How to Apply TWP 100 Stain Series

 
TWP 100 Series Stain

TWP 100 Series Stain

TWP 100 Stain Series Wood and Deck Preservative has a coverage rate of 150-300 sq. ft. per gallon. 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.

Applying TWP 100 Series Wood Stain

The wood must be dry for a minimum of 48 hours prior to staining and the air temperature should be above 50 degrees. Check your local forecast to make certain there will be several dry days before and after the day you want to stain.

On the day of staining be sure you have all the equipment on site that you will need. Wear protective gloves and safety glasses at all times. Mix the TWP Wood Stain thoroughly using a paint stick before and several times during use. Using plastic or tarps to cover any landscaping, siding, windows, or concrete that you don't want any stain on.

Start with the harder to reach areas first. On wood siding, gazebos, or play sets start up high and work your way down. On a deck, start with the spindles and railings first and stain the deck floor last.

Use a brush, stain pad applicator, or pump sprayer to apply TWP 100 Deck Stain. The first coat of stain is a saturation coat. If it soaks in quickly, and the wood seems thirsty, an additional coat may be necessary. If so, apply the second coat within 30 minutes of the first coat, essentially applying them "wet on wet." The more TWP 100 Series Stain that you can get to soak in, the better protection it will provide.

Be cautious of over applying TWP 100 Series Wood Stain or performance may be jeopardized. If you notice excessive stain puddles or drips that aren't being absorbed, use a stain rag or brush to remove them. Stopping in the middle of a piece of wood or board can result in unsightly lap marks. To eliminate the chance of lap marks finish staining each board from end to end once you start.

TWP 100 Series Wood Preservative has outstanding penetration properties and will dive deep into the wood. It is not prone to flaking or peeling like other stains. TWP 100 Series will simply fade after several years and can then be cleaned and recoated as needed.

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Hans R
Hans R

Hi there,

We’re considering using TWP 100 series for a recently purchased mountain home in Utah. The prior owners neglected the wood for years. The wood is originally from 2002. Prior stain is of unknown type.

There are several elements: 1. fascia 2. trim 3. columns/timbers 4. glu-lams supporting the deck.

Ideally we’d like the wood to be uniform in appearance after the stain, even though it is far from uniform now.

Can you recommend prep for these areas?

Thank you!

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Mike
Mike

What is recommended color to maintain the natural tones in redwood #2 deck? I want to keep as much natural color as possible without changing colors too much. North facing deck in CO. Thank you.

Matt
Matt
Our home was built in 2012 and has pine siding. The pine was originally treated with a semi-transparent white wash stain of some kind, and then a year ago the HOA coated it with a clear varnish. The goal is to take all the old stain off and then start over with TWP 100. It looks terrible now. The wood is quite weathered – but appears to be in good condition otherwise. I’m taking all the stain off and sanding down to the wood with 40 or 60 grit. Because the wood is so weathered, little bits of stain may… Read more »
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Ken Stach
Ken Stach

We have a 13 year old house with cedar siding. It has been previously stained by using a competitor’s stain about four times. I’ve finally heard about how great TWP stain is and plan to use it this year. It has been 3-1/2 years since last stained. Will the siding require one or two coats of the 100 series TWP cedartone stain?

Steve Baer
Steve Baer

What should the air temperature range be when applying TWP 100? And how cool can it be during the night time drying period?

kip
kip

Is it better to apply when the deck is cool(60’s) and in the shade or in the middle of the day in full sun?

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Graham
Graham

Just used the Gemini cleaner and brighter on my deck however it is supposed to rain tomorrow before I will get a chance to stain with the 100 series. Besides drying for a further 2 days, what prep would need to be done before I can stain? Just a brushing?

Bob O’Dell
Bob O’Dell

I stained my new cedar fence last year with TWP 100 Cedar tone. I want to restain it again this year with the same product. We have had several months of dry weather. The fence is clean with no signs of mildew. Do I need to thoroughly clean the fence or wet it down and let it partially dry before restraining?

Rayna
Rayna

Here is another close up picture of what the cedar looks like after treating with RAD and power washing. What happened?

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Rayna
Rayna
Yesterday we applied both steps #1 & #2 of RAD and power washed our new cedar deck in prep for staining. We are ready to apply 100 series stain this morning, but we noticed raised foot prints from my husbands shoes all over our deck. While he was power washing yesterday, I noticed that there were small bubbles or pools where he was walking (as he power washed.) Upon closer look, it appears that the wood is raised and furry in these spots. What happened? Can we just power wash again to try and remove this or can simply go… Read more »
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Eric
Eric

Hi I installed KD Cedar decking about a month ago. Wood looks bright and clean. I am considering a 60 grit sand before applying the 100 series in Cedartone. Would that be a good idea? Thank you smile

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John
John

Last summer I applied a coat after replacing the deck boards. It appears more is needed. Can apply a second coat this year over it? Or do I need to sand it and start over? Thanks for your help.

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McLawhon George
McLawhon George

I am about to use your stripper and
Brightener on my PT deck and railing caps. The spindles are painted wood however. Do I need to do something specific to protect the painted spindles when I strip the railing caps?

Rif
Rif
Hi, we have a lot of Cypress to stain, mostly vertical siding and wood ceiling. I mixed 102 red and 103 dark oak, one %50 %50 and the other one %60 dark %40 red. Do these pictures look like the stain was applied correctly? I used a brush and wiped the excess stain after 15 minutes, waited another 5 minutes and applied the second coat with the same method. I’m assuming painters will use spray and won’t wipe it so I think it’ll show less wood grain than the pictures. I just wanted a sanity check, please let me know… Read more »
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Patty
Patty

I have a 7 year old deck. Put a water based stain on last year and it didnt last long. I want to switch to TWP100 this year. I stripped and brightened deck using restore a deck products. There were some shiny spots from old stain left. I sanded those areas. Do i need to clean/brighten again after the sanding?

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Fran
Fran

We Have been having 90° weather for several days. My husband and I stripped the deck working around the heat of the day so it took us a while. It has been several days and we have not applied the brightner I read one of your responses where you said the brightner should be applied the same day as the cleaner. Does that apply to stripping also and if that is the case, what should we do before we apply it and will it do what it is supposed to do

Gregg
Gregg

How long should I wait after application for the shiny spots to dry before wiping away with a rag.
what should I use on the rag mineral spirits?

Ronald
Ronald

it rained unexpectedly 2 hours after application of second coat of 105..what to do.. or to expect?

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James Geister
James Geister

We replaced our old rotting 5/4”x6” cedar decking with new treated 5/4”x6” treated deck boards In early November 2017. Michigan winter delayed post and railing Railings were pre-fab from Home Depot and supposedly can be treats any time) replacement (also treated) until May 2018. We want to treat and preserve the wood in the best way possible using TWP 100 and would like your advice on the best timetable for application based on our situation. We plan to use Cedar 101. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim Geister

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Karal
Karal

If I am spraying which tip size should be use it?

Judith
Judith

Is it ok to mix twp stain colors such as the pecan and dark oak? I like the colors and skulls like to mix in a bit of the dark oak to darken the color and then apply

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John
John
I have an outdoor room that has a solid wood floor that has been previously stained and we want to used TWP. Two walls are exterior of the house, 2 walls are screened uppers and rough cedar below. There is area cannot handle the amount of water it would take to rinse off products. There is nowhere for water to go.This floor isn’t like a typical deck with spaces between boards, it is solid. We feel that sanding this area (25×10)is the best way to remove the old stain. After sanding, must we wait to stain (like is recommended for… Read more »
Norman
Norman

What type of sprayers do you recommend to apply twp 100 stain on handrail and pickets? Thanks

Mark
Mark

We are building a new house that has several exterior 8-inch, rough-sawn cedar posts. We are considering using TWP 103 Dark Oak stain on these posts. We like the color, but are concerned about putting OIL stain on new cedar. Also, would it be OK to sand at least the shaggy corners and rougher spots to achieve a “less rough” finish without too much glazing? Please provide any advice that you can. Thanks.

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Ben
Ben

If the temperature is above 50F when applied but the overnight temperature drops below 50F, is it still OK? Trying to get things done this fall and wanting to know if this is an issue. Thanks!

Ryan
Ryan

Can I go a couple weeks between using the Gemini Cleaner/Restorer and TWP100 on a new, previously unstained cedar fence (aged approx one year)? Will I lose any/much benefit? Unfortunately I waited until the fall and days where the temps are above 50 are becoming less frequent.

Ryan
Ryan

Can I apply the Gemini Restore a Deck Cleaner to a new untreated cedar fence now (aged for a year and showing a little gray, no previous stain) and then wait several days before applying the brightener or should it be applied same day? Thanks!

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Taryn
Taryn

I stained yesterday—only 1 coat. (I was running out of daylight to do a wet-on-wet application). Can I apply a 2nd coat today?

Alex
Alex

I stained my deck with TWP 100, 2 coats (wet on wet), it went on well. How long after application should I wait to replace furniture, grill and walk on the deck?

Walton
Walton

I stained my deck with TWP100, i sprayed the deck and backbrushed with a pad and while I protected the house well from the spray, I neglected the black steel picket railing surrounding the deck. The dried stain peels off ok with a little mineral spirits and a rag, but do you have a recommendation on what to use to clean it off metal effectively? Would a wire brush or simply another type of thinner work better?

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Floyd
Floyd

Is there a really efficient/ good way, to apply protective sheeting around windows, including the brickmould? What type of TWP is the best for older cedar siding which has always been done in TWP? Should I just continue with the same? I have 15 gallons which will probably do it all.
Thanks, Floyd

Kathy
Kathy

We have cleaned/brightened our new cedar deck and plan to stain in 48 hrs when it’s dry. It could rain here 24-48 hrs after we stain. Will the stain be ok? Thanks–

Dany
Dany

What’s the best way to keep the stain pad applicator from dripping all over the deck after you dip it in the stain and then try to get it delivered to the deck.

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Dori
Dori

For a cedar fence application, would a roller work for application? The fence is newer and hasn’t yet been stained (it’s been approx 6 months old). Should I do 2 coats, wet on wet application as described? I have also read that a coat now and a 2nd next season would be good. Can you advise?

Kevin
Kevin

I installed my deck in Jan 2017. Should I do one coat or two wet coats?
Thanks

Blair
Blair

I purchased the applicator pads. What is the best way to get TWP 1500 on the pad? Should I pour the stain into a roller pad and dip in the applicator pad? Or is it best to use a spray and then back roll with the pad?

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Art50
Art50

I have seen a video with a broom like brush to put on stain but I can’t find it anywhere. Do I need to use a natural bristle brush for TWP stain? Where can I find that broom like brush it looks perfect for the floor of the deck

Celecia
Celecia

We pressure washed our deck and plan on sanding, do we still need the brightener? Also with the TWP 100 do we need a clear sealant afterwards?

Thank you

Ruth
Ruth

We are preparing to apply TWP wood preservative this morning. The deck has evidence of overnight dew. Can we towel off the surface and proceed applying the TWP? Would there be any resulting harm if we do???

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Donald Hundley
Donald Hundley

Can you clean and redcoat 100 series with a 1500 series stain? Or, does it have to be removed?

John Miller
John Miller

I have started applying TWP 120 Pecan to portions of my deck. The water beads nicely on the wood except for the knots. The knots absorb the water. Is this normal? If so, is there any danger of the wood being damaged by the water? If it is not normal, how should I fix it?

Sharon rook
Sharon rook

My twp wood preservative is jelly consistency what can I do?

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Diane evans
Diane evans

can you apply a third coat 24 hours after the initial coat of TWP

Jean
Jean

I have finished cleaning my deck with your cleaning and brightening kit. It has been stained with TWP twice before. Some of the areas are down to bare wood and others are not. How will I get two coats on the bare areas without overcoating the places where the old stain still looks intact?

Bunny
Bunny

My deck is cedar and 28 years old, in good condition. We have used TWP product previously; however, it has not been sealed/stained in many years. We have power washed it down to bare wood and need advise on which product to use. Is there a sealer we should use before staining?

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J Rice
J Rice

We’re getting ready to stain and seal with TWP100, a cedar fence that we put up last summer. Have washed with water and dish soap and rinsed with water on one side. Waiting 48 hours to dry. Is it ok to stain the washed side and then wash,dry and stain the other side of the fence at a later date. How long would we have to wait after applying stain to start the process on other side of fence? And what is the best way to clean out the sprayer after using the stain in it?

Lori
Lori

I had “professionals” i use this word lightly, stain our deck and pergola last year with TWP. Within two months, the stain had faded and in some spots looked like it was never stained. Our pergola, they stained unevenly and then when we pointed it out, they tried to touch it up. Now it kind of looks like paint on the pergola. Do we need to strip the stain off, or just pressure wash and clean. Thank you for any help you can give us.

Justin M
Justin M

I installed a pressure treated deck in August last year. Location: Wisconsin Would like to stain the deck cedartone 100 series. What should I do to prep the deck? Also, should I put two coats on right away with it being a new deck?

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Monika Gennardo
Monika Gennardo

I had professionals stain my deck with the TWP 203 about two years ago, can I go ahead and do a maintenance stain by cleaning and brightening the deck then using TWP 101, or do I need to strip the 203 and then use the 101?

Pressure treated pine
3 year old deck
Atlanta, GA

Paul
Paul

I have a large deck with several levels. I completely sanded it last spring and applied TWP 100 honeytone. It lightened considerably in the high sun exposure areas so applied cedar tone after using the Gemini cleaner and brightner this spring.

It looks great, with the exception of one level which didn’t take the stain well the first go round. I decided to start over on that level and sanded it down to bare wood with a square buff sander.

Question is… After sanding do I need to apply the brightner before reapplying the stain?