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Do you think you will have completed the best TWP Wood Deck Restoration for Spring/Summer of the 2020 season?

Take some pride in your hard work and enter the TWP Stain Wood and Deck Restoration Contest for 2020!

The TWP 2020 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site (TWPStain.com) between January 1st - Sept 7th, 2020.
  • The deadline for entry is Sept. 20th, 2020.
  • The winner will be decided by Sept. 30th by our team.

Contestant winners will receive

  • First Place = $500 + 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!

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by Sept. 20th, 2020.
  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. Examples 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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    Matthew Scala · 09/13/2020
    Bonus picture that didn't upload on the initial post.
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    Matthew Scala · 09/13/2020
    Restoring a deck after a decade of neglect. Any time it rained, the entire deck became a slip 'n slide liability from all of the algae that had built up. This is the first time I've been 100% satisfied with the result of a home improvement project. Zero regrets on choosing TWP. it was extremely easy to work with, $20-25 less per gallon compared to competing products, and the end result looks amazing.

    Prep products: None as there is a garden and berry bushes downwind. Pressure washed once, then wire-brushed every square inch and pressure washed a second time.

    TWP Series: 1511, California Redwood. I was surprised that I used over 4 gallons for a 400sqft deck. Glad I went with the 5 gallon pail!
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    Allison T Alumbaugh · 09/12/2020
    OK, last of the four pictures
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    Allison T Alumbaugh · 09/12/2020
    Other two pictures that didn't come through with original post
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    Allison T Alumbaugh · 09/12/2020
    Researched online for best stain that would protect our old porch wood. This was the only wood preservative + stain on the market. Used the 1500 series cedartone color, and the prep was power washing then the RAD stripper/brightener kit that came with the 5 gallon pack. We are honestly blown away with how nice it looks! We have had two different neighbors ask us what we used, because they love it. too. Will be buying more soon in a different tone to finish the wood trim all over the rest of the exterior of the house!
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    Deborah Lee · 09/12/2020
    We just restored our deck, which started out looking pretty dismal! We used Thompson's Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner, sanded the deck with a random orbital sander, and then stained the deck with TWP 201 Cedartone (brushed on). We did buy Restore-A-Deck, but I was impatient and used something else while it was was in transit (I can still use that product for our fence, which still needs to be done). We are very pleased with how the deck turned out - I love the colour!
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    Charlie · 09/12/2020
    My project is a boardwalk from my patio across a gully to the fire pit and also extending around the side of the house and up the slope to the front yard. I built the board walk in 2018 and stained it the first time in 2019. So this was a 2nd maintenance staining. I cleaned and brightened the wood with the 2 step Gemini Restore Kit then stained it with two colors, Black Walnut 1504 and Natural 1530. I used the Black Walnut to provide a visual contrast for the borders and also for the first board on the steps/platforms and the kick plates for the steps. Turned out really nice.
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    Glenn Fjelsted · 09/11/2020
    My deck is a 10 year old red cedar deck. I used an E-Z deck wash along with power washing before applying the TWP Cedartone 101 stain in June. When I first built the deck, I used a different stain for the first 4 years but I didn't like the results over time. I discovered the TWP stain online and I stripped and sanded the deck in 2014. I have been very pleased with the Cedertone stain ever since.
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    Natalia · 09/11/2020
    Upon deciding what color and stain we wanted for our patio, we did a lot of research. TWP was our final choice just based on the quality of the stain. Our neighbors, friends and family are so impressed with the final product that we have been referring them all to the twp website. Here are some before and after pictures of our project
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    Pat M · 09/10/2020
    TWP 1500 series 1515 Honeytone Stain is by far the best and easiest product I ever used. My cabin was built in the summer of 2019. I let it weather for a year before applying stain. I used the wet on wet method and came out perfect. You can not see areas that you left off at. Very good blending. Since applying it has rained several times and the water beads off great. I would definitely recommend to friends and neighbors. AAA+ product.
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      Deb · 09/16/2020
      Thank you for explaining which method, stain and how product was to work with. We just ordered an Amish-built log home and know will have a similar project happening in the future. The Amish builder said they use TWP so glad to hear from someone else who is not a builder! Good luck with the contest and living in such a wonderful home.
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    Eric · 09/09/2020
    Can't seem to put photos in order, keep them oriented properly or put four together! I give up!
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    Eric · 09/09/2020
    This is a 900 square foot Western Red Cedar deck that is 30 years old and was painted with a failing solid stain. Lots of weathering and much mildew. Most said "tear it down" but I saw it differently.

    I first set all nails that were proud to the deck then lightly power washed followed by sanding to bare wood with a 12x18 rental orbital floor sander to a 60 grit finish. Then the Restore A Deck Cleaner/Brightener product was used as directed. After 48 hours of drying, I stained the deck with TWP 100 series Rustic using the wet-on-wet technique.

    I couldn't be happier and impressed with the results. Future maintenance coats will now be a breeze which is the reason I went with this product. Looking forward to this deck's next 30 years!
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    Pat M · 09/09/2020
    TWP Stain is by far the best and easiest product I ever used. My cabin was built in the summer of 2019. I let it weather for a year before applying stain. I used the wet on wet method and came out perfect. You can not see areas that you left off at. Very good blending. Since applying it has rained several times and the water beads off great. I would definitely recommend to friends and neighbors. AAA+ product.
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    Jimmy · 09/09/2020
    The other 2 picture didn't upload. Here they are...
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    Jimmy · 09/09/2020
    After 20 years it was time for an upgrade and we decided to use TWP 200 California Cedar on our wood siding. Because cost was a huge factor with family medical bills, we had to keep this project as inexpensive as possible. We opted for a cheaper oxgenated cleaner (which we admit did not work that well and should have used TWP prep products), applied with pump sprayer, let it soak in for 30-60 minutes, then pressure washed the whole house. This was not easy on a 26 ft. step ladder, but was accomplished after some time and effort.

    Application was done with a 6" brush. I initially tried using the sprayer, but liked that more stain was being absorbed using the brush. It also gave a cleaner application as there was overspray onto the trim at times. I didn't feel like masking off everything. It took time with 3 of us working, but I think it turned out very nice. And.... my wife is the happiest of all!
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    Michael T Hutchison · 09/08/2020
    Here is the before photo that didn't show up when I posted...
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    Michael T Hutchison · 09/08/2020
    A few years ago, we bought a house with a 12 year old cedar, neglected, play set. My kids turned 2 and 3 this summer, so they really started taking an interest in playing on it. It was gross! Going into COVID lockdown, I knew it was my time to make it look new! I started by power washing, scrubbing with a little bleach, a little sanding, replacing a few rotten boards, and painting the plastic pieces. I brushed two coats of TWP Series 100 in Cedartone 101. My kids now love it, and everyone thinks it is brand new! Neighbors never noticed it before in its gray state, and now they see it though the trees and ask if we just bought the kids a new play set!
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    Srini · 09/08/2020
    I used Restore A Deck Stripper/Brightener Kit and used a garden hose to wash. Used TWP 1530 natural stain. I didn't take a before photo, but we are impressed with the outcome as we are doing it for the first time and apply some of the learnings next time. Also thanks to TWP Customer service for sending a replacement (next day delivery) of the Stripper Brightener kit as the original pack was damaged.
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    Monica Capilla · 09/08/2020
    It had been over 15 years since this deck was last stained and that was with a solid color stain. Stripped, some sanding and power washing took most of the old stain off, though we were unable to get all of it. Used TWP 1500 series Cedartone for the floor to add glossy, rich protection to an over 30 year old deck that needed some love. Warm cedar-tone color added nice contrast to the cream colored home and green deck railing.
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    Gary Rasdorf · 09/08/2020
    Deck Beautiful!!! TWP 1504 Black Walnut absolutely the best!!!looks absolutely awesome! Repels water better than a great car wax. Never worry about ever peeling in spite of harsh Wisconsin winters!