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Childproofing Your Home And Garden

When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.


Childproofing Your Home And Garden

Choosing The Right Paint For Your Treated Pine

Ana Gonzales

If you are one of the many who believe that treated pine wood does not require painting, know that you are wrong. The purpose of treatment is to lengthen the life of pine wood by offering protection against insect attacks and decay but the wood is still susceptible to the general effects of weather like fading, warping, splitting, and surface discoloration. Hence, there is still a need for adding a layer or two of paint to your pinewood, especially wood that is regularly exposed to different weather conditions such as your deck. Painting, however, may not be the problem. Determining the right kind of paint to apply is more difficult. The following guide, though, explains how you can go about it.  

Determining The Right Paint

To get the best finish, you must apply paint to the right type of pine wood. What it means is that pine wood is treated with different chemicals, and because of this, it requires different types of paint. Pine treated with copper chromium arsenic (CCA) for instance, requires water or acrylic based paints. After buying a CCA treated pine that has been kiln dried, give it a minimum of 7 days before painting. For wet or seasoned pine, give it 28 days.

Light organic solvent preservative (LOSP) is another compound used in pine treatment. For this kind of pine, prime it first with Alkyd Oil type of paint before adding two more coats.

But even if you know the type of paint you require, you still can't proceed if you don't know the mode of treatment is that is used on your pine.    

Determining The Treatment Used In Your Pine

Here are a few tips that will help you define the kind of treatment that has been applied to the pine wood you are using:

  • LOSP treated pine are solvent based and hence they possess a light solvent smell.
  •  CCA treated pine does not have a solvent-like property but is water based.
  • A high percentage of wide boards like 290x45mm or 240x45mm are LOSP treated.
  • LOSP treated pine are only treated to H1, H2, and H3 levels but not to an H4 level. These levels indicate what the chemical used in the treatment is used for. For instance, H2 protects the wood against termites while H3 offers protection against wood rot and termites.

It is only after you have identified the treatment used in your pine that you can identify the right paint to apply. For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Van Steensel Timbers Pty Ltd.