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Old 05-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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I know (thanks, Sherwin Williams) now to use an oil-based primer before applying latex paint. My question is can I paint an anti fungal preprimer or do I have to clean it first?

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Hold the phone. Is this this treated lumber yet paintable or stainable with anything? With most, you need to let it sit for six months at least. Some can be treated right away but if you do not have treated lumber that can be painted or stained you will be creating a horrible mess. With anything you apply!!!

Why did SW tell you to use primer and paint instead of their solid stain product? Makes no sense to me. I think you got a SW corporate employee green behind the ears. Go back and ask again. Someone has you headed down the wrong path here.

I guess I can understand the recommendation to use a solvent based primer that leaves an alkyd film, and then paint over with acrylic whatever. Just seems like you got bad advice in general here though. Sorry.


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No way would I ever paint pressure treated lumber!!
Unless your really into sanding and having to redo it every year.
Low as I would go is waiting until it's dryed out and using soild stain.
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Jeeze Joe, we almost missed you too! Would you like to go back an edit your recent post?

Treated lumber gets stained or primed and painted all the time. Of course some you cannot finish right away. Suggesting properly aged treated lubmber or timbers will need anymore stain, primer, paint or attention---for that matter---than any other properly prepped primed/painted or transparent/semi-solid/solid stained wood on a regular basis---like annualy---just ain't not gunna fly as sound advice or informed comment.

Actually, if it were me. I would clad the whole thing in stretch vinyl and never have to worry about painting or staining it again. You stretch the membranes over it, top and bottom and take a giant space heater to it to sort of shrink wrap it into place. Or 20-30 hairdryers.

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What happened is I painted it the same as the house color. Paint got stained from trees, so I sanded and repainted. Now, between the trees and intense Tennessee sun,it looks like crap again. Now what? Note: the pergola is about 8 years old and was "natural" for at least 3 of those years before I painted it. Looks great for a while but by fall paint looks very thin. I have repainted every spring and this is getting old!
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Trees that drop leaves, flowers, or even nearly unoticeable "fruit" with natural dyes in them can really create problems with paint. I am not sure I know a stock answer for how to resist such natural dye stains.

It would help you could tell us what you used for paint. And to confirm, the paint is not actually failing but is absorbing the dye color from the plant material right?

What kind of tree is it by the way? There are some species you can neuter with an annual spray so they do not produce fruit. That may be the solution to your problem long term.
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