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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Bob
Bob

We just installed a new cedar deck and we were going to sand the decking and rails to remove the mill glaze. Are we able to stain the deck right away without having to wait for the wood to weather first? If so what grit grade do you recommend to sand? Thanks

Kristin
Kristin

We have a two year old pressure treated deck that is hem fir. We want to stain it and curious which product is the best for this type of deck? We used thompson water seal last summer and it is flaking off. Does this need to be striped before reapplying a new stain?

Rob
Rob

Need your expert input on best method(s) to stain our new deck. Deck is tigerwood and was install a week ago. How long should we wait to stain with TWP 100? Should we use a cleaner / brightener prior to staining? If yes, which product do you recommend?

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Carrie wamble
Carrie wamble

Does twp 100 series have bug protection also

David Gschwendtner
David Gschwendtner

I am using twp 1500 series stain.My question is,how do I stop black mold from forming over winter.I live in PA.

JOHN DG
JOHN DG

I installed a small 10 x 16 deck last year in late summer using PT boards. I live in RI and over the winter the boards warped slightly making the deck surface uneven. I sanded the deck before I found this web site and now want to stain it. The deck gets full sun after 11 am. Do I need to do anything to the sanded wood before I stain it? What product should I use?

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Rick Konold
Rick Konold

I’m building a new deck. I’m using cedar for the deck boards and green treated for the frame. Do I need to stain the cedar right after construction or do I wait?

Mary Jo
Mary Jo

I applied TWP stain to my deck three months ago. It looks great, but I have a few areas of milky haze after heavy rains in area where table and chairs sat. Any recommendations for treating those? I have read about various treatments such as petroleum, toothpaste and denatured alcohol for wet glass rings on indoor wood but didn’t know what to do outside.

Carmen Borda
Carmen Borda

I put one coat of TWP 1500 on pressure treated pine deck yesterday. Can I put another coat today>

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mr19
mr19

Cleaned and whitened deck on Wed. Just applied 1500 this morning wet-on-wet (cedar deck was installed 2 years ago and never stained). When I came in it looked wet but no puddling (I was pushing extra stain off edge of deck using pad). Just took look and it appears there are small air bubbles forming where sun is starting to hit it.

Is this ok? Should I go over it with dry deck pad?

Jack
Jack

My son has a log home in Montana that has a water based Perma-Chink clear coat that is peeling and breaking down after 2 years. How do we prepare it for TWP and what series is recommended for log homes?

Ted
Ted

I have some dried stain on vinyl siding and concrete. What is the best way to remove it?

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Ionut Manta
Ionut Manta

I just applied wet on wet 1516 rustic on my deck and I don’t like the color, can I apply 1503 I’ve that 1516?
The wood is new never stained and the species is cedar.

Richard Stremovihtg
Richard Stremovihtg

Hello
I have resurfaced my deck pressure treated lumber. Has been down 2 to 3 months of high 90s..i have been looking @ twp100 color chart.i am looking for a simi transparent stain . I’m looking for a light color stain colors light Cedar tone natural rustic and pecan in honey tone trying to find a color that has no reddish tint but not too dark due to the temperature of the deck any help with this would be great I’m going to try to order some samples thank you

Alice Lobenstein
Alice Lobenstein

Difference of 100 series and 1500 series

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Don Heins
Don Heins

I have to re-stain most of a large double deck (2×6 pressure treated) that was originally stained with TWP Total Wood Preservative pecan 9 years ago. I also had to replace 42 boards that were in bad shape. I need some advice – I’m assuming I’ll have to strip off the old stain but do you have a product (solid color maybe) that can be applied over the old stain without having to strip it?

Kelly conner
Kelly conner

During the drying process of staining we had thousands of bugs land in the stain. We are using twp 1500. What can we do to repair the mess

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Tom Sp8
Tom Sp8

Our deck is 3 or 4 years old. Pressure treated 2×6. We previously stained with a Behr semi transparent stain that failed miserably nearly from the get go. I have pressure washed and sanded off all traces of old stain down to bare wood. However, it will be 3 or 4 weeks before I can restain. Will I need to rewash, or simply sweep/blow debris before applying stain? I am leaning towards the 100 series, since it is still legal in my area, and just
ordered 3 samples.
Thanks!

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Fred
Fred
We have a mildew/algae problem on a deck with a hot tub below it. Joists are treated pine, deck boards are cedar. Deck is 10 years old, apparently treated on the top side with some sort of latex stain product. There was green “junk” on the bottom side of the deck, probably aggravated by moisture from the hot tub. We have cleaned and power-washed both the top side and the under side with restore-a-deck stripper and brightener. Looks really good, except there is still a little bit of green residue on the joists that didn’t come off. We are intending… Read more »
Gary Gieschen
Gary Gieschen
I have a Gastineau log home that was ‘sand blasted’ by hail on the three sides.The North side is in good shape. I plan to re-stain all sides of the house. TWP Cedartone 101 stain came with the materials for Gastineau log homes and I have re-stained three times with TWP Cedartone. My questions are: 1.Do I need to clean the good side with bleach and water? 2. do I still do a wet on wet application on the good side, or is one coat enough? 3. I have a 5 gallon pail of TWP Cedartone from previous staining jobs.… Read more »
Steve
Steve
Deck rebuilt in fall of 2017 with cedar. When I purchased 5 gal pail of 101 cedartone and cleaner package I asked about timeframe…..as much as I wanted to apply prior to winter weather, I waited as you folks mentioned mill glaze and weathering time first for most effective use of TWP. We used the cleaner/conditioner, rinsed, waited 72+ hours and then applied the TWP 101. We applied one coat and thought we should wait for 4-8 more months before applying a second coat from questions we had read on this site. The deck looks outstanding…but stairs are showing dirt… Read more »

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Gary Holmes
Gary Holmes
Hello, my deck is 16 years old. I have only used TWP Honey Tone stain for all years. I had a contractor come out to clean, prepare and sand my deck to get rid of previous TWP applications. He cleaned the deck the first day. Then he returned the next day and sanded and stained with TWP Honey Tone all on the the same day; within 48 hours it rained. He said that as long it didn’t rain within 12 hours it would be OK; Please see the attached photo. I’m asking him to come back, clean, re-sand and re-apply… Read more »
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Tom Sp8
Tom Sp8

How long is an opened/partial used gallon of product still good for? And how best to store it?

Skip
Skip

Has the formula for Twp changed since 2015? I have saved a gallon from the last application (1530 to be specific) and want to know if I can mix a new gallon of 1530 with it without issue

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Steve I.
Steve I.

I want to use TWP 100 series to stain my deck. It’s a 11 years old treated lumber (pine?) deck and was stained 5 years ago with Behr Premium Transparent weather proofing all in one wood finish. Unfortunately, the deck was not stained for 6 years.
What prepping will I need to do prior to staining with TWP 100? Any other information would be appreciated as well.
Thank you.

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kristi rafferty
kristi rafferty

I recently stained my deck – a portion that was done first dried lighter than the rest – should i apply another coat?

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Laurie DePaul
Laurie DePaul

We have a deck that has been stained numerous times with transparent stain. The last time we used the transparent stain ,however, there was a protectant in it that left a glaze. My husband has been very upset because they are telling him he has to remove the current stain before he can restain. but they don’t have any stain without the preservative,so if we use it we’ll have to remove it again? Is there any stain without a preservative anymore? Or what is your suggestion?

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Bob
Bob

How long will twp stain last in unopen can?

John Wright
John Wright

We have an older deck with Doug fir. We live in snow country at 5,600’. Which product would you recommend?

Debbie
Debbie

I have new cedar hurricane shutters in coastal North Carolina. Do I need to clean before staining and which stain do you recommend for the natural cedar look?
Thanks

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Chan
Chan

I live in California have a cedar fence, gate, and house parapet (all vertical) that is about a year and a half old. Previously stained with Duckback Superdeck but it’s already turning grey and looks like it didn’t absorb well. Should I use the RAD Stripper/Brightener Kit and then apply TWP 1500?

LJB
LJB

Last fall we moved into a 7 year-old home. As far as we can tell, the 12×14 deck has never been treated or coated. We don’t know what kind of wood it is. It feels quite rough, so we are planning on sanding the whole thing. We live in the upper plains where the weather is extreme with both heat and cold/snow. Can you give me some guidance on what we need to do to prep, and also which of your products would be best? Also, what kind of dry time is needed?

Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis

I have new pressure treated wood that has cured. I would like to stain it solid black, but have been unsuccessful finding the stain. Do you offer a solid black or have any recommendations on how to achieve it?
Thank you,

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Trenton
Trenton

I’m thinking of using TWP100 on my new cedar fence. I would like it to be darker than your Dark Oak. Can I add black pigment to the stain?

Walt
Walt
Hello, Live in Eastern Pennsylvania, ready to stain my deck with TWP. Deck Situation 15×15 pressure treated deck approximately 15 years old. Previously stained with Behr semi-transparent stain. Stripped all prior stain using Behr #64 Stain Remover to bare wood. Now ready to clean and brighten before using TWP 1550 stain. Questions: 1. Should I use the Behr #63 Cleaner or use the TWP Cleaner and Brighten before I stain with TWP? 2. Living in Eastern PA, deck partial sun in AM, full sun afternoon, with plenty of snow in winter, should I sue oil based or acrylic based stain?… Read more »
Scott Doak
Scott Doak
quite A few years ago I purchased and used 100 series which is still looking great. Problem is I live in PA. Is there any way of sending the pigment/solid part of the stain and I can add the solvent? Have you ever shipped to a UPS pick up site or freight site so I can ship it to closes location and drive and pick it up. Its for the top dome of old victorian and I need to rent a high reach to get up there. decorative cedar shakes. Is 100 the longest lasting of your products? How does… Read more »

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Alyson Barclay
Alyson Barclay

could I mix 103 with 105 to get a dark wood finish with a gray tint? Any pictures of mixed stains?

Morgan
Morgan

Stained an outdoor bench with TWP 300 Stain on a day with only a 10% chance of rain. Surprise, surprise, a summer shower popped-up. Bench was under a overhang but there are some drop marks on seat and one armrest (everything else looks perfect). Solution?

Doug
Doug

I have a 4200 square foot western red cedar shake roof. It is half new and half two years old. Will TWP200 help to extend the life of this roof? Would 25 gallons cover it? Shake butts here are susceptible to powdery black fungus attack – does TWP help with that?

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DAH
DAH

Getting ready to stain a deck; I took it down to (mostly) bare wood by cleaning and sanding, so I don’t think the previous stain matters. The deck is 30 years old; some individual boards will be replaced. Part of the deck is in sun and part is shaded due to tree. Naperville, IL. Picture is attached. What is the best stain to use? Thanks!

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Sue
Sue

We just installed a tiki bar and are looking to stain the bamboo slats. What series of stain should we buy? Thanks!

Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds

We’re also staining bamboo – where can we find the 300 series? I can’t find it on your website. We’re in Orange County, CA. Thanks.

Betty
Betty

do they make a solid stain?

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Curt
Curt

I am getting ready to re-stain my deck and my 3-year old 5 gallon drum of TWP 1500 stain is still about 1/3 full. However, about half of that is congealed stain. Is the liquid part still usable? Can the congealed part be re-constituted?

Jeffrey Stozek
Jeffrey Stozek

I’m planning on using TWP 100 series stain (rustic color). What is the closest retailer to New Buffalo, MI 49117. Thanks

jen
jen

After I use the restore a deck stripper and brightener, can I wait a week or two before I apply the TWP 100 series stain, or does it have to be applied right away?

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Bob Powell
Bob Powell

I used TWP 1501 stain on my deck two years ago. As I used a pressure washer a little too aggressively to remove mold, can I stain with TWP 1502? Thanks.

Dwayne and Melody Caldera
Dwayne and Melody Caldera

We have T one eleven wood siding on a 35 year old home that was painted with solid body Cape Cod gray oil stain which is worn thin and beginning to show wood. We have purchased stain for a deck restoration and are very happy with the color match and coverage and protection. It is holding up very well. Question is: will this same paint be suitable and perform as well if we apply it to the cleaned T one Eleven wood siding?

Ed Kressler
Ed Kressler
Mahogany Front Porch. Decking only as railings are white. Porch is covered and western facing. As such receives strong late day sun. In spite of being covered, the decking will get wet unevenly during rain as rain reaches outer areas and the areas nearer the house stay dry. Coastal environment, 4 blocks from beach at the NJ shore. Wood is 14 years old and appears to have been previously treated w/ semi-transparent oil based stain. I have prepped the porch decking by Washing/scrubbing w/ Oxi-Clean and neutralized/scrubbed w/ wood brightener containing oxalic acid. What is the best oil based, semi-transparent… Read more »
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Susan
Susan

We have a 30 year old deck of treated lumber. After I stripped, cleaned and brightened it began to rain. today is the 4th day of rain in central Illinois in late June. Temps will be in high 80s tomorrow and no rain in forecast for 3 days. It could possibly reach mid 90s. Deck is ready to apply stain but I need to know how long I must wait after the rain to apply stain. The deck is soaked with rain.

Dave
Dave

Port Orford Cedar deck. Let sit for 3 months, used cleaner brightener and stained with single coat of TWP100 cedar tone last summer. I would like to do a maintenance coat now since the single coat has faded a bit. Deck is very clean looking. Do I just wash or use the cleaner brightener or just one or the other prior to the maintenance coat.

Thank you