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Old 07-20-2008, 06:31 PM  
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I just built a deck and the treated lumber was wet.
When you pound a nail into it, you almost get splattered w/water. The boards weighed 2-3x times what you would expect. I just hope the deck doesn't pull itself apart when it dries.

Now I know I have to let them dry and a couple of hot sunny days in a row would do the trick but, is there any specified amount of time I have to wait to prime and paint the treated wood?



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Hello KOK:
I think the companies usually recommend waiting 6 weeks.
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I would wait closer to six months until all of the moisture is out. The tint from the chemicals bleed out about that long and will probably show through your paint.

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Old 09-28-2008, 11:47 AM  
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I'm going for it this Monday. Monday is the last day of a no rain streak. I've tried to keep the deck dry since the day I built it but, it got rained on for 3 1/2 days non-stop by the tail storm of Ike. It's been about 15-20 days now, without rain. I'm at least going to get primer coats on it, I gotta start wrapping up loose ends before winter. I guess this is the downside of having a dozen or so projects going all at the same time.

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You're going to be fine.
Treated wood never releases all of it's chemicals, that's how it lasts! Paint it after a month in dry, hot weather but wait longer in cooler temps. Nearly every treated wood manufacturer and many paint companies will give you different numbers but when a deck sits in the sun in warm weather, it dries much quicker than those recommended times.

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Thanks for the vote of confidence. However, I pushed the envelope of dry a little too much. I applied the first coat (Kilz Premium) and waited about 2hrs. before applying the second coat. About 4 hours later, it rained overnight and into the next 2 days. It doesn't appear to be running off or feels soft, like I expected. It is acutally repelling and/or holding water. Granted that the application was not ideal but, I think/hope the second coat had enough time to cure properly. As far as Mfg. recommendation, everyone will tell you something different. If figure, at the most I painted 3 sides of a board, leaving at least one side to let the wood breath. I just hope the unfinished side won't allow moisture to wick up and push the paint off the deck surface from the inside out. I'll hit it w/two coats of outdoor paint at the end of the next dry spell and hope for the best.



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