Paint or Solid Color Stain

Old 02-24-01, 09:43 PM
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A carpenter just completed a gable roofed screened porch
over a concrete slab. He recommended using a solid color
stain (white)on the pressure treated lumber instead of
using a primer and latex paint. Since I am doing the work
myself, I don't care as much about the # of coats as in
using whatever is the best product. Also, he told me to
go ahead and stain, instead of waiting a while for the
wood to dry. I don't know whether the solid color stain
is a good product on vertical pressure treated surfaces, or
if latex paint is the better option. Anyone have an opinion? Thanks.
Old 02-25-01, 07:00 AM
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One of the main purposes for paint and stains is to preserve the wood, as well as to change the appearance. Pressure treated/ground contact wood does not need this protection, therfor is used when the wood is to be left bare or comes in contact with the ground. Definately let it dry thoroughly before coating, no matter what anyone tells you, and I have had better luck getting exterior solid color stain to adhere to treated wood than paint. How long can you wait before coating? The longer the better, even if you could wait a couple seasons would be good. Below is a site about pressure treated wood and how to paint/stain.
Old 02-26-01, 05:38 AM
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Chipfo, Wanted to make sure that free288 and others know you mean oil stain and not the latex solid body. I have seen customers go in and order "solid body stain" and be sold latex. Free288 was after opinions and I agree with yours...Mike
Old 02-26-01, 06:00 PM
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Yes I would use an oil based solid stain.

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