Dry and Curing Time of TWP Wood Deck Stains

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

 

Dry and Curing for TWP Stains. How long does it take?

TWP 1500 SeriesIt is good to know the dry and curing time of TWP (Total Wood Preservative) Stain prior to applying. Some people get in too big of a rush and want to start putting furniture, plants, grills, etc. back onto a wood surface too soon after staining. It is best to allow TWP to fully dry and cure before allowing foot traffic and items to be placed on the surface.

Drying and curing time for TWP may vary depending on climate and weather conditions. Over application can also affect dry and curing times. TWP should dry evenly flat with no glossy areas. Glossy areas indicate over-application of the product and will extend the dry and curing time of TWP. To avoid over applying TWP, allow the stain to soak into the bare wood for 30 minutes then wipe away or back brush any excess stain that has not penetrated the surface. Do not apply TWP if rain is expected within 48 hours. TWP can withstand light rain within an hour or so of being applied but it is best to wait for dry conditions prior to staining.

TWP should only be applied when the temperatures are expected to be between 50-90 degrees. It should not be applied in direct sunlight or high heat conditions. This can cause the stain to dry too quickly before it fully penetrates. Moisture can also affect the dry and curing time. It may be necessary to apply TWP later in the afternoon if there was heavy dew the night before. In perfect drying conditions and assuming TWP was applied properly, the dry time ranges from 24 to 72 hours. After an adequate dry time of TWP, foot traffic and heavy items can be returned to the wood surface.

Applying TWP Stain in dry conditions with proper application methods will result in a quick 24 to 72 hour dry and curing time. Applying TWP in ideal conditions and allowing it to dry as fast as possible will also reduce the risk of a surprise rainstorm that may jeopardize the freshly stained finish.

 

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Luis
Luis
4 months ago

I stained my 5 year old (never before stained) and finished last Tuesday night. Everything went well and it looks great. I waited until today, Friday afternoon before steping on it or moving furniture back on it. When i placed my grill back, i noticed that the casters of the grill marked the boards where i rolled it into position. The stain did not came of the boards or stick to the casters at all, is just the marks…

Do you think these marks are permanent and if so any way to remove them? Should i avoid moving the rest of my furniture and wait more time?

Last edited 4 months ago by Luis
Jim T
Jim T
4 months ago

Struggling with the current weather pattern here in Austin, TX. I’ve stripped and brightened all of my decks. Trying to figure out if there is a “window” where I can apply TWP100 between rains. A low pressure system off of Baja keeps sending waves across Mexico into Texas triggering rain showers (some quite heavy at 2-3″ in an hour) every 12-18 hours, sometimes 24 hours. In between the weather is beautiful. Any recommendations on if/how I can spray TWP100 in these conditions?

We leave for vacation mid June for two weeks. If I cannot get this done by the end of next week it will be roughly 4 weeks after the wood has been prepped. Will the wood still be able to properly accept an application of TWP100 four weeks later?

Frustrated, 🙄
Jim

Jim T
Jim T
4 months ago
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Thanks for the prompt response. Even though that’s not what I wanted to hear 😕

Sam P.
Sam P.
18 days ago
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How come you say “no rain 12+ hours after staining” but the article says “Do not apply TWP if rain is expected within 48 hours.” That seems like a lot of variance or is it just a matter of “real world” vs best case/optimum conditions. Looking to stain Friday, but there is a 40% chance of rain Sunday evening. Doable?

ATB,
Sam

Stephen M
Stephen M
4 months ago

I just finished staining my deck and did not know about the adverse effects this stain would have on plants. I have one small Japanese maple that unfortunately is losing many of its leaves. Do you happen to know if the stain just effects the tree externally or is the stain absorbed and the tree may die. It’s a great stain, and only my ignorance is to blame since I’m new at deck staining.

 
Judy Aguayo
Judy Aguayo
4 months ago

I had a company stain my deck with TWP. They used a sprayer to apply. Deck had been cleaned prior and was in dry condition. We had rain for 10 hours within 6 hours of application. Should I be concerned about the integrity of this stain application?
Thank you,
Judy A

Sharie
Sharie
4 months ago

I have the TWP Preservative in Honey tone, 5 gal purchased last year.
This is an oil based stain. I have prepped with the restore a deck stripper and brightener. What is the proper application of the preservative?

Christie
Christie
5 months ago

For the twp1500 stain, what can the temperature drop to the night the stain is applied?

Christie
Christie
5 months ago
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Thank you for the quick response.

 
Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Soooo I’m using 1500 series on a 1400sq ft deck and don’t really have the time luxury to work out of direct sunlight and fairly hot weather. The stain seemed to be penetrating but it did seem to dry pretty quickly. Am I screwed? How deep should the stain have penetrated?

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Also, can more stain be applied after it has died for a while?

Tim Warner
Tim Warner
1 year ago

Deck appears dry, not tacky, no shiny spots. However, if I wipe with a cloth, it gets a little stain on it. Is it dry enough for furniture? Carpet? Foot traffic?

Deck is covered and was stained 72 hours ago. There fans on it to circulate air.

Linda Eddins
Linda Eddins
1 year ago

There is an oily residue on deck after 3 days applying TWP 1500 series on redwood.. can I expect that to go away/dry? what can I do to get a clean surface?

 
Ruta
Ruta
2 years ago

I applied one coat of 1500 twp on the old porch floor, and the wood didn’t seem to be “thirsty”. It seems like it absorbed enough. The one coat of black walnut stain looks beautiful and is taking its time to dry. I worked the stain in nicely by brushing it over and over again on each board. Does this mean one coat is enough? My porch gets almost no rain throughout the year and not that much sun either.

KITTY SMITH
KITTY SMITH
2 years ago

Is all TWP oil base

Diane Cooper
Diane Cooper
2 years ago

We applied stain under all the right conditions. We have an awning on our deck and for some reason the stain under it is still glossy and tacky after 6 days. Will it eventually dry? I’m anxious to get my furniture back and be able to enjoy the summer.

 
Christa Lautner
Christa Lautner
2 years ago

So I applied TWP stain and finished around 11:30am No rain was expected but apparently over night or this morning it rained. I don’t think it was a significant amount but the deck was had water beaded up on it. So I took a broom and got as much water off as possible- now what? Will this have a negative effect on the deck or was it such a small amount that it won’t make much of a difference? I know it had at least a 12 hour dry time before the rain? Also, does this mean we wait additional time before moving furniture and grill back onto the deck? Thanks for your help! This is my first time staining a deck (can you tell?)

Christa Lautner
Christa Lautner
2 years ago
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Great news! Thanks! We were told by our contractor that this is the best stain there is-40 plus years experience on his end. It looks great so far!

Velma wood
Velma wood
3 years ago

Will this product kill or injure my shrubs that are established plantings?

Linda Rooney
Linda Rooney
4 years ago

I have had to replace boards on my deck. Will new boards take the stain differently than the older ones with a semi transparent stain

 
Cory Lazar
Cory Lazar
4 years ago

I waited for a 5 day window with no rain forecast to paint my 1000sqft deck with twp1500. Day 3 the chance of rain was 0% at 10am when I started painting. Finished the second coat of wet on wet by 5pm and of course it rained at 7:30pm. Will this likely impact the longevity of the stain?

Cory Lazar
Cory Lazar
4 years ago
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The next morning I found the oil pooled up. I used wet rags to wipe it away so the sun wouldn’t bake it to the wood.
The final picture is how it looks 2 days later after wiping away and letting dry. It is blotchy. Would another coat correct this or do I need to wash it with the bleach solution again and start over?

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Cory Lazar
Cory Lazar
4 years ago
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Is this purely a visual issue or is the ability of the stain to protect the wood also compromised. I might wait til next year or even the following year to take on this project again.

Cory Lazar
Cory Lazar
4 years ago
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Will the stain do a proper job of protecting the wood in its current condition or is that severely compromised as well?
If the primary failure is visual only, I might let it weather and wait a season or 2 before stripping it and starting again.

Cory Lazar
Cory Lazar
4 years ago
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This is a deck on the roof of my building. It is built roughly 1′ above the roof surface. The flat roof below the deck has the typical silver paint finish. Will this stripper damage the roof paint?

Teresa
Teresa
4 years ago

I had no choice and applied the stain in direct sunlight. I applied 2 coats wet on wet. is my application compromised?

Susan T
Susan T
4 years ago

We love the TWP product but we just re-applied the TWP 1500 Stain and it is ponding alot even though we wiped it down and even though it was supposed to be dry next 48 hours we have a some pop up thunderstorms in the area. What should we do? Will this harm the finish? It is a re-coat after two years on the deck floor only.

 
Mark
Mark
4 years ago

Do you suggest the the weather stay between 50-90 degrees for the entire time of curring (i.e. 50+ in the evenings too)? Currently we are experiencing highs in the low to mid 60’s, but the evenings, overnights & mornings are in the low 40’s. Should i wait to stain until overnight highs are above 50?

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
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What will happen if the overnight temps drop below freezing? Trying to finish a reapplication on my barn. Weather is not cooperating in Michigan.

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