Best Prep for TWP Stains

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

Best Prep for TWP 1500 Stain and the TWP 100 Stain for Enhanced Performance and Appearance.

When staining a new exterior wood surface with TWP, or refinishing an older one, it is best to correctly prepare the wood. Wood prep is important with any stain and TWP is no different. Using the best prep methods will certify a quality product like TWP stain performs as expected. This helps guarantee a long-lasting, beautiful finish.

To give your wood surface the best prep for TWP stains, the wood needs to be cleaned and brightened. For the best results, use Gemini Restore Kit. Gemini is the largest manufacturer of TWP stain, so they know what it takes to get the best prep possible. Gemini Restoration Kit is a two-part “eco-friendly” system.

Prepping TWP Stains

Step 1 is the wood and deck cleaner that gets down into the wood for a deep clean. Following the cleaner’s directions, use a scrub brush or pressure washer to cleanse the wood. This will rid the surface of any dirt, grime, or gray wood fibers to ensure the best prep.

Step 2 of the Gemini Restore Kit is a wood brightener that will “brighten” the wood and neutralize the cleaner at the same time. This warrants the best prep of the wood surface for TWP stains to ensure excellent protection.

If the wood surface has an existing stain on it that needs to be removed, use Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. Besides removing dirt, grime, and grayness, RAD Stripper will remove old failed stains prior to applying TWP stain. The RAD Stain Stripper is a two-part system similar to the Gemini Restore Kit. Apply the stripper and clean the wood accordingly, then apply step 2 the wood brightener. Once the wood surface is cleaned and brightened, let it dry for several days before applying TWP.

This is the best prep for TWP stains and a proven method to help ensure good stain performance. Do not risk premature stain failure with inferior wood prepping. When the surface is prepped correctly, the TWP stain will give you a durable, long-lasting finish.

Questions On Prep for TWP Stains? Ask Below!

 

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Chris
Chris
18 days ago

I live in Missouir and have a cedar deck that is 3 years old. One year after it was built, I stained it with TWP 120 Pecan in Fall of 2019, then did a maintenance coat in Spring 2020. I used the gemini kit before the first staining. This fall is 2 years since original staining, when do you recommend restaining? Also, will I need to use the RAD at that time, or can I just clean and do a recoat?

Chris
Chris
15 days ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks, at what point in the life of this deck will I need to use the RAD to strip the deck, rather than just the Gemini kit?

Gary
Gary
2 months ago

We are putting the TWP 1500 around our pool – Will it be slippery when wet – That is why I was asking about using the sand.

Thank you

Gary
Gary
2 months ago

Can you add sand to TWP 1500 to prevent slipping

 
Ron
Ron
2 months ago

Received the Step #1 Professional Grade Eco-Friendly Cleaner and the Step #2 Professional Grade Eco-Friendly Brightener. The Directions For Use of the Brightener (Step #2) calls for 1 cup (a volume of crystals) of Brightener per 1 gallon of warm water. But the Directions For Use of the Cleaner (Step #1) calls for 6 ounces of Cleaner (crystals) per 1 gallon of warm water. Is the 6 ounces volume (fluid) ounces or weight ounces?

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thank you for the clarification.

Ann K Christy
Ann K Christy
2 months ago

Shelf life of unopened 1516?

Mel
Mel
2 months ago

Can TWP be used on ipe?

 
Ron
Ron
3 months ago

Sanded, with 60 grit sandpaper, tack cloth cleaned, used a blend of 50% 1 gallon TWP 1502 Redwood stain and 50% 1 gallon TWP 1516 Rustic stain to pre-stain all western red cedar boards I used to build a patio privacy screen/fence. The project took about 3 years to complete and some boards have had more exposure to the outside than others due to the order in which they were assembled on-site in the screen. Most of the boards in the finished screen look like the stain has faded and so I want to apply the stain mixture again to give them more color. I bought more of the above stains last year and blend them. How should I prepare the boards of the screen for another application of the blended stain?

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thank you for the suggestion of the cleaner and brightener kit. I will get one but am hesitant to pressure wash the surface due to the softness of the western red cedar wood. I will check the kit directions to see if there is a hand wash alternative method for doing the cleaning.
On another subject, the color samples I bought from TWP stains early on helped me to experiment and find the ideal color for my patio screen. I could not find an oil-based stain or other in the local market that gave me a reddish-brown color I wanted. The 50% TWP 1502 Redwood stain and the 50% TWP 1516 Rustic stain blend gave me that color. See photo showing the stain applied to western red cedar wood..

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Ron
Ron
2 months ago
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Thanks for the compliment. I will get a pressure washer and follow your instruction.

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
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What are recommended pressure and water flow ratings for the pressure washer to use with the deck cleaner and brightener kit on wood? I found an electric powered pressure washer that I want to use on a composite material deck that has a pressure rating of 2000 Pounds per Square Inch and and water flow rating of 1.2 Gallons per Minute.

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
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Thank you for the guidelines on a recommended pressure washer. If the cost a gas powered pressure washer is prohibitive, I may look at renting such a pressure washer.

Hunter
Hunter
4 months ago

I will be re-staining my deck that has TWP 100 Dark Oak already on it. I have unopened containers of RAD Stripper and Brightener. Can I use the stripper as Step 1, or do I have to use the cleaner instead for prep?

TIMOTHY ALAN LEONARD
TIMOTHY ALAN LEONARD
5 months ago

I PLAN ON RESTAINING MY FENCE WITH TWP PRO SERIES SEMI SOLID STAIN. WILL THE GEMINI PREP KIT KILL PLANTS AT THE BASE OF MY FENCE?”

 
TIMOTHY ALAN LEONARD
TIMOTHY ALAN LEONARD
5 months ago

I have a 5 yr old cedar fence , 114′ X8’h that was stained 5yrs ago with a semi-transparent TWP 1500. Wife didn’t like the buttery color, so 2yrs ago when we had our house painted we had it restained in a semi-transparent cedar color. Painter power washed and used a Sherwin -Williams product that looks bad. We want to restain it with a TWP semi-solid cedar color. I’m concerned about your prep kit as it sounds like it might kill plants on both sides of the fence. What do you suggest I do?

Sean
Sean
6 months ago

Stained my new deck last year with twp 1501 natual. this year when can i begin to prepare and reapply the stain? do i need to wait for 3 continuous dry days to prepare and another 3 dry days to apply the stain?

Connie Williams
Connie Williams
10 months ago

Can I put a coat of water based spar urethane over twp

 
Jim
Jim
1 year ago

I applied TWP 100 Series stain to my pressurized wood deck about a year ago. The deck had been installed the previous year and this was the initial staining, which I prepped with the Gemini prepping products. I am considering restaining again now under the theory that I will get even deeper penetration and avoid having to restain for several more years. I have 2 questions:

–does this sound like a good idea?

–what type of prep do I need to do now? Same as before? Less?

Karen
Karen
1 year ago

Can you sand the deck after you have cleaned and brightened but before you apply stain?

Chris Sampson
Chris Sampson
1 year ago

Deck is 3 years old. Had lots of black discoloring and algae. Light sanding, then used Gemini cleaner and brightened. Staining with same twp redwood as before. Will it cover evenly or blotchy with some spots left of stain? Any tips to make sure will look even, 2 coats wet on wet.

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Scott Simard
Scott Simard
1 year ago

Before using the restore kit does the deck need to be dry. We are dodging rain and trying to get the deck done. Also how much time do you need to wait if any between step 1 and step 2. Last question how long can you wait before restaining max time. I know minimum 48 hrs. Thank you

Peggy Muller
Peggy Muller
1 year ago

Back again. I am confused. Since I have sanded my deck, do I need to prep the wood with the brightener before applying the stain?

Peggy Muller
Peggy Muller
1 year ago
Reply to  Peggy Muller

How do you apply the brightener to deck and railings (vertical)/

CJ-MI
CJ-MI
1 year ago

I have my deck stained professionally two years ago using brightener and TWP 101. Now I’d like to do it myself, again using TWP 101. How to prep it before staining? It’s not clear either Gemini cleaner kit or RAD stripper. Could you please give me some guidance on how to prep properly? Thanks.

 
Steve Friedman
Steve Friedman
1 year ago

I plan to use the Gemini cleaner and brightener. Does the cleaner need to dry before using the brightener or do them at the same time? Also, how long should I wait to stain? Thanks

Steve Friedman
Steve Friedman
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks for being there today to answer my question. I appreciate your quick response. I made my purchase today. I only use TWP!

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Building a patio table from construction lumber that will be on a screened in porch. Roof overhead and minimal sunlight exposure. Planning on using TWP 1500 stain on the table, can I apply a marine grade varnish over the top of the stain?

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Can you put any type of varnish or polyurethane on top of TWP?

Kirk
Kirk
1 year ago

I cleaned and brightened my fence two day ago thinking I would stain today. We are having some rain now so I must wait to stain.
How long is the window between clean/brighten and staining? Is there a point that is too long and I need to clean/brighten again before staining? I am using 1500.

 
Mike
Mike
1 year ago

2,000 sqft deck is over a covered patio so anything I use to strip/prep needs to not destroy the vinyl panels under it (they have holes and will drain). Most of the deck has no stain left like picture 1 but protected areas and corners still have stain like picture 2. Do I need to sand or will Restore-A-Deck strip the old stain without damaging the vinyl underneath? Not sure what prior owner used but I found an old can of Cabot in the garage. Planning on using TWP 100 (South Carolina).

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MartyMlynarski
MartyMlynarski
1 year ago

We have a 40 year old deck which has been stained few times over the years. It is time to do it again, time flies. I have come across your product line and am very interested in using them. I have read about the RAD, and brightner ,at what point would I power wash? Which stain would I use, we’re just North of Chicago in Wis. We would like to match the existing color. Thank you Marty and Dar

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Michael Ward
Michael Ward
1 year ago

Hi there…I am getting ready to prep a deck for a “freshen up” application of TWP stain. I have the Gemini Restor-A-Deck product which I did purchase from you. The current TWP deck stain has been on there since spring of 2019 and the current condition is documented in the attached pictures. It was initially applied after I had belt sanded the entire deck. The current stain does retain some water repellent quality as is clear when it rains. You recommended Restor-a-Deck as the prep in response to my previous inquiry. My question now is whether or not I should apply Resor-a-Deck full strength or not. There is no other oil-based stain remaining other than the TWP application. The product instructions say the powder says coverage is 100-220 square feet per gallon depending on stain to be removed. At what strength would you suggest using this stripper and its companion brightener on the deck surface I have described?

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Michael Ward
Michael Ward
1 year ago
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So use the whole bag to make 5 gallons for the 500 square feet?

Michael Ward
Michael Ward
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Two levels and stairs totaling just about 500 square feet. Spindles and rails have a pigmented oil based stain (Sherwin Williams) on them that I will not be stripping . We will be freshening up those as well with the matching pigmented stain after as well after I do the floors and steps which have TWP on them.

Michael Ward
Michael Ward
1 year ago
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I have latex based painted aluminum siding on the house abutting the deck. Do I need to barrier this with a plastic drop cloth before rinsing off or will wetting the siding be enough to protect it? Also under the deck there is painted aluminium where the rinse runoff may get on the house should I wet that and contemporaneously rinse it off as well during the rinsing phase.

Michael Ward
Michael Ward
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks for all you help!!

 
Mike - Ann Arbor, MI
Mike - Ann Arbor, MI
1 year ago

Thanks for your great Q&A site. There are many similar questions here, but mine is a bit unique. We put a completely new top surface on our multi-level deck in cedar 3 years ago. We used a competitor’s product for the first 2 years and it was not positive. It looked great for a month and then started deteriorating very fast. We thought that it was the product, so we had it sanded down and re-done 2 years ago, after the first year. After 2 years in a row of that, I went into research mode to find THE BEST product, and found yours. All of the reviews and testimonials are clear.

We had a very trustworthy painter that we work with switch to TWP last year. He power washed and sanded off most/all of the old treatment last summer. He did not use the Gemini prep that you recommend here, but it still looked really great late last summer, and in the Fall and even this Spring with the switch to TWP. SO GLAD that we switched!! We only did one coat, since we were a bit “gun-shy”, based on the prior experience. I attached 2 pics of the deck this morning. It still looks great this spring, but it also looks to me like it could use another coat or two. Looks faded and like the wood is thirsty.

I’m not even sure if we should touch it yet. But it definitely looks like it soaked it up over the winter. Do you still recommend that we use the Gemini cleaner/prep if we re-coat? Cleaner and Brightener? Please specify which. Also, do you recommend one coat, or two wet on wet, of the Preservative after we sort out whether to use the Gemini or not?

I have a matching paint on the ballusters, railings, and faces of the steps, as you can see in the pics. Will the Gemini harm that?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Mike - Ann Arbor, MI
Mike - Ann Arbor, MI
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks for the quick response. It will be tough to break the habit of doing it every year!! ; )) We really like this product, and are glad that we switched.

Mike Lee
Mike Lee
22 days ago

Good morning. Well your advice last Fall was to wait until this Spring to use the Gemini kit and re-apply. Due to labor shortages we haven’t been able to get it done this summer, and now we are faced with the same question as last year – should we re-coat it this fall or wait until spring? Attaching some pics for your reference. Thanks!

Mike
Ann Arbor, MI