I need to paint a press treated fence that Im currently installing. But the usual problems of P/T lumber persist. How dry does the wood have to be and what type of paint is best? Talked with the Sherwin Williams rep and they recommend letting it dry in the weather for 6 to 8 mos. This kind of defeats my plan to paint the rails prior to installing them to save the hassle of brushing/spraying each individual rail (3) for 1200.
The lumber has been drying for several months stacked with sticks allowing air to get to both sides of the boards. SW reps say this isnt enough and that the summer of drying and the arduous task of painting after installed is the only choice.
Im figuring on using an oil based primer with a gloss latex on top for finish coat. Stains arent an option since the climate here in West Central Georgia lends to a lot of mildew growth and I cant find a stain that looks like white paint. Im also looking for something that will give me as little maintenance as possible, considering its a fence and the location.