Carvings are finished with a protective coating. Here are some simple guidelines to follow once you get your carving home.
Keep your carving’s base dry: Your carving should not come in direct contact with the ground. Use bricks, pavers, stones, gravel, pressure treated blocks etc. under the carving to allow for airflow and drainage.
The sun dries out carvings and can lead to excess drying and cracking. If possible keep your carvings under some type of shade; covered porches are ideal for outside display. If your carving sees frequent sun, extra recoating will be necessary.
You will be the best judge to determine when to recoat the carving. Signs are when the carving no longer repels water, looks dry, or starts to discolor etc.
The best time for recoating is during a forecast of 2-3 dry days. Prepare by cleaning dirt and debris off your carving with a scrub brush, apply a recommended (or similar) product and let dry between coats.
RECOAT YOUR CARVING WITH A HIGH QUALITY EXTERIOR DECK FINISH
Sikkens Cetol Log and Siding – Natural
Cabots Australian Timberoil – Natural
Miniwax Helsman Spar Varnish – Satin
A MINIMUM OF ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR, WILL HELP KEEP YOUR CARVING LOOKING GREAT.
Keep the carvings away from a heat source such as heat registers, fireplaces etc.
Keep the carving elevated slightly with wood strips or blocks. The carvings contain moisture, so they need to have airflow under them
You may never have to recoat this carving since it is indoors, but if it starts to discolor, then recoat with recommended products.
You have purchased a piece of wood.
Similar to a log home, your carving will dry over time and may develop drying cracks or checks. This is normal and can add character to your carving. If the cracks are large and located in a critical spot, repairs can be done at BLUE RIDGE BEAR SCULPTURES in Cleveland Georgia.
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