Official Help Site for TWPStain.com

by TWP Help

Last Updated on January 30, 2023 by TWP Help

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TWP Wood and Deck Stain Update for 2024

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 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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Chris Woodring
9 hours ago

How long can I expect 100 series stain to last on treated deck wood before requiring a follow-up application? In Kentucky-high humidity, freezing, sun exposure? Yearly application?

Brian M
1 day ago

Hello. Have a cedar deck with TWP 1500 Honeytone. Last Staining was June 2021 and I am looking for advice… I want to try the TWP Semi Solid this spring. My question is can I use the deck restore (stripper/brightener) before applying the Semi Solid or do I have to sand the whole deck. Thanks,

Brian M
1 day ago
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trying to post a picture but it won’t let me

Brian M
1 day ago
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ok, thanks.. i’ve finally figured out how to upload pics.. So If i only need the Rad Stripper and Brightner kit, when do you suggest sanding? As you see in the pics, I have no peeling , just fading.. I am thinking using a little bit darker color other than the Honeytone… I’m thinking the stripper will remove the old color correct?

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Brian M
1 day ago
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ok, that makes sense. Quick question, you recommend the RAD Stripper, but the info on the RAD stripper says you don’t need if you currently have a Semi Transparent on the wood currently… This is what I read… Note: R-A-D™ PaintStrip is not needed to remove penetrating exterior deck and wood stains that are Transparent, Semi-Transparent, or Semi-Solid in appearance. To remove these deck and wood stain types, use the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper.

With that said, can you clarify.. thanks again!

Scott
3 days ago

Stain not drying after 2 days, almost dry but still wet to touch, has been over 50.degrees

 
Jeff
4 days ago

What prep is recommended when applying TWP 100 over 3 yr old Cabot Timber Oil on PTP.

Dennis Eimers
9 days ago

I have approximately 250 Sq Ft of cedar siding on a pool patio that is 3 years old and shows significant fading/graying from intense UV rays of Las Vegas Nevada. My helper intends to sand down the wood to prep for the new stain. I need advice as to which TWP series offers the best UV protection for this area. I thought the 200 series had the highest solid concentration and that was the indicator for the best UV protection, but my assumptions may be incorrect. Help me choose the best TWP stain for the job. Thank you.

Don Anderson
20 days ago

In 2020 I constructed a pavilion made of eastern pine. We stained it with TWP stain but now it is starting to fade so I need to reapply the stain. What preparation do I need to perform before restaining? I cannot find a help article covering this.

 
Marc
28 days ago

I am staining a deck with TWP 100 in dark oak. The floor is stripped and ready, but the railing still has remnants of a semi-transparent Proluxe one coat latex stain (also dark oak). Does the old coating need to be stripped to bare wood on the railing or should it be okay? I am wondering if it might hold up since it’s railing and not floor.

Ron Russo
1 month ago

I am staining a very large cedar deck that includes old stained deck and railings as well as approximately 30 percent of new deck boards. I want stain that penetrates (no solid) but will give me the most uniformity since I have old and new boards. Which stain would you recommend? Thanks.

Chad
1 month ago

Hello. I have questions regarding two projects. The first project is a new cedar deck. The deck is complete and has been exposed to the elements for approximately 6 months. I will use the cleaner and brightener. My question is whether we should use the wet-on-wet approach? If not, should we apply another coat after 12 months? I’m also wondering if we should use 1500 vs. 100? The second project is a cedar fence we stained approximately one year ago. We used TWP 1500 (rustic) and used the wet-on-wet approach. We found the color to be too red and would like to darken it. I believe we could use a darker TWP color (ex. walnut). Since we used wet-on-wet a year ago, can we add another coat this year or should we wait? I should mention we live in Wisconsin and our deck is south facing. Thanks, Chad

 
Patty Conti
2 months ago

My contractor built my deck and stained it with TWP stain (which I have used before and love). The wood had been kiln dried. The stain didn’t really penetrate and peeled off in spots during the first year. Do I need to strip it completely off? (Which products do I need?) And if so, do I need to wait a period of time before re-staining? I assume the wood would be seasoned at this point, 2 years later?

Becky King
2 months ago

Hi there.
Got my product (cleaner/brightener/stain) last Friday, 3/8/24. So the stain has been sitting for over a week, and they are planning on staining the deck tomorrow. Question… should I take it to Lowe’s to get it shaken, since it has sat for a while? Also, I read somewhere not to stain if the low is freezing or below… it’s supposed to get down to 23 tonight with a hard freeze expected, so will the deck be too wet from that freeze to stain? If not, it’s supposed to be 37 tomorrow night, but if they miss the forecast by a few degrees, is that going to hurt it?
Thanks.

Becky King
2 months ago
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Okay, thanks… what about from the freeze tonight? If the deck is wet from that, don’t stain?

Danielle Smith
4 months ago

Hello – I have read that borate products are effective at killing organisms that cause wood rot. Can I treat my new wood beam with a borate solution ( such as peneshield) ) before applying TWP 100 series stain?

 
Edward Farnsworth
4 months ago

Can I apply 100 series dark walnut over 100 series cedar tone for a darker look

Anne
7 months ago

How do I prep new wood for twp 100?

Cabrina
7 months ago

I applied TWP stain a couple years ago but can’t remember what series I used. I am planning on resealing now. Does it matter what series I recoat with? I assume I use the restore and brightener before but do I need to do any other prep?

 
Bill Jackson
7 months ago

I have cedar siding on my home & have used TWP-101 for many years. In the past I’ve always power washed with a phosphate additive cleaner, but think it’s time to use your Cleaner or Stripper & Brightener to get a newer look before staining again.

Can the Cleaner or Stripper & Brightener be applied with a “soft” pressure washer spray? Endwalls are 16 ft. high.

Jason Hooper
7 months ago

My log home was stained in 2000, the owner told me he used TWP. I plan to remove the old stain and reapply with a new TWP stain what is the best product to remove the old stain? The current stain is a solid stain.

Jason Hooper
7 months ago
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i have attached a picture

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Kevin
7 months ago

I hired someone to stain my deck with 101. I believe he either applied too thick or the 2nd coat too late. It was hours after the 1st coat that looked rather dry. Now there are wet spots and most everywhere is still sticky 24 hours later. The temperature dropped to 45 over night but it’s been in the 70’s during the day. How easiest to get rid of the stickiness? Options would be appreciated!

 
AG Radhakrishnan
7 months ago

What happens if we stain the deck when the temperature is 50 (+/- 2) and feel like between 35 and 40 especially in the night time?

AG Radhakrishnan
7 months ago

Complete deck is sanded using 60 (outside)-80 (interior railing)-100(decking) grit sand paper and cleaned using Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener. I opened a 5 gallon stain on Oct 2nd and used just less than a gallon to finish staining the railings alone. I could see that the temperature forecast drops below 50 degree for rest of the reason. So, wondering about the following and appreciate your advise.

  1. Can I continue with rest of staining work after the winter in June next year (2024)?
  2. Since the original can is opened for 4th day (just placed the lid on top but not air tight), will that be a problem to use the stain again in June next year?
  3. What should I do with the opened stain can? (I am having a new 5 gallon Home depot plastic bucket with air tight lid)
  4. Can I leave the unstained decking & steps (horizontal) exposed to harsh Minnesota weather?
  5. What preparation needed before staining it again?
  6. Can I re-stain the railing again in 8 months?
Pete
7 months ago

What do you recommend regarding minimum outdoor temperatures for application? And can one add a solvent or other additive to increase penetrating action?

 
Gemma Colford
8 months ago

Can the stain color be changed? after it has been stored for a few years is it still good to use?

Mac webb
8 months ago

How many hours after cleaning Cedar fence can I top coat
Also how would the prospects of rain factor in to delaying staining

Ron
8 months ago

What’s the difference between the 1500 Twp and the 100 series twp

 
Jeannie Harris
8 months ago

I want to refresh a bench I have already used TWP on about 2 years ago. I cleaned it but do I need to sand it before putting another coat of TWP just to freshen up the bench?

ROLAND BOURQUE
8 months ago

DO YOU SHIP TWP STAINS TO MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE OR NH ??

ROLAND BOURQUE
8 months ago

CAN TWP STAINS BE SHIPPED TO MASSACHUSETTS OR MAINE? CAN YOU PUT TWP
STAINS OVER ALREADY PAINTED A WOOD DECK WITH SEMI-TRANS STAIN ON IT ?

 
steve hansen
8 months ago

Yesterday I stained deck wet on wet and it turned out beautiful, 16 hours later we had rain that wasn’t in forecast, so went out blew deck off and now there is water spots everywhere. Is there a fix to clean or am I just screwed til next year.

steve hansen
8 months ago
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OK the spots went away, what a relief, little more rain this morning and hoping to get same results. Deck looks amazing, love the stain.

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Sondra Stever
8 months ago

We have new, rough sawn Western Cedar pavilion, that needs approximately 800 square feet wood stain coverage. Not sure if we will use semi-solid stain, or TWP 100 Cedartone yet. Can you please advise how much stain we would need for both options? We live in Pacific Northwest (Seattle area). It is my understanding that since rough sawn we don’t need to let wood age at all. Is that correct? Also, this is technically outdoor space, but the rafters and tongue and groove of the ceiling will not get wet or see direct sunlight. Is it still necessary to stain that area, or can it just remain untreated? If left untreated, that would take our square footage down to 600.

Sondra Stever
8 months ago
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Thank for that information. You suggested going with the 100 series. Is that a better option than the semi-solid? We just haven’t quite decided what look we want based on the rest of the yard/decking etc. Should we avoid the semi-solid for some reason? We used the 100 series Cedartone on the fencing and we absolutely love it. We are just looking for some contrast potentially with the pavilion. Does the semi-solid cover the same way as the 100 series, or does it require more stain per square foot?

roge rprisbe
8 months ago

I have been using twp501-1 cedartone.
what do I use now??
Thanks Roger Prisbe

 
Quin Kinler
8 months ago

Is it possible to get small sample of 2 or 3 colors for the 1500.

Rose
8 months ago

Here is an additional photo of the deck.

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Rose
8 months ago

We had work done on our log cabin; log repair, glass blasting and staining. While blasting, the crew failed to properly protect one area on our deck and roughed the surface necessitating reapplying TWP 102 Redwood series 100 deck stain. The decks were last stained with TWP in August, 2022. They buffed and pressure washed the decks and applied a new coat of TWP, wiping excess stain after allowing for penetration. They did not allow even 24 hours of cure time before sanding logs on the cabin, causing drift of sawdust onto the deck surface which they then tried rinsing off. This left areas of sawdust imbedded on the surface and in between the deck boards. It was left to dry that way over a weekend. To try to remedy this, they wiped down the entire deck surface with paint thinner. They did not remove the excess stain deposits between the boards and I have some shiny spots where the excess stain was not properly wiped away. I would like to remove the dried deposits between the deck boards because surface water cannot drain down between them. Not sure if wiping the surface with thinner is adequate for reapplication or if I need to totally strip the decks and begin the process as if it was a first-time application of TWP. Your recommendations? I’m atraching pictures for your reference.

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April
9 months ago

Do I need to sand my new deck before staining it? Also should I apply the Gemini restore a deck kit before I stain? (New pressure treated lumber)

Kat
9 months ago

Can I use two wood protector over twp wood preservative?

Linda Smith
9 months ago

Shelf life of 5 gallon 1500 series? The label says 2019, is this still good if stored properly?

 
Blake Cooper
9 months ago

TWP Cedar mulch needed

ROLAND BOURQUE
9 months ago

WHAT TPW SEMI TRANS CAN BE SHIPED TO MAINE ?

Kim
9 months ago

Do you provide or sell color samples for the 1500 series semi transparent stain.

 
Samantha Darling
9 months ago

I stained my deck last night, 2 coats wet on wet, TWP 1516. I think it could use a 3rd coat. Is that permissible? Also, I need to order more stain. If I can do a 3rd coat, will waiting a week be a problem?

Brad
9 months ago

I recently started to refurbish an old deck. Some boards were OK , some I flipped, and some had to be replaced with treated 2×6’s. What is the best way to get stain to match on the different substrates? I have stripped the old stain , oxilic acid neutralized/brightened , and sanded the deck. I plan to brighten one more time immediately before staining. I will allow two days dry time before staining.

Marlene Zeiler
9 months ago

Hello. I am using rough sawn Eastern Red Cedar boards for my deck. The wood has been air drying for 10 months in a garage. The boards were installed yesterday. They were stained yesterday with 1500 Red Cedar stain. We finished staining them at 5:00 pm. We did 2 coats of wet on wet 25 minutes apart. This morning we are seeing a white film on the boards. It was humid this morning. The humidity was 97% at 9:00 am this morning. Is this a problem?

 
Don
9 months ago

I have a 3 year old pine deck that has been stripped and will be brightened. I intend on sanding the deck. What grit is okay for 1500? Also, what if it takes longer than 60 minutes for a coat? Should I let it dry before second coat?

Don
9 months ago
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What I’m saying about the coat is the TWP second coat. It says to apply while it’s wet a second coat. Should I keep my areas small enough that I can do two coats without it drying? Or is it okay for it to dry and then apply the second coat?

Michael Feldman
9 months ago

I would like to test a sample of the semi-solid stain in weathered cedar,, is this possible? and why doesnt chace building supply carry this product or show interest in it,, they seem to also be pushing semi solid by benjamin moore.

Sam Haag
9 months ago

Powerwashed Deck then waited 48 hrs to Stain deck , been mid 80’s temp wise. The boards seem to have softened and when I set heavy things on deck it making marks as if the stain isn’t dry but it is dry and not sticky.

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debbiew
9 months ago

How many square feet does 1 gallon of semi-solid stain cover? Is this info on the website?

dthefox
9 months ago

Using TWP 1502

dthefox
9 months ago

1000 sq ft redwood deck.

I have purchased two 5 gallon containers due to size of deck.
I have two different lot numbers due to purchasing at different times.

Will the resulting color be that much different if I do not mix the two cans? Seems like a difficult process due to size and weight of cans.

Thanks.

 
Paul Lynn
9 months ago

Do you recommend a water sealer after applying your TWP® 100 Pro-Series

David
9 months ago

How long will the 1500 stain stay usable if stored?
I have a deck with upright lattice, I’ll be staining the lattice this year, then replacing the decking boards and let them season over the winter and plan to stain next April or May. If I buy a 5 gallon drum, only use 1 or 2 gallons on the lattice, will the remaining stain remain effective and keep color consistency after 7-8 months?
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