You have made the decision to use TWP wood preservatives to ensure the lasting beauty of your exterior wood surfaces. By using TWP deck stain and following some helpful guidelines you can get professional like results.
Before applying TWP wood stain it is important that the wood is cleaned and prepped correctly so the stain will perform as expected. Clean the wood using a wood cleaner and a stiff brush or pressure washer to agitate the wood and remove any unwanted contaminants. We recommend using a product like the Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit. This is a two part deck restoration system containing a deck cleaner and brightener that is extremely effective and eco-friendly.
NOTE: If an existing failing stain is present you must use a wood stain stripper instead of a wood cleaner. See Switching to TWP Stains.
Once the wood is clean and allowed to dry, choose your favorite TWP series deck stain. There is a wide range of color tones to choose from. By measuring the wood surface you can easily determine how much wood stain is needed. TWP wood deck stain applies at a coverage rate of 150-300 sq. ft. per gallon.
Before the application can begin, the wood must be dry for a minimum of 48 hours and the temperature should be above 50 degrees. Be sure there are several dry days forecasted before and after the day of staining.
To apply TWP series stains be sure to mix the product thoroughly before and during use. Protect any siding, landscaping, windows, or concrete. For staining, a deck, start with the railings and spindles and stain the floor last.
Apply TWP stain with a brush, roller, or pump sprayer. The first coat should be a saturation coat. If the first coat of TWP stain soaks into the wood immediately a second coat may be necessary applied "wet on wet" within 30 minutes of the first coat. The more TWP wood preservative that soaks into the wood the better the protection will be.
Be careful not to over apply TWP stain by leaving drips and stain puddles. Stopping in the middle of a board can leave lap marks. Be sure to finish each board from end to end once you start staining.
TWP wood preservative has excellent color retention properties. TWP series stains penetrate very well and are not prone to peeling or flaking. Over time, TWP stain will fade and can be cleaned and recoated easily.