Need Some Help With TWP Stains?

by TWP Help

Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

We are here to help you with your TWP exterior deck or wood restoration project for 2021!

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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Amanda Sutton
Amanda Sutton
18 hours ago

Hello- We Stained our deck with 1500 series in 2019, should I purchase the gemni restore kit or just pressure wash and apply another thin coat of stain?

Thank you!

Michael Commissaris
Michael Commissaris
1 day ago

Do 5 gallon cans have pour spouts and if so, in center or outside of lid?

David Costar
David Costar
1 day ago

My deck has composite wood (old Trex) that is about 15 yrs old. The surface has started to get rough and perhaps decomposing a bit. I’d like to try and restore it with a stain. What woul you recommend, which would also help seal the surface to slow or stop the weathering?

 
Bryan Goodwin
Bryan Goodwin
2 days ago

Hello – I would like to use one of the TWP stains on clear western red cedar siding. I am looking for superior protection from mildew – would you recommend the TWP100 or TWP1500 – thanks for your help,
Bryan

James Stubbs
James Stubbs
2 days ago

Hello: Up here in Canada about an hour north of Toronto.
As per attached pics, this smaller deck has been sanded using a 5″ sander with a flap disk. We are not sure of how to proceed next. The previous finish, which we do not know what it was peeled off as per picture 5. In order to apply your TWP200 should we still be using your deck stripper and wood brightener before applying the stain. The sander has not been able to get down in the cracks between the boards. Will the stripper remove this?
Any other advise you are able to provide would be greatly appreciated.
Best – James Stubbs, Innisfil, Ont. Canada

James Stubbs
James Stubbs
22 hours ago
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Hi: Sorry about that. Hopefully they load this time.

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BeBe
BeBe
2 days ago

Do you have any photos showing decks that have been stained with TWP105 Prairie Grey and TWP106 Cape Code Grey? I would like to see both if you do.

 
John Thomsen
John Thomsen
3 days ago

Is TWP 120 Pro Series the same as TWP 100?
Is the 120 on your web site

Pam
Pam
4 days ago

I have new porch rails that have one coat of TWP clear applied. The rails are too light and look awful next to the house. Can I apply a TWP with color over the clear, or will the rail have to be stripped to take the color?

Terry R
Terry R
4 days ago

I purchased 5 gallons of TWP 100 a couple of years ago in Michigan. I live in Canada and can’t get oil based stain here, only water base. I can’t get across the border. What kind of water base stain is ok to use on your oil based 100 series?

 
Dee
Dee
4 days ago

Using TWP 100 to stain a clear cedar deck. Tried pecan but found it too orange. Want to try the Dark Oak. Does it create a very dark brown on cedar? What proportion of clear would you recommend mix in to lighten it a bit if needed? Does lightening bring our more red?

BeBe
BeBe
4 days ago

I am attaching 2 photos. My new deck is ready to be stained. I have ordered samples but I am still confused as to whether I should use Series 100 or 1500 or another series. I do not want an orange looking stain or really dark stain. Please help.

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BeBe
BeBe
4 days ago
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I live in Tennessee. Do you have any suggestions for colors that do not have too much orange????

Dan
Dan
6 days ago

Is TWP 1500 series recommended for wood garage doors? The garage doors are coming new, “ready to stain”. The material is hemlock. Thank you!

 
Laura Driver
Laura Driver
7 days ago

How long after it has rained do I need to wait to begin staining?

Barb Herman
Barb Herman
7 days ago

I have a 17 year old deck that I believe has never been stained since it’s original staining (with TWP). Much of the stain was worn off, so I used a PPG deck stripper recommended by Menards. I now have a ‘fuzzy’ deck. What should I do next? Thanks!

Catherine Weida
Catherine Weida
7 days ago

I am staining a 20+ yr old deck. I cleaned and brightened. It’s been 10 days, do I need to prep again? What should I look for so I can tell if I need to wash again?

 
Steven P Burtis
Steven P Burtis
8 days ago

It was installed last year.

Steven P Burtis
Steven P Burtis
8 days ago

Is 95 degrees too hot to stain my new cedar front deck/entry. I cleaned and brightened it and sanded down all the wood fir. It’s expected to be 95 to 102 degrees this week.

Mike
Mike
9 days ago

After applying the RAD cleaner, do you let the wood dry before applying the brightener?

 
carrie martin
carrie martin
9 days ago

I’m restoring our 100+ year old exterior doors. Part of the bottom of the doors has rotted; is your product compatible with Bondo wood restorer and filler? I was thinking of using that on water-damaged areas before using a 1500-series stain.

Harry Lockwood
Harry Lockwood
10 days ago
  1. I had new deck boards, joist and railing installed on a existing deck. Floor and joist are pressure treated, railings are cedar. I have lattice around bottom part of deck that has TWP 100 on it now. I been using TWP 100 for over 20 yrs. I want to use TWP 200 now because I cut trees down now I have more sun on deck. Can I put 200 over the 100 on lattice? The deck right now is 4 months old.
Sereta Wallis
Sereta Wallis
10 days ago

We have newly milled cedar posts for a front porch of a veterinary clinic that have not been stained. We want to use a semi transparent stain. The porch ceiling and corbels will also be stained. Which of the three series should we use (100, 200, 1500) and is it necessary to let raw cedar cure before staining? It is rough and sanding isn’t planned unless you say it is necessary.

 
Diane
Diane
11 days ago

If I plan on sanding my deck, do I still have to use the cleaner/brightener?

Wayne Henson
Wayne Henson
11 days ago

Our deck is apx 1 1/2 years old, (16′ X 24′) after waiting and living through much misguidance, applying then stripping a clear and removing grayed wood we are almost ready to stain. We are looking at the 100 and 1500 stains but leaning toward the 1500 Natural (due to color). Are we on the right track? Which do you suggest. We like lighter color.

Wayne Henson
Wayne Henson
11 days ago
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Sou you agree with the 1500 being correct?
btw Pressure treated Pine

Wayne Henson
Wayne Henson
11 days ago
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Thank You
Samples ordered

Wayne Henson
Wayne Henson
11 days ago
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Do the “Fuzzies” react differently with oil verses water based?

Vanessa Tillett
Vanessa Tillett
13 days ago

I am staining a log cabin. It is about 20 years old and is built with hand-cut red cedar logs. We have fully sanded and plan to use a wash before applying stain. I live in Indiana. Im not sure which series of TWP I should use. From what I gathered, the 1500 series seemed to be the most ideal, however, there is not much information when it comes to staining a home built with whole logs. The previous finishes used were clearly not ideal, so there is a touch of graying and a small amount of mildew (I am hoping the wash removes this). I would like to preserve the integrity and natural beauty of the logs as much as possible, while also protecting them from the elements. Longevity is an important factor.  

Additionally, we are needing to refinish the decks and balconies as well. They are the same/similar type of wood, but were previously stained a much darker shade of what I believe to be some kind of semi-solid stain. They were originally Sansin Classic in the natural shade. I do not believe the original Sansin Classic was even removed prior to the application of the current & awful semi-solid looking stain. The deck, railings, & spindles have not been sanded as of yet and due to the railings & spindles being cylindrical & in large numbers, coupled with height & time constraints (concern for the logs of our home, which are currently unprotected & have been for several weeks now), we were hoping we would be able to simply strip &/or wash the deck, as we will be using a color dark enough (much darker than the log stain we plan to use) to hopefully cover &/or blend with whatever wash may leave behind on the deck/railings/spindles….

My questions are:

1.) Which TWP series stain would you recommend? 100, 200, or 1500?
2.) Do any of these result in a semi-gloss or gloss finish?
3.) Will the TWP stain (any of the three series) require any sort of topcoat, is one already present, or is the stain alone enough protection for the wood?
4.) Is there a wash you would recommend for the already sanded logs? Or is a wash even necessary?
5.) Is there a stripper &/or wash that we could strip our decks & balconies with that would replace the sanding process completely?
6.) Whatever product is recommended to wash &/or strip the decking, is it ok for that product to also be used to wash the logs, or at the very least, be safe for the logs if there is any amount of splash? 
7.) Is there a right or wrong order to complete these tasks in? We are planning to do the house in a light natural or honey tone & the deck either a darker red or brown tone. The deck is a wrap-around, so we will be forced to stand/walk on a lot of it in order to stain at least half of the house, but if we do the house first, we run the risk of getting the darker color on our lighter colored logs. Is the best answer to use tarps or drop cloths? Ive read that its best to lay the stain on the wet wood immediately following washing/stripping/prepping. Would it be better if we did the house and decks/balconies on different days? If so, how do we prevent the wash/stripper from splashing & negatively affecting whichever surface we’ve already done?
8.) I was originally told by a major hardware store employee that I should look for an oil-based stain with a lifetime warranty. I purchased samples of one of their “high-end products” and sampled them in a small corner. I ended up finding the absolute WORST reviews from both professional deck contractors and individuals. We are refinishing the house and plan to sell afterward. It is important that I give the correct information to the prospective buyers, as they are aware of the refinishing and have a lot of questions. The specific “log home stains” I’ve been able to find have no warranty at all. Does TWP come with a lifetime warranty? Or any warranty for that matter? If so, what exact types of situations would be covered by the warranty? 

I would appreciate any kind of feedback you are able to provide me with. Due to the time sensitivity of the matter, I would like to order some samples asap. I am looking forward to receiving your expert opinion! I want to be sure I am making the right choice before I do anything to these beautiful logs, which were partially cut & laid by my recently deceased father-in-law, giving them sentimental value that I do not want to be responsible for harming, not to mention the weeks we’ve spent sanding this beast. I apologize for the length of my inquiries, I just wanted to be sure you had as much information to go on as possible. I do have photos if necessary. Considering the number of questions I have, I am even willing to pay for advice if necessary. Again, Thank you SO MUCH!!! I appreciate the time you take to respond to so many comments/questions daily!

Vanessa Tillett
Vanessa Tillett
12 days ago
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Thank you so much! I appreciate your help. I am adding several photos of the deck. I apologize if there are too many. I am hoping they give you a better idea of the size of the project and what type of finish I am needing to remove/replace. It will not allow me to add all photos on this comment, but I will add the rest below….Thanks again!!

Vanessa Tillett
Vanessa Tillett
10 days ago
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I apologize…My iPhone took them as Live Photos. I think I have fixed them. I will try again. Thank you for being so patient!

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Vanessa Tillett
Vanessa Tillett
10 days ago
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more deck photos for reference…

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Vanessa Tillett
Vanessa Tillett
10 days ago
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and a few more….again, appreciate your advice!

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Vanessa Tillett
Vanessa Tillett
8 days ago
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Thank you!!

 
Pat Brown
Pat Brown
13 days ago

We purchased a 5-gallon pail of the TWP 200 stain in #205, California Cedar. Applying it to new pressure-treated spruce, it is much darker than it appeared online so we have decided to order another pail in a lighter color. (It is a great stain and we will find a use for the other one, but would like a lighter look on our new deck and landing.) Is the Golden Cedar noticeably lighter or would you recommend simply the transparent stain?

Ramiro Andalla
Ramiro Andalla
13 days ago

I put new wood decking on a dock on 6/7/2021. It has been about 1.5 months since ive installed but it is looking very dry and i am seeing some cracking already. The tips say to wait a minimum of 4 months to apply the stain but could that be overstated? It is full sun all day. What do y’all recommend?

Paul Alex
Paul Alex
13 days ago

I was very pleased with the final result after I applied the brightener. My logs looked like new. Unfortunately it’s been raining daily for the past week. So I had to postpone staining. The logs aren’t getting drenched but I’m concerned about the extended delay. Will it be fine to stain after things dry out or will I need to apply the brightener again?

 
Thomas
Thomas
14 days ago

Hello- 3rd year having the deck, used Gemini Restore Kit last year, waited a week in the sun and re-stained with TW-115 Honeytone, this is one year later. Why has the stain failed and there are now mildew spots? Should I use a different stripper?

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Thomas
Thomas
13 days ago
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Only a light coat was applied, which stripper?