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Are Canvas Prints Waterproof?

Photo of Dog Printed on Canvas and Hanging in Bathroom Above Toilet

A lot of people ask whether canvas prints are waterproof. Here’s what we tell them.

Underwater Display

First things first: why are you looking for waterproof canvas prints? Waterproof, by definition, is something that is impervious to water. Although laminates or sealants can be applied to the actual canvas to protect it, the wood frame that the canvas is stretched over will still be susceptible to water damage if you were to display your canvas print under water or in pouring rain on an ongoing basis. Realistically, we doubt those were your intentions when asking whether canvas prints are waterproof. If we had to guess, you’re probably asking because you’re interested in displaying your prints in a high-humidity environment, like a bathroom or kitchen. If that’s the case, Posterjack Canvas Prints are definitely a product you can count on.

Posterjack Canvas Print Displayed Above Kitchen Sink

Not All Canvas Prints Are Created Equal 

If you’re looking for canvas prints that can withstand moisture and humidity and will still look vibrant and amazing years down the road, not all are fit for the job. As we mention in The Benefits of Canvas Printing, other canvas printing companies use solvent-based printers and chemical inks which produce a low-quality product that will fade in less than 10 years. They also use liquid laminates which initially look good, but crack, fade, and turn yellow over time. Posterjack, on the other hand, prints photos on canvas using the Giclée method using original HP Vivera Latex inks, so photos will stay vibrant and will not fade for over 200 years. 

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Another major contributor to the durability of our Canvas Prints is the custom frame that we professionally stretch your canvas over. As we pointed out, one factor to consider when looking for a “waterproof” canvas print is the wood frame that the canvas is wrapped around, as that will be what’s most vulnerable to long-term water damage. Some canvas printing companies make their frames from plywood or by using cheap frame kits that can bow and warp over time, even in the driest of conditions. Posterjack custom frames are made using 1.5”-thick, sturdy Grade A Canadian basswood, so they’ll be more durable in humid conditions.

Posterjack Canvas Print Hanging in Bathroom Above Bathtub

Cleaning Your Canvas

Another reason you might be wondering whether a canvas print is waterproof is because you want to clean it. Whether it’s a screaming toddler on the loose with a lidless cup or a wet, muddy dog bolting into the house to shake before you have the chance to dry him off, we understand that more than just a light coating of dust might find itself on your walls. Life happens! Thankfully, our Canvas Prints can stand up to that too. If your artwork needs to be cleaned, you can use a damp cloth to wipe it down without fear of damaging it. Phew! 

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Waterproof or Life-proof?

So is it really important for you to find a way to waterproof your canvas prints or are you simply looking for an option that’s durable enough to stand up to what life throws at you? If it’s the latter, you’ll love Posterjack Canvas Prints. They’re the best you can get! But don’t just take our word for it, check out the tens of thousands of five-star reviews left by our amazing customers! 

Posterjack Canvas Print Displayed in Kitchen Above Coffee Maker

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