Is It Possible to Have Treated Wood Painted?

Yes, treated wood can be painted! However, painting a treated wood is not as simple as painting regular wood. It requires lots of patience because you should carefully follow additional steps and restrictions to make sure that the paint will not fall or peel off. Aside from that, you should also use the correct paint, tools, and materials.

If you have a painting job that needs to be done right away, treated wood is not recommended. It’s better to choose a kiln-dried treated wood.

Steps in Painting a Treated Wood

Before painting a treated wood, you should carefully follow certain guidelines. Failure to do so will cause adhesion problems. Painting a treated wood takes a long time to be finished, that’s why patience is required. Without further ado, let’s discuss how to paint a treated wood!

Make Sure It’s Completely Dry

Before you start painting the treated wood, make sure that it’s completely dry. It usually takes several weeks or months for treated wood to be completely dry. Putting it under the sun to dry it faster will cause warps. While putting it in a dark spot can make the drying process slower.

You can determine if the treated wood is completely dry by doing the water test. Wherein you have to spill water on the wood and if the water beads up, it needs more time to dry. You can also use a moisture meter. If the moisture content is below 14%, you already have a completely dry treated wood.

Cleaning and Washing the Wood

If the treated wood is completely dry, dirt and other chemicals should be removed. Using a stiff brush and soapy water will do the trick. Make sure to thoroughly clean and wash the treated wood. Also, take note that using a pressure washer can damage the wood. This step is crucial because if it’s skipped, the paint and primer will not adhere properly.

Once the wood is clean and washed, it will be dried again for several weeks or months.

Application of Primer

Applying primer will make the wood’s surface smoother which makes it easier to apply paint on it. Before applying a primer, make sure that it matches the paint that you will use. For instance, a stain-block latex or oil-based primer should be used if you’re planning to use latex paint.

Painting the Treated Wood

Once the primer is dry, you can now paint the treated wood. You can use simple tools like a roller, spray paint, or brush. After every coat, let the paint cure. If you re-coat without letting the paint cure, the paint will not adhere properly.


Painting a treated wood is time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. If you missed one step, it will cause adhesion problems and cause the paint to peel off after some time. That’s why painting a treated wood should be left for the professionals.

At Sunshine Coast Carpenters, our team is knowledgeable and fully equipped in painting a treated wood. Over the years, we established a reputation for providing quality and top-notch services. Whether it’s a small or big project, we can do it for you!

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