Canvas prints can be very effective in hospital settings. They have several advantages:
- No glass
- No glare
- Lower framing costs
- They can go very big
However, I am frequently asked: How do canvas prints hold up in a busy hospital environment? What happens when the cleaning staff wipes them with a wet cloth? How will canvas prints tolerate children with peanut butter and jelly on their fingers touching them?
The answer is: if they have a protective coating applied, they should do just fine. Over the last several years I have sold hundreds of canvas prints and they have held up fine. But I'm always looking for ways to improve things.
One problem with the protective coating I had been using is that it had to be applied after the canvas was stretched, otherwise it would crack. That meant passing on that job to the frame shops. Now I have discovered a coating that can be applied by me before I ship the prints, before the prints are stretched.
I've testing this varnish and it is amazingly tough; almost bulletproof. I've tested my prints by scrubbing them with soapy rags and by trying to scratch them with a kitchen fork. The prints came through just fine.
However, to apply the spray I had to build a spray room. A spray room is a sealed room with a strong exhaust fan and good lights. The picture above is me in the spray room today.