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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    Jason · 07/12/2020
    Can I combine 2 colors into one? Say Cedar Tone and Dark Oak?
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    Ron · 07/11/2020
    Hi,

    I have a 40—year old redwood deck in a mild dry climate area of Southern California . It hasn't been protected with any finish before and (obviously) shows its age. However I plan on pulling all the boards and running them through a surface planer. I've tested a couple of boards and the boards have cleaned up very nicely - clean, smooth and very few cracks. Wood is obviously very dry, and it hasn't rained in months.

    My question is do I need any prep product if I plan on using TWP100? Also, since the wood is old and dry, may I assume that the coverage will be closer to the minimim 150sf/gallon as opposed to the 300sf/gallon max?

    Thanks

    Ron
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    Robert Schwirz · 07/05/2020
    Finally getting ready for my staining project.
    The deck is cedar and almost 2 years old now. We like the aged grey look but still like to protect the wood from the environment. I understand that I still have to clean and brighten it first. Is the TWP 100 series without pigment the best choice for the job? I like it to go back to the natural aged grey.
    The total square footage is 1210 sqft.
    Looks like 2 Restore kits and 10 gallons of stain.
    Please advise
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      TWP Stains · 07/06/2020
      Yes, that is correct. Use the TWP Clear if you want the wood to gray naturally. The prep and stain amount is correct.
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    Karen · 06/14/2020
    Per your calculator my deck is 3734 sq ft. and I need 38 gallons thats seems like a lot, how long does it take to get more product shipped to Jefferson, GA If I only order 28 gallons.
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    Tyler · 06/08/2020
    In the calculator my deck was 1200 sq feet and it calls for 13gal wet on wet. How much more will I need for the underside?
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      TWP Stains · 06/08/2020
      No need to stain the underside. If you wanted to for appearance reason only, you would need as much stain.
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    Justin · 06/08/2020
    My deck was stained with TWP 101 2 years ago. Rails seem ok, but I am looking to stain the decking. Can I use the Restore Kit, just powerwash, or do I need to strip?

    Also, it sounds like 1501 offers better UV protection, which is important since my deck is full sun 75% of the time. Is 1501 noticeably different in color?
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      TWP Stains · 06/08/2020
      The 1501 is darker, use the same 101 as before. Gemini Restore Kit for prep.
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    stacie · 06/08/2020
    My deck is very large. I bought 5 gallons and allied it. IT soaked it up very fast. I was not able to apply a second coat as I ran out of product. I am waiting

    for a stretch of good weather to reply a second coat. All recommendations for a second coat say wet on wet. Will have be able to add a second coat days after the first coat?
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      TWP Stains · 06/08/2020
      It may not take but it really depends on who dried out the wood is. Maybe do a test board and see how it dries prior to coating all.
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    Scott · 06/02/2020
    Had an old coating of TWP 100. Power washed the deck. Anything else I should do before reapplication of the same color TWP 100?
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    Robert Schwirz · 06/01/2020
    Hi there.
    This is my deck I installed just about 2 years ago. It's cedar.
    I red about the mill glaze so I just let it sit all this time and sure enough after 6 months it started to peel and the mill glaze lifted off the wood.
    Didn't have any time to stain the deck but now I am ready for it.
    I really like the natural agent grey look and that's how it is right now. Do I still have to use the cleaner and brightener? I like to apply the clear stain without the pigments so the cedar can age and stay looking grey?
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    byron · 06/01/2020
    i have power washed the deck and it cleaned up real well.
    is it neccessary to use any prep products and if so why?
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    MJ Little · 05/29/2020
    Why would a man advertising deck staining offer TWP 200 in Atlanta, GA area rather than the better rated TWP 100? VOC related?
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      TWP Stains · 05/30/2020
      Maybe because he does not know better? The 200 is designed for shakes and shingles.
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    John · 05/29/2020
    1. We have a 300 sq ft pine deck which has been power washed per TWP specs.

    2. it was sealed 4 years ago with TWP 1530.

    3. At the time we purchased a 5 gallon bucket. I estimate there are approximately
    2 1/2 gallons left. The bucket has been stored in a heated basement.

    4. Should I use what’s left over or buy new.

    5. If I buy new, how many gallons should I buy for the 2 coats?

    6. The wood is quiet dry. Should I put on 3 coats.

    Thank you for your assistance.

    John
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      TWP Stains · 05/29/2020
      It has gone bad by now. About 3 gallons for the 2 coats. Do not put on 3 coats.
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    Midge · 05/26/2020
    800 sq foot deck that is quite old but looks good. All cleaned and powerwashed.

    1. Should we use TWP 100 series?

    2. Does "CLEAR" have slight tint?

    3. How many coats to apply?

    3. How much TWP to purchase for 800 sq ft deck?

    Thanks
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      TWP Stains · 05/26/2020
      1. 100 or 1500 based on your state laws.
      2. No. Use a tinted color.
      3. 2 coats
      4. 7-8 gallons
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    Darrell · 05/14/2020
    Just had a new rough-sawn redwood fence with rough-sawn privacy lattice but then PT Doug fir 4x4 posts installed last week in the SF Bay Area. How long should I wait before applying TWP 1500? Do I need to apply cleaner and then brightener after the weathering period even though the fence will still be "new"?
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    Jordan · 05/14/2020
    Cedar fence built in June of 2019. Looking at the 1515 Honeytone. Fence is 6' tall and 245' per side. does it need 2 coats? How many gallons am I looking at?
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    Sue Meriwether Burkhalter · 05/13/2020
    I have a quick question. I am about to order cleaner and stain for my deck and when I calculate the sq footage I am coming up with 564 before the railing and steps. I used the calculator and it is coming up with 1780 sq feet (after adding railing and steps) and is telling me I need 18 gallons of stain!!! Is it that much more for a railing?? The railing is not solid, spindles several inches a part. I just want to make sure I order enough product without having too much. Initially I was going to order a 5 gallon container thinking that was adequate but not I am really not sure.
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      TWP Stains · 05/13/2020
      You must be entering your info correctly to get that big of a difference. Length x width for the deck floor. Railings are the length of rails x height. Add that all up and add in any sq footage for stairs. What does that come to?
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        Sue Meriwether Burkhalter · 05/13/2020
        Oh goodness...I am a dingbat, when I plugged my numbers into your online calculator I put the inches for the railing height...hahaha, not wonder it wanted me to get 18 gallons, I made it look like I had a 30 foot railing! After re-doing the railing calculation it came back with 7 gallons recommended which sounds perfect. Thanks for your speedy reply, I can't wait to get my products ordered and get started on this project. Thanks again.
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    Craig · 05/11/2020
    I am considering this stain for recently built wood shed doors. These were made from pressure treated lumber but the wood had dried considerably in the store before installation (so not wet/green). A simple water drop test showed the water absorbing within 10 minutes. Do I still need to wait 9-12 months to stain since it's new wood?
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    Bo McGinty · 05/10/2020
    Definitely want the 1515 Honeytone for new fence. Trying to figure out how much for 300’ of 6’ height??
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      TWP Stains · 05/10/2020
      Both sides? About 30-35 gallons for two coats and 3600 sq feet.
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    Mary · 05/09/2020
    I have a 7 yr old cedar deck in MN. Whatever product was used to stain pealed almost immediately. It was a grey stain. I have now power washed and sanded some parts where the stain remained. Do I need to still do a deck wash? (Parts where it is shaded and more prone to mold didn't wash as well) Or just the brighter? I'm interested in the Cottage Grey 100 series but worried about peeling again. Do you think I could still go with it? What is the best way to apply?
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      TWP Stains · 05/09/2020
      Your prep looks okay to stain. You can use the the TWP gray now.
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        Mary · 05/09/2020
        Thank you! How many days after rain and pre rain do you recommend to apply?
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          TWP Stains · 05/09/2020
          48 hours after rain. 24 hours before rain can come on a stained deck.
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    Doug · 05/09/2020
    I have used TWP 101 on my log home since it was built in 1999. I read in your specs that the 1500 series has better UV protection. Can it be applied over the previously applied TWP 100 stain?
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      TWP Stains · 05/09/2020
      You would have to strip it. Best to stick with the 101.