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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Zilker Woods
22 days ago

I have 230 linear feet of 6′ high fence where the posts are pressure treated wood and the pickets are cedar. It has been 6 months since installation – I’m in Texas so they get a lot of sun. Bottom half of it gets water from the sprinkler system. At the moment, it has greyed a little and has water marks. The calculator shows I’ll need about 14 gallons of TWP 1500. Could you confirm the calculation and recommend the best way to go about staining the fence?

Philip Hughes
1 month ago

You mention not to wear black rubber soled shoes. How about crocs? Is the warning for rubber only? I would image most soles are some sort of synthetic material these days.

David Latch
1 month ago

Can I wear protective covering on my shoes when applying a 2nd coat of TWP 1501 or would the stain be sticky such that the shoe covers would stick to it?

David Latch
1 month ago
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Unfortunately, all my shoes have black bottoms.

 
Jerry
1 month ago

What moisture meter reading should I have to apply twp 1500? We’ve started to get morning dew that has left the deck moist in morning.

Lue Cervone
1 month ago

Can I apply first coat to a deck that has not completely dried after cleaning

Cheryl Maayan
2 months ago

We are about to stain a fence installed last spring and have 2 questions. Do you recommend the wet-on-wet method or is it just as good to let it dry between coats? Also, we have 17 fence panels that have 50 square feet on each side (totaling 1700 square feet of fence to stain.) For the two coats, how many gallons do we need to order?

 
Sam
2 months ago

What does the warranty Cover?

David
2 months ago

I had my deck pressure washed and re-stained with TWP 1500 after 2 years. He cleaned it well. 2 years ago I used the same TWP stain. It looks fantastic. I was just a little concerned as it appears he applied the floor boards a little heavy. They are NOT puddled but still real shiny whereas the rails are drying well . It has been about 20 hours since the floor boards were stained. The weather has been 57 in the am and 69 after 12pm. Tonight it will get down to 43 degrees then a high of 73 and in the 70’s the next few days with no rain for several days. Should I just give it another day or two to see it it dries before assuming it was applied to heavy on the floor?

David Roper-KY
2 months ago
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Thank You!!!!!

Bernie Meyer
2 months ago

I had some painters who painted my last house apply the TWP to my bare cedar deck. It had been somewhat weathered over the winter and I had applied a mold killer and then a stain remover, so it was quite clean. They only applied one coat, and it dried quickly because the weather was in the 80’s. I noticed some patches here and there where they must have left too much material or inadvertently painted over dried material that remains shiny. The whole deck is now thoroughly dry, including the shiny patches. They did not do wet on wet, which was probably good as the stain was drying so quickly. We were thinking of applying a second coat this coming weekend, but I am concerned that might only create a “skin” rather than soaking into the wood, which for this product, is a failure condition, as I understand it. The railings, on the other hand, are rough cut, so probably could absorb a second coat. How do you recommend we proceed at this point regarding the shiny patches and a second coat; and also when and how do you recommend we treat the deck going forward in the following seasons, given the conditions I mentioned.?

Bernie Meyer`
2 months ago
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Judith Ris
2 months ago

So new decking is ok to be left not stained into winter? Deck has been up for about a month. I noticed my flower pots leaving stains on new decking as planned to sand those off before my deck cleaner/ brightener and then 1500 stain. If we wait to stain then those pots will do even more damage. I will put trays under those pots now in hopes less wet / stain happens. If I sand the whole deck now will that take off that waxy layer and then allow me to stain now?

Judith Ris
2 months ago
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I sanded whole deck with 60-80 grit paper , did the cleaner and brightener , so once 48 hrs dry ok to stain it now? Rain forecast before that 48 hrs is done- do I need to just wait for 48 hrs after rain to apply stain? Hope I don’t have to redo cleaner and brightener!

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Rich
2 months ago

I have 3 gal in a a 5 gal pal and 2 gal unopened . The weather is starting 30s in the am and 50s in the pm. How long will the stain keep if I wait until next year?

Tony
2 months ago

So after the second coat of wet on wet procedure, how long of a wait before we take off excess stain?

 
Brandy Hills
2 months ago

I waited a year to stain my pressure treated, covered porch. The contractor at that time used a single, thin coat of TWP. That faded and the outer edges impacted by the elements were more affected then the inner part of the porch. There was no shine what so ever.

Now, a little over a year later a different contractor stained with TWP in the same color. He did one coat with a brush. Let that dry for a few days. Then came back and did a second coat. The porch is shiny like it was polyurethaned. Is this normal? I didn’t want it shiny at all. However roughly 3′ of the 8′ board is not shiny and it’s where the water hits it along the outside edge.
They are talking about a third coat once this dries. Is this a good idea? He also suggested we poly over it to even out the appearance & texture. I definitely don’t wish to do that. Please help!

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Brandy Hills
2 months ago
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What do you advise we do from here?

Kristy
2 months ago

Application for thirsty deck. Have a 18yr old neglected pine deck last stained 10yrs ago with water base. Replaced rotten boards 1.5 yrs ago…approx 1/4 of deck. Pressure washed and sanded deck with 36 grit belt sander with grain. Will be using Restore a deck stripper brightener. Wood is very thirsty and expands a good bit when it rains. Deck is now 2/3 covered and screened in not getting rain or sun. Humidity has dropped in this area to about 60%.
1. How long should I wait after the last rinse to apply stain? Weather permitting, I plan to stain a week after strip/brighten. Should I wait longer to let the wood dry out more?
2. Because it is a large deck, can I break up the staining process over 2 weekends? Should I be concerned that the moisture content will vary enough to create 2 different shades?
3. What is the best way to apply? Brush then brush, brush then pad? Pad/pad? Concerned thirsty wood may need heavier 2nd coat but don’t want to overapply.
Thanks

Joe
2 months ago

new trellis and arbor, out of redwood. It has been in the 100 degree sun now for about a month plus and sprinkled water to see if it beads….it doesnt. is it ready to be stained? i want to have it stained b4 cold weather and winter gets here. any advice? i want to go for dark colors closer to black semi solid

 
McKinney
2 months ago

7 year old deck. Treated pine. Waited recommended time before Ist staining. Used Behr castle gray semi-transparent which didn’t last a year and Behr solid for 2 subsequent stainings. Followed instructions re: temperature, etc. Not a good outcome. Last summer’s coat was peeling before Fall. Tired of sanding and reworking so often. Indiana weather. Should I use the Gemini prep kit before applying TWP semi-solid? And do I need to sand again before cleaning? Hopefully TWP will last longer on horizontal surfaces and allow me to get a few years in between stains.

McKinney
2 months ago
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Pics of deck

McKinney
2 months ago
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Here they are

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Shawn Anderson
2 months ago
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You recommend TWP 1500 for Indiana and not the semi-sold? My deck is weather but still has some Sherwin Williams semi-transparent left on it after three years.

Shawn Anderson
2 months ago
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How many coats would you recommend? My deck is 20 yrs old

John
2 months ago

Is there small samples of the 1515 honey tone to test for color so we can tell if we like it

Ken
2 months ago

Can I 2nd coat stain the next day

 
Rod Alford
3 months ago

Cans say wash with bleach. Is this true?
How long leave on deck . I have stripped the deck

Susan
3 months ago

We have cedar siding on our house. It is rough and absorbs the stain well, the siding has been up for 12+ months. We applied the 100 series last year. We sided the house ourselves so stained sections as we finished. We used the wet on wet application on the previous sides. Two sections of the house did not get stained last year because of weather. I used the cleaning and brightening products on your website for the unstained siding. We want to apply 4 applications to the siding that has no stain so it has the same amount as all the other sides we did last year (2 coats last year and 2 coats this year). Can we apply 2 coats wet on wet on the unstained portion; if the wood is thirsty and soaks it up and it feels “dry” to the touch can we go back and do another 2 coats wet on wet or do we need to wait a season or several days?

Charlie
3 months ago

I am trying to get this terrible textured paint off my deck. I’m using a 40 grit to chip away at it. I want to use the TWP semi-solid (a darker color). Should I still clean the deck after I have sanded it? And after I’m done, should I only use one coat since I used a 40 grit to get down to a clean board?

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Scott Nerowski
3 months ago

I sanded my deck with 80 grit will the stain absorb

Chris C
3 months ago

I have 1000 sf of deck, one level wraparound. two basic questions:

1) it’s taking me 3 years to get this deck to this point of prepping. It’s been stripped/pressure washed, sanded with rental sander which still left old finish. (I’m a 70 yr old lady, so the sander ran me around the deck.). In 2021, I hired an outfit that stripped, cleaned and spot sanded (supposedly). Still had old Behr finish so I fired them as they said it was good to stain despite my protests. Finally, this year, I got 2 guys to hand sand posts, bench and deck.50 hrs of labor later, it looks good, but even after all of that, there is still grey on some boards’ wood grain. At this point, the boards are absolutely smooth to touch, but I’m concerned about jumping to next stages of brightening and staining and throwing away all of the work done so far.

I’ve read that as long as water doesn’t bead up on grey areas in graining, it’s porous enough to accept stain. Done that test and water soaks right in. I now need to use brightener, before I stain, correct? If there is still some grey in grain, can I safely proceed?

2) Now weather is not cooperating. I can find 2 days of dry after staining in next two weeks, but getting five days total (2 before, 1 for staining, 2 after to dry) will be rough. It may be 1 1/2 days after stain before next round of overnight showers. Is 36+ hrs enough with temps in upper 70s, humidity around 60, and partly sunny?

I so want this to be over . . .  😟 

Tony
3 months ago

How long before I can put furniture back on the deck.

 
john
3 months ago

I applied 1500 yesterday but even no rain in forecast for next four days my luck it drizzled after one hour I finished I can still see water beads and some sections looks on even what would you suggest I should do

john
3 months ago

it is cedar clean and sanded like new

john
3 months ago

would second coat of pecan 1500 get darker

 
Bruce Powsner
3 months ago

I have a brand new rough sawn fence. Do I need to wait for it to weather before applying TWP 1500 clear or can i apply right away? Do I need 1 coat or 2 on a fence?

B K
3 months ago

What pressure do you spray tip clear pro series

Patrick Brady
4 months ago

I have a 5 Gallon Bucket of Cedar Semi-transparent Deck stain from last summer. I used about 4 gallons last year but when I opened it this year to stain another deck, about a 1 Inch thick film developed on the top of the stain. I punctured the film and used some of the stain below on some vertical rails but when I went to use it on the deck itself, the solidified stain would have made spraying impossible and using a roller problematical. is there some method such as sunlight or minimal heat to melt it. if not if I strain it out will the remaining liquid still be usable or did the solidified material contain some of the necessary chemicals for a horizontal deck stain with a long duration?

 
Sandra
4 months ago

I used the product without reading instructions and now it is dried but shiny. What can I do to fix it?

Sean
4 months ago

Cleaned deck 2 weeks ago. But now it’s graying already. Do I need to clean again before applying 100 pecan. I’m only home 2 days a week. Thanks

Adam
4 months ago

I’m planning to apply TWP 1500 to an outdoor table that I’m making – the wood is deodora cedar. I’ve sanded the wood to 240-grit, but I read above that anything higher than 60-80 grit and the product may not fully absorb. I’m hoping to keep the 240-grit sanding that I’ve completed, as I’d like a smoother surface than 60-80 grit for furniture. Is there an application method that is recommended for furniture sanded to a smoother grit?

 
Brenda Threehouse
4 months ago

Sorry if this is a repeat question but I couldn’t find it in the 100 FAQ’s I read. I thought somewhere on this site I read that you shouldn’t apply stain if rain is expected during the next “few days”. How long do you recommend? Should we hold off if rain is expected within the next 24, 36, or 48 hours? We did the restore-a-deck stripper & brightner and are ready to apply TWP 1500.
Thank you!

Michelle Donders
4 months ago

Can I add a second coat a week after the first coat was applied?

Marlene
4 months ago

I plan to use 1500 California Redwood on our log home. Our logs are 130 years old and are cypress. 30 years ago we put a clear coat of TWP on the logs. We have not put anything else on the logs since. The logs were grey and recently I power washed the logs and now they are a pretty honey brown. I did a sample on the logs in an area under the porch. The honey tone did the best job of not making the logs dark but I was told that honey tone did not offer much UV protection. I decided to go with California Redwood because I was told it offered more UV protection and it did not darken the logs too much as compared to Redwood and Cedar. If I just power wash the logs and then wait 48 hours and then apply the stain will that be okay or do I need to do additional cleaning products?

 
March Schweitzer
4 months ago

My screened porch is 12 x 16′ on a south facing, fairly shady side of the house; it gets some east/west sun in Wisconsin. The porch is about 15 years old and is now grey. Do you recommend that I use the 100 or 1,500 series and what combination of brightener? Do I need to strip it? Would you recommend power washing first? Food crumbs and dirt collect in the crevices between the boards. How much product do I need?

Mary
5 months ago

I’m an old lady. I can’t possibly prep and stain an 11 x 25 deck on the same day. Can I prep one day and stain a dry deck the next day? Also I cannot possibly remove my large Weber grill (on wheels) from the deck. So can I stain (with semi solid) half on one day, then move the grill to the stained part the next day and finish the rest?

Mary
5 months ago
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any suggestions on that grill on wheels?

Yves
5 months ago

Does this wet on wet application is necessary also for TWP 200? I have a 5 year old deck that will get stripped and brightened before staining.

 
Jeff Johnson
5 months ago

I have a new 1500 square foot pool deck with AC2 boards. Do I put one or two coats on. How many square feet should the average new deck absorb on first application.

matthew
5 months ago

Having a hard time finding this answer. i need a second coat in some areas, mainly around knots that seem to have soaked in quickly. I understand the wet on wet approach which i did but probably not enough – so my question is why can i not hit a second light coat over some areas where i can wipe off & blend it together ?

Di Day
5 months ago

We have a very large single level deck. It will take us longer than 40 minutes to finish it before we can get back to apply the second coat. How much time can expire before applying the second coat? We are using the 1500 series.

 
Deanna Croucher
5 months ago

Can you apply oil-based poly over TWP 1500 Series stain?

Bill
5 months ago

I live in Ohio under a canopy of trees and next to an ever flowing creek year round. What is the best product 100 or 1500?

Bill Palmer
5 months ago
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Is that because of the moisture and will two coats last 3 years? Thanks.

B. Griller
6 months ago

I have a 12 x 16 deck with railing. It will take several days due to weather to complete. How is it possible to do wet on wet,unless i do in sections. Also how to apply a continous stroke on a 12 ft board, more product at beginnng of stroke,less at end of stroke? Thank you

Last edited 6 months ago by B. Griller
B. Griller
5 months ago
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Im using brush, but open to better suggestion. Took me 3 hrs to brush a 6ft section of railing would it be better to spray or roll on horizontal deck section thank you

 
Ron
6 months ago

How long after using the brighter should you wait to apply stain 1500? Also my deck is 2 yrs old and never stained or painted how many coats of stain, I will be sanding it with 60 or 80 grit paper.

Timothy Cowsert
6 months ago

Can TWP be applied in direct sunlight?

Sammy M
6 months ago
  • In the TWP Staining Tips, it says “In most cases, a second coat only needs to be applied to horizontals as the verticals will last twice as long.” But in one of your replies regarding rough cut wood in fences, you recommended 2 coats wet on wet. Which one should I follow?
  • My fence has 5 feet of vertical red wood boards that are rough cut. But not sure about 2×4’s in the framing. Also, on the top portion of the fence is an open lattice. That wood does not look as rough. Can you please look at the attached photo and advise whether I should do 2 coats on all of it or only the vertical boards?
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JCD
6 months ago

Our contractor must have had black shoes because after staining this morning I got home and we have lots of footprints on the newly stained deck! How can I get them off? (BTW, they said the product was great!)
Many thanks!

randall franks
6 months ago

Can application be sprayed for both the 1st and 2nd coat?

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