What type of metal wall art can I place outdoors?

Author: Earth Homewares   Date Posted:4 April 2019 

Our range of metal wall art has been designed to be placed indoors, outside underneath patio areas, eaves of your home etc, (protected outdoor spaces with minimal exposure). Weathered rust, corten steel, powder coat, stainless we recommend for outdoors.

Our range is huge and 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, hand painted steel, upcycled oil drums, corten steel, aluminium powder coated and stainless steel.


Many of our designs have been handmade 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. These are intended for Indoor use, protected outdoor spaces in the garden such as covered entertaining areas such as patios, covered garden walls, verandahs etc.  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.


Derived 100% from 44 Gallon drums it gives a fresh look to recycling. As these are handmade no two will be the same.  These are finished with a commercial grade application of clear gloss lacquer but ongoing maintanence recommendation is a regular coat of Penetrol to keep looking great for longer.


Each piece is individually handcrafted from recycled and sustainable materials. Colors and shades may vary from the images displayed online. You can therefore be confident that you are investing in an eco-friendly and unique work of art.  Sprayed with commercial grade of clear gloss lacquer you will need ongoing maintenance with Penetrol to minimise colour fading & rust.



Although designs with a natural rusted finish have been treated with an application of Penetrol, the rust is a natural process which may continue to develop over time to create it's own unique patina. Long term exposure to the elements and environment will cause changes and a continuation of the rusting process. If this is not desired, we recommend a small degree of maintenance. This involves a 6 monthly spray of Penetrol which can be purchased from any hardware store. We encourage you to re-consider when putting a natural rusted design in a situation such as, and not limited to, white/ light coloured walls or onto limestone/ sandstone pavers etc. Should you be after a maintenance-free option, we recommend a powder coat finish. It is possible to have a powder coat that appears as a Rust, has slight colour variation & is slightly textural.  See powder coat options below.


Popular for use on laser cut wall 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.  


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.


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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