General Maintenance for Statuary
General Maintenance for Statuary is simple. Little or nothing needs to be done to protect the finish of natural concrete statuary, whether it be a fountain, birdbath, statue, etc.. Many people find the aging an weathering of concrete statuary to be appealing. It can make the piece look more natural, giving it character. But this natural weathering may be stopped if you wish, by an application of a clear concrete sealer, available from The Cement Barn.
The Cement Barn’s finished Statuary have been painted with an acrylic-enamel paint and then sealed with The Cement Barn Concrete Sealer, this finish will withstand the outdoor elements for many years with proper care. The luster of the finished item may be restored with a seasonal coat of The Cement Barn Concrete Sealer once a year.
Should you choose to refinish your fountain after a number of years – whether you try to match the original color or a new color – The Cement Barn can supply you with a Refinishing Kit, complete with materials and instructions!
To touch-up minor dings, nicks, scratches, and chips, use just a dap of any color of paint that is close to the color of the item being repaired. For a finish that has a black antique effect, use a black paint; for lighter antiques, use a white paint. Simply dab the paint onto the scratch, and wipe off the excess. The textured finishes of The Cement Barn’s Concrete Products “accept” paint easily, and your touchup will blend in perfectly!
Finally, depending upon the temperature and evaporation, you may notice a buildup of white reside on the surface of the bowl or shell. Such a buildup is normal and unavoidable in areas with a high mineral content – especially lime – in the local water supply. Frequent rinsing of the fountain and changing of the water will help to minimize the problem.
To keep the Fountain Water & Birdbath Water clear from unsightly sludge, algea and cloudiness simply use The Cement Barn’s Products to ensure your bowls are crystal clear. Keeping clear water will help keep your Fountain & Birdbath Bowls clean and help prolong the life of the Fountain Pump.