How to paint Concrete Garden Ornaments

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Concrete garden ornaments come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are benches, animals, gnomes, statues and bird baths. People place them in their yards, flower beds and gardens out in the weather elements. Staining and painting a garden ornament will allow it to stand up to the elements over time without as much wear and tear. This post shows you how to paint concrete garden ornaments.


Step One

Wash the garden ornament with clear water. Do not use soap. Spray the garden ornament using a hose with a spray nozzle attached.


Step Two

Brush away any loose flakes using a dry scrub brush, or use an air sprayer.


Step Three

Place the garden ornament on a turn table to make the painting process easier.


Step Four

Apply concrete stain to the garden ornament as a protective base coat. Lay the garden ornament down, and brush on the concrete stain to the bottom and let it dry. Spread concrete stain on the rest of the garden ornament when the bottom is dry and you are able to place it back upright. Let this dry.


Step Five

Paint the garden ornament with latex paints in colors of your choice. Create a plan for the paint scheme of your garden ornament before you begin. Brush all the parts of the garden ornament that you wish to be the same color while you have that paint color available and the paintbrush is full of that color paint. Clean the paintbrush between colors using tap water or water with a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed in to it. This is sufficient for cleaning latex paint from the paintbrush, so paint thinner will not be necessary.


Step Six

Dry the garden ornament for 24 hours before proceeding.


Step Seven

Apply a non-yellowing exterior latex sealer to the entire garden ornament.


Step Eight

Dry the garden ornament for 24 hours before moving it to its ideal location.


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