How To Repair Concrete Lawn Ornaments
Concrete Lawn Ornament Repair
Many of us enjoy using concrete lawn ornaments as part of our landscaping. Over the years the ornaments can become damaged. Many don't know that they can be repaired and will get rid of the ornament if it breaks or cracks.
Living in upstate NY the weather can really damage lawn ornaments, especially if you leave them out all winter.
Most damaged lawn ornaments can be repaired. You just need to know what to use and how to do it!
Repairing Small Holes
Because concrete is so porous, sometimes you will find you have a small hole in your ornament. A porous area just seems to grow or get a little out of control.
If your concrete just has a small hole you can use Quickrete Vinyl Concrete Patcher. It is available in powder and readymix patch repair. You can mix a small amount of the powder with water and stuff it into the hole. Whether you use the powder mix or the readymix, wipe any extra off the surface.
Repairing Small Cracks
If you find a small crack in your ornament you can use Quickrete as well. As long as you catch it before it breaks off or is a very large crack. Mix the powder a little thin and apply it along the crack. Try to make sure it gets down into the crack. Wipe off any excess.
Repairing a Small Piece That Broke Off
If you find that you have a small piece of the ornament that has broken completely off you can use Superglue to glue it back on. There are a lot of Superglues out there. Just make sure to look on the label to make sure it mentions concrete.
Superglue works well to glue a small piece of concrete back onto concrete. Just make sure both surfaces are clean and fit together tightly. Apply the superglue to both sides and hold the piece in place as long as the directions instruct you to. You may also want to make sure the ornament is not subjected to extreme weather conditions immediately following the repair. If the ornament is small enough to bring inside for the repair - Great! If not, check your weather report to make sure you are not due for a monsoon rainstorm immediately following your repair.
Repairing a Large Broken Piece
Sometimes you will find that a larger ornament will break. The pieces are too big for superglue! In a case like that you can use Bondo Body Filler - regular car Bondo. It works the best. Bondo is available in red, blue, and grey. The grey is best if you can find it. The Bondo comes with two containers and you mix the ingredients. A tube contains the color. The darker you make the color, the quicker the piece dries and sets up. Keep this in mind when you are mixing.
You have to make sure you have a way to have the two pieces held together while the Bondo dries. If it is a larger ornament and the pieces are very heavy make sure there is a way to repair it where the pieces can set to dry. You might need to use something else heavy to lean against one piece to keep it in place. Or you might have to reposition the ornament for the repair.
Repairing an Ornament in Several Pieces
If you have an ornament that has been broken into several pieces you will have to determine if it can be repaired and is it worth the effort of repairing. If it has great sentimental value you will be willing to go to greater efforts to repair it.
You need to make sure you have all pieces and that they will fit together tightely. Sometimes when an ornament breaks into several pieces there is some crumbling of the concrete. If there is a lot of crumbling the pieces may not fit back together so well.
If you decide that you are able to repair your ornament the best thing to use is Bondo Body Filler. Figure out which pieces you will put together first and how many you can put together at the same time. You may not be able to repair the whole ornament in one gluing. You may need to plan a couple different operations. Repair what you can and then let that set. Once that is set, continue with the remaining pieces.
Once your ornament is repaired you may need to make some finishing touches. Is your ornament painted? If it is, you may need to do a little paint touch up to make the repair less noticable. For information on how to paint your ornament you can read my article on Painting Concrete Lawn Ornaments at http://philip4.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Paint-Concrete-Lawn-Ornaments