Can I stain pressure-treated wood?

Common questions about pressure-treated lumber

Lots of people wonder if you can (or should) stain pressure-treated wood. The answer is simple: If you want your pressure-treated project to look good, add stain.

The chemicals in pressure-treated wood are there to prevent rot and decay, not to preserve the wood’s appearance. To do that, you’ll want to stain the wood. Here’s what you need to know.