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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Jean Day
Jean Day
1 day ago

In the midst of a TWP job, a 2-inch-thick, 1’x5′ piece of weathered cedar had to be replaced with PT pine. Once installed, it was remembered that the pine couldn’t be stained yet, ruining the inspection deadline. Is there a way to “artificially weather” the pine, like sand with 30 grit and squirt with the hose daily for the next 2.5 to 3 months? It faces south in hot Florida.

David
David
3 days ago

we had to replace some cedar siding during a renovation and we’re trying to roughly match the existing (75 year old) stained wood, which had been stained with 1500 natural previously. there’s a decent amount of variation in the existing wood so we were hopeful that it would work out ok, but it’s pretty far off. For reference, for the new boards we used 3 coats of the 1500 natural stain to try to match it. Any suggestions on how best to blend this? maybe a cedarwood or darker stain? it’s never going to be perfect, but want to get it a bit closer to matching the old stuff. thanks!

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Marilyn Marcroft
Marilyn Marcroft
4 days ago

Our newly stained deck has “freckles”. Namely the knots that did not accept the stain. There are a lot of “freckles” Any suggestions?

 
Troy
Troy
6 days ago

I’m in northeast Arizona. I’m concerned about the temperature and if the stain will dry properly. The days are typically sunny and in the mid to upper 50’s. The nights are in the low 30’s. Will these temperature ranges be okay to apply the stain?

Mag
Mag
6 days ago

We have a Cedar deck that was installed in the Fall of last year. We just stained it with your TWP 1503 stain and followed all of the pre-stain steps. Some of the boards took a lot darker than the others and they were all new boards. How do we fix this do we start over from square one with the prep kit or can we stain over the dry boards that did not take the stain as dark as the rest of them?

R Lutz
R Lutz
7 days ago

I used your cleaner & brightener kit today on my deck. Awesome product. Wish I had thought to check your website before blowing $50 on worthless couple options at local box store. My question is I have concrete paver sidewalk that has an oil based sealer on them. Can I use this kit to clean them & will it remove the sealer or do you have a product that will? I need to re-stain them because their color has faded so need to remove sealer first. Thxs.

 
Theresa
Theresa
8 days ago

I have a pine pressure treated deck. One year ago, I applied TWP 1501. This year, I cleaned and brightened the deck with RAD and applied a maintenance coat to the deck. Brushed on a light coat and then went back over and brushed in the stain again. Did not apply a wet on wet second coat. There were no puddles. The deck was able to dry for over 48 hours about 2.5 days. One week later, it appears that the stain is “bubbling” out of the cracks in the wood. It is leaving an ugly and sticky residue. I tried wiping it off with a rag and some of it comes off in “crumbs” (small dry particles like sanding dust). It takes a lot of effort to remove it. How can this be easily removed? Why is it doing this?

Mike
Mike
9 days ago

how do I find my older posts and q and a?

Vic T.
Vic T.
9 days ago

I have a 1.5 year old deck with redwood framing and composite decking. Contractor sealed the redwood with a clear coat water based Sherwin Williams product. The clear coat has not held up to the extensive sun exposure here in California. What prep do you recommend if I use your oil based semi-transparent stain over the exisiting water based product?

Vic T.
Vic T.
9 days ago
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Pictures you requested

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Dan Reed
Dan Reed
10 days ago

In the Spring I refinished my deck with the cedar tone transparant TWP stain. It turned out beautiful. We have since then gotten an appreciable amount of rain and warm weather. I have noticed recently water on the deck surface is no longer beading up like it has. Should I be concerned? The color is not as rich as it once was either. Do I need to stain again?

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Dan Reed
Dan Reed
9 days ago
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Thanks! Since I have about 4 gallons left when would you recommend that I should reapply.

Arnold L Behrer
Arnold L Behrer
12 days ago

what is the difference between the 100 series and the Pro-Series

H. Thorpe
H. Thorpe
12 days ago

Please explain what is considered as “Northern Virginia.” Interested in the TWP Semi-Solid ProSeries but not sure whether we reside in that designated area.

H. Thorpe
H. Thorpe
11 days ago
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Thank you! One more question, I read an article that said Trex should be sealed after a couple coats of stain. Do you feel this is necessary or will one coat of TWP Semi-Solid ProSeries do the job?

 
David O
David O
12 days ago

Older redwood deck/stairs, previously stained with TWP, but overdue for re-staining. Workers sanded first. Can RAD cleaner and brightener be applied now before stain?

Arnold L Behrer
Arnold L Behrer
13 days ago

What is the difference between between the 1500, 100 and pro-series stains. I have a 30 year old deck to refinish.

aimee
aimee
13 days ago

2 years ago I stained my deck using the TWP preservative cedartone. I replaced 2 boards last year. I can’t find the preservative. Can I use the protectant on those 2 boards? What is the difference?

 
Jean Day
Jean Day
13 days ago

About the question below, would the 1504 Black Walnut complement the triangular patch on the right in the picture as far as color, or would Cabin Fever of the Pro Series be better? Thank youf for your help…. .

Jean Day
Jean Day
13 days ago

The 1500 info I read says for all wood types, but “cedar siding” is specifically mentioned. I was going to use the new semi-solid Pro-Series for my cedar siding but I might change my mind. I’m more interested in whichever would be best for mold/mildew prevention, better water repellent, and the practical aspects of lower maintenance.and better wood preervation. Is the Pro Series thicker to apply maybe? . .

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Jean Day
Jean Day
13 days ago
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Hopefully I can use your Gemini strip and brightener to prep this 80-year-old siding that has what’s left of Sikkens Cetol 1 and 23 on it from the late 90’s (only one coat). Would it be wise for me to try the kit first? I’m hoping what’s left is so old, that I won’t have to sand, but the old Sikkens instructions said I’d have to sand to remove the coat. If I use your kit and there’s still some “varnish left” and I just sand those spots, it won’t be even, will it?

Tom Corell
Tom Corell
13 days ago

Can I mix TWP 1500 clear and 1501 Cedartone ? Are they compatible when mixed and applied?

Tom Corell
Tom Corell
13 days ago
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thanks

 
Adam
Adam
15 days ago

I’m using TWP semi solid. When I put it down on the deck boards it seems like it wasn’t mixed enough and looks more like a transparent or semi transparent. It doesn’t look bad but I want to know if I am getting the full UV and water protection. Would it even be possible to do a second coat(it’s already dry) without completely starting over. Thanks.

mike
mike
17 days ago

When washing my outside windows,I use a solution of water and vinegar,if the solution gets on the 100 series deck stain will it have an effect on the stain.

Gerry McPartlan
Gerry McPartlan
17 days ago

I have a new section added to my deck in Georgia. The entire deck old and new is PT Pine. The original deck is 25 years old and has been treated with TWP products (1501 Cedartone for the last several years) throughout the years.

Is it okay to use TWP Semi Solid on the floor decking on the new and old decking? How should I treat the old decking? What color Semi Solid will most closely match 1501 Cedartone? Thank you.

Gerry McPartlan
Gerry McPartlan
16 days ago
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Thanks for the reply. The color doesn’t have to match exactly. I’m just looking for the closest semi solid to 1501 cedartone.

 
JAG
JAG
17 days ago

What color in the TWP Semi-Solid Wood Stain group is most similar to Pecan in the TWP 100 stain?

JAG
JAG
17 days ago
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Thank you.

Cynthia Keyes
Cynthia Keyes
17 days ago

In July, we stripped our cedar deck using Restore-a-Deck stripper followed by their brightener. Then we stained using TWP Cedartone 1501. It looked beautiful. Now the deck has darkened quite a bit with what appears to be mildew. We have had a wet summer and with the cool fall nights, there is a lot of moisture that sits on the deck for a good part of the day. The part of the deck that is covered and not subject to the standing moisture still looks beautiful. What should we use to remove the mildew without harming the stain?

MIke
MIke
18 days ago

I am in Connecticut . I have my deck prepped and ready to go. the day temperature for the next few days is in the mid 60s and predicting a low of 46 deg over nite. will this affect the drying.

 
Teresa Boswell
Teresa Boswell
18 days ago

I have ready seal color walnut on my cedar playground. Ready Seal is a commercial grade oil based, semi-transparent sealer and stain for exterior wood. It is a unique blend of resin, finely ground transoxide pigments, oil and algaecide that penetrates deeply into wood to protect and preserve it from the elements. The cedar playground is needing to be stained again but NOW  I want to put TWP 103-5 pro series in dark oak over the Ready Seal. Can I do this? If so, are there steps I am required to take before staining? Both products have similar descriptions and are oil based.

Teresa Boswell
Teresa Boswell
17 days ago
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Thank you

Ezra Hug
Ezra Hug
18 days ago

I’m charring 1×6 cypress I’m the Japanese shou Sugi Ban method and would like to further seal the wood to better maintain the alligator char finish. Was going to use a traditional exterior clear polyurethane but looks like TWP would be a better product- I live in Virginia- thoughts?

Ezra
Ezra
18 days ago
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Ok thanks – which type?

Mike Casstevens
Mike Casstevens
20 days ago

Can you apply the semi solid stain over small areas of old stain. The deck has been stripped and brightened. Very small areas of old stain remain. I used restore a deck products.

Mike Casstevens
Mike Casstevens
20 days ago
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Here’s pictures

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Jerry Marshall
Jerry Marshall
20 days ago

I live in middle Georgia and have a screened in porch with SYP PT floor.
the floor is 8 years old and has never been stained or painted and is in very good condition. I now want to stain to add color to the space.what stain do you recommend and what prep procedure?