TWP Stain is Spotty or Shiny

by TWP Help

Last Updated on March 10, 2021 by TWP Help

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 outside 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.

If you have this issue and need help. Please Ask below!

 

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Leah
Leah
1 day ago

A couple of years ago, I over-applied TWP 1500 stain and failed to wipe it off. We had some shiny spots for a while, and now they’ve turned into bare spots (see picture). Would you recommend stripping/brightening, or would cleaning/brightening be sufficient?

Jarvis
Jarvis
2 months ago

House was striped, brighten, then sanded. The stain was applied by brush and 20 minutes later back brushed again for extra material and to make sure no runs. However the outcome is still splotches. Any recommendation on how to even this out?

Robert
Robert
2 months ago

Hello,
My name is Robert and I have a question about the drying of stain. Two days ago, I applied the Twp1500 cedar tone stain on my deck. The stain seems to have dried nicely, but the knots on the wood seem to be still wet and not fully dry even though two days have passed with no rain. I do not know what to do about the knots not being fully dry..what can I do?

 
Bart
Bart
2 months ago

We have a cedar deck in the Pacific Northwest. There was previously an oil-based semi-solid stain on it. It was last stained 3 years ago.

A week or so ago, we decide to stain the deck again and we first applied Behr wood stain stripper to it, then applied a Storm brightener/naturalizer, and let it sit for a a few days in the sun to dry out (In retrospect, probably not a good idea to use two different company’s products for stripping and brightening.)

Anyway, today a couple of hours after the sun was no longer on the area, we applied a TWP99 semi-solid dark oak stain to part of the deck. Now the stained area now has a very splotchy look. (Please see the attached photo.)

So, as far as the areas we’ve ALREADY stained, any suggestion about what we can do? (I do remember reading that if you apply two coats, the second coat needs to go on 15 or 20 minutes after the first coat.)

THEN as far as the areas we have NOT yet stained, should be apply two coats, one shortly after the other?

Or should we start over and strip those areas before doing anything further?

The last time we stained the deck (3 years ago), we used a different company’s semi-solid stain and I don’t recall having this splotchiness problem at that time. It seemed then like the semi-solid stain covered most imperfections.

Thank you for any information or suggestions you might have!!

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Bart
Bart
2 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

The nearby paint store mixed the semi-solid to match that color. (See the attached labels.) It sounds like I need to completely start over and that I should use the stock semi-solid colors, correct?

Thank you!!

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Bart
Bart
2 months ago
Reply to  Bart

Thank you for your answer and candor. I cannot find any dealers in the Portland, Oregon area who carry the stock colors, even with the ‘find a dealer’ feature on your website. Do you have a list of Portland-area dealers who carry the stock colors? I don’t really want to have to order online. Thanks again, you’ve been very helpful.

Debbie
Debbie
3 months ago

We completed staining deck and porch yesterday.with TWP 101 cedartone The forecast has rain in store later today so we covered the deck with 7 mil painters plastic in hopes of not getting water spots. Will this be sufficient? The next issue is the porch. Must have over applied as it is still tacky. I have used paper towels to take off some of the additional stain. Will the porch eventually cure or will we have to do it again?

Debbie
Debbie
3 months ago
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I uncovered it and it was dry (the rain did not get to it). It is no longer tacky so I think we are good to go. Thanks for your help!

Shawn
Shawn
3 months ago

What happens when you have shiny spots on the surface? It’s been 24hrs and I noticed some spots still look wet but dry to the touch. I guess it was over applied. What is the detriment?

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Shawn
Shawn
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thank you for your quick response. Love the product.

 
Tamara
Tamara
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

But it rained 72 hours after the completion of the staining job. This is above your recommended range!?

Tamara
Tamara
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

But it rained 4 days after application! This is way longer than your recommended period!

Tamara
Tamara
3 months ago

Trying again to attach a photo.

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Bill
Bill
3 months ago

I’ve used TWP for years. My deck was getting shiny, and spotty after powerwashing. I have sanded my ENTIRE deck with a 60 grit paper so most of the color is gone. Is there anything else I need to do before applying the TWP 101?

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Gregg
Gregg
4 months ago

Had my deck stained with TWP 1500. On the footers (vertical posts) below the deck they used a roller and didn’t back brush or wipe away excess. I noticed this about 5 hours after they finished so I used a cloth to get any residual stain off. Today (24.hours) I’ve noticed a few of the posts are tacky. They look good. No runs. No puddles. No streaks.

Will this tackiness cause issues in the future? I usually power wash every year and use the Gemini restore kit every 2 years before applying another coat.

Evelyn
Evelyn
4 months ago

I am talking about my kitchen table top it is stain wood

Evelyn
Evelyn
4 months ago

I had a hit on my table and I tried to fill it wth patty after I wiped it with a bit of soap it came shinny how can I make it not shinny that spot pls

Evelyn
Evelyn
4 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

I wiped a part of my table with soap and it left a shine on it how do I cover the shine of

 
Lawrence Yehle
Lawrence Yehle
4 months ago

I’ve been using TWP 207 Butternut Brown, but see it now only comes in 5 gallon pails? I only need a gallon, so which color in TWP 100 or 1500 matches closest on pressure treated wood? Thank you.

Nick
Nick
4 months ago

It’s been about 12 hours since my contractor applied TWP 100 in cedar tone. Seeing lots of sheen this morning. Do I need to let this cure more or should I intervene?

Becky Brasher
Becky Brasher
5 months ago

We have a new wood deck that we just stained with TWP 100. We wiped away excess after 30 minutes but most of it had soaked in already. The wood looks very blotchy. What happened? The wood was dry when we applied and no rain.

Becky Brasher
Becky Brasher
5 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

I didn’t use the kit you describe but did clean with soap and water and rinsed well. I let it dry for over 2 days. Is there anything I can do now or will it look better when the second coat is applied in a year or so.

 
Emily
Emily
8 months ago

We used TWP stain over the summer to stain our new deck. As you can see, some spots still have a ‘wet’ look to them. It’s been a few months so I’m not sure what our best option is. We live in Southeast Texas so that means lots of humidity. We also have black (moldy??) spots that have showed up over the last week. Did we not use enough stain? Thanks in advance!

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Dan
Dan
11 months ago

I did a test sample on my house with 1500-series pecan and it looked pretty good with a nice warm brown tone. Afterward, my contractors sanded down all of our cedar using 40-grit sandpaper and then applied a sampling of the pecan and it came out very blotchy and red. The outcome was night and day compared to what I originally tested. The first photo is the first test sample I did after cleaning and sanding with 80-grit. The second photo is the test area the contractor did after cleaning and sanding with 40 grit. The third image shows the siding in the process of being sanded. Do you think the 40-grit sanding could have something to do with this? If so, is there a grit that you recommend for clear cedar?

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Sue Mullen
Sue Mullen
11 months ago

Our deck is 12 years old. We hired a company to prep and stain it. They power washed it with a cleaner but there was still black moldy areas. We’re replaced some of the boards and all the top hand rails. We bought RAD stripper/brightner and power washed a second time. After it dried they lightly sanded the splinters and applied TWP 1500 in Dark Oak. There is variations in color on the old wood and the new wood has splotches. The old wood was very thirsty and the guys applied many coats. They might have over applied the stain as I suspect. Is there anything we can do to make it better or shall we wait? We appreciate any advice.
Pics. after staining, and few days later after it rained.

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Sue MULLEN
Sue MULLEN
11 months ago
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Thank you for your response. How do I clean next year?

 
Tammy
Tammy
1 year ago

Hello,
We rec’d our 5 gallon 1500 stain and will be renting a sander to take off the peeling stain on our redwood deck. it’s 3 year old, we live in Denver, CO. My question is: if we sand today (Friday) 88 degrees and sunny and we stain tomorrow (Saturday) same weather; will the deck be okay if we are getting snow (Monday night into Tuesday?) It will be 50-60 on Wed. and Thursday and sunny. We are just getting that one crazy snow day. How long should the stain dry before it gets snow?

Thank you,
Tammy

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Hello,

After sanding, I applied TWP 1500 in cedar tone to a portion of my deck. It’s been about 5 days since application, and there are still some shiny parts which have not been absorbed (see photos). The shiny parts are smooth and not tacky.

Do you suggest any remedies for these shiny areas or is it better to just allow time for the deck to weather at this point?

Thanks for your help!

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diana
diana
1 year ago

cloudy finish has appeared on log cabin is it time to do a maintenance coat

 
Sue Burkhalter
Sue Burkhalter
1 year ago

I just finished having my deck stained. I did not do it myself but paid a professional. I gave him all the instructions for proper application. He finished on Wednesday afternoon and I didn’t go out to walk on it until today and was disappointed with some of the splotchy boards. It’s not on every board but is on quite a few. Is this from over application? He used a roller to apply. I told him he needed to remove any excess with a brush or rag but he assured me it would soak in. Can this be fixed now with a rag and mineral spirits? I found a section on spotty/shiny boards but wanted to be sure that was the issue here. Please see pictures. Any advice is greatly appreciated. The boards without the splotches are lovely. He only applied one coat. I have a lot left over so I thought I might re-do it next year to get a second coat on. Thank you.

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Marcus Cary
Marcus Cary
1 year ago

The attached is the result of a company that cleaned and stained my deck. The deck is three years old. I advised the company of my concern and was advised the result is due to not getting all the old stain off with cleaning and the deck would now need to be sanded. I’ve had many deck cleaning and staining done in the past and have never seen this result. I was never advised either of the risk of cleaning not getting the old stain off. There was a strong rain storm within 2 hours after staining. I asked about that and they were not too concerned, but if need be they would re stain. To me, only re staining at this point, will only make it look worse. Feedback appreciated as to my options and if I should request my money back from this company.

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Marcus Cary
Marcus Cary
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thank you for your feedback. Would sanding then and re staining turn out better do you think?

Marcus Cary
Marcus Cary
1 year ago

We hired a company to clean and stain our deck. We’ve had this done before and always use TWP stains, but this result we have never seen before. I’m being told now after complaining to the company, that this is the result of the old stain not coming off with the cleaning and the deck will now need to be sanded. I was never advised risks of not getting all of the old stain off with cleaning. I was told there could be some “blotchy” look but that it would go away. There was a rain storm, heavy rain, within a coujple of hours after staining. I called and they were not too concerned about it and if a concern they would re stain it. But I’m concerned now, only re staining will only make it worse. The attached picture is about one week after staining. Attached is picture of result. Feedback is appreciated.

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Theresa
Theresa
1 year ago

deck furred and twp taking unevenly. it grabs the stain darker over the furred areas. I tried lightly sanding whit 80 grit and it did not seem to help. should i have the deck sanded. the prep was stripped and brightened with Behr. I may have been too aggressive with the stripping product and the grain suffered

Theresa
Theresa
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

The brightener seemed to raise the grain. You would still have to use it after sanding? Is the Behr cleaner and brightener not a good choice? I would assume that they all do the same