2. Exposure to light & UV radiation
Discolouration (sun-fade) can occur from prolonged exposure to ultra violet radiation. This is especially relevant in Australia where we experience higher UV levels than the rest of the world. It is important to remember that UV radiation exists year round, not only during the summer months.
Our resin and polystone products are painted. UV radiation has the energy to initiate chemical reactions in paint which effects pigment and adhesive mediums. The results of prolonged exposure may include chalking – where the adhesive deteriorates and washes away, leaving loose pigment on the surface. Light may also effect pigments. Pigment particles absorb light and convert it into heat which results in a chemical change which may cause colour to fade, darken or yellow.
Resin is especially vulnerable to UV and results of prolonged exposure may result in cracking and brittleness. Low quality resin found in cheap fairy garden ornaments is especially susceptible to this.
You can minimise the effects by taking a mindful approach to product positioning. While it may be tempting to position ornaments in highly exposed areas, the decision should be made with the knowledge that you are shortening the lifespan of your products.
My Recommendation: Position your fairy garden in areas with filtered sunlight or afternoon shade. Well chosen locations include the eastern side of your house, under a tree, under the pergola, etc.
“But wait – what about solar fairy houses?”
That is an excellent question. I have covered this seperately. Click here to read more.