At Morgan Marine Construction, we only  use quality products. We use pressure-treated wood. Pressure treating is a preservative process that helps wood withstand the elements and wards off termites, microorganisms and fungal decay and can be used in most outdoor applications. During the pressure-treating process, the wood preservatives are forced deep into the wood. The treating solution consists mostly of water. Because the treated wood absorbs a significant amount of water, depending on the location, it may take several weeks for the wood to dry. The wood needs to be dry in order to paint or stain it. The best way to determine if the wood is ready for paint/stain, is to sprinkle water onto the wood. If the water droplets are absorbed, the wood is ready to be painted or stained. If the water droplets bead on the surface of the wood, it is too wet. Your boat dock may be finished, but may need a couple days/weeks in order for it to be dry enough to paint.