Paint wood weatherproof - worth knowing

Paint wood weatherproof - worth knowing


Wood pulls water and rots. A protective coating ensures weather resistance. Oil, wax, varnish and varnish are suitable for painting.

Weatherproofing wood - role of wood species and intended use

For different purposes, there are different ways to weatherproof wood. Painting with varnish or glaze is just one of many.

  • Weatherproof wood types choose: Robinia, bamboo, teak, Douglas fir or larch.
  • High-pressure impregnated wood saves the protective coating.
  • For the mentioned types of wood with weather resistance is sufficient in the absence of industrial sealing wax or oil.
  • Coat softer woods for maximum weather resistance.
  • Note the intended use of the wood: A bird house must be more weather resistant than a table top under a roof.
  • Prepare wood by sanding with steel wool onto the coating.

Highest weather resistance through glazes and varnishes - transparency or color?

If wood is to be given a colored protective coating, varnishing is the only option. A glaze in turn emphasizes the wood structure and gives extra shine. For weatherproof painting and varnish, some points should be noted:

  • Sand paint, waxed or oiled wood down to the wood core.
  • Stain before painting to make the surface more receptive.
  • Boat paint ensures maximum weather resistance.
  • For uniformly colored surfaces, aim at slow drying.
  • If wood structure is to remain visible, do not paint, but varnish. Recommended for garden furniture in country house style.

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Natural wood impregnation with linseed oil and wax

Wax or linseed oil mixtures also give wood the necessary weather resistance for outdoor use. The wood structure is emphasized in this way rather than with lacquer and glaze. The degree of weathering resistance after treatment is less than after painting and glazing.

  • Use oils and waxes for more naturalness.
  • To avoid sticky spots and dirt, do not grow table top or seating.
  • Because of improper use Do not use beeswax but carnauba wax consistency.
  • Be aware that wax is only superficially sealed.
  • Use linseed mixtures for depth and longer shelf life.
  • Linseed oils are pure protective impregnations. Do not expect a shine.
  • Do not oil or varnish waxed woods.
  • Oiled woods for extra shine.

For proper wood sealing, note the purpose and wood

Waxing offers little benefit in terms of protective sealing. The choice between linseed oil sealant, lacquer and glaze depends on the intended use and the type of wood.

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