What is best paint to paint treated wood?

Evelyn Edmeier
by Evelyn Edmeier
I have treated wood for a wider handrail for my handicap ramp. It's painted white because it helps a friend that can only see shadows (his words). His wife had the handrail on their ramp made with a white plastic material. She saw how my rail helped her husband.
I paint it each year but over the Wisconsin winters it chips and needs repainted. My friend is a disabled Veteran with only one eye from his war time injuries so I don't want to just stain it same colors as deck and ramp.
Thank you for any help
  3 answers
  • Bridget Ausmus Bridget Ausmus on May 28, 2017
    I am in the process of trying to do the same thing. Fortunately most of the stain is worn from mine, so I don't have to fight with that. From what I understand, the big hurdle is removing the chemicals used to treat the wood. My plan is to pressure wash with a good deck/wood cleaner and then either scrub or sand the deck. Because the wood is treated, I've read it takes a long time to dry, so this is not going to be a "quick" project. After you have prepped the wood, start with a good primer. This will help seal the wood and help the paint adhere better. Then choose a good/durable outdoor wood paint. Check with your local big box hardware store for suggestions on paint. This probably won't be cheap, but you don't want to skimp as you want it to last. For me, I think it will pay off in the long run as I like the look of paint over stain. Also, if done correctly, it should last longer than the stain.

  • Patricia Patricia on May 30, 2017
    Here's a good article about painting pressure treated wood: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-paint-pressure-treated-wood/#.WS1hsWjytPY

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on May 30, 2017
    Completely agree with Bridget, you need to clean and make sure it's good and dry before you prime and paint.