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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Jon
6 days ago

Are you able to advise on what color in the TWP 200 series gives just a natural “wet” look similar to the TWP 115 ? It’s $100 USD to get a few samples shipped to Canada and photo galleries of the 200 series seem to be lacking across the internet. Thanks!

Matt
11 days ago

I originally applied TWP 100 stain first time to a new wood deck 4 years ago and have applied 3 maintenance coats over the same period. At what point is it recommended to stop with the maintenance coats and strip the old stain and start over? Also, should I strip the old stain first and the clean and brighten before apply the new stain. I will be sticking with the same 100 stain color as the original coat if that makes a difference.

Thanks for answering.

Nikki Loveless
12 days ago

Our contractor applied one coat of TWP 100 Cedartone to our deck about an hour before a heavy rainfall. We asked them to fix it, so they returned several weeks later and added another coat, which is now pooled on the surface of the wood and is not drying. This was done despite our effort to direct them to your website for proper instructions first. Can you please let us know how this should have been handled and what steps can be taken to correct the issue? Thank you for your help!

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Nikki Loveless
11 days ago
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Thank you for the prompt response! If the second coat does cure, will there be any risk of the wood rotting prematurely due to the water exposure following the initial coat?

 
Julie
14 days ago

We bought the 5 gal semi transparent stain. We want to apply with a sprayer, but there is no pour spout on the lid. Do you have recommendations on getting it from the 5 gal pail to the sprayer?

Julie
13 days ago
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Thanks. We were not confident with using a funnel, as our sprayer container is very small and the volume of stain pouring out is high from a 5 gal. We got a battery operated transfer pump. Worked great. The stain goes on super easy with the sprayer and back brushing.

Roger
19 days ago

Looking to restain deck and fence in background. Which stain would you recommend? Want to keep the dark color. Afraid it won’t take on the spindles if I don’t sand , Previous stain was made by United Paints in Spokane,Wa. Applied 10 years ago.

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B.Hillier
20 days ago

After completing my new deck staining project using the 1500 series I see many areas of white spots. I am assuming this is the residue of the whitener? How do I remove this.

 
Bobbi
25 days ago

Guys stained cedartone 1500 on railings yesterday. I noticed a glistening after 40 mins – so and went to wipe off what looked like overapplication and was told it wasn’t necessary so I stopped. 8 hours later I thought I’d check to see if spots had dried it was still wet and some had a gooey look. Any suggestions? There were about 30 spots that I found after more carefull reviewing. If it is over application – how is this repaired? Also, this cedartone looks more like redwood. Thoughts?

Kevin Higgins
26 days ago

What is the best product for Cedar shake on a roof oil base preferably

Stephen
30 days ago

I have a deck in Wisconsin in shady conditions. Not sure exactly the type of wood possibly pressure treated but wonder if the 1500 series or the pro series would work the best here?

 
Chip
30 days ago

Looking at putting TWP 101 Cedartone on new cedar shake siding for our house. We’d like to protect the wood, but also want it to eventually fade to the the light silver gray. Is TWP 101 Cedartone the best option for that?

Chip
30 days ago
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Thanks. Main goal is that we keep the natural cedar now and that it fades to gray, but would prefer it not fade to black. Is clear still best for that?

Chip
30 days ago
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Thanks! Last question(s) from me: If you use the cedartone, when it does fade, will it be a lighter or darker gray than if you used the clear? Also, does using the clear cause a lighter gray than if you just left unfinished? Thanks!

Dawn
1 month ago

I applied the cedar tone stain over a previously rustic stained porch. I only applied one coat and tried to wipe up the extra stain but 48 hours later deck is still wet and sticky. How can I fix this? Please!
Rustic stain was applied over a year ago and had been pressure washed three weeks before.

Dawn
1 month ago
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We accidentally ordered the cedar tone and we were not trying to lighten the deck. We test spotted the cedar on top of the rustic and liked the change in color.
I then applied one coat with a roller and stain did soak into some areas. In shaded areas it was not absorbed so I removed excess with a dry roller and rags. Stain is still not drying and is very tacky.
We do not want to strip the deck- we like the result where it did soak in. Just want to get rid of tacky areas?
Any other suggestion rather than stripping, please?

jerrysept
1 month ago

Have been restaing every year. After I clean and brighten the existing stain do I need to do a wet on wet second coat or is one coat sufficient?

 
John
1 month ago

Hi, we probably over applied 101 Cedar 2 years ago, peeling badly now. Should we strip or clean with RAD before brightening? We want to reapply same stain, only one coat this time?

Gary
1 month ago

Sanded an older cedar deck, to remove a failed stain/finish that peeled, to prep it for your stain. What are the next steps for the best job?
Could I have used your stripper instead? Very labor intensive sanding a deck!

Ted Oplinger
1 month ago

I live in SE Texas, and current temps for August 2022 are running 98-103 degrees.

I need to stain and seal my rebuilt/replaced deck (replaced last year), so this is the first application. I noticed your recommendations for applying TWP 100 state to NOT apply this when temps are above 90 degrees? I am curious why, as I think the application would dry well in these temperatures.

I’d like to get this project done before tropical systems are due to hit (late August/September).

The deck was built last year, wood = pine, has not been treated, and have done preliminary sanding and screw anchoring. I’ve got some trim and railing work still to do, and I’m going to be power-washing the sides of the house around this deck this weekend, and give the deck a light cleaning.

Please advise.

 
Linda Sampson
1 month ago

Older treated pine deck. Put Cabot transparent sealer on last year and was a failed product. Deck is now bleached from weather. We live in Wisconsin. Want to use TWP semi transparent stain. Proper prep? Water ansorbs in deck so do I need to strip off finish or clean and brighten. Do you use power washer?

Mike Sweeney
1 month ago

How do I get credit for samples on my order?

Natalie
2 months ago

Hello. I am quite relieved and happy with the results so far on removing the peeling old stain on my cedar fence that is close to 20 years old. The cedar is smooth cut on both sides. After stripping the stain and brightening many boards are now quite furry. P!ease remind me what your advice is to remove this before staining. Sorry I know it has been posted, but can not find the info. Thank you.

 
Neal Olson
2 months ago

We have a 410 ft2 clear cedar fence in Portland,OR that was built last Fall, when conditions were too wet for staining. Uprights are rough sawn, but the cedar posts, top boards and gates are all mill finished. Significant graying now, mostly on the sun exposed areas. Very concerned about the stain darkening in 1-2 years. Such marked darkening is reported now on reviews of some oil based stains (eg Penofin). What kind of prep and stain would you recommend? Thank you.

Fred Williams
2 months ago

I live in central North Carolina. Built new deck of pressure treated yellow pine. When deck is aged some would you recommend TWP 200 or the TWP 100? I want the finish product to a darker finish as my western red cedar log home is stained with Chesnut color now and kinda brownish. Very humid climate here. Whats your advice? Thank you for responding. Fred

Sam
2 months ago

I just used your Gemini cleaner and pressure washed but noticed places where there is like green algae. If I treat a second coat of cleaner, will this take the algae off? If not, I read you could use 4 parts water and 1 part white vinger for removing the algae. If I use this solution, I can I follow up with just using the Brightener? Thank you.

 
Anthony
2 months ago

How consistent are 1500 series colors? I ask because I used 1501 Cedartone on new wood. I ordered several samples and placed them on the same wood. The stain I ordered and used is very definitely different from the sample stain. I ordered a second sample and applied that to the same wood, again, and that looks different from both the first sample and from what I used on my project.

I am wondering if there are variances in colors or if I did something wrong somehow.

neal
2 months ago

Have successfully used TWP 100 stain on our deck. Recently installed a 10 x 12 shed with rough sawn T-11 siding. Can I use the TWP 100 on the shed exterior? Also, how do I calculate coverage as you calculator is for decks, rails, stairs etc? thx

David Blais
2 months ago

I live a block from the ocean in Jacksonville, FL. I am staining a deck, handrails, and corbels. We get a lot of sunshine and it is very humid most of the time. Should I use the TWP 100 or 1500 and why?

 
Bruce Jones
2 months ago

What is the shelf life of the stain in both of the following cases?
Unopened container
Opened container
I have a 3 month old fence that has rough sawn pine 6″ wide pickets that are spaced 1.5″ apart. The fence is 6 ft high and 210 ft long. How much TWP 1500 stain should I purchase? Do I need to perform a 2 coat wet-on-wet staining process?
What is the estimated transport time to Buffalo, NY?
Thank you.

Stu
2 months ago

Getting ready to re-do a Farmer’s porch and have some questions. Would it be enought to sand, clean and prep this porch with the Gemeni kit, or does it need to be stripped, and if so, with what product? It was stained once about 7-8 years ago. The wood is mahogany, what is the best color to get it back to a color similar to the one it had when it was new? Also, would this be a single coat, or two of wet on wet? We are in MA so have to use 1500 series.

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Karen M Lussier
2 months ago

We just stained our deck with TWP 101 Pro Series. The lower part of deck looks like it needs another coat. Do you recommend this????

 
Irving
2 months ago

Posted a question earlier but it seems to have disappeared. How long does wood need to dry after stripping and brightening with RAD. Deck is in full sun for about 8 hours daily and temps are upper 80s- low 90s.

Vonda
2 months ago

I have an unopened can of twp1502 that was left over last year. I stored in in my house in the laundry room. I noticed a date on the bottom of the can jun10 2121. Can that still be used now as my deck needs a couple of coats put on for this year?

Vonda
2 months ago
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Thank you so much….I did order some more as I thought about it and 1 can won’t do 2 coats.

Rebecca Martin
2 months ago

What is the better stain to use for a exterior deck open to the elements in western North Carolina. TWP pro 100 series or TWP 1500 series?

 
Karen M Lussier
3 months ago

We did all the prep and put one coat of stain on already. The lower boards that are in full sun look like they need another coat. Wondering if we should apply another coat?

Chase
3 months ago

Should you apply a sealant after using twp deck stain? What are the pros vs cons?

Barbara A. Graves
3 months ago

Hello, cannot find the TWP representative I talked to last week on staining my deck but I need advice!!! I used the TWP 116 Rustic Stain and I have over 600 sq feet so did one half of my deck and it looks fantastic but on the second half, I did a very Stupid thing, I used some primer over the bare spots and after using 3 coats of your stain, wet on wet, it did not cover up the primed spots. I an thinking the only other alternative is to PAINT my deck, with the first half looking so good, can I just paint the adjoining deck with a matching paint!!! I need to finish it soon as I am entertaining soon.
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Barbara A. Graves
3 months ago
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Thank you!!!

 
Gary peterson
3 months ago

I am getting ready to refinish my cedar deck with your semi-solid pro series in cedar mulch. I will be prepping with RAD stripper to remove 3 yr old TWP pecan 1520, & follow-up with RAD brightener.
Because of the size of my deck,800 sq ft plus the railing, what would be the best way to strip & brighten without going over time limit for each? If I do rail first do I need to strip & then brighten while still wet? Then do the deck strip & brighten? How about over spray on the deck when stripping & cleaning rail? I will be using a pressure sprayer.

Thanks for your help

John
3 months ago

Regarding TWP Semi-Solid Stain Pro-Series

I was about ready to order five stain samples when I noticed that the stains in my cart may not be PRO-Series. (screenshot A)

Then I noticed that the Pro-Series samples are $10.00 (which I expected) but that others are $8.00 (screenshot B)

Is it true that I can only recover $15.00 of the $50.00 samples cost when I place my order (2 kits) (screenshot C)?

I was also wondering why there is a separate $10 shipping charge for each sample instead of shipping all of the samples together, saving your customers some money.

Cheers,
Stewart

Victor
3 months ago
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Are the samples in my cart the PRO-Series?

Thanks,

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David Dyke
3 months ago

What is the difference between 100 series and 1500?

 
Volpe Boykin
3 months ago

What is the shelf life for TWP in factory five gallon cans

David Gardner
3 months ago

I have been using TWP 1500 Redwood for years on my pool deck. I now need to refinish my 25-year-old covered, not enclosed, porch which has only ever been painted. I have removed (sanded off) all of the old paint down to bare wood. Most of the wood looks OK but some of the ends are splintered.  Do you recommend staining or repainting? If I stain it, can I use the TWP 1500 again or something else? Lastly, since I am down to bare wood, do I need to use any prep products first?

Dave
3 months ago

If I need to apply a wet on wet within 15 minutes, I will need to walk on some of the deck that I have just stained. Will that leave footprints? Also, what type of a brush or pad do I use? Thanks

 
Bill Warren
3 months ago

Hi,
I rebuilt my deck using the AC2® CedarTone Premium pressure treated deck boards from Menards. They are 3 years old. No additional stain products or sealers have been applied. The manufacturer recommends Pittsburgh Ultra Advanced Semi-Transparent Stain & Sealant In One. Which of your products would be best to freshen up & treat the boards long term? Thanks.

Jeff
3 months ago

I am building a metal roof covered pergola (open rafters below) with non-treated yellow pine for my roof structure. We have purchased TWP to stain it with.
We will also use it for pressure treated post once they dry out.
As stated, it will all be covered with a metal roof, but we want to protect the wood the best we can , even from potential condensation from the metal.
Questions:
#1- Can I pre-stain the boards?
#2- Should I sand the boards first?
#3- If no pre-staining, what’s the minimum time to wait?

Thank you in advance,
Jeff

Jackie Ludy
3 months ago

HI also, the DARK OAK is semi transparent that I am looking for TWP 103 PRO SERIES.

 
Jackie Ludy
3 months ago

Hi, we are trying to match stain a client applied several years ago. The color tab on the gallon of paint is TWP103 PRO SERIES DARK OAK. I cannot find the 103 PRO SERIES on your site. Please advise.

Geraldine R.
4 months ago

What type of applicator would you use to apply TWP200 to an existing, cleaned cedar shingle roof?

Reid F
4 months 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
4 months 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 months ago

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

Sharon
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago
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thanks!

Carol C
4 months 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

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