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I’m a brush on primer guy – I use Liquitex Gesso, strictly – have done for a long time. Cheap gesso doesn’t work well, in my experience it’s important to use high quality liquitex.

Black is fantastic – grey is a little thin and work much better after 2 coats, otherwise it can wrinkle under a wash. White is good but slightly transparent (don’t matter massively if you apply good, solid basecoats. I wouldn’t dream of using another brush on – it does need leaving 24 hours though, so occasionally if I particularly want to paint something I’ll use a spray.