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Surface Modification to Improve Weather ResistanceCompleted

Project leaders: Ayer, Stephen
 

Objective:

Add value to wood products by enhancing the weather resistance of wood surfaces to meet end-user expectations for low maintenance exterior wood products. This research will :

  • Develop a surface modification treatment that will improve the weather resistance of wood products without masking the natural colour and texture of wood;
  • Modify the wood surface to improve its photostability, water repellence and resistance to microorganisms rather than on improving the properties of the finish;
  • Determine differences in weathering mechanisms for selected Canadian wood species;
  • Examine failure modes of surface coatings on different Canadian wood species;
  • Determine best ways to protect coated and uncoated wood surfaces;
  • Examine other protections like photoprotective primers containing UV absorber / HALS, grafting of UV absorbers and impregnation of wood with polymers or photoprotectants.

Start date: 2002-04-09 End date: 2005-03-09
 

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For more information on this project, please contact:

Ayer, Stephen
FPInnovations
Email: stephen.ayer@fpinnovations.ca
Telephone: (604) 224-3221
Fax: (604) 222-5690
 
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