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I realise a few years have passed since this was first asked. I repair artists sculptures. My last project was concrete elephants my Sculptor Stan Bonnar. They were cracked, weathered, bits missing and extremely pitted. The concrete had spalled from the metal armature.
I removed all the broken pieces, power washed it. Then coated it liberally in exterior pva , which you can get from a builders merchants ( I’m in Scotland so can’t recommend suppliers) . For thin areas, a slurry of cement mixed with a little clean water and a dollop of pva was brushed onto the surface, before it was totally dry, a slightly thicker mix was troweled on and smoothed out . The whole area was then covered in plastic film (Saran wrap?) and left for several days. The longer it’s left the stronger it becomes under the plastic.
if a piece is broken off drill into the two parts, insert a metal rod cut to size, it could be a bit of coat hanger wire for thin pieces, use the slurry to glue it together, wrap up tightly and leave it somewhere it won’t be disturbed. A watered down coat of the exterior pva will weatherproof it. The concrete can be painted with acrylic paints if required .