Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

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Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby jcliff » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:04 pm

Lamplighters are completing a community art piece this year that we'd like to be able to put up in our Lounge for years to come. I could use some advice for making it last for the long haul.

The project involves about 75, 8 x 8 x 1/4 inch wooden tiles that have been artistically rendered by participants. The tiles will be glued onto a large 1" sheet of plywood for a finished piece that's about 4' x 8'.

We are planning to glue the tiles with gorilla wood glue. Any advice for playa-proofing it? I had planned to use a clear coat spray to seal it but I'm not sure what would be best for dust-proofing. Also, any advice for sealing a few tiles that have some baubles glued on to them? We don't want anything to pop off and moop.

Any advice would be appreciated. The tiles are beautiful and we'd like to keep the project around for awhile! Many thanks!

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Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby Popeye » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:59 pm

Gorilla glue is urethane based and expands while it cures. It may be difficult make the tiles level. Some sealants will yellow under UV light. You might look at different epoxy's both to hold the tile on and to seal the surface. I think I'd look at Gougeon Brothers marine epoxys.
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Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby Grumpy Otter » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:13 pm

Use gorilla wood glue, in stead of straight gorilla glue. The wood glue does not expand and is a good quality wood glue which should last well.

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Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby AntiM » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:39 am

Definitely wood glue. I have a gift box which sits out on the playa year after year, and I used Titebond wood glue on its letters and trim. As for a sealer, find a good UV stable exterior/outdoor matte or satin spray on sealer. Krylon brand has done well for me, and Rustoleum is also a good option (but shinier for some reason). I use a brush on one for some pieces, but that would not do well for a large piece.

As for the individual pieces, acrylic paints hold up well, either craft or intermediate fine art ones. If they are gluing on baubles and bits, use a bead and glass or all purpose glue, I use 3-M brand. Since my art pieces are handled roughly and hang out there on chickenwire, I do make sure they're sturdy beforehand.

If anyone is doing any kind of collaging, ModPodge is strong when applied and cured properly.

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Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby Ratty » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:13 am

Anti M, Really? ModPodge! I'll have to revisit that. I'm well known for doing it wrong. Every year I make a bunch of collages to gift but mine are laminated 8 by 10s. This way I can be lazy and stick them together with a glue stick. At the burn the people can browse the post cards, collages and bottle cap art while they wait around for their bike seat cover. All this art talk is getting me excited. Think I'll sort some robot makins.
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Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby AntiM » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:38 am

Ratty wrote:Anti M, Really? ModPodge! I'll have to revisit that. I'm well known for doing it wrong. Every year I make a bunch of collages to gift but mine are laminated 8 by 10s. This way I can be lazy and stick them together with a glue stick. At the burn the people can browse the post cards, collages and bottle cap art while they wait around for their bike seat cover. All this art talk is getting me excited. Think I'll sort some robot makins.


Mod Podge takes time and prep, it is totally unsuited for on playa use. The end results hold up pretty well though. They make it in quite a few varieties now, including Hard for furniture, glitter, and glow in the dark.

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Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Postby jcliff » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:56 pm

I had my notifications off and didn’t realize that anyone had responded to this post! Thank you for the guidance! I’m really excited to see this come together. I may reach out in late June when we’re putting it together in real time!


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