Garden Art forum: Statue paint?

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gchrismer
Apr 17, 2016 8:18 PM CST
I have an old statue of St Francis in my garden. He had that sort of greenish-blue color you see often in outdoor statuary. He is losing some of that and looks like concrete? underneath? My daughter gave him to me years ago so he is special in many ways - I am also an animal lover. Smiling
What paint would you use for touching up? Thanks in advance!

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vic
Apr 18, 2016 2:43 AM CST

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Welcome! Welcome!

I don't have any suggestions but hopefully someone will come along soon with a good idea Thumbs up
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plantmanager
Apr 18, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Boo might have a suggestion. I'm thinking a mottled faux finish would look better than just a solid color. I haven't painted anything like that recently. Long ago I sponge painted a lot of furniture!
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Boopaints
Apr 19, 2016 10:18 AM CST

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Welcome from me too! Welcome!

If you'd like the same pretty oxidized look of the "aqua" paint the statue a reddish brown (Burnt Sienna) first. Then a couple of days later, paint it the "aqua" and a couple of days later take a very fine grit sandpaper and rub off some of the aqua. The brown will show through in places to give it the pretty old look, but concrete won't show through anymore.

You can use acrylic patio paint or ANY outdoor paint. They sell small sizes as samples at the paint stores.
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froggardener
Apr 22, 2016 8:19 AM CST
What a great technique Becky Thumbs up

The iguana was done in 1999
He is fashioned after the colors my son's iguana when he was younger

The happy Buddha was done in 2007
Both were done with craft paints from Walmart
They are concrete
They have some spots of concrete exposed and believe it or not the snails took the paint off.
They taken the finish of of other things too
Looking forward to seeing your St. Francis Smiling

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plantmanager
Apr 22, 2016 8:23 AM CST
They're all beautiful, Jolana! That's funny that snails can take off the paint!
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vic
Apr 22, 2016 8:58 AM CST

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Very beautiful - love the color Thumbs up
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froggardener
Apr 22, 2016 9:01 AM CST
Thank you, can't wait till things settle so I can finish other things, Smiling

I just went out and took another photo of their handy work

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vic
Apr 22, 2016 9:28 AM CST

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Aww - that is so cute Lovey dubby
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Boopaints
Apr 22, 2016 10:31 AM CST

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Big Grin
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2016 5:36 PM CST
Epoxy for masonry works best on outdoor concrete but you may want to acid wash the bare concrete first to get a good bond.

If it were me I'd probably acid wash the entire statue (though I can't see it) and then start over with epoxy or even an acid stain if you get the paint off.

A touch up with outdoor craft paint won't last long. You'll be retouching it almost every year. 🌺

Good luck!!
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2016 6:07 PM CST
Always use epoxy. You can mix your own shades.


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vic
Jun 5, 2016 1:30 PM CST

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Very pretty Thumbs up

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