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Best Stain for New Pressure Treated Pine 4.3/5 (48)

Pressure Treated Pine

Pressure Treated Pine

Whether you have had an old deck replaced or simply had a new deck added on, there are certainly a lot of benefits. Wood decks increase a home’s curb appeal and value. They add extra outdoor living space and are the witness of many to come family gatherings and get-togethers. A new deck’s strength and sheer durability makes you feel like it will last forever. But as some homeowners soon find out, that newness can wear off and that once beautiful deck becomes a neglected eyesore.

But there is hope and to keep your new deck looking new and lasting for many years to come, you merely have to take care of it. Weather and elements like moisture and fading UV rays are a new deck’s biggest enemy. So the goal in keeping a deck looking good is to provide it with some protection.
Some deck owners are under the false impression that “pressure treated” means the wood has already been treated from weather. The truth is that the chemical treatment added to pine is to deter bugs and insects from eating the wood. There is no water repellency or sun blocking treatment in the wood whatsoever. So let’s be clear, new pressure treated decks still need to be treated with a water repellant wood stain.

Staining a new deck is much different than staining an old deck. Older wood is drier and very porous. It will absorb most any type of wood stain and be adequately protected. New pressure treated pine on the other hand has higher moisture content and therefore is much denser making deck stain penetration more difficult.

You want to allow a newer deck to age because initially the moisture content is entirely too high. Trapping moisture in the wood by staining it too soon is not good. Once the deck has dried for 3-6 months, and has moisture content of 12% or less, it is ready for stain.

Even new decks need to be cleaned. During the aging process some dirt and contaminants will embed into the wood. There may also be some mill glaze present that could keep a new deck stain from penetrating. Wash the new pine wood deck with a good deck cleaner and allow it to dry.

When looking for the best stain for new pressure treated decks choose a formula that is specifically designed to penetrate the dense surface such as the exotic hardwood stains. The new pressure treated deck stain needs to penetrate well to be effective. A stain that lacks in performance will remain on the surface and will be prone to peeling.

New wood can stay looking new with a little care and regular maintenance. Clean the wood as needed and apply a quality pressure treated deck stain that can penetrate new dense wood. This will guarantee increased effectiveness and outstanding protection for your new deck.

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146 responses to “Best Stain for New Pressure Treated Pine”

  1. Belle says:

    We're having a pressure treated pine deck installed, approx. 730 sqft., in the Long Island, NY area. We were told to use Cabot stain and do not seal afterwards. What is the reason for not sealing?

    Then we came across the TWP 1500 series and this looks to be a superior product. Any thoughts as to why we should not seal the deck after using this product either?

    After a little researching, we think we're going to wait 4 months before applying anything, then use gemini restore deck kit along with TWP 1500 series stain. Again, to seal or not to seal after?

  2. Gayla Trower says:

    We have a saltwater poo and so far nothing has held up on our deck. We were wondering if Benjamin moore arborcoat stain would?

  3. Jeff Bogan says:

    We are having our deck surface boards, railing tops and stair treads and risers replaced. We would like to stain and/or cover with a deck stain/resurfacing product immediately. We would also like to cover the surfaces that we are not replacing. Please give some recommendations on how to accomplish these goals.

    • You want a penetrating semi-transparent stain or a deck resurface coating?

      • Jeff Bogan says:

        From what I've read, the resurfacing products are not very good. The superstructure of the deck is ten years old, and we will be in the house for a few more years, so we are replacing all off the surface material. I dont want to have something that will be hard to remove or resurface again so I guess we are leaning toward stain. We would prefer a more solid pigment stain so we can match existing colors – white, grey and a darker grey .

  4. Jason says:

    I have a fence made of pressure treated southern yellow pine – picket and post. It was installed a year ago and has not been stained. I am looking to clean it with wood cleaner and brightener but wanted to know whether the TWP 100 series or Armstrong Clark is the best choice for such wood? Any recommendations?

  5. Doug says:

    The pressure treated wood posts I ordered for my deck has white spots all over. These posts make up part of the railing for the deck so they will seen. Will a deck cleaner and power wash remove these white spots. If so, is there a peticular brand of cleaner I should use. Thanks

    • Without knowing what the white spots are exactly, there is no way to say for sure. It would be best to try a cleaner and then brightener to see if it works. If it does not, you may need to sand. Try the Restore A Deck Kits.

  6. Karen Ball says:

    What is the best procedure to remove the ink stampings from a brand-new pressure treated deck prior to the sealing/staining procedure?

  7. Belinda says:

    I am looking for a deck stain for the following. In North Carolina (central), new pressure treated pine wood, full sun (afternoon – very intense) and an upper deck (15 ft off ground). I have tried to do research on a good quality stain and have become overwhelm on the choices. This is a new deck that replaced a rotten, sun dried out, peeling deck!
    Thank you!

  8. Mike says:

    I have a 2 yr old pt deck that i used cabot mahogany flame timber oil on . Do i need to strip it to refinish it ? What do u recommend? Showing a lot of weir and tier in the heavily travelled areas.

  9. Linda Tinker says:

    Our builder suggested we only stain our pressure treated lumber posts on three sides. He said that staining on all four sides would cause peeling. We would appreciate your comments about this. The pressure treated lumber posts have had 9 months to dry. The builder suggested we don't put any finish on the posts. i haven't read any recommendations not to . I also get conflicting opinions about whether to prime and paint or to stain. I also get conflicting views about a water base semi transparent or an oil base stain. We would sure appreciate clarifications about what finish to have applied to our 6×6 pressure treated posts.

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