When a stack of perfectly cut and shaped lumber lies before you, it can be tempting to forgo any kind of finishing for fear you'll ruin it's rich visual appeal.
Whilst we appreciate the need to ensure your time and money aren't instantly wasted, knowing how to paint and treat your planed timber is essential for getting the finished project you always dreamed of. In our latest blog, we'll examine the best practices and potential pitfalls when painting and treating planed timber, so that you get the results you've always dreamed of.
Whilst the various ways of preserving and treating wood carry with them health hazards to be wary of, it is an effective process for defying the effects of natural ageing on planed timber. Treated wood also resists insects and the terribly expensive damage they can cause, and sometimes treated lumber can even be fire retardent; taking much longer to burn. With obvious environmental benefits (not needing to replace wood = less trees cut down and less fossil fuels to transport it) and continuing low maintenance, whether you do it yourself or buy it, treated wood is ideal for projects that are made to last.
Drying time is also a factor. More than just convenience, a solvent-based paint provides a high gloss finish, but the the lengthy drying period gives off a strong odour and releases harmful gasses - something you won't get with water based solutions. Other things to consider is whether your wood requires an undercoat, how easy it is to apply and how prone to dripping it is than other glosses. All brands of wood paint explain this clearly, so take your time whether browsing online or in stores.
It may also be necessary to apply a sealer or clear topcoat to help preserve your finished paint job. As we mentioned before, many modern paints use special protectants to help it survive weather and moisture-born wear and tear, however some may require that extra guard up, especially those fully exposed in the outdoors. Always make sure your treatment matches your paint; you wouldn't want to mix a latex-paint with an inappropriate sealer, so check with a seasoned professional before applying.
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