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Protecting Your Outdoor Art in the Fall

When we started printing our own artwork for our backyard we were really looking for a way to take our indoor style outdoors.  We live in the city in a small semi-detached house and we don’t have a cottage, so our backyard is both an extension of our home as well as an oasis to get away from it all. 

Even more so, with the COVID crisis, our surroundings have become integral to our mental and physical well-being.  I’m guessing we’re not alone in our desire to make the most of what’s recently become both a place of work and leisure. 

Our custom prints are produced for the outdoors, they are weatherproof and they stay outside year round.  Printed professionally with UV treated inks on high quality plastics, our artwork withstands snow, rain, hail, heat and direct sunlight and remains vibrant and beautiful for years.

You may also have art in your backyard – perhaps you’ve even taken indoor pieces outside this summer to enhance your space.  Although the materials used for indoor pieces are typically not suited for a long life outdoors, you may want to enjoy them outside as long as possible.  Now that the cooler (and rainier) weather is kicking in here are some tips for extending the life of your canvas surfaces and wood frames:

  • Roll back any excess canvas on the back of the wood frame and tape it down so you can spray your wood frame thoroughly with a polyurethane spray sealer
  • Avoid spraying the polyurethane on canvas as it can leave marks (especially white canvas)
  • Spray the entire canvas (front and back) using a clear acrylic sealer. After the canvas has fully dried, spray a second layer for maximum protection
  • Hang it outdoors and enjoy!

I’d recommend that you leave the frame for 24 hours to dry before applying the sealer to the canvas. 

These steps will help protect your artwork from moisture and extend its life outdoors but, ultimately, it’s not a long-term solution.  If you are looking for something more permanent — prints that you can customize and make your own – we’ve got them! 

Lisa Hartley, Founder of Off the Wall On the Fence