TWP Contest 2019 Deck Stain

The TWP 2019 Spring/Summer Restoration Contest is closed! 

Thanks to all the entered this year. Excellent job to all and we appreciate you entering our TWP staining contest for 2019! 

We will contact the winners via there orders.

First Place

John Blenkush (Page 2)

First Place = $500 + Weber Grill ($500 Value) + 5 Gallon Pail of TWP Stain

Second Place

Romeo J Vista (Page 3)

Second Place = $350 + 3 Gallons of TWP Stain

Third Place

Bonnie Pollock (Page 4)

Third Place = $200 + 2 Gallons of TWP Stain

Sorry for all that did not win the prizes. We were extremely impressed with all the feedback and entries this year!


Do you think you will have completed the best TWP Wood Deck Restoration for Spring/Summer of the 2019 season?

Take some pride in your hard work and enter the TWP Stain Wood and Deck Restoration Contest for 2019!

The TWP 2019 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site (TWPStain.com) between January 1st - Sept. 2nd (Labor Day) 4th, 2019.
  • Deadline for entry is Sept. 14th, 2019.
  • The winner will be decided by Sept. 30th by our team.

Contestant winners will receive

  • First Place = $500 + Weber Grill ($500 Value) + 5 Gallon Pail of TWP Stain of your choice!
  • Second Place = $350  + 3 Gallons of TWP Stain of your choice!
  • Third Place:= $200  + 2 Gallons of TWP Stain of your choice!

*Total winnings will be $2000 in payouts and prizes.

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by Sept. 14th, 2019.
  2. In the comment section below, post a short description of your deck/wood staining project, the products used to prep, and the TWP Series and Color used. Example of wood projects that can be entered: Decks, Fences, Wood Side Homes, Log Cabins, etc.
  3. Add 2 before prepping pictures of the wood that was restored (no more/less). You can still enter if you do not have the before pictures. Decks, wood fences, wood homes, etc are allowed.
  4. 2 after staining pictures must be included (no more/less).
  5. If having trouble uploading the pictures, please make your picture(s) size smaller (below 1 MB).

Any questions or issues posting, please ask in the comment area.

We look forward to all entries and wish everyone "Happy TWP Staining"!

*Disclaimer: All products must be purchased from TWPStain.com. The contest is not open to products purchased from other online dealers or from physical retail stores.

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    Mike · 07/31/2019
    My wife and I were staining a very large dock located in Florida, where the sun and weather can be brutal.
    Florida’s weather can be challenging, 95 one day and rain the next. We started the prep work and WOW the dock looked like it was built yesterday…. Can’t say enough about what a great product Gemini Cleaner and Brightener is for prepping old weathered wood back to its original look. Just sprayed it on with my trusty pump sprayer and waited. I had to keep wetting the surface because it said not to let dry and being in Florida with full sun in 90-degree heat, well it was a challenge. Used the pressure washer on the lowest setting and magically a new deck appeared. I have a pic showing a section before and after.

    I like many others had trouble remembering that I was staining, not painting. I was obsessed with making the wood soak up more and more stain. We used TWP 100 Cape Cod Gray.

    If I can make a few suggestions that I learned:
    1. Wet on Wet means just that the wood can only soak up so much stain. I did spray it on sort of heavy, but the wood absorbed it just fine. Then I used a stain pad which worked great and applied another coat on top of that. This is where you need to stop!!! Even if the wood looks like it is still soaking up more stain.
    2. When applying the stain with the pad stay with the grain. Don’t go against the grain it will show.

    Thanks for a great product! Our dock looks great!
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      Eric Willson · 08/01/2019
      Do a wipe down after 2 hours of applying the sealer. Always do coatings in the shade. Ive done over 2k deck.
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    Michael Corrrigan · 07/30/2019
    Here is the Deck before and after
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    Michael Corrrigan · 07/30/2019
    Our house was rebuilt strong, better and raised after Super Storm Sandy 2012
    We moved back in 1 year ago and have three decks. Waited one year for pressure treated pine to weather. Power washed and lightly sanded 80 grit boards on back deck with stairs(both sides). Applied TWP 1500 in Dark Oak. Could not be happier with results. Front two decks are next
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    Rich Kwasny · 07/29/2019
    Our deck had been stained with TWP 1500 Series stain color Pecan for the past 5 years. The best stain we ever used. This year my wife decided that the Pecan color was too "dark", which resulted in me having to strip the old stain off the deck. I pressure washed the deck, and then used RAD stripper and brightner kit. The first pictures I have attached are just as I was as I was beginning the project.

    I then applied TWP 1500 Series stain color Natural to the wood. The deck floor is pine while the seating, flower box and railings are cedar. The result is amazing!! See attached pictures of the finished product.

    We had a party this past weekend and the compliments on the deck were nonstop. You will be getting quite a few new customers from the Bucks County area.

    While the work this year was time consuming, it was well worth the effort. Thanks for the great product.
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    Erin Retzloff · 07/28/2019
    We have approximately 1200 Sq. feet of deck, consisting of an upper deck, main deck and spa deck. A large 100 year old maple tree makes it difficult to keep the decks clean. Our decking combines areas under roofing, a wet area near the hot tub and other areas that get sun during part of the day. With so much decking we also wanted something that would go on easily. We were looking for a product that would address all these issues and TWP does just that.

    We began the project by cleaning the entire deck with Gemini 895 Restore Cleaner and Brightener then brushed on TWP 1500 Natural finish with the wet on wet application. We used 2 kits of Gemini 895 and a 5 gallon drum of TWP 1500 Natural finish.
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    Brett · 07/28/2019
    We refinished our front porch (and two side stairways not pictured) this year with TWP Redwood 102. The original porch was 7 years old, finished with whatever the builder probably figured was cheap. The finish had completely failed, was flaking and was covered in mold and mildew.

    We prepped with Restore-A-Deck stripper, then sanded the remaining semi solid stain and mildew penetrated wood off. Then I used Restore-A-Deck brightener and finally the TWP Redwood 102. I found a 4 inch trim roller and a standard brush worked best for this project since we don't have long stretches of decking.

    The result is beautiful and I was surprised at how little stain we needed.
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    Steve-620 · 07/26/2019
    I have an approximate 20 year old 350 sq. ft. treated wood deck. Over the years I have tried several different brands of stain, but once I tried TWP, it's the only one that I will use. For the last 3-4 applications (about 8 years) I have used 105 Cape Cod Grey. In the past I used a pad applicator but had trouble keeping a wet edge - the longest stretch of board is about 36'. This year, after prepping the deck with a deck brightener and scrub brush, I used the Wooster Bravo Stainer 5.5" brush. The Bravo staining brush worked great - it holds a lot of stain and I was able to maintain a wet edge in about 80 degree temps. We finished the staining in about 2/3 the time compared with the pad applicator (90 minutes with my wife cutting around the screen porch and house). I think it looks great especially considering the age of the decking.
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    Bruce Adams · 07/21/2019
    We have an upper and lower deck that we just love and so I knew I needed the best stain to continue to enjoy them for years to come. After doing research I decided on TWP stain. I ordered the Gemini Restoration kit and a 5 gallon bucket of TWP 1500 stain in the Redwood color. Shipment was fast and the cleaning products were amazing. The stain was beautiful and using the Deck Stain Calculator I knew exactly how much was needed. I literally had just a thin layer at the bottom of the bucket when I was finished. It was a lot of work but it turned out amazing!! So glad I went with TWP !!
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    Bill · 07/21/2019
    I have about 2 gals. of TWP stain in the bottom of the 5 gal. can which is in the consistency of jello. Can I thin it with mineral spirits or some other solvent chemical and continue to use it?
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    Megan Hanson · 07/18/2019
    We selected TWP 1500 Series in Cedartone Natural for our 2019 deck restoration project. We have lived in our house for 3 years, trying a different stain each year, and not being satisfied with the outcome. My parents used TWP products on projects at the house I grew up in so we decided to give it a try! I power-washed the front entryway deck and then applied one coat of the Cedartone Natural Stain. The deck absorbed it perfectly and dried to be a wonderful color. We are completely satisfied with our purchase and project!
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    L. Rose · 07/09/2019
    We built a shed and I wanted to match to the color of the fence TWP 1500 Pecan. You can see the before pic in Pecan, which didn't come out as I liked because the shed is Pine and the Fence was Cedar so it didn't take the color the same. After staining the shed Pecan I purchased another 5 gal of TWP 1500 in Dark Oak and did the second coat. Liked it much better and was a match to the fence.
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    Eric Broder · 07/02/2019
    It had been 5 years since my deck had been stained (with Cabot) and it was a dirty mess. I had pressure washed it before discovering TWP. So, after having pressure washed, I stripped it using Restore-A-Deck stripper (actually went back and ordered more stipper), and used the brightener before applying the stain (TWP 100 Series 5 Gallon Cedartone 101). Sorry I don't have any "before" pics.
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    Eric Broder · 07/02/2019
    It had been 5 years since my deck had been stained (with Cabot) and it was a dirty mess. I had pressure washed it before discovering TWP. So, after having pressure washed, I stripped it using Restore-A-Deck stripper (actually went back and ordered more stipper), and used the brightener before applying the stain (TWP 100 Series 5 Gallon Cedartone 101). Sorry I don't have any "before" pics.
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    Renata · 06/30/2019
    Hi!

    We bought TWP200 11 gallons for our deck and railings.
    I used the RAD stripper/brightener kit with chapin 2- gallon sprayer and pressure washer.
    Then stained with TWP200 cedartone. Looks great!
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    Trevor · 06/23/2019
    Back in February I started by using a 2000 PSI pressure washer and Olympic deck cleaner to clean my deck. It started out gray/black and turned a uniform light gray. I was hoping to get 3 days of dry weather before staining and two days after. I was super paranoid about ruining the finish if it rained too soon after. I had purchased an expensive stain brush but at the very last minute I read a few comments from people who had used paint rollers. In April I finally found a clearing in the weather that timed with the weekend and decided to commence staining. I picked a corner and tested the stain. I was SHOCKED at how easy the stain goes on. My deck soaked it in pretty fast and I realized several things 1) The roller works WAY better than the brush. The brush was better for the cracks between boards 2) The stain is very forgiving compared to latex paint. I ended up applying a quick second coat on horizontal surfaces before the first coat dried. I essentially worked a 10x10 ft section at a time and moved along the deck. I started with a 5 gallon bucket and when I was 1/2 done with the deck, 2/3 of the bucket was gone. I had to apply it more sparingly from then on. Next time I'll have extra stain on hand. The end result is fantastic. Unfortunately the deck started in such poor condition and absorbed so much stain, I think I'm going to have to apple another coat in the fall. It also spontaneously rained about 3 hours after finishing but it didn't seem to have hurt anything. I'm impressed.
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    ROMEO J VISTA · 06/20/2019
    I built this deck back in March of 2018 from pressure treated pine. In April we prepped the deck with Gemini Cleaner/Brightener, a simple 2 step process and power washed it off. The deck looked great at that point. We followed it up TWP 100 Series Honeytone 115 stain. We applied a 2nd wet on wet coat and it came out beautiful. All my family and friends love it. Thanks from just outside of the deep South of New Orleans,La.
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    Mike Holveck · 06/19/2019
    I replaced decking and benches on a 1200 sf, 26 year old SYP treated deck with new SYP treated decking and railings. The old deck was treated with Sherwin Williams Redwood stain. I installed new decking/ railings in June 2018, and allowed the wood to dry/ season for about 9 months before cleaning and brightening with Gemini kit, and staining with 1 coat of TWP 100- Cedartone 101. I am very pleased with the result. I plan to add another coat in the fall.
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    Mayreen50 · 06/18/2019
    I had a 3 year old cedar deck which was stained with Cabot’s semi transparent Mahogany stain. It never soaked in wood and peeled and wore off. I used your Stripper, and Brightener with some power washing and sanding, all according to your directions to the letter. I then stained with TWP 1500, Rustic, stain. Utilized the wet on wet 2 coat application. I am thrilled with outcome, although a lot of work for me. I hope this stain has penetrated and holds up for couple of years. I am now 69 years old and don’t want to strip again. Very pleased and appreciative of all your help. Please consider me an entry into contest. Thanks again. Maureen
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    Marcus Giddings · 06/15/2019
    Hmm doesn't like them for some reason! Here's the other before picture :/
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    Marcus Giddings · 06/15/2019
    2019 Spring Entry - (Continued) Only posted half of the pictures, made sure the total size of all four was less than 1MB but lost half of them when posted. So here's the other two!