TWP Stain Wet on Wet Application

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Last Updated on April 11, 2022 by TWP Help

TWP with Wet on Wet Application Tips

TWP 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 or to recently sanded wood that was sanded finer than 60-80 grit as the TWP stain may not be able to fully absorb into the wood.
  • 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. Do not wear shoes that have black soft rubber soles. The TWP can “soften” these soles, leaving black residue marks on your deck if you step in the stain.
  • TWP Wood Stains can be applied with a stain pad, brush, roller, or sprayer.

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Tony Augy
1 day ago

Had TWP101 applied to my deck and gazebo in July 2021. This year after proper cleaning and prep they applied TWP 1501. I have pictures and the colors are NOT the same. The product from 2021 has more orange-red in it.

NOT happy at all with the oily brown look of TWP1501. So am i just stuck? Can I apply a second coat of a different TWP 1500 color over this? or is it back to square 1, powerwash and start over.

Andrew Robertson
4 days ago

Roller or Sprayer? I have 2000 sf of rough redwood fence about one year since install. Is one of these – roller or sprayer – materially better way to go? Thanks!.

Raymond
6 days ago

I have a PT SYP deck, unfinished, installed 11 mos ago. Should I do 1 coat or 2? And what prep should be done? Can I just pressure wash?

 
Bill Freeman
28 days ago

I stained my deck using the wet on wet approach. The deck was last stained 4 yrs ago, and I prep’d by using a deck wash followed by power washing. Unfortunately, I was too liberal with the first coat so the second coat did not get absorbed fully. After 48 hrs and dry conditions, there are several areas that are glossy and clearly still tacky. My bad. What is the best way to remedy this situation? Many thanks for your help!

Ron
1 month ago

What size tip is recommended for 1500 series for an airless sprayer

Lynn
1 month ago

Can TWP 100 Series stain be use on Teak decking.

Lynn
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks, is it OK to add extra Mildewcide to the stain for extra protection.

 
Scott
1 month ago

It’s been 4-5 years since we stained our deck. I pressure washed it first. I found I had about a gallon left in the old 5 gallon bucket. (TWP 202 Redwood 5-Gallons UPC #44575 20205) I mixed it as well as I could and rolled a portion of the deck. It looked oily and transparent during application I assume because the solids would not dissolve. It appears it won’t dry. I took some towels and wiped off areas where the excess oil seemed to not penetrate. I just received three 1-gallon containers of the same material. Do I just apply it to the deck as is or is the old stain going to give me a problem?

Scott
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Help

How do I remove the bad stain?

Lewis
2 months ago

Getting ready to restrain deck using TWP 100 dark oak and I have an area that is darker than the rest as it was covered by furniture. How to I address this without stripping? I have already cleaned and brightened the area with a power washer twice.

Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Help

What about sanding it a touch to lighten it up?

Sam miller
2 months ago

I applied first coat and didn’t get to apply second coat to part of area. Can I add second coat after dry?

 
Randi
2 months ago

We stripped, brightened and stained (cedar tone 100 series) our deck 3 years ago. We cleansed and brightened 2 years ago. Most of it held up well but there are some sections where the stain is no longer present. Should we clean, brighten, and stain this year or do we need to use a stripper?

Randi
2 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Here are the pics you requested

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Randi
1 month ago
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Here is the pic you requested

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Helen
2 months ago

Hello – Can two coats of TWP stain be applied to newly installed KDAT pine flooring? The wood is kiln dried and should be stained/sealed right away. Wondering if its OK to do 2 coats (wet on wet) for newly installed KDAT – or only 1 coat? Also, where can someone buy 205 California Cedar in Georgia (Sandy Springs or nearby area). I see that ACE sell some TWP stain colors and looks like they do not sell 205 California Cedar. Thank you.

Brian
3 months ago

Can TWP1500 be used on wood patio furniture? Does it fully dry so it can be used on furniture?

 
DJ Bybee
4 months ago

I stained our new deck 3 years ago with TWP 1515 Honeytone. I’m going to stain it again this year. I will be doing the Gemini restorer and brightener. Should I count on doing another “wet on wet” application? Or do you think I could just get by with a single coat? Thanks.

Janis
4 months ago

What sq ft coverage per 5 gal with semi solid stain

Ron
7 months ago

What does “wet on wet” mean?

 
Bill Jackson
8 months ago

350 sq.ft. deck, old wood, stripped, brightened, how much TWP 101 do I need for wet-on-wet. Also, which do you find to be better wide stain brush or stain pad?

Bill Jackson
8 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Thanks. Is minimum 50 degree temperature for TWP-101 application air or surface temp.?

Bill Jackson
7 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Any other weather related precautions like freeze or rain before application?

Bill Jackson
7 months ago
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TWP-101 turning out nice! Today is Friday around 70 degrees, supposed to have 31-32 degrees Sun morning (6-7am) for a couple of hours. Can we stain through 5pm Sat.or need do what we are able to today (Fri) & finish next week when no freezing expected?

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Bill Jackson
7 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Freezing temp 31-32 degrees for Sun morning, today is Fri…any stain concerns?

Eugene
8 months ago

I do not have a pair of shoes that I want to dispose of after walking through the stain. Will these disposable shoe guards suffice?

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Eugene
8 months ago

I will be applying 1500 with a brush. After taping off so that I can cut in along the vinyl siding, do I go ahead and apply both coats for those areas first and then do the remaining horizontal boards? If I feather the edges of the cut ins in front of the patio doors will that be enough to prevent dark lines?

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Helen Close
8 months ago

Does it matter if the low temp goes below 45F after TWP 100 has been applied?

Helen Close
8 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Can you please give the precise instructions regarding what the temperature and moisture levels need to be to apply TWP 100 stain?

Lou Medina
8 months ago

Hi,
My contractor applied the second (wet on wet) coat for 1500 and did not wipe off any build up or puddling after as he assumed it would absorb and dry. It has be a few days and there is a lot of the build up still on the deck and now it is sticky and not dry. Any suggestions on what I can do to clean or get those areas to dry?

Mike Kraling
8 months ago

Have a cedar deck that was installed two years ago. Cleaned a year ago, but left deck looking like it had a beard. Shoveling over the winter removed the beard and have now cleaned the deck a second time. Do I do this wet on wet method, or put a coat on now and do a second coat next spring? The deck is 24 ft. by 24 ft. So I assume I will have to do sections if I have to do the wet on wet method.

 
Ramesh
9 months ago

We have a newly installed redwood fence in Northern California (Bay Area). Is it ok to stain it with a single coat of TWP 1500 series in about 2 weeks OR should we wait for 4-12 months before we stain for the first time? It wasn’t clear if the TWP recommendation of waiting 4-12 months was for smooth decks only OR also for somewhat rough fences.

Ramesh
9 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

It is rough sawn. Please see attached pictures. Should we sand it first before we stain it? If yes, please suggest grit.

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Ramesh
9 months ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Great, thanks. To confirm, we will use the Gemini Kit first and then apply only 1 coat of the TWP 1500 series. We will do this in a couple of weeks (without waiting for the wood to weather for a few months).

Jay
9 months ago

We have a deck that was installed 12 months ago-decking is Outdoor wood. 1)Do we need to strip and brighten? If so how soon after Brightening can Stain be applied?
2) do we apply one or two coats?

Mark
10 months ago

I applied Semi-solid Pro Cabin Fever according to the directions with two coats wet on wet on a 30 year old deck that was sanded with 60 grit . After seven days the deck still feels tacky. The deck was tented to be moisture free 3 days prior to applying the stain and 3 day after. My question is will it dry eventually dry?
I would also recommend that you update your instruction to clearly state the staining requirements for a sanded deck, not have to hunt thru the comments.

 
Les
10 months ago

Cedar Deck is near 10 years old, last finished with Australian Timber Oil 2 years ago.
Deck is over 1000 sq ft.
I’m in Minnesota, so TWP 100 is OK. Price difference between 100 and 1500 does not concern me.
At 78 yrs-old refinishing a chore for me. I’m hoping next finish will last longer than other finishes.
If I need 2 coats of TWP 100 how many gallons do I need ?
Previous color has been transparent Cedar. Deck gets lots of sun. Will a Darker stain last longer than Cedar tone ? Perhaps a color to go with Driftwood Roof or Tope/Light Brown house trim ?
The 1500 seems easier to apply, but I want the BEST and LONGEST lasting.
How long will I need RAIN FREE conditions ?

Please, your recomendations.

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Zain
10 months ago

I’ve sanded our deck to bare wood using 80 grit paper two months ago. Since then, I’ve measured a few days of 113F on the deck surface and we’ve also had intermittent rain showers. In some place on this site, I’ve read one coat is advised, but two coats if sanded with no finder than 60-80 grit. Which is advised when applying RAD brightener followed by 1500 black walnut? I’m also staining the garage door with the same product. Because it’s a vertical surface, is one coat all that is recommended? Thanks.

Tim Wood
10 months ago

I live in Austin, TX and have a wrap around porch about 600 sq. feet. The porch is 30 years old and still in good condition (mostly) as it is covered. Mold and mildew are not a problem. I am sanding off the prior SuperDeck semi-solid stain and only going to 80 grit. I would like to keep to a transparent or semi-transparent stain and reapply every year or two rather than have to completely sand the porch again. A few questions:

  • Would you recommend the 100 series or the 1500 series?
  • Since it has been sanded, do I need to use the cleaner and brightener or just the brightener?
  • I already have some brightener from a big box store, do I need to use yours?
  • Should I plan on 2 coats (wet on wet) or will 1 coat suffice?
  • I have to repair some rot where there was wood to wood contact from railing posts using epoxy or some other wood repair product. Is there any particular product that your stain might be somewhat compatible with? It’s mostly in unobtrusive areas so it doesn’t need to be perfect
 
Dave Mayer
10 months ago

I live in the Seattle area. Finding a weather window where it doesn’t rain for 48 hours so the deck can dry before I stain, followed by another 48 hours after I stain so the stain can dry is proving to be very difficult.

I used the RAD stripper and brightener yesterday. Today it rained even though there was no rain in the forecast. I presume I now need to let my deck dry for 48 hours after the rain has stopped before applying the TWP 103 Dark Oak stain. Is that correct? Can I stain sooner than 48 hours if the wood moisture content falls below 15-20%?

misty hampton
11 months ago

My decking has only “seasoned” for about 5-7 months. Should I only apply one coat of stain? If so, should I apply 2 coats next year?

Mike
11 months ago

Here are some pics of my log cabin. It has not been treated in at least 12 years. can you please walk me through the steps to clean and then stain and seal the logs?

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Mary Jane Smith
11 months ago

1. Which product for cedar shingle siding
2. How many sq ft does one gal cover
3. Are two coats of stain recommended
4. Is second coast applied over wet first coat
5. is brush or roller used?

Jennifer
11 months ago

When doing the wet on wet application… what if all of the second coat doesn’t soak in? How do you get back on the deck to wipe off excess is my question.

Cheri
11 months ago

I am ready to stain this morning but the railings are damp from dew. Is it ok to go ahead and start or should I wait until they dry?

Thank you!

 
Cheri
11 months ago

I prepped my previously TWP stained deck by cleaning and brightening. It then rained for two days.

Because of having to wait at least 48 hours after raining and my work schedule, it will be 9 days between brightening and when I can stain.

Is this ok?

mike
11 months ago

I need to apply this to an older log cabin that has not been treated in at least 12 years. Do I need to prep it in ay way other than cleaning with TSP prior to applying the 1500 series stain? Should I use the “wet on wet” method?

Mike
11 months ago
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Here are some pics. Thank you for your help.

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Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  mike

Here is a pic. I have more but having trouble getting them to load. Thank you for your help

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Samantha
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Hey Mike! Do you have any after photos and any tips on what you did and how it worked for you?

Barbara Walsh
11 months ago

I’m using 1502, can I apply one coat today and the next coat tomorrow?

 
Jeff
11 months ago

Do I need to take 1 yr old unopened twp stain to the paint store & have shaken or shake & stir myself before using

Jackie
11 months ago

Hi. My redwood deck is two years old and was stained once. After prepping the wood with Restoration kit, I am ready to restrain the deck. your customers support told me deck that’s is less than 5 years old is considered new wood and should only apply one coat of stain. However the instructions on this page says wet on wet on woods that are older than 12 months old. Can you clarify please?

Erica in Milwaukee, WI
1 year ago

Just a follow up- do we HAVE TO sand first or can we skip that?

 
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