TWP Stain Wet on Wet Application

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

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.

If You Need any Help, Please Ask Below!

 

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Dustin W
Dustin W
5 days ago

I recently purchased a home with a 4′ tall cedar fence that is 3 years old and never stained. Previous homeowner left 4 unopened cans of TWP 100 clear. I would like to use the clear to use it up but want UV protection. I purchased a 5 gallon can of TWP 120 – Pecan and have power washed the fence to restore wood and remove dirt.

Can I use pecan as the first coat to provide UV protection and color and then apply the clear as a wet on wet second coat to provide additional waterproofing and mildew protection?
Thank you for your help!

Last edited 5 days ago by Dustin W
Dustin W
Dustin W
5 days ago
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Thank you for the quick reply. I have read other Q&A responses that allowed 2 colors to be mixed together. As an alternate, can I mix equal parts of the pecan and clear together or 2 parts pecan to 1 part clear and apply the 2 coats? I understand this will lighten the color of the pecan, I am just looking for a way to use the product that was left. Thanks again!

Chris G
Chris G
5 days ago

It’s very hard to find a sprayer that can spray flammable stains like the TWP 100, any recommended airless sprayers?

MikeV
MikeV
7 days ago

If I strip old stain off do I need to use deck brightener & cleaner on after stripping? Thanks

 
Joanne
Joanne
13 days ago

What deck stain VOC levels does NJ permit?

Mike
Mike
15 days ago

I have cantilevered beams extending 5′ from my home and supporting a deck (decking has been removed and the beams are exposed.) I have sanded old stain off, cleaned and brightened the wood. After it has dried 48 hours, how many coats of TWP 1500 should I apply? Wet on wet? Or dry between coats.

Mike
Mike
14 days ago
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Mike
Mike
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s a beautiful day today and construction of the new deck flooring will begin tomorrow. I’d like to stain the 37 year old beams today while I can stil easily access them. They have been sanded with 80 grit to bare wood cleaned and brightened (finished two days ago.) I have TWP 1500 Pecan stain-should I apply one coat or two, and if two, wet on wet or dry between coats? Thanks for your answer.

Mike
Mike
12 days ago
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It’s not new wood. I am having the new flooring installed without stain.It’s the existing 37 year old beams I want to stain today.

Mike
Mike
12 days ago
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Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll get to work now.

Michael Pente
Michael Pente
27 days ago

I recently re sanded my existing mahogany deck which I feel looks real good but some grain color still remains. Should I treat the wood as old or new, re coating with one or two coats. Also is it required to wipe down/remove excess stain after a final coat

Michael Pente
Michael Pente
27 days ago
Reply to  Michael Pente

Thank you, appreciate the timely reply.
Michael

 
Bill
Bill
1 month ago

I have composite decking flooring and am now replacing my railing & stairs with KDAT (KIln Dried After Treatment) Pressure Treated wood with metal balusters. I have been told KDAT lumber can be stained after 3 months, or even less time. How long should I wait to stain KDAT wood and what pre-treatment do you recommend for TWP 100 Cape Cod Gray stain.

Bill
Bill
1 month ago
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Thank you, perfect!

Brandon
Brandon
1 month ago

My painter used the wrong color stain on my deck. He used Cedar Tone and I wanted Dark Oak. It’s a new deck and the stain has been on for less than a week. Can I use Dark Oak on top of the Cedar Tone or does it have to be removed? He also used the Cedar Tone on the handrails which should have been painted white. Can you offer any suggestions on how I can fix his mistake? I will have to hire someone else to complete the job and I want them to get it right the first time. Thanks for any info you can provide.

Brandon
Brandon
1 month ago
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Thanks so much for responding so quickly. The painter did not follow the new wood instructions. This is a new deck and has been up for less than a month. The contractor who handled the entire process should have known this info but I guess it’s up to me now to find someone else who can correct the problem.

Rick Vinton
Rick Vinton
3 months ago

Hello – I purchased TWP 101 Cedartone along with the deck cleaner and brightener. We have since cleaned and brightened our 11 month old dock and now waiting for it to dry. If you don’t mind I have a few questions and confirmations :
– We plan on applying one coat because of the age of the dock. Is that correct?
– Given that we are in South Florida and it is tough to get a string of “dry” days, I wanted to be sure the minimums required. We plan on waiting 48 hours to dry and hoping rain will no occur after we start since it says a few days after as well. Any guidance on what we should absolutely ensure happens with timing?
– I purchased the brush to apply the stain. Given that the brush is pretty wide, is there a recommended way to have the brush access the stain when applying it? (roller tray, etc.)

Thanks for all the help and guidance.

Rick Vinton
Rick Vinton
3 months ago
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Thank you! One more question I forgot to ask. Since we get a large amount of dew here, is that ok as long as we wait for it to burn off before starting?

 
Linda Meaker
Linda Meaker
5 months ago

When needing to recoat twp in a few years, how do you prepare the deck for a fresh coat? Can the deck just be cleaned and then presure washed?

Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago

After the initial wet on wet application, if it needs another coat do I need to also do wet on wet or just a single coat?

Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago
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It has been approx. 3 months since initial wet on wet application. One section of the deck is lighter than the rest.

Doug
Doug
5 months ago

TWP 100 on horizontal wood deck. must second coat be brushed or can i spray second coat as well as the first coat

 
Curtis R Mayer
Curtis R Mayer
5 months ago

Is 1500 series also applied on wet decking after I use the rad support and brightener

Catherine J Baurhenn
Catherine J Baurhenn
6 months ago

How soon before I can put furniture back on my freshly stained deck? Second application finished at noon yesterday.

Some Dude
Some Dude
6 months ago

I applied 1 coat to a new wood door and let dry before applying a 2nd. I have not used TWP before and just went along with customers request for 2nd coat. Well after 12 hours the 2nd coat is still wet, I find myself on your lovely website Q&A learning about “Wet on Wet”. My 2 mistakes are clear after reading instructions. I am sure stripping everything and starting over is a solid but timely option. Any advice? Should I attempt to wipe down 2nd coat with 50% mineral spirits?

 
Ron A
Ron A
6 months ago

Applying to aged new pre-treat wood. Verticle only (Railings & Posts). What are outside temperture parameters.?Sunny location, days are 50-60’s currently, night times 40-to mid 30’s.

Ron A
Ron A
6 months ago
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Thank You and regarding ‘dry/cure’ time if then drops to 40 to mid 30’s about 8-10hrs later, still ok?

andy
andy
6 months ago

I have the following project. We live in Boston. I have Approx 350 ft of old cedar fence, 6ft high, in my yard (15+years old), but most of the wood is in good shape. I don’t know if it was every stained or cleaned at any point (appears not). My goal, is to get a few more years out of this fence prior to selling the home. Have some weak posts that needs fixed, but going to go with cleaning and staining. Prior to coming across your site with lots of helpful info, I decided to buy 30 second outdoor cleaner, applied with pump sprayer followed by power washing. Overall, the approach has pretty dramatic results cleaning the wood, but its a lot of work, and i’ve just gotten done with this inside and working around the outside, which seems to be going faster. The power washer has roughed up the surface pretty good in some spots, but the old crud was thick. My questions are the following.
1. Given the amount of cleaning done already, does this need further prep work prior to applying TWP 1500? If so what would you suggest? (you can see pics)
2. How many coats do you suggest for such an old fence? It will help improve appearance of the home, but it is a fence in the end so not sure if it needs 2 coats as not walking on it, but don’t wanna waste all the effort.
3. I have a stain sprayer. Will it also need to be back brushed? Could I use roller after the sprayer?
4. Given it has a nice light color now that its cleaned, we want to retain the lightest color available. I’ve ordered some samples, but would appreciate suggestions. I was thinking honeytone maybe.
5. We have some big pine trees on once side of the fence. And i’m thinking of just leaving that side of the fence as will be huge pain, if not impossible to get behind the trees to clean/stain fence. Any major issue just doing one side? Or what if I change mind and do it later down the road if trees get cleaned up.
6. What timeeline would it be to order/ship/receive the order?
7. Minimum temperature for applying stain?
Thanks so much, appreciate any guidance. Andy in Boston.

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Andy
Andy
6 months ago
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Thanks for quick reply. Awaiting samples. How much stain for size I mentioned and recommended application method? Also is “wet on wet” process what you recommend, and is there a link you have specific for a fence explaining technique?
Thanks again.

Jane Mullanix
Jane Mullanix
6 months ago

So applied the first coat on some of the vertices yesterday and the rest today! Can I apply a second coat to the ones I did yesterday?

Jane Mullanix
Jane Mullanix
6 months ago
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I appreciate your quick response! Very impressed with your company!

 
Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson
6 months ago

A customer requested that I stain some exterior columns with TWP 101 and then seal with a couple of coats of Marine Varnish. Is this a recommended practice?

Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson
6 months ago

What type of sprayer do you recommend for applying TWP 101 on a wooden deck?

Mike
Mike
6 months ago

When applying wet on wet on horizontal surfaces do you first wipe down the excess before applying second coat or does the wipe down occur after the two coats are applied wet on wet

 
RAH
RAH
6 months ago

What I know of my deck history is: 6 years old, weathered for 1 year, stain and prep unknown lasting 2 years with pealing, stain and prep again unknown lasting another 2 years with pealing. I decided to power wash and sand which has taken the summer to do due to schedule, weather, and physical limitations. Some areas have grayed. In Wisconsin and weather now cooling at night 50’s down to 30’s at times. Most mornings now tend to have condensation on the deck. Would I be better off letting the staining go until next year vs risk getting wet overnight prior to drying? Clean and brighten prior to stain? One coat vs wet/wet? Also can I use foam brushes for the TWP 101?

RAH
RAH
6 months ago
Reply to  RAH

Thanks for your response. I have the RAD. If I buy the TWP stain now, will unopened cans be good for my spring application?

Greg Orr
Greg Orr
6 months ago

Where can I find your product in Canada?

John
John
7 months ago

What can be done if after 48 hrs some shinn or wet look or bloch on deck

 
Luanne Logan
Luanne Logan
7 months ago

how long before a dog can walk on after stained?

Luanne Logan
Luanne Logan
7 months ago
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