Changing to TWP Wood and Deck Stain Tips
Many exterior wood and deck owners have dealt with the task of changing their wood surface’s appearance by simply switching to a different wood stain. Whether you want a different look or you are tired of inferior wood stains that don’t last, switching to TWP stain is a good investment.
TWP is an EPA registered exterior wood preservative. It has excellent UV blocking and color retention properties that make it a superb choice for all exterior wood surfaces.
Before switching to TWP Wood Stains, you first have to remove all remnants of the old failing stain. Use a wood stain stripper and not a wood cleaner. Wood cleaners are not aggressive enough to remove old stains. Applying a wood stain stripper will soften the most transparent, semi-transparent, and semi-solid water and oil-based wood stains.
Apply the wood stain remover using a pump sprayer. Be sure to protect any surrounding shrubbery or landscaping. Once the stain stripper has dwelled on the wood for several minutes, use a stiff brush and garden hose or a pressure washer to lightly wash away the contaminants. For removing stubborn wood stains, several applications and a more aggressive approach may be necessary. Try increasing the strength of the stain stripper and/or the dwell time before washing off.
Once you are certain all the old stain is gone rinse the wood thoroughly then apply a wood brightener to the surface. This is a necessary step after using a caustic stain stripper. A deck brightener will reverse the darkening effect of the stripper and will correct the pH level to a neutral state. This brightening step will allow for better stain penetration and a better overall appearance. After brightening the wood, rinse well.
Allow the wood to dry for 48 hours minimum. If necessary, you can use a sander to remove any small areas of old stain that may still remain. Wipe any sanded areas clean with mineral spirits and allow it to dry before continuing.
Once all the old stain is gone and you have restored the appearance of your exterior wood surface, follow the Stain Application Instructions for TWP Stain.