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Paint pressure treated?
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Ludwig    Posted 04-24-2003 at 13:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey all.
Was just thinking that it'd be good to have a couple sawhorses up at camp. We'll be going up in a couple weeks so I was thinking I should make the sawhorses pretty soon. I usually use pressure treated 2x4s for my sawhorses.
Then I got thinking my rotton cousins will probably steal the danged things. If they're just plain pressure treated it'll be hard to get them back, but if I paint them white with my name on them they'll be easier to identify. Heck if I paint them pink maybe they won't steal them at all!

So how about it, will pressure treated wood take paint? I've never tried. I have a bunch of latex paint would or work or would enamel be better?

BadMoon    Posted 04-24-2003 at 18:50:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why not get a piece of 1/4 or 5/16 steel rod, heat it like a branding iron and burn your initials or last name in the saw horse. Just take a couple of hours instead of weeks, also If you have a router you can cut your name in the wood.

Ludwig    Posted 04-25-2003 at 08:21:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats not too bad an idea. I've got a soldering iron I bought cheap that the tip just burns off of, that'd make an acceptable wood burner.
Maybe Mrs. Ludwig would like to make a little design. We could be real high class.

needs to dry out-    Posted 04-24-2003 at 14:17:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
P.T. does not take paint well- use the junk you would have thrown away years ago but didn't. latex is better that oil- the oil will peel- but then your cousins won't want peeling P.T. saw horses now will they...

Ludwig    Posted 04-24-2003 at 17:49:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
So the wood needs to dry first? I figure I've got at most a month. Maybe buy my wood now and stick it in the shed for a couple weeks? We get a couple warm days, that shed'll get pretty warm. Maybe lay the wood down the first few days so it drys easy, then move it up into the rafters where its real warm.

I'll also buy it from the slightly more expensive lumberyard across town that keeps all the wood indoors.

But even if it does peel, it'll have done its job, if the sawhorses look a bit rundown they're that much less likely to get stolen.

Stretch    Posted 04-24-2003 at 18:00:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ludwig, I always heard treated wood need to weather 6 months before you paint it. When you go buy it, you'll feel how much moisture is in it. Also, pick up plenty of different boards and check the difference in the weight.

Fawteen - What Stretch said    Posted 04-25-2003 at 03:31:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
PT is usually SYP (Southern Yellow Pine) which is a tight grained, sappy wood to begin with. The pressure treating process makes it worse. I have picked up a PT 2x6 that was stored indoors and had all I could do to lift it, it was so wet.

You could paint it now, and then paint it again this fall if time is critical.

Or ya could just get a padlock and a chain...

williamf    Posted 04-24-2003 at 14:16:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
It will hold paint, I've got some salvaged 4x4's that aren't peeling a bit. But I don't know wgat kind of paint it is. I usually just use Thompson's.

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