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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    J Samenus · 08/17/2016
    Installed a new PT pine deck On July 9th. Will I need to wait to stain or can I use the TWP 1500 series stain now. Will I need the brightener?
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    Cheryl Bergman · 08/17/2016
    I have a 75' long x 6' high cedar fence that is 9 years old that I want to re-stain (one side only). It was re-stained for a second time 4 years ago by a professional restoration company with a transparent stain (not a TWP stain). Questions: 1) will TWP 1500 allow the natural wood grain/wood knots show through (want this); 2) how much would I need for this project and would it require 2 coats; 3) what is the correct product to use to prep before staining? Thank You.
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    TWP Stains · 08/15/2016
    Chris Randazzo:
    We are preparing to re stain our log sided cabin, previously we were told by TWP to use 1 coat of 515 cedartone,allow to penetrate, and dry- followed by a coat of 515 cedar mixed with 315 cedar on all exterior surfaces. What is your recommendation now, I understand the 1500 series replaced the old 500 series. We have 2 pails of 515 left from last time we did the exterior. This is not enough to redo the entire project so I will need to order enough product. Also what do you recommend for cleaning the old finish - there are some areas it is worn and dry, others that still have some surfacing of the last oiling. Can you email me detailed instructions on your recommendations based on this information please.
    Thank you
    Chris

    515 was light cedar and was replaced by 1515 Honeytone. No need to mix in the 300 series. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and use the TWP 1515 Honeytone for the coating. You should not inter mix the 500 and 1500 Series, so unfortunately the old pails are no longer good.
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    Chris Randazzo · 08/15/2016
    We are preparing to re stain our log sided cabin, previously we were told by TWP to use 1 coat of 515 cedartone,allow to penetrate, and dry- followed by a coat of 515 cedar mixed with 315 cedar on all exterior surfaces. What is your recommendation now, I understand the 1500 series replaced the old 500 series. We have 2 pails of 515 left from last time we did the exterior. This is not enough to redo the entire project so I will need to order enough product. Also what do you recommend for cleaning the old finish - there are some areas it is worn and dry, others that still have some surfacing of the last oiling. Can you email me detailed instructions on your recommendations based on this information please.
    Thank you
    Chris
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    TWP Stains · 08/15/2016
    kinge17:
    I have a 4 month old cedar fence, 208 linear feet by 6 ft tall. trying to figure out amount needed and once done if it needs to be sealed with a product such as thompsons also i assume the wet on wet means to apply second coat immediately

    Are you doing both sides? If so you have about 2400 sq. feet. You will need two coats applied wet on wet. About 20-25 gallons total. You do not seal over the TWP after. No need to.
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    TWP Stains · 08/14/2016
    Michael Lee:
    I want the natural graying process to show on my cedar deck. Do you offer a clear product for penetrating and water proofing a deck (understanding there would not be UV protection)

    Yes, both the 100 and the 1500 come in a clear.
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    Michael Lee · 08/14/2016
    I want the natural graying process to show on my cedar deck. Do you offer a clear product for penetrating and water proofing a deck (understanding there would not be UV protection)
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    TWP Stains · 08/06/2016
    Hilde Morin:
    I power washed, sanded my deck and plan to use TWP 100 series. Do I use the Cleaner/Brightener and then stain?
    Thank you!

    Yes that would be correct.
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    Hilde Morin · 08/05/2016
    I power washed, sanded my deck and plan to use TWP 100 series. Do I use the Cleaner/Brightener and then stain?
    Thank you!
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    TWP Stains · 07/31/2016
    Cheri Brown:
    I applied TWP 1500 to a new deck three years ago. It's time to reapply stain. The total square footage of the deck is 1,397. Could you tell me how much stain I will need to purchase and if any prep is necessary outside of power washing

    Yes you need to prep with the Gemini Restore Kit with the pressure washing. About 10-15 gallons for two coats applied wet on wet.
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    Cheri Brown · 07/31/2016
    I applied TWP 1500 to a new deck three years ago. It's time to reapply stain. The total square footage of the deck is 1,397. Could you tell me how much stain I will need to purchase and if any prep is necessary outside of power washing
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    TWP Stains · 07/30/2016
    Eugenia Manning:
    I have an 18 year old treated pine porch, never been sealed or stained. I am not planning to treat the railing.
    What is needed to clean it (in the past clorox water has been used to removed mildew). Part of the porch is covered and part exposed to the elements. Several of the exposed boards have been replaced just recently. I want to use an oil based solid stain to protect what is there. In future, will I have to remove the stain on the porch before reapplying the same stain?

    I am sorry but TWP does not come in a solid stain. Semi-Transparent.
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    TWP Stains · 07/30/2016
    Nicole Zielinski:
    Hi, I need help figuring out how much product I need for 222 ft of 6 foot cedar privacy fence. The fence was installed in March of this year and hasn't been stained/coated with anything yet. I will be staining both sides. I live in Indiana so I will have to get the 1500 series. Also, would I just need to use the cleaner/brightener?

    Thank you so much!

    Yes on the prep. You have about 2700 sq. feet for both sides. For two coats of the TWP applied wet on wet, you will need 20-25 gallons.
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    Nicole Zielinski · 07/29/2016
    Hi, I need help figuring out how much product I need for 222 ft of 6 foot cedar privacy fence. The fence was installed in March of this year and hasn't been stained/coated with anything yet. I will be staining both sides. I live in Indiana so I will have to get the 1500 series. Also, would I just need to use the cleaner/brightener?

    Thank you so much!
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    Eugenia Manning · 07/29/2016
    I have an 18 year old treated pine porch, never been sealed or stained. I am not planning to treat the railing.
    What is needed to clean it (in the past clorox water has been used to removed mildew). Part of the porch is covered and part exposed to the elements. Several of the exposed boards have been replaced just recently. I want to use an oil based solid stain to protect what is there. In future, will I have to remove the stain on the porch before reapplying the same stain?
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    TWP Stains · 07/05/2016
    Ed Danek:
    We washed the deck with TSP. Do we need to do anything else before using TWP 100?

    If you have an old deck stain coating, you will need to remove it before using the TWP.
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    Ed Danek · 07/03/2016
    We washed the deck with TSP. Do we need to do anything else before using TWP 100?
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    TWP Stains · 06/28/2016
    Alan Johnson:
    I am trying to figure out how much I need. I am trying to stain a fence. It is a cedar fence. I have 610 pickets. Each picket is 3.5" X 5ft. That amounts to about 1000 sqft. so I would get two 5 gallons. My question is if I wanted to cover both sides of the picket would I need 20 gallons??

    Yes if you have twice the amount to cover, you would need twice the stain.
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    Alan Johnson · 06/28/2016
    I am trying to figure out how much I need. I am trying to stain a fence. It is a cedar fence. I have 610 pickets. Each picket is 3.5" X 5ft. That amounts to about 1000 sqft. so I would get two 5 gallons. My question is if I wanted to cover both sides of the picket would I need 20 gallons??
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    TWP Stains · 06/27/2016
    Teresa Fusco:
    Hi, I just did the calculation for my deck. I have a small deck... About 400 sq feet. It says on the calculator summary that this would be about 4 gallons for two coats wet on wet. My deck was put in last fall and it is now seasoned wood that has never been stained. Do I put one coat or two...? And if I buy a 5 gallon instead of the 4 the calculator suggests for two coats... Would this extra gallon left over still be good to mix and use next year for ant touch ups on the steps or floor of my deck...? Or do you suggest a new can at time of reapplication?

    Apply two very light coats this year. See this about shelf life:

    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/shelf-life-of-twp/