Need Some Help With TWP Stains?

by TWP Help

We are here to help you with your TWP exterior deck or wood restoration project for 2020!

TWP is an advanced wood preservative/protectant 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 100, 1500, or 200 Series to have the best possible results.

When asking questions please give us some information about your wood restoration 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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Rudy Van Erkelens
Rudy Van Erkelens

Will the stain stripper effect the black paint on my aluminum balusters? If so, is there a way I can protect them?

Mary Mahaffey
Mary Mahaffey

I gues my questions somehow got deleted as I do not see them posted. We have a new rough sawn cedar plank fence. I want to keep the natural new look as much as possible yet protect the fence. We live in Denver, Colorado. The fence is 2 months old. What is the best TWP product for our fence. Is the cedar semi transparent stain very orange in color? Can we use the TWP product now? Do we need any prep?

Clive Ford
Clive Ford

I’m about to refinish a 20 year old Pine log Frame cabin with cedar shake sidings and a ceder deck. Trying to determine wether I should go with TWP 1500 series or the TWP 100 series. Whats the basic differences between the series. I’m on the Olympic Peninsula, WA.

 
Evan Kuhn
Evan Kuhn

Hi, I live in northern Minnesota. I recently purchased 90 ft of dock. It’s western red cedar decking(90ft) with aluminum boxes. The decking is new, kiln dried and has been sitting inside a warehouse all winter under a breathable tarp. I have been researching stain products and I think the TWP 100 series in cedartone would be a great match for my dock. My question is how do I prep this brand new wood? Do I let it weather and then use a wood cleaner and Brightener on it or do I skip the weathering part since it’s been drying… Read more »

STEPHEN LEE ROY
STEPHEN LEE ROY

I HAVE 760 SF OF CEDAR DECK THAT HAS NO ROOF OVER IT AND DOES NOT HAVE MUCH STAIN SHOWING, I HAVE 1100 SF OF CEDAR THAT IS UNDER A PORCH ROOF AND THE STAIN IS IN SOMEWHAT GOOD CONDITION. bOTH AREAS WERE STAIN/SEALED 2 YEARS AGO WITH ADM 2000 THAT IS AN OIL BASED PRODUCT AND THEY HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS. I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY A CEDAR TONE TWP OIL BASED PRODUCT TO THESE AREAS. THERE IS LESS THAN 20SF OF GREEN MOLD ON ONE CORNER OF DECK,AND THERE IS NO PEELING OF ANY OF THE EXISINTING… Read more »

Susan
Susan

I just purchased your Restore a Deck Stripper/Brightener from you before I saw the information about the Restore-a-Deck Thickening Gel and Booster. We are planning to remove TWP Cedartone 1501(front and one side of house) and TWP 101 Natural Cedartone (applied to garage) from cedar shingle siding on our house and garage that was applied in July 2019 (it is the wrong color – we want to use 115 Honeytone instead). Do I need the Thickening gel and or Booster also? See photos. Thank you.

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Mike Verbeten
Mike Verbeten

In the process of totally refinishing a 15+ year old, pressure treated pine deck, that had been previously covered with a semi-transparent stain. So far I have applied a stain stripper and using a power washer have removed most of the previous stain. I am now in the process of fully sanding all surfaces to get back to the original wood. Couple of questions. For the TWP stain to fully absorb into the wood, is there a certain grit sandpaper I should use for that final sand? Also, do i need to use any of your deck prep products before… Read more »

Kelly Two
Kelly Two

My deck is in an area that gets a lot of mold and mildew – it rains a lot here. With a great deal of effort, I’ve cleaned it thoroughly with TWP products and am ready to stain it. Once stained, can I seal over it with a marine sealer to further protect it from having to do this so soon again?

Jeanne Tackett
Jeanne Tackett

HI,
We purchased some unfinished adirondack chairs. We would like to stain them and keep them on our uncovered patio by our firepit. We live in the Houston area. Would your TWP 100 Pro Series stains hold up to the Texas sun and heat? Is there anything special we should do when applying it since they are not treated lumber? They are most likely made of pine. I was wondering if I stained them and then applied spar varnish if that would protect them otherwise.
Thank you for your help. Jeanne

 
James
James

If I stain with TWP 1500, will I have to reapply that annually? I have some splinters in the wood in my deck, will the Gemini Clean and Brighten be enough prep or is additional work needed?

Gerry Doherty
Gerry Doherty

Hi, I am in Louisville, Kentucky and applied TWP 100 Pecan in 2017 and it is time to seal the deck again. The deck is shaded by trees most of the day. Does switching to TWP 1500 (not required in KY) gain additional years of service in preventing algae and mildew? Also, I will clean and brighten during prep, can I easily change to a different color (most likely darker)?

William Shalley
William Shalley

Can I use TWP over Perma Seal?
How many square feet does each gallon of 1500 cover when it’s over a perma seal deck?
Can I use TWP over Behr wood stain on my fense?
What do I use for clean up with this oil base TWP?

 
Joe Sebes
Joe Sebes

How long can I wait to apply my annual 1500 Dark Walnut stain after cleaning winter algae with the cleaner & brightener ?

Joe Hsin
Joe Hsin

I have TWP stain that’s a year old. It was stored in the garage and now has congeeled like jello. Can I add thinner to it and use it?

Carl
Carl

I have a cypress pergola in a west facing setting. 5 years ago it was coated with TWP 120 Pecan to very good results but it’s time to recoat. I’ve been impressed with the ratings of Defy water based stains and user results- it appears that product is almost on part with Oil based TWP these days. Good part is water clean up and can be sprayed easier. My question is; how would I have to prep my pergola before I could transition to water based Defy? Is it even worth it? Thank you.

 
mike
mike

Hi,

I bought TWP 1502 5 gallon can about 3 years ago and there are about a gallon left and i would like to use it to touch up some of the area? So i was wondering if i can reuse the old stain? I did a visual inspection, the stain becomes thick, rubbery looks like jello. Anyway to revive the stain with mineral spirit? Please advise.

Thank you in advance
Mike

Peter J Austin
Peter J Austin

I have cedar sidewall shingles that have not been stained in years. I will be pressure washing and restaining with a cape cod grey which product would you recommend for best results

Ray Dettmer
Ray Dettmer

Hello, I am building an exterior fence in California, which means I have to use the 1500 series stain. The posts for the fence will be pressure treated douglas fir measuring 4×6; the rest of the fencing will be 2×4, 2×6, and 2×8 rough sawn cedar. The rough sawn will only be on one exposed side (the broadest). All of the 2 inch side exposures will have been planed smooth. I have read that the rough sawn can have stain applied immediately, but the fact that there are sides that are planed seems to contradict that. What do you recommend?… Read more »

 
Dave Schmit
Dave Schmit

I’m checking around my area for TWP 116 Rustic for my deck and some places are saying they only have Rustic Oak. Was rustic 116 changed to Rustic Oak? Is it the same color?

Linda Cleckler
Linda Cleckler

I had 3/4 of a 5 gallon bucket that was properly stored but it has turned to gel. Is there any way I can save it?

Jim
Jim

Last year I put an application of Defy clear on. It didn’t cover very well. Do I need to strip that off before I put on the TWP product? Also my house is red brick with black mortar. What color of stain would be best to use. Photo attached.

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Gray Goldsmith
Gray Goldsmith

I have a large covered deck on my front porch that is 35 + years old. The wood is cedar and is in very good shape. It was last refinished 9 years ago by sanding to bare wood and applying TWP 1500. Today, I have thoroughly cleaned the deck with deck cleaner. The wood is still solid, but surface is blotched in some areas and faded in other, particularly where exposed to sun and rain/moisure. Staining looks inconsistent, and needs refinishing. I would like to apply TWP product again. Several questions: 1. Do I need to re-sand back to bare… Read more »

Tom Goldsmith
Tom Goldsmith

The application is new cedar shingles in bundles. I am dipping in 5 gallon can of TWP 200 clear. Started the project 12 months ago, stopped for 8 months and resumed dipping today. Problem is the solids are lumpy and I stir can after dipping each shingle and still the solids are dots on shingles. It takes effort to pint brush the solids into the shingle to dissolve on shingle. Can I add mineral spirits to the can to try to dissolve the solids?

Timothy St. Romain
Timothy St. Romain

I’m preparing to treat a new deck for the first time. It’s pressure-treated pine, aged for ~10 months. I have TWP 100 with Gemini restore kit. Should I treat (clean, brighten, and stain, any or all of these steps) all surfaces of the deck, including support joists underneath? Is there an advantage/disadvantage to doing or not doing so? I can access all surfaces relatively easily, but I don’t want to do unnecessary work.

 
Jamie
Jamie

I have a treated southern yellow pine dock. What is the difference between the 100 series and 1500 series? Which is better for my application?

David Wendt
David Wendt

I live in Wisconsin and have a hardwood deck that is sun exposed approximately 80% of the day. The deck is 25 years old and have been protecting it with the Penofin Brazilian Rosewood Oil for Hardwood ( Transparent Natural Tone ). Does TWP have a product that will provide the same excellent appearance after initial application and also do well on maintaining the initial look with out graying?

Chip Magin
Chip Magin

Our home has shingle siding, initially we treated the exterior with TWP Cedar Tone 101. The home was cleaned and re stained again with TWP Cedar Tone 101 approximately 6-7 years later. It is now time for a third application of Cedar Tone 101. What product do you suggest I use to prep the shingles prior to the third application of your product. In some covered areas the shingles look perfect including the stain and do not need to be cleaned. Other areas there is some black streaking, I am told the black areas are the wood tenons bleading thru,… Read more »

 
mark gibertini
mark gibertini

should I do wet on wet when staining the deck rail and spindles or is just a single coat enough? 13 month old pressure treated pine. should I also plan to clean and brighten the above also? thanks, Mark

mark gibertini
mark gibertini

thank you, one more question please. I just cleaned and brightened the deck and it seem like some areas absorb more the others. it’s been approx. 13 months should I just do 1 coat just in case and then recoat later as per your instructions ? thanks again. all products have come from you.

Dennis LeBlanc
Dennis LeBlanc

I live in Michigan and need to sand off old Buhr Deck over. My pressure treated deck is nearly 20 years, what type of TWP would you recommend? I feel solid color would be my best option. Thoughts
Dennis

Shawn Chapman
Shawn Chapman

I have a 25 year old cedar deck that I stained 6 years ago with you stain , I now I need cleaner and brighter what stain would be better for the deck

Thanks Shawn