How long do you have to wait to stain pressure treated wood?
Many people say you should wait at least six months before staining pressure treated wood. So being a real rebel, I stained that pressure treated wood after only two weeks of the deck being completed. All that being said, if you do have time to wait, then by all means wait.
Wait to stain a new wood deck if water beads up on it. The wood on a new deck needs to dry thoroughly before sealing or staining. If the wood came still wet with preservative, allow it to dry about 30 days before applying stain or sealer.
- When To Stain A New Deck. There are many questions as to when a newly installed deck should be stained. Some stain manufacturers suggest you should wait 3-12 months to let the wood dry while others say to stain the deck right away.
- In most cases a full body stain or acrylic deck finish will be dry to touch within an hour in dry, hot weather. After two hours you could take a chance and walk on it with shoes, though I'd recommend barefoot. After about 4 hours you should be able to safely walk on your deck.
- If you try to apply stain or sealer over damp or dirty wood, then there won't be proper adhesion. Make sure there is no mildew as well. To achieve this, use a wood cleaner and thoroughly wash your deck. Allow the deck to dry thoroughly for several days before you begin staining or sealing.
Updated: 2nd October 2019