How to repair a cement statue?

  10 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 31, 2019

    Touch up the paint and then seal with some spray poly.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Mar 31, 2019

    Use a stiff scrub brush to loosen and remove all the chipped paint. Concrete is porous and should not be painted with "full strength" paint. Use acrylic paint mixed with water to make it like food coloring. Water down the entire statue to soak the concrete. While wet, use your watered down paint to prime the concrete. You are not going for full coverage here, you merely want the water/paint to soak into the concrete at this point.

    Once all the concrete is primed, allow to fully dry. Paint the top coat again with acrylic paints. You can add detailing using a dry brush method, etc. and seal the project with 2-3 coats poly. Use marine poly for the best color protection.

    Have fun!

    • Mogie Mogie on Apr 01, 2019

      Just curious why shouldn't you use "full strength" paint on concrete. I haven't had a problem using spray paint and spray poly. It has lasted over 10 years out in the elements.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 31, 2019

    Spray poly is not rated for outdoor use. Repaint to touch up then coat with Marine Varnish.

  • Shelli Kisch Haipek Shelli Kisch Haipek on Apr 01, 2019

    This is something usually professionals do with a airbrush painter. If you don't feel you are up to the task of repainting yourself, check with your local florist if they have someone that picks up and paints lawn ornaments

  • Char Char on Apr 01, 2019

    I redo alot of cement pieces. You can go to a store that sells craft paint and get the one that is called patio paint. It is waterproof and lasts for years. I use in inside of bird baths. Doesn't come in alot of colors through. Make sure the cement is clean and dry before painting. Cheap and easy fix. I usually buy it at Micheals. I live in Mich. and have repainted cement pieces for years. Is just your small bottles of craft paint like Apple Barrel etc. Just look for the brand that says outdoor patio paint.

  • Susie Zitzler Susie Zitzler on Apr 01, 2019

    I don't bother to scrape my shaft is because that will make them fall apart faster faster... I wash them off and then I spray paint them white right from the can. If I want to make them more colors than white then I take regular paint that you get in the Walmart in the little bottles or a bigger bottle and make different colors on them and different there is like green and red and blue and whatever especially for flowers and such on the statue.I don't know what to use as a sealer coat but it works for maybe a couple years and it starts to feel again or eventually the statue starts to deteriorate.

  • Granny Jan Granny Jan on Apr 01, 2019

    I never use paint on cement. I use concrete (opaque) stain. It soaks in, can be washed and doesn't lose it's color. I don't know if you can use this if it has already been sealed with paint.

  • William William on Apr 01, 2019

    How other Hometalkers did it.

  • Magalin Magalin on Apr 14, 2020


    A friend gave me a beautiful statue but it needs to be painted, I honestly have not idea how to do it, so I am hoping somebody here would help me.