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  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Charlie Chaplin
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:28 AM

This is a cement statue my friend brought to me to have refurbished.   Originally was owned by his grandfather, then his parents until it fell into disarray. He stored it for a few years until now.

It was in pretty bad shape, not just the paint but the surface was pitted and chipped throughout.   The  larger areas were cemented over, particularly the base.  Together we poured a new one over the old utilizing a simple mould constructed from plywood.  This doubled the original thickness as well as adding a good inch or two around it.

The local hardware store could not suggest anything for the surface repairs.  So relied on some hobby supplies.   Two types of epoxy putty (Tamiya and Green Stuff) and DAS modeling clay.  The latter is the orange areas seen in the above photo.   Hope it stands up to the elements as it can rejuvenate if exposed to water.

Above is the initial primer sprayed black and forest green,  products from Rust-Oleum brand.

The rest is painted in acrylics sourced from left over house paint and artist's paint in tube form.  Several coats of satin clear spray for protection.

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:22 AM

Oh wow!!! Great job whipping him back into shape! 

It is funny how many uses around the house I've found for modeling products and skills. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December, 2018
Posted by Ted4321 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:55 AM

Nice work, Jack. 

I was skeptical when i started reading but was pleasantly surprised as I continued.  Looks good. Yes

T e d

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:22 PM

That is first-class restoration work there, Jack!

It's amazing how useful these skill-sets can be in 'larger scales!'

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:26 PM

What a transformation!  Your paintwork of Charlie’s face is great!

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:12 PM

Thank you Cliff, Ted, Greg, and Real G.  Beer

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:19 PM

Nice job!  Looks a lot more like Charlie Chaplin now.  The resourcefulness of modelers is astounding.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:36 PM

Hi John, thanks for that. Beer

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:14 PM

Hey Jack,

A big Yes from me, too.

You did a fine job.

-Greg

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:00 PM

Hey Greg, thanks man! Beer

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Friday, August 16, 2019 2:53 PM

Great job Jack, you're friend must have been thrilled to get his family heirloom back after such a fine restoration. 

Don't put off procrastinating until tomorrow. 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Friday, August 16, 2019 3:05 PM

Thank you Est.1961 Beer

My friend  has dropped by to see it and was quite happy.  Atm, he's trying to source a globe for atop the post, though he should have checked if the wiring still works.  Plan B would be to attach some kind solar power.

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    June, 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:35 AM

You guys did a fantastic job.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:24 AM

Cheers TigerII Beer

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Thursday, August 22, 2019 3:03 PM

That looks great! Better start thinking about what you want to charge for lawn ornament restoration, your neighbors will be asking!

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:07 PM

 Jack;

 He might be able to source a globe from either Home Depot's or Lowes lighting depts. If not., I am sure he has a lighting store somewhere close.

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:50 PM

Thank you UnwaryPaladin.  Beer
Funny you should say that, as a hydro worker did knock on my door asking if he was for sale.

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Tanker-Builder, thanks Beer and yes, I'm sure there are light globes out there,  just need to find the correct size.

regards,
Jack

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, August 23, 2019 3:17 PM

That is really cool and fun. Nice job on that. Yes

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Friday, August 23, 2019 4:27 PM

hi Bakster - thanks! Beer

 

regards,

Jack

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