Maintenance and Keeping Your Concrete Furniture

Maintenance and Keeping Your Concrete Furniture

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Concrete statues are resilient to weather conditions while providing the finishing touches to make any garden or outdoor area. Staining a concrete statuary will help preserve it from the harsh elements while helping it blend in with the nature surrounding it. Prep the concrete. Remove all waxes, glues or other contaminants from the concrete. Scrub it clean with water and detergent to remove grease and oils. Trisodium Phosphate is recommended. Allow to dry. Apply a concrete stain prep, letting it soak for up to 10 minutes. Do not allow this to dry. Add more as needed. Remove stain prep by scrubbing and rinsing thoroughly with clean water. Apply your selected concrete stain. If you are diluting it, be sure to use exact measurements to maintain a constant color. You can apply the stain with a brush or sprayer depending on the size of the statuary. Allow to dry completely. Apply a sealer generously to protect the stain and maintain color integrity. Apply three coats for maximum protection, letting the sealer dry between coats to keep it from getting sticky. Allow 2 days to dry.

Maintaining Fine Concrete

Little or nothing needs to be done to protect the finish of natural concrete fountains and statuary. Many people find the inevitable aging and weathering of natural stone to be appealing. But this natural weathering may be impeded, if you wish, by the application of a clear concrete sealer, available from any hardware store.
Fine concrete statues have been painted with penetrating-sealer type paints, designed to resist the elements for many years.

To camouflage minor dings, nicks and scratches, use just a dab of almost any sort of paint. For finishes that employ a black antique effect, use black paint; for lighter antiques, use white. Simply dab the paint onto the scratch, and wipe off the excess. The textured finishes of fine concrete products “accept” paint easily, and your touchup will blend in invisibly.

Maintenance for concrete statues

  • Only paint a statue if it has sat at least three weeks after coming out of a mold
  • Wash the concrete piece with clear water using a garden hose with nozzle sprayer. Do not add soap. Air dry.
  • Use air hose to remove additional dust or flakiness.
  • Lay concrete item on a turntable for ease.
  • Put base coat of flat exterior latex concrete stain or paint diluted down 20% on the statue’s underneath first, allow to dry, then stand piece upright and finish. We spray our basecoat on with airless sprayer. If hand painting, apply two lighter basecoats. We use black, white, and brown from Diamond Vogel, Sherwin Williams for base coats. Only paint in well ventilated area.
  • Apply finishing top coats (detailing) lightly too. We use Smith Paints for airbrushing. If hand painting, ask your local paint store what they recommend. We use all latex products for ease in cleanup. Deco Art exterior concrete paints at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s craft stores will work fine.
  • Dry for 24 hours. Seal with exterior latex NONYELLOWING concrete sealer to keep colors bright and repel moisture. Leave bottom unsealed so it can breathe. Do not seal when rain is forecast. We use SPECCO Envirocure sealer. Other sealers exist but read the label for compatibility
  • Dry for 24 hours and place on well drained surface (pebbles, spaced patio blocks, river rock, silo staves, etc) rather than directly on the ground. This will prevent the concrete from soaking up moisture which causes of peeling paint and crumbling concrete. Do not place directly on mulch or dirt. Place on concrete stone with mulch overtop to disguise. Heavier items like a cow need 6-8” of a rock base. Statues settle over time & items with legs tend to get natural stress cracks.
  • Reseal brightly painted concrete each year & every 2-3 years for other painted ones.
  • *Since we have no control over where these lawn ornaments are placed, we offer no guarantee to the finish or item against peeling and cracking once it leaves here. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.

Winter Care for Concrete Furniture

A special note on birdbaths and fountains: Do not let water or snow accumulate as your bowl may freeze & crack. Cover concrete that holds water but DO NOT make it air tight. Tip the bowls over, bring inside, or cover with a board. Drain fountain pumps. Make sure all other concrete has been sealed and enjoy from your window.

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