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Painting on a Shovel Head Getting Dull

This shovel is hand painted with a cow on it (see image). I bought it in 1990. Now I need to know how to restore the luster; it is dull looking! I have tried cooking oil, but that didn't work as I keep it on the porch and dirt and dog hair stick to it! Any recommendations?
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July 30, 20190 found this helpful

You probably should put shellac on it and not keep it outside where it is exposed to the elements.

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July 31, 20190 found this helpful

I willtry, thank you!

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July 30, 20190 found this helpful

It is very cute, but I truly know of nothing that is going to restore it without repainting. Maybe someone else has a better solution, but any chemicals you put on it you risk damaging the paint. If you have a steady hand, you can find paints that match and you can brighten it up. Then I would spray it with a clear coat of a Krylon outdoor clear spray.

When you use any sprays like this to seal, you have to wait for the paint to be totally dry, follow the directions on the can to the letter and let it dry in a cool, dry place.

I hope you are able to freshen it up! Post back with an update!

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July 31, 20190 found this helpful

Will try, thank you!

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August 1, 20190 found this helpful

Cute picture - painting pictures on shovels is new to me.
My daughter paints pictures on old saws and she does sometimes 'restore' older pictures using this method.

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Clean the surface extremely well - this will be very important since you have used cooking oil on the surface.
Follow instructions on this link.

www.signs.com/.../

After it is clean and very dry you can use clear Rust Oleum. Find in stores or on line.

www.amazon.com/.../B0010NY95S?tag=thrif06-20

Some?tag=thrif06-20 people use special varnish but you should talk to someone at Ace Hardware or TrueValue Hardware for advice on which to use.
I've been told they have a clear varnish that will protect metal that is left outside - has to have 'UV' protection on the label.
Be sure to ask for their paint 'expert' as they usually have someone who works with paints all the time (most other type stores just have 'clerks' who know very little about paint).

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August 2, 20190 found this helpful

Will try, thank you!

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