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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  1. info buttonAge of wood?
  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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    Kat Cramer · 05/18/2013
    Our deck was built from cedar 7 months ago here in Minneapolis, MN.
    We have not stained it yet. It gets a ton of sun & snow as well. We have read a lot on what stain to use and we would like to know what you might recommend between the twp 100 or 1500 stain? and also how any gallons necessary for our deck? It is two stories., one floor is 14' x 20' and one is 26' x 20'. Plus 2 flights of cedar wood stairs.
    Also what do you recommend forvprep?
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    Rolf Johansen · 05/18/2013
    Need advise. 10 year old pressure treated pine deck. Had what looked like a rosewood stain. Stripped it and used brightener followed by TWP 1515 Honeytone. Now realize I should have used a darker color. I don't mind it, but wife really HATES it. Shedding wife not a viable option. Is there another solution other than stripping off product and starting again? After it fully dries, can I lightly sand the surface and reapply a darker stain, or perhaps a deck paint?

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    TWP Stains · 05/18/2013
    Tyvek, install first, let weather for a month, lightly clean, then stain. The Homeytone is the lightest tint that offers UV protection from graying.
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    TWP Stains · 05/18/2013
    lebel, you would want to prep the wood first with a deck cleaner and wood brightener. Only 1 coat this time. The 1500 Series
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    lebel · 05/17/2013
    I have an older covered porch with pressure treated wood added last year to the floor. The porch gets rain and snow 3/4 of the way in from the edge and steps are open to the elements. I live in Limestone, Maine and would like to know which stain to use in semi-transparent series. Some of the wood on the floor has been flipped and is still in great condition. Wood is fir/spruce?
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    Tyvek Man · 05/17/2013
    The wood is 3 years old stacked and stickered air dried in a pile.
    Species is white pine, rough sawn (not planed) for maximum penetration.
    The wood is all sawn into 1"X10" boards and has not been previously stained. My intent is to put it up on the house as exterior siding and apply a wood preservative after it is up. I live in Wisconsin where the summer humidity is high and winter is cold. We like the color of natural wood if possible. What type of stain do you recommend? Am I on track with my thinking of putting it up first, then staining it after it is up or should I stain each board first then put up on the house? Is it ok to treat only one side or should I treat the under side before putting the boards up?
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    TWP Stains · 05/17/2013
    For the unstained decks, just let it dry then stain. For the stained that was rained on, it really depends on how it looks after the rain dries. If it looks bad and blotchy then you may need to strip it off and start over. If it looks okay, then leave alone.
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    Michael_Am · 05/16/2013
    I watched the weather for my area waiting until the weatherman basically guaranteed no rain for 7-10 days. That would allow me two days to prep my porch and decks, 48 hours to dry, a day to stain, and 48 hours to dry.

    I got my porch stripped and brightened (7 year old decking with a light honey tone stain), and got my decks cleaned and brightened (one year old pressure treated pine) (with Restore A Deck) by day 2. Allowed to dry for 48 hours. On day 5 I began staining . . . and about five hours into it, IT BEGAN TO RAIN!!!

    I've got four gallons of TWP 1500 on my deck that was rained on after it had been down about two hours. The vast majority of my deck now has nothing on it (besides water). The porch is also bare, but it's mostly covered.

    So now what? Do I have to re-brighten or what? If yes, how soon must the stain be applied? What about the wood that was already stained, but not allowed to properly dry?
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    TWP Stains · 05/15/2013
    1. You can stain 48 hours after the prepping and up to 2 weeks.

    2. Get a pressure washer to help with the pergola. It will be extremely difficult without it. The Restore Kit must be scrubbed and or washed with a pressure washer.
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    TWP Stains · 05/15/2013
    Paint strippers will probably not work much better. Strip, let dry, sand, lightly clean, then brighten.
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    Jadire · 05/15/2013
    Hi. I have a 600 sf deck.

    It's sectioned into three 200 sf areas and there is a pergola. The banisters are aluminum. I already have the TWP. Here are my questions:
    1. How long after restoring/cleaning, can I apply the stain? I don't think I can tackle both staining and restoring the whole deck on one weekend, and I don't think I can manage more than a section in one weekend. But, how much time do I have after the restore a deck application to still effectively stain.

    2. How do I manage the pergola? Will just spraying it with the restore a deck be enough, I can't really scrub it. I am not using a pressure sprayer--I'm scrubbing and rinsing by hand and water hose.


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    Robert Meyer · 05/15/2013
    Ok, so everyone says Cabot SPF is not easy to remove. Two questions, would a paint stripper be better than a deck stripper? Second, after stripping and rinsing with a power washer, should it be sanded then use brightener, or brightener, then sanded?
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    TWP Stains · 05/15/2013
    Scott S, TWP does not have a light brown color. Please read this article for some color tips and we would suggest getting some samples as well to test:
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    Scott S. · 05/14/2013
    1. 9 months
    2. Pressure treated
    3. Very good
    4. Never treated
    5. Entire 18x16 deck

    I purchased Cabot Timber oil to stain my deck, but then found TWP online and I am considering buying the TWP 1500 product and returning the unopened Cabot.

    I'd like the deck to have a reddish or light brown color, but dont want it to look too dark. The Redwood color image on the website looks pretty dark, but its hard to tell without me seeing it. What color would you suggest? I do not want the deck to look orangy which I've seen from other products.
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    TWP Stains · 05/14/2013
    Robert, Wood filler does not work on outside wood and will not stain to match with the TWP. Cabot SPF is not an easy stain to remove. You can strip, sand as needed, brighten, the stain with the TWP.
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    Robert Meyer · 05/14/2013
    I have 30 year old deck, all cedar. Wood is mostly good condition, minimal rotten places on the deck seating. I plan to fill them with a wood filler first. Deck had Olympic Semi-Transparent applied a couple of times in years past. Two years ago, we stripped, brightened and applied Cabot SPF. Not happy, it is peeling and flaking. Plan to strip, brighten, and re-stain. Suggestions appreciated.
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    TWP Stains · 05/12/2013
    MJ, prep to restore the wood with the Gemini Restore Kit before staining with the TWP 1500.
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    MJ · 05/12/2013
    1. 2 years
    2. Treated Lumber
    3. fair
    4. never stained
    5. large above ground pool deck
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    TWP Stains · 05/10/2013
    Not sure on the media blasting type. I would stain with the 1500 Series for this.
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    Mike Hickok · 05/09/2013
    I have a 22 yr. old Lodge Pole Pine Cabin(chinked). The porch covered side wall is in good shape. West and South walls exposed and lots of checks and fading. Not sure what stain used by previous owner. Plan to refinish entire house.What would you recommend for prep and stain? Should I media blast first with glass media? I have seen videos that seem to show it works better than corn cob media. Thanks, Mike