Application Instructions for TWP Stains

by TWP Help

Last Updated on January 15, 2021 by TWP Help

The Application Instructions – TWPStainHelp.com

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.
TWP Stain 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/protectant 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, the TWP stain will fade and can be cleaned and recoated easily.

 

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Donna Dino
Donna Dino
1 month ago

I plan to use the stripper/brightener before applying stain. What happens if it rains once the deck has been prepped? Should I look for dry weather until after I have applied stain? Like a 5 day window?

Howard
Howard
2 months ago

My painter used TWP1500 Clear on my brand (completed 6 days ago) new IPE Deck. It looks absolutely terrible. The color is extremely dark and wet all over the place. It actually looks like a deck that hasn’t been stained for years and weathered. It was done 5 days ago and is completely dry. The deck was crazy expensive. Can I get it back to it’s original natural look by sanding? What do you recommend to do? And do you agree TWP 500 Clear was the wrong product to use? Thanks for the help.

Colleen
Colleen
2 months ago

How do I fix drip marks if the stain is already dry?

 
Confused/frustrated
Confused/frustrated
2 months ago

I have another question. When apply the restore a deck cleaner I bought from your company, do you apply THAT to a dry or wet deck? You would think you would include that in the instructions for using. Not sure I’m confused anymore or just getting frustrated. 🤦‍♀️

Confused again ;(
Confused again ;(
2 months ago

Hello Again;) I just used your deck cleaner, but ran out of daylight to put on the brightner. Can I apply this in the morning? And does deck have to be wet to apply? Doesn’t specify on the container in the directions for application.

So confused 😕
So confused 😕
3 months ago

I recently stripped my deck with a stripper, no luck getting it all off. I did use a cleaner after. It’s been 2 weeks. Thanks to the weather. Now I am sanding off the remaining stain. My question is can I go right to staining now? Or do I have to ‘re-clean’ and brighten before applying the stain?? I keep reading you are not suppose to get deck wet after sanding it. Many conflicting opinions out there. I have your 100 series stain in pecan I’m going to stain with. If I am supposed to re- clean, how long of a time frame do I have before I can stain? In Michigan and weather is VERY unpredictable. Please help me out here. Thanks

So confused 😕
So confused 😕
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thank you for clarifying that for me. However you didn’t answer my second question; after I re-clean and use the brighter, what is my time frame to split the stain? I understand I have to wait for the deck to dry, obviously, just wondering considering Michigan’s unpredictable weather. One week? Two? Approximately how many day? Thank you again. Can’t wait to apply your products. I’ve read great reviews.

So not confused anymore😊
So not confused anymore😊
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Perfect! Thanks again so much. Appreciate the quick responses 🙂

Confused again 🙄
Confused again 🙄
3 months ago

I have one more question now ;after I clean and brighten, is that going to cause ‘furring’ again!?

 
Judy Dahl
Judy Dahl
4 months ago

When using the Restore-a-Deck Stain Striee, the booster and the Thickening Gal, what is the recommended order of adding Additives?

Semi confused
Semi confused
2 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

I’ve finished all my sanding as no stripper would take off the crap I had previously stained with (Behr) but I’ve noticed a little stain still in the wood grooves. Can be easily scratched out, wondering will your cleaner remove this? I’ve already purchased and am eager to finish this and get on with staining my deck.

Judy
Judy
4 months ago

What outside temperatures are needed for successful results for each of your products below:

—Stripper plus Booster and Thickening Gel combo?
—Brightener?
—Twp100 semi-transparent stain?

Bruce T Johnson
Bruce T Johnson
4 months ago

This shows a clean and sanded area

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Bruce T Johnson
Bruce T Johnson
4 months ago

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Bruce T Johnson
Bruce T Johnson
4 months ago

I was told by a local dealer here in Connecticut that I had to sand my deck before I applied your stain. He recommended TWP 1501 Cedar tone for the application. When I apply the stain it has started to bubble up on the surface and I’m wondering if this is normal? As you can see from the photos some of the prior stain is still evident on the deck floors and I’m wondering is this what is happening and making the stain to bubble up? Please advise to the proper procedure for applying the stain and as far as the current stay and I just applied what is the best way to remove it?

Bruce
Bruce
4 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Just ordered restore a deck. Question ? Since I made the mistake of already applying the stain to the seating area on my deck, will this restore a deck strip or take that off as well as the deck floor?

Bruce
Bruce
4 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks. I’ll let you know how it goes

Christine
Christine
5 months ago

I have a covered porch and the outer edge the sun hits more so the inside part still has a good coating. Any ideas for applying to even it out. Thanks

 
Steve P Burtis
Steve P Burtis
1 year ago

Anything I can do about lap marks? I started staining 3 boards at a time and noticed lap marks and switched to doing 2 at a time. I moved from one section to the next quickly not letting the previous section dry so as to avoid lap marks. I was staining in direct sunlight as I had no other option. Also it was windy and ranged in temperature from 65 when I started to around 80 when I finished.

Allison
Allison
1 year ago

We stained our deck with Twp 3 days ago and we are wondering if we can do another coat or will it not soak in now?

George Kelley
George Kelley
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Help

What if it doesn’t soak in?

Gary Ross
Gary Ross
1 year ago

How long after application of TWP100 is the deck usable?

 
Scott
Scott
1 year ago

If I prepped my deck 2-3 weeks ago and haven’t applied my stain yet, do I need to redo my prep work? Been waiting for temps to get under 90….

Brian
Brian
1 year ago

Can I use a roller to apply TWP Pecan 120 to my deck? Or will it cause bubbles as I am rolling it out?

Brian
Brian
1 year ago

I have finished applying the first coat of stain to my deck, but will not get a second coat on before it rains. Can I wait about 2 weeks between the first and second coats of stain?

 
Weston
Weston
1 year ago

When using the stripper product to remove the old coating, it is assumed that the deck is dry beforehand? We received some rain and I would like to start the stripping and power washing process but the deck might be a little damp from previous day’s rain. I need to start the stripping process due to the weather window (4 days of sunshine here in Michigan).

Chris Cormack
Chris Cormack
1 year ago

Treating new deck w TWP 101 after 9 months weathering and properly prepped. I see this dries fairly quickly. How soon before I can replace light patio furniture? We don’t have stairs on deck, so removing furniture completely is a chore. Was going to do 1/2, and then move furniture to other side and stain that 1/2.

Jim Tandy
Jim Tandy
1 year ago

It didn’t all soak in well and left shiny tacky areas.
How should I address this?
Thanks

 
Joe Mehling
Joe Mehling
1 year ago

How do I apply stripper – brush, roller? And then rinse off with water? Same application & rinse for brightener?

Gautham S
Gautham S
1 year ago

I prepped the deck (8 months old deck) , and applied rustic color- 2 coats. The color became so light that it barely looks stained. It looks like the deck is slightly tinted with red. What might have gone wrong? And can I apply another coat just to enhance the color?

Brandon C Cotter
Brandon C Cotter
1 year ago

Used this product for years. Always sanded back to bare wood. Deck is clear Western red. Am I wasting my time?

 
Geof
Geof
2 years ago

Can I apply at 60 degrees when I know the evenings will drop to 34 degrees?

bill
bill
2 years ago

do you have to use the cleaner and brightenner each time when recoating 100 stain

Brian
Brian
2 years ago

Drying time. Applied wet on wet TWP 1500 Cedar tone on a one year old white pine deck. It was cleaned and restored three days prior to application and I’m happy with the outcome. I live in south west PA and it has been humid and hot (90 degrees) here. It’s been 36 hours (still a little tacky to the touch) since applied, how long before walking and returning the furniture to it? Thank you

 
van
van
2 years ago

what if you live in Oklahoma where the wind comes sweepingdown the plains and no rain forcasted for your area for the next 36 + hours so you apply 5 gal to your new cedar fence then @ hrs later , yup , it rains ?
Wasn’t a lot of rain and didn’t last long , but really?

Franklin
Franklin
2 years ago

If I am re-applying a “maintenance” coat of TWP 100 do I just apply one coat after cleaning and brightening or should I try applying two coats “wet on wet”? Also, what are the minimum non-rainy hours needed after application? Thanks for your help!

elliott lauter
elliott lauter
2 years ago

can i use on trex decking

 
Royce Stanley
Royce Stanley
2 years ago

Instructions say all sides must be stained. Does this mean the underneath of railings and sides too and how the cracks between the horizontal boards ( small cracks between boards) . My deck is also 14 months old is one coat going to be enough for its first staining? It’s hard to understand when to use 1 or 2 coats.

Bruce Wingate
Bruce Wingate
2 years ago

I used TWP on my deck last year and the upright wood is good on the gate and wall and other areas that are vertical. However, the flat deck looks dirty and I would like to refresh it. Is it necessary to strip last year’s stain before adding additional stain this year?

Eric McCarthy
Eric McCarthy
3 years ago

I have kd cedar decking installed it has been 2 months is it ok to prep with a cleaner and brightner then stain now or should I wait until next spring/summer?

 
Larry Davis
Larry Davis
3 years ago

Safe for pets? Cat walked on tacky stained surface, briefly, then licked paws.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

How do I fix drips or uneven spots after application of twp 1500

Kathleen Perkins
Kathleen Perkins
4 years ago

I have a deck that is approx. 10 years old. The deck has a previous Thompson stain which did not cover well. I have pressure washed the deck but there is still some stain on parts of the deck. Will a stripper take this off? Also the deck is in a very sunny spot with high moisture due to the fact that it is only 2ft. from the ground. Any suggestions you have will be very helpful. Do they sell the TWP at Lowes?

 
Mark
Mark
4 years ago

I did a wet on wet application, it went very well. When can a walk on it and it lawn furniture out on it? Thanx for an excellent product, I’ll only use TWP from now on, after learning a lesson last time!

Jason
Jason
7 years ago

how long do you need to wait before you can stain kiln-dried pressure treated pine? Do I need to use a RAD kit on new wood or would a good rinse and dry with water do the trick?

BHinLV
BHinLV
7 years ago

do I need to mask off vinyl trim/posts/rails when using TWP100 (which would be a major P.I.T.A), or will I be OK just wiping it off immediately any that gets on the vinyl as I go along? Thanks.

 
Stacey
Stacey
7 years ago

I have a similar question to Eric.

First, we applied 1500 last August to a deck that had not been stained in many many years (new house for us). Properly prepped, cleaned, brightened, etc. We did only one coat as we were deathly afraid of putting too much stain on and getting shiny spots.

Waited 48 hours to walk on or put furniture on, in clear sunny weather with temps in 70s and 80s. Once we did walk on and set furniture on, it seems like the stain almost wore off in areas-we could see shoe prints from walking, and spots where table legs, etc were sitting that looked like the bare wood coming through. This stopped after a few days and we are not making new shoe prints now.

Did we not wait long enough to use? Or did we not use enough stain? Or a combination? And how soon can we put another coat? We were hoping to recoat this spring with a heavier coat ( or 2 coats wet on wet) if the deck would take it. Now that we are comfortable applying the stain and realize it will take a heavier layer. The deck no longer repels water like it did the first few months which makes me think it may be ready for more stain soon? Or will there still be an issue with the stain absorbing into the wood?

Thanks!

Eric Lipson
Eric Lipson
8 years ago

I did not get quite enough stain. What is the longest I can wait with 1500 to apply a second coat in this cool weather?

Old_Muley
Old_Muley
5 years ago

We are almost ready to start with TWP 100 on our cedar deck, having done all the prep work including sanding. Now it looks like rain is in the forecast for the next three days! We will hold off applying the TWP until we have a dry spell, but I’m worried the rain will mess up my prep work. Will we have to redo anything?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
5 years ago
Reply to  Old_Muley

Rain will not harm the prep work. Just let it dry out before staining.

 
TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago

One coat this year and another coat next year.

Mona
Mona
6 years ago

Would like to start staining deck but I’m concerned about +50% humidity we have had for weeks and continuing. Will this affect the performance of the product?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Mona

Humidity does not affect performance when applying or drying. Temps can though.

jeff
jeff
6 years ago

I have an older cedar deck that I stained with two last year was beautiful. This spring it turned black with mold. I have used Aleppo deck cleaner and after 2 attempts at removeing the mold some of it is still left. Beside that the stain cam off while I was power washing and the wood bleach out in some areas. HELP. 1 how to remove the rest of the mold? 2 how to take care of the bleached areas? 3 and what do I need to do to restain. Twp1500

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  jeff

At this point you should strip with the Restore A deck Stripper. This will remove both the mold and the stain. This will ensure the mold is gone and the stain is applied evenly. After the stripping you will need to use the Restore A deck Brightener.

 
Joey
Joey
6 years ago

I’m about to complete my deck and replaced the old boards with kiln dried premium PT wood. I also installed a pergola using PT wood. I read that I can apply TWP within a month. Is that correct? Would waiting 4 months or a year make a difference? Can I use a graco spray station 2900 to apply the stain? I live in TN. Which stain would best weather the elements?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Joey

Use the 100 Series. With kiln dried you should wait about a month then apply one coat. Apply another light maintenance coat the the horizontals about one year later. Better off using a stain pad or brush when applying one coat.

Joey
Joey
6 years ago
Reply to  TWPStainHelp

Do I need the gemini kit? Thanks.

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Joey

For the initial prep, yes.

Joey
Joey
6 years ago
Reply to  TWPStainHelp

I am about to order the stain that I need. I am planning on ordering a 5 gallon TWP 120 stain along with the gemini kit. I have about 1100 sq feet of decking and a PT 8 x 16 pergola. The railings consist of powder coated black galvanized steel spindles framed by 2×4 and I have a Trex composite board mounted at the top. How many gallons should I order? Which stain pad should I get? There are two kinds of Padco stain pads. Do I need an extra pad or two? If I decide to use a brush, which one should I get? Do I need to sand or pressure wash the deck? Thanks!

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Joey

Joey, what is your total sq. footage of all wood that you will be staining when you add all flooring, rails, pergola, etc? We like the Red Padco pads and the Wooster 4″ brushes for the application. You might need 1-2 extra pads/

Joey
Joey
6 years ago
Reply to  TWPStainHelp

If my calculations are right, I would need about 1100 sf. The deck is about 25′ L and 16′ W. The stairs is 14.5’L x 4′ W. I also factored in the fascia boards which are 2×12’s and railings as well as the pergola. I calculated the square footage of the boards for the pergola and multiplied it by 2 as I will have to stain both sides. I also included the 4 6×6 posts.

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Joey

For 2 coats you will need about 10 gallons. If you only apply 1 coat, then you would need about 6-8 gallons.

Joey
Joey
6 years ago
Reply to  TWPStainHelp

As you replied earlier, should I apply one coat now and another in a year? Should I order the other 5 gallon in a year? Can I apply 2 coats now and another in a year? Do you advice sanding the wood and power washing?

Travis
Travis
6 years ago

Sanded, stripped, powerwashed and brightened my 5 yr old PT pine deck. Should I do 1 or 2 coats wet on wet using TWP 100?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Travis

Apply two coats lightly wet on wet.

matt
matt
6 years ago

Just applied some samples – still have some sanding to do on the old behr stain, so after one week or so I will be ready to remove these samples. Should I try stripping or just sand these off since I’ll be sanding anyway?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  matt

Either is fine.

 
kevin
kevin
6 years ago

I put down two stain a few days ago and missed a few spots on my steps. Can I touch this up without causing any issues?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  kevin

Sure but make sure to back wipe any overlaps.

Trent
Trent
6 years ago

It’s been 2 years since I applied the TWP 1500 Cedartone stain to my pool deck. The floor is getting faded while the railings are still nice. I was going to apply a maintenance coat to the floor only this spring. I stained everything by hand 2 years ago and my gosh was it a pain, and time consuming. I was looking at the Wagner Flexio 590 airless sprayer for this application. Any opinions on that particular sprayer? The specs say it comes with some sort of tool that tells you whether you need to thin your stain at all. Thanks!

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp
6 years ago
Reply to  Trent

I would not use it for a maintained coat as it will be hard to apply evenly. Best to use a floor stain pad. You can do 500 sq. feet of flooring in 30 minutes or less.

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