CHANGE IN THE COLOUR OF TRANSPARENT SURFACE FINISH ON HYDROTHERMALLY TREATED WOOD
Keywords:birch, colour, maple, surface finish, hydrothermally modified wood
The paper deals with the influence of ageing in the dark and in the light on the colour of a transparent surface finish. In the experiments, Paper birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh) and Norway maple wood (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) were hydrothermally treated at 135 °C under saturated water vapour for 6 hours. The colour parameters were measured after native wood and thermally treated wood were surface finished. Three different types of surface finishes (acrylic-polyurethane, polyacrylic and aldehyde resin, and alkyd resin) were applied on the wood surfaces. The colour parameters of the tested surfaces (system CIE L*a*b*, chroma C*, hue angle h°) were measured immediately after surface finishing and ageing. The tested samples were aged either in the dark or in the sunlight behind windows glass, in the interior, for 60 days. The results showed that the colour of the wood and the colour of surface finishes changed after ageing in the dark and the light. The changes were different. The surfaces mostly lighten up in the dark and darken in the light.
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