Is it Possible to Paint a Treated Wood?

The simple answer is yes! Treated wood has been treated with preservative chemicals to prolong its usefulness. However, there are important guidelines that you need to know. Painting treated wood is not like painting regular wood because there are additional steps that you should do. If you paint a treated wood using the wrong materials and paint, it will peel in just a short period. At Wollongong Carpenters, our professional team has all the tools and materials needed for the painting job. Rest assured, our team is highly skilled and has enough knowledge on how to properly paint a treated wood.

So, let’s take a look into the guidelines in having pressure treated wood painted.

It Should be Completely Dry

Before anything else, you should test if the wood is already dry. Putting the treated wood in a warm and sunny area to dry can cause a warp. While putting it in dark areas can impede the whole process. In general, treated wood is left to dry naturally for a couple of months. If it feels dry when touched, you can perform the water test. You will spill some water on the wood’s surface and if the water beads up, it is not yet completely dry. You can also use a moisture meter and check the moisture content of the wood. It should be below 14%.

Here at Wollongong Carpenters, if your project has a deadline and you prefer to use pressure-treated wood, we recommend the treated wood that has been kiln-dried. This will reduce the long time you need in drying.

Wash and Clean the Wood

After the treated wood has passed the water test, it’s time to move on to the next step—which is to clean the wood. To remove the dirt and grime, you only need to use soap, water, and a stiff brush. Chemicals will also be removed to help the primer and paint adhere properly. A pressure washer is not recommended because it will tear up the wood and cause it to dry slower. Once finished, you need to go through the drying process again which will take several weeks.

Prime Before Painting

Unfinished treated wood needs to be primed before painting or staining. Primer will create a smooth surface on the wood to make painting easier. Your primer should be compatible with the paint you’re going to use. For instance, latex paint will need a stain-block latex or oil-based primer. This primer will act as a protection or a bonding agent.

At Wollongong Carpenters, we guarantee our primers are high-quality and effective. We offer flexible options for primed wood. Our team will be happy to help you in choosing the best primer.

Apply Paint

Once the primer is dry, you can start applying the paint to the wood by using a roller, brush, or spray paint and apply it evenly on the wood. It’s best to choose between two coats of your choice. Don’t forget to let the paint cure between coats. If you re-coat soon, it can cause adhesion problems.

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