Restoring outdoor resin figurine?


I found a darling ornament- a little flower girl seated with flowers in her lap. Whoever painted her before must have washed her in black and dry-brushed her with blue. Anyway she is a mottled mess. The paint is not flaking and she is in god physical condition. Could I paint (wash) her all over with a base color and then detail by brush? If so what kind of paint should I use?

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  • Yes, you can. Be sure to use paint that is made for outdoors. You can get outdoor acrylic paint in craft stores.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 16, 2021

    Since she is mottled in 2 colors, I would strip off all paint and start fresh. Citri strip is a non-toxic paint stripper.

    Here are directions on how to paint on resin and some info about painting on it:

  • William William on May 16, 2021

    Yes you can. Whether resin. concrete, ceramic. or wood the process is basically the same. Just use a primer coat to seal the old finish and prevent bleed through. You can use craft paint to hand paint.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 16, 2021

    I just used some liquid flex seal to water proof an outdoor bowl used to coil a hose up in. I needed it to be water proof in handle the constant mositure.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 16, 2021

    Hi Mary: You sure can. I'd use a primer to even out the mottled effect. Just about any exterior paint should be o.k. But, just to be sure, here are a couple of sites that should help you out:

    Just click on the site you want in "contents" and you will get more information:

    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 16, 2021

    Hello. If this was my project on my consider a spray paint bonding primer and then paint job.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 16, 2021

    strip off the old paint and repaint here is how to do that

  • Maura White Maura White on May 17, 2021

    I think your idea sounds great - just be sure to use paint rated for outdoor.

  • I would get a spray paint primer for outdoors and spray her and then paint yourself over that.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 18, 2021

    I would give her a good cleaning. A soft bristle brush may help you remove any loose paint. If you are going to repaint her, I would seal the old finish with a primer that is intended for exterior use. Then paint her with paints also intended for exterior use. If you like the results, seal her new paint job with a clear drying exterior sealer. Good luck!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 18, 2021

    I don't see why you couldn't do that. As long as you get a good base on her. I would use Krylon spray paint formulated for resin/plastic for the base.

  • Annie Annie on May 21, 2021

    I would use a model/hobby paint... Should be oil based.

  • Dee Dee on May 21, 2021

    I have restored many resin outdoor statues. I get craft paint from Michaels or Hobby Lobby and repaint my statue in whatever colors I like. I spray them with several coats of lacquer. They last for about 4-5 years before redoing.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 19, 2021


    I have used all sorts of paints on my ornaments. What ever I have to hand that will stand up. Gloss, Enamel, Acrylic etc.

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