How long should I wait to stain pressure treated wood?

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I built a picnic table and chairs using pressure treated wood. When can I stain them?
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  • Carol Dailey Carol Dailey on Aug 23, 2015
    as soon as you want to!

  • Cheryle Fuller Cheryle Fuller on Aug 23, 2015
    is the wood still wet? Treated wood is frequently not dry, and until it is, you wil have issues with splotching. If it shows moisture, wait until it is dry. if it is dry, get busy!

  • Shari Shari on Aug 23, 2015
    I just asked the guy at Sherwin Williams about this very thing a couple months ago because we are waiting to paint and stain some horse jumps we had made for us out of pressure treated lumbar for our horse farm. He said the general recommendation is 6 months but it can be as soon as 3 or 4 months...or longer than 6 months, depending on weather and how long it had been pressure treated before it was used to build something. He told me the way to tell when it's ready to paint or stain is to spray water on it (or check it after a rain). If it repels the water, it's not dried out enough and not ready for paint or stain. If it absorbs water, it has dried out and you can proceed.

  • Inetia Inetia on Aug 23, 2015
    You should call the store from which you bought the wood ask them how long to wait.

  • Diane W Diane W on Aug 23, 2015
    If its in the summer months-wait at least 3 mos. unless there has been a lot of rain. You can usually tell when wood is dry. it takes on a dry--grayish look-- instead of yellow.

  • Jenni Jenni on Aug 23, 2015
    If it's pressure treated wood you don't have to stain it. If you are going to paint it you might consider using deck stain. You can stain it as long as it's not wet. My Bubba is a professional woodworker. Enjoy your Table!~! Reminder-if you stain or paint you'll be doing it annually.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 24, 2015
    (I put wood preservative on the cut ends.) I found my deck steps stopped taking stain so replaced them and used Tung oil. Could also use Danish oil. Darkens the wood a bit but in my opinion enhances the look..