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TWP Stain Authorized DealerWelcome 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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Marion Boatwright
Marion Boatwright

I’m going to use 1500 Dark Oak on my new log home. My porch ceilings are rough sawn boards and will absorb much more than the log walls. Can I mix the Dark Oak 75:25 with 1500 Clear for those ceiling to get more transparency? UV isn’t an issue there. Thanks!!!

Judy L
Judy L
Hi. I am almost finish doing the 2 level deck and a walk way…NEVGER Again.. I strip the old semi tranparent stain,( I used Techniseal For Wood )(Not Cement) than scrub brushed it by hand and than power washed it.. A site told me to buy TWP 200.. Its suppose to be tranparent, now since I live in Quebec area I supose this product (TWP 200) will last 2 years if I am lucky… Question is Do I have to strip it again,?? brush it to remover harder spots?? and power wash it.. or just clean and add another coat???… Read more »
William
William

We have an intricate front door we would like to strip.
It has a type of stain that seems to be flaking off. Im not sure
what the previous owners used.
Would your stripper be a good choice for something like this?
We do not plan on pressure washing it.

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Tracy Kaplan
Tracy Kaplan

Staining a second-story new redwood deck. Should we clean, brighten, and stain the underside too? And if so, should we stain the underside before the top in case there is overspray between the boards?

Mike
Mike
I have a PT deck that I built last summer. I want to stain it so I went to my local hardware store and they suggested “Arborcoat”. I took a sample of their “Natural” and was not happy with it. It was not a clear stain, it has pigment and the wood looks like it has a honey color. I like the natural color of the PT wood (a yellow color). Does your “Natural” have pigment or is it a clear oil product? Also, can I get less than a 1 gallon so I can test it? Can I purchase… Read more »
Van
Van

I have some left over mixed cleaner solution. How long do they last? Can I use it in next 4 – 6 weeks? (I apologize if you already answered as I cant find the precious post.)

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Chan
Chan

Thanks for your reply. With regard to Honeytone, Cedartone, and Natural, which stain is darkest? Which is lightest?

Chan
Chan

Does the 1530 Natural stain have any anti-UV properties? I believe your discontinued “clear” stain (can’t remember the series) did not have any. As a general rule, the darker the stain, the more UV protection? Thanks.

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

Can TWP be used on Epoch, EverGrain composite decking? Which of your stains should I use?

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Karen
Karen

I used TWP on my deck about 4 years ago and am not sure if it was 100 or 1500.
If I want to use 1500 this time, what should I do to prep?

Thank you!

Robert Ziegler
Robert Ziegler
Last year I applied your “California Redwood” to my deck. Unfortunately the wood (redwood) was too new. Now I have a deck where about 50% is fine and the other 50% apparently did not penetrate and has peeled and flaked off leaving bare wood. What is the best remedy? I have gotten advice to apply a stripper, then a wood “brightener”, before re-finishing, or, just sand and/or power wash the whole thing, then re-finish. Which, in your opinion, would be best, or would you recommend something else entirely? I really like the portions of the deck that accepted the stain.
Josh
Josh

I don’t know much about wood work. So my question is, does lower voc mean less results? I live in a desert and need strong UV protection for my exterior doors and furniture.

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Paul Koltovich
Paul Koltovich

Just used Pecan TWP on my deck , 1 coat, and think it may be too light. Can I use a second coat of TWP Dark maple which I have or mix some pecan and dark maple and apply a second coat?

Phil
Phil
Your deck stain calculator told me I would need 10 gallons of TWP100; color Redwood #102. Calc’s must have assumed I would use a sprayer (having used sprayers before I know there is lot of waste and over-spray, especially on the railing). I did not spray but used a brush and pad. Therefore, I used the first 5 gallons (within a quart) but never opened the second 5 gallons. Do you accept unopened returns? Should shipping costs be prohibitive and I keep the product, how long will it store? Will it store in temps in my storage building between 110… Read more »
Terry
Terry

I have 5 gallons of 1500 clear and want to get a color additive to make it red cedar color? Can I buy a color additive?

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Charles Barr
Charles Barr
I stained my new cypress log home in 2010 with Series 200, Russet 206 at the recommendation of your staff. The good news is that, after 8 years, it’s held up well. Photos from 2013 and 2018 look almost the same. The bad news is that it faded to, quite frankly, ORANGE, even on the north side, within a year or two. We need to re-stain and want a dark brown … that stays dark brown … definitely not orange. We live in Central Texas. Three questions: 1. Which stain and color is best for the dark brown we want?… Read more »
Zac
Zac

how do I get it in Canada?

Brent Desautel
Brent Desautel

Is it advisable to put down a third coat? The cedar was very dry and was sanded clean before I stain per the instructions.
The old adage more must be better?
Thanks
Brent
Derry, NH

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Bob
Bob

I completely refinished my deck last year ( ‘Restore a Deck’ stripper, power washing, sanding brightening followed by to coats TWP 1520). Several sections of the deck are now mildewed. Is the ‘Spray and Forget’ product compatible with TWP 1500? What do you recommend? Thanks

Bob
Bob

My pressure washer is rated 2800psi. How do I limit the pressure to the recommended max of 1500psi.

Jody
Jody

Is twp petroleum based?

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Tracey
Tracey

Who are the dealers in Minnesota, near the Twin Cities? Sherwin Williams is no longer carrying the product.

Ken
Ken

Can TWP 100 or 1500 be applied over Armstrong Semi-Transparent Stain?

Steve
Steve

I am using 1500 series.
My questions is about applying a second coat after the first coat has dried. I tried to get two coats on this weekend, but by 10am it was already too hot (over 90) to apply the second coat. Can I apply a second coat at this point or is it too late? Should I have just applied the second coat at those temps? We now have rain in the forecast for the next 10 days, so I am not sure what to do at this point.

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Scott
Scott

I stained my new pressure treated SYP deck last October with 100 Dark Oak and want to do a maintenance coat now (cracks in some of the boards)what do I need to do…..

Patrick
Patrick

What series would you recommend for a 2nd year old virgin cedar fence starting to grey up wanting to get back to natuarl wood color what would you recommend thanksb

Cathy
Cathy

We have a pine log siding that we put on are home in 2005. We have powerwashed it with a bleach wash. Which stain would be better the 100,1500 we would like oil base. We live in Iowa. So we have a 4 seasons. Hot summers and cold winters.

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Jaqui Ogier
Jaqui Ogier

Hi, I have a 12 month old cedar deck ready to be sealed. I do t want to pressure wash due to the vegetation around the deck and the proximity of the house etc. can I use a deck sander and then brighten before staining, or sand and then just lightly strip and brighten?

CRAIG
CRAIG

The wood is 18 years old. It is western red cedar siding. The wood is in very good shape but has faded particularly those sides of the house receiving the most sunlight. The siding was first stained front and back prior to installation in 2003 with TWP 101 Cedartone Natural. The siding was re-stained in 2010 again using TWP 101 Cedartone Natural. We are looking to re-stain again. Should we use the 100 or 1500 series product and should the siding be washed before staining? Thank you.

David
David

I live in Florida. Can I apply TWP 1500 in the summer or do I have to wait until Fall? Temps are in the application range early in the morning but heat up to over 90 by early afternoon. The deck is in the shade so is a bit cooler. Can I apply before temps reach over 90 or do I need to wait until the Fall?

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Carol R.
Carol R.
I have a 12/24′ redwood deck that was installed 8/15 and never been treated or touched with anything. In reading over your site I am confused a bit. in your directions for prepping new wood you don’t say anything about sanding or power washing. But many people write in and say that they have performed those steps. Since my deck is almost 3 years old should I do these steps? And if so, BEFORE I use the wood deck cleaner and wood deck brightener? I am leery about power washing my deck because, from the responses on your site, it… Read more »
Karen McKee
Karen McKee

How long is the mfg warranty on TWP 100 Series?

Barney
Barney

Hello,
I have an old deck (about 20 years old) that I have prepped with an cleaner/brightener (Behr) using a power washer, applied wood filler to fill in some deep knots, and have sanded the boards with an orbital sander. I came upon your website AFTER I have already performed the above tasks and read the other bad reviews of the product I was going to use. Can I go ahead and purchase and apply your TWP 1500 product or do I have to reapply the cleaner/brightener or RAD stripper/brightener before using it?

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Creig Lance
Creig Lance

1. Do you have small sample that I can get to try a color match with my log home?
2. What is the difference between TWP 100 and TWP 1500?
3. Is one better for a deck?

Dawn
Dawn

Can I use 100 Formula in California?

Bob
Bob

The current stain on my outside wood (posts, gables, etc ) is superdeck DB 1907 Canyon Brown. What is the closest color in twp 100 stain?

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John
John

I have a new western cedar deck I put in last August and it’s time for a sealer. Will the twp 100 clear give me the same protection as the color tinted 100 series products?

gregory scott heberer
gregory scott heberer

I live in Central Illinois. Do you have a local retailer within an hour of Peoria?

Thomas
Thomas
I have a small wood shed in a shady area in back of a house I recently bought. Doesn’t look like it’s ever been treated with a preservative. I don’t really care about the color or how it looks otherwise, I just want to put something on it that will protect the wood from rain. Hoping you will suggest a product or two. The siding panels have these notations: NOV 10, Hartco APA The Engineered Wood Assoc. Decorative 19/32 inch Group1 Sized for spacing Exterior 473 PS1-95 Thanks! Tom

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Tom
Tom

Hi, we live in NC. The ceiling for our covered porch is tongue and groove pine with a MinWax Golden Oak stain. What stain colors would you recommend for the pressure treated wood for the decking that might complement the ceiling color? Thank you in advance!

Italo
Italo

I live in Montreal, Canada. We experience it all here weatherwise, the cold, the heat, the humidity. Snow will be sitting on top of our deck for several months causing mold. Which of your product is the best to use for a 5-year-old deck which had another company’s product on before?

Matt
Matt

I am staining deck for second time. There a a couple areas that we’re covered by furniture that still bead up water. What should I do to these areas before staining again?

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Kris
Kris

I would like a clear sealer not a stain. Do you carry?

Beth
Beth

What is the Gemini Restore Kit?? I am sanding off the old finish on my porch deck. Do I need to use this restore kit? If so, what does it do? I also do not get the difference between TWP 1500 and 1000. Thanks for any info. the phone number is disconnected

Jeannette M Burke
Jeannette M Burke

Hi this is Jeannette, I just asked a question about a second coat and while waiting for an answer started reading info. I then came back and can’t find my question or answer. Did I do something wrong?

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Jeannette Burke
Jeannette Burke

Two months ago I had TWP cedar applied to my new screened in porch both rough uprights and the smooth tongue and groove floor. All is great however, I am considering adding a second coat of clear to the floor for added protection from rain, sun, etc. What do you think about this idea and if you agree that it is wise, is there a special way to handle the application?

Andy
Andy

I installed new salt treated pine deck boards on a 12 x 20 ft deck about 6 months ago and am thinking about using TWP 1500. Should I sand the deck before I clean/brighten with restore-a-deck? Also, how difficult is to re-stain the deck after a couple of years? Thanks.

Dave
Dave

After powerwashing the deck it looks close to what you show following restore-a-deck I know you say it is eco friendly- but we have a tree and other vegetation I do not want to risk stressing. What happens if I skip this step? Previous is not TWP- deck older (~20yr) but structurally in good shape. Your product sounds good- but prefer to keep chemicals to a minimum. 1500 or 100 work better. Thanks.

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MaryBeth
MaryBeth

We have a solid color stain in a red tone on our deck now. We would like to change to a more brown tone. Which product do you have that will work best?

tony
tony

where are the new york state dealers located