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Old 05-15-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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I had a new gate and fence installed last week and now I wanted to know if I need to have it stained and if so how long should I wait until I stain it?

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Yes, it should be stained to protect it from the elements, which would eventually damage the wood. It should be stained as soon as possible, once the wood is dry and meets manufacture specs regarding moisture content. Some facts about new wood http://www.kelloggspainting.com/blog...Wood-Care.aspx

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Thanks for the information and I guess I forgot one other point that may be important in what and when I need to care for the wood. The wood that was used was pressure treated so do I need to worry right away or should I wait any amount of time because it has been treated already?

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Thanks for the information and I guess I forgot one other point that may be important in what and when I need to care for the wood. The wood that was used was pressure treated so do I need to worry right away or should I wait any amount of time because it has been treated already?

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Yes, it should still have a stain applied to it when dry. I would probably wait about 4 weeks, however it may be dry already. We really would not know unless we use a moisture meter to see how much moisture content is in the wood.
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Some products are designed to go over new treated, and some not. After you narrow down what product you want to use, read the label and see what the manufacturer specifies. Personally, I would wait until Fall to give time for the salt to bleed out of the treated wood.
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There is no salt used in treated wood.
It's treated with copper.
Going to have to wait untill it's had time to dry out before treating.
No one knows where you live so no way to guess on how long you should wait.
Stain it to soon and the stain will not soak in to protect the wood and you'll be dealing with mold from then on because you sealed in the moisture.
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There is no salt used in treated wood.
It's treated with copper.
Going to have to wait untill it's had time to dry out before treating.
No one knows where you live so no way to guess on how long you should wait.
Stain it to soon and the stain will not soak in to protect the wood and you'll be dealing with mold from then on because you sealed in the moisture.
You're right, I was using the term "salt" generically. I still think some of the copper oxide can leach out of the treated lumber.
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so if i have a moisture meter what should the reading be on the wood before I stain or paint the wood? I'm near Washington DC so right now everything is really wet because we had a ton of rain the past few days.

And now I have to ask, how often should I re-stain the fence after it has been done?
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The stain you pick should have guidelines on the maximum moisture content allowable when the stain is applied, generally its 18% or lower.

18% is a lot IMO, I like to stain when all the wood is at %14 or lower. Take several readings to make sure you don't have wet spots near the ground or in shaded areas.

How long in between maintenance coats will depend on several factors, but generally 2-4 years if you want to keep it looking good.

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