Most stock items are painted with a standard acrylic paint, so if you intend to put them outdoors, the pieces will require a protective coating to assist in preserving integrity and colours of paint. For an additional fee, Natureworks can apply a commercial grade hard-wearing polyurethane clear coating, called ‘2 pac finish’ (see FAQs). Make sure you specify 2Pac finish when ordering items that will be used outdoors.
Most products are designed for display only, so if they are going to be exposed to the public and/or climbed on, they may need to be reinforced and have fixings installed to secure them to a solid footing. This can be quoted as an additional modification at time of ordering. We can also build items to meet Australian Playground Certification standards, where appropriate.
The paint finishes will not tolerate submersion under water and it is imperative that no water is allowed to pool on any painted surface.
Annually at least, wash with warm, soapy water or sugar soap if required using a soft cloth.
Do not wash with steel wool, or any other materials which may scratch or damage the surface.
If kept outside, you will need to re-coat the clear protective coating every 12 to 18 months depending on your climate. This can be done with a good quality enamel clear gloss (a spray can is alright). Test it on a small inconspicuous area first. The replica needs to be cleaned before you re-coat with the clear coat. We use Resene Uracryl Clear Semi-Gloss for our protective coating.
Give your replica a light hand sand using 240 grit sandpaper, then clean off any excess dirt and grit and repaint per the paint manufacturer’s specs. If you desire a high polish or glossy look use a high gloss Uracryl instead.
Note the colour red and its derivatives are at the greatest risk of fading.
Colour finish touch up kits are available for small chips or scratches.
Note that we can do repaints and repairs depending on the scope of work required.
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