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TWP Wood and Deck Stain Update for 2019

Welcome to the official help site for TWP Total Wood Preservative is an EPA registered wood preservative for decks, fences, gazebos, cedar siding, wood shakes, log homes, outdoor furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces. TWP wood preservative offers outstanding protection from UV fading, wood rot, water damage, and mildew for all types of wood species.

The site is designed for exterior wood and deck owners looking for solutions to their wood maintenance questions. We have gathered information based on years of experience. From TWP stain tips and wood maintenance advice to prepping new wood and how to articles we will guide you through step by step to achieve professional-like results using any of the TWP wood preservative products.

Please read our articles and feel free to ask any questions that you may have about restoring your exterior wood or decking surfaces. The information you need regarding wood and deck restoration and TWP deck stains are all here. Please enjoy and remember that we are here to help.

Need Some Help With TWP Stains?

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TWP Stain Help and AdviceWe are here to help you with your TWP exterior deck or wood restoration project for 2019!

TWP is an advanced wood preservative registered by the EPA. Performance and longevity can vary though depending on the wood type, how the wood is prepped, the age of wood, and how the TWP is applied. We want everyone who has decided to use TWP 100, 1500, or 200 Series to have the best possible results. Continue Reading

Prepping New Wood For TWP Stains

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Staining New Wood with TWP Decking Stains

TWP Stain Tips for New wood Decks in 2019

When applying TWP Wood Stains for the first time to new wood there will need to be proper steps taken. New smooth wood or decking is not ready to be pre-stained prior to installation or stained right after installation. It is best to follow the directions of the TWP Wood Stain when it comes to applying a coating to new wood for the first time, not the lumber yard or the paint store’s as they do not understand the proper prep needed.

TWP and New Smooth Decking or Exterior Wood

It is important to understand that new smooth wood is not absorbent enough for the TWP Stains. New wood contains a higher moisture content and a “mill glaze”. Mill Glaze is a waxy film that results from the fast turning blades that cut the profile on a manufactured log. The high speed of the turning blades produces heat that draws sap and moisture out of the log. As it cools and dries, it creates a film or coating on the logs. This will hinder the TWP’s ability to penetrate into the wood grain.

Note: New Rough Sawn vertical wood/fencing can be stained right away with no wait and with no prep as it does have mill glaze and is very absorbent. Just make sure the wood is fully dry. If Rough sawn wood has aged or oxidized (grayed) then it will need to be prepped with Gemini Restore Kit. One coat for most instances of newly installed Rough Sawn wood. Continue Reading

TWP Stain Wet on Wet Application

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How to Apply TWP Wet on Wet

TWP with Wet on Wet Application Tips

TWP Stains are to be applied “Wet on Wet” when the wood is absorbent enough to handle more than 1 coat of the stain. This is typically for wood and decking that is older than 12 months and has been exposed to the elements. Applying the TWP “wet on wet” is similar to applying 1.5 coats of stain. The second coat covers twice as much square footage as the first coat.

Applying TWP “wet on wet” is very easy and not complicated once you understand the simple steps. Continue Reading

How to Apply TWP 100 Stain Series

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TWP 100 Series Stain

TWP 100 Series Stain

Tips on Applying TWP 100 Series in 2019

TWP 100 Stain Series Wood and Deck Preservative has a coverage rate of 150-300 sq. ft. per gallon, per coat. Best to measure the wood’s square footage to determine how many gallons you’ll need for your project. On wood decks, be sure to include all the railings and steps.

Before applying TWP 100 Series Deck Stain be sure the wood surface has been cleaned properly using a wood cleaner. Use a broom or leaf blower to remove any debris that may have fallen onto the wood since cleaning it. Continue Reading

How To Apply TWP 1500 Stain

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TWP 1500 Stain

TWP 1500 Stain

Update on Best Application tips for applying the TWP 1500 Series

First, measure your wood surface to determine the square footage. TWP 1500 Series Wood and Deck Preservative covers approximately 150-300 sq. ft. per gallon. Buy a little more stain than you need just to be sure you do not run out at the end of the project.

Prior to using TWP 1500 Wood and Deck Stain, clean the wood using a brush or pressure washer along with a quality wood cleaner. Preparing the wood properly will ensure your new TWP Wood Stain will perform optimally.

Once the wood surface is cleaned it must dry for a minimum of 48 hours before ant stain can be applied. Be sure the temperature is at least 50 degrees and that dry weather is forecasted for the next several days. Continue Reading

Applying TWP Wood Stain with a Sprayer?

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TWP Stain Sprayer Application

TWP Stain Sprayer Application

Update on Spraying TWP Wood Stains

Are you looking for a quicker, easier way to stain your exterior wood TWP Wood and Deck Stain? A low-pressure pump sprayer, HVLP Sprayer, or an Airless Sprayer can be a good choice but you will need to be careful with overspray and an even application.

Using these tips below will help to ensure your TWP Stain is applied evenly, with a faster application time, using a pump sprayer

See our official article and tips on this link: Applying TWP Wood Stain with a Sprayer

The TWP Stain Guide to Prepping a Deck

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The Official guide to Prepping a Wood Deck

With wood decks maintenance is vital to the structural integrity of the wood. Cleaning, prepping and staining a deck are the 3 main keys to deck care. With any deck stain, including TWP the prep work is crucial. No matter how superior the deck stain is it will not perform properly or give you the results you expect if the wood is not prepped correctly. The following is a TWP guide to prepping a deck that has never been stained or currently has TWP stain already on the wood. If you have a stain of a different brand, you will need to remove it with a stain stripper. See this for more info Switching to TWP Stains.

Cleaning the Deck

Prior to staining with, TWP the deck needs to be cleaned thoroughly to allow for proper stain penetration. Use a quality wood cleaner like the oxygenated cleaner Gemini Restore-A-Deck. These types of cleaners are safer on the wood than bleach based cleaners and will effectively remove dirt, mold, mildew and grayed wood fibers. It is important to get back down to clean bare wood. Apply the wood cleaner as suggested by the label instructions. Let the cleaner dwell and soften up the pollutants before using a scrub brush or performing a light pressure washing.

If an old failing stain is present it must be removed. A wore down semi-transparent stain may clean off with an oxygenated cleaner. If the old stain is stubborn then you might have to use a wood deck stain stripper instead of a cleaner. Once the pollutants and any remnants of old stain are gone the deck should look new again.

Using a Deck Brightener

A deck brightener, also called a neutralizer is the next step after cleaning. Because the cleaners and/or strippers are caustic in nature they need to be neutralized. Apply the deck brightener immediately after cleaning and according to the directions. Then allow it to dwell for several minutes before rinsing off with water. This will lower the pH level of the wood and make the wood grain “pop”. This acidic nature of the wood surface will allow TWP stain to dive deep into the wood and result in a more professional like finish.

Dry Time

After cleaning and brightening the deck it needs to dry prior to staining. With a moisture meter, you want 15% or less moisture content before applying the stain. If you do not have a meter, typically 1-2 days of dry weather is adequate time for the wood to dry completely. Now the deck is ready for TWP stain. Following this TWP guide to prepping a deck will ensure the stain lasts longer, enhances the appearance and performs as expected.

The TWP Guide to Staining a Deck

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How To TWP Guide to Staining a Deck in 2019

Prolonging the life of a deck is not difficult if you know enough about deck care and regular maintenance. Every year or two most decks need to be cleaned and recoated with deck stain. This will not only enhance the natural beauty of the wood but will create a barrier of protection from Mother Nature. Once a deck has been prepped (See article: The TWP Guide to Prepping a Deck) it is then ready for a coat of TWP stain. This guide will help you along in getting a professional like finish.

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Brand New TWP 1500 Series Brochures!

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Please take a look at the newly enhanced TWP 1500 Series Brochures! is an official online dealer of TWP 1500 Series and Gemini/Amteco products.

New TWP 100 Series Brochures are Here!

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Please take a look at our newly enhanced TWP 100 Series Brochures! is an official online dealer of TWP 100 Series and Gemini/Amteco products. – Spring 2018 Online $4 Rebate per Gallon!

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The 2018 Spring online TWP $4 per gallon rebate applies to TWP® 100 Series, TWP® 200 Series and TWP® 1500 Series purchased online at from April 23rd, 2018 – July 31st, 2018. All rebate forms must include at least two photographs of finished project*. Digital Photos and Rebate claims can be made in writing on the attached rebate claim form below and submitted online at and may be made no later than 90 days from the original purchase date.

No rebate claims may be made after August 31, 2018. Rebates will be applied in the form of a credit applied to the credit card or PayPal used for original purchase.

For more info on the $4 per gallon rebate, see our page: $4 per Gallon Rebate Spring Rebate Spring Rebate

Win Free TWP Stain! Spring 2017 Contest!

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We have a new and better TWP Stain Contest for 2018! See here for details: TWP Stain Contest 2018

Note: We have picked our winner! Sean Gronemeier has won the 2017 TWP Contest!

Thanks to all that entered! There were some incredible decks and houses redone! We know there will be some disappointed people, but we picked our winner based on following all the rules and overall restoration from start to finish.

Credits for products purchased from will be issued shortly. 

Who thinks they have completed the best TWP Wood/Deck Restoration for Spring 2017?

Take some pride in your hard work and enter the TWP Stain Wood/Deck Restoration Contest for Spring 2017!

Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from our online retail site between January 1st – June 25th, 2017: TWP Deck Stains
  • Deadline for entry is June 30th, 2017.
  • Contestant winner will receive up to a $250 credit to their online purchase!
  • All other contestant entries will receive a 5% credit towards their online purchase up to $25, so it pays to enter!
  • The winner will be decided on July 5th by our team.

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