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help my paint wont dry

Help!!! i have spent ages sculpting fingers for a puppet I am making but the acrylic paint I used still feels tacky after a couple of days-I even left them in the conservatory in the heat.
This has happened once before but no where near as bad.
Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong. I thought maybe I hadnt let each layer dry but I was wanting them to blend (and i was impatient )
The same paints have dried properly on other models.
If I cant get them to dry can I remove he paint without damaging the fingers and repaint???

Re: help my paint wont dry

This is a quandry. What brand of paint did you use? Did you use an extender or a clear acrylic medium to make it easier to achieve a blend of colors? Liquitex brand mediums (both the glossy and the matte) remain tacky for months. Other brands may react the in the same manner.
You can remove the paint with alcohol and try again, either with a different brand of paint. Denatured Alcohol, available in the paint department, works fastest, but Rubbing Alcohol will also work.
Once the surface is clean of paint and dry, begin again, using only water as your medium, and let dry several hours between coats to prevent lifting. Delta and Plaid make good quality craft acrylics that have proven compatible with the clay.
Hope this helps,

Re: help my paint wont dry

Many thanks for that I will check out my paints to see what I have. In the meantime I had some time so I carried on with the project and called him 'sticky' He is a Goblin puppet for my wedding next year and I have many more to make. I found I also had used the wrong strength armature wire, so he has a number of faults that make him quite endearing. Still everything is a learning curve and this site is a fantastic help