Official Help Site for TWPStain.com

Welcome to the official help site for TWPStain.com. TWP Total Wood Preservative is an EPA registered wood preservative for decks, fences, gazebos, cedar siding, wood shakes, log homes, outdoor furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces. TWP wood preservative offers outstanding protection from UV fading, wood rot, water damage, and mildew for all types of wood species.

The TWP stain help site is designed for exterior wood and deck owners looking for solutions to their wood maintenance questions. We have gathered information based on years of experience. From TWP stain tips and wood maintenance advice to prepping new wood and how to articles we will guide you through step by step to achieve professional like results using any of the TWP wood preservative products.

Please read our articles and feel free to ask any questions that you may have about restoring your exterior wood or decking surfaces. The information you need regarding wood and deck restoration and TWP deck stains are all here. Please enjoy and remember that we are here to help.

 

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Kathie Miller
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Kathie Miller

Can’t find a list of the 35 states that allow this product. We live in upstate New York.

Danny
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Danny

Hi,
I just stained my deck yesterday with TWP 1500 Rustic. It was not supposed to rain until Friday so I decided to do it Monday to give it 4 days to dry, Guess what? It rained over night sad Is all my work ruined? it had like 8 hours of drying time before the rain.

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Dave
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Dave

I have power washed a cedar deck approximately 2 years old. It had one application of TWP after a year of weathering. There are spots where the TWP did not come off, what should I do? I assume if I stain the deck like it is it will look splotchy, will your deck stripper and brightener take these spots off or do I need to sand those spots with Random Orbital sander with 80 grit? If I have to sand those, will I have to sand the whole deck to make sure stain application is taken uniformly? Thanks

Frank
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Frank

Hi for a New wood requires a light maintenance coat 12-18 months after the first initial coat was applied. Which the first time I did it turned out fine. What do you have to do to the wood for a maintenance coat thanks

Jean Day
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Jean Day

After sanding (60-80 grit) peeling paint off 70-year-old pine siding to bare wood, should I let it weather 4-12 months before stripping/brightening, and TWPing?

Robert Purcell
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Robert Purcell

I’m looking for the best product to use on cedar shake shingles on my roof. A friend recommended your TWP 1500 product but later he heard that you now had a TWP 2000 product that was even better for this application. Please provide your recommendation and information for your best available product.

Ted Collins
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Ted Collins

Got 3 samples of TWP 100. Clear, Honey, and Cedar. All look the same on sample board. I think the color separated during shipment. I shook them up but can’t seem to get the color to mix back in. Can you offer suggestions?

Jean Day
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Jean Day
My first application ever of TWP 100 on siding is now 2+ years old in hot humid Florida; I’ve noticed fading and it’s time to reapply. Recently, blackness has appeared. To test for dirt, I moistened a white rag and rubbed it on black. Only stain appeared on the rag, no black, so I immediately scrubbed the wall with bleach/TSP/water solution & it’s drying as I type this. Should I just wait until winter to TWP? I will have to let the wood sit bleached and bare until winter when I will clean/strip a second time, then brighten and TWP.… Read more »
Liz
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Liz

I stripped my 40 year old PT deck of all old Penofin and followed with brightener. Pressure washer was used as well. The wood looked almost like new wood after doing all this. I followed with cedartone (100)using two coats. The deck is beautiful in spite of the boards having age issues. My question: About a dozen boards now seem quite pale in color and look as though they need another coat. Is this likely? Both coats that I applied were absorbed well and there is no shine. It has been three weeks since I finished.

Danny
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Danny

Hi,

This is one of your stains, could you please tell me what color this is?

Thanks

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Todd
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Todd

I stained two coats yesterday, however, because of the sun the 1st coat dried before I could get to the second. The second coats went on fine around 5pm but is still wet and shiny the next morning. Do I attempt to wipe down w mineral spirits and rags? Will this ruin the finish or only remove excess?

Danny
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Danny

Hi,
What color is this?

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Steve Lane
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Steve Lane
Good morning, I’m planning to use the Gemini Restore 2 step product this week and then apply TWP 200 stain 48 hours after that. The wood is less than a year old but had been stained two months ago. However that new stain had to be stripped since the contractor left a lot of sanding marks that showed through the finished staining. It’s now been stripped for about 8 weeks and ready for restoration and re-staining. When are you supposed to use the power washer when using the Gemini? I had thought that one of the stages was actually applied… Read more »
Dave
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Dave

Hi. We cleaned and brightened the deck (new wood), and started the 48 hour clock to wait for applying the stain. At about the 36 hour mark (morning), we had dew on the deck.

Is that a problem? Can we still start staining later today at the 48 hour mark? Or does it reset the 48 hour clock?

The reason I ask is because if it DOES reset the 48 hour clock, we’ll likely have to wait a while since we might run into some rain…

Thanks!

Sean
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Sean

I have a 2 yr old cedar deck that was stained when new with TWP1530. Now, due to some pocking from hail, fairly deep gouges across the decking from a wind storm blowing furniture around, as well as some apparent staining (maybe mildew?) I am planning to sand the entire deck and re-apply the same stain. Are any other preparations required after sanding (e.g. brightening) or can I stain right away?

Todd
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Todd

I applied one coat of TWP 1500 today. I don’t seem to have enough for a second coat. I order more stain, is it ok to wait a few days to a week between the first and second coats?

Amy
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Amy

What is the best product for a new deck/ext. walls that will be subject to intense sun in the summer and sub-freezing temps in the winter?

Cole
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Cole

I used twp 1500 on my exterior Douglas fir beams. Can I use the same stain on my interior Doug fir beams and pine faux beams to match?

John Trapnell
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John Trapnell

I’m going to re-stain my fence and want your recommendation on what product and color to use. It was last done using Sherwin Williams Deckscapes semi-transparent oil based stain in Cedar Bark (product #A18C50602). Let me know if you have a similar product and color. Thanks

Terry Thomas
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Terry Thomas

Can anything be added on top of TWP to make the surface shine? I have it on cypress beams and columns.

Phil
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Phil

Can TWP be applied over newly painted Restore a Deck Product?

John
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John

We have a 20 month old cedar deck that has never been stained. IT has been cleaned and sanded. Do you recommend one coat of stain or two?

Patrick M
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Patrick M

What about air temperature and sunlight during application? Is there an ideal temperature range when applying? An upper limit? (working in Atlanta) Is it safe to apply in direct sunlight? My deck gets about 5 hours of full sun starting in the late morning. If I’m taking the time for 2 coats wet on wet, should I wait till the sun goes away or can I start in the sun and continue when shade takes over?

Ken Mashburn
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Ken Mashburn

Good Day: We have a 500 square foot deck on a home in the Caribbean. Our problem is that we don’t often see 48 hours with no rain as is specified in the drying time. If the 100 says it is dry to touch between 4 to 24 hours would it be possible to put clear plastic sheeting over the deck once it is dry to the touch to protect it for the 48 hours in case of a shower. Thanks Ken

George
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George
I have sanded down approx. 1500 sq feet of my back yard Porch —leaving us a Good Morning Two weeks ago we prepared deck by sanding – and had a sanded” raw wood …The porch and railing were installed 12 years ago and stained at that time. I recently purchased TWP 1500 Rustic 5 gallons with bug spray last week. We applied TWP to over 2/3 of the Porch and railings. My Questions: (1) There are areas of the wood that has been acting as a SPONGE – leaving uneven and unabsorbed results after applying the new TWP deck stain.… Read more »
David
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David

Hi, I stained my deck with Twp 1500, 24hrs later a surprise thunderstorm came through. What kind of damage will the water have on stain?

Pat
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Pat

what size tip and at what pressure do you reccomend for a novice

Stephanie Usrey
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Stephanie Usrey
Last summer (2016) we used TWP to stain our deck. 1). When will we know to re-stain it? 2) Is there maintenance we should be doing every year on the stain to keep it fresh-looking and doing its job? 3) When we do re-stain, will I have to strip the old TWP before re-applying another coat? These questions are important because in two weeks I’ll be using TWP to stain a 650′ deck that I stripped this past weekend. It’s a rental property for us and it’s SUPER DUPER prone to mold, mildew and algae due to lots of shade.… Read more »
Kevin Reynolds
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Kevin Reynolds

I am using 1 in. x 6 in. x 12 ft. Premium Tongue and Groove Pattern Whitewood Board for a fence. I do I need to wait before I stain/seal it? It is stored inside and should have a low moisture content. Boston, MA., USA

Jeannine
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Jeannine

I read on the new wood prepping portion of your site, “It is best to follow the directions of the stain manufacturer when it comes to applying a coating to new wood for the first time, not the lumber yard or the paint store’s as they do not understand the proper prep needed.” Since I believe you are the manufacturer, can you please advise me on the “wait time” prior to staining new non PT, as well as new PT wood? Thanks

Doug C
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Doug C

I keep seeing all these different types of TWP, “ie” TWP 100, TWP 1500, ect. Nowhere can I find the difference in these. Live in central Iowa. Deck is less than 1 year old. Decking is treated 5/4 pine boards.

Doug C
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Doug C

Which one would be recommended for my location and application to wood type.

Gardnvarcher
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Gardnvarcher

I live in western Nevada, dry and sunny here. I have a cedar fence, 7 years old, not previously stained. It still looks fairly good, not grayed. What stain would you recommend for this application?

Lois D
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Lois D

I am staining my deck with TWP 100 SERIES DARK OAK. I started with the lattice and ony did a small area. After drying it looks kind of purple. Will it stay that color. I don’t like it, what can I do?

Natalya
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Natalya

Hi,
I have 3 questions.
1. Does your product TWP 1500 work on treated wood?
2. Do you sell samples? We can’t decide between Honeytone & Cedartone for your TWP 1500 & would like to try them first before buying 2 gallons.
3. Do you have a dealer in WA state?
Thank you

Larry
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Larry

Should TWP 1502-1 be top coated with Thompson Seal? Or it better to just apply another coat of TWP 1502?

Steve
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Steve

I have read that the oil base stains are prone to mildew as the oils attract mold spores. Why is the TWP 1500 any different than that of other oil base stains? I have sawn cedar siding. Very nice wood and don’t want to ruin it or have to redo it anytime soon.

john
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john

Can TWP 100 be shipped to North Webster Indiana Zip 46555

Kenny HIatt
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Kenny HIatt
We applied TWP 1500 Cedartone to our deck last evening in Mt. Airy NC. No rain for the next 3 days so it is perfect timing. It appears I over applied rolling it on at dusk and there are many shiny spots on the 630 sf deck and stairs this morning. Should I wait 48 hours (it has been 18 hrs. or go back over with a sponge or cloth with paint thinner to absorb some of the shine or just wait the full 48 hours? Any other suggestions if it is over applied? Company from the west coming Tuesday… Read more »
Joey TN
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Joey TN
Hello, I have several post application questions for you: We have Bamboo fencing encased by pressure treated pine installed last summer on our new pool deck. We had to seal the bamboo right after instillation (with TWP for bamboo) per the bamboo seller instructions, but now we need to seal the pressure treated pine railing. I even had to seal the bamboo one more time this summer already! A few questions: 1) I am guessing we have to sand the railing it since we can not clean with TWP cleaning product as it will get on the sealed bamboo? 2)… Read more »
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David Edmunds Sr
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David Edmunds Sr

Your site suggest that it’s mandatory to coat all sides of a deck board in order to protect it properly. You’re not really suggesting that customers get Underneath their decks to coat the bottom side of the deck boards,I originally came to this site to try to find out the normal curing time for this product and couldn’t find the answer. What is it???

Dave Vallett
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Dave Vallett

On vertical white pine siding, age ~ 6 mos: 1. Stain both sides or is staining the outside-only adequate? 2. One coat, wet-on-wet, or two coats?

Tim
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Tim

Live in Illinois but have a vacation home in North Central Arkansas that I just finished a Western Red Cedar deck. We bought 4 samples of the 1500 stain since the 100 can’t be shipped to Illinois, plan on using the 100 since it can be shipped to Arkansas. My wife liked the Pecan color,question is how far off is the Pecan color in the 1500 to the 100.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Can TWP stain be applied on a sunny day with temperatures up to 84 degrees?

Chuck Witkowski
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Chuck Witkowski

Where can I buy TWP 100 Series stains in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area?

Dan
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Dan

Have a 10 year old cedar deck. Stopped and bleached the wood last week. Applied 2 coats of 1504 with a brush 12 hours ago. First coat got absorbed quite well. Second coat was put on 20 min after 1st coat. Product is not tacky, still wet to touch. Manufacture date of product is 6/14. What can I do to correct this problem.
Temps have been 90 in the day and 60 overnight with humidity between 60-85%

Rod
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Rod

My deck has several stamped labels on the treated pine, would the Gemini Restore Kit take this labeling off? If not, what would be the best method for removing?

richard allison
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richard allison
i have a PT pine deck. the client pressure washed the deck and applied cabot stain twice over 4 years. they believe there was a water seal product. they did not use any treatment to remove the water seal befor staining. what is left of the stain looks as if it is laying on top instead of penetrating the grain. area exposed to the sun in high traffic has worn to bare wood and weathered. Will the TWP deck restore system and a 5000 psi washer remove the two layers of cabot stain that is left? if not is there… Read more »
Gary W.
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Gary W.

Does TWP 100 come in a clear sealer and, if so, can it be shipped to Georgia?

Thanks, Gary

FRANK ZARRO
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FRANK ZARRO
Hi deck is 10 month’s old I will use gemini restore kit to clean and brighting. I was going to use a garden sprayer to apply clean and brightning and use a brush and pole with a hose attached to it to scrub any tough stains. After I Brush clean the wood I will wash it all away with a garden hose. For staining (TWP 1500 is this the right stain for time period 10 month’s) I will use garden sprayer for all the uprights and for the deck a brush(Defy makes it) and work the stain into the boards.… Read more »
aaron
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aaron

Using the deck cleaner and brightener on a pergola, will either product discolor or ruin pavers? Just wondering if when applying both products if i need to tarp the area or if i can powerwash after cleaning and brightening.

Also, can i use the cleaner and then immediately use the brightener

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