Are Canvas Prints Waterproof? (A Look at if a Water-Resistant or Waterproof Canvas Print Exists)

Are Canvas Prints Typically Waterproof?

If something is waterproof, it means it won’t let liquids pass through it no matter if it’s exposed to these liquids consistently.

So are canvas prints waterproof?

Some canvas prints are marketed as being waterproof because they have laminates or sealants applied to them. However, the stretcher bars (the wooden frame that the canvas print is stretched over) that the canvas is stretched over will usually still be at risk of water damage if you were to expose your canvas print continuously underwater.

So no. In most cases, stretched canvas prints are not considered fully waterproof.

Are Canvas Prints Water-Resistant?

You’re probably wondering if canvas prints are water-resistant because you’re interested in hanging your prints in a high-humidity room, like a bathroom.

If that’s the case, high-quality giclee canvas prints (such as the ones you can find at iCanvas, Society6, or Redbubble) are definitely prints that will withstand moisture and humidity for years. (For more information on these types of canvas prints, check out my post: What Is Giclee on Canvas?)

You can even use a damp cloth to wipe these canvas prints down without fear of damaging them.

However, please note that some low-quality canvas prints are made with cheap inks that will fade, yellow, or streak if exposed to humidity.

Are the Stretcher Bars Water-Resistant?

The stretcher bars are also a major factor in the durability of a canvas print since it will be what’s most at risk to long-term water damage.

Some canvas printing companies make their frames from plywood or other cheap materials that can warp over time, even when the print is hung in a low-humidity room.

But companies like iCanvas make custom frames that are much more durable for humid rooms. iCanvas uses kiln-dried North American Pine that is finger spliced (a process that removes all of the moisture from the wood to prevent it from shrinking and warping).

An Alternative to Canvas Art Prints

If you still don’t want to take the risk with canvas art prints in a high-humidity or wet environment, maybe you’ll want to consider aluminum metal prints from Society6 or Redbubble.

Not only do metal art prints look contemporary, but high-quality, aluminum wall art typically stands up to water very well. They also have a high resistance to fading, making them a good choice for areas that receive a lot of sunlight.

Overview: Can Canvas Prints Go Outside or in a Bathroom?

If you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to shop for a beautiful canvas print to use as part of your outdoor decor for an extended period of time, the answer is a definite no. If the rain won’t damage it, the sun will. (Even the most high-quality canvas prints will have their colors fade if placed in direct sunlight).

However, if you’re wondering if you can hang a canvas in a high-humidity room in your home, then the answer is: yes and no… it depends.

If the canvas print is printed with high-quality inks or has a coating applied to the fabric for protection against water, then it can definitely be hung in a bathroom and last a very long time.

Most bathrooms get used once or twice a day for showers. This is the only time you’re going to get large amounts of moisture in the air. So canvas prints are typically fine in bathrooms.

For more information on how you can protect your canvas prints in bathrooms, check out my post: Can Canvas Prints Be Hung in a Bathroom?