Paint and Stain Like a Pro! Top Tips When Working on Treated Pine Wood

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Basically, the term treated pine refers to pine wood or lumber impregnated with special chemicals to help it stand up to insects, pests and decaying agents with a reputation for damaging pine. These chemicals comprise fungicides and insectisides applied to the wood to offer long-term resistance to the harmful biological organisms.

Treated pine wood is, therefore, a good option for many projects in your home including fencing, roof and outdoor furniture construction. Painting and staining are key to enhancing the effectiveness of the chemical treatment as they protect the wood further and better the looks the wood. Here are the top tips for staining and painting your treated pine structures:

Prepare the Surface of the Pine Wood

Start by preparing the surface of the treated pine so that it is ready for the paint or stain that you want to apply. Essentially, this step involves treating the surface with a solution of pure alcohol or benzole for two reasons. First, both of these solutions disinfect the surface of the wood. Secondly, they open up the pores of the treated pine to enhance the penetration of the paint or stain. This enables the coating to stay in place for longer.

Deal with Dents and Scratches

If you are looking to get the most of a paint job on your treated pine wood, you need to deal with dents and scratches before applying the coat. Buy some sandpaper and high-quality wood filler products to do this job. Smoothen the dented sections using the sand paper before filling them sections with wood filler. After setting the wood filler, flatten it with a putty knife so that it is perfectly flat as the rest of the wood is.

Ideally, dealing with dents before staining ensures that you have a clean job when you are done.

Treat Oil-Based Paints

Oil-based paints and stains are highly viscous. They are difficult to apply if you use them before proper preparation and treatment. This calibre of stains requires mixing with turpentine or linseed oil before applying on the treated timber. The aim of such pre-treatment is to strengthen the bond between the pine wood and the stain.

Knots Can Be a Mess

Knots often tend to absorb lots of paint and develop a darker shade compared to the rest of the surface. Therefore, you should spot and wrap them in a wet cloth that has been immersed in turpentine solution. Let it stay overnight or more than eight hours while soaking the solution before you can removing the cloth and stain the whole pinewood surface.

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