- Use a little dish detergent and water
- Scrub the rocks to remove dirt
- Rinse well
- Allow the stones and rocks to dry completely
- CLEANING TIPS:
- I like to do several stones at one time in a bucket
- Dirt from the stones may clog the pipes, so be sure to dispose of the cleaning water in a suitable place
- To sanitize the stones after washing and rinsing, I add a little bleach to a bucket of clean water, then rinse well
Many rocks need just a good cleaning and no other preparation for painting.
Priming will make your project go much easier for certain types of rock and stones.
Candidates for priming:
- Smooth stones
- Dark-colored rocks and stones
- Rough and/or pitted rocks or bricks
I purchased these landscaping stones in the garden department of a big box store.
They are a great shape for rock painting, but the smooth surface makes it difficult for paint to adhere properly. Without priming the rocks first, my design and hard work can peel right off.
To prime these stones (after they've been cleaned and dried), I just apply 1 or 2 coats of white (or light colored) acrylic or craft paint.
The light primer not only helps subsequent paint layers adhere but also brightens subsequent colors.
Instead of white acrylic paint you can also use white glue (e.g., Elmer's) as a primer if you're not concerned about bright colors.
A coat or two of white or light-colored paint applied to dark stones helps brighten subsequent paint colors as illustrated below.
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PITTED OR ROUGH STONES OR BRICKS
There are several ways to prime pitted or rough stones.
Acrylic paint can be used to fill the pits (if they aren't numerous or deep) by dabbing the paint into any little crevasses or holes.
Landscaping bricks, edgers and pavers are very rough. I like to brush on a product called KILZ to prime them before painting.
Sometimes, I smooth wood filler over a rock's holes and cracks to fill them before applying a primer and/or painting.
To protect and seal my rocks once they are painted, I brush on Delta Ceramcoat Satin Exterior/Interior Varnish.
These are the supplies and methods I prefer for painted rocks preparation and protection.