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Synthetic Rock Re-Painting

Updated on December 20, 2013

Dreams Do Come True.

Magic happens when a new synthetic rock re-painting project exceeds your wildest expectations, It's like somehow fairy dust has been sprinkled all over your backyard and transformed your tropical oasis into the place you want to be.

Why do you think Disneyland is so magically enchanting?

This is a cool image of Merlin inside a magic grotto Jacuzzi .

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Synthetic Rock Re-Painting - Magic Can Happen For You!

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Photo By Faux

Why do you think you spent so much money building your very own private oasis paradise? Could it be because you wanted a special place you could feel the magic? Did the magic really happen for you? It has been my experience that extreme disappointment sadly is the harsh reality after a lack luster non imaginative synthetic rock re-painting is completed.

The very first thing I do when I go to a new clients home is ask if their last synthetic rock re-painting project has met or exceeded their wildest expectations 99% of the time the answer is a resounding NO.

My next question is; so what was your vision? How did you see the finished project in your mind's eye, some clients can tell me and for the ones who can't, I send to my pinterest page so they can see what inspires me.

This is the fun part for me because I get to experience a magic new vision; I feel the most important part of any rock painter's job is to get on the same page with their new clients so the magic can happen


Hit the pinterest button below and see what inspires me and all my clients.

This is a must see.

Prep Work

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Photo by Faux Stain .com

!- Prep Work, Prep Work, Prep Work, Ok you get my point, If the prep work is done correctly the new

synthetic Rock paint job will last ten years or more. First we remove all existing old paint and stain by sandblasting and power washing.

2- Next; we spray a commercial concrete densifire on the entire water feature. This permanent product penetrates 4'' into the shell of the synthetic rock creating a hard waterproof shield inside the synthetic rock that stops hydro-static water pressure from blowing off the new paint job.

3- Next; an epoxy bonding primer is sprayed over the entire water feature; This step guarantees a strong permanent bond for the stain or paint used. I know all this prep work sounds really expensive and the truth is its not cheap until you consider not having to repaint for a decade or more and your next repaint will only be a INEXPENSIVE touch-up.

4-Next; it's time for the re-paint job. Pick up a real rock look at it closely you will find 5 to 7 different colors even in a gray rock. We capture this exact process in every rock we paint, This is one of the reasons why we capture the dramatic realism of real rocks

5- The next step is air brush magic we airbrush realistic highlights in the rock that produces a 3-d effect and unparalleled realism. So the rock looks real and your happy well I'm not done Yet

6-I promised you magic, We dust your water feature with a little real metal flake this gives a magic sparkle at night and you'll never notice it by day the truth is this is a Disney fairy dust trick and last we water proof the entire paint job with our UV. Treatment

Amazing Art - Award Winning Water Feature

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Photo By Faux

This So Cal pool won Best Pool in 1989 from Better Homes and Gardens and the homeowners picked my company to restore it. We spent three weeks re-painting and the clients were thrilled with the end results, This water feature was built by skilled faux rock builders from Knots Berry Farm and they really did an amazing Job, This restoration really felt like we were restoring a Picasso, the client wanted the exact same look and feel it had in 1989 and we delivered. If I sound like I am a little Proud It's because I am, I would not have picked the colors used but my clients wanted exact match and we did it.

Thank You

Scott Hicks

Color- Fiji Tropical Paradise - Brown, Tan, Rust, Green, Black, White, Gray.

Color- Fiji Tropical Paradise
Color- Fiji Tropical Paradise

This is a beautiful example of Fiji rock; I painted this project with seven different colors to achieve this exotic look. My client showed me an amazing picture from their last vacation, and I copied it in every detail possible. On the last day they looked at me and said I captured their dream. For an artist there is no bigger complement. I just wanted to share this.

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Nicely done

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Nicely done

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Very nicely done're very talented! I love painting rocks on murals.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      It's neat that Better Home and Gardens featured it and you did the work? Very cool!

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      Margarita Boettcher 3 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      Way cool! I had a client ask me if I could do that once. Man I'm glad I didn't even try. Awesome company. Congratulations! Margarita Boettcher

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Beautiful stuff. Looks awesome.

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I just decided I need one of these :) Great lens, and great artistic work!!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing this wonderful work with us.

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      rainykua 4 years ago

      Lovely works of art. You're right Scott. Magic does happen. I would love to see before and after pictures if you have them.:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome work, Scott!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I love the rock - it is beautiful!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done!

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      Annemarie Robbertse 4 years ago from South Africa

      I am LOVING the pictures you use - you are a true artist!

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      Boomer6 LM 4 years ago

      Awesome rockwork!!!!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love all the rock paintings, but your top picture of Merlin is too cool!

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      Wow! It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing

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      shewins 4 years ago

      Wow, I wish I had my own grotto.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful work.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love how the project turned out, and your obvious passion for what you do.

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      I really liked this lens. My dad would love to work on a project like this (he works as an electrician, but he's really a jack of all trades). This kind of reminded my of trips my family took to Disney world.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I meant to say these are so cool, that's what I meant. :)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Creative, fun work - well done!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Well, I've just learned something new - didn't know you could do all this with rocks! Nice lens. Would have blessed it, but it seems you have your quota!

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Nice work. What fun work you have!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I think you give rock art a brand new meaning.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Very creative. Really an amazing art.

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      IamShea 4 years ago

      Very cool, you do awesome work!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      The photos on Pinterest are stunning. I think this is just so creative.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love that Pinterest board! Great lens too!

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      LindseyKrelle 4 years ago

      What an interesting lens - you so clearly find your work fulfilling

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very interesting. I didn't know rocks could be repainted, I guess.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      This is Amazing! hard job.

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      Chip_Westley 4 years ago

      Your passion really shines through. Wonderful restoration.

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      djroll 4 years ago

      Very interesting. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks.