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Care and Maintenance: Solar Lighting

We offer a wide variety of outdoor lighting that are designed to give you many years of enjoyment with minimal care. If desired or when needed, wipe down solar lighting products with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust from the entire unit. This will also allow more sunlight to be absorbed into the solar panel for brighter and longer light output.

Plastic Solar Post Caps

Priced for the budget conscious homeowner, plastic solar lights require very little care and can last many years without needing replacement. Over time, exposure to the elements may cause discoloration, hazy appearance or other signs of age or deterioration. 

Aurora Post Caps & Solar Post Caps

Our Aurora line post caps and solar post caps are made of solid cast aluminum and come with a weatherproof, durable powdercoat finish. Wipe clean with a damp cloth as needed to remove dirt and dust from unit and solar panel.


For DecKorator Post Caps and Solar Post Caps:

Metal Post Caps

Our copper, stainless steel and brass post caps have a thin, clear, marine lacquer applied to them. This finish will protect them before and during installation. However, once they are exposed to natural elements they will begin to break down to the natural metal underneath.

Copper Finish

Copper naturally breaks down and over time will develop a patina. Copper will change from it's natural salmon color, to browns, greys, bluish grey, and finally to a beautiful grayish-green patina.

  • To keep it's color and shine, apply a car wax immediately to the cap. Reapply car wax every 3 to 6 months.
  • Tarnished finish can be removed using mineral spirits and grade 0000 steel wool. Then buff with grade 0000 for a satin finish. For a glossy look, apply car wax. You may also spray with a clear lacquer, and then apply car wax, once dry.
  • To encourage a natural patina, remove the lacquer with mineral spirits and grade 0000 steel wool.

Stainless Steel and Brass

Stainless steel has a hard oxide coating making it resistant to stains. Apply a mixture of club soda and vinegar periodically to keep the oxide coating. Apply a clear lacquer coating periodically to protect the finish.

Colored Metal Post Caps

Our colored post caps are powder coated with a baked on finish that are extremely durable and require very little maintenance. They come in white, green, real patina, pewter and black. Rinse off with water or occassionally wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Wood Post Caps

Applying a high quality exterior finish to all areas of wood products will help to protect the wood's natural beauty ensuring many years of enjoyment. As with all wood products, apply protective finish before installation and reapply as needed.

Post Caps with Wood Base

For post caps that have a wood base, apply a high quality exterior finish to all wood areas before installation. Reapplying the finish annually to will preserve the wood's natural beauty and protect it from the elements.

Glass Post Caps

Exposure to the elements may cause the copper-wrapped solder on your glass post cap to oxidize and lose its original color. Applying car wax before placing the post cap outdoors will help to prevent the initial oxidation. Reapply car wax every 3 to 6 months as needed.