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YellaWood® Finishing Information


A project's not really done until it's finished. And an outdoor project's not finished until it's been stained, sealed or painted.

You probably know wood swells when it gets wet and shrinks when it dries. The susceptibility to weather cycles is hard on wood and can lead to splits, cracks, checks and other appearance issues.

To minimize these concerns, it's important to finish your project as soon as possible after completion. In the past, people had to wait about six months before finishing pressure treated wood. That's no longer the case with newer treatments like the micronized copper preservatives used to treat YellaWood® brand products. Now your project could be ready to be finished within 30 days of completion depending on a number of factors including your local weather conditions.

Here are some guidelines for sealing, staining and painting:

Sealing
For a natural pine appearance, apply a transparent or semi-transparent water repellent within six weeks of project completion and reapply annually. Pick a sealant with UV stabilizers to help ease the impact of the sun and follow manufacturer's recommendations for application.

Staining
Apply when surface is dry (see "sprinkle test" below) and reapply as needed. Look for a stain that has the longest manufacturer's warranty, has a water repellent, and has a UV stabilizer. Follow manufacturer's recommendations for application.

Painting
Apply when surface is dry (see "sprinkle test" below) and reapply as needed. Start with an alkyd oil-based primer and finish with two coats of high-quality acrylic latex top coat paint. Be sure to prime any cut ends and to follow manufacturer's recommendations for application.

The "Sprinkle Test"
Splash a few beads of water on the boards. If it beads up, you'll want to wait several days and then test again. If the water absorbs into the wood, it's dry enough to apply your chosen finish.


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