The degradation of hydrophobic components (such as polyolefin and/or lignin) at the surface of the composite during weathering leads to an increase in the amounts of hydrophilic cellulose at the surface, which makes wood--polymer composites more susceptible to moisture absorption  and leads to the composites dimensional instability, micro-cracks, degradation, mass loss, susceptibility to biodeterioration
, and significant reduction in mechanical stiffness and strength .
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It is generally agreed that smooth finishing, found in all the IGPs inspected, prevents defects such as dirt or biodeterioration
(D-P2 and D-C1), but the type of paint used can influence this positive effect.
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(Costello et al.
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Owing to the problems associated with wood biodeterioration
, especially in tropical countries, treatment techniques using preservatives are often required if wood is to be used in construction (Cavalcante 1982, Costa 2000).
Negedu A, Dapiya SH, Wartu JR and HH Migap Biodeterioration
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of paint films leads to loss of durability and increased repainting costs.