Deck with treated wood - how long before I can stain?

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Old 09-10-14, 08:08 AM
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Deck with treated wood - how long before I can stain?

I had to replace the stairs on my deck and I used pressure treated wood. The wood was wet. How long do I need to wait until I can stain it and be sure it is dry?

I have been getting various answers to this question that range from 2 weeks to wait until next spring.

Assuming since it is treated wood, no rush to get it stained and I will be using a solid stain so it should cover well.

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You want the moisture content of the wood to be in the neighborhood of 15%, which can take a few weeks to several months. Next spring would probably be a good choice.
 
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You get varying answers because the moisture content in PT wood can vary a lot. PT wood can be dry enough for stain in as little as 6 weeks .... or it could take 6 months. Drying time is dependent on both how wet the wood was when installed and the drying conditions. Sun and wind will dry it out quicker than shady with no breeze. Rain fall also affects the drying time but not as much as you might think.
 
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A solid stain should not be used on any surface that's going to be walked on.
Works fine on railings, but not the decking.
 
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Joe, I know you believe that but it simply isn't true. The quality and type of stain is important. Like all coatings the quality ones out preform their cheaper counterpart and a deck stain must be used! While deck stains will preform well on siding, a siding stain should never be used on a deck!
 
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