Outdoor resin statues and figurines can add beauty and be a conversation piece. The art pieces added to your garden and lawn can be personalized to your liking and bring out a whimsical aspect. Resin is known to be durable in withstanding the intense summer heat to the bitter cold of the winter.
You may encounter a resin statue that must be restored to its former glory. You will have the opportunity to discover the art piece’s former glory by repairing its flaws.
Cleaning the resin art is the first step in repairing the garden artwork. During the cleaning phase, you will discover the faults that need to be repaired. The correct diagnosis of the process will enable you to apply the right solution. The magnitude of the cracks and flaws on the resin surface may require a simple fix using glue to major cracks needs the application of resin solution to seal the damage.
The repair process can seem intimidating for you initially, but the first step in overcoming the fear is understanding the challenge in front of you.
By following the instructions below, I hope you can enjoy discovering the beauty in your artwork and having confidence in the future maintenance of your garden art.
Clean dirt and debris from the resin surface.
Cleaning the surface of the resin garden artwork is essential to remove any loose dirt, debris, and mildew buildup. As the first step in the repair process, this will allow you to inspect for any cracks, breaks, and holes that need to be repaired later on.
Use your garden hose water to clean off the surface. Avoid using power washers to prevent damaging and breaking your resin garden art. Allow the water from the garden hose to be a gentle stream.
For hard-to-remove dirt and mildew, you can use your regular dish soap to scrub off the stubborn stains. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes when cleaning, as this will create small ridges or microcracks.
Use a soft cloth or a sponge when washing the surface. You can use your hands to feel for cracks and remove debris on the surface.
Mix the water with dish soap before scrubbing the surface to ensure an even consistency.
Once the scrubbing is done, ensure the soap is sufficiently removed from the surface, and no bubbles are left. Have the piece dry in a warm place for at least 4 hours. The resin surface needs to be set on a dry surface.
How do you fix cracks in resin statues?
Cracks on the resin surface can devastate your resin artwork as they might lead to significant breaks that can be hard to resolve later on. Sanding down the areas around the damaged area allows for the easy application of the adhesive or resin solution.
The sanding process produces dust particles that can cause respiratory issues when inhaled. When inhaled, the dust particles can be trapped in your respiratory system, causing severe respiratory irritation and allergies.
I do recommend using water sandpaper when sanding the resin surface. Why wet sanding over dry sanding? Wet sanding is the process of using sandpaper with water or other lubricants. The liquid substances help in removing the grit from the sandpaper.
Both dry and wet sanding smooth out the surface; the aggressive nature of sanding resin produces particles that are dispersed in the air. Wet sanding reduces the chances of having resin particles in the air and ending up in your respiratory system.
Be careful when sanding the resin art with an electric sander; there is a high likelihood of experiencing an eclectic shock. Sanding by hand will take a long time for large garden art pieces to achieve your desired result.
Clean off any resin particles on the surface of the resin artwork.
The particles can be dusted off using a dry paper towel. The result from sanding should be a smooth surface, clear of resin dust, to allow the glue or resin to adhere to the resin artwork.
What glue do you use to repair cracks in resin?
After sanding, the resin surface is complete. The next step is filling the resin surface’s holes and cracks.
When it comes to fixing cracks on resin art and statues, using the right glue is essential to achieve seamless and durable repairs. Here are three top-rated options in the market known for their effectiveness in bonding resin materials:
Epoxy Resin Adhesive: Epoxy resin adhesive is a popular choice for repairing cracks in resin art and statues. It offers a strong, long-lasting bond, ensuring the cracked parts stay firmly in place. Epoxy resin adhesives are available in two-part formulas that require mixing before application.
This type of adhesive cures to a clear and rigid finish, making it ideal for transparent or translucent resin pieces. Look for an epoxy resin adhesive designed for bonding plastics and resins for the best results.
Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue): Cyanoacrylate, commonly known as super glue, is another effective option for fixing cracks in resin. It provides a fast and strong bond, making it suitable for quick repairs.
Super glue is available in various viscosities, ranging from thin to gel-like, allowing for versatile application depending on the crack’s size and location. Opt for a super glue that is specifically formulated for bonding plastics and resins to ensure optimal adhesion.
Polyurethane Adhesive: Polyurethane adhesive is a flexible and durable option for repairing cracks in resin art and statues. It forms a strong bond while offering some flexibility, which is beneficial for resin objects that may experience slight movements or vibrations.
Polyurethane adhesive is also resistant to water and chemicals, ensuring a reliable and long-lasting repair. Choose a polyurethane adhesive that is suitable for bonding plastics and resins to ensure compatibility and maximum adhesion strength.
When selecting the best glue for fixing cracks in resin art and statues, consider factors such as the type of resin material, the size and location of the crack, and the desired level of bond flexibility. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and allow sufficient curing time for the adhesive to achieve its full strength. With the right glue, you can confidently restore the beauty and integrity of your resin creations.
How to paint resin statues.
Applying paint to resin can be challenging compared to concrete or wood surfaces. Resin does need the surface sanded for proper adherence to the primer.
Once the resin surface is filled and cleaned, the primer is applied. A clean and sanded surface is ideal for primer application. The primer can be applied immediately without any delay.
Primers typically come in 3 colors. Black, white, and grey are the colors that you can purchase. Choosing the correct primer depends on the paint that will be painted over the primer. Having a dark primer coat will produce a dark finish when the paint is applied.
For a multicolored result, I recommend using grey or white primer for consistency and having the colors visible and bright once the paint dries.
Instead of using a brush, the primer can also be bought as a spray-on primer. When using a spray-on primer, ensure the room is well-ventilated. Apply the primer per the manufacturer’s instructions.
The resin surface does require multiple layers of primer and is allowed to be set. Once the primer is completely dry, the next step is to apply the paint.
The paint I recommend after priming the surface is Acrylic paint. Ensure that the paint is well prepared by stirring with a mixing stick. Apply the first coat on your resin artwork. Once the paint has settled, add as many coats as needed to get your desired result.
You can use a synthetic brush for the best result, but any brush can be used when applying the paint.
Once the desired paint finish is reached, you can allow the paint to dry. You can add a clear finish to protect the paint.