Renovating a Vintage Garden Fountain Renovating a Vintage Garden Fountain
A vintage garden fountain can stand the test of time and adds a beautiful aesthetic to any garden. Renovating these older fountains is a great project, and can be done with a little time and patience.
Step One-Inspect the Fountain
Look the fountain over and see what you'll need to do. Most of the time you will need to give it a deep cleaning, buff out some of the cracks, fill in with some cement patch or replace some of the inner workings. Make a list of what you'll need to do to completely renovate the fountain.
Step Two-Clean the Fountain
Using a combination of water and soap solution, clean the entire fountain. Refrain from any type of scrubbing. Instead, use a strong mildew remover or commercial cleaner, and let it set on the spot for a few minutes. Then rinse off with water.
Step Three-Buff Out Scratches and Patch Holes
Using a handheld buffing machine, go over the entire surface of the fountain with a soft polishing wheel. Apply some ceramic polish and buff it into the surface of the fountain. This will help to get rid of most of the scratches and some of the gouges. The deeper cuts, holes and gouges will need to be patched with some liquid cement. Smooth the liquid cement with a small scraper and make it flush with the rest of the fountain. Before it's completely dry, sand it smooth.
Step Four-Replace Mechanical Parts
A fountain will need an electric water pump in order to circulate the water from the basin, or reservoir, to the top of the fountain where it will cascade down the front. For the most part, vintage garden fountains will not have a working pump included. Also look at the water tubing that is threaded up through the fountain. If the fountain is more than 20 years old, you will want to replace that also. Due to weather conditions alone, the tube can crack over time.
Step Five-Add Water and Check for Leaks
After all the cleaning and replacing of old parts, you may still have some leaks in the fountain. The only way to find that out is to fill the fountain with water and turn on the pump. Check the ground for any accumulating water. If you find any, you can seal the crack with some silicone caulking. If not, then your fountain is ready to give you years of enjoyment.