Do we have to wait to paint new wood for outdoor tree House?

We're building an 8'×8' tree House with an octagon shaped "outlook deck" on a nearby tree. How long do we need to wait for the wood to 'cure' or can we paint & varnish now?
q do we have to wait to paint new wood for outdoor tree house
  6 answers
  • Charla Schuman Charla Schuman on Jun 21, 2017
    I don't see why you would need to wait BEFORE painting it. I'm assuming the wood wasn't freshly cut, therefore it's probably already had time to cure. You definitely should wait AFTER painting though. It's a good idea to wait at least 24 hours (better to wait 48) before you put anything in it. Otherwise when you go to move the item it will pull the paint up. I hope that makes sense!

  • Kay Kay on Jun 21, 2017
    If it is not outdoor treated wood you can paint right now. Wait for about 2 months of warm weather to paint new outdoor treated wood

  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 21, 2017
    if you bought the wood from a lumber co. it should be cured. prime and paint with out door type products- when you get a low humidity day.

  • William William on Jun 21, 2017
    Treated wood need to dry out for at least 6 months. Non treated can be painted immediately. Use a good outdoor paint or deck stain. No need to varnish or seal unless you leave it raw.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jun 21, 2017
    I agree...Untreated wood should be painted right away to seal it and protect it form the elements. Treated wood needs to be completely dry before painting it.

  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 22, 2017
    Thank you so much for all of your replies!