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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Richard
Richard

I have a 25 year old cedar deck in Seattle. It’s generally been well cared for. Last year I sanded it completely and foolishly applied a water based Behr deck product that went on like paint and has worn really poorly with lots of flaking and peeling.

I plan to re-sand the whole deck this month and use your 100 series product. If I am going to sand all the old stain off, do I need to use any of the deck cleaner or brightner products or can I just re-stain after sanding?

Thanks.

Richard

Bernie
Bernie

Can the second coat of a wet on wet stain be applied the next day? I was pulled away before I could finish.

Sam Maltby
Sam Maltby
I just bought a western red cedar fence kit.. the wood seems completely dry and the manufacturer says it’s dry but isn’t entirely sure when the trees were cut and milled. My garage gets close to 100 degrees during the day and I’ve left them to dry there with fans on for over a week.. just to be sure. Would you recommend staining them with my TWP 100 as each individual piece of the panels or should I erect the entire fence and stain it outside? I was considering doing it inside the garage with proper safety precautions of course… Read more »
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Tara
Tara

My husband and I just applied the first coat of TWP to our new deck. The wood has been aging for 7 months. After about 12 hours, it just spontaneously rained for 30 mins. Is there any protocall if this happens?
We checked the forecast and thought we were in the clear but it’s been a surprising rainy season. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Brooks
Brooks

I just had painter reapply TWP to a fence gate that had been previously done about 3 years ago. Now that they are done, there are some spots that seem more bare than the others. They completed this two days ago. I want them to go over the spots that look lighter. What directors should I give them? I also seem to be out of stain and may need to wait for more to arrive (I have a little leftover from 3 years in a can).

Justin Curtis
Justin Curtis

My deck is approximately 11 months old. Made from pressure treated lumber and I live in MD which is relatively humid. I applied the treatment/brightener over the weekend and one (1) coat of stain yesterday afternoon. Got too dark to apply a second coat. I am assuming my deck falls under the “new” category and should not need a second coat. Is that correct? If I do need a second coat will it be an issue to apply 10 days from now? Forecast is showing rain every night starting tomorrow.

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Mary Lou Webb
Mary Lou Webb
I love TWP stain! However, three weeks ago I cleaned and re-stained the deck. It looked good. We have a pool and my grandchildren love to water my plants with the pool water. The part of the deck that gets little to no sun is up against the house. I just noticed that there are what looks like “water drops” around my flower pots! However, directly around the pool where my other flower pots are in full sun, there are none of these “water drops”! How do I remove these water drops without ruining my deck finish? Also a couple… Read more »
John
John

Per your previous response, it appears that for a deck over 12 months old (mine is 16 months old) and is not stained, it should be considered new and apply one coat. How long should I wait to apply the second coat?

Gail
Gail

I built a cedar deck in September 2017. I did not stain it then. Now in July 2018 I have used deck wash with brighter and sanded the deck. I will be using twp 1501 cedartone stain. Do I put 1 coat on deck or do the wet on wet method

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Dan
Dan

For the purpose of planning how much stain to buy, does a two-coat “wet on wet” application really require double the amount of stain? Or to ask it differently, does the second application usually require as much stain as the first?

Justin Perlich
Justin Perlich

We have prepped our several year old cedar deck for TWP by using a deck cleaner/brightener, sanded the entire deck down with 40-60 grit sandpaper and a random orbital sander to remove any remaining non-TWP coating, and then cleaned again with cleaner/brightener. We are now ready to stain. The sanded wood has been exposed for a couple weeks now. Do you think this will take one or two coats of stain? This will be TWP-100 series in Minnesota. Thanks!

Andy
Andy

I just had a pergola installed. Treated pine wood from home Depot a month ago? Is it ready to be stained? Do I apply once or twice? Thanks!

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Rayna
Rayna

We just finished installing a new cedar deck. Do I still use the ‘wet on wet’ method for new cedar wood that has never had anything applied to it? It sounds like I only need to apply 1 coat to new (raw) wood. Also is there any truth to letting the wood weather for a few months before applying stain? Our cedar was kiln-dried. Thank you.

Wayne
Wayne

How do I removed spilled stain (slight amount) from a concrete floor?

Gregg
Gregg

What should I use to clean my applicator with after staining with the TWP 100?

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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?