Treating larch wood - you have to do that?

When treating larch wood outdoors, there are always uncertainties - it is better to oil or paint larch wood, or do you have to treat it at all? This article provides detailed answers to all of these questions, as well as which means have proven to be the best.

Protection of larch wood

High quality larch wood does not in and of itself require any protection. It is very weather-resistant and resistant to pests such as insects and fungi. However, this only applies to the heartwood, sapwood must always be protected. Even if the wood quality is not too high, protection can make sense.

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Problems with individual means of protection

Larch wood does not tolerate all types of paint. In order to achieve protection against graying, pigmented products must always be used - otherwise there is insufficient UV protection that would prevent graying. Oil varnishes and products containing polyester are not tolerated by larch wood and cannot be used there. With other coatings, larch wood often has a long drying time due to the high tannic acid content before the coating hardens.

Problem resin

Individual larch woods can contain a lot of resin. Processing is then generally problematic. In some cases, due to the high resin content of individual pieces, you have to forego treatment. Resin-soluble agents must always be used before pickling.

Constructive wood protection

So-called constructive wood protection must come before every treatment of the wood. This means that larch wood must always be installed in such a way that the construction method already protects the wood. If this is not the case, chemical wood protection alone does not make sense either.

Problem graying

The weathering of larch wood surfaces outside ensures the formation of a gray-silvery patina after a short time. That may or may not be desirable. The problem here is that the weathering effects do not act evenly on all parts of the wood. There are therefore color differences.

Combat graying or make it even

To prevent this, you can either use agents for pre-weathering, or prevent weathering and formation by means of UV-inhibiting paints. The wood then retains its original color. In the case of chemical pre-weathering, however, the negative effects on the environment should always be taken into account. Certain oil stains that are sold under the name "Weathering Stain" are better.

Possible means of protection

The following are possible:

  • Glazes, impregnation glazes (best alternative, as open to diffusion)
  • Lacquers
  • Oils (with weather protection, with pigmentation)
Tips & Tricks It is best to always seek advice on a suitable product from a specialist retailer. When it comes to wood preservatives, you should generally only use tested products, cheap products from the hardware store are often a poor solution and of inferior quality.