TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain - The Best Low VOC Deck Stain

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TWP 1500 Stain is a highly rated, EPA registered wood preservative that can be used for all types of exterior wood, siding and decking. TWP 1500 Stain will perform at its maximum potential when the wood is properly prepped and when the stain is properly applied. Unfortunately not all wood is in the same condition prior to applying the stain.

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Please answer these few questions to achieve the best possible results with your TWP 1500 Wood and Decking Stain.

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  2. Type of wood?
  3. Condition of the wood?
  4. Has it been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting stan karn:
I have a 12 yr old pressure treated deck that has several applications of Flood oil base stain. The deck has been power washed. will TWP 1500 work on the power washed surface or do I need to do something additional.

The Flood will need to be removed fully. Strip or sand to remove.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Dave Vallett:
Looking to protect vertical 1x10" board and batten siding. Material is eastern white pine. Age of wood is a approx. three months. It is in very good condition and has not been stained previously.

Use the 1500 Series. If rough cut, you can stain now.
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Help with vertical white pine siding
Looking to protect vertical 1x10" board and batten siding. Material is eastern white pine. Age of wood is a approx. three months. It is in very good condition and has not been stained previously.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting staceysearcy:
I am buying a cedar house that was stained using the TWP 200 series. It is due to be restained. I am told a latex based stain is best. Is TWP a latex paint? also should a clear coat be applied over the stain color?

TWP is not a latex based stain but oil-based. It is not possible or needed to apply a clear coat over top.
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question
I am buying a cedar house that was stained using the TWP 200 series. It is due to be restained. I am told a latex based stain is best. Is TWP a latex paint? also should a clear coat be applied over the stain color?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Joe kelley:
I am restoring a redwood bench for our pier. I have been sanding for two weeks and it is finally ready to go. I have TWP 1500 redwood (wow that's dark) I am wondering if I can put anything over the TWP to help fill in some surface topography and possible splinters? How many coats am I supposed to put on this bench? This is a very old bench and I have sanded it for 2 weeks and probably could sand for 2 more but tomorrow I stain.

No, it is not possible to top coat TWP. Appy 1-2 coats or as much as the wood allows the stain to absorb. TWP needs to soak into the wood grain 100%
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redwood bench
I am restoring a redwood bench for our pier. I have been sanding for two weeks and it is finally ready to go. I have TWP 1500 redwood (wow that's dark) I am wondering if I can put anything over the TWP to help fill in some surface topography and possible splinters? How many coats am I supposed to put on this bench? This is a very old bench and I have sanded it for 2 weeks and probably could sand for 2 more but tomorrow I stain.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Brit:
I built a horizontal plank fence using western red cedar 6 weeks ago. I want to seal/stain it with a semi-transparent stain to keep guard against UV decay and to keep the reddish hues visible. Do you recommend I use the 100, 200, or 1500 series? Thanks!

The 1500 Series. See this about new wood and TWP:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Pastor
I built a horizontal plank fence using western red cedar 6 weeks ago. I want to seal/stain it with a semi-transparen t stain to keep guard against UV decay and to keep the reddish hues visible. Do you recommend I use the 100, 200, or 1500 series? Thanks!
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Julie b.:
We built our large cedar deck in the spring of 2014 and stained it with Sherwin Williams Deckscape oil based stain. The stain started to peel almost immediately once the rain started. Three years later, the old stain is almost entirely gone and we'd like to start fresh. After we power wash the deck, what product should we use to clean it and can you recommend a color that closest resembles wet cedar? We don't want it to be orange. Also, in case it matters, we live in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for the help!

Use the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Kit to remove the remaining SW while pressure washing. Brighten the wood after. Look at the Honeytone color.
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Prep and Stain help
We built our large cedar deck in the spring of 2014 and stained it with Sherwin Williams Deckscape oil based stain. The stain started to peel almost immediately once the rain started. Three years later, the old stain is almost entirely gone and we'd like to start fresh. After we power wash the deck, what product should we use to clean it and can you recommend a color that closest resembles wet cedar? We don't want it to be orange. Also, in case it matters, we live in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for the help!
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Adam Abelseth:
Hi interested in two colors from your 1500 series. Im looking to do a two tone on my deck, a lighter color for the floor & a darker color for the railings & pergola. What two colors do think go well together. I have pictures of what im looking for but im not ae to post pics on here. Thanks

Honeytone or Natural for the floor. Dark Oak for the ralings.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Hi interested in two colors from your 1500 series. Im looking to do a two tone on my deck, a lighter color for the floor & a darker color for the railings & pergola. What two colors do think go well together. I have pictures of what im looking for but im not ae to post pics on here. Thanks
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting JANICE P JENKINS:
How long do I wait to stain? New deck pt.pine. Northeast facing. Sunny mornings shady evenings.Will order prep and TWC100honey.

Please see this article about new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
How long do I wait to stain? New deck pt.pine. Northeast facing. Sunny mornings shady evenings.Will order prep and TWC100honey.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting DonH:
I built 5 white oak park benches of which the oldest will be 5 years old soon. Two years ago I refinished that bench with the original product which is basically just UV protection. I feel the benches need better protection. They are in the hot California sun all day, every day during the summer.

I am looking at TWP 1500 unless you have another suggestion. Also, I am thinking a lighter color stain over a dark stain would be better for sun protection? Any other ideas to preserve these benches would help. They were made for a very finicky customer.

Not sure what you mean about "lighter color over a dark stain". TWP cannot be applied on top of a stain of another brand and you cannot apply a dark TWP color and then apply a lighter color on top. TWP 1500 is the best product for this but you do need to prep properly. See this for more info:
twpstainhelp.com/.../...
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Woodworker
I built 5 white oak park benches of which the oldest will be 5 years old soon. Two years ago I refinished that bench with the original product which is basically just UV protection. I feel the benches need better protection. They are in the hot California sun all day, every day during the summer.

I am looking at TWP 1500 unless you have another suggestion. Also, I am thinking a lighter color stain over a dark stain would be better for sun protection? Any other ideas to preserve these benches would help. They were made for a very finicky customer.
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Quoting peter coster:
I have just refinished my wrap around redwood decks with TWP 1500 redwood and it looks great. Now I want to do the rest of the house. I have cedar siding (rough) and DG T&G roofing with lots of beams and posts covering the deck The sides and roofing have been done with red cedar SuperDeck about 7 years ago. I am planning to clean all the surfaces and sand the 6x6 vertical posts and 10 x12 horizontal support beams.
Question: how well does TWP work on vertical surfaces? Do I need to wipe down the excess or is back rolling enough. I am planning to use a power sprayer to apply. Thanks
Make sure that when you prep, you remove the Super Deck. It can easily be removed with the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper and pressure washing. After removal, brighten all wood with the Restore A Deck Brightener. The TWP works very well for verticals. It will outperform the Super Deck and not darken in color like the SD will do on occasions. Makes recoating much easier down the road as needed.
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home owner
I have just refinished my wrap around redwood decks with TWP 1500 redwood and it looks great. Now I want to do the rest of the house. I have cedar siding (rough) and DG T&G roofing with lots of beams and posts covering the deck The sides and roofing have been done with red cedar SuperDeck about 7 years ago. I am planning to clean all the surfaces and sand the 6x6 vertical posts and 10 x12 horizontal support beams.
Question: how well does TWP work on vertical surfaces? Do I need to wipe down the excess or is back rolling enough. I am planning to use a power sprayer to apply. Thanks
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Stephen Lea:
I am building a new house and installing pine board and batting as the siding. The wood has been cut and stacked since last February under tarps. There will be approx 8000 square feet of wood to stain. I am using TWP 1500 in redwood color. Since this is new wood that has never been stained is there anything I need to do to the wood prior to applying the stain.

See this about new wood. It applies to new siding as well:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I am building a new house and installing pine board and batting as the siding. The wood has been cut and stacked since last February under tarps. There will be approx 8000 square feet of wood to stain. I am using TWP 1500 in redwood color. Since this is new wood that has never been stained is there anything I need to do to the wood prior to applying the stain.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting tiffany:
hi
We are installing red-cedar shakes on the top part of our house (siding). I would like them to look brown not the typical orange/red of cedar. What stain would you recommend to balance out the red tones in the shakes so they appear more of a brown?

Also how long can I expect the 1500 series to last on cedar siding before needing to be re-stained? We are in central NC in a relatively sunny location. Shakes are new.

thank you!

Look at the TWP 1503 Dark Oak. For vertical siding, it should last 4-6 years, depending on exposure to the UV.
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Want Brown Cedar Shakes
hi
We are installing red-cedar shakes on the top part of our house (siding). I would like them to look brown not the typical orange/red of cedar. What stain would you recommend to balance out the red tones in the shakes so they appear more of a brown?

Also how long can I expect the 1500 series to last on cedar siding before needing to be re-stained? We are in central NC in a relatively sunny location. Shakes are new.

thank you!
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Ben Sage:
Unexpected rain came after i had stained my deck with TWP1500. I put tarp out, but it did not cover the whole deck nor was i able to cover the tops of the railings. i got out my leaf blower to try to dry out the wet spots, but there are water spots and plenty of water/oil residue. any advice on what to do now? more rain is coming tomorrow.

See this please:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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it rained
Unexpected rain came after i had stained my deck with TWP1500. I put tarp out, but it did not cover the whole deck nor was i able to cover the tops of the railings. i got out my leaf blower to try to dry out the wet spots, but there are water spots and plenty of water/oil residue. any advice on what to do now? more rain is coming tomorrow.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Ken Mashburn:
Good Day: We have a deck that is made of Merbau wood from Australia. We don't want to use the clear because of what you say about the lack of protection in high sun areas. We are on St. Croix in the USVI. What color and type of your stains would work best. If you are not familiar withe the species it is extremely dense and looks similar to teak wood. Thanks Ken

You would want the TWP 100 Series. Just an FYI, there are not any dealers there nor will we ship there. We can ship to a Freight Forwarder in Miami, but you will need to make arrangements from there.
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Mr.
Good Day: We have a deck that is made of Merbau wood from Australia. We don't want to use the clear because of what you say about the lack of protection in high sun areas. We are on St. Croix in the USVI. What color and type of your stains would work best. If you are not familiar withe the species it is extremely dense and looks similar to teak wood. Thanks Ken
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Laurie W:
I had a new deck of pressure treated cedar installed in June. It's now November (I'm in the northeast), and I want to seal it before the snow flies. After using a cleaner, which of your sealants do you recommend. I understand I should use an oil-based sealer with some pigment.

See this about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

Use one coat of the TWP 1500.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I had a new deck of pressure treated cedar installed in June. It's now November (I'm in the northeast), and I want to seal it before the snow flies. After using a cleaner, which of your sealants do you recommend. I understand I should use an oil-based sealer with some pigment.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Lee Chambers:
Two questions:
1) I cannot find a TWP distributor in St. Louis - are there any?
2) Would Minwax Stainable Wood Filler work? It says it is specially formulated to accept wood stain.

1. We are an online dealer for TWP.
2. No, it will not. Deck stain is not the same as interior wood stain. It will not blend or darken the filler.
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Mr.
Two questions:
1) I cannot find a TWP distributor in St. Louis - are there any?
2) Would Minwax Stainable Wood Filler work? It says it is specially formulated to accept wood stain.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Anita Hillseth:
I live in Los Angeles County and have a new, unstained, smooth milled, heart redwood, louvered picket fence,that was installed Oct 2016, that is in excellent condition. Unfortunately some of the fence was initially constructed using galvanized fasteners instead of stainless steel and I was told I would need to fill those nails holes with a non-oily wood filler before staining to avoid black stains from occurring. What wood filler would you recommend using with TWP 1500?

Wood filler does not work with TWP. The filler will not blend with the stain. It will show as white patches.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I live in Los Angeles County and have a new, unstained, smooth milled, heart redwood, louvered picket fence,that was installed Oct 2016, that is in excellent condition. Unfortunately some of the fence was initially constructed using galvanized fasteners instead of stainless steel and I was told I would need to fill those nails holes with a non-oily wood filler before staining to avoid black stains from occurring. What wood filler would you recommend using with TWP 1500?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Ray DeCarli:
pressure treated
25 years
good condition
yes oil based cedar by cabot
need to clean and restain 1500sf deck

When switching to TWP, you will need to remove the Cabot first. Best to strip and brighten with the Restore A Deck Stripping kit. Once removed, you can stain with the TWP 1500 Series.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
pressure treated
25 years
good condition
yes oil based cedar by cabot
need to clean and restain 1500sf deck
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Bruce Kapp:
I stained our cedar deck last May with TWP1500.It looks very good with the exception of some dirt and mold. What do you recommend for removing the dirt and mold?
Thanks

Try warm water with some dish soap.
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Mr.
I stained our cedar deck last May with TWP1500.It looks very good with the exception of some dirt and mold. What do you recommend for removing the dirt and mold?
Thanks
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Joe Henson:
1 New
2 Pine pressure treated
3 New\
4 No
5 Some full day light and some shade

Please read this about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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1 New
2 Pine pressure treated
3 New\
4 No
5 Some full day light and some shade
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting stephen Pierce:
We applied a coat in June. Looks great and does an awesome job repelling water. ! It has faded some and we're thinking of appling a second this fall. Can this be done now or do I need to wait until it has faded more?

Thank you

Best to wait until Spring for this.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
We applied a coat in June. Looks great and does an awesome job repelling water. ! It has faded some and we're thinking of appling a second this fall. Can this be done now or do I need to wait until it has faded more?

Thank you
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Roger Ewing:
I live in central Kentucky and have recently purchased a 20 year old house and deck. The previous finish has totally worn away on the decking - no clue on what was previously used - leaving only the gray pine boards. The decking is in excellent shape, however. The deck sides and supports are dark and probably contain some of the previous stain. I am considering the TWP 1500 Dark Oak or Black Walnut stains. I have just ordered the sample. What do I need to do prep the deck for the new stain?
Also, the main deck has 360 sq. ft, and a 36 sq. ft landing, with 13 steps. How much TWP 1500 would be required.
Thanks

You will need to remove the old stain on the verticals. Prep with the Restore a Deck Stripper and Brightener kit. Please see our calculator to the right on this page for stain amount needed.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I live in central Kentucky and have recently purchased a 20 year old house and deck. The previous finish has totally worn away on the decking - no clue on what was previously used - leaving only the gray pine boards. The decking is in excellent shape, however. The deck sides and supports are dark and probably contain some of the previous stain. I am considering the TWP 1500 Dark Oak or Black Walnut stains. I have just ordered the sample. What do I need to do prep the deck for the new stain?
Also, the main deck has 360 sq. ft, and a 36 sq. ft landing, with 13 steps. How much TWP 1500 would be required.
Thanks
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Quoting Will Bealke:
I have a cedar deck, installed two years ago and stained with TWP 100 series cedar stain. Within 18 months, I had mildew and very little water shedding by the stain. My deck has lots of shade.
I have power washed the deck to remove the old TWP, and sanded the surface. I plan to finish with TWP 1500 series.
Two questions:
-one coat or two?
-is it possible to clean and stain over this new finish in 12-18 months, before I start to get mildew, or will I have to repeat the entire process again next time the stain's life has ended?

Two light coats applied wet on wet:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

As for maintenance coats:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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homeowner
I have a cedar deck, installed two years ago and stained with TWP 100 series cedar stain. Within 18 months, I had mildew and very little water shedding by the stain. My deck has lots of shade.
I have power washed the deck to remove the old TWP, and sanded the surface. I plan to finish with TWP 1500 series.
Two questions:
-one coat or two?
-is it possible to clean and stain over this new finish in 12-18 months, before I start to get mildew, or will I have to repeat the entire process again next time the stain's life has ended?
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Quoting tcp:
how many gals for 3000sq ft older wood shake roof

For two coat you will need about 25-30 gallons.
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wood shake
how many gals for 3000sq ft older wood shake roof
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting John Alan:
My deck was stained with TWP three years ago and is ready for a touch up. The floor and top rails are of course in worse shape than the side rails. What is needed for cleaning and or sanding? It i normal pressure treated wood in good condition and is about 11 years old and has been treated twice previously.

Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. No need to sand:

www.twpstain.com/.../
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HOWEOWNER
My deck was stained with TWP three years ago and is ready for a touch up. The floor and top rails are of course in worse shape than the side rails. What is needed for cleaning and or sanding? It i normal pressure treated wood in good condition and is about 11 years old and has been treated twice previously.
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Quoting Lars & Amy:
I am refinishing some cedar trim on a house that I am brushing with a wire brush back to the actual wood color. I'd like to put a clear sealer /stain on it that has no sheen. What do you recommend?

Which stain has the lowest maintinance? I don't want anything that could ever peel. I'd like something that I could just recoat when needed.

We are also going to add log siding that we want to protect after it's been up for a year. What do you recommend for that?

Where can I buy it?

Thanks,
Amy

The TWP 1500 Series would be best for both. It is a penetrating stain that can be cleaned and reapplied as needed. It does not film on top of the wood and peel. We sell online from our website.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I am refinishing some cedar trim on a house that I am brushing with a wire brush back to the actual wood color. I'd like to put a clear sealer /stain on it that has no sheen. What do you recommend?

Which stain has the lowest maintinance? I don't want anything that could ever peel. I'd like something that I could just recoat when needed.

We are also going to add log siding that we want to protect after it's been up for a year. What do you recommend for that?

Where can I buy it?

Thanks,
Amy
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting bdbd:
do you have to stain a second time on a deck. Using 1500 Pecan. Old weathered wood. Also do you have to wipe the whole deck down after stain application?

TWP is applied wet on wet:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
do you have to stain a second time on a deck. Using 1500 Pecan. Old weathered wood. Also do you have to wipe the whole deck down after stain application?
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Quoting Gail McNamara:
We stained our deck using TWP black walnut. We like it a lot but it is very dull looking. Is it necessary to wait until next year before putting on another coat. How about a month.

FYI, TWP is a penetrating stain that is not supposed to have a shine. If you want to do another coat, it would be best to wait until next Spring. Lightly clean first.
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Mrs.
We stained our deck using TWP black walnut. We like it a lot but it is very dull looking. Is it necessary to wait until next year before putting on another coat. How about a month.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting john zureich:
New installation of 2x6 treated pine. Can your products be used on treated wood?

See here about new wood: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

Yes it can be used on treated wood.
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ceo
New installation of 2x6 treated pine. Can your products be used on treated wood?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Randy Vavrina:
We have a cabin in Colorado at 8,000 feet eleva. Dry climate w/high UV. We can get heavy snow which remains on the deck until it melts since we are not always there to remove the snow. We havt 1500 sf between lower & upper decks. Wood species since we did not build the home/deck. We let an acquaintance handy man talk us into a Benjamin Moore latex "solid" stain over a previously Cabot semi transparent oil stain. This was three years. We want to use the TWP product but we are not sure which product 100 or 1500. The 1500 looks as though it is superior in many ways to the 100. Can you recommend which product and recommendations on how to prepare the deck. We cannot use the stripper for many reasons. Considering having the decks sanded down with a drum sander. What do you think? Will the sand paper gum up with the sold latex stain that it is removing?

Hello, if you want to use the TWP you must remove all of the previous coatings. Heavy sanding will be required to do this. Drum sanders and belt sanding should work. Once 100% removed, it is best to use the Gemini Restore Kit for the final prep. 100 or 1500 Series would work well for you in CO. Performance is about the same.
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Quoting Cyndie Chapman:
I have used Restore a Deck cleaner and brightner to remove old stain. I plan to use Cedar Oil to protect the wood . What stain would you recommend? This is a 30 year old deck, possibly a little shine would be nice as well as uv protection

Use the TWP 100 or 1500 Series depending on the stain you live in. TWP is a penetrating stain, it does not leave a sheen.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
We have a cabin in Colorado at 8,000 feet eleva. Dry climate w/high UV. We can get heavy snow which remains on the deck until it melts since we are not always there to remove the snow. We havt 1500 sf between lower & upper decks. Wood species since we did not build the home/deck. We let an acquaintance handy man talk us into a Benjamin Moore latex "solid" stain over a previously Cabot semi transparent oil stain. This was three years. We want to use the TWP product but we are not sure which product 100 or 1500. The 1500 looks as though it is superior in many ways to the 100. Can you recommend which product and recommendations on how to prepare the deck. We cannot use the stripper for many reasons. Considering having the decks sanded down with a drum sander. What do you think? Will the sand paper gum up with the sold latex stain that it is removing?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I have used Restore a Deck cleaner and brightner to remove old stain. I plan to use Cedar Oil to protect the wood . What stain would you recommend? This is a 30 year old deck, possibly a little shine would be nice as well as uv protection
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting James Cannon:
After container of TWP 1500 has been opened and partially used, how long will stain remain good?

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Shelf Life Unused TWP1500
After container of TWP 1500 has been opened and partially used, how long will stain remain good?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Lonnie Bartel:
I have a new cedar fence which is 6' tall and about 300' long.Wood is new with no previous stain. I am considering staining with the dark oak stain. The fence was completed about 6 weeks ago. How long should I wait to stain and do you have any other suggestions. I have determined that I will probably need 15-20 gallons.

Are you doing both sides? If so you will need twice the amount. Rough sawn wood? Most fences are and if so can be stained right away. If smooth wood see this:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Troywpg:
I have green pressure treated deck. It is older so the green has faded some. When I apply stain how will the green come through. Looking at lighter stain color.
Thanks

Hard to say it depends on how well you prep. Best to test the stain colors with samples from our site.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I have a new cedar fence which is 6' tall and about 300' long.Wood is new with no previous stain. I am considering staining with the dark oak stain. The fence was completed about 6 weeks ago. How long should I wait to stain and do you have any other suggestions. I have determined that I will probably need 15-20 gallons.
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Color change
I have green pressure treated deck. It is older so the green has faded some. When I apply stain how will the green come through. Looking at lighter stain color.
Thanks
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Janet Lammens:
Flood One Coat Stain Natural Finish was applied to my new cedar fence 3 years ago and was blotching from the beginning. It's time for a clean up!
My new contractor has tried power washing and washing with deck cleaner but isn't able to remove it. Would TWP 1500 be appropriate in this situation in Denver? If not, what would you recommend instead?
Thanks

You will need to remove the CWF if you want to use TWP. Has the contractor tried a stain stripper when pressure washing?
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Right for Denver?
Flood One Coat Stain Natural Finish was applied to my new cedar fence 3 years ago and was blotching from the beginning. It's time for a clean up!
My new contractor has tried power washing and washing with deck cleaner but isn't able to remove it. Would TWP 1500 be appropriate in this situation in Denver? If not, what would you recommend instead?
Thanks
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Ray DeCarli:
25 year old pressure treated that was previously treated with Cabot cedar toned oil stain. The wood is in good condition with light and darker markings

Prep with the Restore A Deck Stripping kit to remove the Cabot. Stain with the TWP 1500 after the prep. Two coats applied with wet on wet technique.
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25 year old pressure treated that was previously treated with Cabot cedar toned oil stain. The wood is in good condition with light and darker markings
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting SueJ:
I have just cleaned, brightened, and stained my new, pressure-treated deck that has seasoned for 9 months. It looks great! What should I do now for maintenance and future re-staining? I live in Maine and the deck faces west with partial sun.

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

Towards the bottom of the article, it talks about when to apply another coat to new wood.
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I have just cleaned, brightened, and stained my new, pressure-treate d deck that has seasoned for 9 months. It looks great! What should I do now for maintenance and future re-staining? I live in Maine and the deck faces west with partial sun.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Lonnie Bartel:
What is the best stain you offer for a new cedar fence?

See this about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

Use the 1500 Series.
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Owner
What is the best stain you offer for a new cedar fence?
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Owner
Dock platform 24'x24' new installation treated wood installed one year ago without any stain or wood preserved.

deck is in direct sunlight and would like to treat for 1st time - what is your recommendation to treat deck.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting krammer:
40 yrs old, new hampshire pine, good, stained with cabots semi transparent stain, oil base water cleanup stain, log home, hand hewn square logs w/dove tail corners. cracks and have been caulked

Remove the Cabot by stripping, pressure washing, and sanding if needed. Apply the wood brightener after. Make sure the logs are free of any dirt and old coatings before applying the TWP 1500. @ light coats applied wet on wet.
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40 yrs old, new hampshire pine, good, stained with cabots semi transparent stain, oil base water cleanup stain, log home, hand hewn square logs w/dove tail corners. cracks and have been caulked
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Quoting raml:
What will happen if I use TWP 1501 cedar over my peeling behr cedar finish? I got up the loose behr stain with my pressure washer but am not going to take the time to sand. It is OK with me if the only issue is I'm a t risk of the behr continuing to peel where it is still attached. After a few years doing this and maybe touching up with TWP between full applications, won't my whole deck eventually be fully TWP protected?
It will not work. The Behr has to be removed first. Use a stain stripper and pressure wash again. Shoot for 95-100% removal.
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TWP over Behr
What will happen if I use TWP 1501 cedar over my peeling behr cedar finish? I got up the loose behr stain with my pressure washer but am not going to take the time to sand. It is OK with me if the only issue is I'm a t risk of the behr continuing to peel where it is still attached. After a few years doing this and maybe touching up with TWP between full applications, won't my whole deck eventually be fully TWP protected?
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Quoting Andy B:
1. 3 years old
2. Cedar
3. Dirty
4. Previously stained with Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Semi-Transparent.
5. Deck, railings, steps and lattice along 3 sides of the deck. Deck balusters are black metal.

Start by removing the SW product. Use the Restore A Deck Stripper kits. SW can be stubborn to remove, so you will need a pressure washer and might need to strip more than once. Once removed, apply the Brightener. Stain with the TWP 1500.
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1. 3 years old
2. Cedar
3. Dirty
4. Previously stained with Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Semi-Transparent.
5. Deck, railings, steps and lattice along 3 sides of the deck. Deck balusters are black metal.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Joel Torrez:
Just finished building a 16'x16' deck. It is made of yellow pine, treated. Brand new lumber. How long should I wait until I stain it? Thanks.

See here about new wood: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Just finished building a 16'x16' deck. It is made of yellow pine, treated. Brand new lumber. How long should I wait until I stain it? Thanks.
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Quoting Dan a:
I understand that I should use the restore kit but is it absolutely necessary? I'm looking to just get another 2-3 years out of the deck here in Michigan. In other words, will the TWP 1500 still do a decent job without the restore kit? I know it's not optimal.

Thanks

It has to be prepped correctly for the stain to work correctly.
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I understand that I should use the restore kit but is it absolutely necessary? I'm looking to just get another 2-3 years out of the deck here in Michigan. In other words, will the TWP 1500 still do a decent job without the restore kit? I know it's not optimal.

Thanks
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Quoting Dan a:
I stained my 10 year old deck with TWP 100 cedartone after stripping the old stain about 2 years ago. Can I simply put on a cedartone coat of TWP 100 or 1500 right on top of it now with just a hose wash as prep? Same color and wood is a bit porous.

Thanks

Since it has been two years, you should prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and reapply the TWP.
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I stained my 10 year old deck with TWP 100 cedartone after stripping the old stain about 2 years ago. Can I simply put on a cedartone coat of TWP 100 or 1500 right on top of it now with just a hose wash as prep? Same color and wood is a bit porous.

Thanks
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Quoting Francisco CARPIO:
Like to know more or less ammount of PECAN 1520
To cover 60 Ft of fence with 3"x48" with around 1" space
I beleive with 2 can of 5 gallons each will do, but need to be sure.
My neighbor go just both from your company and looks great
Thank you
Francisco CARPIO
10710 W. 128th. St.
Overland Park, KS 66213

What is the total sq. footage? Linear feet x height x two for both sides.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Like to know more or less ammount of PECAN 1520
To cover 60 Ft of fence with 3"x48" with around 1" space
I beleive with 2 can of 5 gallons each will do, but need to be sure.
My neighbor go just both from your company and looks great
Thank you
Francisco CARPIO
10710 W. 128th. St.
Overland Park, KS 66213
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Quoting Dana Crumley:
1 part of the deck is 15+ yr pressure treated wood that was sanded to new wood, the other part is 3yr Lowe's redwood and both were stained with Messemer's UV Plus Natural Redwood about 2 yrs ago. With hail damage, both will be sanded to new wood and my fence will be power washed and stained. According to the insurance deck is 483.50 SF, fence is 2256.00 SF. My wife suffers from chemical sensitivity so I am thinking the TWP 1500 will be best. How many gallons will I need to do 2 coats on the deck and just 1 coat on the fence?

About 5 gallons for 2 coats on the deck and 15 gallons for 1 coat on the fence.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
1 part of the deck is 15+ yr pressure treated wood that was sanded to new wood, the other part is 3yr Lowe's redwood and both were stained with Messemer's UV Plus Natural Redwood about 2 yrs ago. With hail damage, both will be sanded to new wood and my fence will be power washed and stained. According to the insurance deck is 483.50 SF, fence is 2256.00 SF. My wife suffers from chemical sensitivity so I am thinking the TWP 1500 will be best. How many gallons will I need to do 2 coats on the deck and just 1 coat on the fence?
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Quoting Dave Foley:
Just had a beautiful covered porch built. Kiln dried spruce framing. 5 /4 spruce decking , Hemlock posts and T&G v match ceiling. No pressure treated at all. Can I use this 1500 series on the my porch. All bran new wood.

Thanks

Yes, but see here about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Just had a beautiful covered porch built. Kiln dried spruce framing. 5 /4 spruce decking , Hemlock posts and T&G v match ceiling. No pressure treated at all. Can I use this 1500 series on the my porch. All bran new wood.

Thanks
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Quoting Vicki Mohler:
We have a pressure treated deck , 1 year old, we will pressure wash the deck before we stain. It gets full sun most of the day and humidity is a factor. We life in PA so we have to get the low VOC. What do you recommend for stain? I like the color of the deck on your web page. Would like it to look natural...

Look at TWP 1515 Honeytone or TWP 1530 Natural.
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We have a pressure treated deck , 1 year old, we will pressure wash the deck before we stain. It gets full sun most of the day and humidity is a factor. We life in PA so we have to get the low VOC. What do you recommend for stain? I like the color of the deck on your web page. Would like it to look natural...
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Quoting Linda Gardiner:
can you please tell me where in Mpls (Plymouth or Maple Grove I can purchase TWP?

We are an online dealer for the area and ship to you. Thanks!
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can you please tell me where in Mpls (Plymouth or Maple Grove I can purchase TWP?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Tim Krull:
Building exterior stairway. Stringers built with 4"x 12" treated and painted a dark brown. Purchased 1 Gal. 1502 from FSC Coatings in San Diego, Ca. to stain Balusters and Handrail built with clear heart Redwood, It is slightly more Red than desired on my test piece. I would like to know if I could add a 1.5 - 2 oz. sample of one of the darker colors in the series and which you'd recommend?

New Clear Heart (Kiln-dried) Redwood sanded with 80 grit.

Thanx for your Help.

Tim Krull
24655 San Vincent Lane
Mission Viejo, Ca. 92691

You can mix TWP colors together. You will need more then the small sample to make a noticeable difference. Dark Oak color. Also see this about new wood;

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Building exterior stairway. Stringers built with 4"x 12" treated and painted a dark brown. Purchased 1 Gal. 1502 from FSC Coatings in San Diego, Ca. to stain Balusters and Handrail built with clear heart Redwood, It is slightly more Red than desired on my test piece. I would like to know if I could add a 1.5 - 2 oz. sample of one of the darker colors in the series and which you'd recommend?

New Clear Heart (Kiln-dried) Redwood sanded with 80 grit.

Thanx for your Help.

Tim Krull
24655 San Vincent Lane
Mission Viejo, Ca. 92691
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Quoting Patricia Barba:
just put new boards on the deck. what do I need to do now? what color/would you suggest.
Is TWP available in RI?

See here about new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Ron B.:
Will TWP 1500 work with weathered bamboo?

TWP is not designed for bamboo.
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Will TWP 1500 work with weathered bamboo?
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Diy
just put new boards on the deck. what do I need to do now? what color/would you suggest.
Is TWP available in RI?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Charles L.:
Hello,

I have a new pine pressure treated wood deck that's seats around a in ground pool. Full all day sun with chorine water landing on the deck.

What would be the best stain & time to wait before staining the deck for the wood to be dry to accept stain.

See here about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

Use the 100 or 1500.
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Hello,

I have a new pine pressure treated wood deck that's seats around a in ground pool. Full all day sun with chorine water landing on the deck.

What would be the best stain & time to wait before staining the deck for the wood to be dry to accept stain.
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Quoting gamma888:
Hello there.

I will get a brand new Western Red Cedar wood for exterior siding. It has been acclimated in a local area nearby under sun/shade for at least 6 months. It will get a smooth face with grooves much like the Eichler style siding.

What kind of prep work is needed? Originally, I planned to light sand them and then apply the stain throughout the wood with the TWP 1500 dark tint stain. It's about 1600 sq ft worth of siding. I hope to mix a few of the available TWP tints together to get that blackish look much like charred burnt stain.

This home is located in Bay Area, California.

Thank you!

You should clean and brighten for prep to "open" the wood grain for the pores. Just one coat on new wood.
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Eichler Homeowner
Hello there.

I will get a brand new Western Red Cedar wood for exterior siding. It has been acclimated in a local area nearby under sun/shade for at least 6 months. It will get a smooth face with grooves much like the Eichler style siding.

What kind of prep work is needed? Originally, I planned to light sand them and then apply the stain throughout the wood with the TWP 1500 dark tint stain. It's about 1600 sq ft worth of siding. I hope to mix a few of the available TWP tints together to get that blackish look much like charred burnt stain.

This home is located in Bay Area, California.

Thank you!
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Geof Bailey:
22 years old wood
Ontario Cedar - 1000 ft sq.
Good condition with minimal cracking but allowed to weather and grey
Stained with numberous brands over the years (Sikens Cetol DEK, Behr, than just THompson weather treat . . . . stains all peeled even Sikens which was 6 side coated on every board).
multilayered deck with hi point about 6 ft above ground and low point about 1 foot above ground. edge finished with lattice.

To be able to use the TWP you will need to remove all old coatings. Either strip and or sand to remove. Brighten wood after. Stain with TWP 1500 Series after removal and drying.
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22 years old wood
Ontario Cedar - 1000 ft sq.
Good condition with minimal cracking but allowed to weather and grey
Stained with numberous brands over the years (Sikens Cetol DEK, Behr, than just THompson weather treat . . . . stains all peeled even Sikens which was 6 side coated on every board).
multilayered deck with hi point about 6 ft above ground and low point about 1 foot above ground. edge finished with lattice.
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Quoting Doreen Kramzer:
I have cedar siding and I have oiled it with shake oil for the past ten years. I did pressure wash it but you can see oil is still present. could I use this 1500 series on it? how would I prep it? every few years I pressure wash and then re oil how many years of having twp 1500 stain on my house before the gray starts coming on

You should prep with the Restore A Deck Stripper and pressure washing:

www.twpstain.com/.../

You should get 4-6 years on vertical wood siding when use the TWP 1500 in a stain color.
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I have cedar siding and I have oiled it with shake oil for the past ten years. I did pressure wash it but you can see oil is still present. could I use this 1500 series on it? how would I prep it? every few years I pressure wash and then re oil how many years of having twp 1500 stain on my house before the gray starts coming on
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting William L Kinard:
What is the shelf life of a 5 gallon can of TWP 1500?

See here: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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What is the shelf life of a 5 gallon can of TWP 1500?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Brandon Harris:
I have a log home that currently has woodgaurd stain on it and I would like to switch to twp. How would you suggest prepping the logs? Most of the wood is in good condition, the west side has a little bit of graying. The house is a full sun exposure in Illinois.

Prep by removing the woodgaurd with the Restore A Deck Striper and a pressure washer. After the stripping is done, use the Wood Brightener to neutralize.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I have a log home that currently has woodgaurd stain on it and I would like to switch to twp. How would you suggest prepping the logs? Most of the wood is in good condition, the west side has a little bit of graying. The house is a full sun exposure in Illinois.
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Quoting Ted Furness:
Do you ship in Canada.
The deck in question is new wood brown pressure treated and I used Sienna Cut brown cut preservative from Home Depot to preserve and all cuts and exposed wood. Slight difference in colour. Will 1500 series cover these spots

TWP is not allowed in Canada. Sorry
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homeowner
Do you ship in Canada.
The deck in question is new wood brown pressure treated and I used Sienna Cut brown cut preservative from Home Depot to preserve and all cuts and exposed wood. Slight difference in colour. Will 1500 series cover these spots
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Quoting Jerry Justin:
Can I change colors within the TWP1500 series?

Do you mean mix? Yes you can.
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Changing colors
Can I change colors within the TWP1500 series?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting JOHN WALTERS:
Under "Coats Required" the response is "1-2, wet on wet". So, is it 1 or 2 coats? And, what is "wet on wet"?

1 or 2 coats depends on the ago of the wood. Only 1 coat for new wood. See here about wet on wet:

www.deckstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Under "Coats Required" the response is "1-2, wet on wet". So, is it 1 or 2 coats? And, what is "wet on wet"?
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Quoting lukek:
Have 1 month old rough sawn cedar fencing. The wood is not exactly smooth has splinters. Should I use a brush, pad, or roller?

Stain pad or brush. You can also spray on with a pump sprayer then back wipe to ensure it applies evenly.
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Have 1 month old rough sawn cedar fencing. The wood is not exactly smooth has splinters. Should I use a brush, pad, or roller?
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Quoting Steve hansen:
Hi

I have an 15 yer old deck that has had various stains throughout the years. The last one applied was a semi transparent stain from Cabot and i want to remove any traces and stain w one of your products.

The wood is pressure treated pine and wanted your opinion on clean up, the type of stain, and some color suggestions. I prefer lighter colors than dark stain.

The deck is about 300 square feet and has railings all around.

I live in NJ so it goes through a variety of seasons. The deck is semi covered by maple trees and gets sun on only a portion of the deck.

Thanks

Steve

Prep with the Restore A Deck Stain stripper to remove. Apply and pressure was off. Repeat if needed so all is removed. Apply the Wood Brightener after. Let dry for a few days and use the TWP 1500 Series for NJ. Honeytone is the lightest tint.
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Help w deck stain
Hi

I have an 15 yer old deck that has had various stains throughout the years. The last one applied was a semi transparent stain from Cabot and i want to remove any traces and stain w one of your products.

The wood is pressure treated pine and wanted your opinion on clean up, the type of stain, and some color suggestions. I prefer lighter colors than dark stain.

The deck is about 300 square feet and has railings all around.

I live in NJ so it goes through a variety of seasons. The deck is semi covered by maple trees and gets sun on only a portion of the deck.

Thanks

Steve
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Quoting Dolores Beadle:
Would like guidance in staining our new (2 months) cedar pergola. It is rough cut, some splits and knot holes. Looks like it has faded quite a bit already. How many coats? How long between coats?

Please see this article about new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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New cedar pergola
Would like guidance in staining our new (2 months) cedar pergola. It is rough cut, some splits and knot holes. Looks like it has faded quite a bit already. How many coats? How long between coats?
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Quoting susanwood4387@gmail.:
I am having a pergola built out of Western cedar. The wood is new. What if any prep work is needed? Also which of the TWP stains would be best? Also, is TWP stain oil based? How many coats are necessary?

See this about new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

TWP 100 and 1500 series are oil based. Which to use on new wood depends on your state VOC laws. Use the 100 of you can, otherwise the 1500.
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I am having a pergola built out of Western cedar. The wood is new. What if any prep work is needed? Also which of the TWP stains would be best? Also, is TWP stain oil based? How many coats are necessary?
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Quoting kylev75:
Deck is coming on 3 years old. Treated pine. Never protected. Finishing up the cleaning brightening step. Have the TWP stain we want. Since it's a newer deck that's never been treated, should we only apply one coat of stain, or is it old enough to apply two coats.

You can do 2 light coats applied wet on wet since it is 3 years old.
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Deck is coming on 3 years old. Treated pine. Never protected. Finishing up the cleaning brightening step. Have the TWP stain we want. Since it's a newer deck that's never been treated, should we only apply one coat of stain, or is it old enough to apply two coats.
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Quoting David Makuch:
10 years old
pressure treated pine
good condition (no splits,cracks or warping
Behr transparent cedar naturaltone
peeling stain, some green alge, very limited sun exposure. (north side of house)

You will need to remove the Behr to use the TWP .
Try the Restore A Deck stain Stripper and pressure wash off. Repeat if needed for any stubborn spots. Use the RAD wood brightener after. Let dry for 48 hours+ before applying.
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White Professional Male
10 years old
pressure treated pine
good condition (no splits,cracks or warping
Behr transparent cedar naturaltone
peeling stain, some green alge, very limited sun exposure. (north side of house)
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Quoting Stephy:
Wood is one yr old...type is pine...just applied Thompson water seal clear coat to it.Never been stained...we want to treat the sidings and the stairs of our wooden home with TWP in a year or so since we just learnt about this product....we live in Belize in Central Amrica where we have only hot/dry season or rainy season...

Yes you can use the TWP 1500 here. Make sure that you prep by removing the Thompson's when you are ready.
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Hunter
Wood is one yr old...type is pine...just applied Thompson water seal clear coat to it.Never been stained...we want to treat the sidings and the stairs of our wooden home with TWP in a year or so since we just learnt about this product....we live in Belize in Central Amrica where we have only hot/dry season or rainy season...
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Quoting Rob_E_D:
Hi, I wanted to know the difference between the TWP 100 and TWP 1500. I live in NC and need something that can handle the hot humid environment. The deck I am staining is treated yellow pine, about 10 yrs old, gray, has been cleaned with deck cleaner, and never stained.

The TWP 1500 is complaint for all states while the 100 is compliant for about 36 states. See these articles for more info:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
www.twpstain.com/.../
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Quoting Jerry Vosti:
I have a brand-new red wood deck 900 square-foot Seasoned f for three months. What would you recommend for sealing? I want to keep you original look.

See this about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

The Honeytone is the lightest tint that will offer UV protection.
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Stain
Hi, I wanted to know the difference between the TWP 100 and TWP 1500. I live in NC and need something that can handle the hot humid environment. The deck I am staining is treated yellow pine, about 10 yrs old, gray, has been cleaned with deck cleaner, and never stained.
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Quoting Dennis Ellis:
I'm trying to understand the difference in 100 vs 1500. One says it prevents mold and mildew and one just says not prone to mold and mildew. One says it sheds water longer. Is that longer than 100 or just longer than competitors?

The 1500 is more expensive so would that mean it is better?

My wood is regular pressure treated deck boards from Home Depot. Installed this past December. So, I think I am at a point where the wood is ready.

Thanks.
Dennis

Both prevent mold. Both last about the same. The TWP 1500 is complaint for all states while the 100 is compliant for about 36 states. See these articles for more info:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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TWP
I'm trying to understand the difference in 100 vs 1500. One says it prevents mold and mildew and one just says not prone to mold and mildew. One says it sheds water longer. Is that longer than 100 or just longer than competitors?

The 1500 is more expensive so would that mean it is better?

My wood is regular pressure treated deck boards from Home Depot. Installed this past December. So, I think I am at a point where the wood is ready.

Thanks.
Dennis
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Quoting Jeff johnston:
I used salvaged 4x6 port orford cedar that was 20 plus years old and looks and smells wonderful. It's been planed and sanded for an outdoor structure. Which stain stain should I use and is there a retail location I can go to near Portland Or.

Use the TWP 100 Series and we can ship to you there in Oregon.
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What stain?
I used salvaged 4x6 port orford cedar that was 20 plus years old and looks and smells wonderful. It's been planed and sanded for an outdoor structure. Which stain stain should I use and is there a retail location I can go to near Portland Or.
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Quoting Chuck V.:
Wanted to know what is meant by a second coat "wet on wet" and is a second coat necessary? I have stripped the deck but not all of the previous stain could be removed. The previous stain was Sherwin Williams Deckscape

See this about wet on wet:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Wanted to know what is meant by a second coat "wet on wet" and is a second coat necessary? I have stripped the deck but not all of the previous stain could be removed. The previous stain was Sherwin Williams Deckscape
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Quoting Bryan Scott:
Hi, I had a shed built out of rough pine in December 2015 and am looking to apply the first ever coat of stain now, in May 2016 (5 months old). The wood is in excellent condition, but again it is not smooth at all but rough cut. Never stained before, and only areas to be stained are the upright walls. What prep should be done and how best should the stain be applied. I would prefer the natural color. Thanks!

Use the Gemini Restore Kit for the prepping. Stain with TWP 1530 Natural. Apply with a brush or deck staining pad.
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Stain a shed
Hi, I had a shed built out of rough pine in December 2015 and am looking to apply the first ever coat of stain now, in May 2016 (5 months old). The wood is in excellent condition, but again it is not smooth at all but rough cut. Never stained before, and only areas to be stained are the upright walls. What prep should be done and how best should the stain be applied. I would prefer the natural color. Thanks!
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Quoting dmehling:
What is the shelf-life of a can of opened TWP 1500? I need to re-apply this year, and have a quantity of TWP 1500 left over. Thankyou.

Less than a year of opened. See this:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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re-staining
What is the shelf-life of a can of opened TWP 1500? I need to re-apply this year, and have a quantity of TWP 1500 left over. Thankyou.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Robert Knight:
15 Years, wolmonized pine, yes Defy, cabot
approx. 1200 sq. ft. direct sun at least 7 hrs/day

Strip off any old coatings with Restore a Deck Stain Stripper. Use the RAD Brightener after. Stain 2 days after prep or when weather cooperates.
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15 Years, wolmonized pine, yes Defy, cabot
approx. 1200 sq. ft. direct sun at least 7 hrs/day
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Quoting steve cookman:
have a 6 month old dock /deck in Alabama..This sets in a semi wooded area and full sun also..should I use 100 or 1500?Meldew has been a problem..Thanks Steve

Use the 100 Series. Prep first with Gemini Restore Kit. Only one coat this year and another in 12-18 months for the floors. Every 2-3 years after this initial start up for new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Boat Dock
have a 6 month old dock /deck in Alabama..This sets in a semi wooded area and full sun also..should I use 100 or 1500?Meldew has been a problem..Thanks Steve
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Quoting Bruce Kapp:
If I apply TWP1500 at 65 degrees during the day but the temperature drops to around 40 degrees during the night, will the stain effectiveness be compromised?
Thanks

As long as it does not freeze at night, it should be okay.
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temperature application
If I apply TWP1500 at 65 degrees during the day but the temperature drops to around 40 degrees during the night, will the stain effectiveness be compromised?
Thanks
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Hank Gavarkavich:
1-Age-17 years old- deck boards were just flipped over and look new. Live in Central Ohio.
2-Pressure reated lumber 2x6 joist boards
3- good shape
4- not the deck boards. The banisters were previously stained with a oil based light brown semi transparent color sherwin williams stain about 10 years ago. all is grey now and are going to be cleaned before staining.
5. almost 1200 sq feet

Make sure all is cleaned and prepped so there is not any old coatings left. Use the TWP 1500 Series for Ohio.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
1-Age-17 years old- deck boards were just flipped over and look new. Live in Central Ohio.
2-Pressure reated lumber 2x6 joist boards
3- good shape
4- not the deck boards. The banisters were previously stained with a oil based light brown semi transparent color sherwin williams stain about 10 years ago. all is grey now and are going to be cleaned before staining.
5. almost 1200 sq feet
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Tom Eichelman:
I live in Maryland (Baltimore County) I have a 3 year old pressure treated deck that was stained 2 years ago with cabbots "natural" translucent oil based stain. The horizontals are now gray. My plan was to lightly power wash and restain with either your 100 or 1500 product. Not sure if you can ship the 100 product to Maryland and/or if its the better product for my location and prior stained deck. what would you recommend?

The 100 is not allowed in MD so you will need to use the 1500 Series and works well there. Make sure the wood is clean and free of the Cabot before using the TWP.
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I live in Maryland (Baltimore County) I have a 3 year old pressure treated deck that was stained 2 years ago with cabbots "natural" translucent oil based stain. The horizontals are now gray. My plan was to lightly power wash and restain with either your 100 or 1500 product. Not sure if you can ship the 100 product to Maryland and/or if its the better product for my location and prior stained deck. what would you recommend?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Dale Beachwood:
Hello,
I have a cedar fence about 15 old that was never stained or sealed. The fence is now gray to black. I tested pressure washing it without any cleaner and the gray and black comes off. Should I be using a cleaner and which product would you recommend sealing it with?

Prepping with the Gemini Restore Kit with the pressure washing will make it easier to clean and it will turn out better. After the prep, use the TWP 1500 Series for the stain.
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Homeowner
Hello,
I have a cedar fence about 15 old that was never stained or sealed. The fence is now gray to black. I tested pressure washing it without any cleaner and the gray and black comes off. Should I be using a cleaner and which product would you recommend sealing it with?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Nancy Cuzman:
age of wood: 28 years
type of wood: unknown? treated
condition of wood: fair
previously stained with super deck product
10 x 20 deck

Remove the Super Deck first. Use the Restore A Deck stripper, apply, wait 10 minutes, and pressure wash off. After finished with the stripping, apply wood brightener to all the wood. Let dry for 48 hours before applying the 1500 Series.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
age of wood: 28 years
type of wood: unknown? treated
condition of wood: fair
previously stained with super deck product
10 x 20 deck
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Gerald Gillet:
Our deck is around year and half. What would you recommend?
Iss there a retail outlet where we can purchase these products?

Use the Gemini Restore Kit for prep and stain with 2 coats of the TWP applied wet on wet. We are an online dealer.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Our deck is around year and half. What would you recommend?
Iss there a retail outlet where we can purchase these products?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Zel Canter:
Live inland from Santa Barbara, CA; weather is Summer hot, Winter rain (sometimes); Redwood Deck made 1991. Used Thompson Water Seal about 4 or 5 years ago which has worn off. Want as long lasting semi-transparent as is possible that will leave the Redwood looking like Redwood. It has grayed a bit; but still Redwood. Trees shade most of it.

Prep first with the Gemini Restore Kit. As for colors, we would suggest some samples: www.twpstain.com/stain-samples
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Older Redwood Deck CA
Live inland from Santa Barbara, CA; weather is Summer hot, Winter rain (sometimes); Redwood Deck made 1991. Used Thompson Water Seal about 4 or 5 years ago which has worn off. Want as long lasting semi-transparen t as is possible that will leave the Redwood looking like Redwood. It has grayed a bit; but still Redwood. Trees shade most of it.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting linda patterson:
I have a new deck, currently being installed, of kdat pressure treated pine. Does your stain offer UV protection? Please advise best stain.

Yes the TWP offers UV protection. For KDAT wood, we suggest letting it sit for a few weeks after install. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit to remove the mill glaze and apply 1 coat of stain this year. Apply another light coat in 12 months. Use the TWP 1500 Series.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I have a new deck, currently being installed, of kdat pressure treated pine. Does your stain offer UV protection? Please advise best stain.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Alfred Bastian:
I am preparing to restrain our Deck which is about 5 years old and
was build with pressure treated lumber.We stained the deck 2 years
ago with your TWP stain and need to restain the deck now and will need to purchase the stain but will have to check on the color.Last
time we used brush for railings and car wash brush per your recommendation.Could I also spray your stain? I have some Resore -
A - Deck left but not the cleaner. Do I need to use both to get the
Proper results. Thank you.

Yes you can spray the TWP but you will need to back brush the stain to ensure it applies evenly and penetrates well. Yes you need the RAD cleaner for the prep.
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Mr
I am preparing to restrain our Deck which is about 5 years old and
was build with pressure treated lumber.We stained the deck 2 years
ago with your TWP stain and need to restain the deck now and will need to purchase the stain but will have to check on the color.Last
time we used brush for railings and car wash brush per your recommendation. Could I also spray your stain? I have some Resore -
A - Deck left but not the cleaner. Do I need to use both to get the
Proper results. Thank you.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Shen Shang:
1 year
Pressure treated lumber
Excellent
No
No idea. A regular size deck for a 3000 square feet house.

Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit first before applying the TWP. Let dry for 2-3 days then apply two light coats of the TWP 1500 Series. Apply with wet on wet technique.
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Help need for product selection
1 year
Pressure treated lumber
Excellent
No
No idea. A regular size deck for a 3000 square feet house.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kathleen Ann:
I am re staining a deck that had she rein Williams solid oil stain. I need a solid color stain that doesn't mold. My deck is close to a big oak tree. The last stain got black mold. Please recommend best stain. I power cleaned it yesterday. I can't get all the old stain off but got all the loose to spray off.

TWP does not make a solid stain so it will not work. You can use our Deck Revive:
twpstain.com/.../deck-revive

Use the Permabond first.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting don poole:
Cedar deck 8 yrs old clcleaned pressure washed each year. In great shape. Never sealed

Clean again with the Gemini Restore Kit and use the TWP 1500 Series.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I am re staining a deck that had she rein Williams solid oil stain. I need a solid color stain that doesn't mold. My deck is close to a big oak tree. The last stain got black mold. Please recommend best stain. I power cleaned it yesterday. I can't get all the old stain off but got all the loose to spray off.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Richard Townsend:
Good day,

I would like to know where I may purchase a spray can, if you even sell TWP in spray cans, to preserve a new mailbox stand and the answers to the questions follow:
1. New
2. Cedar
3. Excellent
3. The pole has yet to be stained
4. Approximately 1 piece of cedar 4' high and 4x4"
I believe the product I would like is your TWP 1530 Natural although defer to your best recommendation.
Thanks in advance and have a terrific Thursday!

All my very best,
Richard Townsend

We do not sell spray cans, just gallon sizes. The 1530 would work well.
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Good day,

I would like to know where I may purchase a spray can, if you even sell TWP in spray cans, to preserve a new mailbox stand and the answers to the questions follow:
1. New
2. Cedar
3. Excellent
3. The pole has yet to be stained
4. Approximately 1 piece of cedar 4' high and 4x4"
I believe the product I would like is your TWP 1530 Natural although defer to your best recommendation.
Thanks in advance and have a terrific Thursday!

All my very best,
Richard Townsend
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jim Webb:
I am trying to match a twp 1500 color that is closest to TWP 200 California Cedar? I am staining a deck built 2 years ago and I like the Calif Cedar shade. Any help would be appreciated.

There is not a close match for the 205 Cal Cedar in the 1500 Series or 100 Series.
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TWP 1500 vs 200
I am trying to match a twp 1500 color that is closest to TWP 200 California Cedar? I am staining a deck built 2 years ago and I like the Calif Cedar shade. Any help would be appreciated.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Barry Sullivan:
I have a new cedar fence that is 6 months old never been treated. It is 1600 sq.ft. I live in Texas.What kind and how much stain do I need,and do I need to clean before staining?

Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. I am assuming this is rough cut wood? if so you can apply two light coats "wet one wet". You will need roughly 12-16 gallons for the two coats when applying to 1600 sq. feet. Use either the 1500 or 100.
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Mr.
I have a new cedar fence that is 6 months old never been treated. It is 1600 sq.ft. I live in Texas.What kind and how much stain do I need,and do I need to clean before staining?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Joseph Gurney:
Good morning. I have a pergola stained with TWP 1516 and need to do some touch up. I need a small amount a pint or quart and cannot find it in a small amount. Please help. Thanks, Joe.

Smallest amount we have is the gallon sizes.
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Mr.
Good morning. I have a pergola stained with TWP 1516 and need to do some touch up. I need a small amount a pint or quart and cannot find it in a small amount. Please help. Thanks, Joe.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Paul Dittmer:
My daughter bought a house recently in South Carolina. It has a smaller deck and staircase on e side of an enclosed sunroom and a stair set on the other.
Both are in need of re-staining. I don't know what was used previously and I don't know how it was prepped. We plan to power wash, What would be the best product to use for this application? I was thinking of trying the 1500 .....

Either the 100 Series or the 1500 will work well. Make sure that your prep includes not only cleaning but removal of any old coatings.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Paul Dittmer:
My daughter bought a house recently in South Carolina. It has a smaller deck and staircase on e side of an enclosed sunroom and a stair set on the other.
Both are in need of re-staining. I don't know what was used previously and I don't know how it was prepped. We plan to power wash, What would be the best product to use for this application? I was thinking of trying the 1500 .....

Either the 100 Series or the 1500 will work well. Mae sure that your prep includes not only cleaning but removal of any old coatings.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
My daughter bought a house recently in South Carolina. It has a smaller deck and staircase on e side of an enclosed sunroom and a stair set on the other.
Both are in need of re-staining. I don't know what was used previously and I don't know how it was prepped. We plan to power wash, What would be the best product to use for this application? I was thinking of trying the 1500 .....
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting geowm:
I Wish to preserve the natural colors of a New cedar fence located in Central Texas. My first selection was your TWP 1500 clear, but, It appears the TWP 1500 clear stain offer no UV protection. Which of the stains is most likely to offer the greatest chance for preserving the 'natural' colors.

All the colored stain will protect from UV graying. The darker the tint, the greater the UV protection will be. The Honeytone color is the lightest tint with Uv protection.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
I Wish to preserve the natural colors of a New cedar fence located in Central Texas. My first selection was your TWP 1500 clear, but, It appears the TWP 1500 clear stain offer no UV protection. Which of the stains is most likely to offer the greatest chance for preserving the 'natural' colors.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Log Home built 2007:
Down to bare wood on Garage. East West South pretty faded. Some Black on wood.
Cedar is bare. TWP was used originally.
What do I need to do to prep wood / logs.
Do I stain then seal? Help?

Prep with our Gemini Restore Kit and stain let dry for a few days before applying the TWP.
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DIY Home Owner
Looking for a clearer type stain (shows wood grain) that I can use on T&G pine that will be an interior cathedral ceiling material, however, as it goes beyond the interior walls and continues outside it becomes the exterior soffit material. I'd also like to be able to overcoat to achieve a satin finish with probably a waterborne product. can you help!
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Anne W. Tunstall:
Built the house in 1995
Tongue and groove porch flooring
Excellent
Yes, with TWP on front porch. 2nd stain was Cabot. Has not been stained since 2004. Stain on deck which is in good condition but needs to be stained. Deck added 2005. Stained only once.
Front porch sunny in am while deck is sunny afternoon. Will prepare surfaces properly.

Make sure to remove the previous Cabot coatings. Once removed and brightened, apply two light coats of the TWP applied wet on wet.
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Home owners
Built the house in 1995
Tongue and groove porch flooring
Excellent
Yes, with TWP on front porch. 2nd stain was Cabot. Has not been stained since 2004. Stain on deck which is in good condition but needs to be stained. Deck added 2005. Stained only once.
Front porch sunny in am while deck is sunny afternoon. Will prepare surfaces properly.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mark Weinbrecht:
Hi There. I have a second story deck with mahogany railings and posts. The decking is Ipe which, we are just cleaning and applying a conditioner to and letting the wood gray naturally. The railings are our concern. We what them stained very dark (just ordered your 1500 series dark oak and black walnut samples)any advice ? The mahogany is new and has been exposed to weather for about two months, sanded with 80grit than 120 grit(will sand again). Railings will be washed down and then cleaned with acetone prior to staining. Looking for durability and ease of recoating when the time comes. We live on a body of salt water in the New York area. Your products get great reviews, any advice you might have would be appreciated. Thank you.

No more sanding. Prep with the Gemini Kit before staining to open the grain. Acetone may help to swell the wood pores but is not a cleaner.
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contractor and homeowner
Hi There. I have a second story deck with mahogany railings and posts. The decking is Ipe which, we are just cleaning and applying a conditioner to and letting the wood gray naturally. The railings are our concern. We what them stained very dark (just ordered your 1500 series dark oak and black walnut samples)any advice ? The mahogany is new and has been exposed to weather for about two months, sanded with 80grit than 120 grit(will sand again). Railings will be washed down and then cleaned with acetone prior to staining. Looking for durability and ease of recoating when the time comes. We live on a body of salt water in the New York area. Your products get great reviews, any advice you might have would be appreciated. Thank you.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting HC:
I have a smooth redwood fence that is 3 months old and is untreated, plan to use 1500. The mill scale is now gone, what prep work is required? Also, can I mix the cedar and redwood colors to lighten the red color?

Yes you can mix TWP colors. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting David Hutchins:
Age of Wood = 14 years
Type of Wood = treated pine
Condition of Wood = good to fair
Has it been stain before= clear stain Thompson Water Seal and Cabot Semitransparent cedar.
Area deck = large water decking and walkway 100' boat docking area.
Please recommend TWP products. Thank you.

Start by removing the old coatings first. Use the Restore A Deck Stripper and pressure washing. Repeat if needed to all of the old stain is removed. Use the Restore A Deck Brightener t neutralize when done. Let dry for 48 hours or more and stain with the TWP 1500 or 100 Series.
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Prep?
I have a smooth redwood fence that is 3 months old and is untreated, plan to use 1500. The mill scale is now gone, what prep work is required? Also, can I mix the cedar and redwood colors to lighten the red color?
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Age of Wood = 14 years
Type of Wood = treated pine
Condition of Wood = good to fair
Has it been stain before= clear stain Thompson Water Seal and Cabot Semitransparent cedar.
Area deck = large water decking and walkway 100' boat docking area.
Please recommend TWP products. Thank you.
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RE: TWP 1500 Stain Tips and Help
Quoting goody1:
House is approx. 15 years old. It is rough sawn cypress lap siding. The wood is in good shape except in a couple of location. The damaged wood will be replaced. Some of the facial boards have been attacked by carpenter bees and they will be replaced also. Never stained and will be pressured washed before staining.

You can use the 1500 Series for this wood. Use the Gemini Restore Kit will pressure washing.
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