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Another question for outdoor statue

I have been reading about the painting of outdoor statues on this site, but I don't want to paint (as in adding color) to mine. I just want to seal it from the elements. No color - just clear. I have two lions that sit on my front porch. One was obviously treated with something because it has always been a little different shade and isn't chipping/cracking. However, the other one is really starting to chip and crack at the bottom. I have been to various hardware stores and NO ONE has been able to suggest a sealer/vanish etc. Can anyone help me? thanks so much!

Lynn H [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Hobbyist - Fort Wayne, IN, USA

You haven't told us what the statues are made of yet, Lynn. Fiberglass, plaster, cast iron, bronze?

Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

We have two solid concrete Cavalier Boy statues well over 30 days since poured.

I want to paint them in the traditional "jockey" style. I've been told to seal the concrete first and then told that if I seal it first the paint will not adhere and will peel.

I've been told to not seal and just paint the concrete. If I do that, won't the paint just soak in with no sheen? what is used for protection of the paint from the elements.

Barbara W [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Retired - Bowie, Texas

I have been painting jockeys for years and years and I have never sealed the concrete first. I use outdoor paint and some craft paint occasionally and I have never had a complaint about peeling, aging, fading or anything.

Susan Ramey
- Ewing, Kentucky, US
January 8, 2008

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