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asked in category: General Last Updated: 21st January, 2020

What should the moisture content of wood be before painting?

Wood: Interior wood should contain no more than 12% moisture prior to painting. Exterior wood may be allowed to contain no more than 15% moisture. When it comes to wood furniture or cabinetry, the moisture content must be as low as 6%.

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Keeping this in view, what should the moisture content of wood be before staining?

On average most stain manufacturers are going to recommend that the deck's moisture content be anywhere from 12% to 15% or less. Otherwise staining a deck that has much higher moisture content can cause all sorts of problems.

what level of moisture is acceptable? A range of 5 to 12 percent is considered optimal. A reading of up to 17 percent is generally considered moderate moisture and acceptable. Any reading over 17 percent is considered to be an indication of saturation and the need to replace the drywall and to take preventative measures against future moisture buildup.

Also, how dry should Wood be before painting?

If used as a pretreatment for paint, apply to bare, dry wood when it is above 50°F, and use only a single coat or excess wax buildup on the surface could affect the paint adhesion. Allow two days of warm weather to dry, or up to a week if the material was dipped.

How do you measure moisture content of wood?

To arrive at that number, divide the original weight and divide it by the dried weight, subtract one and multiply that by 100. The number you get will be the moisture content of your wood.

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