How Do You Weatherproof Canvas?

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By Luciana Oliveira

Like anything pleasing to the eye, art needs to be preserved as much as possible. Some require less maintenance than others. However, this doesn’t mean that one’s artistic quality is less than the other. Like a fine wine, an artistic piece that can withstand time is worth keeping.

Canvas paintings are one of the easiest-to-use home decor items. All you have to do is hang it in a place where it lacks color, and it will automatically lift the entire area, bringing more life and whimsical touch to it. For this reason, art enthusiasts (and even ordinary homeowners) try to weatherproof their canvas art pieces to keep their quality longer. 

Weatherproofing is especially useful for people who have outdoor canvas art, as they are the ones most exposed and affected by weather changes. But how does weatherproofing actually work? And, can I do it by myself? If so, how? 

Just follow these easy steps to keep your favorite canvas art weatherproof and long-lasting.

What is weatherproofing?

The term “weatherproof” refers to anything built or covered so that the effects of the changing weather will not damage it. Different things, like windows, doors, canvas, etc., require different approaches to weatherproofing.

For protecting your canvas art, all you need are two easy-to-acquire materials; 1 clear acrylic sealer and 1 spray sealer.

Steps in waterproofing canvas:

1. Spray sealer on the frame.

The very first thing you would like to do to avoid having your canvas easily damaged by weather changes is to ensure that it is properly sealed and that the canvas is completely attached to its frame. Press down and roll back the canvas and seal it with good adhesive tape to ensure complete coverage.

Following this, coat the canvas’s wooden frame using a high-quality spray sealant. Note that it is advisable to wrap your canvas with newspaper to prevent it from getting discolored due to the seal.

Damages due to the outside environment, including pollution, dust, smears, and UV radiation, may be prevented by using this method.

Before proceeding, let the sealant completely dry.

2. Clear acrylic sealer for the canvas

After letting the frame dry, it’s now time for you to cover and protect the most critical part of your art: the canvas. To do so, you could use any clear acrylic sealer of your choosing to coat both the front and back areas of the entire canvas. 

You must read the instructions on the container carefully first. You don’t want your canvas to look “obviously covered” and affect its overall beauty, don’t you? Just after the canvas has dried completely, you can apply a second coat of spray to add another thin layer of covering and further preserve your art piece.

A transparent acrylic seal is the most recommended coating for paintings because it has a powerful, glassy, non-yellowing result even when used with materials that have paint, polish, glue, or other components on them. They also don’t leak or make a mess when applied, so they’re intended to dry quickly. It’s simple to use and safe for your artwork.

3. Display and enjoy your art.

Now that you have finished all the necessary steps to ensure your painting can withstand any weather, all that’s left to do is for you to hang it in your favorite outdoor space and enjoy the beauty it adds to your home!

We spend lots of time outside our houses, and you would want the ideal outdoor sanctuary to unwind after a hard day’s work. With your perfect-for-outdoor canvas paintings, you may now spend your leisure time on your well-decorated balcony or terrace.

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Luciana joined our team as a mum blogger in 2020. A dedicated mum to a lively daughter and a dog, Luna, Luciana brings authenticity and passion to every post. Her expertise in parenting and lifestyle topics offers practical, relatable advice for real-life situations.

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