Hi Katherine, perhaps this article will help. It recommends spray paint with some prep steps. https://www.ehow.com/how_5896945_paint-bronze-statue.html
This tutorial might help: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kaUxHYM5Wds
Thank you. Trying to figure out how to make them still have a patina look but them seem so dull with a white film (ish)
Are these bronze the material or bronze-colored? I hope this isn't unwelcome advice, but if you have statues that are made of bronze, I would recommend not painting them, especially if they're older. You might want to take them to get appraised first before doing any DIY, just in case they're valuable!
Is it signed anywhere? If it's just a new-ish garden statue from a home improvement-type store, I think it's probably fine to paint it. If it's something that's a bit older, you might want to get it checked out.
Hi Katherine: You don't want it to be bronze any more? It's so beautiful when it gets that green patina, but that's just me:) To paint it, do this:
Clean your statue thoroughly, using an ammonia-based cleaner. Use a toothbrush, if necessary, to get into the cracks and crevices. Then, prime the statue. Use spray primer for the smoothest finish possible. Then, spray paint the statue. Using a lacquer spray paint. You can even spray a clear coat on it if you like. If you want a more weathered effect, you can stain the statue. Good luck
Here is what it looks like
Thank you, I just want the patina to show better. Seems like it has got white film from being outside. So thought I could find a patina paint.
Hey Katherine: Then, give this a try instead of painting it. The paint would eventually chip off and look awful.
Are you suggesting that I clean it with the ammonia based product and see how it looks?
Yes, pretty much:) Here are a couple of sites that may help: