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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Marcus Cary
Marcus Cary

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… Read more »

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Marcus Cary
Marcus Cary

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… Read more »

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Theresa
Theresa

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

 
Karen M Lussier
Karen M Lussier

How long after staining can you put rugs and tables back on deck? I finished last Sunday with the TWP Pro 100 Series.

Ania Morris
Ania Morris

Hello, unfortunately my deck looks shiny after 48 hours of drying . The railing looks great because I used a paint brush. The floor looks shiny even l remove excess and the next day l used a mineral spirit to remove the shiness. I am so confused why the boards did not absorbed the stain and dried shiny. Can l leave like this or the planks will be damaged and prone to mold?

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James Hodgson
James Hodgson

I applied TWP101 cedartone yesterday. I used wet on wet, spraying it on and brushing it in. I didn’t notice any pooling and it didn’t seem excessive. This morning I rubbed some of the boards and came away with kind of an oily residue. When I wiped it a little with a paper towel there was stain on the towel. It will be a good day of drying today, 90 degrees and windy. Should I try to wipe down the boards which seem a little “oily”. They don’t really seem shiny.

 
Lottie Bushmann
Lottie Bushmann

We just paid a man $3000 to apply stain to our deck. We had new cedar flooring, rails and stair treads put on last fall. We let it age 7 mos. He came back last week to power wash it and prep it for staining. He said that it was the fault of the wood that it is spotty saying the knots soak it up faster. When we inquired about options for fixing it he said we just had to wait a year and a half for it to wear off. If he applied anymore it would just bubble up… Read more »

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El
El

Applied TWP two days ago. Stain is dry to touch, no spotty/sticky/glossy areas, but when walking on the deck and coming indoors their is a slight oily brown residue on our feet. Does this eventually go away or is there an issue?

Brad Gilmore
Brad Gilmore

So I used the restore a deck and brighter. I used one coat TWP dark oak using a brush. This is the result. If I let this go will it be ok. It’s a little tacky. I don’t want to strip this deck again.

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Marie
Marie

Hi! So I over applied…. Tried wiping w mineral spirits but it kept raining and more kept coming out… Huge mess. I’ve stripped the deck twice and it looks good except several places w larger cracks have oily spots still. Do I need to keep stripping it until it’s gone or move on to the cleaner/brightener?
Also, the wood (cedar) seems so thirsty. It was neglected before I moved in. I applied w a brush. Would a roller put on less stain maybe? I don’t want to screw it up AGAIN

Dana L
Dana L

I applied test patches for a few of the TWP 1500 colors I’m considering to my deck that was sanded, stripped with RAD and pressure-washed off, sanded again (60 or 80 grit), and RAD brightened. The stain didn’t seem to be absorbing well, and the colors look essentially the same. There is more color variation of the same stain on different boards than there is between different colors on the same board. The railing pic from L to R has pecan, cedartone, and natural. The floor pic top board has natural, clear, and pecan. Bottom board has natural, clear, cedartone.… Read more »

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andy
andy

Deck is about 2 years old. First staining was with honeytone twP 100 last summer. Now looking to apply second stain coat. Should I choose 100 again or go for the 1500 series? any other specific recommendations on prep or stain application?

 
Rudy Van Erkelens
Rudy Van Erkelens

I have some 1500 stain that has been sealed in it’s 1 gallon container for at least 5 years. Is it still good?

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?