Need Some Help With TWP Stains?

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TWP Stain Help and AdviceWe are here to help you with your TWP exterior deck or wood restoration project for 2019!

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 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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Matt McGlinchey
Matt McGlinchey

I built an indoor bench seat from 2×4’s. I have TWP 120 Pecan leftover from my cedar fence. If I use this to stain the bench can I place several polyurethane clear gloss coats (Minwax oil based cleaqr gloss) on after it dries. I want the bench to be very smooth for sitting purposes.

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

I have been using twp 100 cedertone for several years at home and rental properties. I’m about to stain at my house and was wondering if I could just use another brand of cleaner (behr all in one cleaner) from a clients job?
And what is the overnight low temp requirement?

Troy Lee
Troy Lee

My contractors sprayed TWP 1500 all over the bottom on my house where it’s near the deck, and all over lots of other stuff (vinyl glass door frames, plastic garden storage boxes, screens, etc..) It’s everywhere. My question is how do I best clean this up? 1. If I want to paint my house, what is the best method to remove it or just get the new water based paint to sick to it, 2. how do I clean it off of screens and plastic boxes, 3. how do I get it off of slate tile….yep, it’s everywhere. Thank you… Read more »

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Jeannette
Jeannette

I am going to have the deck power sanded before staining. do I need to use a prep before applying the stain on my deck?

Jeff
Jeff

I applied my TWP 1503 stain over 48 hours ago on my porch ceiling and still have shiny spots. I did not wipe any remaining stain after 30 minutes of applying. What can I do now to get rid of the shiny areas? Will it get better on its on as it continues to dry?

Matt
Matt

A contractor put on TWP 1500 on new redwood. Pre-staining about a month before installation. A few days after installation it rained and there are black water spots all over the deck board and handrails. They do not wash off with a brush or pressure washer. Can you advise?

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Johnny Tracy
Johnny Tracy

I have a Tree that Carved. Expensive but a Vets Memorial. I used TWP on it is 3 applications and caulked with cedar color cracks.
Can I use SOLID colors of RED, WHITE and BLUE ? OR,,, should I use paint ???
TWP has been the great choice for us but this is a first to put it in a tree. Tree was ripped down to fresh wood. True professional that won many events. Thanks very, VERY much.

john cleary
john cleary

I have a dock on a lake that I applied 100 series cape cod gray over bare pressure treated yellow pine. this was done 10 years ago. I have done strong pressure washing and estimate that less than half of the TWP remains. What else must I do prior to applying TWP cape cod gray for maintenance.

Leah
Leah

About a week ago, we restained our new-ish deck (first stain was in spring after aging appropriately, using cleaner and brightener kit, but it was clear that it didn’t take up enough stain then). Weather last week was in the 60s in the day and 30s (but above freezing) at night, and it hasn’t rained on it yet. Unfortunately, we forgot to go back after staining and wipe up any wet areas, and now large areas of the decking still look wet a week later. Some of those areas can peel just from walking on it now (see picture), but… Read more »

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William Broadbent
William Broadbent

How long does 1500 need to dry before it can be walked on? There is a 15 mph wind going acrossed it and 60 degrees.

William Broadbent
William Broadbent

Now in the 70s and still windy.

Dlouise
Dlouise

New home with rough sawn western red cedar posts, brackets and corbels. What semi transparent product will work the best? How soon can it be applied? How long will it last before needing recoated? Does the wood have to be cleaned or stripped before recoating? This is in the midwest united states.

Mitch Mayes
Mitch Mayes

I have a 5 gallon bucket of TWP 101 Cedartone and need another gallon can but don’t see it listed. What should I do?

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sherri
sherri

We installed a cedar deck & was wanting a clear stain. Would that be the “natural”?

Mitch Mayes
Mitch Mayes

How do I remove overspray from my vinyl siding?

Thomas E Minarcik
Thomas E Minarcik

I live in south central Pennsylvania and just completed a 28 x 12 foot pressure treated deck. What preparation do I need to do and how long should I wait to use your product.
I would like to use a oil based semi transparent cedar tone stain.

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Norma Fraser
Norma Fraser

Hi, we have installed earlier this year Douglas Fir timber trusses on the exposed front porch. I plan on treating with Bora Care then staining with TWP 100. I’ve been having trouble getting 48 hours of continual dry weather to treat with the Bora Care, but hope to still this year. Getting into fall now, but should have some days over 50 degrees. We’re in southern Missouri. Should I wait for a while to stain?

David Kenney
David Kenney

Hello, I just need clarification on whether you can use TWP 100 series in Salt Lake City Utah, or do I have to use the 1500 series. The reason I ask is I am seeing conflicting information from different distributors.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Sincerely,
DDK

Casey Newman
Casey Newman

I just had a cedar fence installed at the end of August. I have read conflicting information on when to apply any sort of sealant/stain. The fence company recommended your product and suggested staining after 6 to 8 weeks (and to make sure the fence is dry). I live in Wisconsin and the weather appears to be moving towards cooler temps already so I am thinking November would be too late to apply . My question(s) — is that the time frame you would recommend? What is the coldest temp that it could be applied and dry properly, how much… Read more »

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shey
shey

would you recommend the 100 or 1500 series for a new deck? which has a longer life?

I have a white pvc trim board around the deck, will the twp product stain that if it isn’t taped up?

is the 1500 series water based and less likely to stain objects around the deck?

Joe
Joe

I am putting on about 25 squares of western red cedar shingles and would like to use a penetrating oil stain, specifically TWP 100. I’ve read the preparation requirements. I have two problems. (1) There’s no way I’m going to hand sand 25 squares of shingles–I did this before with cedar clapboards and that was trouble enough, and (2) since I want to backprime the shingles I don’t want to install them and then wait four or five months to coat the face side. Any suggestions (with either of the problems). Thanks very much,

Jason
Jason

I cleaned and prepped my deck as usual. It was very clean and dried for 48 hours in 90 degree, windy, sunny conditions. I applied two coats of 100 series stain wet on wet as I have before. It’s been 24 hours since I applied it, with the same perfect weather conditions for drying/curing. I got home from work to check it and it’s shiny in several areas. It’s tacky to the touch. I ran my fingers across it and stain transferred to my finger tips. Any ideas? Assuming the deck soaked up all it could and this is excess… Read more »

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Diego Nieves
Diego Nieves

I have a new deck and screen in porch floor to stain. The wood is pine, maybe 6 months since installation. I am planning on using the TWP 100. I have read I need to seal/ condition the wood to prevent blotchiness, is this accurate?

Chad
Chad

Fence is a year old treated pine. Cleaned it, but now it’s rained quite a bit and looks like 60’s for temps. How long do I have to wait after rain to stain it?

Steve Berg
Steve Berg

Is TWP 200 the same thing as Radcon?

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Melanie Rubery
Melanie Rubery

I have spilled some TWP 1500 deck stain on concrete. Can you please advise how to or what products to use to clean concrete. Love the stain! Just have a few areas I need to clean-up. Thank You!

Pat
Pat

Live in St Louis, Mo. Built new deck, red cedar in May 2019. What is the best product to use?

Lou Roessler
Lou Roessler

We live in N.California bay area and just replaced our 32 year old redwood deck (about 800 sq feet)… Our deck faces south and gets fried in the summer sun…New gazebos will solve that problem… I used to use Penofin Brazilian rosewood oil (redwood tint ) and that worked well until the formula was changed here in in the bay area by our “clean air” folks… I want a product that is oil-based (no pariffin wax ) that is truly oil-based with no carbon tetrachloride – type solvent that dries so fast that it doesn’t leave the deck protected except… Read more »

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Mike Schoonmaker
Mike Schoonmaker

Hello,

I’ve recently completed the installation of a Clear Vertical Grain red cedar ceiling for a patio cover, in Houston TX. We would like to protect the wood while keeping it’s natural beauty. As we’re retired, we would prefer a lower maintenance approach however keeping the ceiling from getting dull is top of mind. Our contractor prefers a spray application if that can fit into the product recommendation.

Thanks in advance for your prompt reply.

Franklin
Franklin

One of the pine logs on my log house has a deep scar about two inches wide, four inches long, and one-half inch deep. It doesn’t appear to be rotten as the wood is still firm. I was thinking of patching this area with some type of epoxy filler. First, do you think it is a good idea to patch the area? If so, would you paint some TWP stain over the scar prior to applying the epoxy filler? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.

Sig & Diane
Sig & Diane

We hired someone to apply TWP 1500 Series stain to our deck & staircase (new construction cedar, including 180+ railing balusters, weathered almost 5 months—all of which we meticulously cleaned & brightened). The person we hired to do the staining seemed to understand the TWP application process. However, the staining job was botched. It appears that the stain was sprayed onto the railings/balusters and not worked in with a brush, so there are places where the stain has dried on the surface, and is kind of powdery. There are other places where it appears to be partially wiped off (as… Read more »

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Paul Bell
Paul Bell

I stained our PT pine deck about a month ago with TWP 1500. Deck is about a year old. Pressure washed, cleaned, and brightened using Gemini products as instructed about 2 weeks before staining. Overall deck looks great, except for this spot. It’s where pine sap had leached out of the wood after installation. Prior to staining I power washed, cleaned, brightened, and sanded the area multiple times. Stain went on and dried fine. We got rain for the first time since staining and the next day the white substance (see attached picture) appeared over the spot where the pine… Read more »

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Richard Shelton
Richard Shelton

Does TWP work on new cypress?

RON
RON

Had a contractor install a 6 foot Pine Fence about 2 months ago. Do not know if it is pressure treated, and do not know if it was kiln dried, this lack of knowledge is due to my installers questionable credibility. I know the boards are Pine, and are obviously and substantially thick. I was out of town when the installation happened and should have been there to insure what he used. Regrets. I have used TWP on previous fencing on Cedar, and liked it very much. But as I said, I now have switched to Pine. Your guiding hand… Read more »

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ted
ted

Applied TWP100 stain to deck walkway. Weather forecast changed. Now expecting rain about 12 hours after application. I have enough plastic to cover the area. Would you recommend covering until rain passes?

John Forney
John Forney

What products are specifically EPA approved for aquatic use. The application is a dock surface of new pine.

Ted Williams
Ted Williams

For a new porch with new UNtreated yellow pine – what is the seasoning time I should observe?
Thanks!

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Diane Finney
Diane Finney

My deck is about 15 years old, and treated lumber that was stained by previous owner with TWP 120 Pecan. I hired a painting crew to power wash my deck and re-coat with the TWP 120 Pecan. Because they were incompetent, they went to Sherwin Williams and got Superdeck Semi-Transparent in the color Pecan and proceeded to stain over 3/4 of my deck while I was not home. It was a disaster. They promised that they would strip and start over, so they got the SW stripper and tried to remove, but it did not completely strip. Their frustration led… Read more »

Mike
Mike

1-I recently posted a question about scrubbing or power washing brightener and your answer was power wash off. I read the brightener bottle and it said to hose off. Does either way matter? Or does it need to be taken off more aggressively with a power wash? 2-Also, thinking ahead to the future once staining is complete, in the spring I plan to power wash my vinyl siding as I usually do. I realize I shouldn’t use a bleach product as it will bleach the stained deck. Would I be able to use something less aggressive on the house like… Read more »

Derek Wilson
Derek Wilson

Hi,
I stripped and sanded off the old finish off my cedar deck. Then I prepped with Gemini Cleaner/Brightner.

I started applying TWP 100 doing the wet on wet application. It rained heavily on the stain 8 hours after application. I now have water splotches.

Do I just stop now and wait until spring to fix it? Will using the Restore a Deck kit prep both the stained splotchy wood and the bare wood?

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Larry Kroshus
Larry Kroshus

I power washed and sanded with 80 grit cedar decking previously stained with Sherwin-Williams semi-transparent deck stain.

Is it necessary or is there any advantage to using the cleaner and brightener prior to staining with TWP 100. Your recommendation thank you.

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TODD FRITSCHIE
TODD FRITSCHIE

Can apply TWP1500 over TWP100?

Paul Koltovich
Paul Koltovich

I applied TWP 1500 stain to my deck about a year ago. I applied pecan mixed with dark walnut, 3:1 respectively. I cleaned and brightened the deck with restore a deck as directed. Can I apply a different color coat over the previous?
I was thinking about Rustic or Cedar. Thanks

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Gladys Weimer
Gladys Weimer

Noe of the stains reviews mentioned the clear coat. Is there any difference in th quality or the specs for the clear 1500

denise
denise

What is the best way to apply TWP to a cedar porch deck and posts? There is some discoloration from the sun, should we use the cleaner/brightner first? sand it ?

Wayne
Wayne

Finished installing a redwood deck around a pool in Las Vegas, NV about mid July. Had 2 months of 100+ days. Do you think it is ready to be stained? What type 100, 1500? 1 coat I am guessing? Starting to crack and splinter, should I sand it? About 850 sq/ft of deck with handrail, how many gallons do you think I will need?

Thanks In Advance,
Wayne

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Dave
Dave

I stripped and brightened (using RAD and a power washer) a 22 year old cedar deck that had 6-8 year old Cabot’s Cedar toned semi-transparent (barely) on it. Applied TWP 1501 Cedartone by brush wet on wet and it soaked in well, taking 5+ gallons on a 625sq. ft. deck. Looks very nice (no shiny spots). Waited a week (weather 70’sday/60’s night) to put grill and furniture back on and it scuffed a little where I rolled the grill. Is that normal? Will it stop doing that?

Sig & Diane
Sig & Diane

Prepping to stain a cedar deck: For the BRIGHTENING step, do we need to protect the concrete below? I mean, will the brightener discolor it at all? What about the wood siding?

Also, I see conflicting info on here about whether the brightening step needs 15 minutes or not. The container instructions say that it brightens on contact and says nothing about leaving it on for 15 min.

Alexander Polinsky
Alexander Polinsky

I have outdoor stairs that were stained with TWP when the house was built 6 years ago. I believe tge stain was 1530. The stairs are in direct sunlight and I restrained them a few years ago with no problem. This year, some nicks and cuts appeared on the edge of two of the stairs and I sanded the edges to bare wood to smooth out the nicks and cuts. The stain would not adhere to the sanded portion of the stair. I tried several light coats but all that happened was it got slightly darker but with a shine.… Read more »

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Skyler Camacho
Skyler Camacho

We installed new Western cedar decking and applied two coats of TWP 1501 two weeks ago. No rain or inclement weather for several days. We brushed and used deck sponge style rectangular applicators..after 20 mins or less we wiped off any excess. We then repeated for 2nd coat. What is happening is when it rains or the deck is washed off…the water that pools or sits on the surface with high surface tension will discolor the decking below (reference photos attached). The water will stay until it evaporates completely and once the water and decking is completely dry…the discoloration goes… Read more »

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Rsndy celander
Rsndy celander

After stripping and brightening I have alot of slivers/stickers. Can I sand then stain