What type of metal wall art can I place outdoors?

Author: Earth Homewares   Date Posted:21 June 2018 

Our range of metal wall art has been designed to be placed indoors, outside underneath patio areas, eaves of your home, you can place outdoors in exposed outdoor elements but bear in mind they will not last as long.

As part of our ever expanding range of outdoor wall art, I would like to provide some advice on the huge range of choice in our collection.  From metal wall art to rust mild steel, upcycled oil drums, corten steel, aluminium powdercoated and stainless steel. 

METAL WALL ART

Many of our designs have been hand made and painted to create a piece of artwork.  Some items are constructed with metal (mild steel).  Rusting of metal is a normal process and the time taken for natural rust to form on the item will depend on the position, proximity to water & sun, & how the item is treated. We recommend protecting your item with a UV protective clear lacquer to minimise rusting and colour fading. We personally coat our metal wall art twice yearly with White Knights Squirts Clear Gloss Lacquer. See your local Hardware or Paint store for more detailed info.

 

CUSTOM MADE STEEL

Popular for use on laser cut screens and garden sculptures. Corten finish looks like rust, but is actually a protective coating.  Corten develops with age, is corrosion resistant and is very long lasting.

This is usually the most economical option for laser cut metal screens and is ideal for indoor use. If mild steel is for outdoor display, we recommend finishing with powder coating - with a zinc undercoat.

 
 
ALUMINIUM POWDER COAT 
 

Corrosion resistant and light weight. Aluminium can be Powder Coated in a range of colours, anodised or left in a raw state. If left in the raw, it will dull with age. The dull surface becomes a protective layer to help prevent further corrosion. If Powder Coating, there are a number of precautions that must be included in the design and manufacturer process.

STAINLESS STEEL

There are two grades to choose from #316 marine grade or #304. If your laser cut screens or metal works are to be positioned outside, we suggest #316. Interior screens, or metal works can be made with #304, which is substantially cheaper.


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