when to stain new pressure treated wood


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Old 06-01-16, 10:26 AM
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when to stain new pressure treated wood

I just finished a small fence for my dog using 4 x 4 pressure treated wood as posts. I want to stain them with Wolman's raincoat hickory toned to try to match my deck. How long do I need to wait before applying the stain? I have heard anything from no wait to 6 months. I figured you guys would know the right answer.
 
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Old 06-01-16, 10:29 AM
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Yeah, six weeks to six months is the idea, unless the wood was kiln dried. Off the top of my head, you want the moisture content of the wood to be 7-9% but that's meaningful only if you have a meter anyway. At this point, I'd just figure on staining it this fall.
 
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Old 06-01-16, 03:41 PM
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With some experience you can eyeball the wood and roughly tell if it is dry enough, not as accurate as a moisture gauge but a lot cheaper Is it just posts that need staining or is there also other lumber? The post's color will lighten up some and develop minor cracks as they dry out.
 
 

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