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TWP Contest BUTTON 2020 smallThe TWP 2020 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 2020! 

We will contact the winners via their orders.

First Place

Sandra Obryant (Page 1)

First Place = $500 + 5 Gallon Pail of TWP Stain

Second Place

Sheryl McGuire (Page 4)

Second Place = $350 + 3 Gallons of TWP Stain

Third Place

Blue Ridge (Page 5)

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!


The TWP 2020 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site ( 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 The contest is not open to products purchased from other online dealers or from physical retail stores.

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    Tim Fenton · 08/18/2020
    Known as "Timmy's Big Deck", this project is two years in the making. Out looking the Vermilion River in Ohio the deck is approx 25x35 and required 7 gallons of your stain. The top rails feature stain protected with four coats of spar.
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    Rick Date · 08/18/2020
    As you can see from the pictures the building was not stained or treated for 1 year. The Oklahoma weather baked and bleached the siding. Just 1 coat of TWP 100 Rustic 116 brought it all back to life. The entire building used 5 gals with a little to spare. Using a good ($15) 3” stain brush works great. Very little dripping and it brushes on like silk. Soaks in and covers very well. Because the siding was so baked and bleached, I hope to give it another coat before winter.
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    Robert kinney · 08/17/2020
    I built a small like dog House gazebo for my hot tub
    and stained it with rusty stain I love it... and so does everyone who comes over and looks at it
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    Ellison-Stewart Hous · 08/16/2020
    More photos...
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    Ellison-Stewart Hous · 08/16/2020
    Our deck was newly constructed in 2019 and has a composite surface with cedar rails and aluminum balusters. We have two pergolas on the deck which are also cedar. We used two coats of TWP 100 Series Honeytone on the rails and pergolas and we are very pleased with the results. Prior to staining, we used Scott's outdoor cleaner to remove mold, mildew, and algae. Before the end of the summer, we will be completing the pergola near the stairs and stringing lights across the deck. One gallon of stain was enough to complete two coats on our deck and next up is our fence where we will be needing much more!
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    TheAuds · 08/15/2020
    We replaced our degraded deck floor with pressure treated flooring last October.
    In June, we ordered several samples of TWP and Armstrong Clark.
    Applied stain to samples and evaluated for one month outside on the deck.
    TWP 100 Dark Oak 103 was the winner for us - ordered 5 gallons here.

    In August, cleaned and brightened with the Gemini Restore-A-Deck kit using a pressure washer.
    2 days later, put down a thin layer of the Dark Oak TWP100 using the brush technique.

    The rain came earlier than forecast - after about 36 hours - but everything seems ok a week later.

    As others have written - the results are a delight to behold - we're very pleased with the results.
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      Jane Mullanix · 08/15/2020
      Thank you for your response! Will try your suggestion! We added a roof to our deck so due to that cost we are going to have to use old and new decking!
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    Craig Steffensmeier · 08/15/2020
    This is our 4 year old cedar deck that gets 8+ hours of sun a day and the stain really takes a beating. Using the Gemini Deck cleaner and brightener kit and 2 fresh coats really brings back the color. We love the TWP 100 Rustic 116 mixed in with bug juice!
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    David · 08/15/2020
    Used TWP on new deck last year. This year it was a new privacy fence!..Neighbors have all asked what I used.
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    Jane · 08/11/2020
    Our redwood deck is 25 years old! About every 4 to 5 years we have sanded and re-stained with Penofin oil deck stain! 3 years ago we replaced the redwood, sanded and re-stained with again the penofin oil! The redwood that we had used three years ago is not like the redwood originally on the deck! It’s a treated wood! All the work we did and looked horrible by fall! Presently we had to take all the boards off the deck to re do the supports And add a cover to our patio. My question is when we go to put the boards back on we will need to replace some of the boards Again with only option of treated redwood! We will probably need to sand those down to be level with our other boards! Should we wait 4 months because we sanded and so the new boards can become weathered or can we go ahead and stain with your product? Should we use a cleaner on the deck before we stain! Any insight would be gratefully appreciated! Your product comes highly recommended by our hometown Mead Lumber! We live in Sterling, CO., Northeast part of the state out on the plains!
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    Terry Gapsch · 08/08/2020
    Another finished photo of my steps
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    Terry Gapsch · 08/08/2020
    My deck is 20 years old it has been sealed with two cedar tone. I used the stripper and brighter then went with the twp 105 cape cod gray. It turned out beautiful!
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    Sandra Dodd · 08/06/2020
    For Contest: We rebuilt our upper and lower decks. New pressure treated wood for everything except the benches and walls which we stripped down. We used Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener after letting the wood dry out for about 3 months. Then we used TWP 1520 color Pecan. We LOVE LOVE LOVE it ! Get so many compliments. Notice the wall and benches are a bit darker and this is because it wasn't new wood but stripped down as I mentioned. We like the contrast.
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    LL · 08/05/2020
    We ordered the sample and decided to go for 1500 honeytone for our cedar fences. The color were much darker than expected and we are pleased with the results so far. No red tint like the natural color.

    We purchased two -5 gallons buckets and the shipment is secure.

    With the job during July in California, best to do in early mornings and late evenings. I didn’t follow the instructions and continued after the temperature rises at -0am and found the paint didn’t stick well. Did another coat the next morning and it’s perfect.
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    Sean · 08/04/2020
    Second photo here...
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    Sean · 08/04/2020
    Following a recommendation from my Dad, I chose TWP's 1500 Series stain (Rustic) to refinish 1,300 s.f. yellow pine deck and railing. Purchased two five gallon stain and Restore-A-Deck stripper and brightener kits in May 2020. Applied two coats wet-on-wet after taking everything down to bare wood using a floor sander, belt sander and hand sander to completely remove the original stain product. It was quite a job, but well worth the effort! This is the first phase of a three stage project (est. another 2,000 s.f. of deck to refinish) later this year and next. The product was the easiest step in the process using a paint stick pole w/9" pads and 2" hand brushes on the railing. TWP, I could really use the grand prize for the next phases!
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    Loye Henrikson · 08/01/2020
    Our 30-year-old redwood deck was certainly in need of attention. I used a deck cleaning product, applied and scrubbed 3 times, followed by a pressure wash. (The 'before' photos' were taken after cleaning.) A single application of TWP's 1502 Redwood stain resulted in a rejuvenated, much newer looking deck. I'm very pleased with the stain, its application, and the final appearance.
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    Mike R · 07/30/2020
    Additional after photo
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    Mike R · 07/30/2020
    We have lived at this house for 8 years now and decided it was time to redo the deck. Our original deck was opaque stained grey and was becoming hard to maintain. We also wanted to add a hot tub and pergola. We ended up going with pvc decking, metal rails and a stained Douglas Fir pergola styled in a modern way. I researched exterior stain and website after website led me to TWP! The before pics are of the old deck and the purchased, kiln dried Douglas Fir. We cleaned the Doug Fir as directed with the Gemini Restore a deck kit then stained them with 1500 Series Pecan 1520.
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    Alex alq · 07/28/2020
    Additional picture that did not upload
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    Alex alq · 07/28/2020
    This Is my deck which is over 20years old, I’m an RN and tackling this project has been my stress reliever after taking care of Covid patients. I used the twp 1502 5gal and Gemini cleaner/brighteneR