Can you stain treated lumber? Will it look the same as untreated
lumber? This matchbox car holder I am making the outside frame is from
soem old treated lumber. (It looks green kind of).
The slats inside it the cars sit on are untreated.
Would this look bad with a light stain or would it be better to paint?
You could, I guess, but I wouldn't want to use treated lumber for
anything indoors, or anything that will be used by kids. This is a
matchbox car holder? Definitely get some different lumber. Old
treated lumber (made about 2003 or earlier) was treated with arsenic to
keep fungi and other wood-eating critters from eating the wood.
However, arsenic is obviously bad for people too - do you really want
your kid playing with this stuff?
Spend the $1.50 to buy yourself a brand new, un-treated 2x4, and stain
'til your heart's content.
Well, people have and do work with pressure treated all day long. Cutting
up a piece for this application wouldn't be any more toxic than building a
deck. My question would be why do you want a piece of PT hanging on the
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