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  • Writer's pictureA. Burda

Why wait to paint your pressure treated wood?

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We know that getting a new deck built or outside structure can be exciting. We also know how you would LOVE to get the wood painted the day after. We are here to tell you, just be patient and wait.

"But it won't matter, I'll do it anyway" "I'm too impatient, I can't wait" "It doesn't match anything around my house, the wood look is an eyesore"

Whatever you may be saying, I will tell you that you will save money in the long run if you just have patience when painting your pressure treated wood.

There is science behind painting, and realistically speaking you should wait 6 months to a year prior to painting pressure treated wood structures.

BUT WHY?!?!?!

Pressure treated wood has moisture in it. The reason you wait, is to give the wood time to dry.

Any easy way to test if your wood is ready is by pouring a cup of water on it.

If the water beads up, you have more waiting time ahead of you.

If the wood absorbs the water, you are ready to get that brush out!

If you paint over wood that is not fully dried out it will only cause you headaches. The paint can peel off or the wood can warp. pressure treated wood has preservatives in it to prevent rot damage and even insect damage. However, it does not protect against nature's elements such as wind, rain, dirt etc.

Paint or stain is used to PROTECT the surface, not just to make a structure or wall look pretty.

So we do highly recommend painting your pressure treated wood, but we recommend you wait until it is fully dry.

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