framing a tile for a shore home

SusanG

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I need to frame a tile to go outdoors at a Jersey shore home. Will a Nielson anodized metal moulding hold up outside? Would wood be a better choice? Any ideas would be appreciated.

Susan Gittlen CPF
Whispering Woods Gallery
Holland PA
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Susan, I had to do this not long ago. If you can go rustic, perhaps you can find some old weathered fencing or something and make a frame from that. This is what I did and it looked wonderful. I'd rather worry about the particular metal you mentioned, but then I've never tried it.

Our fence slats were 3" wide and I routed them on one side to form a lip. Pre-beaten up look.
 
I do know that a painted neilson frame will hold up outside for five years before it shows a little fading------ and I think a little waxing will bring back the shine --------- I just might try that today.
 
Susan -
We have framed a couple of items in Nielsen mouldings for outdoor displays - the hardest thing on them is the sunlight - colors will fade out somewhat - but, that happens to anything outside! I don't know how bad an effect the salt air would have on the aluminum. Like MerpsMom's idea!
 
Unlike painted metal, the anodized metals shouldn't fade outside. I'll bet the hardware (steel) would suffer the most. I would try to seal the corner hardware and hangers with - I dunno - clear nail polish? And no spring clips. Use Coroplast filler, if needed.
 
To frame art painted on wood, I used a Clark red metal frame. Caulked the back of the frame before hanging it outside our shop on a fence section. It didn't fade during the three years it hung outside. A customer ended up buying it for his mom's garden. Hope it still looks good.
 
Originally posted by Ron Eggers:
Unlike painted metal, the anodized metals shouldn't fade outside. I'll bet the hardware (steel) would suffer the most. I would try to seal the corner hardware and hangers with - I dunno - clear nail polish? And no spring clips. Use Coroplast filler, if needed.
Good answer, Ron. except for one thing -- the anodized aluminum will fade.

For several years I have used Nielsen frames for the license plates on my minivan (license number is FRAME IT). They last about a year before getting ugly.

I haven't yet found a good rust-preventative coating for the steel hardware; it goes quickly. I've covered it with everything from Rustoleum to silicone sealant. Acrylic sheeting makes the best backer, IMHO. Polyflute would be OK, but the flutes gather all kinds of crud inside the board. I bet Sintra (PVC sheet) would work, too.
 
3M’s automotive or signage business should be able to offer a coating that will be durable (veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery slow fading) outdoors………after all 3M hold the patents on most commonly available materials for signage which are used outdoors…..including licence/number plates for cars.

Jim just out of curiosity how does the Nielson moulding comply with the safety requirements for licence plates in the US !!!!….I know we would not get away with it in Europe…..this is purely a curiosity question…..and in no way a criticism…..interesting use for moulding

Rgs
 
Thanks for all of your suggestions. a rustic wood won't fit in with this contemporary beach home so I think that I will try a Nielson anodized moulding, and back it will a coroplast type polyflute material. Somehow I will try to treat the corner hardware with some type of sealant. If the frame does not hold up well it could be changed in a few years if it doesn't work out. Although it can be damp in this area, it is a few blocks back from the beach, and shouldn't see as much liquid as Jim's license plates. Thanks!

Susan
 
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