How to Paint a Garden Statuary

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Garden statuary adds that extra bit of flair to your yard, but a few years of standing in the rain can make them look a little worse for wear. Removing all the paint from a garden statue is a tough task, but if you are looking to paint a new one or simply refresh an old one, this is the way to get it done.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paint remover
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scrub brush
  • Pressure cleaner
  • Old towels
  • Masonry primer
  • Outdoor or patio paint
  • Brushes
  • Sealer

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  1. 1

    Clean away any dust, debris or flaked paint from the statue, using a dry scrub brush, then wipe it down with towels.

  2. 2

    Remove old paint by applying commercial paint remover and then scrubbing tough spots with a brush.

  3. 3

    Wash away the paint remover and any loose paint flakes using a pressure washer.

  4. 4

    Apply masonry or cement primer and allow it to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Paint the statue with outdoor paint, or boat paint, if the statue will be exposed to the elements. Let the statue dry completely.

  6. 6

    Apply a weatherproof or marine sealer, preferably one with UV protection.

Tips and warnings

  • Mix acrylic paints with patio paints for custom colors.
  • Most indoor paints will peel or run if exposed to harsh elements.

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