Cement and concrete are ideal surfaces for painting, and many people are not happy with the grey and white colours. But if not completed correctly, painted masonry surfaces can be very high-maintenance and will chip and peel. This is especially true for items that will be placed outdoors, such as angel statues. Follow a few simple steps, and your angel statue will stay looking as good as new for years.
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Things you need
- Liquid dish detergent
- Scrub brush
- Garden hose
- Masonry primer
- Epoxy-based paint
Clean the cement well to remove any particles or dirt that may prevent the paint from adhering. Combine 1 part of liquid dish detergent containing an anti-grease agent with 2 parts of plain water in a bucket. Dip a scrub brush with stiff, nylon bristles into the solution and use it to scrub the statue thoroughly.
Spray the clean statue down with plain water from a garden hose to remove the cleanser. Ensure that no soap remains on the surface of the cement. Allow the statue to dry over one to two days so that no moisture is trapped when it is painted.
Apply a thin, initial coat of masonry primer all over the statue with a medium paintbrush. Wait two to three hours until this coat is dry to the touch. Paint on a second, slightly thicker layer of primer and let the statue dry for 24 hours.
Choose a shade of epoxy-based paint; if you live in an area where temperatures are often high, look for a heat-resistant paint that will not break down or become sticky. Paint the statue with two coats of the paint just as you did the primer. Let the statue dry for two days before touching it or placing it outdoors.
Tips and warnings
- Consider protecting your statue with masonry sealant to prolong its life.
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