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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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Ken & Susan Berg
Ken & Susan Berg

Re-stained our cedar deck a few weeks ago. Just noticed that the TWP stain from railings has dripped onto black aluminum balusters–the drips become visible when the sun hits the railing. Tried cleaning the balusters with mineral spirits, but the drips don’t come off–they disappear when wet with mineral spirits, but re-appear immediately upon drying. What can we do?

betsy
betsy

I applied 1500 series (clear) on my mahogany deck last year – it is covered – but some areas have been bleached by the sun. Pictures are attached – just your thoughts on if I can go another year without reapplying – or if I should reapply – I guess you suggest cleaning with the Gemini kit then putting on the stain – do I put one coat of stain on or do the wet on wet again? thanks

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Karen
Karen

I used the Restore a Deck kit, on my 4 year old never been stained cedar deck. Waited the 48 hours to dry and stained with TWP 100 in the color Pecan. I hate the color, it is too orange! Now what do I do?

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C. Nelton
C. Nelton

In late July, we used your 350 Max Voc (after cleaning and brightening) on our pressure treated pine deck. Didn’t have enough for 2 coats.
1) Can we apply another coat this fall?
2) Which of your new formulas should we order?

Chris Greer
Chris Greer

I have cedar railing around my house in Maryland as well as cedar post for our mailbox. The builder used Helmsman spar urethaneon all the cedar. It has quickly deteriorated in the sun.

I plan on using TWP1500 Honeytone. What is the best method to remove the old stain? Do I sand and then use cleaner/stripper or just use the stripper/brightener?

Thanks for the assistance.

Regards,
Chris

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Ron j
Ron j

Price per 5 gl 100

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John King
John King

i have 5 gallons twp 1500 8 years old is it still good

Sosina
Sosina

I have holes in deck boards from broken deck screws and had to screw new ones right next to the broken ones. What kind of caulk or filler should/can I use to fill the holes? Do I need to fill holes? Should I do this before or after brightening (using Restore) before I stain. I am planning to use TWP 1500 in dark oak. Thanks.

Peter M Cohen
Peter M Cohen

I’m interested in your 100 series Cape Cod Gray, but notice that you say it is more similar to a semi solid stain. Does that mean less penetration and eventual peeling vs. other colors?

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Phil
Phil

Have two 2X6 deck boards that have bled and discolored on my 45X20 deck. Deck is 5 years old and was stripped/brightened with Restore-a-Deck this past May and stained with TWP 100 Cedar.
I thought I had overcome the bleeding with the complete re-finish, but you’ll see in attached pic that it’s baaaaack.
What can I do short of replacing the two boards……or is replacing the easiest way to go?

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David Sanders
David Sanders

I work for a home builder and we use twp for the decks. I have a homeowner that the stain seems to be coming off for no apparent reason. I was wondering if you have ever heard of this problem or know what would cause it?

Danielle
Danielle

What prep do I need to switch from 1500 to 100?

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Karen
Karen

I have used this before (1500 series) on my porch railings, and love the product. I have some chairs with unfinished teak arms that are starting to mildew and blacken, and wonder if this is suitable to use on those, or if a specialist teak sealer is a better bet? Any guidance, if I use it, on the best color to select?

Robert Holmes
Robert Holmes

I have and 10 yr old deck I power sanded with a commercial floor sander all the old stain off. it look like new dry sanded wood do I need to clean and brighten, or can I just apply the TWP 1500.

Ron Andree
Ron Andree

Have been doing research on deck staining and or sealing there is a lot of products out there that claim all,I have a boat dock that is 2.5 years old and was built with pressure treated lumber it has never been stained or sealed and now is the time the dock is in Houston Texas fresh water lake high heat and humidity could you advise what TPS products to use.tks Ron

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Ron
Ron

The dock was built about 2.5 years ago with pressure treated wood

Ron
Ron

I have a dock shill with pressure treated lumber that is now about 2.5 years old has never been stained or sealed what TPS products would you recmend.The dock is in Houston Texas need I say more hot and humid thanks Ron

Dave Arnold
Dave Arnold
The more I read the more confused I get. I am installing new rough sawn western red cedar porch supports with side braces and planking for a box beam.I am in the process of sanding the hairs off of the wood (the wood is still fairly rough) and need to know if I can stain with TWP 1500 now before I install them or wait until next spring to stain. Please advise on the appropriate time to stain. I have read that cedar is not meant to be left natural with no protection for any length of time outdoors. Any… Read more »

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Alison Garber
Alison Garber

the stain still smells really bad after five days of drying, and it also still feels oily to the touch. What can we do about this ?

Jim McLaughlin
Jim McLaughlin

Going to use Cedartone 101 on a 10 month old new cedar fence. I bought 5 gallons, plus the “Bug Juice”.

I am here in the “sunny” Pacific Northwest, where it eains from October 1 to May 31 each year.

Do you recommend a mildewcide / fungicide additive? Which one? THe two big local paint companies out here (Miller; Rodda) won’yt warranty their exterior oil based paints unless one has added mildewcide / fungicide.

Loretta Melfi
Loretta Melfi

I am really pleased with the stain. I’ve used every type on the market, Thompson’s, Behr, Wolman’s, Olympic, etc. My deck is 20 years old. The color is beautiful, I used honey, and after a year and a half it still looks great. My question is can I power wash it, just to clean off the surface dirt without hurting the finish? Also, how often should I reapply?
Thanks for your help.

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Mary
Mary

We have a gallon of TWP 1500 remaining from a 5 gallon can used in a project 4 years ago. It was put in a new clean can and sealed. Is this still useable?

Bill Fiedler
Bill Fiedler

Just finished staining new, weathered 1 yr, cedar deck with 101 Cedartone. About an hour after finishing an unexpected 1/2″ rainfall popped up. Is all my work ruined?

Jay
Jay

I am in Canada and bought 8 cans of the TWP 100 – cape cod. Absolutely best stain I have ever used. Wife would like it more gray and less “cape code blue”. Her words. What are my options – I do not want to affect the performance of the stain. Thanks – Jay

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ruth lee
ruth lee

i have a 20 y.o. deck in good shape in butte montana. i used shermin williams semi transparent stain with sad results. it is a huge deck with plants everywhere around it, so i want to sand before using twp 1500. what grit should i use, thank you.

Mary Kiernan
Mary Kiernan

I just stained my log cabin with TWP100, cedartone. What Chink do I need to select?

Ron K.
Ron K.
What is a recommended wood putty to use on western red cedar being used outdoors that can be stained with TWP 1500 series semi-transparent stains and will hold up to the weather? Just to confirm: I like a 50%/50% mix of two sample stains better than the sample stains alone when all were applied to a western red cedar board. So I can do a mix of a gallon of each stain in a clean 5 gallon paint bucket and apply, with a china bristle brush, the resulting 2 gallons mixed stain to 60 – 80 grit sanded new western… Read more »

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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?