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Unread 06-16-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Spray paint is still sticky

I spray painted a clay necklace, and though it's dried, it's still sticky. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix that?
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Unread 06-16-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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Yes. Wait. The sticky goes away in a couple days. Scared me the first time too.
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Unread 06-16-2011, 05:41 PM   #3
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What kind of clay are you talking about? Polymer clays (Sculpey, Fimo, etc) react badly to spray paint. Sometimes the paint doesn't cure and melts the clay a little, sometimes the paint cures but keeps flaking off, etc. I just messed up a set of polymer clay hair ornaments this way, had to scrub the paint off and start over with a base coat of gesso :<
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Unread 06-17-2011, 05:36 AM   #4
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First, I would take Chil's advice in making sure the surface you are spray painting will be tolerant of the paint. Some surfaces just aren't very friendly towards certain paints.

Second, Mod Podge. I've found that it can go over slightly-tacky spray paint, and when it dries it will STAY dry, as well as be more durable (paint job will be more resistant to flaking and damage). Multiple coats create a stronger layer (just remember to let it dry fully before applying more), but can create a different texture depending on what brush techniques you use to apply it. Blow drying will shorted the drying time considerably, which is only about 15 minutes in the first place.
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Unread 06-17-2011, 06:22 AM   #5
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Clay is a porous substance, but...

If the paint is still sticky, then it is not dry. If your are using a gloss paint, then give it at least a week to dry, semi-gloss should get half a week, and if it is a matte paint and it is still wet, then maybe you didn't shake the can enough.
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