TWP Stain Wet on Wet Application

 

How to Apply TWP Wet on WetTWP 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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Sandy
Sandy

We just finished staining a deck (that was pressure washed and very dry). We used the wet on wet process and may have over-stained. 24 hours later the deck was tacky, slippery and very shiny in some places. We read other suggestions to use mineral spirits to remove the thick or shiny areas. As we were doing that some of the areas started to create “pill balls”. We then used a broom to sweep these off. Will this deck dry?

charles manasco
charles manasco

if my deck gets rained after 24 to 36 hours after application will it hurt the stain. it feels dry to touch after about 6 hours.

Cy Moler
Cy Moler

Do you recommend staining the underside of an elevated deck?
And if so, what technique?

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Tom LoRusso
Tom LoRusso

I have a 20 year old deck that I applied Sikkens stain to every year after letting wood age for a year. Just sanded the entire deck, wood looks brand new. Live in Norther VA so plan on 1500 series. Can I apply wet on wet to the horizontal boards and single coat as described. Is brush or pad better way to apply.

Rif
Rif

I installed my treated pine fence last Aug. It is now 10 months later. Do I need to pressure wash the fence and deck prior to staining?

Will the fence take 1 coat or 2 to stain?

Can I apply stain to a fence that may be damp or should I wait a few days and let it dry out?

Jane del Villar
Jane del Villar

My (old wood) deck is all clean and ready to stain. I am applying TWP 1500 to it with a brush. It’s about 160 square feet. Is It okay for me to apply stain to a few boards at a time–doing the two coat, wet-on-wet treatment and work my way across the deck? Rather than trying to do the whole first coat at one time, and then the whole second coat? I don’t think I could get the second coat on in time if I tried to do it all at once. Thank you!

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Michelle Andrusyszyn
Michelle Andrusyszyn
I hired a painter to do a maintenance coat on our deck. There were three guys working and it appears that one was applying it much lighter, especially in areas where the wood is “thirsty”. They did not do a second wet on wet coat but are coming back tomorrow to finish. One area now looks good and the other looks under coated and much lighter in color. What can be done to fix this now that the first coat has dried? I have not paid them yet but I am not happy with the result. Please help:) Thanks
Gerald Bowman
Gerald Bowman

Have applied single coat of TWP 1515 Honeytone sealent to a now 20 year old cedar deck. It seldom lasts more then two years. Will a wet to wet application of two coats last twice as long? I also remember trying to apply a wet to wet process and found it very difficult to apply the second coat prior to the first coat being try( it became sticky and took long to dry). How can you tell when to actually apply the second coat?

Mary Scanlan
Mary Scanlan

Can I use TWP on an oak door that has been stripped and sanded?

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Debra
Debra
I just applied TWP 100 after cleaning, power washing, and then brightening. I then stained wet on wet. I gave the horizontal boards two coats wet on wet starting out. However when reaching the boards that received less harsh sun two coats (wet on wet) I had to adjust and wipe off excess. All applications were done before rain at least 48 hours so drying time was sufficient. After a one inch rain last night, I note that the portion of the boards that have harsh sun are not beading up except in some spots while the rest of the… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel

Only had enough time to do one coat on a deck before dark, couldn’t do the wet on wet application. What is the best course of action to get a second coat? Will it last OK with just one coat?

Jason
Jason

I was interrupted while staining and have a portion that didn’t get the second wet-on-wet coat. It looks noticeably lighter. can I apply a second coat to this area after it dried?

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Colton
Colton

Hi, I had 50 year old cedar poles sawn and made a deck out of it. The whole deck is rough sawn except the deck floor is smooth. What is the best TWP product to use on this. The 1500 series or the 100 series? Should I use one product on the rough sawn and one product on the smooth floor or what do you recommend? Thanks.

Brian
Brian

What will happen if I stain fresh wood? I have a lot of boards that will be replaced on my 8 year old deck (yay for behr acrylic!). My deck needs to be refinished and stain this season. What is the worst that will happen to the new boards? Couldn’t I resand them by hand next year when I do an update coat on the entire deck?

Dave
Dave

I have a small wood door that leads to my house crawl space (about 3′ x 2′) that currently has some old Cabot stain on it. I want to re-stain using TWP 100. It feels that purchasing a full stripping kit is kind of overkill for such a small surface area. Could I just sand the old stain away and apply TWP to the wood? It’s a vertical surface so it doesn’t take the pounding that the horizontal boards do. How do you suggest I re-stain the door? Thanks…

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Don lavin
Don lavin

What nap roller should I use to apply twp 1530… 1/2 “ or 3/4”

Carl
Carl
I plan to build a wood table for my patio. The table will be fully exposed to a Southern climate (Arkansas). The table top will be stained oak. The rest of the table (legs, apron) will be painted. Please provide a recommendation for staining/sealing the tabletop with your product. Also: 1. I believe I read that new wood only requires one application and that a second application is not recommended. Is that correct? 2. How long will the stain provide protection? How do I re-protect it? 3. Is the stain like a paint such that it only shows the wood… Read more »
Janis Hamman
Janis Hamman

I did the wet on wet application. It turned out great, however, if shows water spots and if you walk on deck with shoes it shows footprints and to get the dirt off you have to scrub it and wipe with bath towel to make it look nice. What did I do wrong.
I have a huge deck and it was brand new cedar 1 1/2 years ago. We only did one coat of stain after the deck had been on for 4 months.

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Kathy
Kathy

TEP 1500 was on my decks. Now another stain is over that. I was told to strip it off. How should I do that?

John Hayes
John Hayes

Using TWP 101. Have shiny boards, which I am assuming means I applied to much stain. The deck boards are new but we prepped with a cleaner that removes mill glaze.
What do I do now to remove the excess stain?

tim
tim

What is the best sprayer to use for application to a large wood siding building? Is there an epoxy resin wood restorer and epoxy filler recommended for repairing weathered wood prior to application?

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Angie Marfise
Angie Marfise

We have just finished sanding off a solid color stain from 1500 sq foot of deck (horrible experience), we used large belt sander and hand sander with 35 grit paper. Do we have to wait until spring to stain, and if so, should we use the cleaner and brightener now after sanding?

Linda Donnelly
Linda Donnelly

When can I put my deck furniture on the deck after applying twp stain

WARREN
WARREN

My deck is sticky after applying the stain wet on wet method. Other than stripping it, is there anything else that would eliminate the stickiness temporarily?

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DWIGHT
DWIGHT

applied first coat last year, now going to prep and apply wet on wet With the Gemini prep, do we use it full strength?

Dee
Dee
Have used the 1500 series and need to treat again so I guess I should use the same in NC?? Or can I switch to the 100 series? Also need to replace a couple of boards. If go ahead clean and stain deck now and leave new boards out side to air dry for a few months can I stain and then do the replacement?? If so…. I need to leave out to air dry for 4- 6 months before staining and actually replacing on deck?????? I kind of hate to have unstained boards mixed in with the other stained… Read more »
Kelly
Kelly

How soon can it get wet after application?

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Jack Fiedler
Jack Fiedler

How soon after applying borate can I stain? Thanks.

brayse
brayse

my deck has a 12″ cedar ‘skirting’ all around. Do you recommend doing “wet on wet” application on these vertical areas too. The deck is weathered ‘prepped’ cedar. all surfaces have been stripped.

Thank you.

John
John

I have a 6 month old, 400 sq foot deck made of Ponderosa pine on the West side of my house. Southern half gets full sun, Northern half is very shaded. Can you confirm we should only apply 1 application of TWP 100 at this time? Assuming we do 1 application now, when would the deck be ready for a wet-on-wet application (i.e.-12 months, 24 months, etc.)

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Mickey
Mickey

I have a 8 year old deck which I have prepped by cleaning ,stripping , applying brightener. If I apply TWP 100 or TWP 1500 wet on wet this year – in 2/3 years time can I just apply TWP 100 / TWP 1500 directly on top? What would be the process to maintain it in subsequent years?

Robert Dannowitz
Robert Dannowitz

I just added a pressure treated wood deck for our pool. How long should we wait to stain and seal? The deck is in full sun and exposed to wind. We live out in the country in northern Illinois.

Alex Babbie
Alex Babbie

Hi there,

I have a pretty large deck, and there is no way I could finish staining it within the 60 minute window to do it again w/ the wet on wet method. Is it best to do the deck 1/2 at a time fully (both coats) and then do the other half?

Thanks

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Zach
Zach

When you say “Do not apply two coats of stain to new wood”, what qualifies as “new”? I installed a pressure treated deck July 2016, going to be staining with 1520 in August 2017. Deck is just starting to fade/gray from it’s green pressure treated state. Will clean with Gemini Restore-A-Deck. Will this be considered new? One coat or two?

Bob Ballenger
Bob Ballenger

My painting contractor applied one coats of TWP 100, the next day he offered to do a second coat. Is 24 hours a wrong time for a second coat?

Kurt seck
Kurt seck

Can I apply a 3rd coat on dry? I applied wet on wet but on 1/3rd of the deck it is a lot darker than the other 2/3rd. You can see from pictures. I used Dark Oak

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Myrna Rhodes
Myrna Rhodes

Can TWP be applied to a boathouse deck that has had many coats of Thompson Tinted Water Sealer? It has been power washed.

Ana silvia
Ana silvia

Hi, i live in Costa Rica i am going to stain my deck with your product. The wood is like walnut (costa rican corteza amarilla). The wood was cut a month ago. What should i do? What are the steps? If i have to wait….should i use another product in the meanwhile? And when i have to stain do i have to sand all over again?

Terry Shaelton
Terry Shaelton

I have a five month old deck build out of treated pine. Do I need to apply two coats of TWP 100 stain? I live in southwest Kentucky.

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Terry Shaelton
Terry Shaelton

Should I apply two coats of two 100 stain on my new deck that I have waited five months to stain. The wood is treated pine.

Mikel
Mikel
Have stained old medium red cedar deck with two coats TWP 101 Cedartone Natural wet on wet last August. I have just cleaned the deck for the first time this season and the color is now a Yellow Mustard Gold tone. It does NOT look very natural cedar-ish at all. Deck was cleaned, stripped, brightened and allowed to dry for 3 days before application. Is it possible that the tint of the product was off or possibly mis-labeled? Can I intermix the products to tint it darker or redder? I am not entertaining the idea of doing this whole process… Read more »
Erin
Erin
The “professionals” that I hired totally messed up my deck. I ordered the beautiful TWP 1500 series. First, they have not finished applying the stain saying that they “ran out”. So now the deck is partially stained and has been drying for 4 days. They only ran out because they used a massive amount of stain for the first coat and there are sticky puddles of stain all over my deck. What can I do? I ordered another 5 gallons and need to know what to do with the sticky puddles, and can I still do a second coat now… Read more »

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DICK SYLWESTER
DICK SYLWESTER

CAN I APPLY TWO COATS (WET ON WET) ON NEW CEDAR SIDING ON A SMALL SHED (600 SQ FT)?

Teri
Teri

I totally missed how to apply wet on wet and just did one coat yesterday…I assume it’s too late to apply another one now?

Mallory
Mallory

I applied two coats to my deck wet on wet but did run out of stain for part of it. I want to order more stain for the part of the deck that only got one stain but it’s been a week. Wasn’t sure if the second coat would take as well now that it won’t be applied wet on wet.

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp

It will not take very well after the stain has cured a week. Better to wait until next Spring to to it.

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David
David

I’ll be staining a solid wood screening panel 96 feet long by 8 feet high. The wood is 10 years old. I used RAD products to strip and brighten it in prep for staining. Imwas planning to apply 2 coats of stain, but just read verticals only require one coat. How will I be able to tell if one coat is sufficient.

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp

Depends on how porous and dried out the wood is. Probably could do two light coats applied wet on wet.

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TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp

The dark spots around the nails means your nails are rusting and are not treated nails or lost their effectiveness. We would suggest to brighten again to remove the rust.

Anne Prideaux
Anne Prideaux

I keep responding to this but don’t see it after I refresh the page. If I brighten this again, I suspect that I would have to wait 48 hours again then have another 24 hours of dry after staining? what is the down-side to not re-brightening/

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp

Yes on the wait. Probably will not turn out as well if you do not brighten.

Anne Prideaux
Anne Prideaux

Well, I had enough left to re-brighten. Now I’m asking for prayers to mother nature on the drying time! There’s got to be a better way!!!!
Minnesota does not leave us with enough “windows” of opportunity!

Anne Prideaux
Anne Prideaux

Due to Gemini product delivery delays, lost big window needed for prep and staining. The deck has been prepped since the 10th of July and now there is finally enough time for the deck to be dry for 48 hours and then stain and be dry again for 24. I have noticed that there are dark marks around where the nails are now. Do I have t o get more product to brighten the deck again and then wait again for proper drying times or can I still go ahead and stain today?

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Brent
Brent

Why does it say to not do 2 coats on a new wood deck? I have a douglas fir deck at my cabin I’m staining with TWP 1500. I was going to do a wet-on-wet, until I read this. Why should I not?

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp

New wood is not very absorbent. Applying too much of the TWP stain on new wood will result in the inability to soak into the wood grain. This will create curing issues and potential for premature failure.

TWPStainHelp
TWPStainHelp

Yes, you need wood to dry after prepping for 48 hours. It can take a rain within 24 hours after application of the stain.