Study of UV resistance and natural weathering of coatings on chemically modified wood

IRG/WP 13-40629

K K Pandey, K Srinivas

In this study, UV resistance and weathering performance of rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) and radiata pine (Pinus radiata) modified with benzoyl chloride and acetic anhydride was studied. Performance of polyurethane based wood coatings on modified wood was also evaluated. Unmodified and chemically modified specimens were exposed to accelerated and natural weathering. Modified and unmodified wood specimens were coated with commercially available polyurethane based transparent and opaque finishes and exposed to natural weathering for a period of 2 years. Physical and chemical deteriorations on uncoated / coated wood panels due to weathering were periodically monitored. Analysis of colour changes and chemical deteriorations of weathered specimens showed rapid discolouration and lignin degradation on unmodified wood surface exposed to weathering. Modified wood showed resistance to weathering and was partially effective in inducing UV resistance as compared to unmodified wood. Results clearly indicate that performance of coating can be significantly improved by chemically modifying wood substrate with benzoyl chloride. Benzoylation of wood polymers improved coatings adhesion and enhanced life of paints by 3-4 times. The performance of opaque coating was better than transparent coating, presumably due to photodegradation of wood substrate in transparent coating.

Keywords: weathering, chemical modification, acetylation, benzoylation, photodegradation, polyurethane coating, colour change, FTIR

Conference: 13-06-16/20 Stockholm, Sweden

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