TWP Stain is Spotty or Shiny

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TWPStainHelp.com Tips: TWP Stain Application is Spotty/Shiny and How to Fix

Staining a deck can be a challenge. There are some common mistakes that can occur that may greatly affect the final results. One such common mistake is over applying the stain.

With TWP Stain it is recommended to apply the stain using a brush, roller, or some type of sprayer. If the wood seems very thirsty, you can apply two “wet on wet” coats. TWP is a penetrating stain so you should never apply more stain than the wood can absorb. Once the stain as had 20-40 minutes or so to penetrate into the wood, you should go back and wipe away or back brush any puddles, drips, or runs.
When excess stain (stain that did not soak in) is left on the surface to dry it becomes shiny. This can give the deck an unsightly spotty or blotchy appearance. If you notice your TWP Stain application is spotty/shiny you should know how to fix it.

Once the surface has dried you can see the extent of the spotty or shiny issue from over-applying. To fix it you can lightly wipe your deck with rags and mineral spirits to remove the excess stain that is on top of the wood.

Note: it is very important to saturate all oily rags with water once done. Lay the rags flat on the ground to dry fully.

If you are still having trouble removing the shiny spots, meaning the stain is too thick, you may have to use a stain stripper. You can also try sanding the areas using medium-grit sandpaper. Once the problem areas are cleaned or sanded off, allow the deck to dry before reapplying a light coat of TWP.

Only apply TWP to the areas you cleaned or sanded. Apply as much stain as the wood will absorb but no more. If the stain is not soaking in after 10 minutes wipe the excess away with a clean rag or brush. Try to even out the finish as best as possible without over-applying.

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Ali
Ali

I pressure washed, stripped sanded and brightened my deck, then applied TWP 100 Cedar, 2 coats. I’m almost done but (like many on here) I’m worried about the shiny spots. I’m now 20 hours out. I’ve been searching through advice, and on some posts you say to let it dry more, on others you say to strip or wipe the excess with mineral spirits, or even to strip it in a few years and try again. Would you mind posting example pics of each?

Twila Jarvis
Twila Jarvis

We hired a contractor to restain our 5-year old deck. The contractor recommended using TWP 1500 stain and we chose “rustic” color. I know he power washed our deck 2 days before staining. I’m pretty sure he didn’t do anything else to prep it. The day after it was stained, It was shiny in spots and dull in others and that has not changed after 3 weeks. I contacted him several times in the days following the stain application regarding the look of the deck. He kept telling me it had not completely dried yet. He didn’t seem to know… Read more »

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frank
frank

Is there a clear TWP sealer. After deck treatment a segment that had more exposure to sun looks different (duller) than rest of deck. Can something be done without sanding it all down

 
Evelyn gatt
Evelyn gatt

I had a little dent on my stained table and I fixed it but than I wiped it several times and the spot I was doing came to shine how can I get rid of the shine my table is Matt finish

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Jill S
Jill S

I stained the deck 4 years ago. I cleaned and prepped the deck on Tuesday, stained Saturday. I had some shiny spots where the deck doesn’t get a lot of use. I used mineral spirits on them, hoping that works. Do I need do anything to the deck where I used mineral spirits? My problem is that the deck is still tacky. I’m a little over 24 hours out. I’m wondering when it will cure. When can I let my dog into the deck and when am I able to put my deck furniture back on it? I used TWP… Read more »

Sig & Diane
Sig & Diane

Our deck: New wood, #2 cedar, weathered 4 months, no graying…. I saw a Youtube video that refers to a TWP product called Gemini Wood Prep to use on new wood. Is that product still available, or do you just recommend the Gemini Restore-A-Deck cleaner/brightener for all prep situations?

 
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doris
doris

I have applied the first coat and want to apply a second coat to new 1×12 rough cut siding. I see wet on wet, but what about applying a second coat after the first coat dries???

LAK
LAK

I applied 1500 Cedartone wet on wet yesterday to two year old cedar deck after cleaning and brightening. One coat Cedartone last year. The last five boards that were stained 12 hours ago, are much lighter in color. How can I fix this without having to redo the whole deck?

 
Pawel
Pawel

Your product is amazing!!! We bought a house with nearly-ruined deck. After long search between various products (I was recommended to use a paint, but all of them had not so good opinions) I pressure-washed the deck and used your product. It looks fabulous!!!
Thank you!

Cathy
Cathy

I live in Pittsburgh, PA and it rains a lot. We don’t have a full week without rain. My question is if I prep with Gemini
cleaner and brightner I know It has to dry for 48 hours but how long after that do I have before it won’t help the stain?
Also if it rains do I still have to wait 48 hours before I can stain?

Jolene Plotzke
Jolene Plotzke

It’s been 24 hours and the deck is still tacky and sticky. We are sure we put too much stain on. We used twp in years past and this did not happen. What rags can we wipe off excess stain with that won’t leave fabric particles behind? Will wiping the boards off with rags and pure elbow grease (without mineral spirits) work?

 
David
David

Applied 1500 Cedartone to 5 year old cedar deck a few days ago on Friday afternoon / evening after properly cleaning, sanding and dry time. I live on Long Island and it was in the 80’s and moderately humid when applied. Applied lighter 2nd coat wet on wet after waiting 10-15 mins after first coat. 20 hour after applying, about 1/3 of the deck looked shiny and slightly tacky so walked along the deck with a rag under my feet to try and pull up any excess. It’s now 40 hours after application, and about 10% of the deck has… Read more »

Matthew Logan
Matthew Logan

Stained a deck a week ago, had great weather, applied according to instructions. My problem is not over applying, it looked great when I finished but now some of the knots in the cedar look like they have no finish at all. what can be done?

Mill Shires
Mill Shires

I am using 101 cedar tone. The deck was finished with twp about 3 years ago. This past week we hired a company who used a stripper and powerwasher, followed by treating with a neutralizer/brightener. It sat for 3 sunny days to dry. Then, to remove burring they used a rubber buffer on the cedar. Then the company applied the stain for me. Now I have quite a few spots that are sort of fuzzy…not shiny. And, it has a bit of a sticky feel to it….well, not sticky but for like fuzzy and I can scrape it off with… Read more »

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Jay
Jay

Appiled TWP 1500 24hrs ago to 4 month old redwood, lots of shiny, blotchy spots. I can’t get mineral spirits in CA, what alternative can I use to wipe down the excess stain?

Liz
Liz

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Lisa
Lisa

Hello, applied 1500 yesterday (12 hours ago), still tacky. There are some shiny spots. Should I use mineral spirits now to remove or wait 24 hours? 48 hours? Should it of soaked it by now?

 
Larry
Larry

I have stripped, neutralized and sanded my 500 square foot deck. I have read that you should wait a few weeks to allow wood pores to open up before staining. If that is true should I do any prep work before applying TWP 100 series?

Larry Wells
Larry Wells

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Tony
Tony

Stained second half of deck about 20 hours ago, and much of it is still tacky. First half of deck turned out beautiful three days earlier. At what point should I use mineral spirits, or will it dry? Thanks. I do NOT want to strip it again.

Tony
Tony

By the way, was a stripped and brightened cedar deck

Edward
Edward

I will be applying TWP 100 Honeytone to ipe decking (after stripping and brightening). True or false: because of the density of ipe, it will most likely only take one coat of TWP.
Thank you

 
Kenny
Kenny

I have a client that refreshed their deck this year after we had applied the initial coat last year. They definitely over applied. Cedar deck is tacky to the touch and obvious puddles. How would you recommend proceeding from here?

Billy
Billy

Any recommendation for my lap marks? Entire deck 60-grit sanded (removed old solid stain), cleaned and brightened with Gemini, two coats wet-on-wet (both old and new boards). My dad and I had to stain in sections and we overlapped that one area in the picture, most likely wet on wet (so that lap probably has four coats). It’s 7 am in North Carolina now, we did this at 3-5pm yesterday afternoon. Still within 24-hour window. Thanks in advance!

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