Need Some Help With TWP Stains?

 

TWP Stain Help and AdviceWe are here to help you with your exterior deck or wood restoration project!

TWP is an advanced wood preservative registered by the EPA. Performance and longevity can vary though depending on the wood type, how the wood is prepped, the age of wood, and how the TWP is applied. We want everyone who has decided to use TWP to have the best possible results.

When asking questions please give us some information about your project:

  • What structure is your wood? Examples would be: Deck, Wood Siding, Fence, etc
  • What species is the wood? Examples: Treated Pine, Cedar, Redwood, Ipe, etc
  • Is the wood new or older than 1 year?
  • Has the wood been stained previously with a different brand? Please specify brand name and type of stain used: Examples: Solid stain, Semi-Transparent Stain, etc.
  • Any additional info that would be useful

Once you supply us with the information, we will able to give you advice as to how to prep your wood and any needed instructions for the TWP application.

Please ask your questions in the comment area.

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Amy
Amy

does TWP need to be stored above 50 degrees or is it okay that it’s been out in the cold but I’m going to apply it once it’s over 50 degrees outside

Bruce galyan
Bruce galyan

Hello. Just installed cedar fence, 1/2 x 6″ x 6′ slats on 2×4 pt runners, screwed to 4×4 pt posts. Can be treated now? What product? Saw 2 different answers in help, 1 says series 100 and other says 1500. Also saw 2 diff answers about timing. Your help is greatly appreciated. Also want to spray on with low prssure spray as 1 side is up against chain link fence that is 4′ high making brush or roller impossible. Thanks! Bruce

Amy
Amy

We are staining western cedar fresh from the saw mill. Some wood is older cuts some. We want to apply Bora Care pesticide. Will this affect effectiveness of your stain? I know dry time for Bora Care is 72 hours. Thanks

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Dick Latson
Dick Latson

I am prepping a new cedar fence (installed 12 months ago) to apply TWP 101 Cedar stain. I will wet with bleach solution, wash, let dry and apply Restore-A-Deck all before applying stain. My question is – the fence has galvanized steel post – should I wrap these to protect them from any of the applications I have mentioned?

Zeke
Zeke
Due to some poor planning on my part and unlucky weather, I’m worried I’m not going to be able to stain my deck before the winter kicks in. I’m located just west of Boston. I have a cedar deck that I prepped per your instructions about six weeks ago. I have TWP 1500 ready to go. But every time the temperature has been above 50, it has rained within a day. At this point, what is my best option? Stain it despite the cold? Cover it with a tarp for the winter? This Sunday the forecast is for a high… Read more »
chris
chris

Hello,

I’m looking to stain a 15 year old pressure treated pine deck, which is at ground level (no verticals) this coming Spring 2019. Question is I have done minor repairs (filling holes, replacing boards, etc.) over time, and there are some color differences due to wood putty, newer boards. Will TWP cover these differences?
What stain TWP 100 or 1500 would you recommend? Location is Eastern, PA.

Thanks

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Leo Lanigan
Leo Lanigan

We have painted our deck and it looks blotchy. Is this because we didn’t strip it correctly?

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Chris
Chris

I have a cedar deck that was stained with TWP 101 a couple of years ago. I power washed the deck and intended to use the Gemini restore kit and then apply TWP 101. But within a day of power washing, the temperature has dropped too low to stain and I don’t know if it will ever be warm enough long enough to finish the job. Will the deck be okay until spring?

Theresa
Theresa

Is pressure treated wood considered new wood or can I stain now.

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Mark
Mark

I have a new open trailer with marine plywood that I would like to seal with TWP100as I have it on hand. Are there any issues with using this on new marine grade plywood?

Matt
Matt
We recently used TWP 120 (Pecan) on our siding. The siding had been previously stained with an unknown semi-transparent stain and a varnish coat on top of that. We took it down to the wood with sanding, cleaned and brightened the wood and then applied the TWP 120. The project looks good – but my surprise is the color turned out to be darker than pictures would indicate and even the test samples I applied. It also has stronger tones of red and orange than I was expecting. It still looks good, I think, but I’m wondering why the color… Read more »
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Chris
Chris

If it rains 1 time on my deck after ive cleaned & brightened it… .. if i let it dry for 48hrs, can i still stain with twp 100, or would i hafta brighten again? Can’t seem to get 4-5 dry days in a row this fall here in VA.

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M.D.
M.D.
Hi, I have a pressure treated pine wood fence that has weathered for 8 months now. The fence boards are 3/4″ thick vs. the more common 5/8″. They are more smooth than the standard boards. Contractor did a poor job power washing it after 8 months and boards now have ‘furring’. More in some areas than others. I need to stain 2700sq.ft. and I do not want to have to sand the boards due to the furring. I live in NC and can order either TWP 100 or 1500 series. 1. I do not want boards to turn ‘gray’. Is… Read more »
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David DeLancey
David DeLancey

hi …
I am going to re-stain a red wood deck with 1500 redwood. I built the deck new and stained it with TWP about 18 months ago. I had purchased 5 gallons and have about 1/2 of that still left. It is very thick from being in the can a long time. What should I thin it with?

Best regards,
David DeLancey

Clark
Clark
I am restoring a covered front porch, with railings and columns, that was made of pressure treated wood 19 years ago with no maintenance since then, in upstate NY. I used your cleaner and brightener, with a pressure washer. I sanded with 40 grit and then with 80 grit; so it is fully prepped. I am using TWP1500 cedartone (5 gal), and have sprayers, pads, and brushes. I fell behind schedule and it is now late October, with a cold spell, so instead of highs in the 50s and low 60s it will barely reach 50 degrees for the next… Read more »

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Sherri
Sherri

Do you make a pecan stain that is a solid color ?

Donna
Donna
Last month our painter used TWP 200 series in Slate Gray to stain our cedar sidewall shingles on our garage. There was a lot of dried pigment at the bottom of the 5 gallon can that could not be stirred up into the stain. Quite a lot of the pigment was rock hard at the bottom of the 5 gallon can. One coat of stain was applied but it looks like the shingles could use another coat since there was so much dried up pigment at the bottom of the can. The labels on the can indicated it was manufactured… Read more »
Donna
Donna

Good to know. Thank you. I called Gemini directly at the number provided by TWP but I haven’t received a call back. The Tech Guy was busy so I had to leave my name and number and wait for him to call me back. We’ll see if I get a call back.

Mark
Mark

I stained my deck for first time after 5 months of weathering. After 24 hours, deck floor is sticky. What should I do?

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Jim
Jim

Want to stain my fence with 1500 series oil based tomorrow and temp will be 65 degree for two days but down around 36 at night . Will I be ok to stain the fence being that scold at night ?

Andrew
Andrew
Hello. I’ve been immersed in restoring my cedar deck over last 5 weeks. The deck is 20 years old, in need of surface restoration. I’ve stripped older TWP 100 Cedartone from nearly all surfaces, 21 gallons worth. Once stripped it became obvious deep sanding was necessary, which I accomplished with floor, belt, orbital and blocks. Where this was done, stain went in deep, wet on wet required. Looks incredible. But the lower portion of horizontal surface was stripped, brightened 5-6 weeks ago. It’s greyed out. And need of extensive surface sanding. I’ve run out of time and ideal weather window.… Read more »
Kenneth Girouard
Kenneth Girouard

Hi. I have an older redwood fence and would llke to stain/seal it and try to keep the flying termites away. What is the best product with a redwood color? TwP 100 or 1500 or some other product? Is the best way to apply it a roller and brush or low pressure sprayer? Thanks.

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DisappointedinSF
DisappointedinSF
Older redwood deck in San Francisco. Last work done approximately 5 years ago. After prepping (bleach to strip, power washing, sanding), Painter stained one coat with TWP 1500 Series Dark Oak. On edge of deck it is shiny, indicating overapplication of stain, probably because sides of deck were also stained leading to double coat just there. Lots of spots also on horizontal surface. None of the shiny spots are sticky and it has been 4 days since application. What are options? Can you try mineral spirits on shiny spots if dry? or only when wet?
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Rafael
Rafael

A couple of days ago we finish staining our deck with your product and a couple of hours after finishing it started raining for 2 days none stop. Upon inspection there were some raindrops on the area we last stained. What would you recommend doing to eliminate the raindrop stains? We applied the stain to pt pine with humidity lower than 15%

Jim Puryear
Jim Puryear

We put down cape cod gray on a stripped proper deck its to gray the deck is old enough to over coat lightly with 106 prarrie gray to mive the color a little …what do u think ?

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Colleen
Colleen

Hi. I applied TWP 100 stain in the spring. I read somewhere that it’s ok to apply a fall coat but I cannot find the information on that now. Is there prep required like there was when I applied it in the spring?

Javier
Javier
Hi, I recently acquired a home in Georgia (Atlanta area). The deck receives direct sun light for, at least, 5-6h in summer (deck is heading west-a little south). Atlanta is very warm in summer, as you might know. The deck needs treatment, for sure (see the pictures). I have no idea about the stain type they used before but, at some areas, the old stain is gone/or stripping out. The color is very dark, and seems to be solid, but I am not sure (not an expert). The wood has some cracks (as you can notice in the pictures) but… Read more »
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Nick Elliott
Nick Elliott

I’m in Iowa. Temperatures at now mid 50’s during the day and low 40’s at night. Are these temperatures warm enough to stain? I would guess I could stain late morning/early afternoon to get the hottest sun. Will this be enough? Should I cover the deck at night after staining? Thanks.

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Margaret
Margaret
I have a 12-yr old wood front door unit (42″ door with sidelights) on the north side of my OK home with about 10′ overhang. To our utter horror at original installation, stain and interior lacquer were applied. Not surprisingly, the lacquer failed and flaked badly, and there was considerable damage to bottom half of door. My local paint Store sold me TWP101-Cedar. I spent 16 hours properly stripping the lacquer and sanding. I applied one coat of TWP101, and though color isn’t absolutely uniform due to bottom damage (it’s got a little character), it looks gorgeous. I do wonder… Read more »
Zeke
Zeke
I live near Boston in MA. My cedar deck was previously stained twice. Once with TWP 101 Cedar, 2nd time with combination 101 Cedar and 1500 Natural. Last time was 3 or maybe 4 years ago. At this point water is not beading and I’d like to stain it again before the winter. 1501 Cedar tone is way to go? Do I need to sand/strip before staining it again? If so what do you recommend? Also I understand I can’t get 101 in MA anymore. What would you recommend I switch to? Last question, I still have half a gallon… Read more »
Dan
Dan

We have an outside pressure treated deck that has weathered approximately 10 months. We live in Northern Kentucky (Greater Cincinnati Area) and are wondering which product you recommend.

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Travis
Travis

I recently put TWP cedar color on a clear fir porch. It didn’t dry evenly for some reason. Can I put another coat on 2 days after? Or other fix?

Nat
Nat
We recently purchased a home with cedar siding. The front and sides of the home appear to be old grayish wood that does not look to have any stain or coating on it. The back of the house is also a gray color but has some worn brown colors which looks to be left over from a coating of some type. We would like to prep and coat the house in the upcoming weeks, however we do not know much about cedar and we would hate to ruin it or make the house look worst. Any information you can provide… Read more »
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Dan
Dan

Deck has been stained before with 1503. Cleaned and brightened it with Gemini end of last week. Applying new stain today. Some areas seem to soak it up quickly, so we’re using the wet-on-wet technique for 2 coats on horizontal surfaces. First pic shows decking about 20 to 30 minutes after 2nd coat. Some areas already fairly dry. Others still fairly wet. Second pic is an hour after 2nd coat. Same look. Is 3rd coat advisable? If so, how to go about it? I’ve got a good forecast for the next 3 to 4 days.

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Susan
Susan

Hi – I have a new deck installed with redwood boards (dry redwood) and my contractor did light sanding and then immediately stain it using TWP 1500 pecan color.

Can I still use the brightener kit later to remove the black spot and then restain?

Nick Elliott
Nick Elliott

I have a 10+ year old deck which needed to be sanded with 30 grit paper to remove a previous “deck restore” type product. The wood is now is decent to good shape with some boards showing their age. Questions –

• Are you stains suitable for older decks such as mine? Or is another “deck restore” product appropriate.
• If I choose to use your stain, do I treat the sanded wood as new and let it weather since it was sanded with a grit under 80? Or do I use a cleaner and then apply stain?

Carol
Carol

I have a REDWOOD deck that was installed the summer of 2015. It has not been touched. I know you have specific directions on how to wait 6-12 months, then do the gemini/power washing steps but Is there anything different, such as 2 coats instead of one or sanding it, that we should do to stain our deck since it is a couple of years past when it should have been finished with your TWP 100?

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T Bunger
T Bunger

I have Penofin Ultimate Transparent on my redwood deck for 2 years and it is fading faster than desired. I have sanded horizontal surfaces down to fresh wood with 60 grit, but not railings, except for top rails. The vertical railings are not peeling or flaking, and actually still look good, so can I apply TWP over the railings without sanding? I plan to power wash all, and let dry for 48 hours, before applying new stain…

Ken
Ken

Ok, even with ALL the warnings, and I read every article on this sight, I still over applied the stain. So now what? My wood was so bad I thought it would need 2 coats. I didn’t want to wait too long since it says “wet on wet”. So I put a second coat within the first 45 minutes. 2 days later it is still shiny. What kind of problems can I expect?

Mike
Mike

Did my deck 2.5 yrs ago and had about 1 gal of TWP 120 [pecan] left over in the 5 gal container purchased. Need to redo. The leftover gal was sealed tight, in the original 5 gal container but today it is a coagulated insoluble glob in liquid. Have ordered another 5 gal container [more cost effective]. Question is, is there anything I can do to preserve the leftover gallon I will have after my redo, for the next time 2 to 3 yrs from now?
Thanks

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SAM
SAM

Installed new cedar fence in MI.. wood bone dry, intricate design w/ panels, pieces, lattice.. slightly rough surface. Now late Sept. Stain now or wait through winter for spring? Maybe allow it to weather a month? Worried about dropping temperatures. Would rather not use cleaner & pepper in spring. Already have 100 Pecan. Thx.

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Roy Decha
Roy Decha

Do I need aa sealant prior to staining?

kellie
kellie

can i use TWP on a new Mahogany exterior front door? it is east facing, under a porch, in Missouri. loved the color and would like it to perfectly match the rest of the wood trim of the house.

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Doug
Doug

Three years ago I built a patio deck using redwood. Semi-transparent redwood TWP has been applied annually for three years. The deck looks very red and not certain if another application should be made using the semi- transparent product. What about using a preservative without red pigmentation?

Katie K.
Katie K.
We stained our deck (treated pine lumber, aged 16 months) on Saturday with TWP 100. It went very well! Loved the saturation and smoothness of the product. First coat soaked right in, so the wood was definitely ready. We did 2 coats, wet on wet, per instructions. It had 48 hours to dry after we finished staining, but we knew we were going to get thunderstorms last night (Monday – about 52 hours after we’d finished staining). The deck felt dry, no longer tacky, but we were concerned about the amount of rain so we covered the deck with plastic… Read more »
Dave
Dave
I had a new deck put on in May-June 2017 and cleaned the deck and applied the TWP1500 Honeytone and TWP 100 Rustic in late October. I noticed early this spring that the Honeytone was fading in some floorboard areas. I used the TWP1500 as it was advertised with great UV penetration/protection. We used the Rustic stain on some of the posts, but none of the flooring. I’ve attached some pictures of the deck below. I’m disappointed this didn’t last more than 6 months before showing fading. The deck does get a lot of direct sunlight, but this stain was… Read more »
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dave
dave
Hi. I used the stripper, pressure washed, brightened and rinsed on Thursday, finally getting 4 days without rain in the forecast. I live in Maine. Temperatures are getting lower… and I’m getting some morning fog, which is dampening my drying deck. I was hoping to stain on Sunday, after the fog burns off. Forecast is dry, (but somewhat humid) for Monday and Tuesday with remnants of florence predicting a soaking on Tuesday night/Wednesday. Considering what my neighbors are going threw in the carolinas, I can’t get too worked up about the stain on my deck. But, my question is this…… Read more »
Crady Adams
Crady Adams

Here are some photos (maybe??) I am not at all confident these JPEG pix made it to you. If not,then I’m out of ideas and will move to have another drink.
Thanks anyway. Still need recommendation on if this prep is enough or I need to move to some sort of restore product and/or a belt sander…
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Brian Yarborough
Brian Yarborough
My deck flooring was replaced in May of 2016. I cleaned and brightened it in October of 2017, and then stained it with Pecan TWP 1500 that same month. After this winter I noticed that the stain was uneven (see photos) with some boards (the ones more shaded still retaining much of the original stain depth, and others, more in the sun, less so. In addition, I noticed spots where the stain did not seem to soak in, leaving the wood “white.” My plan is to clean and brighten it, then restain it ASAP, weather permitting. Will this be OK,… Read more »
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Dood
Dood

I have an old deck that has been stained and re-stained numerous times. Due to age and neglect I decided to sand the deck down to bare wood. Attached are a couple of photos showing the deck partway sanded and a photo showing the deck after sanding has been completed (we’ve had a few light rains since the deck was sanded and this seems to have brought out a yellow tone in the wood). Is the deck now ready for TWP stain (I plan to use TWP 120 Pecan), or are there additional preparation steps required?

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Tori
Tori

2 questions here:
1. What products (prep and stain) do I need for a 3 year old deck? Pressure treated pine that is uncovered in Alabama. It has been pressure washed by previous owners and some of the wood fibers are raised. Also, what do you recommend to apply it?

2. What prep and stain do I need for a pressure treated pine fence less than a year old? We are looking at semi transparent or semi solid for both. Leaning more toward semi transparent, though.

Thanks!