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The TWP Wood Restoration 2022 Contest is closed!

First Place

Leif (Page 1)

First Place = $500

Second Place

Mike (Page 1)

Second Place = $300

Third Place

John (Page 2) 

Third Place = $150

Thanks to all the entries this year! All entries were excellent and that made it very hard to choose the winners!

We will be contacting the winners via email.

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The TWP 2022 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site ( between January 1st - Sept 6th, 2022.
  • The deadline for entry is Sept. 19th, 2022.
  • The winner will be decided by Sept. 30th by our team.

Contestant winners will receive

  • First Place = $500
  • Second Place = $250
  • Third Place = $150

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by Sept. 19th, 2022.
  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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    Kevin · 09/20/2022
    Cleaned my rooftop deck with Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener and then stained with California Cedar 205
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    Tamara Sutton · 09/19/2022
    We had a new cedar fence installed in our backyard to keep our chickens from wandering. We stained with TWP 100 Series in Rustic #116. Very easy to apply two coats and love the color! Lots of compliments from neighbors.
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    Cynthia Petsalis · 09/18/2022
    Cedar deck was cleaned with the Gemini Cleaner/Brightness kit.  The deck was stained with TWP 1500 series 1501 Cedar Tone.  The risers were stained with 1504 Black Walnut.
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    alf · 09/18/2022
    Not a deck, not a fence (although that was last year's project, in the background), but a playshed! Previous owner had added onto the shed, but had not applied any stain (no "before" pics unfortunately). I used RAD Stripper then RAD Brightener, and applied TWP Stain Natural 1530 to finish the job. Lots of small brush work, but I'm really happy with the result!
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    Bob Jackson · 09/18/2022
    We have a 1940’s camp in upstate NY that was in need of repairs & TLC. We wanted to try to clean and preserve the old cedar shakes that were weathered, discolored, & molded having been previously treated w/unknown sealants & linseed oil over the years. I had previous experience w/TWP products over the last 30 yrs in GA using it on fences, deck/screen porch, stairs, pergola & furniture. Our painter was not familiar w/TWP so I referred him to the products website & tech support and asked him to compare it to other products he proposed using. After his research was completed, he was convinced and proceeded w/our project using Safe Strip to strip & clean the shakes followed by TWP 200, Cedartone 201 to restain them. 

    Our painter, friends & family, neighbors, & other subcontractors were in awe of the results! We couldn’t be more pleased so have subsequently referred a number of folks to TWP. Thank you for providing such a consistently awesome product!
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    L Howard · 09/18/2022
    15x25 cabin deck improperly stained 3 years ago.  Stripped with Restore-A-Deck Stripper w/ Booster Additive followed by Restore-A-Deck Brightener.  Sanded with 60 grit sandpaper where needed. Stained with 2 coats TWP 100 Series Pecan.  Love the results!  
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    Rachel · 09/18/2022
    We stripped, rebuilt, and refinished the very old deck behind our new house. We were able to reuse most of the cedar boards- after putting in a ton of time power-washing, planing, and sanding off old paint.

    We used TWP 1500 series in the Natural color, and are really happy with the results! 
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    Philip Edwards · 09/17/2022
    Project: 23 year old splintered deck, arbor and wood furniture get one more life.

    The scope of the 500 sq. Ft. project included a 21’ x 12’ deck with a 4.5 x 56’ walkway, 4 wood furniture pieces and a large grape arbor. All were stained with 10 gallons/2 coats of TWP 100 series Redwood stain.

    Prep: Power wash, belt sander with a coarse 36 grit sandpaper, oscillating multi-tool with 60 grit sandpaper.
    Repaired separating wood grain with Tite Bond II Glue.

    Find and remove splinters on the deck. Found splinters by rubbings an old, white terry cloth towel on the wood which left strings attached to the splinters.
    Lifted splinters with the oscillating multi-tool blade. Filled cracks with Black caulk. Filled holes with a mixture of Tite Bond II and sawdust.
    I’m entering the deck but including photos of the entire project.
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    Natalie · 09/16/2022
    My 20 year old cedar fence had been peeling badly since applying newer low VOC stain on top of existing older oil stain.  I was embarrassed of this mess and was interested to find this TWP site that hopefully could help with my problem and also could be shipped to Canada.  

    This is the first section of fence I worked on and am very pleased with my "new" old fence.  I used the RAD stripper with both the booster and thickening gel added. Before pressure washing off the stripper I scrubbed each board with a brush to try to increase my chance of success.  I applied the brightener with a paint brush as I only had one sprayer and did not want to clean it as I switched solutions.  

    TWP 200 series California Cedar 205 stain was then used.  

    I keep making people look at these before and after pictures!
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    HooverMountain · 09/11/2022
    Simply put my deck was a mess of peeling paint, deteriorating wood, and mold/mildew. Sanded, cleaned, and stained/sealed with TWP 100 Series Cedartone 101. Voila! Good as new!
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    ckuttner · 09/11/2022
    We had our deck rebuilt 3 years ago with cedar that had been vat-soaked in oil. That was wearing out, and rain would soak in.
    We used RAD Stripper/Brightener and 1501 Cedartone. It looks great!
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    Wendy · 09/11/2022
    We have lived in our Minnesota home for 13 years and neglected our deck for all of that time. In all honestly, I didn’t know you could “clean” a deck so I got a quote to replace the top and railings ($14,000).
    Ok....Plan “B”. I got a quote from a professional to clean the deck ($950).
    Lets try Plan “C”. You can learn a lot from the internet! So I purchased TWP Gemini Restore-A-Deck kit, a two step process, cleaner and brightener ($60 for both) and a pressure washer ($240). Now we’re talking.
    I am a 64 year old grandmother and I did this project myself. I was totally shocked at the results! I was hoping it might come back to light gray, but it came back to looking like new! The deck didn’t look this good when we bought the house and I just saved myself $14,000! I could not be happier with the outcome.
    I’ve only recently finished this part and plan to stain it as well. I’ve ordered a color sample from TWP and will get the stain through them too, however I won’t be able to get that part finished before this year’s entry deadline. I am so pleased with how far it has come already and it will get even better with stain. Planning black railings with a Pecan deck, similar to my bench/table in the photo.
    To me this project is a small miracle!
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    Mike · 09/11/2022
    My last picture of finished dock in Driftwood did not post. How do I add the pic? 
    I did send to you in an email. 
    thanks Mike
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      TWP Stains · 09/11/2022
      Just reply below your post with the picture.
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    Mike · 09/11/2022
     Our dock was about 3years old, and the pine decking was deteriorating. It was about a 1000 square foot project. This was our first stain project for our dock and we just followed the advice and directions of TWP. We used the Gemini Restore-A-Deck cleaner, and brightener products. We waited three days for it to dry completely. I then applied two coats of the TWP Semi-Solid Stain Pro Series in Driftwood. The UV protection is the main reason we chose this product, because the dock is in the sun all day long. The dock came out amazing, we love it, and the TWP products. The first two pics are the unfinished dock, and last two is the finished dock. 
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      Mike · 09/13/2022
      Pic of sock
      walkway in driftwood that didn’t take with my original post. Thx
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    Angela · 09/09/2022
    So I decided to redo my back deck with zero knowledge of how to go about this…I figured if I messed up at least no one can see it…  The deck is of unknown age, it has looked grey and dingy since I bought the house almost 8 years ago but it’s my favourite spot to sit and read so I thought it deserved an upgrade. I started by pressure washing, that did an ok job but not good enough for my liking… so on a bit of a whim I purchased Activox deck cleaner and gave that a whirl. After a shaky start with a faulty sprayer it came up pretty good. Now time to stain… I asked everyone I knew what they recommended and no one was super helpful. After some exhausting research done by myself and my son, we concluded that twp was the way to go. I ordered online and was very happy with the ease and speed of shipping to Canada. Staining day finally came, apparently three non rainy days in a row in Ontario was a lot to ask for this summer. I googled how to do it and went for it with fingers crossed… the result?? Amazing!! I’m so happy with how things turned out! I’ll be purchasing more twp next summer to tackle the front deck now that I’m a pro :) haha 
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    Leif · 09/09/2022
    Our project consists of a new deck around our pool (3 months old), a lower deck that is about 6 years old, and the upper deck that was built with the house about 20 plus years ago. Man did they all ever turn out nice. We used the TWP 200 series TWP201 Cedartone, it went on amazingly on all 3 ages of wood with minimal preparation. We LOVE TWP and will recommend to everyone we talk to. 
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    Hatch · 09/09/2022
     Our deck is 21 years old and has been rather neglected for most of its time.  One stain application was done on this deck about 15 years ago and has since sat exposed to typical Michigan weather.  After hitting warped boards and popped-out screws with the shovels for the last few years, we decided to address the deck (finally).  

    To start the process, we replaced a handful of boards that were beyond saving.  We then proceeded to remove all of the 21-year-old screws (with most of them breaking off during the process) and then flipped the boards to try and salvage some more life (Finances are a bit tight here).  

    After the boards were addressed as best as we knew how without breaking the bank, we began to research stain options.  After months of research and review, we stumbled upon TWP.  There were many passionate and favorable reviews that ultimately led us to take the jump and go with TWP (Thankfully).

    We used the Gemini Restore-A-Deck kit and TWP 100 series in Dark Oak to preserve our deck. We had quite a bit of anxiety regarding the process and trying to maximize the effectiveness of the application.  We completed the Restore-A-Deck cleaning step using 4 Gallons of mixed cleaner and then pressure washed the deck.  We then proceeded to complete the brightening step using 4 Gallons of mixed brightener and then rinsed the brightening solution off with a hose. 

    *(A separate step was complete with a bleach application to kill the mold/mildew which had accumulated on these boards after 21 years)

    After completing the Gemini Restore-A-Deck protocol, we already noticed a significant difference in appearance (See photo).  The wood not only looked better but seemed to feel better. 

    After waiting for an extra few days (due to rain in the forecast), we tackled the stain application.  After a review of the potential application methods, we settled on brushing the stain into the deck rather than the other options.  With the age of the deck and the neglect, I wanted to ensure that the stain was worked into the deck as best as we could.  The stain was applied following the "wet on wet" technique as recommended on for wood that is absorbent enough for more than one coat.  The application went smoothly and it was great to watch the Dark Oak stain bring the deck back to life.   

    Afterward, our family was impressed and happy with the results.  I really couldn't imagine a better outcome and am thankful that we found TWP.  I look forward to our time on the deck now and even look forward to the maintenance coats in years to come (somewhat).  
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    Aaron Henke · 09/09/2022
    Our deck is 4 years old. We originally installed a cedar tone treated pine wood for Home Depot. We used a different stain two years ago and was not impressed. We used Restore a Deck cleaner and brightener. Then we waited 2 days to dry. We used the pecan semi transparent on the yield of our deck and a darker boarder. Turned out beautiful! Thank you TWP!!!
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    Diana Reinhardt · 09/07/2022
    Our deck project began 18 months ago when we decided to remove our painted cedar deck and replace it with Alaskan Cedar. Once the deck was replaced and new cable railing installed, we let the wood cure prior to staining. We choose a competitor's product and experience wood furring and greying after 1 year. We could not have been more disappointed.

    We connected with Scott from and had a great interaction. Scott's product knowledge and overall help with choosing the right product was amazing. We used RAD stripper and brightener along with TWP 100 Series, 101 cedar tone. We watched videos and followed the instructions, and our results are incredible. We live in the Pacific Northwest and are thrilled to finally enjoy our new outdoor space. It is beautiful. Thank you TWP for a great product.  
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    Gary Crispens · 09/07/2022
    The fence at our family beach house had faded over the years and had some mold on it in the shady parts from running the sprinkler system. I power washed the fence that got it clean and washed away some remnants of the old stain. I have used TWP stains successfully at the beach on porches and decks so I tried on the wooden fence. I used the TWP 100 Rustic color to give the fence a rich look and it really turned out great!!!