TWP Stain Wet on Wet Application

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TWP with Wet on Wet Application Tips

TWP Stains are to be applied “Wet on Wet” when the wood is absorbent enough to handle more than 1 coat of the stain. This is typically for wood and decking that is older than 12 months and has been exposed to the elements. Applying the TWP “wet on wet” is similar to applying 1.5 coats of stain. The second coat covers twice as much square footage as the first coat.

Applying TWP “wet on wet” is very easy and not complicated once you understand the simple steps.

How To Apply TWP Wood Stains “Wet On Wet” to a Deck:

  1. Apply the TWP to the verticals first. This would include the railings, benches, and any vertical walls.
  2. Lightly apply one coat of stain to the horizontal flooring. Apply to the entire floor surface. If your deck has multiple levels, do one level at a time before moving to the next level.
  3. Wearing shoes that are disposable, walk back onto the “wet” stain and reapply another coat to the “tops” of and railings, walls, and benches. You may walk on your first coat of stain 10 minutes after finishing.
  4. Apply your second coat of stain to the horizontal flooring. Take care to not step in or leave footprints in your second coat!
  5. Finish stairs last, repeating the above steps.

TWP Staining Tips

  • Do not apply 2 coats of stain to new wood or decking.
  • In most cases, a second coat only needs to be applied to horizontals as the verticals will last twice as long.
  • Apply your second coat of stain within 10-60 minutes of the first coat.
  • Watching for puddling on the floor. This usually happens under railings and benches.
  • Wear shoes and clothes that are disposable.
  • TWP Wood Stains can be applied with a stain pad, brush, roller, or sprayer.

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That Guy Eric
That Guy Eric

I’m using TWP 1530 and have run into an issue. I just finished applying the first coat at 730p on a Sunday. I don’t have enough stain to put on a second coat and the store has closed already. There is a chance of rain in the forecast tomorrow at 4p. Can I put on second coat in the morning and finish up by 10a? Or can I wait until the rain is done and the boards have dried for 48hrs and have another 24 hr dry window after application? The boards were at least 8 years old and have… Read more »

Phil
Phil

Have completed re-staining our deck…….cleaning/brightening/wet-on-wet.
We do not have gutters. I want to apply Wet ‘n Forget to my metal roof before October. Will the W & F harm the stain?
Can W & F be applied to the deck to help alleviate seasonal accumulation of dust, sap , and pollen?

Melissa
Melissa

I have a 10 x 10 cedar deck that was stained with Woodsman semi-transparent oil based stain about 3 years ago. The finish did not wear very well. I have cleaned my deck with a deck cleaner and then completely sanded off the previous finish from the railings and deck horizontal boards. I used a detail sander with 80 grit sandpaper to rough up the spindles and vertical support posts – the old finish has not been completely removed from the spindles and support posts. Which TWP stain product do you recommend I use to stain my deck? 1 coat… Read more »

 
Tim
Tim

I only applied one coat on my horizontal. That was 3weeks ago. Can I still apply a second coat?

Andy Brenton
Andy Brenton

I just built some red cedar columns for our front porch. How long should I wait before applying the two 1500?

Kurt W Simon
Kurt W Simon

How long can I wait between strip/brighten and stain?

 
Kurt W Simon
Kurt W Simon

I think I read here that if there is stain sitting on top the wood after the second coat that I should wipe it off with stain rags. When should I do that, immediately or after some time period?

Barry Lewis
Barry Lewis

I have a three year old pine deck. TWP 103 was applied by the builder a couple of months after the deck was finished. The finish on the stairs and railings that are exposed to the sun has faded or mostly gone away and the wood has greyed. The base floor which is under the over hang roof has not faded. Can I just use the Restore a Deck Cleaner on the faded areas to clean and put down the new TWP 103? Can the un-faded areas also be just cleaned and re-stained over existing stain with the TWP 103?… Read more »

Zbigniew Olszewski
Zbigniew Olszewski

Zbyszek Chicago Ihave my deck stain 3 year ago with TWP and I plan to do this again so I powerwash an use strip and brighten kit when I was waiting 48 hours to dry weather was changed and rain came for 2 days so what is my next move , wait when everything dry again and stain or I need to do something else before staining

 
Jeff W
Jeff W

I applied second coat after first has dried (I did not follow directions). It has been 3 dry and it is leaving an oily residue. Any suggestions to help correct my lack of ready instructions?

James Hodgson
James Hodgson

My local big box shook up my 5 gallon can of TWP 100 Cedartone for me. Will that be good for 2 or 3 days? How often does it need to be stirred again?

lil msgs
lil msgs

What is the difference between TWP 1500 and TWP 200?
Is TWP 200 oil-based?

What are the appearance outcome differences? i.e. when would I use one vs. the other?

 
rochelle palanca
rochelle palanca

Do you need 2 coats of the Cap Cod Grey?

LAH
LAH

Several areas are uneven as the wet on wet dried quickly in 90s temp when brushing in after rolling on. Some spots are glossy where others look matte. Should we 2nd coat the horizontal matte floor boards so it is even or wait 6 months to 2nd coat? We used 116 Rustic on a 2 yr old tint treated never stained deck. Prep: We cleaned/brightened all-in-one. Rain. 48 hours later sanded and brightened. Application: 48 hours later wet on wet to most of the rails (except for missed parts when too dark). Next day last rail section, floor but rain… Read more »

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Bill
Bill

Do you have any distributors for the TWP 100 Series Stain in SW Michigan or Northern Indiana? I would like to use your stain for my deck in Michigan.

 
Lee
Lee

If I have sanded my deck and then used a product to brighten the deck, would I need to use 2 coats of TWP 100 or can I get by with 1 coat? If I needed to stain again in 2-3 years due to fading, would I have to sand the deck again or could I use the same TWP 100 color stain over the previous stain? Could you explain “ wet on wet “ staining again. Thank you for your time and expertise

Lee
Lee

Please see previous question with corrected email

Phil
Phil

I missed the wet on wet window. Now the first coat is dry. Can I apply a second coat 2 days later? The first coat was absorbed pretty quickly since the wood (2 years old) was as pretty dry after the power washing (see before/after picture). My goal is to not have to stain again for a few more years and if another coat gives me another year or two I would do it…

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Nick
Nick

Sanded some kiln dried pressure treated decking with 80grit, applied one coat of 1500 rustic stain and it looks like it is not consistent across the boards. Recommendation is to not apply a second coat. Anyway to make the stain smooth out?

Also, wood likes very orange vs orange-red/brown, maybe due to the new bright wood. Assuming this will darken over time?

 
Joan
Joan

My cedar deck is about 15 years old. Five years ago we stripped the old, cheap stain off (not TWP) and used TWP 100 Cedartone. It’s now ready for another coat. If we just pressure wash it well, is it really necessary to use the recommended cleaner before recoating? What will it look like if we don’t use the cleaner?

Darin M
Darin M

My home is 5 years old. The builder applied TWP1504-1 – Black Walnut to our stairs and screened in porch. I was able to power wash the stairs and railing but cannot powerwash the screened porch due to it’s height (but I can re-stain it). The power washed area is lighter than the porch. Can I apply this same stain directly to both areas and come up with something that looks good?

K j
K j

This is a follow up to your reply. Not sure if I can reply to your reply lol. Ok so I don’t have to do wet on wet ? I can go over a dried coat with a darker color ? I will show you a picture. The cedar and honey are very hard to tell apart. But if you look hard enough. You can tell. So I think maybe the pecan will be the variance I need. I tried dark oak and it was much too dark for me. So dark you couldn’t see the black rail fittings on… Read more »

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T Wheeler
T Wheeler

H1 I’ve sanded and brightened a 5yr old cedar deck .I’m using TWP200 series . Question is ! coat of stain or 2 ?
thanks

K j
K j

I got the cedar tone color to do my posts and rails. And then honey tone for my pickets. I winter to do a cool two tone look. Unfortunately. With the variance of wood grain color. The different in cole is not great enough to even tell at all. With the exception of some posts are darker with the cedar tone because they were darker to start with. So I am thinking of doing pecan and honey tone instead. My question is. Am I able to do a dry in wet application. Rather could go over some of these lighter… Read more »

Josh B
Josh B

I applied TWP 2 years ago and it’s still doing great, though fading a little. If I want to keep it up can I apply a new coat over the top if I clean it? Or do I need to strip it back down to bare wood?

Edit: nevermind I found the maintaining article.

 
Dennis LeBlanc
Dennis LeBlanc

I getting ready to apply TWP 105 Cape Cod Gray, I saw a video that stated only apply one coat of this color is this correct? Should I apply a heavier coating to accomplish this? What happens if a apply a second coat?

D Decky
D Decky

Hello! I have a cedar deck that is a dozen years old and has been a few different colors over the years, with the last color 5 yrs ago being a dark grey. I chem stripped the old floor finish off & brightened & powerwashed. Despite the cleaned wood being dark & patchy in appearance (see pic), it’s actually very clean and is practically bare wood again. I’m using TWP 1503 Dark Oak for the new finish. Should I do just one coat, or the wet-on-wet 2 coats? I want good color coverage over the uneven tones in the cleaned… Read more »

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lil msgs
lil msgs

I’m going to need to replace a few boards of horizontal floor decking.
Can I go ahead and stain everything (new & old), then go back and add a coat to the new wood 4-12 months later,
or
should I skip the staining of the new boards when I stain the floor and wait the 4-12 months and then stain the new-wood boards? If I do that, won’t I need to redo the whole deck because it won’t match?

Or, should I just wait 4-12 months with my completely sanded, new-looking old-wood boards that have a few new-wood boards mixed in?

Recommendations?

 
lil msgs
lil msgs

Now same questions for TWP 1500 (sorry)
The deck is many years old.
I sanded down the deck flooring to bare wood so it looks new (due to failure of previous product)
What is the prep for TWP 1500?

For TWP 100 you said this:
[Prep with this: https://www.twpstain.com/gemini-s-restore-a-deck-cleaner-and-brightener-kit
Just one coat of stain.]

Would my prep for TWP 1500 be the same?
Do I only need one coat? (ie: I won’t need to do the wet-on-wet second coat?)

lil msgs