How to Apply TWP to a Fence

How to Apply TWP to a Fence

Wood fences have been around for many years and can provide beauty, protection, and privacy to any home. Like other wood structures, wood fences need to be treated to keep them from becoming weather damaged. The key is to block out harmful UV rays and moisture. Using an easy to apply TWP formula wood stain can help preserve your fence for many years.

Prior to coating your fence with TWP Stains, it is important that the fence first be cleaned. Do this using a product like the Gemini Restore-A-Deck wood cleaner. Once the wood fence is free of dirt and grime it can be coated with any of the TWP Series Wood Stains that are offered in several different wood tones and colors.

Check your local forecast before embarking on a fence staining project. TWP fence stain is best applied in temperatures between 60-80 degrees. It should not drop below freezing within 8 hours of application. No rain should be expected within 12 hours of application.

TWP Total Wood Preservative applies easily with a roller, brush, stain pad, pump sprayer, or airless sprayer. The most effective and doable method for the average homeowner is using a garden type pump sprayer.

Be sure to mix the TWP product well before transferring it to a garden sprayer or roller pan. Use plastic or tarps to protect any shrubbery, house siding, concrete, or other surfaces you do not wish to get stain on. Also pay attention to the opposite side of the fence, especially when using a pump or airless sprayer. Stain will incidentally be sprayed through the board gaps and settle on the other side.

Start on one end of the fence and begin applying TWP stain to an entire board at a time before moving on to the next. Apply only has much stain as the wood can absorb. After several minutes go back to where you started and wipe any excess stain or drips away with a brush or clean cloth. Continue this method until the fence is coated.

Protecting a wood fence with TWP wood and fence stain is something a homeowner can do pretty easily with the right knowledge and tools. TWP Wood Stain has been around for over 2 decades and is a leader in wood preservation. TWP will enhance the look and life of your wooden fence and should be applied every 3-5 years as needed.

 

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Sean
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Sean

I would like to use the Dark Oak color for our pressure-treated pine fence, which is a couple years old and has never been finished. After we thoroughly clean and brighten the wood, would you recommend the 100 or 1500 series for pine?

Sam
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Sam

Do I need to prep new bamboo fencing before applying TWP?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Yes you can wait for the dew to dry off and then stain. You cannot apply the TWP though if the wood is internally or visibly wet from rain.

Julie
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Julie

I want to stain my deck in the next couple of weeks. We haven’t had rain but the deck is wet with dew in the mornings. Are we safe waiting until the dew evaporates and then start or apply later in the day? I’m concerned because they are calling for rain the first part of october which might delay my project to middle or end of October. Were are in Missouri.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Multiply total length x height then double for both sides. For two coats of stain you will get roughly 100-150 sq. feet per gallon.

Greg
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Greg

Thanks. But need just 1 for new fence installed in October, correct?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Once coat if smooth wood. 2 light coats applied wet on wet if Rough Sawn wood.

Greg
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Greg

The cedar pickets are rough cut. The cedar rails and top trim cap are smooth. The pressure treated pine posts are smooth cut.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Most is rough so do the 2 coats.

Greg
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Greg

Thank you very much for your help! Last question. I read how to apply and pump sprayer is listed. Can I also use an electric sprayer such as a Graco TrueCoat Plus II?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Yes for the first coat. Use a stain pad or brush for the second coat.

Greg
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Greg

Hello,

I am planning on installing TWP 100 on my cedar picket fence with pressure treated pine pickets. The fence was installed in the end of October. I was trying to use your calculator but I wasn’t sure how much I would need of the stain and Gemini re-store for prep. The fence is approximately 315 LF, 5′ tall with 1X4 pickets spaced 1″ apart. I have attached a picture for your use (taken several months ago).

Thanks

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

That is water damage and we do see that on fences a lot. There is nothing you can do about it as the discoloration is internal.

John
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John

Oh wow I see. Although I’ll stick with the current 1530, is there a tone you would suggest down the road that could mask the damage? Would I need a semi-solid?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

You cannot mask but you maybe able to blend so it does not show as much. Dark Oak may work.

John
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John

I assume the weird streaks on the top piece of wood is water damage as well? (See pic)

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Most likely yes.

John
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John

I’m applying 1530 and seem to get darker areas at the bottom of the fence. It usually is a little grayer at the bottom of the fence even before putting stain . This is after powerwashing and bleaching. I can’t seem to get rid of the darker areas no matter what I do. Does stain just settle at the bottom due to gravity? Is there anything I can do to get rid of these darker areas? Does anyone else here have that problem?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

This is most likely not a staining issue but rather an issue with your wood internally being darker. Feel free to post a picture.

john
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john

See the bottom, where it’s darker. When there is no stain I still see a different color in that bottom section. Always thought it was water collecting at the bottom of the wood after the powerwash, but it stays. I can’t be the only one this happens to, but I don’t see anyone complain about it no matter how much I google.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

You can apply do this down the road as long as you prep correctly first. If going darker in color you can just clean and recoat.

Trista
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Trista

We have a cedar fence that we have used the TWP 100 Cedar tone on…I would like to go over it (5 years later) with the 1500 rustic. Is this doable or are we “married” to the cedar tone from here on out?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

1. What is total sq. footage and are you doing both sides?
2. 1515 Honeytone is the lightest tint. Lighter than the Natural.

Ed
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Ed

Total Square footage in all = 2304 square feet –

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

For two coats you will need about 20-25 Gallons.

Ed
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Ed

Doing BOTH sides – 650 sq ft – each “side” has two sides in that it is board on board fencing. So the square footage is multiplied by 4. So I am estimating about 2600 sq. feet in all. Also posts and caps.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Probably about 20-25 gallons.

Ed
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Ed

Fence: Rough board on board cedar – weathered one year
want to apply TWP1500 I have about 100 linear feet of fence (again board on board)
1) how many gallons will I need?
2) I don’t really want a semi-transparent stain (want to use clear) but I WANT UV protection. Which is the lightest stain 1530 – natural or 1515 honeytone? From the sample it looks as if natural is as close to clear as possible – thanks

Trauty
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Trauty
I live in San Diego, CA. I am building a redwood vertical fence. The panels have a rough finish. I was thinking of uses the 1500 series redwood color stain. How long should i wait after i install to clean and put on the stain? Also, the fencing came with some black marks on the wood, i guess from the tanic acids or metal blade, can you recommend a good cleaner to use before applying the stain. I have (red) treated wood for my framing, should i put the stain on the treated wood as well or no? lastly, I’m… Read more »
TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Please give us a total sq. footage for both sides to determine amount needed. Rough sawn wood can be stained right away. Just one coat. Use a wood brightener to remove the dark spots.

John
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John

I powerwashed my fence and although it looks 50x better and almost looks like new, there are gray areas that don’t seem to come off on certain parts of some boards. I ordered the Natural 1500 series stain. Would the results look “off” or inconsistent if I stain these gray areas or do I need to somehow scrub/bleach these out before I stain?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

It should be fine as long as the wood looked good when wet with water. It is normal though to have knots lighter in color when stained.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

That is settling of the pigment at the bottom. Best to mix first before use.

John
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John

Thanks. Do fences need a double coat like horizontal surfaces do?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Not always. Depends on on the gae of the wood and how absorbent the wood is.

John
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John

It’s about 10 years old, maybe a little less. Any tips on what I should look for in terms of absorbency so I don’t waste any stain? In the “Wet on Wet” tips it says “In most cases, a second coat only needs to be applied to horizontals as the verticals will last twice as long”. Thanks.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

I would do the two coats wet on wet application if 10 years old. One coat for verticals and two for floors and top of railings.

Lori
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Lori

How is this twp suppose to be applied? Wet on wet? My contractor is all over the place applying this stuff even going over previous areas that have dried already. My deck looks splotchy! There are drip marks everywhere and shiny areas and dull areas.

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TWPStainHelp
Lori
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Lori

What happens if you don’t. My contractor/painter is applying it everywhere not working in any certain area at a time and some dries and then he goes over it again with overlap. There are shiny areas and it looks splotchy when dry. I don’t know what to tell him. I haven’t paid him the balance but this is a 4000.00 job. I want it done correctly.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

If it is drying shiny then it is over applied and not being applied well. This can result in the stain prematurely failing. ThweTWP needs to absorb into the wood, not sit/film on top of the wood.

John
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John

Okay, I think I interpreted this right. A fence, which is obviously considered “vertical”, only needs one coat, no matter what the age is. Correct?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Fences are different and older fence wood will be very absorbent and will require the two coats wet on wet application.

John
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John

Do fences (aged wood) need a double coat? Also, when mixing a can should the bottom ever feel soft or sludgy? What happens if you use stain that still has some softness at the bottom of the can?

Jeanie Bollinger
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Jeanie Bollinger

I have used your stripper and brightner. Some areas still had some Cabot showing trough. I have sanded…do I need to re-clean and brighten again to open the wood? Thanks so much. Jeanie

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

If you power sanded the entire deck than it would help to rinse and clean off sanding dust to allow the stain to soak deeper into the wood.

Cori
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Cori

Does the natural come in the 100 series?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Sorry but it does not.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Cori, maybe the Cedartone or the Natural.

Cori
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Cori

Is the Natural just clear? Does the natural have any UV protectant? Would I need any?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

The Natural is not clear and yes you need UV protection from graying. The Natural is richer than the Honeytone.

Cori
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Cori

we are trying to find a color that would give our new cedar fence the ‘wet look’, we have the honeytone sample already and it is too light/yellowish, would the cedartone be a better option for this??

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