Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Painting

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-01-2007, 11:06 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


This is obviously an exterior application. Is there a rule of thumb, or just till you think the wood feels dried out?

Thanks in advance

vendejp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2007, 12:39 PM   #2
Guest
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Safest thing to do is test it with a moisture meter.

  Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2007, 04:35 PM   #3
Lic. Builder/GC/Remodeler
 
AtlanticWBConst.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 7,556
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Quote:
Originally Posted by vendejp View Post
This is obviously an exterior application. Is there a rule of thumb, or just till you think the wood feels dried out?

Thanks in advance
It is dependant on the weather, the region, condition of the wood, opinion, etc..

Read up:

http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuild...ood-decks.aspx:
"Most water repellents can be applied immediately to the new pressure-treated wood, and some manufacturers offer a water-repellent treatment as an upgrade. But manufacturers still recommend an additional level of protection. The wood preservers group suggests waiting for the lumber to dry before applying an oil-based semitransparent stain to the new varieties of pressure-treated lumber. How long you should wait before applying the stain varies depending on where you live. In New Mexico, you probably should wait for six weeks; in New Orleans, six months would be a more preferable length of time."

http://www.messmers.com/prod_up_faq.html:

"Q: How long should I let my deck weather before applying UV Plus for Pressure Treated Wood? A: New pressure treated lumber should weather six to eight weeks minimum before applying UV Plus for Pressure Treated Wood. The wood needs to weather sufficiently to allow the pores to open up to accept the stain. Failure to do so will cause premature failure and possible surface sheen problems."

http://www.wikihow.com/Seal-and-Stai...d-Wood-Decking:
"On new decks, it is better to let the wood weather for about a year before applying a new finish. This lets some of the chemicals escape from the treated lumber and lets the grain open up, so the new finish penetrates better."

Last edited by AtlanticWBConst.; 11-01-2007 at 04:51 PM.
AtlanticWBConst. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2007, 05:53 PM   #4
Tired, Cold, and Damp
 
slickshift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 3,089
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Although some pressure treated wood suppliers will tell you you can paint immediately, I have seen that lead to coating failure

I've never seen or heard of PT wood that's been "seasoned" for a season (3 months) or longer have a problem
slickshift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 12:12 PM   #5
Guest
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Sikkens says 6 weeks but I don't trust that either. We usually recommend 6 months to be safe 3 at a minimum.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 03:27 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 60
Rewards Points: 75
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Do a moisture test on the lumber. My brother has one the largest hardwood floor companies in the Greenbay Wi. area. He tests before finishing his floors. If it is dry it is dry.....ya think!!!!! If you live in the Amazon where it rains everyday....probably won't be able to ever seal it.....suggest you contact the manufacture direct if you really need the answer. I'm going with a couple of months at the most. You probably will be power washing it and sealing it again soon anyway. One coat every couple of years will really make it last. Would you put one coat of paint on your walls in your house and call it good. I never have call backs on anything. Very RARE..... Better safe than sorry. It's kinda like when the manufactures put out the siding that was suppose to last a life time. The old aluminum siding that looks pretty bad right now around the U.S.A. that everyone is painting or replaceing. MY MOTO........Build perfect!!!
localtradesman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 09:49 AM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mountain Brook Alabama
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Quote:
Originally Posted by poppameth View Post
Sikkens says 6 weeks but I don't trust that either. We usually recommend 6 months to be safe 3 at a minimum.
Amen, brother! I built a picket fence in my front yard. Halfway through, Southern Livig comes out and wants to do a photo shoot for the magazine. Cool! The problem is they wanted to do the shoot while thier photographer was in town and could I have it like, speedy done and painted in a week. Well, Hell YES!
Its a cool fence 1x1 sandwiched between 1x3 rails held up by 6x6 post all AQC. I was drentched cutting points on all the 100s of 1x1. Very wet stuff. A coal of Kills and high Gloss black for that wrought iron look.
Photo shoot went off with out a hitch.
6 years later, I can not keep paint on the fence. Peels with in a season.
Blisters with in a few hours with fresh paint.
My only solution is to pressure wash the entire fence. Let it try to dry a summer season in The Deep South, and pray paint will stick.
I jusdt finished a surperb Privacy fence and came here looking for drying answers........I'm gonna wait 1.5 months to Black stain this one. Home Depot off the shelf wood!
RatFink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 10:53 AM   #8
Member
 
Matthewt1970's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,806
Rewards Points: 1,052
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Pressure treated wood should really be stained rather than painted. 3 Months is the bare minimum to wait.
Matthewt1970 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 11:24 AM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mountain Brook Alabama
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Matthewt1970 View Post
Pressure treated wood should really be stained rather than painted. 3 Months is the bare minimum to wait.
Absolutly stain! It soakes right in. Some times too much.LOL
It realy saves the wood grain look and easy to apply .Thinning is a breez. A standard wagner sprayer does a bang up job.
Still gonna let the fench dry 6 weeks b/4 the aplication. I'll post a few photos for fun since this is sort of a slow thread!
RatFink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 10:46 AM   #10
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


The Cabot Woodcare Co told me to wait 30 days, then to apply a very thin coat of oil based decking stain, only to use a brush & apply just one coat If you go to their website (cabotstain.com) you get some pretty good info.
Dennis
djtjak43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 01:11 PM   #11
Member
 
Matthewt1970's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,806
Rewards Points: 1,052
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Unless your wood has the Kiln date on it, I highly suggest you let the wood dry for 3 months. Even if it has the date, keep in mind it was probably stacked somewhere without proper drying ventilation.
Matthewt1970 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 02:07 PM   #12
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mountain Brook Alabama
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


I've used the stain on cedar and with wonderful sucess.
If I may toot my horn. If anyone wants to go look in the Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine for May, there is a Tiki Bar that I built. The stain is on the cedar planks and realy turned out to be a nice work project. Took about 2 months and $12K, not the two weeks and $7K they wrote!
Thanks for the tip. I'm going for the 2 months, but raining every day about down here in Birmingham.



Quote:
Originally Posted by djtjak43 View Post
The Cabot Woodcare Co told me to wait 30 days, then to apply a very thin coat of oil based decking stain, only to use a brush & apply just one coat If you go to their website (cabotstain.com) you get some pretty good info.
Dennis
RatFink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 03:13 PM   #13
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mountain Brook Alabama
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Quote:
Originally Posted by fast1 View Post
wow 12k... isn't that expensive?
I take it you haven't seen the article.
Plumbing from hell had to tie it below the deck and through the two story footings. Electrical and hot and cold water supply wasn't just free. Its never as simple as it looks.

Rained 10 days the last two weeks on my new fence. I juess its drying. The sun comes out bright and you can see the steam raisin g off the top.
RatFink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 03:38 PM   #14
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: hot,hot,Clovis new mexico
Posts: 8
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


most people go get it to put up now & i'll bet lows/home or who ever test the treated wood the moisture will be high & no - way ready to use. lumber companys push it. let it dry & in my home town it's over 100 for months & I'll waite 6 months & then it looks 50 years old
huffanpuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 08:38 PM   #15
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mountain Brook Alabama
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10
Default

how long to let pressure treated wood dry before painting?


Now thats Hot and low humidity. I've been in the habit of replacing our deck on Dauphin Island, Alabama every7 years. Brother you know HOT.Pressure treated wood dries out with in a week in these conditions.
I've seen stain poured into week old wood like water into a sponge, not to mention wasting water seal. We just budget it in to rip out the deck system every 7 years if mother nature doesn't pick it up and remove it for us.
Lowes/HD is no exception. I've ordered bulk loads of green wood direct from the lumber yard and had it right out of the kilm and still soaking. At least the big box yards have the time in shipment to get a few weeks of drying. I've come to the realisation that stain is the only way to go. Its cheap compared to the over all cost of material and labor to build a quality fence, or what ever outside.Just gonna keep soaking in the stain and aviod paint all together.



uote=huffanpuff;279794]most people go get it to put up now & i'll bet lows/home or who ever test the treated wood the moisture will be high & no - way ready to use. lumber companys push it. let it dry & in my home town it's over 100 for months & I'll waite 6 months & then it looks 50 years old[/quote]

RatFink is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pressure treated wood - attracts bees? mcvane Carpentry 4 08-31-2007 09:43 AM
Painting pressure treated wood Crackers Building & Construction 1 08-27-2007 11:51 AM
use of pressure treated wood in the garden bscout Landscaping & Lawn Care 7 06-07-2007 12:23 AM
pressure treated or pre-stained?? farrington135 Landscaping & Lawn Care 2 05-03-2007 10:04 AM
Comment on those Special Type of Treated Wood for Deck ? KUIPORNG Landscaping & Lawn Care 4 07-04-2006 01:38 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.