Acacia wood - can you paint it?

Garden furniture in wood looks rustic and noble - in some cases, but you would still like to prefer white or other colored garden furniture. Whether acacia wood can simply be painted over, and what to look for in such an endeavor, you will learn in detail in this post.

Painting or glazing

It is always important in wood to distinguish between a coat of paint and a glaze. Basically, both works, but many types of wood can not handle certain paintings very well. This also includes the most known as acacia wood robinia wood.

Difference between painting and glaze

A coat of paint is usually opaque, while a glaze can still shine through the grain, and forms only a thin color coating. Much more important, however, is that coatings are usually opaque, and do not form a vapor-permeable layer. As a result, water vapor from the wood can no longer escape, and for many types of wood this is problematic.

In addition, any color that forms a layer means that the "working" wood, which expands and contracts when the temperature changes and changes in humidity, causes a covering layer to flake off over time.

Advantages of a glaze on robinia wood

  • Glazes preserve the original wood character
  • Although glazes prevent graying and weathering effects, they do not form a final layer
  • Glazes do not jump and do not scroll
  • Glazes often provide the wood with protection against pests (in Robinia wood, however, usually not necessary, as long as it is heartwood)
  • Glazes represent a coloring coating and are therefore usually sufficient for coloring

Alternatives to glaze

Robinia can also be processed with special coloring oils. Although it is not possible to recolor, oil also increases the weather resistance, reduces the water absorption of the wood (no more swelling) and provides effective protection against graying.

In addition, by coloring with coloring and the wood is more uniform color, which the optics usually benefits. However, you should always only use the designated oil for the particular type of wood, as the oils are specially tailored.

Tips & Tricks

Before painting or glazing, you should sand down already oiled wood (careful, sometimes it can already be done ex factory!) Very thoroughly. Colors and glazes do not last on the oil layer, this must be completely removed.

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