My panicked response in the dark of the late night -- after coming home fromo endless work and knowing I would not be able to spraypaint it any time last week by the light of the sun, due to continuing demands of my work-schedule -- I decided to spray over the sadly shiny acrylic finish with classic flat black Rust-Oleum. In the past this has worked in similar circumstanes, convincing me that the acrylic finish managed to add a protective coating over any bare styrofoam which would otherwise have been EATEN AWAY by the classic spraypaint.
Needless to say, I lost a CHUNK of the painstakingly-constructed hill to the RAVENOUS aerosel power of Rustoleum.
Worst part was I had no one to blame... but myself.
Oh, well, none of us are perfect.
In the end, thank goodness, it only ate away one or two spots in the same area of the hill, and repairing them didn't take all that long. I repaired them with woodchips and putty, rather than styrofoam, even though I swore I would not spray the newly-refurbished version with Rustoleum or use anything other than FLAT BRUSHED-ON PAINT on it.
In the end I think the newly repaired version actually turned out a little better than it was originally, since focusing intently on the spot which had suffered damage led me to improve it a bit.
All that remains now is to paint it, which I hope to accomplish during late nights after work over coming week.
Wish me luck -- though since I won't even be touching a can of spraypaint, let alone using one on it!
Here's just a few pics, I'll add more as soon as I get the chance...