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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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.

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 ?

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?

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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.

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 »

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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.

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?

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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?

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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?

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…

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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?
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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.

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?

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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 »

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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!

Mike
Mike

I have some left over TWP oil base deck stain and want to use it on a cedar lawn swing I am making. Do I use an oil base wood conditioner first and can I apply polyurethane after the stain dries?

Russ Harris
Russ Harris

I have a newer deck, built winter of last year that I want to stain. I Live in Missouri (64064). It is a covered deck and seems like the wood has aged differently. I will attach pictures. What would you recommend.

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Mar
Mar

which stain color in the 100 series would be closest to natural Western Red Cedar? Your Cedar stain appears to be quite yellow. Also any retailers (brick and mortar) selling your product in western Washington?

J grant
J grant

3 years ago twp was applied to outdoor pergola after construction. Want to have paint crew reapply stain. I seem to remember twp doesn’t need to be stripped? Is that correct. Do you apply straight or recommend cleaning product?

Bruce Wingate
Bruce Wingate

How long does it take 1511 to dry before we can use the deck? We are having a party 72 hours after the deck will be stained with temperatures in the 85-90 range and no rain forecast.

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Bruce Wingate
Bruce Wingate

How long does it take 1511 to dry before we can use the deck?

STD
STD

Brand new deck. Pressure treated pine. Southern exposure (full sun)in northern Ohio. Please recommend best staining product. Thanks.

Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis

Here are my pics after cleaning

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Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis

I have an old hickory barn purchased in January 2015. I just cleaned it with pure Clorox down to the natural wood and rinsed it with water. It’s made of Pine and T111 boards. What do you recommend I do next to prep before using one of your staIns?

Oat
Oat

We have a treated deck that was coated with Thompson water sealer 3 or 4 yrs ago. Live in Iowa. 1,300 sq ft. Woulf you advise using 100 or 1500 series? How much is 5 gallons?

Ryan Vandervoort
Ryan Vandervoort

I Figure i’m missing them but I can’t find real descriptions of the 100 and 1500 product lines. What are the differences and recommended uses for each.

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Cyndee
Cyndee

I know I saw the answer regarding green treated wood but can’t find it. The wood has aged for 10 months. Which cleaner/brightened should I use? Thanks

Mike V.
Mike V.

Hi, I just stained my deck yesterday with the TWP 1500 Rustic after stripping and brightening. It looks great! I noticed my top deck boards (2×8’s) on top of my vertical rails look like they could use another coat. They were replaced last year so they were unstained. Could I put another coat on today? Thanks. I really like your product and your website!

J Palka
J Palka

How much stain should I order for a new 42 ft. long x 6 ft. high cedar fence. It has never been stained and we live in the northeast.

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J Palka
J Palka

What is the lightest stain you have that offers UV protection? We want to preserve the natural color of our new cedar fence, but don’t want it to turn gray. Please advise. We are looking at the 1500 series.

Teddy Graham
Teddy Graham

What states can I buy TWP cedartone exterior oil base

Nathan
Nathan

Hello!

I have a two year-old, covered cedar deck/porch. It has never been stained or treated previously.

The wood is currently gray and there are stained areas from food spills and whatnot.

Also note that we have harsh winters.

1) What do I need to do to prep this untreated wood?

2) can I also use your stain for the cedar posts?

3) Which of your products do you recommend?

Thanks!

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Matt
Matt

Sir / Ma’am, how much time (maximum) should be allowed to pass between application of the Gemini Cleaner/Brightener (cleaning the deck) and applying the actual stain? For background, the deck already has a coat of TWP stain on it (applied two years ago). Thank you for your time.
Matt

Dennis De Jaeghere
Dennis De Jaeghere

Can I apply TWP 100 over newly sanded wood?