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WaterProof: How Do You Weatherproof a Garden Mirror Outside?


Did you know that almost two million families are involved in some type of gardening? Some just buy plants and seeds and make their own  garden while some just go creative and install their self made plants like diy tower garden, plant hangers and many more. If you are contemplating adding a garden mirror to your own landscaping and outdoor area, you are in the right place. We are going to teach you how you can make your mirror waterproof in a few simple steps.

If your mirror of choice is not acrylic keep reading to learn how to make your non-acrylic mirror stand the test of time in two simple steps.

1. Edge Sealer

First, you will want to pick up a mirror edge sealer from your local hardware store, online, or from a glass distributor. The sealer will keep the edges of the outdoor mirrors from blackening. This is a normal occurrence because of the rain, ice, sleet, and snow that the mirror is exposed to.

The sealer will not only protect it from moisture but also from cleaning materials. When you first apply the sealer it will more than likely go on yellow but it will dry clear. The sealer will also help prevent moisture from getting between the mirror and its backing which will eventually damage the mirror.

Make sure to lay the mirror on a tarp or blanket that is larger than the mirror and work in a well-ventilated area. Always wear gloves to help protect your hands to avoid accidentally applying the sealant on yourself.

2. Drying Time

Once you have the sealant either brushed on or sprayed (depending on the one you bought) allow it to completely dry. Make sure to follow the directions on the specific sealant you purchased but usually you want to let it sit for at least two to three hours.

Once it is dry then you want to use a soft towel or an old washcloth along with glass cleaner or denatured alcohol to clean any sealant off the viewing surface if you accidentally got it on the glass itself.

Correctly Placing a Mirror in Your Garden

Although this might sound like a simple task, it sometimes isn’t. You have to look out for some best frames and it would be better if you would chose some gate ideas so that your mirror can fix perfectly. You have to be very careful with what your mirror reflects back to you after you put it up. For example, if you place the mirror at the end of your garden and it only reflects your utility area back or your house then it is probably not the most ideal location.

One way to figure out where to place it is to try it out in different locations to get a feel of where the best place for it is.

Ready to Weatherproof Your Garden Mirror?

Now that you have the steps above to weatherproof your own garden mirror you can go out and buy the supplies you need to get started on your project. Once your mirror is ready to hang out with mother nature you can put it in the perfect place in your garden and enjoy the update.

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Mel Bartholomew
Mel Bartholomew, a gardener with an illustrious career spanning over 18 years, is our go-to expert for Patio, Lawn, and Garden. He obtained his BA in Horticulture and has become an author on sustainable gardening practices. Joining our website, he has been a driving force in promoting eco-friendly and efficient gardening techniques. His prior experience includes managing a public botanical garden and hosting garden design workshops. His hobbies revolve around his love for plants, with a particular interest in cultivating rare orchids and bonsai.

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