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So I'm building this garden potting bench from Norms plans only using treated instead of redwood.
I don't want to put it outside and wait for the treated to dry before I paint it, so my question is , does anyone have an educated guess how long it would take to dry if I leave it in my heated shop at 60 dgrees?
 

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It's because of the exterior coating on the PT, it can take up to a year to be worn off by wind, sand, rain, snow, salt and sun. If one attempts to paint it won't stick, if stain it won't absorb. 2nd, the amount of moisture within the material needs to evaporate. Know that in a year maybe 2, the new ACQ product will go brown then eventually grey.

If the project stays inside it won't receive the abrasive action the weather provides for free.
 

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Last year I rebuilt a deck at my Daughter's house and ended up with a lot of scrap pieces. The stuff we bought was the year end pieces and got a decent deal. So with the left overs I'm going to build a eries of planters for my wife. The deck material was that composite stuff. There are so many names for it now I'm not going to try and remember it. It's that plastic stuff with wood fiber in it. Any way they should last a long time, years. So the moral of the story is, maybe closeout end of the year sales cold provide a material that would last years with no upkeep. I'm all about no up keep!! I want to go fishing next week!!!!!!
 

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I think the one year applies to green lumber not in the sun. For that treated wood that was kiln dried prior to being treated, I would think more like a few weeks and you could paint it.

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Totally Agree! In fact I just took a piece I had left over from another project, quick sand down and made a Table Top Tray from it. Stained (went on very nicely) and 2 coats of water based poly. DONE!

The entire piece was bought from HD less than 3 weeks ago. So "trz" if you've had at least that long …

Paint Away!! For outdoors I wood use a Water Based Exterior Grade Paint. Oil Based might go all Weird on you and contrary to popular belief it won't last longer than water based. Redoing Oil Based anything is a real PITA!

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In reference to the composite decking - I have seen many older decks where that stuff has weathered horribly. It's very porous looking and totally lost it's imprinted grain and sheen. Don't know how something newer would look 10 years from now.
 

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Why paint it? Well, simply because I want it a color. Not a fan of the westhered treated lumber look!

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I figured that you made it with pressure treated lumber because it was going to be left outside. Once you paint it then you'll always will be painting it to keep it looking good. I'd use a deck stain on it to cut down on the maintenance. Now, if you want it some bright color, you will need paint.
 

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Paint it is! It will ne outside, and thats ok if i have to paint every now and then. Would be doing the same with deck stain.

Now I'm really curious, wish I had a moisture meter I would take a new 2×4 and check surface MC then cut it in half and check inside MC. Then repeat the test after drying in heated shop after a period!
 

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The plan is once I feel it's dry enough to paint I'll give it a quick scrub with soapy water, rince , let it dry then prime and paint.
We'll see how well it holds up!
Maybe I'll even cover it during the off months, we'll see.
 
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