Lining is a fairly popular finishing material due to its affordable price, durability and visual appeal. However, sometimes the owners forget that it is very desirable to additionally protect the lining in order to extend its service life. Our tips site will tell you how you can cover the lining.
The impregnation of the lining is needed for the following reasons:
- The material, like all wood-based finishes, burns;
- May be susceptible to harmful effects of microorganisms;
- Under the sun’s rays, the unprocessed lining becomes gray, darkens;
- Due to poor ventilation and high humidity, a bluish coating may appear on the lining.
In addition to protective functions, impregnation makes the lining even more attractive. Therefore, after installing the material on walls, ceilings and other surfaces, owners should think about how to protect their finish.
Now let’s figure out the compositions with which you can cover the lining after installation:
- Fire retardants. The portal described in detail why such an impregnation is needed, what fire retardants are on the market. If the lining is used in the decoration of the steam room, bath, in the room where the fireplace or wood-burning stove is located, then such an impregnation will definitely not be superfluous. In addition, it is highly desirable to purchase a lining that was impregnated with fire retardants during production;
- Antiseptics. These are special antimicrobial compounds that are designed to prevent mold, mildew and other problems with wood. By the way, some modern and more expensive antiseptics both protect the lining and give it a more attractive look. Thanks to this, no additional processing will be needed;
- Stain (stain). It is important to understand that usually such compositions do not protect the tree, they simply tint it, give it a new look. However, there are more expensive stains that have all the properties of good antiseptics. They should be chosen to cover the lining. In this case, it will be protected and decorated at the same time;
- Varnish. Such compositions can be very different, on a water, acrylic, alkyd basis. You just need varnish for wood, for external or internal work. Thanks to varnish, the lining can be protected from moisture and sunlight, giving it a gloss, a more noble look. By the way, alkyd compounds inside the house can last up to 10 years. On the street, the lacquer coating of the lining will have to be updated more often;
- Paint. Of course, special, for wood, also for external or internal work. Under oil paint, the tree will stop breathing, such compositions dry for a long time, the smell during operation is unpleasant. Therefore, today acrylate and acrylic paints are used more often..
Important! Both varnishes and paints should be applied to the lining in at least two, and preferably three layers. Don’t try to make the first layer too thick. Better two thin layers than one, which due to its thickness can flake off over time and will take too long to dry.
- Oils and waxes. Often both of these teams are combined. Oil-wax for the lining will create a durable protective coating, you can get a glossy effect, you can have a matte surface. Conveniently, if the wax is sold in a ready-to-apply form, otherwise it will have to be softened and rubbed into the lining, and this is a long and time-consuming process.
In any case, before impregnation, do not forget to clean the lining from dust, you may need preliminary grinding. Before painting, it is necessary to apply a primer.