Garden statuary can comprise representations of small and large animals, birdbaths, signs and other objects. They are usually made from concrete or hard resin. No matter what statuary is made from, they sometimes get broken, often due to time, weather or both. Repairing them is fairly easy. So before buy a replacement for broken statuary, try repairing them to save money and to keep your favorites on hand.
Clean the broken statuary with liquid soap and rinse well. It is necessary to remove any dirt and grime from the piece so the bonding agents will adhere better.
Put the piece together without glue to determine the right placement, so you can quickly work after the bonding agents are applied. Prepare the type of bonding agent you use by the manufacturer’s directions on the package.
Apply the bonding agent to both pieces of the statuary, and attach each piece together with the popsicle sticks. Make sure the pieces fit together correctly or as well as possible. You may have a few small pieces that are missing which will be fixed in the next step.
Apply a small coat to the outside of the broken pieces along the broken edge. Press extra bonding glue into the holes of any missing pieces. Allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer’s suggestions. When the glue is completely dry, use 100-grit sandpaper to sand the glue smooth.
Paint the statuary in a desirable color. Apply two to three coats of paint, and allow it to dry completely between coats, approximately 2 to 3 hours. When the paint is completely dry, apply a non-gloss sealer if you prefer. Otherwise, leave the statuary as is.
Things You Will Need
- Liquid soap
- Automobile bondo or epoxy
- Wooden popsicle sticks
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Weatherproof paint
- Non-gloss finish (optional)
- Move all lawn ornaments indoors during the winter as the cold outdoor conditions contribute greatly to cracking, which causes the statuary to get broken.