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How To Restore Old Concrete Statues and Sculptures.


Over time outdoor statues experience wear and tear that makes them look unrecognizable. The present decay of the art piece may be caused by harsh outdoor elements and years of neglect and abuse. 

 The proper steps to restore old concrete statues require to be followed keenly. Inspecting the present condition of the statue is the first step. During the inspection stage, you will be able to identify the specific damage and tools required to resolve the problem. 

 The information from the inspection stages will lead to the appropriate remedy to restore the statute. Some statutes may need a simple cleaning, and others may need an extensive process of replacing missing parts and painting.

 The restoration process takes time to bring the statue back to its former glory, but the result will be worthwhile. 

 The restoration process is essential to extend the life and beauty of the statue. The tools required to do the job can be purchased from your local hardware store. Following the steps listed below will enable you to fix your statue.

Can You Restore Concrete Statues?

 Extreme harsh weather does cause havoc to garden statues. The changing temperature and positioning of your statue in your garden can lead to its deterioration over time. There are different degrees of damage you may encounter while inspecting the statues. Below is the list of damages that you may encounter:

1. Cracks on the statue – Cracks on statues can be from a hairline craft to a significant crack on the statue. The cracks typically form from years of exposure to extreme weather.  

Especially when hard freezing water finds fine cracks and pockets, over time, the expansion and contraction of water will lead to significant cracks forming. 

Cracks can also be formed from the statues being dropped during the statue relocation.

2. Gaps on the Statue: Gaps in statues’ usual form are when the sculptures are made of pieces that have been joined together. 

The gaps are formed when the adhesive used to join the two pieces together wears off. The gap renders the statue unstable and, if unresolved, may lead to the pieces separating and falling off.

3. Broken or Missing Parts of the statue: This is usually common when a statue has a broke part of the statue break off. For example, a finger of the statue has been chipped off the statue. To restore the missing digit, you will need to purchase putty. The putty will be molded to replicate the missing digit.  

4.   Mold and Mildew Build-up: Mold thrives best in damp and humid conditions. The mold consists of tiny organisms that reproduce through spores that travel through the air. Over-watered gardens with standing water are perfect conditions for mold growth. 

 How To Clean Old Garden Statues.

Cleaning the surface of the cement art piece is essential to remove debris and mildew buildup from the statue. At the same time, cleaning be gentle with the statues to avoid chipping, cracking, or even breaking. This is the opportunity to inspect your statues for cracks or breaks.

Use your garden hose to shower or mist the statue with water gently. Avoid using power washers due to the strength and power jetstream of water produced. 

Avoid using a harsh bristled brush when scrubbing the statue, as this will create small ridges or microcracks that will later result in a significant problem. Use a soft cloth or a sponge when cleaning the surface. You can use your hand to feel cracks and remove surface debris. 

Mix the water with dish soap when scrubbing the surface. Be careful not to use harsh soap that can harm your concrete statue. Your standard dish soap is sufficient to get the job done.

Once the scrubbing is done, ensure the soap is sufficiently removed from the surface. Have the statue dry for 24 hours. The statue needs to be set on a dry surface, not on a wet surface where water can wick through the concrete sculpture.

How To Seal Concrete Statues Surface.

Seal the Statue. After the statue has been cleaned and dried for a minimum of 24 hours, the next step is to seal any gaps or cracks on your sculpture. The use of cement epoxy is recommended. The surface needs to be dry before applying the epoxy. 

      You will need to read and understand the instruction provided by the manufacturer of the products before application. Smoothy and evenly apply the epoxy on the damaged area. 

How To Paint Concrete Statues Surface.

Apply a Base Coat: The base coat is added before painting. A base coat is applied to prevent the paint from chipping and bubbling. The best option for a base coat is an acrylic base coat, which can allow moisture to pass through while preventing mass penetration of water.

Paint the Statue:  Acrylic latex paint is the best option to paint your statue. The paint is water resistant and allows for ease of cleaning. 

Acrylic paint can be used for both indoor and outdoor statues. The ability of the paint to soak into the statue allows for a bright and clean finish. 

The paint comes in various colors and provides a layer of protection from mold and mildew buildup.

The whole process can seem daunting and intimidating if this is going to be your first restoration process. Following the steps listed above will enable you to get the result envisioned before embarking on the restoration process. The final result from following the step above will extend the life of your garden art.

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Ginny Orenge

Hi, my name is Ginny, home and garden decor ideas is a family business specializing in inspiring you in getting in making your own craft at home. I have also loved creating my own art at home. I hope to share my tips in creating both home and garden decorations that you can be proud off.

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