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Painting Pressure Treated lumber

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    I have some PT treated balusters and rail on my front porch that I waited a year to paint, and some is starting to crack and peel after 2 years, but most of it is not bad.

    Will

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    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    I have some PT treated balusters and rail on my front porch that I waited a year to paint, and some is starting to crack and peel after 2 years, but most of it is not bad.

    @wbembrid, I would avoid “paint” on a deck at all costs. A solid stain will look just like paint, but will perform much better. Paint seems to stick when applying it, but the way it forms a skin can lead failure.

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    Doobie
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    I have some PT treated balusters and rail on my front porch that I waited a year to paint, and some is starting to crack and peel after 2 years, but most of it is not bad.

    @wbembrid, I would avoid “paint” on a deck at all costs. A solid stain will look just like paint, but will perform much better. Paint seems to stick when applying it, but the way it forms a skin can lead failure.

    Totally agree. Paint just ends up trapping water between it and the wood as it cracks and fails over the years which will hasten the wood to rot.

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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I agree a color fast solid stain is the way to go.

    Dirty

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    Doobie
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    Even semi stains I’m not crazy about…I like penetrating oils as a first choice that have tones. Doesn’t accelerate rot and if you don’t like it you can usually wait and stain color again different.

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