Official Help Site for TWPStain.com

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

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TWP Wood and Deck Stain Update for 2021

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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Michael
11 days 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
30 days ago

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

Ian Lewis
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Troy Wallace
1 month 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
1 month ago
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This is the product the Bamboo company recommended

 
Anthony Russell
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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?

Michele Katz
1 month ago

Should deck be power washed before staining? It was stained with TWP 1501 about 3 or 4 years ago.There are some new boards. Do they need to be treated before staining. Also planning to stain the cedar siding on the house. Contractor is planning to power wash first. Is that necessary?

 
Sandra reece
1 month ago

I have a second story deck. The underside is covered with screen because I am converting to a screened in porch. Is it okay to spray the prep cleaners on and use a pressure washer to rinse and then spray on the stain? Wondering how to manage both top and bottom.

Jane J
1 month ago

I stripped and applied brightener to my deck (first photo) but it rained before I could apply the stain (second photo). I am concerned that the stain will look like the areas covered in rain – blotchy dark and light. Will this happen? Thank you!

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Tim Herrmann
1 month ago

After staining yesterday I ended up with an a surplus of 1 unopened gallon of 1501 Cedartone stain. My question is: If I I leave it up here at our cottage and it freezes will that ruin it?

Also, I finished staining about 20 hours ago and still have shiny spots in some areas. I realize this isn’t enough dry time but my question is: How long should I wait for these to go away before trying to wipe up these areas with mineral spirits? And, will it hurt to walk on the deck while doing so? Thanks in advance for your help!

Tim

 
Sean L
2 months ago

I just received some 5 gallon pails of stain and want to get started sometime this week (everything has been prepped).
What is the best way to open up and also transfer the 5 gallon pails to smaller containers?

Ben
2 months ago

I’m going to have a few gallons of stain left at the end of my project. For storing TWP 100, is it best to get a certain type of container or can I store it in polyethylene plastic containers purchased from the local hardware store?

Tim Herrmann
2 months ago

I’m up here in the Michigan UP trying to stain a treated lumber deck that we built last summer (2020). Last week I prepared the deck using the Gemini 2-step process and now have been waiting for 2 consecutive dry days so I can apply the stain (1500). My hope was to put the stain on tomorrow (Tuesday) but it rained again last night (Sunday). My question is, assuming it doesn’t rain today (Monday), can I satin the deck tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon? Unfortunately I can’t do it on Wednesday or Thursday due to other commitments. Daytime highs will be in the low to mid 60’s and overnight lows in the high 40’s. I’m afraid that if I don’t get it done this week the weather won’t let me get it done before winter. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Tim Herrmann
2 months ago
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Thanks–Will the night time temperatures (45-50) be a problem?

 
Gerry
2 months ago

We just added a deck addition using pressure treated pine. The builder recommended using a semi solid stain. The older area of deck has been treated for many years with TWP 1500 Cedartone.

Which TWP semi solid stain color most closely matches 1500 Cedartone?

is it possible to go over the older section of the deck with semi solid stain to match the new section? If so, what do I need to do to prep it?

Thank you.

Anselmo Guzman
2 months ago

Buenas una pregunta puedo usar twp101 cedartone natural en una superficie teñida de otro color

Marcella
2 months ago

Just finished sanding entire deck to remove all stain do I need to put one or two coats of stain ? My deck is PT pine and around six years old
I am getting ready to order the stain and the cleaner / brightener

 
Jon Wetzel
2 months ago

I am using TWP on my chainsaw carvings. What type of paint do you recommend I use on top of TWP to add detail?

Dave Keith
2 months ago

I plan on using TWP 100 series in MI on my two year old never stained pine treated deck. I plan on applying one coat in a week. 1) If I am unable to do a second coat this year-can I apply second coat next summer, and if so what would be the preparation? Ligh cleaning with garden house and some kind of solution (if so what kind?)? Critical I have two coats? LASTLY, when time comes in a few years to REAPPLY THE stain, again would a simple cleaning with the approved solution work? Or would I have to strip and stand the deck again? Thanks.

Dave Keith
2 months ago
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Should I apply two wet on wet coats now if the weather cooperates? Or wait to do another?

Ron Pulley
2 months ago

I have 2 questions. I thoroughly power-washed the deck and then did it again with Restore-A-Deck Cleaner followed by Brightener to ensure it was ready for stain. I waited 24 hours for drying and then used TWP 1502 Redwood stain. 3 years ago I used the 1500 Redwood stain. So basically I used the same stain as before.

I did Wet on Wet application this time, just as before, and it has been 48 hours since complete. Thought it would have been dry by now, but, the deck is under shade trees mostly. I am seeing glossy/shinny areas and some slight puddles, indicating the stain may have been over applied (or maybe not fully dried). I saw one TWP comment to use Mineral Spirits to wipe up the puddled area to help solve the over applied problem. It sounded like the instructions were to dampen rags with mineral spirits to wipe up the excess stain. Is that correct?

Second question is that an unexpected light shower appears to be coming in the next hour, before I get a chance to wipe up excess stain. Will the rain cause major streaking problems, etc if the excess stain is not removed? Also, I will need to walk on the deck to get to the glossy areas, etc. Is that going to cause a problem?

Thanks much for your expert guidance.
Ron

 
Ross Henniger
2 months ago

Left over 1500 stain jellied in the pail(heat?) since used last fall. Stirring has mostly liquified it. Is there a thinner I can use or should I use it as is?

Mike
2 months ago

We are getting ready to stain our deck. We did the cleaner the finished the whitener on friday! It said we need to let the whitener dry 48 hours! On saturday it rained all day but Sunday it was warm and dry. Can we stain on monday, it will be 72 hours since whitener but will only be 24-36 hours since rain! Or do we need to wait till tuesday?
Thank you

Mike
2 months ago

I have a spruce log home, cedar posts on the porch and T111 siding as the porch ceiling. What would be the best choice or series for these three different types of wood?

 
rick manett
2 months ago

I have just finished my new garage. The exterior is rough sawed pine. The wood was milled just before construction so it is still damp. Should I stain it now before winter or wait until sometime in the spring. I also want to do my rough sawn cedar home in the spring after I wash and prep it, Will the cedar transparent color be a close match or should I go darker on the lighter color pine. Thanks for the help,Rick

Greg
2 months ago

Our deck was previously stained with a semi transparent Baer stain. The deck and railing top are both in need of full prep. The spindles look like new. My question is… do we need to also fully strip all the spindles as part of the prep process? If so, what’s the best way to strip the spindles?

Thank you

Ken Mock
3 months ago

Hi. I spilled some of the TWP 100 Pro Series Cedartone stain on a garage concrete (smooth) floor. Is there any way to remove it?

 
Robert G Woerheide
3 months ago

after using the stain all of the deck looks great except for one area of about 2 boards that looks wet and is tacky after almost 24 hrs. What can be done and what caused this?

romeplow
3 months ago

Just installed a solid mahogany exterior door sill/threshold and looking for something to protect it with. I’ve coated all sides of the threshold with a paintable/stainable copper naphthenate wood preservative which has dried for several weeks. Is there a TWP suitable for use on mahogany and if so which product do you recommend?

Thank you

Last edited 3 months ago by romeplow
romeplow
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

It’s not a door, it’s an exterior door threshold. The wood sill that you step on/over to enter a house

Last edited 3 months ago by romeplow
Dianne
3 months ago

I applied one coat of 1500 to my new redwood deck which was cleaned and brightened with Restor-A-Deck products 2 days before staining. Two days later, there are many sticky areas where I apparently didn’t wipe off sufficiently. I read that mineral spirits would knock it down, but didn’t work. Also, tried sanding those areas but am concerned that it’ll take the stain off unevenly. I didn’t do second coat when first was wet, so that might be a problem as well. Any suggestions? Will the thicker areas eventually dry? Thanks

Dianne
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

thanks for the quick reply!

Dianne
3 months ago
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Sorry – one additional question: I only applied one coat of the stain and see that the second one should be applied while the first one is wet. Can I still apply a second coat at sometime? How long do I have to apply it?

 
ANGELA WIGGINS
3 months ago

I have a 6yr old deck with old coatings of olympic elite semi transparent tinted stain. I have pressure washed the peeling areas but the covered part of the deck has stain that is pretty much intact still, can I use the TWP 100 directly over whats left?

John Cravanas
3 months ago

My employee spilled a can of TWP on my clients concrete driveway. How can I remove the product from concrete?

Tyson
3 months ago

100, 200, 1500, Semi-Solid Pro……do you have four different series of stains, or is 200 the same as the Semi-Solid Pro? It’s very confusing on this site/help site.
Also, can you mix say 100 and Semi-Solid 1/2 and 1/2? If so, what’s the advantage?

 
Spencer Reed
3 months ago

My contractor just finished staining our deck with the 1500 black walnut. He told me that he recommends not wiping off the excess stain so it can penetrate over time. He said in 3 months it will look even and the shinny areas will go away. Is this the case? What do you recommend?

Dan R
3 months ago

Stained a deck and porch floor with TWP 1500. It has been more than 1 week. The deck is dry and isn’t tacky, but it still has a strong smell of stain. The temperature was around 90 when it was applied.

Mike Novak
3 months ago

how to you use to clean the paint brush

 
Ryan C Rosette
3 months ago

use on teak wood?

Dan
4 months ago

Does TWP stain, 1500 series, expire?

Greg Dremak
4 months ago

My house is 7 years old with a wide board tongue and groove board softwood board on it. The original stain used is thin and scuff of easily. The house looks weathered and the wood needs to be sealed with a quality product, I am interested in maximum protection , I like the semi solid 1500 series idea ? My house is to nice to let the wood deteriorate any further, can i get your opinion.

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Greg Dremak
4 months ago
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I live in Brantford on. Canada we have harsh winters, I am only doing the house for know. The decks are pressure treated and look gray, I am afraid to pressure wash them as I always find they become porous after pressure washing and absorb contaminants twice as fast,

Greg Dremak
4 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Why only the 200 series

Greg Dremak
4 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

No thanks i only want a oil stain that penetrates the wood

HomeDecorator
3 months ago
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Amazon sells tpw1500 in canada

 
Maynor
4 months ago

Hi
I am working with twp stain is beautiful
Doing exterior restoration red wood
Brooklyn NY
Now my client want to re-stain his interior red wood in flat finish
Do you have a product for interior red wood re-finish ?
Thank you

Simon
4 months ago

Hi ,
Does it have some orange/red tone on the TWP 200 Cedartone?!
Thanks

Sue
4 months ago

Hi,

  1. How quickly do I need to use the cleaner and brightener once it’s mixed. Can I mix it and use part of it the next day?
  2. I live in a dry climate. Do I need to use cleaner solution to keep my fence panels moist or can I mist with water. I’ve seen both options in instructions I’ve read.

Thank you!

Sue
4 months ago
Reply to  Sue

Thank you. I live in a dry climate. Do I need to use cleaner solution to keep my fence panels moist or can I mist with water. I’ve seen both options in instructions I’ve read.

 
Jacqueline Heineman
4 months ago

My deck is pressure treated pine, it was built in 2017 but never stained or sealed. I just had it powerwashed. Do I need to do any other prep before staining?

James
4 months ago

Why can’t I find your stain color chart???? It should be the first place potential users are directed….

John Poelker
4 months ago

This was the first time using stain on deck that was built 2019. Have a few spots of overlap and it kind of stands out. Any suggestions to lighten or blend in.

 
Jeffrey J Fowler
4 months ago

Last summer I stripped and sanded my 900sq. foot cedar deck and applied TWP 100 Series in Honeytone…looks nice but starting to look a little faded. I still have some stain leftover, probably least for the majority of the deck. So what do I have to do to prep the deck for restaining???….would pressure washing simply be enough???

Jeffrey J Fowler
4 months ago
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Ok thanks!

Julie
4 months ago

I know the regular stripper/brightener is very toxic and fatal to animals that may live around the deck.
Is the eco-friendly stripper/brightener harmful to animals? Wild animals that live under and around the deck (squirrels, rabbits, birds, raccoons).?

How can you restain a deck that has TWP on it without hurting the wildlife and surrounding plants? My deck overhangs a steep slope of vegetation? I can water it all day and not ensure the plants are thoroughly wet for 20 minutes as the water just runs down the hill?

Julie
4 months ago
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No where on the packaging I received does it say eco-safe or biodegradable… the packaging is not the same as what you advertise on the website.
In fact, the product packaging says the opposite. Please tell me where I can see any information from the product/manufacturer that these items are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and safe to animals once dry.

Thank you.

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