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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Laura
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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
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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 »
richard allison
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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
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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
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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?

bob blumenkopf
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bob blumenkopf

What is the shelf life of the 5gallon 1500 stain

Kathy
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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
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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.

Josh
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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
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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
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Metta

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

Jay Muchow
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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
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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
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Floyd

Can I apply another coat of twp 100 every two years

John
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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
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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.

Thank You

Chee Laureanno
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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!

Kate
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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
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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
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Richard

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

Mike Veverka
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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
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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
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Greg

What caulk do you recommend using with TWP1500

Lesley K
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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
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John Belt

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

Dave O
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Dave O

Which stain 100 or 1500 for new deck in Tennessee?

Don Krumholz
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Don Krumholz

Hi, great to see there is a highly regarded oil based wood stain on the market. I don’t like the water-based options. I have a newly constructed barn in rough sawn ship lap pine that will be finished in Sept/Oct. My understanding is you want 4-12 months before staining. Assume OK if I do in the spring? Will it be too soon to stain before winter? Will I need to use your prep materials on this type of siding? We will use the 1500 product since we are in NH. Thanks

Gary
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Gary

Can I apply TWP 100 in direct sunlight?

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?

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