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