This calculator will help you determine the proper amount of stain and prepping supplies needed to refinish your deck using TWP 100 or TWP 1500 Series.

 

This calculator is intended to provide you with an approximate estimate only. Material requirements may vary according to application method, surface condition and weather conditions.

 

You will get two prepping results. You need one, not both options:

  • First will offer the Gemini Restore Kit. This will be used for new, gray, dirty decks and for applying TWP over an intact older coating of TWP.
  • Second is the Restore-A-Deck Stripper and Restore-A-Deck Brightener. This is used for removing old coatings of stain. Use this if you are switching from a different brand to TWP or if you have a neglected coating of TWP that has failed unevenly.

 

If you have questions as to which to use, please ask below.

 

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    TWP Stains · 08/30/2015
    mike gumbinger:
    I have a deck that is just 5 months old and it is recommended to just put one coat one after I clean it. How long will the 1501 last if I purchase 5 gallons?

    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/shelf-life-of-twp/
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    mike gumbinger · 08/29/2015
    I have a deck that is just 5 months old and it is recommended to just put one coat one after I clean it. How long will the 1501 last if I purchase 5 gallons?
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    TWP Stains · 08/13/2015
    kpmullins:
    I am planning on staining a new fence. How long should I wait to stain and do I need to do any prep prior to using your product to stain?

    Is the fence wood rough cut? If so you can stain right away with no prep as long as it is dry. If the wood is smooth then you will need to wait. See here:
    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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    kpmullins · 08/12/2015
    I am planning on staining a new fence. How long should I wait to stain and do I need to do any prep prior to using your product to stain?
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    TWP Stains · 08/12/2015
    Nancytodd:
    I received a sample of your deck stain and really like the color. My deck will require two coats of stain. The deck is 600 sq ft. and will need two coats. It is your 1500 series. Can this stain be used for staining trim of the cedar home as well as the deck? Should the underside of the deck be stained as well as the top, rails and spindles?

    Only exposed wood should be stained so no need for the undersides. You can use the TWP for the trim as long as the wood is unfinished.
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    Nancytodd · 08/11/2015
    I received a sample of your deck stain and really like the color. My deck will require two coats of stain. The deck is 600 sq ft. and will need two coats. It is your 1500 series. Can this stain be used for staining trim of the cedar home as well as the deck? Should the underside of the deck be stained as well as the top, rails and spindles?
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    TWP Stains · 08/07/2015
    Hal Waite:
    I purchased 5 gallons of 1500 clear and applied one coat this summer to my 1 yr old pressure treated deck after allowing it to dry for 1 yr. My deck faces east northeast and is sun from sunrise to 4pm. I realize I want UV protection. Can I use 1501 for the second coat and expect good UV protection?

    Also installed a cedar fence a month ago around the pool same sun light issue. which production can I use twp 100 or twp 1500?

    You can only use the 1500 Series for NY. You cannot apply the 1501 Cedartone over the clear now. Best to prep well and apply it next Spring so it will properly take.
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    Hal Waite · 08/06/2015
    I purchased 5 gallons of 1500 clear and applied one coat this summer to my 1 yr old pressure treated deck after allowing it to dry for 1 yr. My deck faces east northeast and is sun from sunrise to 4pm. I realize I want UV protection. Can I use 1501 for the second coat and expect good UV protection?

    Also installed a cedar fence a month ago around the pool same sun light issue. which production can I use twp 100 or twp 1500?
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    TWP Stains · 08/06/2015
    Phil Sprute:
    i have a 3600 sqft cedar shake roof in the Seattle area. How many gallons of the cedar tone TWP do I need)

    25-35 gallons depend on how porous the roof is and the application method.
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    Phil Sprute · 08/05/2015
    i have a 3600 sqft cedar shake roof in the Seattle area. How many gallons of the cedar tone TWP do I need)
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    TWP Stains · 08/05/2015
    Linda Pierce:
    I have a 1622 square foot pine 2 x 6 deck. We put Ace brand oil based stain on it when we first put the deck up two years ago and the stain did not take.. we left it so now have graying wood along with some mold and some remaining stained areas. We live in a desert climate.. low humidity with high heat and lots of sun.. and cold winters. I would like to put two coats on this time around.. what will we need?? thanks..

    Prep first to remove all old Ace stain with the Restore A Deck Stripper and pressure washing. Brighten the wood after the stripping. Apply two light coats of the TWP with the "wet on wet" method.

    3-4 of the RAD Stain Strippers
    2 of the RAD Brighteners
    About 15 gallons of stain give or take a couple of gallons as it varies on your wood and application method.
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    TWP Stains · 08/05/2015
    Charles Roedersheime:
    In using your calculator to estimate number of gallons of stain needed, I noted there was no provision for ballisters or posts for deck rails nor indication of whether the rail length would cover both cap rail and bottom rail. Also our deck has inside and outside cap and top rails to connect the ballisters. Our deck has whether the rail measurement was to include the . Our deck railings have square spindles every 3 inches plus 4 by 4 post that will be stained.The The posts are the hiegth of the rail plus 4 inches to the deck. Also our deck has a wooden grating at its base (it is elevated)and the grating is a lattice design with the 1 inch square connectors spaced about 1 inch apart. Measured the average height and length of the grating and divided in half to estimate stain needed.
    Suggestions on calculating the parts of the deck not included in measurement and method to average out the stain amount required for the grating.

    The railing height x the length covers all parts of the railings including spindles, caps, posts etc. Just do a sq. footage calculation for the lattice.
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    Charles Roedersheime · 08/04/2015
    In using your calculator to estimate number of gallons of stain needed, I noted there was no provision for ballisters or posts for deck rails nor indication of whether the rail length would cover both cap rail and bottom rail. Also our deck has inside and outside cap and top rails to connect the ballisters. Our deck has whether the rail measurement was to include the . Our deck railings have square spindles every 3 inches plus 4 by 4 post that will be stained.The The posts are the hiegth of the rail plus 4 inches to the deck. Also our deck has a wooden grating at its base (it is elevated)and the grating is a lattice design with the 1 inch square connectors spaced about 1 inch apart. Measured the average height and length of the grating and divided in half to estimate stain needed.
    Suggestions on calculating the parts of the deck not included in measurement and method to average out the stain amount required for the grating.
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    Linda Pierce · 08/04/2015
    I have a 1622 square foot pine 2 x 6 deck. We put Ace brand oil based stain on it when we first put the deck up two years ago and the stain did not take.. we left it so now have graying wood along with some mold and some remaining stained areas. We live in a desert climate.. low humidity with high heat and lots of sun.. and cold winters. I would like to put two coats on this time around.. what will we need?? thanks..
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    TWP Stains · 08/04/2015
    Teresa M:
    I have been using the wet in wet method of applying two coats of stain. I have one small landing section of stairs, about 4x5 that was missed with second coat. Can I go back and do a second coat since it is dry or do I have to strip it and start over on that section?

    Best to leave that section alone for a few months, lightly clean, and apply a very thin light coat.
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    Teresa M · 08/04/2015
    I have been using the wet in wet method of applying two coats of stain. I have one small landing section of stairs, about 4x5 that was missed with second coat. Can I go back and do a second coat since it is dry or do I have to strip it and start over on that section?
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    TWP Stains · 08/04/2015
    Brian Steyer:
    we are residing our house in WI with cedar siding. There is 2600 sq feet of siding to stain and we going to stain both sides of the siding before installing it on the house. Should we use the 100 or 1500 and how much stain will should we get?

    Thank you

    There is no advantage to staining both sides. Also you cannot stain new wood right away with TWP unless it is rough cut siding. If smooth cedar, then install, wait 4-12 months, prep and stain.
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    TWP Stains · 08/04/2015
    Witte3767:
    I have about 840 SF of Cedar deck to strip, restore, and stain. The deck is 5 years old. The wood is in good condition. The previous stain was a Sikkins Oil based stain for decks. What products do I need and how much do I need of each? Thank you.

    David

    2-3 Restore A Deck Stain strippers.
    1 Restore A Deck Brightener
    7-10 Gallons of TWP for 2 coats.
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    Brian Steyer · 08/03/2015
    we are residing our house in WI with cedar siding. There is 2600 sq feet of siding to stain and we going to stain both sides of the siding before installing it on the house. Should we use the 100 or 1500 and how much stain will should we get?

    Thank you
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    David Witte · 08/03/2015
    I have about 840 SF of Cedar deck to strip, restore, and stain. The deck is 5 years old. The wood is in good condition. The previous stain was a Sikkins Oil based stain for decks. What products do I need and how much do I need of each? Thank you.

    David