Staining of oil coatings with liquefied wood


  • Matjaž Pavlič dr.
  • Anja Šporar
  • Jure Žigon



liquefied wood, oil, coating, staining


Oils are used to treat wood surfaces for interior and exterior use. The addition of pigments can provide additional visual effects, such as a rustic appearance that highlights the wood pores, while increasing the protective effect of the coating against photochemical decomposition of the wood substrate. In our research, instead of classical pigments we used a natural and renewable raw material, liquefied wood (LW), which we mixed in two proportions with two oils. The mixtures prepared in this way were applied to samples of beech and ash wood. After application, we first monitored the drying rate and also determined surface resistance to cold liquids and dry heat after drying. We also subjected the surfaces to artificial ageing under ultraviolet (UV) light to verify the role of the LW additive. Colour differences were determined performing colour measurements before and after coating and after exposure to UV light. Our research confirmed that LW is compatible with tung oil and Bio impregnol WM oil, and therefore can be used successfully for their staining. We also confirmed that the addition of LW to tung oil does not affect the resistance of surfaces coated in this way to cold liquids, nor the resistance of the surfaces of both oils to dry heat. Unfortunately, the addition of LW to oils slows the drying rate. In addition, we found that coatings stained with LW are not the most stable to light.


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Pavlič, M., Šporar, A., & Žigon, J. (2024). Staining of oil coatings with liquefied wood. Les/Wood, 73(1), 23-34.

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