When statues and other polyresin items get broken, repairs take a lot of time. Some polyresin figures that break end up with dozens of fragments, missing pieces and rough edges. School glue, tissue paper and acrylic paints can repair most damaged statues, but it is a long, arduous process that requires patience. Some broken areas will require several layers of repair before completion, so be prepared to work in an area several times.
Glue the pieces together with school glue, and tape each piece into place while it dries. Continue this process until the statue is rebuilt. Allow it to dry overnight, so that the glue sets completely.
Remove the tape from the statue. Pull the pieces of tape off carefully, so you don't break the glue loose. If the areas of repair are smoothly bonded, lightly sandpaper the cracks, and touch up the paint. Mix any colours, and test the colours on a scrap piece of white paper before painting on the statue.
Check the statue for cracks, gouges or places that need filling. Tear small pieces of tissue paper about 1/2 inch wide, crumble them up and squish them into the cracks. Squirt some glue into the tissue paper and continue smoothing until the surface is smooth.
Let the tissue and glue dry in the cracks. When it dries, it may shrink into the crack. If it does, fill it with more tissue paper and glue. Keep repeating this procedure until you fill all cracks, gouges and lines. This process may take several days to complete, especially if the statue was broken into a lot of pieces.
Sand any rough edges left from your repair. Be careful when you sand, so as not to pull the tissue and glue out of the cracks. Refill any cracks that you accidentally mess up.
Match the paint in the repaired areas with acrylic paint. Test the paint on a scrap piece of paper before you paint on the sculpture. Paint the damaged areas, and allow them to dry.
Spray the entire statue with clear spray paint to seal the acrylic paint. Let the spray paint dry, and then spray another coating. Once that is dry, you can display the statue anywhere inside. The repair materials are not waterproof, so the statue can't be exposed to outside elements.
Things you need
- Tissue paper
- Acrylic paint
- Masking tape
- Scrap of white paper
- Clear spray paint