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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TWP Stain Help Staff

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Robert Kevin Call
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Robert Kevin Call

I am about to assemble a new pergola kit. The wood is cunninghamia, aka Chinese Cedar. It has been prestained by the manufacturer with a waterborne stain. I would like to apply a sealer prior to assembly. My preference would be to maintain the current olive color as much as possible but need UV protection. I am located in a very sunny area (St. George, Utah). Which TWP series and color would be best?

Tom Sutter
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Tom Sutter

I am staining an old pine deck with previously clear stains applied. One deck is attached to my vinal siding. What steps do I have to take to prep and stain my deck with TWP 1500?

Amy Gibson
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Amy Gibson
Hello – we just had our top level deck totally replaced with Cox kiln-dried lumber this past December 2017. There are two lower deck levels that will be replaced within the year (2018). The entire deck had been treated with Sherwin Williams deck stain, using the Night Owl (SW 7061) color, which went really well with our light gray house siding color. My question is this: If I order the TWP 100 series oil-based deck preservative in clear, could I have it custom tinted to match the SW 7061 Night Owl color to put on the new top level portion… Read more »
Betsy Lee
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Betsy Lee

I am staining a 4 year old pine treated deck that currently is coated with Behr semi transparent. How should I prep the deck before application? Thanks!

Janice J. Lee
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Janice J. Lee

What would I need to add to the TWP 105 Cape Cod Gray to make it a darker gray?

Paula Waterman
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Paula Waterman

We used TWP to restore our cedar deck last Spring and even after brutal southern exposure and a harsh Chicago winter, the deck looks great. We would like to maintain the appearance of our deck and touch it up this spring. What should we do to prep the deck before we recoat it?

Greg R
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Greg R

I’ll be re-configuring a 5-8 year old deck that hasn’t had anything done to it… It’s pressure treated wood… I’ll be running it through a planer to get a flat consistent surface on both sides and using the underside as my new topside…. I’m leaning on using TWP 100 maybe honeytone…. Can I stain right away as the surface would be rather smooth? If not, could I do a quick sand with a 60 grit and then stain?

Lori
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Lori

I’m not finding an answer to a relatively easy question (at least, it’s not obvious): what is the difference between your 3 stain products (100, 200 and 1500)? I’m not sure which product to look at for a new deck using twice-dried pressure treated lumber.

Lori
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Lori

Thank you!! That was very helpful and I appreciate your quick turnaround.

Eli
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Eli
I am getting ready to install a new, untreated, never before stained cypress fence with horizontal boards. The wood is new, but I’m not sure how long ago it was milled with a smooth finish. I live in South Carolina, which has high humidity and high summer temperatures, but rather mild winters. How long should I wait before applying the TWP. If I am able to find out how long ago it was milled, would that change the answer? I had originally planned to stain all sides of the boards prior to assembling the fence; would this make sense? Which… Read more »
Sarita Eisenstark
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Sarita Eisenstark

I have a large shed/garage, about 100 years old. With dark brown cedar shingles.
Now I’m having extensive repair work done on the building and lots of the shingles, maybe 15%, had to be replaced. But the new cedar shingles just installed are very light in color. The patchwork effect is very unattractive. Especially to my neighbors.
Is there any stain that I can use to get the new cedar shingles to closely approximate the color of the old?
Thank you.

Barbara Pierpont
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Barbara Pierpont

I have a deck that’s three years old made of treated pine. I haven’t applied any product on it yet. I just had it pressure washed with a Clorox solution. Do I need to do any other prep before applying one of your stains?

David
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David
My contractor pressure washed my 5 month old cedar fence and then started applying the TWP200 stain within about an hour. He said it was dry enough as it is low humidity (I’m in GA and the humidity is never really very low). I told him the TWP instructions say it should dry for 48 hours, but he said he has done plenty this way and they’ve never had an issue. I don’t know what to expect from this stain job. Will it fade early, become blotchy etc? I am tempted to ask him to remove and restain, but I… Read more »
Lee
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Lee

I have a question regarding staining a new/4 month old deck made of treated wood. I’m pretty sure its pine. My main question is probably too subjective but how does TWP hold up in a climate like Corpus Christi Texas? We’re right on the coast. Hot and humid year round. Salt in the air and windy. Thanks for your time.

Susan Cash
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Susan Cash
We had an untreated cedar deck built in summer 2015. The builder used TWP. Within a month it seemed to be wearing off so the builder came back and went over it again. By the next summer a lot of stain had worn off, not only on the floor but also on the top rails. This year we decided to strip, sand, clean, and brighten the whole deck. We have just finished that process, however we are having an unusually cool fall. Nights have been dropping to the low 30’s and days are in the 50’s & 60’s. We bought… Read more »
adam
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adam

I have hand hewn hardwood beams that are over 100 years old. They have been recently removed from a barn (used inside) and will be repurposed as an outdoor picnic shelter. What would be best for longevity, etc to protect these very old beams from all outdoor elements. Never stained or sealed and do not want to stain the wood if possible.

Carol
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Carol

I have pressure treated, I think it is pine, dock that was installed 18 mo ago. The dock is on a brackish water canal in southeast Florida that receives full sun all day. I just finished pressure washing it with wood cleaner and it looks like new. I want to protect it with a clear or transparent stain. So which of your products would be the best for me. Thanks.

Donna Doerr
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Donna Doerr

We recently purchased a Lake Home with a large rap around porch and boat dock. The wood has been previously stained. It is faded in some areas and not so much in others. We purchased TWP 100 Cedar tone to restain.
My question is, is there a temperature to cool or hot for staining? We live in North Alabama and leaves are now falling from our many trees. Should we wait until spring to stain? The porch and dock look pretty bad.

Larry
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Larry

I had purchased the twp water base wood Protection Cedar Tone I am Adding on to my project and wondering If I Could use the 1500 Oil base Instead And would color match

Darrell
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Darrell

I have a new covered screen porch with unstained
treated pine (KDAT) tongue and groove flooring. The flooring will still get plenty of sun and some rain. This is central Texas, with long hot humid summers. I want some a light stain that will show the grain and preferably make it resemble the natural looking white oak that it is adjacent to in the house. What do you recommend that will last a while?

Tim
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Tim
Hello, I applied TWP 1530 about 4 years ago on treated southern pine 5/4 decking. The decking was about 12 months old before applying. This past summer I noticed some sections with mildew, and the deck itself has began bleaching out. I never use bleach type cleaners. Meanwhile, since I stained my deck, I changed the stain color on my house from a light cedar to a darker weathered cedar. With this said, and now that the deck boards have bleached out, could I re-stain using the 1500 series Dark Oak over it? I’ve prep the surface and pressure washed… Read more »
Steve Doyle
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Steve Doyle

Hi, I just stained my new pressure treated pine deck w/ TWP 100 cedar tine. It took one coat and I ran out of stain. I like the color and it seems fine. I ordered five more gallons but it took a few days to come so it would definitely not be wet in wet if I put on a second coat. I’m inclined to leave it alone. How long will TWP in cans last. I ‘d like to save it for a couple of years until it needs restraining. Thanks.

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A. J.
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A. J.

Is TWP a stain and sealer? Is a sealer clear coat required or recommended?

Steve
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Steve
I purchased a 5 gallon pail of your 101 cedar semi transparent to apply to our new cedar deck. Wood is just now being installed to our south facing deck in late October in Pacific NW Washington state. I did a water beading test on a few spots and it all appeared to soak in(no beading) should we apply twp 101 now if dry and 60 degrees for a few days or wait till April of next year. We of course are worried of 4 months of wet rain on our new wood and watching it turn grey!!! Will wait… Read more »
Kay
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Kay

I want to stain my 20+ year old deck. It’s been professionally cleaned, but of course it looks worn. Do you have a semi solid? Not a fan of full solid

John La Raia
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John La Raia

I applied TWP (1530-1) to new deck wood two years ago. I’ve cleaned the wood with a deck cleaner and I want to reapply TWP. Do I have to sand or pressure wash the wood before reapplying a new coat of TWP?
thank you

BCHFS
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BCHFS
I am looking at using TWP1501 (cedartone) for the wood on my newly constructed high ropes challenge course. I will be applying the TWP this coming spring after allowing the wood (pressure treated pine and CCA treated utility poles) to season and dry. The few questions I have are… 1) can the TWP 1501 be applied with a pump garden sprayer? 2) Is the Gemini restore kit necessary on new lumber? all my material is between 33 and 47 feet up, getting a hose or pressure washer that high isn’t very feasible. 3) I plan to use TWP1501 every other… Read more »
Dick
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Dick
I have a newly constructed deck (October 2017) and am located in Michigan. The railings are composite material and need no stain. The horizontal surface is new cedar, never before stained, that came directly from the lumber yard. I have been advised to use TWP semi-transparent stain and to wait until spring 2018 (about 6 months away) to apply it. That will subject the deck to one Michigan winter. Is it correct to allow the cedar to weather this amount of time? If so, do I need any special steps to prepare the cedar for staining next spring? Thanks in… Read more »
Leo
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Leo

Deck, Cedar, new lumber, new deck. Looking at the TWP 100 Cedar what is best process for staining this deck. I would like to stain before I build it

Tom Gilligan
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Tom Gilligan
Hi, I have an old farm wagon my father-in-law used with a team of Belgian horses. My wife remembers riding with him as he drove the horses and she filled the seeder as he sowed oats. Great memories. We want to place the wagon in a grove of trees outside our dining room window. I want to preserve the remaining paint, the stencils, the patina and of course the wood (which I believe is oak). It has not had any protection in the past other than the corn crib in which it was stored. The people at Hanson Wheel and… Read more »
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patrick chapoton
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patrick chapoton

one day after applying twp 1500 I have several glossy spots on my deck. How can I correct that?

Kaa
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Kaa

It started raining 5hours after I applied the stain- will it be ruined?

Dany
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Dany

What’s the best way to mix the 100 series stain? I use a Homax 69012 5-Gallon PolyPro Mixer attached to a drill but I found a lot of pigment in the bottom of the 5 gallon can. Because of the deep ridges on the bottom of the pail, the pigment tends to settle in the grooves.

Leanne
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Leanne

I have a cedar fence about 12 years old that I would like to stain with TWP. It is a shadow box fence. It has already been power-washed/conditioned. My only problem is how do I estimate the amount of stain needed for this type of fence?

Raymond Rice
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Raymond Rice

I am staining wet on wet for the first coat on 12 month old PT deck. How soon should I wait before another application. I have read 1 to 2 years. I know the deck may require more applications over the years compared to the railings. What do you recommend?

Yvette
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Yvette
I installed a new 6′ cedar fence for my home in May 2015, I stained the wood to protect it using TWP 100 or 200 (i don’t remember) about 2 months later, after the wood had time to dry, as recommended by you guys. I now have had to replace a few pieces of wood and am waiting for them to dry. Question, if I don’t remember if I got 100 or 200 does it matter? And I forgot when is it time to reapply, 3 years or 5 years? And…bare with me please, since it was new fence with… Read more »
al wieting
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al wieting

can the twp100 series pecan be used over the twp 120 cedar

Al Gettings
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Al Gettings

I just stained new redwood deck with TWP100 after sanding with 80 grit and cleaning procedure. However, on the first half of deck, I did not catch the excess stain in time to spread/remove it. So I have some glossy spots on otherwise beautiful deck. Any suggestions on spot treatment for these glossy areas? Washing; sanding and reapplying on spots? I watched it much closer on the second half and it turned out great. Also, if I leave it for winter, will the glossy spots fade to match other?

Julie Wilde
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Julie Wilde

What is the best stain to refresh my multi-colored, black bamboo fence? (Would clear bring back the original colors that have greyed?)

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David McClurg
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David McClurg

I am refurbish a 27 year old cedar deck. Will replace some boards with new. It has stai from another manufacturer on it now. I have power washed and scraped it. I am planning to rent a float sander to use after prep.

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David McClurg
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David McClurg

Thank you for the quick reply. What stain do you recommend? Going to go ahead an order today and stain old boards and leave new boards until spring.

Trevor
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Trevor

I just stained my deck using the wet on wet technique. Two things one I can see a couple of footprints in the stain should I sand and stain again in those areas? Second I have a couple of areas where stain didn’t really take. I striped off old stain and sanded but it maybe that is wasn’t fully removed in those areas can I sand and stain those as well. Total area affected is pretty small maybe a couple f 6 inch by 6 inch areas. Thanks for the help.

Danny Faber
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Danny Faber
I am buying a house with western red cedar siding, and pressure treated decking that is starting to get pretty worn. The deck has greyed quite a bit, and the siding is uneven (still clear and nearly new looking in some places and greying in others). I will use a deck and siding cleaner/brightener on both before I stain (there are some black patches on the siding…mold no doubt). I want to use a semi-transparent stain. The house is in Truro on Cape Cod and gets a healthy dose of the elements. I like warmer and richer colors, and was… Read more »
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Michael Rosenblum
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Michael Rosenblum

Hello, please see attached picture. We did a wet on wet 2 coat application this summer. The original plan was to add one more coat in the fall due to full sun exposure to try to get the most uv protection. Wood is red western cedar. Can we apply directly over or do we have to re clean and brighten prior to this application? Thanks

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SharonUmber
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SharonUmber

I used the TWP 1500 series but flipped all boards and added some new boards to my deck. I want to stain it again about 3 months following the work. Should I used the TWP 1500 series on the new boards or would you recommend the TWP 100 series?

bethanee
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bethanee

I have prepped wood using the restore a deck stripper and brighter. I’m getting ready to stain with twp and noticed the instructions on the can call for cleaning with a bleach solution prior to staining. is this an additional step to the restore a deck kit or did the kit take care of this step?

Josh
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Josh

Just got an email ” Winter is coming. Stain and protect your deck from the harsh ice and snow!” You had originally said to wait to spring after sanding our brand new deck built in June. Should I still wait or will teh snow and ice damage it.

Trish
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Trish
I’m about ready to stain my deck and just order my twp stain. I’ve sanded my four year old deck to get a paint stain off and what a job I never want to do again. Took me six weeks. Im about to wash and then use wood brighter. My question is I see it says temp 50 or higher does that mean it has to stay 50 day and night? It is like 78 during day now but like 47 and up some nights. I want to make sure I do this right not to have the nightmare of… Read more »
Shannon
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Shannon

I have a 3-year-old 5 gal drum of TWP 1530 that was stored in my basement. What is the storage life of this product? Will it be usable on my deck?

Pat
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Pat
I have a new Red Cedar smooth board fence. The fence was installed about 2 months ago but the contractor had the wood for a few months before installation and said it was dry enough to stain. I did the absorbancy test and it penetrated quickly. I’m in California and our weather has been very warm and dry. Yesterday my painter applied TWP 1501 (Cedartone) and it’s very blotchy and not dry after 24 hours. Since it’s blotchy, it seems to have penetrated well in some spots but not others and I the painter applied 2 coats in some spots… Read more »
Chris Coogan
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Chris Coogan
Redoing my 3-4 year old white cedar deck with the same kind of two stain, cedartone. The previous coat failed in high uv area and got all gray. Then i tried to wash it with a cleaner that destroyed the finish. what a mess. So i decided to start over again. I have stripped with your brand, restore a deck, and also sanded because i used a pressure washer and damaged the wood, so i tried to even out the damage and also take the stain off. I did a water absorption test to see how porous the wood is… Read more »
Bob
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Bob

What is the best way to store leftover stain. I have three gallons left in a five gallon can. Move it into one gallon containers?

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