How Long Should You Wait Before Staining A New Fence?

Can I stain pressure treated wood right away?

It’s important to wait until your pressure-treated wood is completely dry before applying stain, as the chemicals used to treat the wood often leave additional moisture behind.

Drying times range anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on such factors as weather and climate..

What happens if you stain wet pressure treated wood?

If the wood is wet it cannot absorb the paint. Instead it dries on top of the wood with very little, if any adhesion. Thus, in a very short time frame you will have paint failure. Your best bet is to wait six months.

How long should treated wood dry before staining?

This lumber can be stained as soon as the deck is built. Ordinary pressure-treated lumber from a home center, however, requires anywhere from two to three days to dry sufficiently before you can apply a water-based semitransparent stain.

Should I sand pressure treated wood before staining?

All wood, except manufactured products like composite wood — even pressure-treated lumber — need to be sanded and stained. If you want it to last, you have to put in the time and some elbow grease.