Official Help Site for TWPStain.com

by TWP Help

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TWP Wood and Deck Stain Update for 2020

Welcome to the official help site for TWPStain.com.

TWP® 100 Pro-Series will keep your wood beautiful, fresh, and looking new longer! The ease of application and maintenance will allow you to enjoy your investment for years to come. Containing unique ingredients that protect the wood from damage, TWP 100 Series has been a leader and respected product for over 25 years.

TWP® 100 Pro-Series provides a broad spectrum of weather protection, is water repellent, and aids in color retention. TWP® 100 Pro-Series resists water absorption that causes warping, cracking, splitting, and prevents freeze damage in colder climates. Use TWP® 100 Pro-Series to Restore and Protect YOUR GREAT OUTDOORS!

TWP 1500 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 TWPStainHelp.com 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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Jeff
Jeff

Just bought a house in Texas (78133) that has vertical board and baton style cedar siding.

There are 2 major problems:

1. It appears to have been spray with a semi-solid stain of which 15% is still remaining in protected areas such as under the eves.

2. Areas protected are very black and desiccated.

I have a pressure washer. Where do I start?

I used to own a KOA campground and used your product on the cabins so I am a returning happy customer.

Jeff

Andrew Davidson
Andrew Davidson

I just had about 120′ of 5′ high cedar fence installed around my house. I”m just outside Seattle, WA to the north. I found TWP while looking for reviews on what my contractor suggested as a brand of stain, CFW. Reading your Prepping page, I can stain the vertical rough cut boards right away, but how do the horizontal 2×4 Cedar boards and Pressure Treated 4×4’s come into play? Would it work to my advantage to wait until a dry week in the spring to apply a stain, when it is more likely to stay about 50 degrees at night?… Read more »

Betty Goughenour
Betty Goughenour

I used twp 100 series stain on my 10 yr old deck. Did first coat yesterday. Because I ran out of time Can I do a second coat today ?
Thanks

 
Janis Foley
Janis Foley

What happens if you apply TWP 100 with temperature less than 50 degrees?

Joan
Joan

My cedar deck has been staned twice with cedartone. Since it has been about 2 years it needs it again. If I used dark oak what can I expect the color to look like over the cedartone. Don’t like cedartone very orange. Please advise. If I lave the spindles cedartone and do the rest in dark oakwhwt do yo think?

James
James

What is your shipping charge policy? I need to know what shipping costs are before clicking to allow charging my order.

 
Allen
Allen

What is the best way to restrain a deck that has been stained with twp 2 yrs prior ? Can I just pressure wash gently dry and restain or do I need to treat with oxygenated bleach

Ann Vivian
Ann Vivian

Is TWP 1500 the correct product to seal new ipe wood deck in the northeast?

Philip Colgan
Philip Colgan

is there a difference in quality between your 100 series and 1500 series stains?

 
Paul
Paul

Hi, I sanded deck to bare wood, used the cleaner and brighter then let it dry for 2 days. After that I applied TWP 1500 rustic stain. Now after 24 hours of drying time, I am seeing grayish areas in the wood, mostly around and extending from knots. What can it be and what should I do to correct it. Thanks

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Dom
Dom

Recently purchased a house and I am interested in sealing/staining my back deck and cedar poles on the front porch. I’m a novice.. I believe the back deck was sealed at some point as water beads on parts of the deck that are not exposed to sun due to roof. Another portion of deck absorbs water and has obvious sun exposure. What is recommended for prep before sealing? I have pressure washer and was planning to seal with 1500 honeytone. What is recommended to for prep for cedar poles? Also, not sure which color would best match the natural color?… Read more »

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Karen Houck
Karen Houck

I have 5 gallons of pecan stain , which unfortunately turns out to be much to light. I thought it was fine when I covered the old wood ( which already had been stained) but on the new wood it’s just too light. Is there a way for mix to add a pigment or other stain, or do I need to stain the wood first and then put on the pecan ( which really has no color)so I don’t have to waste 5 gallons?

 
Brady
Brady

I recently purchased many different gallons of your stain and decided on the cedartone. I have a gallon of 100 series cedartone and a gallon of the 1500 series cedartone. I will need slightly more than a gallon to complete my deck railings. I was wondering if I could simply mix the two 100 series and the 1500 series gallons at the beginning of the job? Both are the same tone and my samples pieces appear the same finished tone.

Brady

Tom
Tom

Do you have samples?

Tracy D.
Tracy D.

I stripped and brightened my deck 2 weeks ago, and haven’t had a totally dry day since. What process will I have to do for staining with TWP1500 SERIES since so much time has gone by?

 
Barry
Barry

I purchased TWP stain last year but I cannot tell from the gallon can if I have series 100 or series 1500.

Jonathan
Jonathan

I have a porch that was covered with Behr semi-transparent product below about 7 years ago and was touched up after that without removing the old stain, meaning that there’s too much stain applied. Will I need the booster additive?

Gail
Gail

I completely restored cedar deck in July and applied 1 coat of TWP 1500 Clear Stain. I would like to apply another coat. Please advise as to the prep involved only 2 1/2 months later. I was also wondering if I can mix in another stain with color in an effort to get a more even look. Thank you!

 
Heide Coleman
Heide Coleman

Our contractor wants to use Radcon wood preservative for several decks? Is that the same as TWP 1500?

Mojoh
Mojoh

Hi never stained, rough cut cedar, pickets been outside sometime, rails new. N.W. MT. 1. Which semi transparent to use?
2. Do it this fall, or wait till next year, with new rails?
3. 200 feet , 6′, 2 sides , 10 gals. Cover? Do I Need the 2 coats?
Thanks !

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Clark E. Parks
Clark E. Parks

What is the best way to clean old vertical 1×8 t&g v joint redwood siding prior to sealing? What is the best seal?

 
diane
diane

Hello. We live outside of Portland, Oregon. We had a deck installed in August 2018, are now going to stain. (We will, of course, prep using Restore a Deck, etc). My question is, would you recommend we use the 1500 or 100 series product? The deck faces East, and is only partially covered, so it will be exposed to sun, rain, etc. Also, is sanding okay, in the areas where there is some cat/dog paw damage? If so, is that done before or after the cleaning/brightening? Thank you!

diane
diane

Thanks again for your earlier reply. Quick follow up question. I have received a sample of the 100 series in Dark Oak. It reads really red on my sample board, and I am hoping for more of a dark brown color. Is there a compelling reason why I could not use the 1500 product, as that comes in a Dark Walnut color that I think I might be happier with? Thank you again for your help!

Lina
Lina

I have 1501 on my deck. Can I repeat without stripping to add more color

Mary Cross
Mary Cross

Our porch is southern exposure and partly covered. We have done the restore-a-deck prep 6 days ago and it had more than 48 hours to dry. On the 5th day we had rain. It was not a storm like rain, but it did get half the deck wet. I dried off floor and railings and would like to stain today sometime, 35 hours later. Is it safe to do so? (The deck was erected a year ago and stained with TWP.). This would be a maintenance coat. The cleaning and brightener did the job! Let me know what you think.… Read more »

 
Skip Archibee
Skip Archibee

I used TWP 101 cedartone Natural and now I need new stain on my cedar siding should I go to the 1500 series. And what are the step in redoing the new the new application.

Susan
Susan

Is there a difference in color between the 115 Honeytone and 1515 Honeytone or are they the same? If there is a difference can you explain what it is? Thank you.

Ian
Ian

Hi,

I’m looking to stain a brand new deck made out of pressure treated pine, should I use the 100 or 1500 series stain and sealer? I live in Colorado at 6500 feet, very intense UV rays, decent amount of snow during the winter, ect.

Thanks,
Ian

 
Andrea
Andrea

Hi! Just wanted to pop in and leave a review for TWP 1500 series. We ordered from The Sealer Store and they were wonderful to work with. I asked questions there AND on this website and received instructions that helped make our seemingly neverending project come to fruition. After spending many a night after work sanding down our whole deck we were finally ready for TWP, we chose the Pecan color as I didn’t want anything too orangey or too dark. While applying and probably 6-7 hours after applying I felt like I might have made a mistake, it was… Read more »

Richard
Richard

I applied one coat 1520 Pecan on new treated pine after waiting twelve months. I am planning to add a second coat about twelve months later.
I believe the preparation is the same as the first coat. Apply the cleaner and power wash and follow with the brightener, wait 48 hours for drying and then stain. Is this correct?

Samson
Samson

Hello, This is is Sunshine Exteriors Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta Canada. How much would it cost for a shipping and how long would it take to get the stain? Thank you so much.

Carlo D'U
Carlo D'U

I recently bought a home in an area of California where redwood siding and decks are very common. Obviously, these are older homes since redwood siding is practically unobtainable now. Redwood for decks, though, is readily available (though very seldom is it kiln dried any more). Some of my neighbors tout “Radcon” as the preferred preservative for their homes, but I can’t find any information about “Radcon” on the web. When I search I get directed to TWP. What is “Radcon?” Has it’s name been changed to something else? Is it an obsolete preparation now superseded by TWP? By the… Read more »

 
Mike H
Mike H

I will be re-applying TWP 100 to my redwood deck soon. Since the deck has scratches from dog claws and the wood is older, I want to sand to renew the surface. The same applies to the top surface of the railings as these are easy enough to sand. My question is: If I sand the old wood, is it necessary to use a cleaner/brightener? I would plan to use the cleaner/brightener on any areas I do not sand. (ie the vertical skirts on the outside of the deck and the vertical parts of the railings.

Mike H
Mike H

Additional question after seeing your answer to another poster. I originally used the Cedartone TWP 100. I am Colorado at about 7200ft. Would TWP 1500 be a better choice?

Arthur Thompson
Arthur Thompson

Can I apply TWP 1500 over TWP 100 Stain that was put on 4 years ago?

Dawn Allen
Dawn Allen

Whats the best product to use on new cedar siding to be installed in Colorado at 7500ft?

 
richard
richard

Hello. Two years ago I stained my log home with your product. Today, 3/4’s of my home is covered in mold. I have read several articles about the causes, treatment, etc. Almost all articles recommend contacting the stain manufacturer for the best way to deal with this. Any suggestions?

Jim Theodoroff
Jim Theodoroff

I have a pergola over my deck that is stained with TWP stain. After 4yrs it is still in great condition my question can I clean and use brightner on it but not stain it. All the boards are vertical it’s just dirty.

Eric
Eric

Have a home with pine log face siding that has been previously stained with Cabot semi- transparent oil base tinted stain. The original stain had a reddish tint.
It has darkened consideribly over time to almost dark brown. I want to uyse TWP…I need recommendations for cleaning and new stain product as well as color?
Thanks.

 
Stacey Spillane
Stacey Spillane

I completed the Restore a Deck stripper and brightened last year prior to applying a coat of TWP 101. How should I prep the cedar to apply a second coat this fall?

Daniel Hoffelder
Daniel Hoffelder

what would you recommend for a new western red cedar log siding on a cabin in central Colorado at 11,000 feet elevation?

Rene
Rene

Is TWP safe on food?

 
Jon
Jon

I used TWP-120 Pecan to stain my new cedar deck (installed 1 year ago). I cleaned it with a power washer and your cleaning solution before applying the stain. The cleaning solution did a great job. When I applied the stain, the wood registered on the moisture meter at 3% or less. It did not rain for at least 72 hours following application of the stain and the stain was applied when it was not sunny (around 8:30 pm). Problem: It appears, despite my working the stain into the wood, that the stain was not fully absorbed by the wood… Read more »

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Ron
Ron

I’m using TWP100 It’s a very big project .So I’m staining in sections. These last few morning I found my deck damp from overnight dew.I waited until the end of a very hot day,Temps were 87 degrees with a nice breeze. I stained the top 2×6 on top of the railing as well as the spindles .I was surprised to see areas of tiny bubbles coming through the stain on the 2×6 but found none on the spindles. How long should I wait for it to dry after I get dew on the wood, I’m concerned if this continues it… Read more »

Joseph
Joseph

I’m located in south east Michigan. I have a two year old cedar fence. I’m hoping to stain it in August/September. Since it has never been stained do I need to do anything more than power wash it? Do I need to use a cleaner before staining? I understand the importance of cleaning a deck, but does a fence need the same prep since water doesn’t sit on it like a deck?

 
Caroline
Caroline

We have a 20 yr old deck in PA that we replaced with new pressure treated wood floorboards and steps. When prepping we sanded all original railings, spindles, step sides, etc. We stripped and sanded all those non-new wood parts. In staining the floorboards with your TWP1500 in pecan, the new boards were soaking up a lot of stain. Until we finished the 1st coat it was dark outside and rain was headed our way by the following morning. So we only got 1 coat finished on the whole deck. What is best way to put down the 2nd coat… Read more »

Bev
Bev

What are the oils in the twp 1500

M. Burton
M. Burton

How long after it rains can I do the clean/brighten steps and then wait 48 hours to stain and how long then is needed before it rains again for it to dry? If it rains within 48 hours after the clean/brighten step is that a problem? Thank you!

 
Gail
Gail

I recently applied TWP1500 clear stain to my cedar deck. We power washed and sanded first. I am wishing now I had put on 2 coats. At this point we thought we would wait until September. What sort of prep will be required?

Mike Barsotti
Mike Barsotti

I treated my cedar deck with TWP -101 cedartone 36 hours ago. Mostly looks great but . . . Have some shiny spots and sounds like mineral spirits is the best for them. I also have some areas that are lighter, didn’t get a second coat or not as much. Can I reapply a very light coat to get a more uniform look?

Susan
Susan

Is there a difference in color between TWP 120 Pecan and TWP 1520 Pecan? I ask because we read that the TWP 1501 Cedartone is darker than the Cedartone in the 100 series. You explain that on your website. Just wondering if it is the same for the Pecan and should I order samples of the 100 series and 1500 series to compare the color?

 
Joseph
Joseph

The only cleaner/Brightener I have access too is Benjamin more. I know it isn’t ideal but is it ok to use for twp1500

Phillip Marshall
Phillip Marshall

How long do I have to cancel an order once it is placed?