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If you're building a ramp, whether for an outdoor shed or handicapped access point, you need to make sure it can withstand traction. Hopefully, it will look good too. These tips can help you get the best finish for your ramp.

Original Post: Finishing Shed Ramp

MaryP Member

Shed is up. Ramp built and installed. Pressure treated wood. Want to paint ramp same color as shed. What kind of paint do I use for pressure treated wood that's going to be walked on?

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ray2047 Group Moderator

I usually glued roll roofing to them so that you have traction.

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

You'll probably need to wait awhile for the wood to dry out before you apply any coating. I'd either use a solid deck stain tinted to the same color as the shed or a semi-transparent stain to compliment it.

Sand added to paint is always short-lived. It wears off quickest where you need it (traffic area). I don't know if sand would adhere well to stain (never tried it). I'd suggest getting some traction strips and putting them where you need them. Several years ago I built a wheelchair ramp and add the strips for them. Last I heard it was still doing OK, although some of the strips had peeled off.

ray2047 Group Moderator

Sand is the traditional way, but there are additives too. I haven't used, but there is for example: Shop Rust-Oleum Marine Coatings Clear Flat Enamel Oil-Based Marine Paint (Actual Net Contents: 4-fl oz) at

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

I've always used the 'sand' additive sold in packets at the paint store and not regular mason sand.
Oil-based paints don't usually hold up well on new PT wood. Generally PT has to weather for a few years before oil-based paint will stay adhered long term.

MaryP Member

So, solid deck stain would be better than oil-based paint. And, it would be a good idea to use the anti-slip additive. Sounds like a plan.

We've had pretty low humidity lately for here in Florida. How long should it take for the pressure treated wood to dry out enough to apply the deck stain?

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