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.

Thanks

TWP Stain Help Staff

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Catherine
Catherine

Treated pine deck and railings. 2+ years old. Never stained or painted. Grayed color may want slightly darkened color. Upstate SC area. Deck to be pressure washed and allowed to dry.
What TWP product would be best. Desire low maintenance.

Faded in Texas
Faded in Texas

Three years ago a contractor built a large cedar pergola in our back yard, and also installed custom pine & cypress cabinets on our back porch. They told us they used TWP 206 Russet Brown on both pergola and cabinets. The cabinets get morning sun (and we do live in Texas so it’s hot) and have started to fade and have developed some whitening. The pergola is holding up better but is fading in spots. What do you recommend we use to restore the cabinets and (eventually) the pergola?

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Deb
Deb
I have stripped the old semi-transparent stain off my deck boards with RAD and used the brightener and I am now ready to stain. I am only going to stain the deck boards with the TWP semi-transparent dark oak. I am planning to use an opaque stain by Flood on the spindles and rails as that is what I had on there previously and I have not been able to get the old opaque stain off completely even with sanding. When I used your website to calculate how much stain I would need, it says I need 5 gallons. That… Read more »

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Craig
Craig
Hi my tomahawk log home has been stained by a company called ProWoodcare in WI I believe they have used TWP 200 Butternut Brown last staining was about 5 years ago my east and west side need staining badly so I was thinking of doing it myself. The question I have for you is If I don’t have time to power wash my logs is it ok to just wipe them down do get the dirt and grime off before applying TWP 200 Butternut brown again or is their a better way to clean them dry? I would like to… Read more »
Steve
Steve

What is the best way to remove the white plastic “shipping ring” from the gallon cans of stain without damaging the can in the process. Seems somewhat difficult.

Kim Ryan
Kim Ryan
We used RAD Stripper on our 10 year old cedar deck that previously had Cabots Semi-Transparent Australian Timber Oil on it- it had worn off most every place that was in the sun, but still looked good under the deck cover and any place that is mostly in the shade. The floor looks great, but a lot of the old stain did not come off the top and bottom rails of the railing (spindles are metal) and on the posts. We used the RAD stripper twice on these areas, letting set longer the 2nd time, but not much improvement. Will… Read more »

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Mike W
Mike W
I have a cedar sided house at 7000 Ft in sunny Colorado. I’ve used SuperDeck in the past and gotten 8 yrs out of it twice now. Been very happy with results. SW bought out the line and reformulated it with very bad reviews. Looking for a good transparent stain/protectant. Questions: what do you suggest in your line? What is compatible with original product? I can’t realistically prep the whole house- it’s in great shape just has some faded areas from sun UV and hail marks (not damage) so will your product give me good life and protection? It’s a… Read more »
Mary
Mary

I would like help with restaining my fence Fence.
What species is the wood? Treated, but not sure what type of wood.
Older than 1 year.
Was stained originally, guessing 10 years ago with Thompson Semi-Transparent. Has held up really well until the last year.
Is TWP stain available in stores near Aurora Illinois?

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Pat Oates
Pat Oates

I plan to brush TWP Honeytone on white oak timbers. Wood is new and typical raw oak color (wheat). Will honey tone change this warm color much?

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Joe
Joe

I recently built a green, not kiln dried, cypress fence. It’s been up since Nov 2016. Moisture level checks running between 4-11% Want to do cleaner and brightener and then TWP 1500 series. There’s not much information I’ve found for cypress applications. Anything I should be concerned about?

Martin Spector
Martin Spector

I had a cedar pergola installed last summer. The pergola was stained with TWP1501. The condo association where we live does not like the color of the product and we must have it redone. What kind of preparation do we need to do to the cedar since it was only stained last summer?
Will the new stain cover properly since the original coat was just put on last summer?

Sherwood
Sherwood

I live in South Louisiana and have a treated pine deck that is about 20 years old. I have used Thompson Water Seal on it a couple of times through the years but have not done anything to it for a few years now. It’s still in pretty good condition. What TWP product should I use to restore and seal the deck now? What preps should be done before sealing?

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Rita
Rita

Is this stain the consistency of water! It doesn’t look like I applied anything. I used CLEAR.. it looks milky clear when applying.. after it dries it looks the same as before.. am I doing something wrong?

Steve
Steve

In Louisiana with 18 year old cypress cabin never stained. Recent pressure washing has exposed the natural wood to a like-new finish. Thinking about 100 series or 1500 in honeytone color. And want to spray but concerned about sediment in can clogging sprayer. What would be best?

Elmer Thielman
Elmer Thielman
I recently ordered 5 gal of TWP100 to redo my deck but have run into a snag. The deck was stained with something and 2 years ago I pressure washed it, used the cleaner/brightener and and coated it with Twp 100. It never looked real good probably due to what every was on it before. So this year I decided to try again. Pressure washed again. The railing and built in benches are painted and turned out to have a lot of rotted areas. The desk is solid but has a lot of cracks, it is fir and don’t know… Read more »

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Andy
Andy

I am about to purchase materials from TWP to revitalize my family’s deck. 39 y.o., hard wood (not pine), very good condition. History of stain and Red Behr Deckover was applied 26 mo ago. Obviously it must be removed & TWP stain applied correctly.
Please explain the order of steps to do this. Power wash & sand first? Or apply TWP stripper, power wash & sand, TWP brightener/conditioner, the stain?

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Mike
Mike

My deck is in good condition, ready for 1501 maintenance recoating. Some Redwood Con Heart 2 X 6′ are much lighter than existing boards, and they are at the edge of a covered deck so they get more sun. Which stain could I use to darken them? It has been 1 year since last application of 1501 They have had several reapplications of 1501 through the years, but are still too light.

Ann MacLeod
Ann MacLeod

What kind of stain is recommended for glulam beams. Location BC, Canada.

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kevin
kevin

The white cedar deck had a first single rustic 1516 stain 2 years ago.We preped with the kit and brushed the cleaner off with a nylon broom.The 2 part deck is 500sq ft.the smsler section has a white fuss.Dose that need to be sanded prior to staining?

Maura
Maura
Hi, I have an old cedar deck that we are currently sanding down to get rid of a worn and bad stain job that is peeling. We need to replace a few boards with new 2×6 cedar boards, and I’m wondering how we should proceed with finishing. Should we clean and brighten everything at once after sanding and apply only 1 coat to the new boards and 2 coats to the old? Should we wait and let the new boards weather until fall and apply TWP to all the old wood to get it sealed? Should we leave all the… Read more »
Dave
Dave

My deck was stained with 1500. Within 3 hours we had a heavy rain for two hours. The deck had plenty of standing water that had beaded up. Do we need to reapply more stain when it is fully dried? How do we assess whether or not the treatment was compromised? Thanks.

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James Goodwin
James Goodwin

Can I apply the 1500 dark walnut stain over TWP’s 1500 natural? Or do I have to strip first?

Rich
Rich

How long can a 5-gallon bucket be stored before it thickens/jells? I assume this would be somewhere with no drastic temp swings. Also, could you re-seal the lid with plastic wrap or something similar before storing?
If it does thicken – can it not be used at all?

Steve
Steve

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Steve
Steve
My contractor applied a refresher coat of TWP 101 cedartone on my deck Mon. He built the deck last year and put on one coat of TWP 101 cedartone after a few mos. The deck is pressure treated yellow pine. The deck now has a slight shine to it but it is not wet or tacky. The color darkened up quite a bit but I don’t mind how it looks. I’m in Alabama and the deck gets extreme sun and high temps. I think he put a little too much on. Should we do anything now or just leave it… Read more »
Malcolm
Malcolm

I have already stripped, sanded and washed my cedar deck with other products. Is there any other prep I need to do prior to applying a 1500 Series TWP stain? Thanks.

Kim R
Kim R

We are getting ready to use TWP on our cedar deck. Part of the deck is under a canopy and large part is in full sun. In the future, when it comes time to “refresh”, can we just put another coat on over this one or does it need to be stripped again?

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Ellyn Bagley
Ellyn Bagley

Could I clean the deck with a light scrubbing with soapy water instead of using your Restore kit? I know you want to sell me your product, but seriously, won’t the soapy water do a satisfactory job? If so, what kind of soapy water solution would I use?

Ellyn Bagley
Ellyn Bagley

I followed your instructions and applied one coat of 1500 TWP last fall to a new 12′ x 14′ premium kiln-dried pressure-treated pine deck. How do I proceed now to apply the second coat to get it ready for summer and what is the best way to clean it first? Also, what should the outside temperature be before applying the second coat? How long will it take to dry before I can place rug and furniture on it?

Rich Newton
Rich Newton

I have a deck with no previous stain. It is pretty rough with splinters. I am going to sand it. Do I still need restore-a-deck or something else to prep it? Anything else I should know when staining a sanded deck.

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danielle
danielle

I stained pressure treated pine deck with TWP 100 series Dark Oak 2 years ago. The deck boards seemed very hot to bare feet that summer. Are lighter stain colors cooler on the feet? Can I apply a lighter stain color this year? What prep do I need to do if moving to a lighter stain color?

sarah
sarah

i am getting ready to stain my deck with thw 1500 series. It arrived over the weekend. How warm does it need to be – the contractor is saying we need to wait until the nighttime temperatures dont drop below 55. Just checking it thats right. ‘Im in the New York area.

Kevin
Kevin

I have a 1000 Sq/ft pressure treated deck that is 10 months old. I haven’t applied anything to it yet. I’m in North Carolina. What do I need to do? And what colors look the best with pressure treated pine? Thanks!

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Yannick
Yannick

I’ve got a new ipe wood deck that was built last fall. It’s been through a rough winter season (snow, ice, rain) already and hasn’t been stained yet (been told to wait at least six months before staining). Living in the northeast, and its year-round tough weather conditions, what would you recommend, and also what would be the best color tone to use to keep as much as possible the natural color of ipe? Many thanks.

Mike
Mike

Log cabin in WV, should I use TWP-100 or TWP-1500? Plan to stain 2 decks and all exterior logs. I know I can use either 100 or 1500 in WV, just asking which one is ‘better’.

Steve Owens
Steve Owens

I studied all the guides here, but now I’ll just ask. I have approximately 400 square feet of redwood decking AND 300 square feet of T&G cedar in the soffits. I am hoping to get a somewhat neutral stain, such as honeytone. Both products have been installed and weathered over the winter. Can I use the same kind of stain? Should I be looking at TWP100 or TWP1500? Same question about the prep – would the rough side of T&G need the same clean & brighten product as the redwood decking?

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Chris
Chris

How long can I go after stripping and brightening a wood deck and still get good application of the stain? TWP 1500

Dale Butikofer
Dale Butikofer

My previous question didn’t mention which product I was hoping to thin … It’s TWP 100 Series 5 Gallon Cedartone 101

Dale Butikofer
Dale Butikofer

I have about 2 gallons left in my 5 gallon bucket from perhaps 3 years ago. I’ve blended it back to creamy life with my drill and mixer attachment. It seems, however, a good bit thicker than before. May I thin it a bit with paint thinner or something similar.

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John Tucceri
John Tucceri

I have a home in Pennsylvania and I just built a deck. It has weathered the later part of last summer and all winter. Up till now I have done nothing to it . What deck cleaner and which series of your product should I use ? I’ve used pressure treat pine to build the deck. Are there any retail stores that sell your product in the Pittsburgh area ?

Laura Reardon
Laura Reardon
Hi, recently I ordered two stain samples. The clear and the honeytone. I actually think I would like somewhere in the middle. Can they be mixed without harm to the color? Also, I have a 22 year old house with cedar clapboards. We have always stained them clear but have not in a few years. We have pressure washed the siding but am wondering what else we may need to do to prepare the siding. Also my house is a cape measuring 40 x 24. Can you advise me how much stain to buy? Thank you very much, Laura
Don lavin
Don lavin

My deck is 3years old, I used other water based sealers and found them wanting. I used your deck stripper with a power washer and got all of the old finish removed. Next I sanded the entire deck and brought it to like new. I then used your brightner followed by a single coat of your 1530 product. Did not do a wet on wet because deck is 750 square feet in size.
How long must I wait before putting a second coat on the deck?

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Dave
Dave

Outside Cedar 2X4 deck, 33 years old, 10′ above grade. Deck is 12X20.
I want to stain and preserve the underside of the 2X4s and joists. This area has never been stained or painted before. What concerns should I have using TWP 1500?

Estella Draheim
Estella Draheim

We bought the 1500 series last year but can’t remember what color we bought. Do you keep records? TIA

Jerry Vosti
Jerry Vosti
I’m getting ready to stain my two year old redwood deck ( previously stained with 1500 honey tone) with 1500 California redwood. I will strip it first and prepare as suggested. You say apply when the temperatures are between 50 and 90 And to try and avoid full sunlight. Are you talking about outdoor ambient temperature for temperature of the deck wood itself? When I stain it’s going to be 80 to 85° ambient temperature. I have full sun in the middle the day and the deck gets quite warm Is it best to stain in the morning and late… Read more »

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Mike
Mike

I live in Canada and it looks like you guys only ship TWP 200 series there. I also note that the 200 series is labeled for “Shake and Shingle” to “Enhance the Wood” and a “Repellant” where the 100 Series is described as a “Total Wood Preservative”. I have a couple of questions:

1. What’s the difference between the 100 & 200 series.
2. What would be the difference between the two products be if used on deck boards?

Thanks in advance,
Mike

Dick Lowman
Dick Lowman
Our decks are redwood, installed one year ago. No prior stain or treatment of any kind. Have TWP 100 (bought last year) but based on your instructions it is not yet applied. We have cleaned them and are waiting for good weather to apply TWP. Your instructions mention use of a brightener prior to applying TWP. We chose 100 with intent to let the deck weather to a natural gray. Two questions: 1. Would there be any advantage of using a brightener when we are aiming for a weathered gray? 2. Would there be any advantage of using a gray… Read more »
John Eaves
John Eaves

Five weeks ago I had my deck sprayed with your TWP 1500 product. The product dried blotchy due to the method of application. Can I use a roller and put a light over coat on top of the cured product to even out the color?

Thank You

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Marie Rauter
Marie Rauter

We installed a pressure treated pine 8×40′ deck last July. I live in South Georgia almost in Florida. Which TWP product would be best for my deck and when should we stain it? Is it necessary to do the bleach wash prior to staining?

Sean
Sean

I have a 10’W x 32’L x 8’H Row Barn made from white pine board and batten. It has been “weathered” for 14 months. What product(s) do you recommend? Can you provide an estimate on how much I will need?