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How to Paint Outdoor Statues

If you would like to paint outdoor statues, you will need to contend with a pair of issues. First, because concrete is not an ideal surface for paint adhesion, you must prepare the surface properly.

The cleaning process is a vital preparation step.

Things You Will Need

  • Water hose
  • Dish soap
  • Coarse plastic brush
  • Masonry primer
  • Two-part epoxy paint
  • Wooden stir stick
  • 2-gallon painter's pot
  • 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush

If you would like to paint outdoor statues, you will need to contend with a pair of issues.  First, because concrete is not an ideal surface for paint adhesion, you must prepare the surface properly.

In addition, because outdoor statues endure a significant amount of duress from varying weather, you should apply a specific type of paint that will remain durable under harsh conditions. 

  1. Work on a warm, dry day.
  2. Scrub the outdoor statue clean using dish soap and a coarse brush. Rinse the statue thoroughly using a water hose. Allow the statue to dry.
  3. Apply a coat of masonry primer using a 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry for three hours.
  4. Wash the brush with plain water.
  5. Pour the epoxy resin into the 2-gallon painter's pot. Stir in the catalyst using a wooden stir stick. Stir for at least five minutes.
  6. Apply the epoxy paint to the primed outdoor statue using a 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush.
  7. Tip

    There is no need to apply a sealer if you use an epoxy paint. The cleaning process is a vital preparation step. Never prime or paint over a dirty statue. In addition, ensure that all soapy residue is rinsed away, or you will have adhesion difficulties.

    Warning

    Do not paint over an outdoor statue unless you have primed it first, or the finish will chip away over time.

Things You Will Need

  • Water hose
  • Dish soap
  • Coarse plastic brush
  • Masonry primer
  • Two-part epoxy paint
  • Wooden stir stick
  • 2-gallon painter's pot
  • 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush

Tips

  • There is no need to apply a sealer if you use an epoxy paint.
  • The cleaning process is a vital preparation step. Never prime or paint over a dirty statue. In addition, ensure that all soapy residue is rinsed away, or you will have adhesion difficulties.

Warning

  • Do not paint over an outdoor statue unless you have primed it first, or the finish will chip away over time.

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

Photo Credits

  • red brush image by Ivan Hafizov from Fotolia.com
  • red brush image by Ivan Hafizov from Fotolia.com