If you live in Australia and are planning to paint a canvas for the holidays, you might want to think twice before buying it.
The Australian Financial Market Authority (AFMA) has published an alert warning against buying canvas and other canvas products online.
“A number of recent products are being advertised as canvas which may be suitable for indoor and outdoor use,” the alert states.
“These products may be misleading or may not be suitable.”
If you’re planning to buy a canvas, there are some steps you can take to make sure your purchase goes smoothly.
The AFMA advises you check the packaging for the quality of the product before you buy it.
“This can include the type of packaging, whether it contains any instructions for use, the number of bags or cartons, and whether they are labelled as canvas or canvas bag,” the agency warns.
“Check the label carefully before you place the order.”
If the packaging says “canvas” on the back, this means the product is not made of canvas.
If you buy a “canning kit” from the retailer, the product will be labelled “can canvas” and is likely to have the label stamped onto the inside of the bag.
You can also check the manufacturer’s website for the name of the supplier.
“If the manufacturer is not listed on the website, contact the manufacturer to obtain a list of manufacturers and the contact details for the suppliers,” the AFMA says.
“Many of the companies who supply canvas may not comply with Australian legislation or standards.”
The ASA says it has found a number of products that are not suitable for use indoors and outdoor.
These include: “paintable” products like canvas canvases that are made with wood, metal or paper, which are likely to be unsuitable for use outdoors.
These are likely unsuitable because they contain paint and paint additives.
If there is a large amount of paint and additives in a product, the paint will seep into the wood, making it unusable.
These products are likely not suitable if you live or work in an area with high humidity and low air quality.
A canvas is also unlikely to last long in the environment because of the chemical composition.
“There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a canvas and there are certain types of paint which are more susceptible to oxidation, which is what’s seen in paint chips,” the ASA says.
“The paint chips can become brittle and can cause permanent damage to the canvas.”
You can still paint your home if you have the proper tools and equipment, but you might need to consider some of the other advice below.1.
Do your research before buying a canvas.
Some products on the market are labelled canvas, but the AFPA says these are not.
“The term canvas is often misleading because the term is sometimes used to describe any of a number or combination of materials which are typically used to make a product,” the advisory says.
If the label on a canvas says “Canvas”, this is probably a canvas bag.2.
Check the product’s safety label.
If a product has a safety warning, ask the retailer to check it for compliance.
“In the unlikely event that the safety warning is not visible, it should be noted,” the AFA says.3.
Check whether the product can be safely used indoors or outdoors.
Some canvas products are designed to be used indoors, and some are designed for outdoor use.
“Products designed to work in outdoor conditions may not work well in a variety of conditions and therefore should be treated with caution when used outdoors,” the AVMA says on its website.
“Some of the products marketed for outdoor purposes may contain chemicals that are unsuitable and may cause adverse health impacts.”
If there’s any doubt, the manufacturer should be contacted to check the product and ask for advice.4.
Don’t be surprised if your purchase ends up being a hassle.
“It can take up to two months for a canvas product to dry before it’s ready to use.
There are also restrictions on the number and types of bags and cartons that can be used for a product.
If buying a new product, it’s best to ask for the information about the product you’re buying, and check the ingredients and safety label before you start using it,” the AUA advises.
The AFA also advises you to contact the retailer directly if the product doesn’t meet its safety requirements.
The ASA also recommends you check whether the packaging is appropriate for the product.
“Although some of these materials may not pose any risk to health, they should be used in a controlled environment,” the watchdog says.