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How do you repair a ceramic bird bath?

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Ceramic bird baths crack or break for many reasons, including weather and accidents. With a few simple steps, you can seal cracks in a damaged bird bath and get it looking as good as new. Gather these materials: a sponge or soft cloth, household bleach, waterproof silicone caulk, a putty knife and spray-on ceramic sealer.

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  1. Prepare the birdbath

    Empty the water from the cracked birdbath before moving it to a workbench or other safe, sturdy surface in a dry, covered location.

  2. Clean the birdbath

    Dip the sponge or soft cloth in a solution of one part household bleach to 10 parts water to sanitize the birdbath and remove algae and other substances from the surface. Let the birdbath air dry after cleaning.

  3. Caulk the crack

    Apply the waterproof silicone caulk to the crack with the putty knife until the caulk seals the entire crack.

  4. Let the caulk dry

    Allow the caulk to dry for at least 48 hours. Inspect the seal to see whether or not it needs additional caulking.

  5. Seal the repair

    Spray the repaired crack with ceramic sealer to provide additional sealing and protect the birdbath from natural deterioration and wear. Don't refill the birdbath with water until after the sealer dries for at least 48 hours.

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