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.