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Their product fall in the "penetrating oil" variety....which I feel is far better than any water based product.
Use Protech Cleaner to remove surface dirt and kill mold and mildew spores that may be living in your new wood. Follow the easy directions on the label for fast and effective cleaning.
It is our recommendation to apply a light coat of Penofin Oil Wood Finish to your wood surface
If you have allowed the wood surface to "season" or age before finishing, use Protech Brightener to remove any discoloration caused by tannins.
Some folks do wait a few weeks to treat Pressure treated wood...Personally I do not recommend using pressure treated wood for the "decking" or use surfaces....but do recommend it for the framing. I have never been happy with the Looks, splinters, checking etc of pressure treated wood.
Redwood and cedar being natural woods can be oiled as soon as the deck is complete...just like with Ipe, and the other hardwoods.
I am sure you have picked up some of this lumber for projects and found one board to weigh almost twice of another in the same pile. The idea is to allow all of the wood to contain as close to possible the same amount of internal moisture. I would use if I had it a moisture meter before doing any type of paint or stain on decks anyway.
We use a lot of Mahogany in our neck of the woods, Ceder is way to soft for deck and Redwood, that is a 2nd mortgage on the house to purchase.
I am with you on treated lumber, risks all sorts of issues with splinters etc.
The core of some lumber may still contain higher levels of moisture but the outer 1/8" or so is dry enough for most treatments. A penetrating oil still "breathes" while a paint would fail due to hydrostatic pressure from within.
It depends on what treatment of sealer is being used.
Being closer to the redwood forests...our redwood prices are a bit better out here.
In the last year or so...our local Home Depot has been stocking the new version of "Prowood" that uses a brownish chemical version of ACQ instead of the greenish one....are you folks on the East coast seeing the same stuff?
You also have to take the various type of pressure treated wood into consideration...Nearly all of my project here are built using Prowoods ACQ dry products...
They also recommend immediate treatment