Timber protection is child’s play - Wooden towers of a playground in Hungary receive a coating from Dörken

Unusual pinecone shapes from Siberian larch.
Lying on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, the municipality of Balatonfenyves has long been known as a popular holiday destination. In the scope of modernisation work in the beach area directly by Lake Balaton an unusual playground was recently constructed. Based on the vegetation of the region, such as spruce, black pine and Scots pine, the central play towers were designed in the form of enormous, stylised pinecones – fashioned from Siberian larch. The three timber constructions are complemented by two slides and rope tunnels. These link the towers at various heights, thereby enabling unencumbered movement and creative play for the children.

Effective protection against wind and weather
To protect the premium timber components from the often-extreme climatic conditions in Hungary with summer temperatures of +40 C, strong UV radiation and increasing torrential rain incidents, a high-performance coating was called for. In addition to weather protection, it was especially important for the client that the natural appearance of the wood was retained, thus creating a harmonious connection to the surrounding landscape. Tibor Szakacs, responsible consultant at Dörken, explains: “Siberian larch is not dimensionally stable and is characterised by good resistance and ample resin content. It was therefore essential to choose a coating that is open pored and does not form a film. This is the only way that enables the easy removal of natural resin migration.”

UV protection impregnation including effective timber protection
DELTA Hydrostop plus 9.04 proved to be the ideal solution for the defined specifications. The solvent-based timber protection oil is strongly water and grime repellent and is a practical one-pot system that combines UV protection impregnation with effective timber protection. In the chosen colour of “Quartz Grey” the coating achieves a premium patina effect on the surface of the wood, thus creating an optical attraction. A slight sanding of the surface including dust removal was followed by two coatings of the pinecone towers with a surface area totalling approximately 200 m². In the process, DELTA Hydrostop plus 9.04 was distinguished in particular by its fast and seamless processing. The slow drying character and long surface workability meant that overlapping stripes could be easily avoided. Finally, the 2-in-1 solution also impressed with regard to yield and economy. Tibor Szakacs explains: “As we did not need to apply a separate timber primer, we could achieve savings on both material and work time – to the benefit of all involved.” To finish, a benefit of the timber protection oil: when the time comes for the regular renovation coats for the outdoor areas, the painters will be able to begin without time-consuming preparation work and sanding. Because the material adheres directly to the old coat.

Conclusion: Everything is a perfect fit with the new children’s playground – and the timber protection concept also plays its part well.

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Project
Toboz children’s playground (Balatonfenyves, Hungary)

Planner
Lépték Terv landscape architects (Budapest, Hungary)
Scale Plan landscape architects

Paint wholesaler
Tóth és Társa Kft. (Pécs, Hungary)

Painting company
ILONA-MALOM MŰHELY Bt. (Kapolcs, Hungary)

Paint manufacturer
Dörken Group (Herdecke)

Completion
2019

Adress:
Toboz children’s playground
Balatonfenyves
Hungary
Type of building:
Public building
State of building :
Renovation object
Coating materials used:
Transparent wood varnish
Surfaces:
Wood
Size of surface/s:
up to 500 m2
Executing painting company:
ILONA-MALOM MŰHELY Bt.
Kapolcs
Hungary
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