Refinishing a Resin Yard Statue?

April 9, 2018

Refinishing or Restoring a Garden Figurine - monk looking figure holding a book with birds on shoulders and headThis 2-3' tall statue from the Jim Shore Collection is fading and has some flaking of paint. I would appreciate your suggestions on how to restore it.


Refinishing or Restoring a Garden Figurine


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Go to any crafts store like michaels and tell them you need a weather proof paint for ceramic

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Jim Shore statues are really nice but they may have some special coatings that could cause problems when cleaning and restoring.

  • I would recommend you contact the Jim Shore company and ask them what cleaner and paints you should purchase.
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  • They will also have the exact color names you need if you are going to try and match in places and not redo the complete statue.
  • You should ask them about what steps to take to remove the flaking paint because this does not usually happen with these statues.
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Difficult to believe that customer service has reached that point but I still like your statue and believe you could refresh it with a little research on colors and maybe some good advice from Ace Hardware or True Value Hardware as I go to either of those stores for paint advice and hopefully you would have good luck also.

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April 3, 2008


I'm trying to refinish a poly resin yard statue. The paint has started to peel. How can I remove the rest of the paint without damaging the statue?

Kelly from OH


Hi Kelly,

Statuary made from poly resin is easily refinished, but also sensitive to solvents like paint thinner and acetone. My best guess (bearing in mind this is only a guess) would be to follow the lead of toy model hobbyists. They often need to strip off old paint from plastic model shells when painting and refinishing models. Any craft store that sells toy models should also sell these removers.


Because model paint removers are marketed as specialty products, they are usually expensive. As a result, a model collector named Patrick Lawless has come up with a couple of cheaper alternatives. Remember, I can't verify these methods myself, so TEST THEM OUT FIRST on an inconspicuous spot of your statue (like the bottom) before committing to the whole piece.

Oven cleaner: Any no-name brand should work. Don't use it on clear plastic, or it will leave it permanently foggy. If after you test it you find it works, place your statue in a shallow pan or on top of a garbage bag and spray it liberally with the over cleaner. Come back in several hours and rinse off the statue with warm water, while gently scrubbing it with a soft bristled brush. This process may need to be repeated a few times depending on the resiliency of the paint.


Brake fluid: Supposedly, this method takes more time (1 to 2 days), but is just as effective. Small model parts are usually soaked in brake fluid overnight and then rinsed in warm, soapy water the next day.

Because you statue is likely too big for soaking, simply paint the brake fluid on using a paintbrush, and cover the statue with plastic to keep it from drying. Wait a day to two and rise with warm, soapy water. Repeat as necessary.

Let me know if this works!



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Thanks for the tips. I didnt get to use your ideas as I was in a hurry to finish this project. I did find a product called Krud Kutter Graffiti Remover.


It worked like a dream. it removes paint,enamel, lacquers etc... from soft, hard and porous surfaces.

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