We get a lot of questions about how to keep Sandicast Dog Statues looking their best, so we thought we would share the manufacturers cleaning and minor repair tips with you here:
While Sandicast statues are pretty maintenance free, you can dust them with a soft, clean, dry paint brush to get into any cracks and crevices. If you feel you need to do more than this, you can use a slightly damp, soft cloth (such as a terry washcloth or microfiber cloth) to gently remove any remaining dust or dirt. This will probably be the extent of the cleaning process for most people if you are keeping the statues indoors and out of the elements.
If your statue has gotten really dirty, you may want to use a very small amount of mild, colorless soap with your damp cloth for WHITE PARTS ONLY. Be very careful to avoid shaded or painted areas if using any type of soap.
Another idea is to use any type of clear acrylic floor wax, which you can mix in a ratio of one part floor wax to two parts water. To put it simply, use twice as much water as floor wax. You can mix this in a spray bottle if you’d like or you can just apply it with a paintbrush, and then wipe off with a soft cloth. The floor wax contains a mild solvent which will loosen any dirt, and also contains wax which will return some of the original luster to your statue. The reason you need to use more water than wax is because too much wax will cause your statue to get too shiny so try not to go overboard!
How To Repair Chips:
Even the best of us have mishaps, as well as children, pets and clumsy friends and relatives, right? So what can you do to repair chips or broken parts? First, you can unbend a paperclip and use the sharp end of it to texture the hairline if you need to. For larger chips, it is good to first file the area with a nail file/emery board and then etch into the hairline with the paperclip. To glue the broken parts back or to fill in small gaps, the best thing to use is good old super glue. Other options are super bonder or 5 minute epoxy.
How To Touch Up the Paint:
You do not need a special paint kit to repair most minor paint imperfections. You can try matching art paints, felt tip markers or pens, or magic markers to get the desired result. The key is to start out slow and easy by dabbing very small amounts of color so that you can make sure the paint matches and will give you your desired result. If not, then wipe it off with a soft cloth or paper towel as quickly as possible and try something else until you get the color to blend the way you want it.
We hope that you have found these tips helpful! If your statue is damaged beyond repair, however, then you can always visit us at AllSculptures.com for a full selection of new Sandicast Dog Statues!
4 thoughts on “How To Clean And Repair Sandicast Dog Statues”
Years ago I bought a full size Sandicast Lab Retriever Pup in tan very similar to the one I just purchased. My real dog was fooled & would run to it and bark at it! My grandkids thought it was real too. My grandson fell in love with it and wanted it so bad (so i gave him my dog and have missed it since. Coming upon your website, there it was as a Yellow Lab – so real looking – those eyes! This time I’m buying a doggie bed for it & it will sit in my living room. Can’t wait to receive it.
I purchased my J226 years ago. I put it on lay-a-way. I was broke and lonely and missed my dog at home. My purchase became a life long companion. I have had doxie’s most of my adult life. I now have 4 long hair – all rescued – dogs that love my J226.
So happy to have found your site. J226 – called J for short – needed a grooming!! We will now take time to clean and cover the “gray” (chips and nicks) and restore J226 to it’s youth.
Can you leave sandicast statues outside???? Thank u!
Many people do leave them outside in protected areas, but it is not really recommended by the manufacturer. Over time they will fade in the sun and could potentially crack in extreme cold temperatures. If you can keep them out of the elements they will last much longer. We do have a line of similar dog statues made for outdoors that you may want to consider as an alternative: Nature’s Gallery