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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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tim bremer
tim bremer

Recently opened and have been using TWP Natural stain and since bottom of can was somewhat bent I have a concern about keeping the unused stain in the can. I have a 2.5 gallon Olympic cleaner plastic jug (similar thickness as a gas can) and wanted to check if its OK to store unused stain in this plastic container.

Dwight Spencer
Dwight Spencer
This is for your webmaster – I hit a bug: 1. Filled out order form, including the state, but entered wrong expiry date. 2. Submitted – but was rejected. (Correct) 3. So I corrected expiry date. 4. But then also noticed the returned form no longer had a selected state! 5. So I re-selected the state. 6. Submitted again – but was rejected again! 7. Then noticed that when I had selected state that the expiry date was then changed to previous incorrect value! (Wrong) 8. So I re-selected the state FIRST, then corrected the expiry date. 9. Submitted again… Read more »
Anthony
Anthony

I bought a 5 gallon container of TWP 100 on Sept. 2016. I only used one gallon at that time.
I recently opened it up for a new project and the contents have thickened.
How to I thin the remaining 4 gallons so that I may use them?

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Bob
Bob

How long should I wait to move furniture back after staining?? we have had 3 sunny low humidity days since we stained??

Mike
Mike

I have an older approximate 600-650 sf deck. It’s been prepped ( stripped off old stain, pressure washed and sanded. ). We did change out about 6-7 new boards. And sanded those.
I live in the pacific NW..
Which of your stains (100 or 1500), would you recommend?
How much would I need for the two coats.
Last I’m not seeing how to order. Can you help?

joe
joe

after applying a 2nd coat there is patchy oily film in spots. have you any suggestions how to remove the excess?

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Terry ODonnell
Terry ODonnell

I’m hoping to remove old TWP stain from a small redwood deck by sanding, and then applying TWP 1500 stain. I see lots of posts about stripping and restoring, but can’t find much about sanding to remove old stain.

Three questions: Do I need to pressure wash before sanding? Do I need to sand with more than one grit? Do I need to do anything between sanding and staining such as using a cleaner and brighter after sanding?

AWE
AWE
I live in the Texas hill country North of San Antonio about 50 miles, and out “in the country” My zip code is 78133. I am 15 miles South of Canyon Lake. We have 8-10 inch Ashe Juniper (locally mistakenly called “cedar”) poles holding ore balcony and roof porch up. They have been hand stripped of the bark over a long period of time. They are currently a bit grey in color. They are expose3d to a lot of sunlight. The original color was primarily brown with a bit of red in it. The wood is hard and smooth. I… Read more »
Danny
Danny

What is the warranty on the 1500 and 100 series?

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Raul
Raul

is this product animal safe, like if dogs or cats chew on the wood

Jim Mandle
Jim Mandle

I was wondering if I can put the clear 1500 over wood that has a 1500 cedar tone stain on it?

Mark Kasdorf
Mark Kasdorf

What twp series is best for mahogany deck?

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tina
tina

i am putting aluminum railing on a new deck made of pressure treated pine. According to your article, it is better to wait for the wood to settle so the stain can penetrate more. Do I have to wait to stain the deck before installing the railings? Does it matter? Can pressure treated pine take Cape Cod gray stain nicely? I would appreciate your answer.

Brandon
Brandon

Its been a year since I applied TWP stain. Looks great! Spring is upon us and the deck has a little grime and dirt. What is recommended as far as cleaning detergent and method of cleaning? Light power washing or hose rinse?

Tom Lykowski
Tom Lykowski

I’m building a pergola using new rough sawn cedar. The carpenter told me to stain all the pieces,then he will cut and assemble. all I’ll have to do is touch up cut ends. Makes sense. I’m planning on using TWP100 Pecan. Will this procedure work or not ? Thankyou for your input.

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dave patterson
dave patterson

i live on vancouver island,wet climate 6 months a year .i have removed 650 square feet of 2×6 cedar it has been replaned and sanded and dried.what twp stain would be best ?i have a u.s.a.mail shipping drop .

Dave Neiman
Dave Neiman

I applied TWP 100 to my deck in here in southeastern Virginia. It has an unshaded southern exposure and is subject to some very high temperatures in the summer. In addition, some of the pt five quarter decking is slightly cupped so that water puddles rather than running off. Is it likely that the heat, sunlight and puddling will promote mildew and/or mold? And if so, what should I do about it. Thanks very much

Tom Lykowski
Tom Lykowski

Can you provide me with directions for applying maintenance coat on twp100 applied to pt2x6s a year ago?

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Ernie Squire
Ernie Squire
I wrote to Sashco as they have VERY good caulking products, but they replied with the following: Good afternoon, Mr. Squire. Thank you for reaching out to Sashco. TWP 1500 series stain is a deep-penetrating oil-based stain that contains waxes that will interfere with the adhesion of any sealant applied to the surface. Unfortunately, none of our products (nor any available at a normal hardware store) will stick to a surface that has that stain on there. That said, you could attempt to remove the stain just along the bond line where the sealant will be applied via a combination… Read more »
Roz
Roz

We have a newly installed (July) cedar picket and pine post fence. We cleaned it over a month ago and it’s been raining and snowing so I’m wondering if we missed our window to stain until the Spring. the forecast says the temps will be high of 55, low of 36 over the next 10 days with slight chance of rain and partially cloudy. Can we still stain if the high is say 50, but at night it dips to the 30’s? Also, we’ve already purchased the 101 stain. Will it keep for months until it gets warm again? UGH!!!

Dave S.
Dave S.
I’m having a deck stain dilemma. New PT pine deck boards installed April ’16. Let them weather until Oct. ’16 and applied single coat of 1500 series cedar stain after applying restore-a-deck kit and letting it dry a few days. In May ’17 I applied second coat of stain. In September ’17 the deck became coated with huge splotches of black mold over entire surface except for under a dining table. What are my options at this point. Note: I still have enough stain left in the well-sealed 5 gal. bucket to apply another coat. However wife not too happy… Read more »

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Gary Gilbert
Gary Gilbert

What is the anticipated life expectancy of the TWC 100 clear on new cedar decking in Cincinnati, Ohio?

SMcM
SMcM

Hello I have attached photos of our 1.5 yo multi-level deck complete with railings and steps. Roughly +/- 2500 sf. It is pressure treated pine and has a transparent redwood stain. It is all in good shape at the moment. My concern is getting behind the maintenance curve. Seeking advice on cleaning products and then preservatives (TWP 100 or the water-based stain?). Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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Doris Cox
Doris Cox

What are the temperature tolerances for application TWP 100?

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John C Preisler
John C Preisler

5 gallon can received. How do I open it?

Laura
Laura

We are looking at applying some cedar shakes to the gable ends of our house for accents. We are currently searching for a good source of shingles. Once I do find some, is there anyway I can puchase some samples of your stain so I can see what it would look like on the cedar? Is it best to stain the shakes before installing? We also built a 22 x 28 covered deck out of treated pine this summer and we are looking at using TWP in it as well.

Pat Neargarth
Pat Neargarth
I just finished staining my deck with TWP 100 Honeytone 115. It was beautiful. We did all the prep work right. Watched the weather and when we had 3days showing dry weather out of a 10 day forecast for our area, we stained it. That very night our weather forecast changed drastically and within 9 hours of finishing the staining, our deck was rained on and has now been rained on for 2 more days. I am just sick with worry about the deck never drying properly. I don’t know if I should try sweeping the water off or just… Read more »

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richard allison
richard allison

due to the wind, i have spots and spills of TWP 1500 series stain on brick walls, brick pavers and concrete all unsealed. it has been 2 weeks. a 3500 PSI pressure washer does not get the stains out. How might i be able to remove these stains of stain from the brick and concrete?

Steven Hach-Pokorny
Steven Hach-Pokorny

Using samples, I blended 1500 stains Natural and Cedartone 1:1 and like the look. I also blended 1500 stains Pecan and Natural 2:1 and like that look. Applied to rough hewn cedar siding, the blends seem to be absorbed as well as the standard color stains. Can I mix 1500 stains to get a custom color w/out encountering problems?

Bill Desjardin
Bill Desjardin

My painting contractor is planning on using TWP to stain my western red cedar siding in early November. We are located in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains at 5000 feet elevation. I expect that day time highs will be in the low 50s and morning lows to be in the low 20s then. Is it prudent to apply the stain in those conditions?

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bob blumenkopf
bob blumenkopf

What is the shelf life of the 5gallon 1500 stain

Kathy
Kathy

The house I just purchased has some stain on the deck bu I don’t know what it is. I have used the TWP at my previous home and love it. What prep do I need to do to use it on this new deck since I don’t know the product that’s on it already.

Bob WElls
Bob WElls

I have an IPE deck that needs to be cleaned and re-oiled. TWP was put on the deck originally about a year ago. They deck is fairly gray with some areas that still have color due to them being covered. Do I need to strip the deck and with what? Should I use the 100 or 150 to oil the deck.

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Josh
Josh

Would your recommendation still have been to wait til spring if I would not have sanded the deck? Do I have to worry about any damage to the deck while waiting until spring? I was worried with sanding that it may expose more of the wood and remove the pressure treatment. The intent was to stain right away. I don’t have an issue waiting but did not want to cause any damage to the deck. Will the weathering counter-act the sanding and open the pores up again.

Brian
Brian

I stained my deck using dark oak 100 series. Mixed in the morning but not throughout the day. The early on looks reddish and later it got to be very dark. Should I expect that? Was it just not mixed or something else. I didn’t think dark oak had any red in it.

Metta
Metta

What would be the best stain to use on cedar siding that will be a new project. The siding will be horizontal.

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Jay Muchow
Jay Muchow

I have been using TWP for more than 10 years using 101 Cedartone. I restained the deck 2 years ago. I now just cleaned and pressure washed the deck which removed failed stain and lightened the wood. I used the wet on wet method. After it dried for 3 days, it rained. Now there is a white film splotchiness on the stain where the rain puddled then dried. What caused that? Will it dissipate? Does this indicate the new coat has/will fail?

Dominic Dillon
Dominic Dillon
The instructions aren’t very clear. What does wet on wet mean. I don;t wait for the first coat to fully dry before applying a second coat? Can it be walked on during that process? I live in mid north NJ, we have not had 48 hours of no rain since the summer of 2016. If I wait for a clear forecast, my deck will rot before that happens. It is also very humid here. This site suggested the TWP 1500 and that is what I am planning on using, once we pick a color. Also, what is the maximum time… Read more »
Floyd
Floyd

Can I apply another coat of twp 100 every two years

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John
John

I have installed a cedar deck this summer and TWP was recommended as a potential product by a friend who has had success with the product. My question is how long should I let my new deck sit before applying TWP 100 in a grey tone. If I wait any longer it will have to wait until spring. Thanks for any info that you can proved.

Santiago
Santiago

I recently had installed a prefabricated Gazebo. It is held up by four 6X6 pressure treated posts. I have purchased TWP stain but I would like to know how I can tell when is the right time to stain the posts? I live in South Florida so they get pretty good sun exposure but they also get rained on a lot. I don’t want to jump the gun and stain them before they have had enough time to dry properly.

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Chee Laureanno
Chee Laureanno

My Cedar extra clear sidewall shingles were installed end of July,2017.
South side strong sun exposure. Can I have a coat of the 1500 TWP deck stain applied
mid to end September this year? All the online info seems to be about decks. Thank You!

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Kate
Kate

This is a new deck (Feb 2017), that was professionally stained using TWP
100. Obviously it was not applied evenly. They tried using mineral spirits, which did nothing. What should be done?

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Steve
Steve
Any good tips for cleaning and maintaining deck after staining? I stained a few months ago and was very happy with the result until the first time it rained and my dogs carried muddy feet all over the place. It took quite a bit of effort to clean. Was this just a mistake on my part to use a dark stain or is there something I can be using to clean deck after rainy days? Also, their claws seem to be digging in the wood in certain areas to where the original wood color can be seen. How concerned do… Read more »
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Richard
Richard

Do you recommend staining joists and boards under the deck structure with TWP, the deck floor is composite.

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Mike Veverka
Mike Veverka

We have a bid from a roof company that includes treatment with TWP 200 series 3% stain. We are interested in the slate gray product, but he rarely uses it, so doesn’t, have a sample. Any way we could get a small sample to see how it looks, before committing to putting it on our roof?

Brianna
Brianna

After using the deck brightner I waited 48 hours and planned on staining the next day but it ended up raining overnight. How long after rain does the deck need to dry prior to staining?

Greg
Greg

What caulk do you recommend using with TWP1500

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Lesley K
Lesley K

I have a new deck at my house installed April, 2017. The tag on the board says it is UC4A ESR 2240 Micronized Copper Azole. We have already purchased from you a cleaner kit, a stripper kit, and TWP natural stain. Please advise the proper procedure for staining the deck. Do we need brightner on the new wood? Can we apply stain on the vertical parts of the deck without all the cleaner and stripper? We’d have to apply all that by hand, which would be very labor intensive….

John Belt
John Belt

Which tip is needed for 1500 series simi transparent being applied with a Graco or Titan airless sprayer, 1500 psi.