Can canvas print be made waterproof?

1 week 3 days ago #730395 by ShutterGuy
My wife wants canvas prints around our outdoor dining room.  This area is open to outdoor elements including rain.  My wife doesn't want metal prints, and wants the "canvas print" look.  So can a canvas be made waterproof?  


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1 week 2 days ago #730422 by Brody Kross
Place the canvas with serious UV coating in a shadow box to protect against elements?  


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1 week 2 days ago #730455 by Todd Floyd
I'm sure it could if you coat it with resin.  I'd go with a metal print. 


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1 week 19 hours ago #730522 by Chester Foster
I'm sure it could, but seriously doubt it will still have the 'canvas look'.  I would look at other print styles like metal or acrylic as these are closer to waterproof and all you need to fuss about is UV protectant.  


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1 week 15 hours ago #730533 by CharleyL
"So can a canvas be made waterproof?"

Not totally. If not directly out in the Weather and rain, the biggest problem will be Sun fading. There are sprays that will reduce the fading. There is also UV rated glass, but all glass does a pretty good job of reducing UV. High humidity will also get into the canvas fibers out doors, even if not out in the rain. Again, there are clear sprays that you can use to reduce the problem, but not eliminate it. If spraying, I would spray both sides of the canvas, being certain to cover the ends of the canvas as well as both the front and back. When dry, hopefully it will extend the life of the canvas considerably. Make certain to keep the original files, so that if they do decay you can print more.
Krylon makes a clear IR spray that does a pretty good job of "reducing" the Sun's UV Rays. It does resist water too, but I'm not certain for how long. It does go on quite thin and is not glossy. I have no exact experience with your problem, so experimenting to see what works best would certainly be worth doing.

Charley


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5 days 19 hours ago #730577 by Chris Briggs
:agree:  with Charley on this one, good post 


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1 day 5 hours ago #730861 by Stanly
Agree, not totally, but you can get it close.  Frankly I would just go the metal or acrylic route as mentioned already.  

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