Applying a Maintenance Coat of TWP

by TWP Help

Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

Tips for Applying a Maintenance Coat of TWP

Wood maintenance is different from a complete wood restoration. Restoring a wood surface means bringing it back to a like-new appearance from a neglected state or deciding to switch from one stain type to another. Wood maintenance, on the other hand, is an ongoing process to keep well-kept wood looking good. Wood maintenance is simply cleaning and recoating the wood with the same wood stain that was previously used.

Maintenance Coat of TWP

In preparing an exterior wood surface for maintenance, it is important to know what type of old stain is present. TWP Wood Preservative can be cleaned and recoated easily but switching from one stain to another requires a different process. Assuming you are maintaining a wood surface that has a fading TWP Wood Stain on it, you are ready to begin maintenance.

Cleaning the wood properly is essential to get lasting results. Use the Gemini Restore Kit for this.  This does an excellent job of removing dirt, grime, and unwanted soils. They come in a powdered form that mixes with water.

TWP Stain Tip: If the deck stain is 1-year-old, use a lesser concentration of cleaner for the prep. Try 2-3 oz per gallon of water. If the current stain is 18+ months, you may need a deeper cleaning concentration of 6-8 oz. per gallon of water.

Apply the wood cleaner using a pump sprayer or brush. Scrub or pressure wash the surface clean then rinse well. After the wood is cleaned and rinsed, it is necessary to apply a wood brightener. This will reverse the darkening effect of the caustic cleaner and restore pH levels in the wood. This will brighten the wood and help to ensure proper stain penetration. Do not skip this important second step in the wood cleaning process.

Allow the wood to dry for at least 48 hours prior to staining. Protect things you do not want the stain on, like windows, shrubbery, concrete, or siding using plastic or tarps. Always wear protective gear like gloves, masks, and safety glasses.

Apply any of the TWP Wood and Deck Preservatives using a brush, stain pad, roller, or garden pump sprayer. It is best to start up top on high surfaces like wood siding or gazebos and to work your way down. On decks, stain the railings first before staining the deck floor.

Be sure the TWP stain is fully penetrating the wood and wipe away any excess stain that remains on the surface. Remember, there is still an older coat of stain in the wood so you will not apply as much stain on a maintenance coat as you would on bare wood surfaces. Stain each board or piece of wood from end to end. Stopping in the middle of a section can create unsightly lap marks. Once you are satisfied that the wood has absorbed all the TWP stain that it can you are finished.

 

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Betty Laws
Betty Laws
1 day ago

I stained my deck two years ago with Pecan 100 Series here in NC. Today, I noticed on your website that 1500 series is rated as the best product. After treating my deck with Gemini Restore Kit can I re-stain with the 1500 series? In NC is the 1500 series a better choice than the 100 series? Also, can I stain the rails previously stained with Pecan 100 Series with the semi-solid stain?

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Kyle Navarre
Kyle Navarre
1 month ago

Hello!

I used your pecan 100 series to do my deck last year and if I want to restrain the deck what is the process for using the same color

Thank you

Abigail Wolski
Abigail Wolski
1 month ago

Hi! I applied TWP stain this summer on our deck, and there is already significant fading. We followed all the application steps, what do I need to do to revive the color, and protect it from fading further?

Abigail Wolski
Abigail Wolski
1 month ago
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Thank you!

 
Karen Lussier
Karen Lussier
4 months ago

We applied your stain last year. I used TWP 100 Series cedartone 101. It still looks pretty good just dirty. It still has a few shiny spots, I guess this was from over applying? Do I need something special to clean it? How do you know when you need to do a maintenance coat? Would like to keep up on it so all I have to do is clean and add a coat. Just not sure when you need to add another coat? Thank you

Karen M Lussier
Karen M Lussier
4 months ago
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So if I don’t re stain this year. Do I just use soap and water to clean deck or do I get your cleaner?

Kristina OBrien
Kristina OBrien
4 months ago

Hi! The pillars of our home were stained with TWP Cedartone 101 more than 6 years ago. We want to re-stain using the same product. Do we need to strip and brighten before staining? Or can we get by with just powerwashing before staining?

Kristina OBrien
Kristina OBrien
4 months ago
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Thank you! There is uneven wear on some of the pillars, do you think cleaning and brightening will be enough?

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Kristina OBrien
Kristina OBrien
4 months ago
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Thank you so much!

Benjamen Kelly
Benjamen Kelly
4 months ago

Hey there, I bought the Gemini restore kit and after the cleaner was applied it left streaks on my fence pictures belowZ was not spraying so it Fanned out but rather just so it dropped on my fence (my initial mistake.) but, not I’m left with these streaks. If I go over the fence with cleaner again will it remove these streaks? Will the streaks even show if I apply stain now? Thanks!

Benjamen Kelly
Benjamen Kelly
4 months ago
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Boom!

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steve snow
steve snow
4 months ago

I have a question on preventive maintenance. I stripped and applied TWP 100 stain October 2020. It went on good and the weather report was for no rain for 3 days yet the night after I completed there was a light rain. I loved the color and look, however, I have some slightly ghosted or grayish spots on areas that the stain did not harden enough. It is not unsightly but wanted to plan on washing and any treatment I should do to avoid a restore-it now activity.
What do you suggest as a cleaning or washing winter mud, etc. ? Is there a recommended detergent and can I scrub with a soft brush that will not damage the stain ? Can/should I reapply a layer of stain on the gray locations or is that a wait for a restore-it strip and restain project ?
I am in the NW where we have rather mild weather (summer and winter wise) so I am expecting this application should last a few years.

Thanks-

Jay H Steele
Jay H Steele
4 months ago

Last summer I applied twp 100 cedar tone on our deck. Minnesota. This spring some of the horizontal surfaces need a maintenance coat. Vertical surfaces are fine. Is it possible to clean and brighten just the horizontal surfaces and recoat. Or will the run off from the prep necessitate also doing the vertical surfaces?

Jay H Steele
Jay H Steele
4 months ago
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Thank you.

Daniel
Daniel
4 months ago

I have a wood fence that I stained six months ago. Seems to be in good shape besides some darkening on the top rail/horizontal surfaces.

I remember reading somewhere on this site that cleaning with some mild detergent and water is enough after 6mo to do a maintenance coat… but it doesn’t seem to help with some of the mildew on the top rail.

Should I use the cleaner/brightener now? Continue with just the detergent before the maintenance coat? Or should I wait until the 1 year mark and do it all then?

 
tim
tim
5 months ago

a customer has twp praire gray on all of his docks. is it ok for me to just clean/prep them and apply a fresh coat over the existing coating?

Benjamen Kelly
Benjamen Kelly
5 months ago

So, my western red cedar fence has twp 1501 on it and is fading after 2 years a little. I want to brighten it up. So, I need to use the cleaner powder mentioned above, brightener, and then re-stain it with 1501? It’s not possible to just pressure wash and re- stain if my fence has only been treated with twp 1501?

Benjamen Kelly
Benjamen Kelly
5 months ago
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Thanks!

Eric W.
Eric W.
6 months ago

Hi, I applied a coat of TWP 1500 about 14 months ago, with a (probably too heavy) wet on wet application. We used some off the shelf cleaner last weekend, and it looks like it took some of the stain off the deck, though it does appear to still have its water repellant properties. We were wondering if it would be possible to put a thin top coat on to restore some of the color and any waterproofing that it lost, or if we need to just strip and redo?

Thanks!

Eric W
Eric W
6 months ago
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Bottom half is the one I’m referring to, top is the half of the deck we didn’t do yet. It accurately reflects what the bottom half looked like.

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Jim Ebersole
Jim Ebersole
1 year ago

I would like to do a maintenance coat on the sun-exposed wood of a portico. This would be the vertical Douglas-fir 6 x 6 supports and the exposed horizontal beans (there is no wooden decking). 13 years ago when the portico was built, I used TWP 101 natural cedar, which is no longer available here in Colorado, so I expect to use 1501 natural cedar. I have pressure washed and the wood looks very nice. Is it OK to simply apply the 1501 now?

Jim Ebersole
Jim Ebersole
1 year ago
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After pressure washing

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Thomas Bell
Thomas Bell
1 year ago

Hi, I’m looking to due some maintenance on two decks with prior application of TWP 100 Pecan. As I have a new fence with Cedartone I am wondering if I can clean and brighten and then switch to Cedartone since the tint is similar, or if that is just going to come out looking weird. On the other hand, I’d like to avoid stripping if possible, so if I can just add a fresh coat without stripping I’d stick with the Pecan. We also have a platform by the entry where most of the wear is so I’d probably strip that regardless. There’s some wear shown here but I think we’re dealing mostly with dirt.

Thanks.

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higgins
higgins
1 year ago

A painter prepared old dock and decks with sander, applying Gemini cleaner and brightened.
After a few days of dry – he applied a 50/50 mix of 1500 redwood & 1500 rustic – which was the perfect color wanted.
Alas, he only left the stain to soak in for five minutes – not 20-40 minutes before wiping off.
The result the decks are pink – only absorbing a small amount of red base color though the railings show true color I ordered since he went over the application several times.
See attached photo.
They have dried for three days – can I still apply a brush application of stain and let it soak in?
I will test tomorrow in an inconspicuous spot but I can’t live with a pink deck for a year!

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Tracey Boswell
Tracey Boswell
1 year ago

Can we restain our cedar deck with a darker TWP stain without having to strip/sand the existing lighter TWP stain?

rob powell
rob powell
1 year ago

I applied TWP1500 Natural a little less than 4 years ago on the exterior wall of house that is within our screened porch. Therefore the wall is mostly protected from direct contact with the elements and just looks a little faded – no fungus or discoloring. I would like to maintain the wall with a new coat of stain, I power washed it to remove surface dirt, is it absolutely necessary to use the Gemini restore kit or can I simply apply a new coat of the same stain? I’ve included a photo.
Thank you.

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Randall Mecham
Randall Mecham
1 year ago

Use 100 or 1500 on a 1200 sf deck professionally done with a TWC product 2 years ago, in cedartone. I don’t know whether TWC 100 or 1500 was used, and cannot locate the contractor. I will do the restaining myself. The wood is is in very good condition still, minor checking, clean, no stains. Which prep and stain products do you recommend? The deck’s located in central North Carolina in a mostly sunny location.

 
Diane Martonis
Diane Martonis
1 year ago

I applied the Cedartone 100 series to my redwood deck and it’s a little orange for my taste. Would I be able to switch to a Honeytone color in 100 series in the future if I use the RAD stripper and brightener? How many years should I wait? Thank you!

Susan A May
Susan A May
1 year ago

Preparing to do a maintenance coat of TWP black walnut stain on our deck. I understand the need to use a cleaner first…there is some mildew on the shady part of the steps. Do I need to do a brightener afterwards when I’m using such a dark stain?

Peg
Peg
2 years ago

Do you sell an applicator?

 
Mike
Mike
2 years ago

When using the 100 series and simply changing colors from rustic to dark oak, is it necessary to use safe strip or is restore cleaner and brightener sufficient?

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
2 years ago

I live in Maryland have the true 4 seasons of weather; snow, rain, hot, cold temperature conditions. I built my deck 3 years ago with premium treated lumber and have used TWP 1500 neutral stain with beautiful results. However, every year, the tops of the railings, steps and deck start turning a blackish color about 3 months after application. I assume it is from watering sprinklers and rain/snow. The stain has protected the wood as water beads up and it always looks new and I like the finished product, but the black starts building up. I don’t want to strip and re-apply stain 2-3 times a year to keep it nice looking. In the past I have cleaned the deck, but it strips the surface stain off as well as the black dirt and I have to apply another coat of stain. Can you recommend a good method to clean the surface and not lift the stain. I would like to only apply the stain at the beginning of the season.

Lee
Lee
2 years ago

on my screen porch I have 120 pecan on the walls and ceiling. Can I put a new coat over of 103 dark oak. to change the color. It is rough wood. Should I switch to the 1500? I live in Missouri.

 
Kalin Georgiev
Kalin Georgiev
2 years ago

I have a pressure treated deck which I sanded completely back in September 2016 and I applied 2 coats of TWP 1501 Cedartone. Since it has been 3 years since the last stain application, what steps would you recommend to bring the deck back to life? One of my concerns is that the vertical surfaces have retained a lot more of their color than the horizontal surfaces and I don’t know if that would cause an issue achieving a uniform color after re-staining? Since my primary goals are minimal prep and uniform color, would you recommend staying with the same stain color, Cedartone, or going with something else, perhaps a tad darker?

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Kelly Borsman
Kelly Borsman
2 years ago

We built our deck 3 years ago, the main part and railings are all treated lumber, the flooring is locust wood. We were not able to stain it the first year, I then stained it with tinted thompsons water sealer. It pealed and looked terrible the very first summer. I then waited another two years, and cleaned and prepped my deck and stained it, because the wood was so weather worn, the main flooring area and the steps, they seem to have soaked it in quite a bit and are showing every foot step and dirt, like it clings to the wood. We have dogs and live in the country with a pond, so mud gets tracked on it like crazy. And it does not wash off, and looks so bad. Which is sad, as it looked great for like two days, before everyone was walking on it. Is there a way to add another coat? or put a smoother finish on it that would help with washing it and keeping the dirt from ingraining in the deck boards? Thanks

Kelly Borsman
Kelly Borsman
2 years ago
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Ok, thank you. best way to clean it then?

Vincent
Vincent
2 years ago

I got done applying stain a couple of days ago. I only applied 1 coat. I still have some left over stain. Can I apply a maintenance coat next the spring? Do I need to do the cleaner/brightener? I still have some brightener left from the stripper/brightener kit. Thank you.

Vincent
Vincent
2 years ago
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Can I apply it sooner than spring? What’s the minimum time to wait before I can put another coat on it?

Joe Carley
Joe Carley
1 year ago
Reply to  Vincent

I applied one coat of TWP ST101 yesterday
Rain is expected tomorrow.
Can i apply a second coat when the deck has had its chance to thoroughly dry again. Possibly in a few days?