to 15 sq ft and dries to the touch (and can be recoated) in 10 minutes.
  • High quality spray paint ensures long lasting, durable coating
  • Provides superior top coat adhesion and flat finish yields a smooth surface when sanded
Bestseller No. 12
CLAUSEN Z-Chrome Rust Defender Hi-Build Polyester Primer, 1 Gallon
  • 1 Gallon With Activator
  • Replaces Many Products and Steps, A Real Time Saver
  • Etch To Bare Metals, Fills Heavy Sand Scratches And Pitting, Seals- Ready To Topcoat After Final Sand And Prep
  • Non-shrinking and easy sanding, either wet or dry, it provides an excellent barrier between cured body filler and topcoats
Bestseller No. 13
SaleBestseller No. 14
Dura-Gold Premium 6" x 9" Maroon General Purpose Scuff Pads, Box of 10 - Scuffing, Scouring, Sanding, Paint Primer Prep Adhesion Scratch - Surface Preparation Automotive Car Auto Body Woodworking Wood
  • Box of 10 Dura-Gold Premium 6" x 9" Premium General Purpose Maroon Scuffing Pads. High-performance maroon general-purpose scuffing pads that deliver a very fine aluminum oxide abrasive cut comparable to about a P320 grit sandpaper cut.
  • Very flexible hand-held scuff pads that perform exceptionally well on flat, contoured, or hard-reach surface areas. Three-dimensional non-woven abrasive pads made with cut fiber strands, coated with resin, and durable aluminum oxide abrasive. These non-woven pads are reusable and can be used dry or wet, and they resist tearing, loading, and clogging. They deliver a consistent scratch pattern and uniform finish, providing you with increased productivity.
  • Typical applications are fine finishing, surface preparation, auto paint & primers surface prep, reconditioning, removing oxidation, cleaning, and burring. You can use pads on paint, metal, wood, plastics, ceramics, glass, and fiberglass.
  • Our scuff pads are suitable for use in auto body and paint shops, woodworking wood furniture making, metalworking metal sanding, crafting, household, drywall, industrial, fiberglass, plastics, or any other surface that needs scuffing or sanding.
  • Dura-Gold offers a complete vast product line of professional, high-quality sandpaper types that provide exceptional sanding performance, so you can get the job done fast, saving you time and money!
Bestseller No. 15
Custom Shop Premium High Build Acrylic Lacquer Primer Surfacer, 1 Gallon - Fast Filling, Drying, Easy Sanding, Excellent Adhesion - Apply Over Metal Steel, Body Filler Putties, Automotive Industrial
  • 1 Gallon (3.8 Liters) Can of Custom Shop Premium High Build 2.1 VOC Acrylic Lacquer Primer Surfacer. Gray primer color. Mix Ratio is 1 to 1 with RSP XR Reducers for 2.1 VOC California Compliance or RSP LT70 Lacquer Thinner for National Rule Compliance.
  • High Build 2.1 VOC Acrylic Lacquer Primer Surfacer is a premium, lead-free primer surfacer that provides outstanding build for fast filling without shrinkage when used as directed. It can be easily sanded, wet or dry, to a fine feather-edge and offers excellent adhesion and color holdout.
  • It provides excellent adhesion over properly prepared substrates: metal, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, previously painted surfaces, epoxy, and self-etch primers, body filler, glazing putties, and more. It’s an ideal primer for automotive vehicles, fleet, industrial products, and OEM manufacturers.
  • Restoration Shop and Custom Shop have been providing innovative Premium Quality products you can trust in the Automotive Paint Industry since 1974. Our products are proudly Made in the U.S.A., and we formulate, manufacture, and distribute our products throughout the USA, unlike many competitors.
  • Our superior coating products only use the highest quality ingredients, which allows our customers to consistently achieve high-quality professional results on their Painting Projects!
Bestseller No. 16
3M  16580 Accuspray Paint Spray Gun System with Original PPS, Standard, 22 Ounces, 4 Nozzles
  • ONE GUN FOR ALL PAINT SPRAY NEEDS – 3M Accuspray original handheld HVLP paint gun works with original PPS or PPS 2.0 disposable lids, liners and nozzles to measure, mix, filter and spray a variety of paint materials
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE PAINT SPRAY KIT – Includes 1 Accuspray spray gun, 4 nozzles (1.2 mm, 1.3 mm, 1.4 mm, 1.8 mm), 1 plastic paint cup, 1 collar, 5 disposable lids (4 with 200-micron filter, 1 with 125-micron filter), 5 disposable liners, universal mix ratio insert and sealing plugs. Air compressor and hose coupler not included
  • PICK YOUR PROJECT – Comes with 22-ounce standard-size cup, ideal for any painting project including cars, boats, furniture, equipment, cabinets, arts and crafts
  • VARIETY OF MATERIALS – The different nozzle options allow you to spray paints, stains, varnishes, basecoats, undercoats, primers, sealers, clearcoats, gelcoats, sprayable adhesives and more
  • LIKE-NEW PERFORMANCE AGAIN AND AGAIN – With replaceable atomizing heads, you get the performance of a brand-new gun each time you replace the nozzle
Bestseller No. 17
Iwata - Lph400-144Lvx Gun Only (5670)
  • Leading Manufacturer Of High-Quality Products
  • International Renown For Our Diverse Range Of Award-Winning Products
  • Fully Equipped With State-Of-The-Art Technology
  • All Products Have Been Designed With The Professional In Mind
  • Constantly Modernizing Our Powerful Devices To Meet The Demands Of The Modern User
Bestseller No. 18
Custom Shop - Gray DTM High Build Urethane Primer Surfacer 2.1 VOC (1-1/4 Gallon Kit) High-Performance Direct to Metal Primer for Automotive and Industry use Kit= 1 Gal. of DTM Primer and 1 Qt. of Hardener
  • Custom Shop – DTM Series High Build Urethane Direct to Metal Primer Surfaceris a 4 to 1 Mix Ratio high performance primer specifically designed to be used  DTM (Direct to Metal) .  DTM Series Primer contains an advanced resin technology system that offers superior adhesion to Bare Metal, Steel, Bare Aluminum, Fiberglass, Gelcoat, Body Fillers and many properly prepared Rigid Plastics and sanded OEM Finishes.
  • DTM High Build Primer is Lead and Chromate Free and its formulation contains a rich blend of Anti-Corrosive additives to achieve maximum defense against rust and corrosion while adding the benefit of outstanding adhesion. DTM also offers easy High Build Properties and is a fast dry product. Easy to Sand in as soon as 3 hours
  • Custom Shop – DTM Series Primer is great as a DTM primer with an easy 4 to 1 Mix Ratio. And a low 2.1 Voc that can be used Coast to Coast
  • DTM Primer Surfacer is Available in Primer Gray with 1-1/4 Quart and 1-1/4 Gallon kits available. Great for Automotive and Industrial applications. DTM is compatible with and can be top coated with most Automotive Paint brands like Custom Shop, Restoration Shop, PPG, House of Kolor, Valspar, etc.
  • Custom Shop DTM High Buid Primer Surfacer offers superior sanding characteristics and excellent Topcoat Gloss holdout. Allow prime 2-3 hours drytime before sanding and topcoating.
Bestseller No. 19
C.A. Technologies CAT-X Gravity Feed HVLP & RP Spray Gun (Model B Black-Teflon Coated)
  • Nozzle Sizes 1.0,1.3,1.5,1.7 mm
  • Extreme material atomization , Extreme material application speed
  • Extreme transfer efficiency
  • Stainless steel fluid passage
  • Lightweight with handle ergonomics, Lightweight with handle ergonomics
Bestseller No. 20
Rust-Oleum 363525 Automotive Guide Coat Primer, 12 oz, Black
  • Use to help highlight low points, scratches, and pinholes on automotive surfaces prior to painting
  • Stops Rust formula adds surface integrity and inhibits corrosion
  • Dries to the touch in 5 minutes and can be fully wet or dry sanded
  • Exposures imperfections when applied over primed surfaces to ensure a smooth final finish
  • Features any-angle spray technology for application even upside down and a wide comfort spray tip

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How to find the best auto body primer?

Here, we’ll be going over a number of factors that you can use to ensure that you’re purchasing the best auto body primer for you.

Regardless of which type of item you’re looking to buy, chances are that there are existing buying guides on the internet, all of which aim to give you good auto body primer recommendations.

Despite these recommendations, however, it’s always a good idea to do your own research. In addition to this research, asking yourself the following questions is also super helpful:

  • What features does the auto body primer need to have to be perfect for my needs?
  • What is my budget?
  • Do I need to purchase a certain brand?

Once you’ve answered these questions and have a good idea of what you’re looking for and the buying process becomes much easier. Keep in mind that when looking for the best product, there’s no need to rush. In fact, very rarely are the ideal products found by choosing the first one you see or by basing your decisions on only one factor. Take your time and enjoy the process!

Now, with the answers to the previous questions in mind, we urge you to use our upcoming buying guide for auto body primer to find what you’re looking for:

Brand

In some cases, the brand of auto body primer is very important. For example, if you’re looking for an item that works in tandem with another, you might very well need both products to be the same brand. If this is the case, it’s vital to pay attention to this factor, as choosing the wrong product can mean the difference between wasting your money and buying a great product that functions as it should.

Features

The features in any given auto body primer are important because they can dictate which version of an item you need and how much money you need to spend. Consider all the key features that you want your item to have and don’t settle for anything that doesn’t check at least ¾ of your boxes.

Reviews

Customer reviews about auto body primer are crucial – especially when you’re buying a product that costs a lot of money or serves a big importance. Luckily, most products can be found online, which means that it’s common for there to be scores of customer reviews from those who have already purchased any given product.

Pay attention to these reviews. Take note of the pros and cons that they mention, and factor these into your big decision. In some cases, you’ll be forced to sacrifice one con in order to gain a particular pro, but being aware of the potential con is going to be beneficial in either case.

Quality

Of course, quality is key. You don’t want to purchase a low-quality product. If you do, you run the risk of your item breaking, not working properly, or otherwise proving to be very disappointing, as well as a waste of money.

You can compare auto body primer quality by researching what your potential purchases are made from, contrasting the individual items against each other to discern which one is made of the best materials.

Warranty

Warranty isn’t always going to be important, but it definitely can be. This is especially true if the item in question is tech-related or expensive. A good warranty will be valid for an extended time after purchase and cover a variety of problems ranging from item defects to random accidents, water damage, and other miscellaneous events that could ruin your product.

Conclusion

The quest to find the best auto body primer can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. It can be made much easier by asking yourself a few simple questions and then thinking critically about the items you want to buy. Consider their features, quality, brand, warranty, and customer reviews and you’re more likely to make a great purchase.