In search of a black outdoor finish for green treated lumber

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Forum topic by LoJack posted 02-02-2018 04:56 PM 535 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2018 04:56 PM

Last summer I build myself a nice cedar deck, and wanted a pergola on it as well. In Winnipeg it was very difficult to source any cedar above a standard 2×6. It just isn’t common here, and ordering it in was extremely cost prohibitive.

I built the pergola out of green treated lumber with the intention of painting/staining it black this year (so that it could dry for a year) to contrast the look of the cedar.

I’m struggling to find something online that anyone recommends for treated lumber.

Has anyone used anything they can recommend? I’d like a flat black look when I’m all said and done.

Here is the deck:

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#1 posted 02-02-2018 05:46 PM

I have no personal experience here, but some google research says any oil based semi-clear stain is a good choice for pressure treated lumber, and too avoid water-based stains or paint. This company has some black tints and is available locally in Winnipeg:

What’s under the stairs? It looks like exactly what your going for.

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 07:02 PM

I used Lexington Acrylic Lacquer Fence Paint 6 years ago on 600ft of P/T farm fence
and it still looks great today. You would have to check to see what is available in your area
for a similar grade Fence and Barn paint. the price is reasonable at $35.00 for a 5 gal pail.
[and this is from my personal experience]

Note: what ever product you decide to go with, make double, triple sure you have adequate protection
for any surrounding objects that you do not want to get this stuff on – - – - it does NOT come off.
dries to a flat black….. lots of sediment in the bottom of the can so you have to stir very good at
first then stir often during the application process.


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