Can I leave stuff outside if covered year round?

phish_gwNovember 13, 2010

I've made some outdoor mosaic pieces but I use mosaic glue from the craft store (not the weldbond, geII stuff everyone discusses here that I don't understand). So I generally keep my stuff outside in the summer and bring it in in the winter. There is one piece I would like to keep outside year round, and would keep it on a covered porch. Do you think it would survive? When stuff is outside, is it the cold or the rain that damages it? (if just rain, that wouldn't be an issue if it was covered)

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What is it made of, and where do you live? I've had a mirror that I made on plywood about six yrs. ago - hanging on my front porch, so it's sorta protected. It's still in good shape. Also have a cedar post - my backyard pedestal w/the turbine on top that's been outside about the same length of time. On the mirror, I don't remember what adhesive I used. On the pedestal I used thinset. I did have to re-grout the pedestal last fall - was showing cracks. Eventually it'll fall apart, but so far so good. Yours depends on the substrate and where you live. I live in E TX, where the weather isn't extreme - excepting last winter!!!!! Was awful. I did lose a terra cotta planter - was partially mosaiced. Other than that, things go through the winter here pretty safely.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 1:37PM
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and I live in Michigan. So the elements are somewhat tough (at least compared to Texas) but so is the substrate. I guess I could try it for a while and keep an eye on it and see how it goes.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 1:12PM
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Help. Can I leave a stained glass mosaic? to hang outside in winter. The stained glass are:
1) glued on double thermal pane window
2) with Marine glue for outside
3) using outside grout (that is used on outside ceramic tiles)

    Bookmark   September 15, 2014 at 9:38AM
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Anne05, I'm going to say "probably." It should be okay.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2014 at 3:50PM
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I would think a major problem in Michigan or other cold places would be water getting in cracks in grout or under tiles, freezing, and breaking up the mosaic. Longer it's out there, the more likely to happen.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2014 at 4:57AM
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