While you can paint pressure-treated wood on your deck, you need to take certain steps to ensure that you get the long-lasting finish and appearance that you desire. You will need to start by evaluating the moisture content of the wood and then obtain the correct paint and primer for the best results.
At MasterBrush Painting, we’ve put together a few tips on how to pressure-treated wood for the best results.
Steps for Painting Pressure-Treated Wood
When it comes to painting pressure-treated wood, it needs time to dry out before it can be painted, which can take a lot longer than kiln-dried lumber. If you have just purchased your pressure-treated wood, more than likely, it is too wet to paint right away. Pressure-treated lumber may need weeks or months to dry out. If water is beading up on the surface, it still needs time to dry. Once water absorbs into the wood’s surface, you can begin painting.
The correct paint and primer will make all the difference when painting pressure-treated wood. We recommend using a latex primer and exterior latex paint, also called water-based paint. Be sure to avoid oil-based paint on pressure-treated wood.
Preparing the Pressure-Treated Wood
To repaper your pressure-treated wood, start by cleaning it using soap and water. This will help to remove any dirt or debris. If your deck is in poor condition, consider using a commercial deck cleaner and a wood cleaner as well as a pressure washer if needed to clear away dirt and debris. Be sure to allow the wood to dry before you begin painting.
Painting the Pressure-Treated Wood
Once the wood has been cleaned and is dry, you can apply the primer. This can be done using a roller, brush, or sprayer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the cure time. Once the primer has cured, you can apply your first coat of exterior latex paint. Apply at least two coats of paint to the wood. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the recoat time window of the paint. You will typically need to let the paint dry for a few hours prior to applying the next coat.
Should I Hire a Professional Painter?
Painting your deck can be a more labor-intensive process than you may think, so in many cases, it is best to contact the professionals at MasterBrush Painting to complete this project. Let our highly trained team handle the prep and painting to ensure you get the results you desire! Contact us today to learn more!