Old Concrete Lawn Jockey
Can anyone help? I have inherited an old concrete lawn jockey, the white version, he's 44" tall. Unfortunately, the neighborhood kids painted him as a prank years ago. I now want to re paint him, to his original colors, can anyone suggest what type of paint to use? Do I sand him first? And where can I get a picture of the original one for reference? He is now wearing a red jacket, and hat, white pants, black boots, and standing on a green square. He has other colors splashed all over him, (the prank) so any ideas for me?
We inherited one as well. He was like yours faded and in need of repair in places and new paint. I don't think you should sand on him unless you do it carefully by hand. I've got to fix a couple of missing concert in places - he is built with rebar and concert. I can see the rebar where chunks of concert fell off over time. When we got him I'm pretty sure his paint was original to the era of his construction. His shirt was red with black buttons, his pants were blue ( yet I've seen many with white pants) his boots were black and his hat was red and white, alternating the preferations in the hat with red/white/red/white. The bill of his hat was red. The base was so discolored and much of the paint gone - I'm not sure the original base color. I've been researching because I plan to do the same as you and refurbish and paint to original colors. eBay was helpful in looking at the ones like I have. Ours actually has his original lantern that was originally wired through his arm and electrical came out of the base to run the light. I'm leaving the original electrical but going to put led lights in his lantern, we are keeping him so not concerned about keeping the electrical original- all will still be in tach just not going to run electrical to him. Good luck in your yard jockey refurbish, hope this helped a little.
Thanks for the tips. I did some razor blade scraping on mine and the pants where a robin egg blue and the jacket red. Giving him a solar LED lantern to bring him up to date.
I recently obtained one as well. How do I repair the "rebar and concert" part of him? Parts on his boots and back of leg are completely gone due to being exposed to the elements so I would need to add concrete (?). Is this something I can easily do myself, or do I need to find someone who can do this?