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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Mickey
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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
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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
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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

Zach
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Terry Shaelton
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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
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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
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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 »
DICK SYLWESTER
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DICK SYLWESTER

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

Teri
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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
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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
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TWPStainHelp

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

David
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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
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TWPStainHelp

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

TWP Stain Wet on Wet Application

TWPStainHelp
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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
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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
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TWPStainHelp

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

Anne Prideaux
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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
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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?

Brent
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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
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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
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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.

Kombat
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Kombat

Does the 48 hour without rain rule apply to fence as well since it’s a vertical surface? Waiting for 2 or 3 days with no rain forecast is tough.

Rob
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Rob

new deck built last year with pressure treated pine. Waited 1 year then cleaned and applied 1 coat TWP100. When can I do a second coat to better blend the coverage? Live in Tennessee and applied the 1st coat in April.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Late summer or Early Fall. Light wash to remove dirt only.

Joey TN
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Joey TN

Me too! TN, pine, waited a year, used TWP 100! I just applied 1 coat to the deck yesterday (looks great today!). it absorbed really and well and the color is pretty even. Today I see a few areas that appear to need more stain. Should spot stain those areas (carful not to let puddle), or wait until the end of summer early fall as indicated above? Thank you!

Jeff O
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Jeff O

I am doing teak handrails and mill posts. Where the elements got to it we cleaned it up all the way. Where the elements did not get to it we de glossed. Is there anything special I need to know

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

You will have to remove all previous coatings fully to use the TWP. As long as that is done and it is clean, you are ready to apply.

Dan
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Dan

The instructions indicate to remove excess liquid 30-60 minutes after the 2nd coat by using a brush, dry roller, applicator pad or dry cloth. How much of the liquid needs removed? Wiping with a dry cloth will remove more liquid than a brush. Is the intent to remove “all” the liquid util the surface is dry or just to remove any standing “puddles” which will take forever to dry? Also, if you step in the final coat can you just wipe/brush out the footprint?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Only wipe off excess if needed. Use a rag. Saturate any oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside. Remove only the stain that has not absorbed after 60 minutes. You do not want the stain to be over applied to the point that it dries shiny,

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Lightly clean with soapy water and rinse.

Bob
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Bob
Hello. I have a 22 x 20 pressure treated pine deck installed late last fall and allowed to cure/season after Sanded with 60 grit at edges and seams after routing end boards with roundover bit. Fished applying 2 gals twp100 to horizontal deck last night after deck cleaning and brightening 30 hours prior. No rain between prep and staining. Looks great! Didnt have enough to do wet on wet 2 coats (thought 2 gals was enuf). Rain forecasted for tomorrow (18-24 hours after applying). Some shiiny spots where hit with 2nd coat wet on wet. Should i hope/plan to apply… Read more »
TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Hi Bob, it would be best to leave alone and not apply another coat now. You can always lightly clean and apply this coat in late Fall or early Spring if needed.

Bob
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Bob

Lightly clean = ?
1. sweep and rinse
Or
2. Sweep, clean with water and mild detergent and rinse
Or
3. Sweep and ligt cleaning with other cleaning product?

If #2 or #3 what is recommended product to use?

Thanks!

Joey TN
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Joey TN

Hi, I would like to know the answer to this as well please! smile

Jen
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Jen

We live in the very southwest corner of VA, and are ordering the TWP 100 stain for the deck that has been sanded. I followed the wet-on-wet application instructions, but am not clear on how long it will take to fully dry before furniture can be put back out. We have rain in the forecast, off and on, so am trying to figure out the best time to apply. Assuming dry conditions, how long should it take? Thanks!

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Anywhere from 4-12 hours is normal for a rain. 24+ for furniture.

Ken
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Ken

We started staining our deck yesterday with TWP100 (rustic). This morning I noticed that one portion of the railing “stringer” looks lighter. It was getting dark and we may not have hit this spot as well as needed.

Can we re-coat this portion? If yes, how long should we wait before trying?

Or does this entire stringer need to be sanded over again?

Please see attached picture.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Just try to touch up the board only. Make sure to stain the entire board and not “spot” stain the light area.

Mary
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Mary

I just had my new redwood deck stained 5 days ago, and unfortunately it started sprinkling 4 days ago, and rained for the past 2 days. The vertical railings seem fine, but the deck stain on horizontal boards is uneven. It is a new deck that aged 6 months. What is the best solution to fix this problem? Thanks in advance for any advice.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Wait until the rain dries off the deck to see how it looks. If unaffected then leave alone. Other options are to leave as is and reapply a light coat next year or strip it off and start over.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Use a stain pad for all areas is best. If you use a pump sprayer then you would only use it for the first coat on the horizontals. All final coats should be applied with a stain pad or brush.

Rachel Suderman Scrimsher
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Rachel Suderman Scrimsher

What is the best application process for the TWP 115 stain? I have a 16×20 Redwood deck with railings. Should I brush stain on the railings and then use a pump sprayer for the rest of the surfaces? If I’m to do a wet on wet coat then brushing the main deck surface will take to long or is it better to use a pad or roller?

Tim
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Tim
When applying a second ‘wet’ coat after 30-60 minutes, can I walk on the existing wet boards? Meaning, if I have a 20 foot wide deck, do I need to apply the first coat to a few boards at a time, wait 30 minutes and then apply the second wet coat to those few boards, and then proceed on to the next few boards (so I never walk on wet boards)? Or, can I walk on ‘wet’ boards, allowing me to do the first coat on the entire deck at one time and then immediately apply the second coat to… Read more »
TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Apply to all the wood then walk back on while wet and apply again taking care to not step in the second coating.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

2 Years is normal for a horizontal deck sruface. Maybe 3 years.

stevezz
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stevezz

How many years can I go between applications with a Cedar deck in New York State? The deck has sun and shade, not too much traffic. Is every 3 years okay?

JDS
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JDS

I applied 1 coat of TWP 1500 to an old pressure treated pine deck 10 days ago. The deck had been stripped and prepped prior to application of 1st coat. I only had time to apply 2nd coat prior to going on vacation. Can I now apply a second coat to horizontal
surface?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

That may not work now that the deck has cured for 10 days. If you over apply, it can dry “shiny”. It would be better to leave alone until next Spring and reapply a light coat then.

Dawes
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Dawes
In North Carolina and have a small deck with pressure treated step treads and white cedar hand rails. This deck has a southern exposure with about 7 hours of direct sunlight during the summer months. It has not been stained or protected in any way for nine years and the step treads are cracked, rough and looking like they will split and break off any day now. Thinking about replacing step treads with composite material (Trex, Hardie, Style Selections, Azek, etc.) and replacing the hand rails with more white cedar. Problem is color matching. Do you know which manufacturer of… Read more »
TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Sorry but no idea as to what composite wood colors would match the TWP colors. Best to get some samples of the TWP colors to test from our site.

Dany
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Dany

Twp100 series wet on wet- the recommended wait period between coats is 30 -60 minutes. Can the second coat be applied on the next day after the first coat has dried? Why such a short waiting period recommended between coats? Thanks.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

No that would make a wet on dry coat. Needs to be done the same day and within the suggested time frame for it to be properly applied.

Bud
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Bud

Which product will perform better for me, the 100 or the 1500? I’ll be applying to new red cedar and 2 year old pressure treated pine. I’m in Minnesota. Also, can I use a Wagner power sprayer to apply? Thanks!

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Use the 100 Series. You can spray it on. Please read this about new wood: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Either the crack and groove or a brush will work. Does not matter if you do the cracks first. Just make sure the floors are evenly covered and applied.

matt
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matt
I have a padco pad for application, but was wondering if a stain brush that can be used with a pole would be just as good and help get in between the boards as you stain. Is a brush more prone to uneven applications, making a pad superior? If a pad is superior, do you recommend the crack and groove tool to get between the boards – if so, do you use it as you go, i.e. stain 1 entire row with a pad, follow up with the crack tool, move back to the pad for the next row, etc.?
matt
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matt

Should I still apply 2 coats wet on wet for a sanded deck (had to sand to remove Behr semi-trans that wouldn’t strip.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Only if the first coat soaks in right away.

MarkCop
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MarkCop

We will be applying TWP 101 cedar tone to an older homes siding. The home is cedar and has areas of staining that need to be removed. We have power washed and test treated an area, we used Revive fro S.W. and it seems to have removed the water staining with minimal raising of the grain.
We plan on wet on wet coats running the entire length of the board to help prevent lap marks. Our air temps will be in the low 90’s with high humidity…..see any issues? Thanks

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

No you should be good with the application. Just make sure to keep a wet edge.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Just one coat since only 8 months old. Prep first with Gemini Restore Kit.

Dan
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Dan

I put new wood on my deck 8 months ago. I have cleaned it. Should I apply one coat or wet on wet. I will be applying two 1500. I live in NH

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

You would need to clean and brighten with the Gemini Restore Kit.

Keith
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Keith

I have finshed sanding the original stain from a 6 year old cedar deck. Do I need to strip and brighten the cedar prior to staining with TWP 1500 ?

Mary Bendtsen Johnson
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Mary Bendtsen Johnson

We have had non stop rain for three weeks. This week will be dry with a chance of rain for the weekend. If I stain my deck at the end of the week and it rains a day or two later, will that hurt it? I am going to use TWP 100 in clear.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

You will be fine. Thanks!

Mary Bendtsen Johnson
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Mary Bendtsen Johnson

Thank you!
Also, if I have left over, how long is it good for?

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

Please read this:

Shelf Life of TWP

Thanks!

Mike
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Mike

i just had a new cedar deck installed last month. i have read so much that i am confused.#1 how long should i wait to stain. #2 which stain is best -St Louis Mo extremes cold and hot – south facing deck lots of sun.#3 wet on wet – when i stain – 2 coats or not?

Thanks Mike

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

This will answers your questions: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

Use the 100 series.

TWPStainHelp
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TWPStainHelp

You can use the crack and grove tool we sell on our site. It helps and is fast.

Walt
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Walt

How do you get good coverage of the gaps in the floor boards other than brushing it in? Asking because brushing in the cracks when I stained my 19×32 deck with the old Olympic formula five years ago took a lot longer than a couple of hours, but then I only applied one coat. Concerned about getting the second coat of TWP100 on quickly enough. The deck is four years old and in good shape, and I plan to strip and clean using the RAD products.

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