Official Help Site for TWPStain.com

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Last Updated on January 20, 2022 by TWP Help

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TWP Wood and Deck Stain Update for 2022

Welcome to the official help site for TWPStain.com.

TWP® 100 Pro-Series will keep your wood beautiful, fresh, and looking new longer! The ease of application and maintenance will allow you to enjoy your investment for years to come. Containing unique ingredients that protect the wood from damage, TWP 100 Series has been a leader and respected product for over 25 years.

TWP® 100 Pro-Series provides a broad spectrum of weather protection, is water repellent, and aids in color retention. TWP® 100 Pro-Series resists water absorption that causes warping, cracking, splitting, and prevents freeze damage in colder climates. Use TWP® 100 Pro-Series to Restore and Protect YOUR GREAT OUTDOORS!

TWP 1500 Total Wood Preservative is an EPA registered wood preservative for decks, fences, gazebos, cedar siding, wood shakes, log homes, outdoor furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces. TWP wood preservative offers outstanding protection from UV fading, wood rot, water damage, and mildew for all types of wood species.

The TWPStainHelp.com site is designed for exterior wood and deck owners looking for solutions to their wood maintenance questions. We have gathered information based on years of experience. From TWP stain tips and wood maintenance advice to prepping new wood and how-to articles, we will guide you through step by step to achieve professional-like results using any of the TWP wood preservative products.

Please read our articles and feel free to ask any questions that you may have about restoring your exterior wood or decking surfaces. The information you need regarding wood and deck restoration and TWP deck stains are all here. Please enjoy and remember that we are here to help.

 

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Reid F
3 days ago

Where can I find a local dealer.I reside in Cary,NC which is the Raleigh area. I had been using Cedartone 201. Need to restain my deck again and need around 4 gallons

Ira Hostetter
3 days ago

New treated pine deck. I have waited 6 months to let it dry out. Any suggestions other than cleaning it off and applying wet on wet?

tony d willIiams
4 days ago

Which solvent do I use to clean my application equipment? Rollers, paint brushes, and paint spraying equipment.

 
Sharon
7 days ago

I’m doing my annual cedar deck plank replacement. I’ve been using TWP for years and really like it however I still have trouble with the ends of my planks rotting where they contact the pressure treated wood substructure.
Can I treat the new plank ends with something to prevent this from happening? Thanks!

Sharon
7 days ago
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😁 Thanks nonetheless. Now I don’t have to beat myself up for not having taken action earlier – no action to take!

Lawrence Winship
10 days ago

Anyone have experience with exterior posts and rails treated with TWP and carpenter bees!? I know they are deterred to a large extent by paint, but what about stain? We are besieged by the little blighters on older wood not yet treated withTWP any thoughts? Thanks

Lawrence Winship
10 days ago
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thanks!

Carol C
12 days ago

Asking for elderly neighbor in Florida (temps in 90’s now): He had their moderately-weathered 6- year-old pressure-treated deck treated with clear Thompson’s last year. Can semi-trans TWP now be used on the deck, and if so, has sufficient time passed since the Thompson’s and what prep would be needed? Thanks

 
Pat Handley
20 days ago

Can I use an airless sprayer for a new fence, cedar, with twp100 cape cod?

Karen Borden
23 days ago

I have stained my pressure treated deck with TWP 1500 several times over the last five years and been very happy with the results, until now. I stained it one week ago and it is still slippery and tacky. I do not think it is going to dry any further. I accept responsibility, but need to know what to do now? Thank you so much!

Jim
28 days ago

I ordered 15 gallons of twp 1500 natural after applying a sample and comparing natural and cedar tone. The natural looks nothing like the sample. With the samples the natural was lighter than the cedar tone. With the 5 gallon natural that was shipped the natural is much darker than the cedar tone. See attached picture. (Darker board is natural. Lighter board is cedar tone). I opened all 3 five gallon buckets because I thought there was a mistake but each bucket had the same result and looks nothing like the sample? Need help.

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Karen Borden
28 days ago

Our pressure treated deck was stained with TEP cedar stain one year ago. Can it be cleaned, brightened and stained again with the same product? Also any suggestions on preventing black mold? One more, should a sealer be used? Thank you!

John W
1 month ago

How do you calculate the amount of stain on a cedar pergola. It was previously stained with TWP101 Cedartone Natural. Would a picture attachment help in addition to HXWXD?

Steven K. Brewer
1 month ago

I have a deck that was built on three years ago and never stained. It is showing signs of drying out. I was told not to stain it for two to three years but I see now that the contractor who built it didn’t know what he was talking about. My questions are what products do I need to prep it how to apply them which stain would be best and how to apply it as well. It is pressure treated lumber and one top rail board is beginning to warp on one end. There are flat metal vertical rods 12” apart which are powder coated black. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If you could send me the name and address of a dealer near me as well as possibly color samples I’m sure my wife would appreciate that as well.
Thank you for your time
Regards
Steven K. Brewer

 
Gail Keller
1 month ago

My deck is only 20 months old. All I know is that the builder stained the cedar posts, rails and banisters with a pecan color stain. There are many cracks and surfaces that look white. How should I go about restaining?

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Gail Keller
1 month ago
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Can I just power wash and restain since it is fairly new?

Cecil Rachal
1 month ago

My 5/4 treated decking was previously treated twice over 4 years with TWP 100 (Pecan). No other type of treatment has ever been applied. It had no pretreatment other than pressure washing before stain application by sprayer. What do you recommend for retreatment in the very near future? Do I need stripper/brightener or cleaner/brightener? I need about 2.5 – 3 gal. for my project. If I buy a 5 gal. container, will the unused portion be good to use in 2 years?

Dorian
1 month ago

Covered front porch was done 2 years ago, 2 coats wet-on-wet. I would like to put another coat on this year. Do I use water and Dawn to clean or the Gemini prep before applying same Cedar 100?

 
Ron Raetz
1 month ago

About two months ago I posted a picture of my 30 year old deck that I had used an oil based acrylic stain two years ago. Until then I had always used oil based stains about every 2 – 3 years. You recommended the stripper kit with both additives. I used the correct stripper amount but due to not being very smart I mistakenly used only half of the correct additive amounts. The deck is about 400 sq ft and needed three gallons of each of the stripper and brightener. I used an electric 3000 PSI power washer. It was a long and exhausting day but the results were terrific. Thank You. I will soon apply TWP 1500.

Greg Gummer
1 month ago

Hi, where can I purchase twp 100 in Virginia? Thanks

Michael
1 month ago

Is twp 1500 safe to use on the exterior of a raised bed? And top railing, but not in contact with soil. However some water coming in contact with stained wood would fall in to the bed.

 
Devlin
1 month ago

I have a new cedar deck and rough sawn fence. The deck is around a pool and both have set for two winters in Southwest Nebraska. I plan on using your combo TWP 101 Cedartone and Gemini Cleaner/Brightener kit. The fence and deck total 2550 square feet. The wood on the deck is a little rough. Could I sand it, if so, do you recommend sanding first, then clean/brighten, then stain? Also, how much TWP 101 would be necessary?

Dean
1 month ago

any advise on TWP product, Used Outlast Q oil 5 yrs ago, lot of black on stain , so also which cleaning product do you advise ? Thank-you

Mark
1 month ago

Deck is 3 year old pressure-treated wood. I applied Valspar 1-coat clear exterior sealer the first and second years. it’s starting to flake. I’m going to use TWP semi-solid this year. I will sand using 60 grit to make sure the old sealer is gone.

  1. I assume I don’t need to use a stripper because I’m sanding, correct?
  2. I will use the Gemini cleaner and brightener. Do I use it before or after sanding?
 
Tracey Taylor
1 month ago

I have a 10 year old deck that was previously stained with Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Oil Based semitransparent stain. I would like to apply a TWP 100 stain. I have just completed sanding the deck, can I go ahead and apply the TWP stain? I’m not sure what the prep kit will do for the wood if freshly sanded.

Maddy
1 month ago

On a new deck do which do you recommend 100 or 1500 and why?

Brian
2 months ago

New treated pine deck April 2018. Originally applied initial coat of Honeytone TWP 1500 in July. Looked awesome, 2020 recoated again with 1500. Here we are in 2022 and it is looking pretty shabby, can I just clean and recoat again, should it last longer than 2 years? Open for suggestions? Attached are pictures of this spring.

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Kevin Tierney
1 month ago
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I have the same issue as Brian, but I used TWP 100 the first 2 times (still have 1/2 gallon left), and am curious what to do now that it is not available. Pictures attached. Thanks for any advice.

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Kevin Tierney
1 month ago
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Thanks for the reply, I was under the impression that the Honeytone 115 is no longer available here in Colorado. Is that true? If so, what should I use? Do I need to strip everything off and start from scratch? Certain areas of the deck are fine, so I’d like to avoid having to restore the whole thing.
Thanks!

 
Chip
2 months ago

I’ll be covering old barn board (pressure washed) to be used for the sides of an outdoor kitchen and rough cut cedar planks for a tall wall screen behind it. I want to make sure that the stain doesn’t alter the natural color of the wood too much. Do you sell half pints that I can use to test with?

Ken
2 months ago

Can I get a sample card with colors for TwP semi solid pro?

Laura C
2 months ago

Hello – Repeat customer. We used TWP at home on new porch. Looks fantastic still few years later. We want to use TWP on a deck at our trailer we are redoing. It is an old deck with some weather wood used, new wood, and existing painted deck with Behr Premium Color Waterproofing Solid Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer used on old deck. The new wood/steps was added this past Sept. We also will be adding railings this May. What should we use to get deck pretreat, remove or restore, and what stain to use to try and get deck to match in color. Treated wood used on complete deck. See attached picture. Your expertise in what we should do is greatly appreciated, so we can order the correct combination.

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Laura Cwiklinski
26 days ago
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Hello – Thank you for your response. We are finally ready to start our project. I went on to order TWP Semi-Solid color paint samples. It stated we could not order in our area. I’m in Ohio. Said we should chose from the 1500 series. It’s not what you suggested above. Will that cover as well as the semi-solid stain to blend our decking?

 
Chuck from Charlotte, NC
2 months ago

Hello – thank you for keeping up with the many good questions here. Very helpful. I just had a new deck built with kiln dried PT pine. Given the wood was dried prior to installing, it would appear I only need to remove the mill glaze before applying TWP 100. What is the recommended steps/products/tools?

Barbara T
2 months ago

We have an old 30 year deck and fence with new deck boards 2 years ago and some recent new wood on the fence and a new step rail (see photos). I gather we need to remove all the existing many coats of cabot oil semi transparent stain on the fence (the new low VOC version did not take really on the newer deck boards) with RAD and the new wood parts after curing should be treated with the prep and clean. Could we just put a quick coat of stain on the new wood just to help it blend in better until the autumn until we redo the whole or would it not take? Thanks.

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Sherry Larsen
2 months ago

Cure time for 1500 series stain? When can you walk on it?

 
Alicia M
3 months ago

We stained large deck areas at our lake property last April with TWP 1500 Natural and looked beautiful. Wood deck was 2 years old at time of staining and cleaned before staining. The deck is partially covered however any exposed area of deck and stairs and pool equipment enclosure is very dirty 10 months later. Covered areas of the deck have remained clean and still look freshly stained. What is best product to use to clean? Thank you

ALicia M
3 months ago
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Are you saying clean with the Restore kit and then restain with another coat?
Not sure I follow as we loved the TWP product however spent a lot of money to have this prepped and stained last year. It is somewhat cost prohibitive to have to restain again ten months later. Thanks

ALicia M
2 months ago
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thank you.

Roger
3 months ago

My privacy fence is 20 years old and still looks great. I have only used TWP (Natural) and have stained it four times over that time period. I am due to stain it this Spring but do not know which of your stains I should purchase. Also, the total square footage is approximately 900 sq ft. Which TWP stain should I use (I want the best) and how much should I order?

Steven
3 months ago

I have a 4 year old fence in South Florida that has been sealed twice with clear Thompson’s water seal. Last time was in July of 2020, so more than 18 months ago. The fence has been cleaned/bleached and pressure washed. Will TWP 100 be able to penetrate past any possible remaining water repellency of the Thompson’s product?

Steven
3 months ago
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Do you think I need any of the additives? Also, do you recommend TWP 100 or 1500 for my application? If I used TWP 100 for better penetration, next time would I be able to use 1500?

 
Richard Donnelly
3 months ago

I have a home I built a couple of years ago that has cedar siding with TWP 1500 stain.
Is there a clear finish I can apply to extend the life of the stain?

ANDREW WILLIAMSON
3 months ago

I have a deck that was built last March. Never been stained. I want to stain with semi solid stain. Just purchased sample of semi solid Driftwood on line. I will be staining over factory treated pine decking. I am hoping for a neutral beige/tan/ taupe color, is the semi solid driftwood the best color for this project.
Attached are two pictures to help with the color decision

Thanks in advance
Andrew

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Ron Raetz
3 months ago

Two years ago I used an Olympic Semi trans acrylic. Not too happy. What prep do I need to use TWP 1500?

Ron Raetz
3 months ago
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See prior post

Ron Raetz
3 months ago
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Tried again

Ron Raetz
3 months ago
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2.8 mb

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MIKE STEVENS
3 months ago

Previously used what was described as semi-transparent stain – color 102 Redwood Pro Series. Is TWP 100 Series – 102 Redwood the same product? OR is the new Semi-Solid Pro Series – Redwood Forest the intended replacement?

Todd R Giddings
3 months ago

Your product is listed as a stain, does it seal as well? Is a sealer necessary after the application of the stain or is your product an all in 1 product? It looks like I would be using the 1500 series as the Semi Solid Pro Series cannot be shipped to my state (Illinois), would rather use the Semi Solid Pro Series thought.

chip Caudle
5 months ago

I recently bought 5 gallons of semi solid in driftwood. We bought the deck prep from you and used it. The color came out as a grey rather then the tan shown on the color chart. We didn’t have enough stain so I have ordered another 5 gallons. The problem is that the first 5 gallons was much more of a grey than the tan shown on the chart. I expected there to be a difference shade but this is a totally different color. If there something I am doing wrong and should correct on the second coat?

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Michael
6 months ago

I stained our deck (new in may 2020) in April 2021 with 1500 and the stain/sealer is very splotchy and nearly gone in some areas.

-Is this normal?

-Can I just clean and add another coat?

-Should I expect to have to stain every 6 months to maintain water protection?

Thanks!!

Jeff
6 months ago

Does the temp need to be above 50 degrees for 24 hrs after application?

Ian Lewis
6 months ago

If I have some cracks in the deck posts, should I attempt to seal with mastic. And if so, should this be before or after the deck is stained. (TWP101). Any type of mastic preferred?

 
Brian
6 months ago

I recently installed a cedar fence in mid September. It’s now getting small areas of mold. I’m concerned that by next spring (after a good seasoning period) the mold will extensive.
Should I clean it now with your Restore a deck kit? I’m ok with having to clean it again before staining. Also I’m thinking of applying a more dilute solution of “Bora-Care with Mold Care” to keep the fence mold free until staining. Any thoughts on the “Bora-Care with Mold-Care”.

The active ingredient for mold is dimethyl ammonium chloride. I see that other cheaper mold products like “Wet and forget” and “Spray and forget” also use a similar Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride.

Paul Trezza
7 months ago

twp 1500 for cedar siding – paint up or paint down?

Troy Wallace
7 months ago

I used TWP 100 cedartone to stain a 70 ft Bamboo fence, it has been about 24 hours and the stain is still very sticky and does rub off when touched. Will this eventually dry/soak into the Bamboo, and how long should I wait to apply a second coat?

Troy Wallace
7 months ago
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This is the product the Bamboo company recommended

 
Anthony Russell
7 months ago

Love your stuff will not use anything else! Is there a woodfiller you would reccomend that will accept cedar semi solid stain? Thanks,

Henry Garcia
7 months ago

We have new 8x8x10 rough Fir posts, and want to stain them a dark color. We are looking at the semi-solid charcoal.

Will the semi-solid stain block all of the wood grain.?

Steve Friedman
7 months ago

I used TWP 205 Cedar stain on my pressure treated deck. It is not wearing well after 6 months. Should I have used the 100 Cedar instead of the 205? Is the 100 the same color of the 205?

Steve Friedman
7 months ago
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Thanks So I used the 205 cedar stain. I now want to use the 101 series as soon as possible. I last gemini washed , brightened and stained in April 2021. New deck was installed with pressure treated wood in January. It now has tannins and faded. It will bubble up when I put water on it. When and how should I prep and stain again? Thank you for any details and ideas you can provide.

 
Douglas C. Mayer
7 months ago

I stained the deck 2 years ago with TWP. Worked well! Last week I thoroughly prepped and cleaned the deck. The cleaning did not return the wood deck to bare wood although it removed a substantial amount. After brushing the deck with TWP1500 it remained shiny and did not dry for 3 days. I probably used to much as stated on your website. There are no blotches or overlaps. And it does look good!  😌  Can I leave this go until next year? Also is it always best to clean to bare wood when reapplying?

Mommabear
7 months ago

I’m installing red cedar shakes around the bottom of my bay window. What kind of protection do I use to preserve the cedars beauty?

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