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Best Wood Stain for New Pressure Treated Pine

Pressure Treated Pine

Pressure-Treated Pine

We appreciate you visiting Deckstainhelp.com as we continue to be your go-to source for the latest in deck restoration news and trending topics through 2022. Below, we talk about the Best Stain for New Pressure Treated Pine. Feel free to leave a comment below with any pictures you may have.


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 come to family gatherings and get-togethers. A new deck’s strength and sheer durability make 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 of keeping a deck looking good is to provide it with some protection.

Best Stain for Pressure Treated Wood

Some deck owners are under the false impression that “pressure-treated” means the wood has already been treated from the 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 almost 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 a 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 pinewood deck with a good deck cleaner and allow it to dry.

When looking for the best stain on new pressure-treated decks choose a formula that is specifically designed to penetrate the dense surface such as Armstrong Clark 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 little care and regular maintenance. Clean the wood as needed and apply a quality pressure treated deck stain that can penetrate the new dense wood. This will guarantee increased effectiveness and outstanding protection for your new deck.

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J. Sherman
J. Sherman
25 days ago

Hi, New pressure treated wood deck put on last August. Seasonite put on 2 months later. Is it best to use a water base transparent stain or an oil base transparent stain on the deck. (Water base is more convenient). Thank you.

Alice Mallory
Alice Mallory
1 month ago

How do I identify what type of wood my deck is? Our home is a new construction finished in February and we’re wanting to stain and seal it.

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Jack
Jack
6 months ago

I built a pergola with a privacy fence using above ground pressure treated southern yellow pine. I live in Indianapolis, IN. What is the best finish to apply and should I wait until Spring? It’s, Nov 7.
Thank you.

Shelia Pogash
Shelia Pogash
7 months ago

I live in Central Kentucky. We just had a new pressure treated pine deck built last week of August 2021. The deck has no roof and gets much sun exposure and full exposure to the elements, wind, rain and again sun. I know recommended time to wait to stain is at least 3 months. But because winter is it better to stain deck now or wait until Spring? It is first week of October 2021 and I did sprinkle test water absorbed within 10 minutes.

Czesia
Czesia
8 months ago

I built a small deck, more like a stoop, over my crumbling concrete steps. The framing is green treated lumber, the platform, railing and steps are cedar. I’m considering using Restore a Deck Stain or Defy. My concern is problems with mildew, mainly because the old concrete steps are still in place and there is minimal air circulation. I was planning on placing the stain on both sides of the platform boards to deter mildew. Will this work? I live in Minnesota.

Jackie
Jackie
11 months ago

Any reviews or comments on YellaWood Protector semi-transparent stain? Thank you, Jackie.

G Web
G Web
1 year ago

Great video/help! We are building a deck with BROWN pressure treated lumber, but the top decking will be Trex and the railing is all black metal.

The lumber seems to already allow water flicked on it absorb, but I know what with the run on lumber lately, these boards can not be that “old”, so I would guess we still wait?

Also, do we really even need to stain/seal the vertical posts/beams/joists under the Trex?? Is that “roof” of Trex enough to protect it all?

And if we DO, would using anything with a hint of color (cedar-ish) even show up on the newer dark brown PT lumber?

THANKS! 🙂

(We are in Payson, AZ- 5500 ft, dry alpine eco system.)

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Hi, I just installed a new deck and I’m waiting the minimum four months before staining. My question is, Is a water sealer or spar recommended after the staining process? If so what do you recommend?

joe
joe
1 year ago

how long to wait before I can put oil stain on anew treat pine deck, or I can putting it straight on with out waiting

Allen
Allen
1 year ago

One year old deck, had some mildew in the framing and used a 3-1 bleach water that that left some bleached marks on the joists. Probably dried quicker than expected before it was rinsed. Pressure treated pine framing. Is there a recommendation to treat or will staining be fine at this point. Any stain recommendations?

Allen
Allen
1 year ago

Here are some pics.

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Allen
Allen
1 year ago

Here are the photos

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JAYB
JAYB
2 years ago

I just replaced my deck with new pressure treated 5/4″ lumber. Most advice seems to wait 3-6 months before staining or sealing. (two different treatments). after 3 -6 months,which application should be applied first and how long before the second procedure? Location North New Jersey, spring 2020. full sun.

Terrill Pinkney
Terrill Pinkney
2 years ago

Hello, I just had a new deck built with pressure treated premium wood. After reading all the articles I’m afraid to have it stained due to moisture content in new pressure treated wood. The contractor says, it’s okay to go ahead and stain, because the wood has been dried to remove the moisture. The deck has been up 2 weeks now.
Should I wait or let them stain now? They are not pressuring me, they will do whatever I want.
Please advise.

Also advise on best stain for my deck.

Deck Location State: North Carolina
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
Wood Type: Pressure Treated Premium Pine
Mold or Mildew Issues: No. New Deck
Reason for Previous Stain Failure: New Deck
Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain: n/a

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Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I have a 2-year old brown pressure treated deck that was never sealed or stained. It is starting to fade in spots looking a bit more grey than brown. What do I need to do get it sealed and looking brown again?

Your advice here is much appreciated!

Tom

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Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I should also state that I am in Canada. Thanks!

John
John
2 years ago

I want to neutralise/minimise the yellow green colour of the treated timber.Is there anything that can be done about it?

Michel
Michel
2 years ago

Hi! We just terraced part of the hill behind our house with pressure-treated wood. It looks quite orange and we’d like to give it a weathered gray look. Could you please tell us what product to use to achieve that look. Thank you!

Michel
Michel
2 years ago

Quick note: our project does not involve a deck, it’s basically a bunch a railroad ties stacked up on top of one another to create a succession of small 36″ high garden walls that retain dirt from top to bottom of our hill, but do you think we can use the same stain as we would for a deck..? Thanks a lot!!

Michel
Michel
2 years ago

Thanks!

Al Spitzer
Al Spitzer
2 years ago

It’s October, my deck boards were replaced 3 weeks ago. We have had some moderate rain. I wish to stain my deck, but it’s too late in the season. What can I apply to stabilize my new deck boards to make it through the first New Hampshire winter?

Herman
Herman
2 years ago

What is the best stain to use on a new pressure treated pine wood fence?

Herman
Herman
2 years ago
Reply to  Herman

Living in Ohio does it matter what series to use TWP 100 or 1500 series on my new pressure treated pine fence?

Alpha
Alpha
2 years ago

We just completed a pressure treated deck. It doesn’t have a top over it has been in hot sun. I noticed small cracks in some of the boards what do I need to do.

Erin
Erin
2 years ago

Just had a new deck put on and have some rust stains from the furniture. What’s the best way to remove them? Will they come off?

Rick
Rick
2 years ago

I have a 10 year old deck with PVC decking and pressure treated lumber structure. The supporting posts were wrapped with cedar to flush them out to be cosmetically attractive. This was a problem as water gets inside from the spacing of the deck boards above thus causing rot and ants. I am planning to wrap with PVC trim boards instead, but I am wondering if it would help to seal the posts before I enclose them with the PVC trim boards?

Mary
Mary
2 years ago

Here in the Pacific Northwest, pressure treated wood is made from Douglas fir. Does that wood require any different treatment than pine? I’m about to install a new deck using pressure treated doulas fir. Thanks

Christine
Christine
2 years ago

My pressure treated wood deck was installed in 2005 with no stain or preservative put on at that time as we were told nothing more was needed. It was cleaned with a Behr product and looks pretty good but I now want to use your product after doing some research on stains. I am thinking the semi transparent stain, natural colour to make it look fairly natural not too orangy or red. My question is :
!. How long does this stain last
2. What prep do I need to know before I restain the deck
3. What is the shipping cost to Toronto, Canada

Amanda
Amanda
2 years ago

Hi, I would really like to find a suitable color semi transparent stain that would enhance my newly installed yelloiwsh pitch pine pressure treated wood. My ceilings are stained darkish oak and my walls are a light coral color. any suggestions on a color for the pitch pine deck flooring? It also has some skirting around it as well from the same wood.

Amanda
Amanda
2 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

A pic of the area

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Jen
Jen
2 years ago

Help! I’m applying wood stain to my one year old pine fence. It is looking like white paint, not the mixed stain color, ‘Maritime White,’ from Benjamin Moore.
Waited 24 hours. Solid white. Ugh.

Jen
Jen
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen

Semi-transparent. Arborcoat

Jen
Jen
2 years ago

Hi again! We have removed the stain with Benjamin Moore Remove, 20 hours of scrubbing later.
Instead of darkening the wood, it actually brightened it. Am concerned to apply their Brighten product. Any suggestions how to prep these sections of wood, along with the prior sections of wood?
And what semi-transparent stain would work best on all this? Thank you.

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Amy
Amy
2 years ago

Would you recommend an oil-based or water-based stain. I am not familiar with these brands. I researched Armstrong Clark and found “Amber” in the Hardwoods and Softwoods section. Would this stain provide a natural-looking wood finish? or do you have a better suggestion? Thanks

Amy
Amy
2 years ago

Is there a trick to applying brighten to vertical surfaces? I used a garden sprayer and applied liberally from bottom to top via instructions after light cleaning. It left lighter looking “drip” marks all over the fence. I have not yet received my RAD brightener so I used Ben Moore product that was sitting in garage. Do they just have inferior products? I am not sure what do no now…will the AC stain appear as drip streaks. Should I reapply RAD brightener on area that I already brightened/ruined or leave it be and try to stain.

commandm
commandm(@commandm)
2 years ago

Sorry, I posted this in the other forum- please disregard that as it fits in here I realize. We have a new pressure treated fence (wood is AC2 Pine from Menards…) What is the best thing to seal it with to help minimize leaching of the chemicals for small children? I don’t care about color etc. Thank you! The company that put it in said I could seal it in a week or two… They recommended Thomson’s but I am reading that might not be the best choice here.

Michelle
Michelle
3 years ago

HI! We sanded, cleaned and repainted our deck surface last year with one of the paints you recommended– FLOOD Pro Series– and it’s been great thus far. However, during that process the railings all fell apart and we’ve had to replace them all.
We bought pretreated preassembled pine railings, and would like to paint them to match the deck taupe color and white window trims. Should we put the rails in place and let them dry for a few months? And then, should we use a PAINT or opaque STAIN on them for best absorption and lasting color? We didn’t really have to think about the pretreated thing with the deck surface bc it was so old anyway 😉
Many thanks,

Patti
Patti
3 years ago

I live in Chicago where it is cold and windy. I’m installing a new rooftop deck and am considering different pressurized woods AC2 (Menards)is one that was recommended. Then I spoke with a lumber yard that suggested a “grade A” version of pressurized you typically find at places like HomeDepot, due to it having fewer knots and being kiln dried AFTER treatment, which they say is better to prevent warping/movement. Is the grade A worth the additional cost? Is what Home Depot sells same as AC2 that Menards has?

Also, if you seal, will that prevent the toxin from the treated wood from looming outward into the air. Pesticides don’t sound good to me, but in tough weather, I think pressurized may be my best option outside of Ipe (too expensive).

Thoughts?

Barbara Gallagher
Barbara Gallagher
3 years ago

Hi there. My new Cedartone deck was completed in January. I live in Minnesota and we just went through a very snowy winter and are experiencing a very cold and rainy spring. With all the snow and rain, how long should I wait to seal the deck? I had a privacy wall done at the same time with the same wood. I assume I should seal all of it. Which product is the best to use?

Thank you.

Darren.
Darren.
3 years ago

My Decking got completed a few days ago & in 2 weeks time a new shed will go straight on it. Should I stain or just leave it as it is for the new large shed a obv it will cover the area anyways. I want to protect the wood underneath the shed as it won’t see the light of day of course for many a year once shed is on top. Some advice here would be good. Thanks.

Darren.
Darren.
3 years ago

OK thank you and good advice. I’ll leave it as it is then..

Janet
Janet
3 years ago

I have a new pressure treated deck installed August/2018. What is the best semi-transparent stain/cleaner for this deck. Also, do I need a brightener? I live in northern NJ. Thank you.

Terry
Terry
3 years ago

On a deck that is a few years old do we use oil base stain or water base stain?

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

What is the best sealer for a new pressure treated wood deck? We get sun all afternoon. A friend told me TWP is good but I’m so confused as there are so many on the market. I also want to keep it to the natural wood color. Suggestions?

tineketover
tineketover
3 years ago

What is the best way to remove pine tar from a deck prior to treating it with a stain?

Patti Griffin
Patti Griffin
3 years ago

Hi,

I had a new PTP deck installed approx. 7 months ago. Approx. one month ago two boards were sanded down level with the other boards bc they had warped/risen up higher than the other boards on deck. I live in the NC mountains and have lots of shade and rain. How long should I wait for those two boards to weather before I stain, and what stain do you recommend for my climate? Also, what deck cleaner/brightener set do you recommend, if any, to use?

One last question…what is the best method to get rid of those dang wood stamps?

Thank you so much, this is a very helpful site!

Patti

8/19/18

Patti
Patti
3 years ago

Thank you for your quick reply, but since I didn’t sand the stamps when first installed, do you think one month is long enough to wait before staining for 1st time (deck is @ 7 months old)?

Do you think TWP 100 (one coat) & restore a deck cleaner/brightener would be best for my deck in NC mtns (shade rain, mold? If not, any recommendations?

Thanks again!

Patti Griffin
Patti Griffin
3 years ago

Thank you so much!

Jeff
Jeff
3 years ago

I had a new large deck built a few weeks ago. The contractor used Weathershield pressure-treated boards which is advertised to have a factory applied water repellent coating that is supposed to last more than a year. Water beads on it like on a freshly waxed car. I want to apply a stain to darken the color. Will I have to wait for water to stop beading?

Jill Scott
Jill Scott
3 years ago

We just had a pine pressure-treated perimeter fence put up about a month ago. The installers said to wait about 2 weeks before staining. Reading some of these other comments though, should we wait another couple of months? It is a 3 board with goat panels between posts. Any recommendations on how to stain it, when to do it, and a good product to use? Thanks!!!

Erin G.
Erin G.
3 years ago

I just installed a pressure treated deck (hemlock). We live in WA. the deck is elevated and faces north. So it is hot in the summer and cold, wet and mossy in the winter. Our lumber folks recommended an oil based stain.

Kenneth Gurganus
Kenneth Gurganus
3 years ago

We have just installed a new deck and handicap ramp. It was done last week in July and our weather has been nothing but rain for two weeks. With Fall coming up and if I have to wait 3 to 6 months for the wood to dry, it will be November before we can use Thompson’s stain on it. Will the wood be harmed if I wait that long?

Jeffrey Allen
Jeffrey Allen
3 years ago

I have a new deck that is pressure treated lumber bought new and it’s been installed now for around 6 months what is the best product to stain it with a water base or oil base I’ve been a commercial painter my whole career but I have never done a deck always commercial buildings and such please feel free to call or text me if you prefer 636-578-5034 my name is Jeff

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Will semi-transparent water based stains penetrate pressure treated wood? Or should oil only be used on pressure treated wood? Have you heard of Thompsonized wood which has a water repellent embedded in it?

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

That is what I am worried about. What if you apply a water based stain to a pressure treated deck that is Thompsonized or Wolmanized etc.? Might not penetrate.

Mar
Mar
3 years ago

I just had a new fence put up and love the natural look of the wood. The installer said to wait 2 months but it looks like you say longer … I want to use clear. How do I prep and do I seal or just stain??

Diane
Diane
3 years ago

You mention waiting 3-6 months for treated wood to dry. I am putting up a dock which is frequently under water. Building it and wait in for the wood to dry is not and option, what can I do?

Brian Pack
Brian Pack
3 years ago

For a new pressure treated pine deck 3 months minimum before staining even in the Texas summer heat? Also when staining the first time are 2 coats better than 1 coat? If so what are the substantial benefits of the 2nd coat?

Jeff
Jeff
3 years ago

Hi there,

I just put up a 6×6 pressure treated pine post as a support on the corner of my front porch. We live in central PA and the post gets sun in the morning/early afternoon. It is exposed to rain, snow, etc. How long should I wait to stain & seal? Also, what product would you receommend? Thanks in advance for the advice!!

Jeff from PA

Cara
Cara
4 years ago

Hi We’ve just put a new brown pressure treated deck on our house. My initial reaction was to get something on it right away but I am reading otherwise. Is the best thing to wait until next summer to do anything? There are green patches and some green goo on parts of the boards do you leave that for now? sand or wash it off? We also put a pergola type structure above it and the larger boards have perforations or little indents is it a bad idea to sand them or what do people do? Someone at the Benjamin Moore retailer recommended something called Pressure Plus and sanding before but now I am second guessing his advice. Thanks!!!

bruce
bruce
4 years ago

is superdeck oilbased transperat stain sealer good for pressure treated pine fence

Donna
Donna
4 years ago

putting in a new pressure treated deck exposed to a lot of sun and wind…… we long winters with tons of snow, and hot and humid summers……what is the best stain the provides the best protection for our weather………other than TWP or Armstrong what brand would you recommend (looking for a darker color stain)

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

Hi, thanks for this site… lots of great stuff here.

I did a PT pine deck last July and want to stain in the next month. Would you recommend TWP or Armstrong Clark?

I’m in New England with snowy winters and hot summers, and the deck gets full afternoon sunlight year round. I’ll clean and prep the wood ahead of staining with either brand’s recommended method.

Anything else I should be thinking about?

Thanks

Tiffany
Tiffany
4 years ago

I live in Central Florida, and I just built one mont ago a Southern Pine 30 by 14 deck out of DSS pressure-treated lumber. After 2 weeks the lumber seems to be completely dry, and the supplier said to seal the deck immediately, and he is going to replace 20% of the boards. My question is, should I go ahead and treat the entire deck and seal it, then have the replacement boards put in after that sealant dries? Then I can go over and restain just the boards that are new once they are dry? Or is there a possibility the old stained and sealed boards will react with the new still drying treated boards that are alongside of them?

Rick D
Rick D
4 years ago

I built a pressure treated pine deck about 1 1/2 years ago. I never stained it or treated it. I have now added onto it and would like to stain the whole thing. I am assuming I need to let the new one age and dry before I stain but how long? When I go to stain both, will they look the same? The older one has already grayed.

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