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TWP Contest BUTTON 2020 small The TWP 2021 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site (TWPStain.com) between January 1st - Sept 6th, 2021.
  • The deadline for entry is Sept. 19th, 2021.
  • 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. 19th, 2021.
  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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    stephen parent · 08/05/2021
    I sanded my old pressure treated deck down to bear wood about two years ago. I used your stain and was very happy with the results. I would like to now do a little refresh. I power washed it just to clean it up a bit and just because the application was so easy I want to add another coat. Do I need to do any special prep or can I just apply the next coat?   
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      TWP Stains · 08/05/2021
      Best to use the Gemini Restore Kit when reapplying. 
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    Leah Kucharek · 08/05/2021
    4th pic... In progress pic of the stain going on.
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    Stacy L Musser · 08/05/2021
    I finally got my project done and the results are wonderful, which has led me to decide to do the inside of the building as soon as all the hay is out of it, I am posting the outside pictures today. 
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    Leah Kucharek · 08/04/2021
    We are in the process of restoring our old barn from the effects of weather and age. The barn had been originally painted red, then sprayed a tan color over the red. It was in desperate need of some kind of protection from the elements or the wood would just continue to disintegrate. We removed each batten and then had to screw down each of the face boards because they were curled out like a potato chip from the weather. Once they were flattened down, we used a rotary tool with 6 blades that easily and quickly stripped off the top surface of the boards, leaving them paint-free and ready to seal. We could have painted it, but I love the look of the old tobacco barns of the south with their dark rich hues. I was trying to replicate that look in stain. I tried many different samples and brands and researched many different options. I had actually purchased a 5-gallon pail of a competitor brand of stain, got it home and saw its horrible reviews of color fading and immediately took it back and bought the TWP 100 stain. I was so glad I did. We used the dark oak and it brought out the grain and age of the wood exactly as I wanted. We are now working on side 2 of the barn, and am so glad I went with TWP stain. 
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    Ed Higbe · 08/02/2021
    Resubmitting with all pics......
    My pressure treated deck stained about 15yrs ago. I pressure washed with Restore A Deck stripper but it just didn't seem like it was completely removing the old stain. So I bought the booster additive and another Restore A Deck kit and did it a 2nd time. The before pics are from the 2nd time, as you can see it is becoming ALOT cleaner. Did the Brightener then waited 48hrs and started the staining. I used 1501 Cedartone mixed with 1503 Dark Oak at (3.5:1) I bought many samples and tried a lot of mixes and like this the best. The hard part about the mix was getting the color to look the same(or as close to it) on the pressure treated wood and the cedar fence. Even just using a single color it never matched on the different woods. I had to replace some of the deck rails so I stripped & brightened the old boards and used them to test with. I bought a few extra pickets as well for the same thing.
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    Ed Higbe · 07/31/2021
    My pressure treated deck stained about 15yrs ago. I pressure washed with Restore A Deck stripper but it just didn't seem like it was completely removing the old stain. So I bought the booster additive and another Restore A Deck kit and did it a 2nd time. The before pics are from the 2nd time, as you can see it is becoming ALOT cleaner. Did the Brightener then waited 48hrs and started the staining. I used 1501 Cedartone mixed with 1503 Dark Oak at (3.5:1) I bought many samples and tried a lot of mixes and like this the best. The hard part about the mix was getting the color to look the same(or as close to it) on the pressure treated wood and the cedar fence. Even just using a single color it never matched on the different woods. I had to replace some of the deck rails so I stripped & brightened the old boards and used them to test with. I bought a few extra pickets as well for the same thing. 
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    Johnny Tayes · 07/15/2021
    Thirty year old house with cedar shakes that had never been stained before.  Cleaned and restained with your great stain and cleaner.  Deck cleaned and stained as well.  TWP Stain #101 Cedar Tone.  Also used Gemini Restore A Deck Kit. Have used your deck stain for years on a newer deck was great but on this 30 year old house even better than I expected.  Thank you TWP.  615-347-4094
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    Matthew white · 07/13/2021
    Deck...Prepped with RAD stripper and brightener. 1504 Black Walnut...
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    Bob Hanes · 07/08/2021
    We built our cedar deck 6 years ago and for various reasons never got around to staining the darn thing. The deck itself is 5/4" cedar (mostly 4" with 6" around the perimeter) with 2x4 for the railings. All of the posts are treated 4x4 that are wrapped in 5/4" cedar. The pergola is primarily 2x12 rough cut cedar with 2x2's as a topper. After spending more time than I care to admit researching stain, we landed on TWP semi-solid pro-series for the task. We utilized the R-A-D products prior to staining, and they worked quite well. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any 'before" photos - guess we were just too excited about finally getting it stained to think about it. As you can see, it a two-tone job. The darker color on the perimeter, railings, steps, and pergola is "Cabin Fever", and the lighter color in the field is "Earth". The product was very easy to apply (all by brush), and we couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Thank you TWP for making a quality product. (Hopefully the photos post correctly)
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      TWP Stains · 07/09/2021
      We really like the colors you choose. Could you post a few more photos?
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        Bob Hanes · 07/10/2021
        Thank you. Here's a couple more photos (hopefully - I tried to attach 4 total pics with my original post, but only the 2 posted).
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    D. Franklin · 07/06/2021
    I am in the process of stripping old stain and sealers from my log home.  After years of using stains and sealers from big box stores, the pine logs and cedar siding on my log home had turned dark.  I began using Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper and Wood Brightner along with my pressure washer to remove the old stuff.  It is a slow process but the end result really cleans up the wood.  I have stained some of the cedar siding and logs with Cedartone 101 which really look great.  I still have to strip off some of the upper areas which will require renting a lift and I still have to apply the Cedartone 101 stain on the remainder.  I have been doing this on the weekend by myself when I have some time, so it has been a slow process but I am getting there.  Many thanks to TWP Stain for answering my questions and helping me restore my log home to its original beauty.           
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    Dan Smith · 06/14/2021
    Not up to the contest rules but I thought I would share some photo's of TWP101 Cedartone in action. This is split rail fence we replaced this spring and are very happy with the color and ease of application.
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    D. Pettigrew · 06/06/2021
    We have a pool deck that is 10 plus years old and we added a new deck between the house and pool last year.  We stained the pool deck last year with TWP 100 cedartone and before we had tried several stains and sealers that did not work.  With two coats on pool deck last year and the wood as old as it is really sucked up the stain and started fading this year.  Plus having a saltwater pool with grandkids did not help the deck either. So we decided to do both decks this year.  I purchased the restore a deck and used it on both decks with good results, the before pictures.  Then we stained both decks, the pool deck only took one coat but the new deck required two because it sucked up the stain and needed a 2nd coat.  The treated wood that we buy now is not as good as it use to be.  The after pictures are about a week later after it had rained.  The decks turned out great beading water and color is pretty close even with the age difference in the decks.  I am very satisfied with the results.  Thanks TWP!
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    James A Nardone · 06/03/2021
    In May, I used about 8 gallons of TWP 1500 rustic 1516 stain to restore my cedar deck and trellis.   Lots of work to scrub and rinse clean, then hand apply the stain with brush, pad, or roller.  The end result is a great finish and beautiful deck to enjoy.  I have been very happy with the TWP 1500 stain and have referred a few admirers already.
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    Bob Yee · 05/30/2021
    My custom built pergola was neglected for years and was either painted or had a sold stain.  Sanding was the only choice due to the extreme weathering and splintering. Lots of work with a 18V rotating/vibrating sander, but it turned out well.  The first pic shows before any work, followed by one pic after sanding, but before using Gemini Brightener application (second pic) and then two pics showing after application of TWP 1502 Redwood stain.  Turned out well, should last quite a while and thanks to using TWP products, easier to redo in a few years.  Awesome TWP products!
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    Steven Large · 05/24/2021
    Tackled the deck after refinishing it less than two years ago with an inferior water based stain. This time I stripped it with TWP cleaner brightener followed by a good sanding and another cleaning. Then one good coat of russett, using a foam brush around the edges, followed up with an application with a applicator pad. 
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    Stephanie Robinson · 05/23/2021
    Most of my deck is 8+years old and built by previous owners. We have changed aging boards and last year finished the porch around our pool. We were concerned that even though we seasoned the new wood, it would be obvious where new boards were. We pressure washed, sanded, and used TWP Cedartone. I am in love! The color is amazing and the way it stained the new and old boards were both amazing! We love it! 
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    Andrew · 05/22/2021
    Deck turned out great. Even left theb5 gallon bucket pose for the camera. 
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    Nicole · 05/19/2021
    4th attempt with each of my photos down to 200KB...
    3-year-old deck getting its maintenance coat of TWP Rustic Stain (1516). Prepped with the Gemini Cleaner/Brightener Kit 48 hours before.
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    Nicole Mayeda · 05/19/2021
    Third time's a charm?
    3-year-old deck getting its maintenance coat of TWP Rustic Stain (1516). Prepped with the Gemini Cleaner/Brightener Kit 48 hours before.
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    Nicole Mayeda · 05/19/2021
    Trying again because not all my pictures posted:
    3-year-old deck getting its maintenance coat of TWP Rustic Stain (1516). Prepped with the Gemini Cleaner/Brightener Kit 48 hours before.