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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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?

Todd
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Todd

Additional info…it is pressure treated plywood.

Todd
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Todd

We are trying to figure out the best way to finish our deck and so far TWP seems the way to go. The deck is pressure treated and is approx. 2-5 years old with no previous coating. The deck was just cleaned with Behr premium all in one wood cleaner using a wire brush and power washer to try to get rid of the green. Please advise if additional cleaning is needed and also which of one your stain formulas would work best in the North East.
Thank you!

Charlotte
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Charlotte

Is the TWP product dangerous to skin as the warning that says if you get it on your hands to wash for 20 minutes. How bad is it for a person.

Les
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Les

With ideal weather, dry, sunny and within the products temp range, how long can I expect the 1500 stain to dry and ready for use?

Donna Anderson
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Donna Anderson

I stained my front porch with the dark oak..but stain splattered onto my metal door and side of metal mobile home and a/c thing outside. Will this come off and what do I use

Josh
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Josh

Part 2 of my question – Is there any merit to going back and resanding with a coarser grit sand paper?

Josh
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Josh

I built a 12×18 Treated Pine deck in June of this year. This past weekend, we used an orbital circular palm sander to sand out some of the manufacturing marks on the wood. We used 80 and then 220 grit. Is it okay to stain now? If not, what are your recommendations for a stain and wait time or prep?

Donna Rozenburg
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Donna Rozenburg

I had cedar shutters put on my house and they used TWP dark oak to stain them. I’m wanting to use the same color to match on my wooden garage door. The door is a couple of years old and was originally stained with Thompsons. I tried to match the shutters from a home improvement store. It’s too light. My question is can I put TPW on top of what I applied last weekend or do I need to prep the door before applying the TPW?

Darcy Kent
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Darcy Kent

I live in central Minnesota. I am looking to stain my cabin deck. The deck is well over a year old and has never bee stained before. We’ve used a heavy duty cleaner and pressure wash. What product is recommended for staining?

Debbi
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Debbi

Hi. Which TWP do you recommend for a new, unfinished mahogany entry door? It’s under cover with west sun exposure on the bottom half. I found a BM gel stain color that matches my trim very well. Can I apply one of your finishes over it or another dye/pigment? If not, can your product be tinted? Thanks so much for your help!

Alvina
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Alvina

Can you apply stain to exterior of house at temperatures below 50 degrees

Lisa Dyson
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Lisa Dyson

How often is 1500 reapplied to a horizontal deck? We are staining our pressure treated pine deck. Looks great, when do know it needs reapplication? Thank you

Steve
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Steve

Hi, I am looking to refinish a 450 sq ft treated pine deck. The deck is 15 years old and has been stained multiple times over the years with a semi-transparent Deckscapes waterborne stain. I am looking in purchasing a TWP 100 Series Deck Stains to refinish my deck. Will the TWP stain adhere properly to the previous Deckscape stain? Is there special prep work in order properly apply the TWP stain?

Please let me know.

Thanks!!

Steve

Neal Cummings
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Neal Cummings
I have purchased your 1500 series stain and also your cleaner and brightener. I have 2000ft2 of decking, mostly walkways, on numerous “levels”. I have cleaned and let a section dry. I’m wondering…is it better to: 1. clean the rest of the deck, thereby potentially getting some water/chems on the part I already cleaned? I can place plastic sheeting/tarps on the part that’s cleaned, but I can’t guarantee that some water won’t pour down onto a lower section next to it. I have waited 5 days for the part I washed to dry, so I hate to lose this dry… Read more »
Janie Walthall
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Janie Walthall
I have multiple components so I have several questions. I am on the Gulf Coast in Texas with intense sun. 1) Our Lower (water-level) deck and fishing Pier are made of Treated Pine, at least 10 years old, never stained. All were under water (and 2-3″ of caked mud) for 2 weeks with Hurricane Harvey. I pressure washed all surfaces but now the wood looks too bare. Which TWP stain product should I use? Also since it is already cleaned, which prepping materials do I need to buy? 2) Upper deck, Stairs, railings and porch made of Treated Pine, probably… Read more »
Kathy
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Kathy

We bought a 5 gallon pail of stain even though our new deck wood is only 4 months old because I assumed we could just use the extra stain again when we need to prep & reapply a second coat. However, I just now read that the shelf life of an opened can is only one year. Is there any way to keep it airtight and extend its expiration? Thanks.

Scott Johnston
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Scott Johnston

How soon will the color fade on TWP 1500 “redwood”? Just used this weekend and HATE the color. Way too dark, very deep red with a gray look to it. Used the restore a deck, wood only 1 year old. Can I re apply the cleaner to get out the color and use one of the lighter tones? Do I have to wait?

Kathy
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Kathy

I wonder what type of wood Scott has because we are about to use the “redwood” color on untreated cedar. I’m hoping I won’t regret it! sad Does the color look different on each type of wood?

Janet
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Janet
We have a cedar shake sided house which has been stained with oil semi-transparent 2X over its life of 14 yrs. We used Cabot first and then quite a few yrs later TWP 200 series Redwood. Our issue is that we waited too long to re-stain the 2nd time w/ TWP. In that time, areas of shingles had partially weathered or mildewed. We washed the worse areas of mildew off but the weathered shingles we could not do much about. Although the house looks better, the siding does not look homogeneous. It has been 2 yrs since the last staining.… Read more »
Don
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Don

I plan on spraying TWP series 100 stain to my open picket cedar fence with my LVLP spray gun (SPRAYIT SP-33000) with a 1.3 mm tip. Is this tip size appropriate or should I use some another size?

Jan Than
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Jan Than
Hi, I have a 15 months old cedar deck in the second floor of our house. It hasn’t been stained so far. It faces the west and does get a good share of the Texas heat in the evening. We want to stain the floor, railings and posts. Our stainer recommends semi-transparent TWP as it penetrates the wood. While I have heard semi-solid has more pigments and holds up longer. Which one is better for this type of deck? We prefer the natural grains on the wood to show-up, but would like to give the wood some color. How long… Read more »
John Doughtie
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John Doughtie
Hi, I’ve got a 3 yr old untreated pine deck that was originally stained with TWP and it’s now ready for maintenance. After reading directions on the Gemini 2 step prep products, I have these questions: 1. It says keep the cleaner wet for 15 min before rinsing. What about after rinsing and before applying the brightener? Can the wood be allowed to dry or does the brightener need to go on a damp surface? 2. Both products are to applied with a garden sprayer. Can I use a sponge (and rubber gloves) instead? Other than more work for me,… Read more »
Rodolfo
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Rodolfo

Forgot to mention I use two 100 cedartone 1 panel of the cedar came out lighter that the one next to it. is it already dry. Can I give a second coat to try to Mach it.

Rodolfo
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Rodolfo

I stain a 1 year old cedar fence 1 coat gate came out lighter that the panel next to it. Notice after it was dry. Can I give it a second coat to the lighter area?

William Stewart
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William Stewart
Hi Have a 6′ panel fence with bamboo panels and pressure treated wood 2×4 and 6×6 posts. I am hand painting the two buys and the six by sixes with TWP 100 with a brush in light cedar. Plan to spray the bamboo panels with TWP 300 in light cedar. My question is can I spray the 300 directly over the 100 and not have a problem. I figure it might make the pressure-treated wood darker but that’s good. Will this work or will it mess up the 100 stain being topped with the 300. Thank you very much in… Read more »
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