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Posted in response to making rocks look wet from Herb on April 08, 2012 at 04:21:22:

Re: making rocks look wet

Hi Herb,

A "cheater polish" may serve your purpose. This is applied by simply spray painting rocks with a high gloss clear polyurethane or epoxy paint. The effect will make your rocks more or less permanently appear as they do when wetted.

To get the maximum effect from a "cheater polish", the rocks should first be cleaned with soapy water and a scrub brush to remove any adhering soil or dust and let dry completely. Several lightly applied coats of paint is preferable to a single thick coat, which will tend to run.

This treatment derives its name from lapidary purists who frown upon the idea of painting rocks as opposed to applying a polish through lapidary techniques such as tumbling or lapping. However, a "cheater polish" is cheap, fast, works on soft and porous materials that can't be readily polished using lapidary techniques, and does not harm the rocks.

Bob Keller

From Bob Keller - April 09, 2012 at 21:51:36

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