When completing any exterior staining project you can achieve the best results by using a quality product and having the right knowledge. TWP wood stain will give you the best results possible but there are some general tips that can make the final results that much better.
One vital step that a lot of homeowners skip over is wood prep. Preparing the wood for the new stain is extremely important. Skipping this step will not allow the TWP wood stain to perform as it should thus shortening its performance and longevity.
For cleaning a wood surface prior to staining, we recommend Gemini Restore Kit with Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener. This easy to use 2 step system is designed to free wood of dirt and grime and open the pores of the wood so the TWP stain will penetrate properly. Once the wood is cleaned, allow it to dry a minimum of 24-48 hours before staining with TWP stain.
During the actual staining process keep in mind that you only need to apply as much stain as the wood will accept. Stain one board or section at a time before moving onto the next. This helps eliminate lap marks. Allow the stain to soak into the wood for 10-15 minutes then go back and back brush or wipe off any excess.
If the stain has soaked in and the wood seems thirsty, you can apply a second “wet on wet” coat. But again go back and wipe off any excess drips, puddles, or runs that do not absorb after several minutes.
Before taking on a TWP staining project be sure to check your local forecast. TWP wood and deck stain work best when applied in temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Rain should not be expected within 12 hours after it has been applied. It should not drop below freezing within 8 hours.
Try not to apply TWP Wood Preservative in direct sunlight. It is not the best time to apply TWP during the mid-day heat and direct sun. This can cause the stain to flash dry giving a splotchy and uneven appearance. Try to plan your staining time during the morning, evening or whenever your deck seems shaded.
Achieving great results is easy with any of the TWP Series Wood Stain products. Follow these basic guidelines for staining with TWP and your wood surfaces will be greatly enhanced and protected for years of enjoyment.