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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Timeka
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Timeka

I have a wood porch that was replaced with new treated pine deck boards, balusters, tread, rails, and riser last year. The poles were not replaced since they are a few feet within the ground. The porch has never been stained. The entire porch has been cleaned with a wood cleaner and stripper and wood neutralizer and brightener. What stain would allow the porch to have an even color so it would not look two toned? Since there is new and old wood.

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Cynthia Marion
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Cynthia Marion

I have an older dock( about 500 square foot deck) on our small lake. Has three year old worn semi transparent stain. I would like to clean and treat with safe products for fish etc. please advise which products to use. No peeling.

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wade brown
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wade brown

Plan to apply a maintenance coat of TWP 103 to 5 year porch. I understand i should use the Gemini restoration kit. My porch is over acid stained patio. Will Gemini products harm my patio? Porch has faded slightly. Do i still need to use cleaner and brightener? Thanks

Bill
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Bill

I have a deck that is approximately a year old and has never been stained. I purchased TWP 1500 and deck stripper. I have stripped and pressure cleaned the deck and in the process of sanding. I failed to purchase the deck brighter. Is it necessary to use brightener before staining? Rain is in the forecast and I am not going to be able to stain for a week or so.

Alvin Tarrell
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Alvin Tarrell

Just ordered your stain and cleaner/brightener kit – looks like a good deal, and thanks for offering free shipping on those heavy items. Also tried to order pads, brushes, etc. and was amazed at the high shipping costs. Why $40 shipping to ship two applicators, two refills, and two brushes? Turned a $50 order into a $90 bill, which just makes me keep looking. Please advise.

Larry Loar
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Larry Loar

I have used TWP 1500 1515 Honeytone a couple of years ago and I’m thinking of using the 1516 Rustic this time. Will there be any problems if I do that? Thanks!

Phyllis miller
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Phyllis miller

My cedar deck was last stained with twp101-5, 3 yrs ago. New planks were added this week. The remainder of the planks need stain and have a blotchy look from wear and weather. Should I strip then brighten those old planks now? And, would I need to clean after stripping step or just brighten? How long should I wait to do the new wood? Thank you.

Emily Lanting
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Emily Lanting

Previous owners of my house used TWP products, so I would like to stick with them. Question: what can I use to seal log ends? From things I have read, log ends need a specialized sealer.

Dan
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Dan

How to clean up? water?

Sue
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Sue

what’s the best way to clean algae off in-between years of staining with TWP?

Ralph
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Ralph

I want to make a fence out of split bamboo. I would like to maintain the original yellowish color. Untreated bamboo turns grey after a year or two. Can TWP help?

John
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John
We have a new section of rough cedar fencing, installed 2 months ago. I was planning to stain with TWP 100 (I’m in Houston TX). I noticed, however, that some of the fence has already lightened where our sprinkler system hits it. Should I do some prep prior to staining because of this? Also, we like the transparent / natural look, but should we pick a tint with some UV protection? Finally, do you recommend not letting the sprinkler hit the fence? (duh) Next to this section is a 2 year old section, same material, with a previous coating of… Read more »
Nancy
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Nancy

We purchased a house with decks that are treated pine, 8 years old and had never been maintained. We power washed and applied Thompsons water seal May of 2016. Do we need to power wash again or just use the cleaner/brightener before applying TWP? Which product do you recommend? Located in Western Tennessee-very hot & humid

AIT
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AIT
Howdy!I finished applying twp 100 cedartone to my 13% moisture pressure treated pine deck on Sunday. I applied with an airless paint sprayer with one heavy coat, then back brushed, let sit for 20-25 minutes, and then mopped up any excess. I think there were places where i might’ve been able to get the boards to accept more stain, but i erred on the side of “less is more” and didn’t want to over-apply. 2 questions, firstly, how does it look? Does it appear as it should to you? Secondly, i have two 5-gallon pails leftover that are unopened. How… Read more »
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G Heidrick
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G Heidrick

Will TWP 100 work well on an older pressure treated wood deck which has had exterior wood filler applied to repair imperfections? I’m concerned that the semi-transparent color will not evenly cover and the repaired areas will be obvious. Please share your suggestions. Thxs!

Bill Johnson
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Bill Johnson

While using TWP 1500 I spilled some stain on my cement driveway. I tried Savogran wood bleach, 12 oz. per gallon of water, let it sit about 15 to 30 minutes then washed it off with water. but the stain remains. Any suggestions?
Thanks.

ALR
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ALR

Can I apply TWP 100 series (clear 100) on cedar boards,(rough sawn) that have recently had Tung oil applied to them? These cedar boards are fairly new & part of an outdoor fence. The Tung oil was applied to help darken the wood.

Helen Warwick
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Helen Warwick

I am in the process of sanding our dock. It is redwood with Behr semi-transparent stain on it. The deck
is 15 years old. I bought 5 gal. of TWP 101 from you. We pressure washed the dock before I started sanding. I am taking it down to bare wood. Should I do anything like wash or pressure wash again after
sanding to open the pores of the wood. Thank you for any advice.

Susan
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Susan

What is recommended maintenance going forward once you have put initial coatings of twp on deck

JIm Hoctor
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JIm Hoctor

My deck was built 12 months ago and Stained with TWP 103. However, the Cedar was not fully dry and the stain basically rubbed off. Pressure Washed the deck 2 days ago, temps in the 80’s and 90’s. Today we reapplied TWP 103, and we have tiny bubbles poping up. What do we do to remove the bubbles?

Moe Turrentine
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Moe Turrentine

Is it possible for you to send me a color chart for semi transparent stain. There are no dealers near me and want to match colors as close as possible.
Please send to:
Moe Turrentine
398 Snowbird Lane
Swanton, MD. 21561

Thanks for all

Mary Burroughs
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Mary Burroughs

We have a deck that is 16 years old. It was treated about 8 yrs. ago with a defective product. We have pressure washed just to determine the condition. It isn’t terrible but very dry looking in places. One area is a deck that is in the sun for 6-8 hrs. a day. The rest is a covered porch. We live in northeastern South Carolina. We want as natural a look as possible. What would you recommend and what is the difference between the 100 and 1500? Thank you for your help.

Amos
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Amos
Hi TWP Staff, I live in Montreal, my deck is treated pine, as best as I can tell, and at least 6 years old. It was stained with a Behr semi-transparent oil stain and it’s in bad shape. The deck has sun for about 8 hours. I came across your products and noted that you now have TWP 200 for the Canada market. Clearly, I would need to strip and clean and was planning to purchase your recommended RAD to strip and clean. Next I was planning to sand the deck, with a floor sander given its condition, and then… Read more »
Eric
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Eric

Attempting to stain my rough cedar siding on my garage. Previously had water based semitransparent. I stripped and brightened and now have apply stain to most of 2 sides (2 coats wet on wet). I think it looks pretty good from afar but up close appears splotchy or speckled as if the stain is not being adequately absorded. Is this the look I should be expecting because of the nature of the rough cedar wood or have I applied incorrectly?

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Dustin
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Dustin

Trying to figure out if I need to get TWP 1501 or 101 for my deck. I live in florida and deck receives full sun all day. It is over a year old now and this will be first stain applied.

Lynne
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Lynne

How many coats of 1500 should be applied to rough sawn beams?

Jano
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Jano
I have an old deck that i just replaced the decking on, but the stairs and railings are salvagable. They have not had any stain/paint/sealant/etc. on them for many years. We plan to purchase the gemni cleaner kit and clean the stairs and railings per instructions. We then plan to coat the stairs and railings with the rustic 100 series TWP this year and then coat the decking AND stairs & railings next year after the decking has had a chance to dry. My question is if i order seperate 1 Gal cans now, will the unused, unopened cans still… Read more »
Allen Pierce
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Allen Pierce

We built a new deck, let it weather for 8 mo. and then used the cleaner and brightener and followed that with the dark oak TWP. My problem is that within two days after applying the stain pine sap began rising to the surface of the deck boards, most notably around any knots. Where the sap is minimal it seems to dry and turn white. In other areas it is thick and sticky mess. Any helpful info would be appreciated.

N.T. McG.
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N.T. McG.

After letting a new pressure treated deck cure for 7+ months last year, I followed TWP suggested process for a new deck. I used cleaner, then brightener, then applied the TWP 1500. The deck still forms nice water beads when it rains and the stain seems to be performing very well 10 months after initial application. A little fading is starting to occur, which is completely expected.

My question is: do you recommend a follow-up application of TWP 1500 in the near future? If so, should I again use both the cleaner and brightener prior to application?

Hans Winkel
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Hans Winkel
Hi, i have a red cedar dock in new hampshire on lake winnipesaukee at my summer cottage that we had previously applied a horrible ben moore deck “stain”, really more of a surface coating which has since almost pealed off after a couple years (good!), anyway, i’d like to apply one of your stains as i’m very happy with your product as i’ve used it on my deck at home, so question is which stain would be preferable – bear in mind the dock really cooks in the sun. i’d probably go with a cedartone color. i believe i used… Read more »
B.A. Lambie
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B.A. Lambie

Good morning. I have a four year old, previously coated white cedar deck. I intend to sand the entire surface to remove the old coating, then apply twp 1500. After sanding I will pressure wash to remove any dust. Should I take any other steps after sanding before applying twp?

Thanks,
B.A. Lambie

Connie
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Connie

From Olympia, WA: My deck was stained with BEHR Base 5077, Prem S/T Wood Stain/Stain-Semi Transparent (ADJ) (ST-123) Valise, CLRNT 0Z 384th, BL 0 78, CL 0 24, FL 0 31, KXL 0 45, & LL 0 90. Late 2016 summer. Peeling began within day three to bare wood. The peeled off stain looks & feels like thin plastic. It did not penetrate the wood surface at all. I am interested in the 1500 series of TWP. What steps do I need to take to properly preserve my deck?

Kathy
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Kathy
I’m concerned we have a problem. Our treated pine deck just got its 2nd TWP 100 staining 24 hrs after powerwash, ligbt hand-sand on top rails. 1st staining also done with TWP 100 3 months after construction, 2 years ago, no problems, looked great, some wood splitting since. Original contractor disappeared, new one not as familiar with TWP but highly recommended. Showed him application instructions (he applies then back-brushes while wet) & discussed heat (95º with breeze, mostly covered/shaded). He assured me no problems. 24 hrs later, about 50% is glossy/tacky especially right on the grain of the wood. How… Read more »
Gerry Rich
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Gerry Rich

We are in Ontario, Canada. We have a 12 year old cedar deck which has undergone many staining and restainings, sanding etc., We have now planed 1/16 ” and want to use your 100 series. a) can you ship to Canada, Is it simple re customs, etc? do we need to prep the planed 12 year old cedar?
Thanx, Gerry

Cathy
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Cathy

For how long after I apply TWP does the temperature need to be below 90 degrees?

I will be applying TWP to an old treated pine deck that has only been stained with TWP in the past. For the next few weeks, it will be mid 70s t0 80s in the mornings, reaching 90 by 1:00 with afternoon highs in mid 90s. Do I need to wait to apply TWP until fall when temperatures will be lower? Humidity levels will probably be between 60-90%

V D
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V D

Best TWP stain for IPE deck?
Thanks

Daryl
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Daryl

I was staining the joints on a pergola and had some drips form down the joist edge. Thought these would blend in once stained, but they’re rather unsightly sad What is the recommendation to blend these drips? Joists are rough sawed timber.

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Zach
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Zach

I applied TWP 1500 stain with a sprayer to rough-cut wood. I’d like to do another coat, as the color looks a bit light. Is it alright to do another coat with the sprayer, and sponge off excess stain?

steve
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steve
I’m in Minnesota and ready to replace my existing WRC deck and railing boards. The new wood is all WRC 5/4 x 6″ x 12 to 16 feet. This deck is on the north side of the house and it receives full sun during the summer and very little sun in the fall/winter/spring. It is a simple 14′ x 16′ foot deck off of sliding doors on the main level of a walkout rambler. There are no stairs to ground. I want to go with either a clear wood preservative or semi-transparent. What product to you reccommend for my application?
Brent Jernigan
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Brent Jernigan
I have a west facing garage door with vertical 1×6 rough-sawn T&G cedar siding attached to a Masonite garage door substrate. The door receives direct sunlight from about 1 PM until about an hour before sunset. The garage door and siding were installed in 2008 when the house was built and it has some kind of semi-solid type stain on it but I don’t know the brand. All garage doors in this neighborhood were required to have the cedar siding installed as part of HOA requirements. I am the 2nd owner and assume the existing stain is original, ie: roughly… Read more »
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karen s
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karen s
Dear Sir/Mad Our deck is pretty much old (built in 1991). It’s been stained multiple times using water-based solid stains, and we’ve pressure-washed it and planned to sand it off but as i read the information online it appears we should use a product like RAD or similar kit to strip and brighten (clean) before we re-stain. One area, under the place we had a hot tub is still completely covered with grey stain. If the cleaning products don’t completely remove the stain, what do you recommend besides power sanding to remove the rest? We can purchase this from local… Read more »
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Tim Haarer
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Tim Haarer

We have a White Pine Log Home built 15 years ago. We used Perma-Chink products to cover siding and solid log. Stain was Lifeline Ultra-1 Transparent. Top Coat was Lifeline Advance breathable. Would not last more than 2 years without breaking down. Would like to try something more durable. Wonder about prep for the logs and siding for TWP Stain. We also have 6 foot treated lumber deck. Would like recommendation on what to use there. Some of it is covered but exposed, some fully exposed to sun and rain South side.

Mirza Baig
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Mirza Baig

I stained my new pressure treated deck which I let weathered for 9 months before I applied twp1500 three weeks ago. I’m seeing a white powdery film build up at a few spots. Do you know why is it happening and what do I need to do to fix it ?

Ethan Bixby
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Ethan Bixby

We used TWP 1500 Clear on new cedar siding 2 years ago, and it is not “graying” very evenly. Applied per instructions prior to installing, and I think it was two coats. We also have some stain/mildew areas where there is splash back. We are in upstate NY, and I now understand that it will not gray evenly like coastal areas. So considering using a light stain TWP. Would you recommend the 100, 200, or stay with the 1500? Which is most compatible, most durable?

John Keith
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John Keith

I have some mixed stripper and brightener leftover.
Will these keep for awhile or do they have a short shelf life?
Thank you!

John Keith
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John Keith

How long can I hold onto mixed stripper and brightener?
I mixed more than I needed. Thank you!

Jack Horn
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Jack Horn

What is the difference between 100 and 1500?

Linda O
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Linda O

How to apply stain to new fence with boards running horizontal. This is a double board fence, one horizontal board on front, one on back with a 3 or 4 inch gap between boards. There is a 3-4 inch gap showing the back board in between. Spray? Brush? How to keep from dripping/running on opposite side?

David Phan
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David Phan

Hello,

Got a 100 feet redwood fence that is 7 feet wall with lattice top in California. It’s about 2 months ago so we are looking to protect it now.

My neighbor used Thompsons on his side but I prefer to invest in more quality stuff on my side and our frontyard.

What is the color to keep its natural color? Redwood or California Redwood? Thanks.

Sean Gronemeier
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Sean Gronemeier

Well, Im sorry to keep pestering you guys but it seems I have all the luck. Although I posted a question earlier, another one has come up. I finished staining some of my deck today(about 4 hours ago) and a pretty good thunderstorm came through and now everything is soaking wet. Including the part that I just finished staining. Id this going to be a problem? What should I do?

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