How to Paint Outdoor Statues

The cleaning process is a vital preparation step.
The cleaning process is a vital preparation step. (Image: red brush image by Ivan Hafizov from

If you would like to paint outdoor statues, you will need to contend with a pair of issues. First, because concrete is not an ideal surface for paint adhesion, you must prepare the surface properly. In addition, because outdoor statues endure a significant amount of duress from varying weather, you should apply a specific type of paint that will remain durable under harsh conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Water hose
  • Dish soap
  • Coarse plastic brush
  • Masonry primer
  • Two-part epoxy paint
  • Wooden stir stick
  • 2-gallon painter's pot
  • 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush

Work on a warm, dry day.

Scrub the outdoor statue clean using dish soap and a coarse brush. Rinse the statue thoroughly using a water hose. Allow the statue to dry.

Apply a coat of masonry primer using a 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry for three hours.

Wash the brush with plain water.

Pour the epoxy resin into the 2-gallon painter's pot. Stir in the catalyst using a wooden stir stick. Stir for at least five minutes.

Apply the epoxy paint to the primed outdoor statue using a 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is no need to apply a sealer if you use an epoxy paint.
  • The cleaning process is a vital preparation step. Never prime or paint over a dirty statue. In addition, ensure that all soapy residue is rinsed away, or you will have adhesion difficulties.
  • Do not paint over an outdoor statue unless you have primed it first, or the finish will chip away over time.
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