Refinishing a Resin Yard Statue


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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March 11, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know if this will help, but maybe it will give you ideas on what to do?

http://www.craf  o?projectID=2056

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful

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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