Stacking stained pickets?

lucilleFebruary 13, 2013

I am waiting for the moisture in the pressure treated posts and frame for my picket fence to fall to 12-15% via a moisture meter in order to stain.
Meanwhile, I could be staining the cedar pickets. I can stain them in batches but then after 24-48 hours would need to stack them in order to have room for the next batch. I don't want any blocking or sticking though. It is OK to stack the pickets?
My other option would be to just wait and stain them in place on the fence.

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Why would you not want to sticker them in the pile? It's common practice.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Casey, it may be common practice but I have no clue as to what you are speaking of: "Sticker them in the pile"?
Could you say it another way? Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 4:31PM
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Stickers are thin wood strips laid between layers of wood to facilitate airflow, and thus curing of the paint.
You can usually get your stickers for free if you are ripping wood, as the drop-offs can be squared up into nice stickers.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 11:22PM
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Thank you for the explanation. I have only the trimmings from the 2x4s, not enough to work as stickers. I think I'll just end up staining them on the fence.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 8:05AM
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I started staining the pickets and found that if I let them set by themselves for a while to absorb the stain, they can be stored close together vertically.
The Sikkens Cetol SRD Teak is a sweet color. I did the frame, posts and 50 pickets today and I'm totally bushed, painting is hard work.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 4:03PM
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