Painting Pressure-Treated Wood

Have you purchased treated wood for your hardscape area renovation? From decks, patios, balconies, and other structures, treated lumber is a prominent choice for materials.

If you are scouring for ways on how to transform their natural look, why not try painting its surfaces? Don’t worry. You can certainly stain or paint your pressure-treated wood. However, the process is not quite the same as painting regular lumber. It might be best to note that there are some steps you should not skip for you to attain a great outcome.

When you proceed with the painting job without knowing the correct process and materials, you may have a peeling paint disaster to solve in the long run. Want to know how to avoid this and ensure excellent results? At Darwin Carpenters, we got you covered! Read on and discover the specifics and right way of painting pressure-treated wood.

What is Pressure-Treated Wood?

Pressure-treated wood is used as a term to describe wood that has undergone a chemical preservative process. The untreated lumber is submerged in a pressurized cylinder filled with waterborne preservatives. Once the preservatives have deeply seeped through the wood, they will leave a chemical residue. When this process is done, it will then be stored in a rack to dry. This procedure is done to ensure that the wood will be more durable and resistant to rot as well as fungi and insect infestation. However, it might be best to know that the preservatives used for the pressure treatment are very toxic, so ingesting and inhaling them is dangerous. Make sure to use gloves and a dust mask when handling, sawing or drilling pressure-treated wood.

How to Correctly Paint Pressure-Treated Pain?

Painting treated wood has its pros and cons. The treatment that allowed the wood to last more outdoors makes the painting process more complex than usual. If you dive into the painting job when the wood’s not ready, you may end up just wasting your effort or, worst, ruining your treated wood.

To prevent that and ensure stunning and long-lasting results, you can equip yourself with ample knowledge and efficient tools. Read on and do the steps below to make sure that you will paint your pressure-treated wood correctly.

Step 1: Make sure to clean the treated wood.

Before anything else, it is important to make sure that the surface you will work on is clean. Grab a stiff-bristled brush and a bucket filled with soapy and give your treated wood’s surface a good scrub. Ensure that the dirt and grime are scrubbed off. After that, rinse it off and let it dry thoroughly.

Step 2: Dry your pressure-treated wood.

Since the chemicals used in the treatment have penetrated the wood and you also clean it, it might take around a few weeks or a month to be dried completely. It is crucial to wait for it to dry because the paint will just bleed through the wood if the surface is still wet. So, how can you know when your treated wood is ready? When the surface of the wood feels dry to the touch, you can sprinkle a few drops of water on it. Observe if the droplets soak in or not. If it seeped through the wood, it means that the pressure-treated wood is ready to be painted. However, if the droplets just bead up, you might have to wait for a few more days or weeks.

Step 3: Don’t skip the primer.

If you are sure that the wood is already dry, you can start applying the primer. At Darwin Carpenters, we recommend that you use a high-quality primer specifically formulated for exteriors and suitable for use on treated wood. You can use a paint sprayer or brush depending on your preference and the details of the work. Make sure to let the primer dry based on the instructions of the manufacturer.

Step 4: Start painting.

After priming the wood and ensuring that the surface is already dry, you can proceed with the paint job. At Darwin Carpenters, we suggest that you use high-quality exterior latex paint for pressure-treated wood. Make sure to apply at least two coats. Follow the specified drying time before applying the next coat and let the painted wood dry thoroughly.

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