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peterhw 05-28-2009 09:32 AM

Pressure Treated Timber
I was reading elsewhere about an outside project and there was reference to Pressure Treated timber and I'd like to ask the following.

I have almost completed some replacement decking at the back of my property and have used PT timber. I had intended to 'colour' (English spelling) the boards, spindles etc with a Deck paint. The logic was to change the colour slightly and give the decking an early protective covering but I got the feeling that some is advising against this.

Can anyone advise the best course of action?

huffanpuff 05-28-2009 10:32 AM

what parts (pt) limber are you talking about ? what did you replace with (pt) wood

UFoPilot 05-28-2009 01:04 PM

Yes you can stain Pressure treated wood, BUT it needs to dry out a bit first. Let it set over the summer first and then clean with a washer and (TSP) and (stain) in the Fall.

Termite 05-28-2009 03:50 PM

Agreed, it is best to let the material "weather in" for a few months before applying any sort of stain or sealer. Right now the moisture content of the wood is probably incredibly high. After sitting outdoors for some time the moisture content will drop and the greenish color of the treatment will begin to diminish. You'll get better absorbtion of the stain/sealer at that time than you would now.

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