How To Protect The Outdoor Statues?
Conrete Outdoor Statues
The concrete garden art accentuates your landscape with designs that express your style, but those outdoor concrete statues need to be looked after like your trees. Over time, weather factors wear out in concrete, especially if it is not sealed. Extremely high temperatures also affect the integrity of concrete. Particularly cold winter temperatures can cause cracking in concrete art.
Blow the dust out of the outdoor statue with an air hose. Spray the statue with a garden hose to remove additional dirt or debris. Clean the statue every few months so that dirt and debris don’t accumulate on the surface.
Cover a thin layer of Portland cement on damp and chipped areas. Wet your fingers to smooth the cement. Allow the cement to dry for two hours. Spray lightly the repaired area with water and wrap with plastic wrap. Misting repair areas every day and replacing plastic wrap in five days.
Apply a waterproof sealing layer on the surface of a dry and clean statue. Let the ornament dry for at least 24 hours or as directed on the sealed container. Apply another layer of paint if necessary to cover the concrete. Leave the bottom of the statue unprotected to let concrete breathe. Apply extra seals to a outdoor statue every year.
Empty water before winter if the statue contains a fountain or a birdhouse. Remove bird bowl or cover it with a board. Remove the pump from the fountain if any.
Move the statue to an indoor location if possible during the winter months. Lift the stand off the ground if you leave it outdoors. Use wood or bricks to separate the statue from the ground.
Cover the outdoor statue in winter with a canvas if you leave it outdoors. This will protect it from the weather. Secure the lid with a wire so it doesn’t blow away the statue.
Resin Outdoor Statues
When you have purchased one or more resin to decorate the outdoor space, you chose one of the most durable materials available. Lightweight and easily moved on a whim, plastic figurines come in many shapes and sizes. They are often painted with colors that fade over time when exposed to elements. Fortunately, one or two layers of clear preservative will retain the color on your resin statue for many years to come.
If you’ve allowed your resin statue to sit outside for a while before you decide to apply a protective agent to it, it probably has accumulated at least a thin layer of dirt and grime. Before applying any protective substance, clean the statue gently from top to bottom. Fill the bucket with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap, and wash the statue with a soft cloth, making sure to clean all gaps. If necessary, use a soft bristle brush to scrub nooks and crannies. Rinse the statue with water from a hose without using a spray accessory. Let the statue dry completely.
To protect the paint on the resin statue, it is necessary to use UV protection products. Choose a transparent, spray-proof polyurethane product that states that it provides UV protection. Such products are available in shiny or matte finishes. Although UV-proof sealants are also liquid in form that you can use to draw statues, such products can be thicker than spray cans and lead to a glue finish. They also take longer to dry and are more likely to display brush strokes from the application process.
When it’s time to apply spray protection on the resin statue, choose a day with little or no wind and low humidity. Set up shop in an open outdoor area where you can spray the statue without spraying on nearby items. Spread out the newspaper to create an area larger than the statue. Shake as hard as possible and spray the entire statue with a thin coat, evenly from a distance of 12 to 24 inches. Allow the initial coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. Check product direction when in doubt.
Care after surgery
When your resin statue is fully protected, there are still steps you can take to preserve it and extend its life. Periodically wash the statue to keep it looking its best and remove accumulated dirt. Move the statue indoors when the temperature drops to freezing or below. When moisture builds up on the statue, freezes and thaws at will, it can cause cracks in the resin, damage the statue and damage the polyurethane coating.
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