TWP Wood Deck Stain Longevity

How long a wood stain will last depends on many different factors. Type of wood, age of wood, and climate are a few determining factors. Maybe not as obvious are wood prep prior to application and even the application itself. All these factors can effect the longevity of a wood stain. 

But for the sake of this article, lets assume that TWP Stain has been applied correctly on wood that has been cleaned properly using a good wood cleaning product. On less dense wood like cedar or pressure treated pine, you can expect TWP to last for 2-3 years before needing some attention. TWP stain on horizontal areas like a deck floor will wear faster than a vertical surface like deck spindles or a fence. 

At the 2-year mark you can expect TWP Stain to still have excellent UV graying prevention abilities. TWP will not darken like other oil based stains but will actually lighten up a little after a couple of years giving the wood a more natural look. TWP is one of the best stains available at preventing mold and mildew so there should be no issues of nasty mold spores even after several years.

Due to TWP Stain’s excellent penetrating characteristics it is not prone to peeling, cracking or flaking like film forming stains. This reduces the chance of wear at the surface. One of the most desirable traits of TWP stain is that it is easy to maintain. Depending on how long TWP lasts, you will want to lightly clean the wood surface and apply a maintenance coat of TWP to revitalize your exterior wood surface. This is recommended every 2-3 years or as needed. As stated before, the horizontal surfaces will wear quicker than the verticals.

To help your TWP Stain last longer follow these staining tips. Always clean the wood surface properly using a quality wood cleaning kit like Gemini Restore A Deck. Apply TWP stain as suggested by the manufacturer. Do not apply in direct sunlight or on a very hot day. Be sure not to over apply. Only apply has much stain as the wood will absorb. Wipe away any excess stain. Keep up with staining maintenance. Clean and recoat every few years or as needed. This will ensure that TWP Stain provides a long lasting protective finish.

 

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    TWP Stains · 09/30/2017
    Koop:
    What is the recommended cleaner to use before applying a maintenance coat of TWP stain. I have fading, mostly on the main deck surface and top of the rails. The cleaner I used last time, the Restore-a-deck product, seemed to take too much of the original stain/color out of the wood, and it was like staining the deck anew. I'm just looking to clean the deck and remove mildew before applying a maintenance coat.

    Best to use the same cleaner but you can use it at 2-3 oz of powder per gallon of water so it is less aggressive.
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    Koop · 09/29/2017
    What is the recommended cleaner to use before applying a maintenance coat of TWP stain. I have fading, mostly on the main deck surface and top of the rails. The cleaner I used last time, the Restore-a-deck product, seemed to take too much of the original stain/color out of the wood, and it was like staining the deck anew. I'm just looking to clean the deck and remove mildew before applying a maintenance coat.
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    TWP Stains · 06/01/2016
    Mark Yondola:
    I applied TWP 1500 series stain last weekend and now I notice that a few areas are lighter than others. What prep is necessary before applying another coat to the lighter areas?
    How much time should I wait?
    Do I need to sand or just clean with soap and water?

    Thanks

    It will not take another coat well now. Best to leave as is until Fall, lightly wash to remove dirt, and apply a very light coat to the entire deck then.
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    Mark Yondola · 06/01/2016
    I applied TWP 1500 series stain last weekend and now I notice that a few areas are lighter than others. What prep is necessary before applying another coat to the lighter areas?
    How much time should I wait?
    Do I need to sand or just clean with soap and water?

    Thanks
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    TWP Stains · 02/23/2016
    Jill Brooks:
    I stained the outside of a cedar sided cabin with twp 100 series last summer (2015). The cabin needed it. When could it be stained again? Would it be too soon this summer?

    Typically siding needs to be redone every 3-6 years. You can do it if needed but no reason too if it still looks good.
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    Jill Brooks · 02/22/2016
    I stained the outside of a cedar sided cabin with twp 100 series last summer (2015). The cabin needed it. When could it be stained again? Would it be too soon this summer?
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    TWP Stains · 06/07/2015
    Cal:
    I applied twp stain last year and this year there are a few places where the stain is gone down to the original cedar. Will a re coat cover this or do I have to strip the stain down and start over. Our new dog urinated on the deck over the winter so I am not sure if this contributed to the loss of stain.

    You can use the Gemini Restore Kit. Yes the dog urine can create this issue.
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    Cal · 06/05/2015
    I applied twp stain last year and this year there are a few places where the stain is gone down to the original cedar. Will a re coat cover this or do I have to strip the stain down and start over. Our new dog urinated on the deck over the winter so I am not sure if this contributed to the loss of stain.
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    TWP Stains · 05/25/2015
    Markus:
    I recently stained our new rough cut cedar beams with 1 part Dark Oak and 2 parts Pecan. It turned out great, but would like to darken them a bit more. How long should I wait until adding a new darker coat ( 1 to 1 ratio) ? I assume the only prep that will be needed is a gently wash with soap and water ?

    Thanks,

    Mike

    Wait 6-12 months then lightly clean to remove and dirt.
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    Markus · 05/25/2015
    I recently stained our new rough cut cedar beams with 1 part Dark Oak and 2 parts Pecan. It turned out great, but would like to darken them a bit more. How long should I wait until adding a new darker coat ( 1 to 1 ratio) ? I assume the only prep that will be needed is a gently wash with soap and water ?

    Thanks,

    Mike