Garden fountain restoration
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The garden fountain restoration project needs just a little background information to get to the reason for fountain restoration. Many techniques for one project may be used for other projects too. Any statuary can be restored the same way as the fountain.
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Glaze Effects Glazing is the application of color over a pre-sealed or non porous surface. Most often associated with paint, ceramics or marble to add interest to an otherwise un-interesting surface.
Our Garden Fountain Was Pink And Not Very Pretty
The Fountain Needed To Be Cleaned
The first step in restoration of the garden fountain was to give it a good, thorough cleaning.
Number 1 Fountain Paint Sprayer
This is our seven year old granddaughter, Jacqui, spray painting the base of the garden fountain with gray primer. Notice the position of the tongue. I'm not sure, but I think the tongue position has something to do with the spraying technique that helps to get a good job and I think everyone has to develop that feature on their own.
Gray Spray Paint Primer On The Garden Fountain
We used a gray primer, because the fountain is made of cast contrete and the final finish is a green granite spray paint. We wanted to be sure that no pink would be showing through the green granite. We didn't strip the pink paint off. If paint is sound and stuck tight to the surface it's always better to leave it and use it as a base for new paint, just be sure that any gloss is roughed up to accept the new paint.
The Reason For A Green Stone Garden Fountain
The green decor was actually chosen by a greater power.
Green Stone Spray Paint On The Fountain
If you're curious about the rope on the fountain read on, that explanation will come in a bit.
Catch A Fish In The Garden Fountain
Now, to the rope. Since our little fisherman has a fish clear out of the water he needs a pole to accomplish that feat. I took a 3/8" dowel and immersed it in the water in the garden fountain bowl carefully curving it around so that it was all under water, then left it soaking until the next day.
Before, Where The Garden Fountain Was Placed
This before picture of the patio shows the state of the patio before we started on it.
And Here Is The Garden Fountain Ready To Go
Here is our little fisherman garden fountain in all his glory.
It's very relaxing to sit in suburbia listening to the blurble of water as though you're sitting next to a mountain stream.
One problem that the former fountain owners had was foreign objects getting into the pump and burning them out. The pump sits in the bowl under the figure.
We're going to put a reservoir in the greenhouse with the pump in it and filter the water as it returns to the reservoir to protect our pump
The Wicker Furniture Next To The Fountain
The wicker furniture shown is another project in the making. We got it at a second hand store for next to nothing and will have pictures and instructions for bringing it back to life. The chair and table are in perfect condition, but the loveseat was left outside for several years and is badly faded and has some damaged and missing areas.
Stone Spray Paint
Three years laterThis part is being written three years after our fountain renovation after some questions from someone about the process.
The paint has adhered very well. After the first year there were three or four small areas about the size of a dime that the paint had come loose. I picked and scraped the loose paint frome the areas and cleaned them with a wire brush. When I resprayed to touch up I discovered that the whole fountain had faded a little so I gave it all a refresher coat of paint.
The second and third years I figured fountain spruce up as part of spring maintenance. I just give the fountain a good cleaning with a lot of water and a medium bristle brush, let it dry, then resprayed and resealed. It stays new looking all summer and you don't notice that it's faded until you put fresh paint on it.
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