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Performance of wood treated with prospective organic surface protectants upon outdoor exposure: FTIR spectroscopic analysis of weathered surfaces Public Deposited

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  • Visual appeal of wood is as important as its structural integrity in outdoor applications. Discoloration and checking of wood favor the utilization of alternative materials for outdoor cladding and decking. Lignin depolymerization is one of the critical processes leading to weathering. In the present paper, the potential of different classes of surface protection agents has been assessed on loblolly pine ( Pinus taeda ) impregnated with water repellents, organic UV inhibitors, and an organic biocide. The treated samples were exposed to predetermined doses of solar radiation in Eastern Oregon, and the chemical changes occurring on the surfaces were evaluated by FTIR spectroscopy. After 1-year exposure, lignin loss was complete on all surfaces; however, some treatments provided longer term protection than others. Organic UV light inhibitors were most effective in this regard. A petroleumbased water repellent with a melting point of 54 – 58 ° C also provided protection against lignin degradation.
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  • Schauwecker, C., McDonald, A., & Morrell, J. (2013). Performance of wood treated with prospective organic surface protectants upon outdoor exposure: FTIR spectroscopic analysis of weathered surfaces. Holzforschung, 67(2), 227-235. doi:10.1515/hf-2011-0247
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