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Old 05-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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staining treated wood..

I know you can stain treated wood.. I took this pic as you can see a lot of the green treatment in this lumber... So after I build my fence I plan on letting it dry out through summer... But do I stain right over the green stuff or do I power wash first?

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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If you contact your local paint supplier they could help. If you purchase from them they can suggest which product is suitable for this application and give you support if it doesn't work out.


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What was used to treat the timber will determine how soon you can stain. A summer season may not be enough. It may be you have a treatment where you can apply a stain right away.

You should be thinking about whether you want a semi-transparent, semi-solid or solid stain and about the color. Your choice depends on how much wood grain and texture you want to preserve. Remember you will want to try out the color on some test pieces since you are not starting with a natural wood color and have the green treatment tint to start.

Your other choice, assuming you can buy both where you live, is whether to use a waterbased or oil-based stain product. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I think you are better off with a nice acrylic product for a solid stain and perhaps an oil-based for semi-transparent or semi-solid.

Since staining is in the future, I would keep an eye open for sales especially after the summer. I think the major paint store brands have done their 40 percent spring sales but they will be repeated in late summer or Fall.

As far as whether to power wash or not? If it is going to sit for as summer season, six months or a year attracting dirt, minerals from irrigation overspray and so forth you should plan on cleaning it before applying the stain. Hopefully you can use a broad tip and low pressure with the recommended cleaner (if one is suggested at all). You will be best to make the cleaning decision close to when you will stain.

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