Extending from Polynesian culture, Tiki statues have a magical way of adding island flavor and charm to any tropical design. Had crafted from authentic Coco Palm trees, each statue is made to represent and house different spirits to spread good luck, love, fortune and even protection.
Even though Tiki statues are durable and weather resistant their look can change as a result of the environment they are kept in. Here are some helpful recommendations to help keep your Tiki in top condition.
Just like any organic wood, elements such as rain, snow and sun will alter how the surface of how your Tiki looks. For areas with lots of rain, try placing your Tiki on top of a surface that does not house that much moisture, such as concrete or a stepping stone. You can also apply a water sealant such as “CWF”, that will help in preserving your Tiki’s color, and also give it a deeper finish.
Constant sunlight may cause your statue to fade or dry out. Mineral oils will not only help clean your Tiki but also prevent the surface from drying out and fading too much.
Because Tiki statues are hand carved, no two are alike. Each variation in the Tiki statue contributes to what makes it unique. If you wish to further accent certain details of your Tiki, you can use a propane torch to subtly flame the surface until you reach your desired darkening. Remember that your Tiki is made of a wood, so it can burn. If your Tiki does not have color, you can pick up a thick wood paint from any home improvement store. This is where your creativity is free to explore.
Caring and maintaining your Tiki statue will help to extend its life, but the changes over time are what help to tell your piece’s story and add to it’s charming character. Enjoy your Tiki for years to come!