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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:30 pm    Post subject: Help with water fountain please Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
I have a large semiwhite fountain. A lady holding a jug sitting on a large shell which sits on a pedestal. I'm moving it to a better part of the garden, making a focal point hopefully, maybe adding some concrete seats. Its new home has brown fencing, two large fir trees and brown golden stones around the shrubs.

My question is will it look out of place being semiwhite, should I paint it maybe brown, what paint will I use. All ideas are welcome, I want it to be easy on the eye.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paint it with brown masonry paint and then lightly (very lightly) sponge over with white masonry paint to give it that antique look. Cool

Or! Paint it purple and make it stand out. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject: Re: Help with water fountain please Reply with quote

newdawn47 wrote:
Hi everyone,
I have a large semiwhite fountain. A lady holding a jug sitting on a large shell which sits on a pedestal. I'm moving it to a better part of the garden, making a focal point hopefully, maybe adding some concrete seats. Its new home has brown fencing, two large fir trees and brown golden stones around the shrubs.

My question is will it look out of place being semiwhite, should I paint it maybe brown, what paint will I use. All ideas are welcome, I want it to be easy on the eye.

Usually keeping anything white in your garden that is not acutually a plant can be impossible. Algae etc. will keep you busy painting, for me a white sculpture aging with moss/ algae will blend in to any backround eventually, no matter what colour you paint it now. My advice for what it is worth is, to leave it white and let nature take its course. Post some pics to let me know how it goes. Best of luck.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say leave it as it is.
As its a fountain its going to have water running down it continuously. Masonry paint is not designed to have water running down it all the time. After a while the water will get under the paint at some point and lift it, then the whole thing will look worse.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would paint it a matt black and then with a near dry brush fleck it with gold paint and it will look like a bronze statue.i have done this many times to great effecy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

effect even
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But have you done it to a water feature?

I have to say I have seen as you say done, it does look nice, but this is going to have water running down it most of its life. Water easily lifts paint, no matter how well you do it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But have you done it to a water feature?

I have to say I have seen as you say done, it does look nice, but this is going to have water running down it most of its life. Water easily lifts paint, no matter how well you do it.


Another option in to paint it with a moist paste of Sulphate of Iron.
After seeing the unwanted rusty look that spilled Sulphate of Iron added to concrete paths and tarmac-ed driveways over the years, I 'd say it would be hard to shift it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
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But have you done it to a water feature?

I have to say I have seen as you say done, it does look nice, but this is going to have water running down it most of its life. Water easily lifts paint, no matter how well you do it.


Another option in to paint it with a moist paste of Sulphate of Iron.


But being a water feature, will it not become a "slurry" of sulphate of iron, after a short time.

I don't think it will do the pump much good either Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But being a water feature, will it not become a "slurry" of sulphate of iron, after a short time.

I don't think it will do the pump much good either Crying or Very sad


Sorry if I didn't explain myself too clearly.
The idea is to paint this paste on, leave for a day or so, wash off, leave for a week or two to weather some Irish showers, then install, seeing as the original poster said they were going to move the water feature..
There should be no real residue left to do any damage.

See below for an example of a sulphate of iron stain on a concrete bed edging.......


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah, I see what you mean now.
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