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Acrylic Enamel paint still tacky?

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This will seem rather off topic, but I honestly think its a viable post for this section as in offtopic it will get buried and art/graphics is mostly digital art..

Anyways, I sculpted a figure out of polymer clay (sculpey 3) baked it as required and painted it with some craft acrylic enamel paint. Baked it again for slightly under the required amount of time (worried that the clay may crack due to repeated high temperature bakings) and it turned out fine.. Except that even after several days the paint is tacky. Its not really sticky, but totally noticeable when handled and the base will pick up tons of dust.

Is there anything I can do to make it less tacky?

Thanks!
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I think by reheating yuo may have caused the enamel to become tacky. You could try a good caoting of it and leave it for as long as you can.
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What if you added a clear coat?
    
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Originally Posted by BradleyW;13155070 
I think by reheating yuo may have caused the enamel to become tacky. You could try a good caoting of it and leave it for as long as you can.

I baked it twice, once with the initial plain clay the next after it had been painted.
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Originally Posted by Epitope;13155107 
What if you added a clear coat?

That seems like a viable solution, except i'd rather not go that route as i'd have to purchase some clear paint, and then have that potentially make things worse.

I was hoping there was some sort of house hold trick to help with the tackiness, like rubbing it down with alcohol or water or something :[
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Originally Posted by s-x;13161389 
I baked it twice, once with the initial plain clay the next after it had been painted.

Why? heating up paint doesn't do good things to it. Unless your using a spray can then dropping it in a bucket of hot tap water for 1 min prior to use causes it to spread more and become thinner.

Id' say rubb off as much as possible cloth/sandpaper/chisel. then repaint.
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Where's Fannblade? He'd proabably know what to do.
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Set it under a UV light or put it in the sunshine for a while. Some paints will harden better in UV light.
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Originally Posted by gcampton;13161723 
Why? heating up paint doesn't do good things to it. Unless your using a spray can then dropping it in a bucket of hot tap water for 1 min prior to use causes it to spread more and become thinner.

Id' say rubb off as much as possible cloth/sandpaper/chisel. then repaint.

Just following the directions :[
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