Painting Pressure Treated Wood ?

Old 05-31-06, 04:29 AM
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Painting Pressure Treated Wood ?


Can one paint directly over a piece of pressure treated wood to be used outdoors (the greenish stuff) ?

If a primer is needed, might you please recommend one (Brand and type ?)

Latex O.K. for outdoors ? Or, would an oil based be "substantially" better ?
Or,... ?

Old 05-31-06, 04:40 AM
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Raw wood always needs primer prior to paint. PT wood is always a little tricky because of the moisture it holds from the PT process. It is best to let it weather/dry for a while before priming/painting.

Oil base primer is usually better but often latex primer will be adequate - sometimes preferred.
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Unless you are using a solid stain rather than a paint, it will need to be primed

The best product for your project would depend on what and how the item being painted is being used, and the conditions/environment it will be subjected to

For example, you ask if oil would be better
It depends
On a deck being walked on, out here on the ocean, direct hot sun, snow in the winter...oil is "substantially better"
On a deck planter in Arizona...not so much

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