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Repairing a Broken Fiberglass Fountain Decoration

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This is a guide about repairing a broken fiberglass fountain decoration. If you have a damaged fiberglass fountain, it can be hard to find replacement parts. Here are some repair tips, if you want to try repairing it yourself.
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June 24, 2017

I have an older birdbath/fountain that I wish to restore. I have no idea as to the origin. It is very heavy, well built, and in generally good condition. The one item for which I cannot find any type of replacement is the umbrella as seen below. It seems to be made of fiberglass. I thought of taking it to a boat repair shop to see if the fiberglass could be repaired, but perhaps someone knows of a source for a new one.

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June 24, 20170 found this helpful
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You may be able to glue the pieces but it may/would be a difficult job to make a holder to keep it together while the glue hardens. From your photo it appears there is a large piece missing or do you have that piece?

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You do not give the measurements of the umbrella but it looks fairly large and is probably heavy (it seems the fountain might be made of concrete?). If you have a boat building company or a repair shop in your area, they might give you some suggestions and they might even do a repair but it would probably be expensive. This style fountain is a well liked item and generally sells for quite a few bucks but if you could locate a local dealer or especially someone who makes this type fountain they might make you an umbrella.
I have seen these fountains for sale at flea markets, Lowe's, Home Depot, garden centers, road side "stores", and even vintage/antique shops but these can be made out of several types of material. This may take a while but checking some of these may get you the name of a craftsman that makes the originals or replacement parts. Just don't be shocked at the cost.
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You can try Google with something like - where to buy concrete water fountain -with your zip code and you may find some dealers/stores in your area or close by.

Here are a couple of interesting sites:

www.gardecor.com/p-sc-parts-4510F

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June 24, 20170 found this helpful

I would try Gorilla Glue.

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July 15, 20170 found this helpful

I wonder if someone who works in HVAC could make you one (they make and bend the metal to make duct work). It would not be fiberglass, but a light weight stainless. You could probably then spray paint it a grey color.

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

I had the same problem-im bought a clay pot large enough to fit my umbrella and turned it upside down-market it same color as fountain and it worked beautifully. (It already had the hole for my fountain pipe to fit in)

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