There are certain steps you need to take in order to paint pressure-treated wood. If you don’t follow these steps, the paint may not adhere to the wood correctly and it could start to peel.

Even though this mistake wouldn’t be too costly, it will, however, cost you time and effort to fix it.

No matter what you’re using the pressure-treated wood for (decking, fencing, etc.), the painting process I outline below is the same.

Keep reading for more tips on how to make this process as smooth as possible.

Steps to Painting Pressure Treated Wood

  • Pressure-treated wood must be cleaned.
  • Allow the wood to dry.
  • Prepare a base coat (primer).
  • Start applying the primer.
  • Apply a top coat of paint.

Step 1 – Pressure-treated wood must be cleaned.

The first thing you need to do is clean the pressure-treated wood. You can do this by using a power washer, or you can use a garden hose and a stiff brush.

Step 2 – Allow the wood to dry (note: this might take weeks, months, or even years!)

Believe it or not, the drying process can take anything between a few days and a few months.

Step 3 – Prepare a base coat (primer).

You will need to prepare a base coat before you start painting. This can be done by using a primer specifically designed for pressure-treated wood.

Step 4 – Start applying the primer.

Once the primer is dry, you can start painting the pressure-treated wood. Make sure to use a paintbrush or a roller specifically designed for use with pressure-treated wood.

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Step 5 – Apply a top coat of paint.

Once the primer is dry, you can apply a top coat of paint. This will help to protect the pressure-treated wood from weathering and UV rays.

Related: How Does Pressure-Treated Wood and Lumber Work?

What Kind Of Paint Do You Use On Pressure Treated Wood?

Exterior latex paint is the best type of paint to use on pressure-treated wood. This is because it is designed to withstand the elements.

It is made from a synthetic resin that is water-resistant and can withstand high temperatures.

It is also UV resistant, which means it won’t fade in the sun.

What Are The Best Colors For Pressure Treated Wood?

The best colors for pressure-treated wood are dark colors. This is because they will help to hide any imperfections in the wood.

They will also help to protect the wood from UV rays.

What Happens If You Paint Treated Wood Too Soon?

If you paint treated lumber before it is completely dry, the unpainted side will dry more quickly. This can cause the wood to bow, warp and twist.

It is important to wait for the lumber to dry completely before painting it, otherwise, it will start to peel and flake.

FAQs

How Long Does It Take For Pressure Treated Wood To Dry?

It can take anywhere from a few days to a few months for pressure-treated wood to dry completely. This depends on the type of wood, the thickness of the lumber, and the weather conditions.

Can You Use A Pressure Washer On Pressure Treated Wood?

Yes, you can use a pressure washer on pressure-treated wood. However, you need to be careful not to damage the wood.

Can You Use A Roller On Pressure Treated Wood?

Yes, you can use a roller on pressure-treated wood. However, you need to make sure that the roller is specifically designed for use with pressure-treated wood.

Can you spray paint pressure-treated wood?

Yes, you can spray paint pressure-treated wood. However, it’s important to evaluate how moist the wood is before you start painting. If the wood is too moist, the paint will not adhere properly.

How do you stain pressure-treated wood?

Any stain that is designed for exterior use can be used on pressure-treated wood. You will need to make sure that the wood is completely dry before you start staining it.

Can I use an oil-based primer on pressure-treated wood?

We don’t recommend using an oil-based primer on pressure-treated wood. This is because the oil can act as a barrier and prevent the wood from absorbing the stain or paint.

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