HOME > Chowhound > Gardening >
What's your latest food quest? Get great advice
TELL US

Repairing a broken bird bath?

c
ccrow Jun 26, 2009 05:01 AM

Hi,
About 3 years ago I made a cement cast of a rhubarb leaf to use as a bird bath. It came out well, I painted it to look like a caladium leaf, and I was pleased with it. Last week, however, my dog ran across it in pursuit of a squirrel... she stepped on the pointier end and flipped it into the air. When it came down the back of one side broke off in several pieces. Do any of you know of something I could use to try to repair it? The only thing I can think of is silicone, but I have no idea if it would stick the cement together. Is there any kind of glue that would work?

  1. JohnE O Jun 26, 2009 11:37 AM

    The best thing to do is go to Lowe's/Home Depot or whatever is close and get a bonding agent that works with concrete. Silicone probably isn't the best bet. Try a concrete based product that expands as it dries.

    1. kchurchill5 Jun 26, 2009 11:46 AM

      3m has some products

      This is a piece of advice that I used when I fixed a small broken statute in the garden that was my grandmothers.

      If your statuary has a piece that is broken away, use a cement epoxy glue to affix the pieces together. Once it is dry, use an auto body filler "Bondo" to cover the seams and sand to a smooth finish. Follow instructions on the can to mix it. You have only 4 minutes to work with this product so be ready to apply it a soon as you mix it. I have used Bondo to also put the piece back together instead of glue.

      Once it is sanded to a smooth surface you can either paint it (paint or stain for cement) or if it is a natural piece that you want to leave natural, you can mix some cement or quickrite to go over the bondo. Try to make the cement a little thicker by adding less water so it is more of a paste. Using your fingers with plastic gloves, go over the seam with the cement. Try to smooth it into the other parts that were not broken to blend it in with the rest of the piece. Let is dry fully. If you have some bumps that are not smooth, you can lightly sand it. I hope this information helps. Thank you for reading my guide.

      It worked fine.

      Here is another:
      http://www.howtodothings.com/home-gar...

      1. Veggo Jun 26, 2009 11:50 AM

        Get the 2-tube kit of epoxy and hardener at any hardware store. Silicone won't work; it provides very little if no tensile or shear strength.

        1. kchurchill5 Jun 26, 2009 11:58 AM

          I asked my son to look in my cabinet as I'm not home. I have a cement expoxy kit. I guess that is the answer. I thought I used it all but still have some left. Home depot is where I would of got mine.

          1. c
            ccrow Jun 26, 2009 02:37 PM

            Thanks for the replies! It was already painted but it will be easy to touch up. The bondo may be a good idea as there are going to be a few chips missing... also need to seal it again as it obviously missed a few spots and paint flaked off.

            Show Hidden Posts