How to protect your Metal Wall Sign for use outside.
At Sweet and Nostalgic we want you to get the most out of your Metal Wall Signs, and enjoy them for years to come. Our Metal Wall Sign range is one of our most popular product lines. Their vibrant colours add an extra special feel to your decor. We are currently running an ongoing blog on How to protect your Metal Wall Sign for use outside, and to test the best UV spray products available to keep your sign in tip top condition for years to come.
This blog will be updated periodically as we run our test. The signs displayed will have been half treated (vertically) with UV Spray and the other half non-treated. We hope that you find it interesting, and we will use our results to offer products to help you get the most out of our wonderful products.
We have 2 UV sprays to carry out our test.
1. Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear (Matt Finish)
2. PlastiKote Clear Sealer (Satin Finish)
Both were purchased on Amazon circa £7 per Can. Other finishes are available depending on preferred final effect.
If you intend to use a UV Spray, please make sure you fully read the instructions on the reverse of the can. Only use the spray in a well ventilated area (preferably outside). Use gloves and a face mask for additional protection.
Each sign was separated vertically using tape and cardboard. The left hand side was be treated with the UV Spray, whilst the right hand side untreated. We hope that over time we will be able to show the effect of protecting your wall sign outside, compared to not protecting it.
Each sign received 3 light coats of UV Spray over a 3 hour period (any visible markings on the vertical plane is the effect of the joint on the spray.
Once dried overnight the signs were erected on a south facing fence. The sun during the summer months the Sun passes by this area from 11.00am in the morning until Mid Afternoon 5.00pm. This position will expose the signs to UV light for most of the day, so this is the most extreme test of our Metal Wall Signs outside.
If your signs are in a shaded area then the effect of UV light on your Metal Sign will be considerably less.
To be continued. Please check back regularly for updates..