How to Cleanup TWP Stain and Brushes

TWP Stain Cleanup for Applicator Tools

Once you have completed an exterior wood staining project using any of the TWP Series Wood Stains,  you should cleanup using mineral spirits. Although TWP is the only EPA registered wood preservative and has a very low VOC it is oil based and requires mineral spirits for cleanup. But with some cleanup knowledge and tips, it can be a breeze.

What You’ll Need for Cleanup

  • Mineral spirits
  • Personal protection
  • Clean cloth or rag
  • Plastic tarp
  • Empty buck for disposal

You can find different sizes of mineral spirits for sale at about any paint supply store or big box store. Always wear protective wear like safety glasses, chemical-resistant gloves, and breathing aparatice. Once you are done staining with TWP pour any excess stain from containers back into the stain can. Use a brush to wipe all the extra stain back into the can as possible.

Take your applicator tools and containers needing to be cleaned to a safe location away from plants, grass, animals, etc. It is best to place a plastic cloth or tarp on the area you are going to be working. Pour mineral spirits into any of the containers that had any stain in them. Using a brush wipe the containers clean with the mineral spirits while essentially cleaning the brush at the same time. Then pour the used mineral spirits into the empty disposal bucket. Repeat if necessary and until the container is clean.

If you are cleaning several brushes or rollers do so in the spare bucket by pouring a little cleaner in it and swooshing the tools around until clean. Wipe off any excess mineral spirits with a clean cloth. Set the clean containers and tools aside.

If you used a pump or airless sprayer pour some mineral spirits into the tank of the sprayer. Stick the nozzle end into the spare bucket containing the used mineral spirits and pump or spray until clean mineral spirits is coming out. Dump any remaining cleaner out of the sprayer’s tank into the disposal bucket.

Any brushes, rollers, or used rags that are going to be reused should be placed safely in a fireproof container or metal can with a lid. It should then be disposed of properly along with the disposal bucket of used mineral spirits. Most communities have a hazardous waste collection program, check with your city or town. Never pour mineral spirits down the drain or on the ground. Never leave contaminated rags or cloths laying around as they are a fire hazard. Use common sense and be smart and you’ll have clean applicator tools to use on your next TWP staining project. 

 

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Sean Gronemeier
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Sean Gronemeier
I started the staining process on my deck by doing the privacy fence with arbor first. From the top down. I layed out some plastic sheeting in order to keep drips of stain off the deck itself. Unfortunately I should have covered the entire deck. Not only did splatter drip spots get all over the deck but at one point I dropped a small container of stain which splattered everywhere including the side of my house which is a siding. Im not sure what to do at this point. Do I wait until the stained privacy fence dries and reclean… Read more »
Barry Muhlfelder
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Barry Muhlfelder

I got quite a bit of 1500 series pacific redwood stain on our flagstone walkway. A paint stripper didn’t work. Should I try mineral spirits or something else?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Try a graffiti remover and pressure washing.

Kevin Peyton
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Kevin Peyton

I have a significant amount of dried overspray that I need to clean off my vinyl siding. Mineral spirits didn’t touch it, Simple Green didn’t touch it, Fast Orange hand cleaner works to some degree. Is there something better I can use to clean it off? Deck stripper, paint stripper?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Try a water based graffiti remover from your local store. Do a test spot first before all as you do not want to discolor your siding.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Do a test spot first to make sure it removes it with some mineral spirits and a rag.

Suky
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Suky

How do I remove TWP 100 stain drips from the vertical black metal spindles on our railings. It’s sticky. The poles are powder-coated painted aluminum I beileve.

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