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January 14, 2020 Outdoor and Garden

Fixing Your Concrete Garden Statues

Ever wonder how to repair your concrete garden statues in your back yard? Perhaps your favorite concrete garden gnome is missing his hat or even, heaven forbid an arm? If you have any piece of concrete garden décor in dire need of repair, then read on.

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Many things can bring damage to garden statues. The most common perpetrator is weather. Water can work its way into small crevices and freeze, thus transforming the small crevice into a large crevice. Whether your concrete statue fell victim to ice or a croquet game gone wild, below are the answers you need for the repair process.

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Steps of Repairing Concrete Garden Statues

Concrete garden statues can be a bit trickier to repair. However, they add such unique additions to any lawn or garden that they are definitely worth the attempt.  Besides a little elbow grease and patience, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Portland cement
  • Scrub brush
  • Bleach
  • Hot water
  • Palette knife
  • 1 gallon container to mix the cement
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic wrap

Step 1: Prepare the concrete statue

Mix a small amount of bleach with hot water and use the scrub brush to remove any dirt or grime. The bleach will kill any moss or algae that may be present.  Let the statue dry completely before attempting the following steps. Note: This may take several days, so be patient!

Step 2:  Mix the cement

First, mix the Portland cement with the appropriate amount of water as indicated on the packaging. Screen filters the cement, removing lumps to improve the consistency.  The cement should have the consistency of grout.

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Step 3: Repair

Dampen any cracks or blemishes with water and make sure to remove any loose bites of concrete or debris. Apply the cement/paint mixture with a palette knife, smoothing it with a wet finger. Let this dry for 2 hours, then moisten the area with a mist of water from a spray bottle and cover with plastic wrap.  Remove wrap and re-mist once a day for 5 days. Keep the area covered in plastic wrap for the entire duration. Note: Use a thicker mix to repair chips and dings. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can mix the cement with exterior flat latex house paint and re-surface the entire statue to ensure an excellent, consistent finish. (1/3 part Portland cement/water, 2/3 part paint).

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