I have been given some cast concrete Japanese statues for the garden. Can anyone suggest a metallic bronze paint that I can use. I have seen the tins of spray but I would probably need quite a few and I thought the paint would be less expensive.
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Maybe something like Hammerite. It's tough for exterior metal. Not sure how it would work on concrete.
I think you'd need to prime the concrete with a watered down outdoor masonry paint and then full strength masonry paint. Then, maybe, a metallic effect paint would adhere but I don't know how well it would weather. If you can find some masonry paint in a bronze shade and then maybe apply an outdoor grade varnish - satin rather than gloss - that may give the metallic effect you're after.
Concrete is porous so you need to seal it first. Give it a good scrub down to clean and then seal with something like silk a proof which you can buy for under a tenner from wickes. Leave to dry then paint however you want. If you have some spare ova you could water it down and then give alight coat over the top.