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Just finished painting my rock structure and I'm having a hard time deciding if I want to coat the parts that won't be underwater with a waterproofing coating. I'm worried I will lose texture and will make it shiny. At the same time, I'm worried that the plaster-ish material I used might break down over time in humidity like we keep. Would do it like in this video: How to make a waterfall (rainforest edition) Decisions decisions.....

**I for sure am coating the areas that will be part of the waterfall with silicone or epoxy (haven't decided which yet but likely just silicone).

These 2 are before I decided to paint in algae in the falls area.
Here's what the rocks look like without any coating:
Trunk Tree Rock

Zoomed in:
shellbark hickory Tree Rock Trunk Woody plant


Here's with algae in the falls
Rock Tree Geology Trunk Plant

Tree shellbark hickory Trunk Woody plant Rock

Tree Trunk Plant Rock Houseplant
 

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I am interested to know how you will be coating the rocks in silicone/epoxy. I just built a waterfall and have had some problems with cracking by the plaster coated in drylock...
 

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what "plaster-ish" material did you use? plaster (gypsum) is not viv suitable


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It's Activa Permastone. Same stuff as "Habicrete" only cheaper because not marketed for the same purpose :) It's a plaster polymer used for creating statues. Technically it's "water resistant".
See this thread if you want more: http://www.vivariumforum.com/commun...7-research-find-habacrete-alternative-11.html
Or you can simply wait for me to update my build thread. Gonna try to create it as a resource type thread for my technique since I used a bit of a Frankenstein of various techniques and I've been VERY happy with it so far.
 

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Was doing an ink drip highlight method on my tree buttress and the answer to the question became readily apparent. With how water soluble the acrylic paints are that I'm using for all this detailing, I think I HAVE to seal it to prevent them from getting washed away. My answer appears to have nothing at all to do with the structure!

**Will still do silicone over the really wet areas (including submerged tree buttress roots, waterfall and river.
 

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Here's a little preview:
These are the before and after shots with the 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic. Keep in mind this is all in very different lighting and it actually has more settling time to do (I think you can actually still see a pool or 2 of acrylic in some shots). I'm still gonna epoxy/silicone the roots and the waterfall, but this ought to give you a good idea of how much it changes (or not).

Rocks before:
Rock Tree Geology Trunk Plant

Rocks after:
shellbark hickory sweet birch Tree Trunk red pine


Tree before:
Tree Trunk Fur Wood Plant

Tree after:
Rock Stone carving Sculpture Art Artifact


Tree before (zoom):
shellbark hickory Trunk Tree Brown Close-up

Tree after (zoom):
Brown Rock Formation Geology Mineral
 
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