Premium Pressure Treated Wood Decking – Most wooden decks are made from treated pine. Here’s how to keep your deck in good condition and protected. Eliminate stains, mildew and old finishes with a commercial deck cleaning solution. Pressure washing is almost always a must on old decks, but be sure not to use too much pressure. You can damage the wood if it is too high. Usually, 1,500 to 2,500 PSI are suitable for pressure treated wood. Stay between 1,200 and 1,500 PSI for cedar and redwood.
After premium pressure treated wood decking the wood, let the surface dry. Most coatings require the wood to be dry before application. Choose your finish. You can use an oil-based or water-based opaque or semi-transparent coating. The best method to apply it is with a brush or a paint pad on a long handle, available at any hardware store. Most materials can also be sprayed, but you will need a lot more product this way.
There is a myth that wood must “breathe” without treatment for several months before being treated. This is wrong and leaves the terrace exposed to damage. Premium pressure treated wood decking wood should breathe for 30 days before treatment. Some products can be applied immediately to the recently treated wood under pressure, check the label. Cedar and redwood can be treated immediately. Pressurized wood may contain arsenic; be extremely careful when grinding.