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The TWP 2023 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site ( between January 1st - Sept 6th, 2023.
  • 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, 2023.
  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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    Neal mesteller · 08/04/2023
    Before stripping deck had behr deckover applied which was peeling.
    Used angel grinder and dimablade disc to strip the surface, used gemini cleaner and brightner applied TWP 1500 semi transparent rustic stain.
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    Phyllis Brown · 08/03/2023
    how long will it take to be shipped and received
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      TWP Stains · 08/03/2023
      That varies based on where you live. Anywhere for 2-6 business days.
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    Jeff Conklin · 07/29/2023
    We had a new deck built in 2022 and waited 6 months or so prior to staining in 2023.  The product we used was TWP 120 Pecan mainly because the contractor who built our deck had recommended this product.
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    Ken R. · 07/24/2023
    TWP 2023 Contest:  My 20+ year old 700sq ft deck was in desperate need of a redo and was painted with deck paint roughly 3 years ago.  Priced out new deck boards… ugh, opted to pay for my kids college instead $$$.  Since the original deck boards are 2x6’s I decided to flip the board instead of sanding, good choice, yay for me.  After removing all of the (3,575) nails I cut 1 foot off each end due to checking and splitting.  I screwed them back down with 3 1/2 inch deck screws.  Working on a budget I went with the Gemini Cleaner/Brightener Kit and the 1500 Series Dark Oak 1503.  The cleaner/brightener Kit alone made the 20 year old treated deck boards look like new.  Applying the stain was super easy and went on flawlessly with a lambs wool pad.  Using your wet over wet technique not only gave the deck boards a rich color but will ensure to protect it from the elements here in the Carolinas.  Thanks TWP for such superior products and saving me a potential huge expense.
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    Kat C. · 07/24/2023
    We built this giant 3-level deck 10 years ago & we normally power wash and stain it every year but I t was not stained for 2 years and in rough shape. The first day of prep we used Oxy Clean to power wash, let it dry overnight and then followed up with TWP101 PRO-SERIES
    CEDARTONE. We purchased the 5 gallon bucket and used about 4 gallons in total. It took a total of 5 hours to complete this project with 7 people helping to get it done. We would never consider using another product, this stain is so easy to apply and seems intuitive with the wood. Our deck always looks so stoic and majestic after a fresh stain thanks to TWP. Plus is wears well with the relentless sun it receives in summer and the hefty snow and ice from harsh MN winters.  
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    Cheryl A Mehaffey · 07/24/2023
    Lovely product to work with.   First I pressure washed the deck and then used the TWP Total Cedar Gold.   Love the results!!  Thank you!
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    Anthony Ragona · 07/21/2023
    What is the difference between no UV and UV protection 1500 series. Does it really make a difference?
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      TWP Stains · 07/22/2023
      If you want to prevent UV graying then it must be a tinted color, not the Clear. The Clear will gray naturally.
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    Harvey Ginsberg · 07/10/2023
    Follow up on previous post. These are photos of a larger section of fence after two maintainance coats of twp 100 redwood after 5 plus years of original finish. Pressure washed to prep
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    Harvey Ginsberg · 07/10/2023
    Hello, I put light maintenance coats (2) of redwood twp100 on my cedar fence this weekend. I covered 3600 square feet with a pump sprayer and back brush. I used a pressure washer to clean and prep the fence. The initial stain was put on 5 years ago so it was ready. If you look closely you can see the "before" condition on the gate on the left side of the photo as I am going to hand coat the four gates. 
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    Gerard · 07/05/2023
    Shed Ceiling Project: After demolishing my old deck i took the wood that wasn't completely rotted. Cut it into 16 inch slabs then sliced it into shingles using a table saw. I stained it with TWP 1511 California Redwood and nailed it to the joists in my shed making an interesting ceiling.
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    Gerard · 07/05/2023
    Deck rebuild project: I let it age for 6 months then cleaned and brightened with Restore-A-Deck and stained with TWP 1511 california redwood.
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    Trevor · 07/05/2023
    This was a huge project cleaning, brightening and staining a 50 year old log cabin that has never been touched since it was built. 

    I purchase the TWP 200 series California Cedar that I put on the exterior logs and the deck. The Color is excellent and was exactly what I was looking for. The stain applied evenly, soaked into the wood and brought life back to this neglected cabin. 

    I also purchased the 200 series butternut brown stain that I applied to my cedar sided house. This again made the house look new and hydrated the wood beautifully. 

    Great products. 
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    Jocelyn · 07/04/2023
    Project: I bought my house in February and wanted to take care of the cedar fence the previous owners had somewhat recently installed (~1 year) around the whole property. I live in Utah, where the intense UV can really degrade wood and stains quickly - I knew TWP would make the fence look fantastic and protect it from weathering and warping. 

    Prep: I prepped first by pressure washing on a low setting/30 degree nozzle and wiped down the wood. I used TWP Restore-A-Deck Cleaner, paying attention to any particularly dirty areas, but it was pretty clean since it is so new.

    Stain: I stained the entire fence using TWP 1500 in Black Walnut. I used the recommended 1 coat for new wood and will go back again next year. Even though it took a while, I just used a brush to apply the stain for full control over the amount applied (especially to pay attention to any areas where I needed to backbrush) and for efficient use of the product.

    Results: The pictures speak for themselves! I absolutely love the color and how it brings out the grain, and VERY highly recommend the product to anyone. My neighbors came out and asked what product I was using since it looked so good, and made sure I was going to stain their side of the fence as well (yes, for max protection and as a good neighbor :)) The wood soaked up the stain nicely and I'm certain that the protective qualities will make my fence stay in tip-top shape! 
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    Michelle · 06/25/2023
    This is a traditional lattice trellis I bought from a home sale in Houston.  I stored it for awhile and finally got it out and washed it throughly with a brush and Murphy soap. Rinsed well and then allowed to air dry for 2 days.  
    I then used TWP 102 REDWOOD stain and applied a heavy coat.  
    I will be mounting it on posts when I get those done, but for now this is what they ended up like and I love it!  This stain is awesome!  
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    Roger · 06/24/2023
    I have been using TWP for 10 years and very happy with the product. Several years ago I was short on product and had to buy another brand. What a difference. The other product was far less reliable.
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    Felix Feliz · 06/20/2023
    My project included a pool deck and upper deck off of the kitchen totalling 1,400 sf.  The deck was sanded down from textured deckover solid pain/stain which took absolutely forever to sand down. Start to finish the project took me a year working on weather dependent weekends and evenings.  Sanded to 120 grit, Used the Gemini II cleaning and brightening solution, then stained with 2 parts dark oak, 1 part natural.   We couldn't be happier with the results or the stain.   Thanks TWP!
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    Connie Howell · 06/19/2023
    My project is a newly expanded boat dock on Lake Guntersville on the TN River.  The dock was too small to accommodate our boat and the dock and decking were expanded by 5 feet to accommodate the boat, grandchildren, swimming, fishing and relaxing.
    I first rinsed with water and then used TWP 200 Series in Cedartone.  This is our new favorite place for family and friends.
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    Jerry Bell · 06/05/2023
    Is the deck a stripper?
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    Carla · 06/04/2023
    after reading all the responses to questions I still can't decide which stain would be best - 100 or 1500. I'm in Eastern IA. So since you have to put 2 coats on, would it be beneficial to use 100 for the first coat and 1500 for the second?
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      TWP Stains · 06/04/2023
      No, you cannot intermix coats. Use the 100 Series. 
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    Nick Harvey · 06/04/2023
    Our deck is approximately 650 Square feet. I prepped it with restore-a-deck cleaner and brighter. The before pictures are after using the cleaner and brighter. I used TWP 1503 dark oak. We love how it turned out. This was my first time using TWP products. The employee I spoke to on the phone explained exactly how to use all of the products and I will definitely be using TWP again. Thank you