Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Seal Outdoor Statues

...
Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Outdoor statues can come in a variety of materials including concrete, marble and bronze. The statues will experience natural weathering and develop an antiqued or patina look over time. If you don't seal the statue, it will begin to erode. Extreme hot and cold weather takes its toll on stone. Applying the proper sealant will protect the statue from crumbling due to exposure to sun, wind and rain.

Concrete and Stone Statues

Wait for a dry day to seal your statue, with no rain forecast for 48 hours after sealing.

Fill a bucket with water and enough liquid dish soap to create suds. Dip a soft sponge or soft-bristled scrub brush into the soapy water and gently wash the statue from top to bottom.

Rinse off the statue with water from the hose and let the statue dry completely for 24 hours.

Dip a paintbrush into an exterior masonry sealer and paint the concrete or stone statue in smooth, even strokes. Start at the top of the statue and work down to the bottom. Don't paint the underside of the statue with sealer. Let the statue dry for 24 hours.

Bronze Statues

Wash the statue in the same manner as the concrete or stone statue. Let it dry completely for 24 hours.

Dip a clean, soft cloth into a can of clear paste wax. Rub the wax onto the bronze statue, starting at the top. Rub on the wax in a thin, even layer and let it dry for 20 minutes.

Buff the waxed statue with a second clean, soft cloth, by rubbing the dry wax layer until shiny. Repeat the wax application and buffing to add a second coat.

Related Articles

How to Protect an Outdoor Picnic Table
How to Protect an Outdoor Picnic Table
How to Install Dry Stack Cultured Stones
How to Install Dry Stack Cultured Stones
How to Remove Paint From Vandalized Trees
How to Remove Paint From Vandalized Trees
How to Install a Mortar Joint on a Flagstone Patio
How to Install a Mortar Joint on a Flagstone Patio
How to Paint a Fiberglass Pool
How to Paint a Fiberglass Pool
How to Waterproof Patio Furniture Seat Cushions
How to Waterproof Patio Furniture Seat Cushions
How to Install Mosaic Tile on an Outdoor Fire Pit
How to Install Mosaic Tile on an Outdoor Fire Pit
How to Make Garden Statues
How to Make Garden Statues
How to Repair Cracks in a Concrete Birdbath
How to Repair Cracks in a Concrete Birdbath
How to Level a Slope in a Slab in a Garage
How to Level a Slope in a Slab in a Garage
What Is the Ideal Temperature for Staining Concrete?
What Is the Ideal Temperature for Staining Concrete?
How to Stop Moisture From Coming Up Through a Garage Floor
How to Stop Moisture From Coming Up Through a Garage...
How to Use Granite Around a Fire Pit
How to Use Granite Around a Fire Pit
How to Coat Flowers in Resin
How to Coat Flowers in Resin
How to Clean Concrete Floors Before Painting
How to Clean Concrete Floors Before Painting
Garden Guides
×