Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP

Protecting your exterior wood surfaces with TWP (Total Wood Preservative) is a project that most homeowners can complete themselves. TWP will preserve the wood’s natural beauty and shield it from the harsh elements. The user-friendly formula is easy to apply and maintain but care should be taken when considering when to apply the stain. Weather can be a tricky and create problems. Most of all rain should be avoided at all costs.

A perfect forecast for staining would be 1-2 days with no chance of precipitation. Prior to staining, the wood should air dry for 24-48 hours after it has been cleaned. If it rains within that window soaking the wood again then wait an addition 1-2 days before staining. It is important the wood is dry before staining otherwise moisture could be trapped under the stain creating an environment for mold and mildew.

In most situations, TWP will take approximately 4-12 hours to dry but it will take longer to fully cure. Check the forecast and confirm that rain is not expected for at least a day or two. Once the conditions are right and the wood is completely dry you can begin staining. It should not rain within 12 hours of applying TWP stain to any exterior wood surface. A quick light rain will most likely not harm the stain if it has already been absorbed. A heavy rain however may leave separation circles on the surface and ruin the finish.

If an unexpected rain does ruin your TWP finish it may be necessary to sand or strip the stain off and recoat it. This would be unfortunate and obviously an extra expense so plan your staining project around any potential rainstorms for the best results. When applied properly under the right conditions, TWP will provide a long lasting beautiful finish that can be enjoyed and maintained for many years to come.

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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Quoting Becky F:
Can you recommend a stain remover that is not caustic and should I put a brighter on before staining again. I heard a brighter opens up the pours of the wood before staining. Also, how long should I let the wood dry before restating.

All stain removers are caustic. Use the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper and pressure washing to remove. You must use the brightener after to neutralize. Dry for 48 hours after the prep.
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Can you recommend a stain remover that is not caustic and should I put a brighter on before staining again. I heard a brighter opens up the pours of the wood before staining. Also, how long should I let the wood dry before restating.
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Quoting Becky F:
We stained our deck two weeks ago and we still can't put our chairs on as the stain gets scratched. How long will we need to wait until the stain is completely cured. Concerned.

Hello,

TWP is a penetrating stain. If it is scratching then it did not penetrate and this could be the result of incorrect prep and or over applying. Feel free to reply back to the email with some pictures.
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We stained our deck two weeks ago and we still can't put our chairs on as the stain gets scratched. How long will we need to wait until the stain is completely cured. Concerned.
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Quoting Dan Causie:
how long do you wait before moving furniture on the deck. ( cure time?)

This will vary based on the age of the wood, how many coats, and the temperature. It can vary between 12-36 hours.
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
how long do you wait before moving furniture on the deck. ( cure time?)
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Quoting lynette hodges:
How long do you wait to apply a second coat of twp stain 100. Also how long does it take to dry as far as rain is concern. Ours was stained then it rained about 2 hours later all night. Is their a problem that the stain wont hold up.

You apply the second coat wet on wet. 20-60 minutes after the first coat. It should not rain on newly applied stain for 8 hours after applying. If it was affected, you will see small separation spots all over the wood.
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
How long do you wait to apply a second coat of twp stain 100. Also how long does it take to dry as far as rain is concern. Ours was stained then it rained about 2 hours later all night. Is their a problem that the stain wont hold up.
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Quoting Keith Baker:
I recently stained a Cedar deck and about 3 weeks after it was done the dog walked on it with muddy paws. I have tried cleaning it with dish soap & water by mop & it doesn't clean it. What do you recommend?

If the mud stuck to the stain before it fully cured, then you cannot just remove the mud without removing the stain as well. Basically it stuck the to stain while the stain cured and hardened. You would have to strip all and start over.
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mud footprints
I recently stained a Cedar deck and about 3 weeks after it was done the dog walked on it with muddy paws. I have tried cleaning it with dish soap & water by mop & it doesn't clean it. What do you recommend?
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RE: Rain Before or After TWP – Dry and Curing Time of TWP
Quoting Amyjsloan:
My stain has been on for 48 hours and it is still tacky to touch. What can I do?

See this article:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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