Resin art pieces do enhance the beauty of your garden and lawn. The art pieces can range from statues to animal figurines that provide a whimsical effect. However, for most garden artwork, there is a tendency to forget and neglect them. The outdoors can be unpredictable with the changing weather and wildlife that can damage the resin artwork.
Resin art does get affected by the outdoor elements. Resin is affected by UV light from the sun, which can lead to the resin surface yellowing and losing its beauty over time. The harsh winter temperature leads to the expansion and contraction of resin, causing cracks in the resin structure.
Avoid prolonged periods of not caring for your garden art. Ensure that the resin artwork is not placed in areas in your garden that can damage your artwork. It’s advised to set your garden art under shade to prevent harmful UV light.
Formulate a maintenance plan to keep an eye on your resin art piece. Have the intent to inspect your resin art and protect resin outdoor statues from deterioration and decay. Understanding the conditions that are detrimental to the garden art’s survival is essential—knowing what is harmful to your garden art will guide how to ensure your art’s longevity and survivability.
Below are detailed ideas and tips on how to care for resin art throughout the year.
How To Protect Resin Art In Sunlight.
Resin can be waterproof and resistant to harsh outdoor elements. The clarity and beautiful finish provided by resin lend to creating outdoor furniture that can withstand the outdoors.
The UV light from sunlight poses a challenge to the resin’s integrity. The UV radiation over time does provide damage to resin. The resin absorbs the UV radiation breaking down the chemical bonds and later leading to discoloration. The runaway process leads to cracking and loss of structural integrity.
Your artwork’s loss of color and brightness is the first indication of your resin degradation. The effects do take time to be recognized. Paying close attention to your resin outdoor art needs to be part of your garden and lawn maintenance.
Protect Resin Outdoor Art and Furniture
Limit Exposure To Direct Sunlight.
Limiting direct exposure to the sun is the simplest way to reduce resin exposure to sunlight. This can be done by placing the resin under natural or artificial shading.
It strategically places the resin under a tree or your deck away from direct sunlight. This does not eliminate the sunlight radiation reaching your resin artwork, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Select Resin Solutions With UV Protection.
One of the best options for UV protection is to purchase resin with a UV protection additive. The additive provides the necessary protection from loss of gloss, discoloration, and cracking.
The ingredient you will be looking for in the outdoor resin is HALS( Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer). The main reason for the additive in resin is to provide a protective coating from the harmful effects of UV light.
HALS also reduces the effects of discoloration and yellowing over time.
How to protect resin art and furniture in the winter?
Extreme temperatures tend to affect the structure adversely. Each climatic conditions have its way of damaging the resin structure differently.
The extreme winter temperature does result in the resin art experiencing contractions and expansion. This mechanical reaction can lead to cracks forming on the surface.
In the winter, consider covering up your statuses and garden art that tend to collect or retain water. For statues and art pieces that are too heavy or secured in place, the only option is to cover them with a waterproof tarp or cover.
For statues that can be relocated, move the art pieces to a dry indoor away from the harsh winter weather. The indoor area conditions can be controlled, reducing the possibility of your resin figures being adversely affected.
Be careful during the relocation process from damaging or dropping your concrete art. You want to avoid having a more significant problem fixing damages that require extensive repairs. The method of moving your statues needs to be planned out carefully. Pay special attention to intricate and delicate parts that may come off during the statue’s movement.
Repair Cracks on Resin Caused By Cold Weather.
Cracks can be identified during the warm summer months. Inspect the surface for any small cracks and fractures. You can fill the gaps with resin.
The application of resin can be made by both experienced and newbies. Fixing a small crack is easier to resolve than having a giant crack that can result in a loss of structural stability for your art pieces.
Fix the damage as soon as the crack appears. Applying the resin when small is recommended to mitigate the issue’s worsening.
Begin by sanding down the crack to smooth the surface in and around the damaged area. Once the sanding is complete. Apply the resin to fill the crack.