Here's how you can fix a mistake made while painting a rock and, believe me, I have made many mistakes.
(Keep in mind these tips work for rocks which have NOT been sealed.)
While the paint is still wet
- A Q-tip (or corner of a paper towel) moistened with a little clean water can wipe away the paint which ended up where it didn't belong
- An art tool called a "paint eraser" can also remove errant paint. (This two-sided tool has a chiseled and pointed rubber tip at each end.) I find dipping the tip in a little water is helpful with paint removal
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When the paint has dried
- Dawn dish detergent on a moistened paper towel magically "erases" dried paint most of the time
- Sandpaper is useful for scraping off small areas of paint which have strayed onto an unpainted, natural part of the rock
- Sometimes a combination of a little Dawn dish detergent followed by sanding works best
- Rubbing alcohol wiped on the dried paint with a q-tip or soft cloth also works
- If the mistakes are too numerous or you just don't like how the design is turning out, just cover the rock with white acrylic paint and start something new.
Do you have tips for removing paint from a rock? Please leave a comment and I will try them out.
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