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    BranWick · 12/03/2018
    My 15-year old cedar garage doors and shutters are being stripped of old stain. I am trying to decide the best product to put on them. I want some color, but I want the grain to show through. Located in Texas where periods of drought are broken by flooding, so fairly extreme exposure conditions. Thank you!
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    Tom Sintzel · 09/24/2018
    here is my overall plan and want to get your feedback. I have had some feedback from your expert and thanks for the guidance. I'm being extra careful on this project so as to avoid extra work in the future of a real mess when finished.

    I have two decks that sit a top each other with step descending from the top deck to the lower deck and then down to the yard. I had previously used a Consumer Reports, nationally recognized Premium All-in-One Wood Solid stain and sealer. Deck are both 18 x 13 with 27 steps and wood railings with 300 ballasters. The floors are peeling badly 3 coats over 9 years, last coat 4 years ago.

    So I need to redo the floors and top of the railings. Several recommendation have flatly said I need to sand and strip to remove old finish down to bare wood. Solid stain is very hard to remove.


    To get to bare wood, I'm in the process of chemically stripping the lower deck (probably two times). and using cleaner-brightener.

    I'm sanding the upper deck floor to bare wood including top of the railings and then using a cleaner-brightener and power washing. I can't used chemicals on upper deck due to Aluminum Rain Tight System under top deck.

    I'm not stripping and sanding 300 ballasters as they are in great shape and I can't afford or have time to do the ballasters down to bare wood. I will clean-brighten and power wash ballasters as part of prep.

    Is this realistic not to strip the ballasters as they are vertical and noted exposed to direct sunlight. The finish on the ballasters seems dried out, but are not peeling.

    So, when I'm finished prepping.

    I want to re-stain the ballasters. Can I use TWP 100 semi-solid to go over the previous solid stain or should I re-use the original solid stain for better adherence them

    On the floors due to previously discussion, I want to use TWP 100 on the bare wood floors and steps and plan to touch them up every few years as noted on previous TWP comments "that I can expect to get about 2 years of service before re-staining".

    Based on the two pictures taken, will TWP Dark Oak or Dark Walnut coordinate or look similar to the ballaster's color.
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      TWP Stains · 09/24/2018
      Hello, TWP cannot be applied over a solid stain so it will not work for your verticals unless you sand it all off. The TWP will work for the floors with easy clean and recoat every 2 years or so. The TWP Dark Oak and Black Walnut are not red like you spindles. They are dark browns.
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    Kurt · 09/22/2018
    Can TWP 200 be removed from log building after being on for 3-4 years? If so what process would

    be used to remove it?


    Thanks
    Kurt

    Wisconsin
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    B.J. McCormack · 09/21/2018
    Hey I have a new fence. It has been up approx. 8 to 9 months. I would like to stain with a light brown transparent stain. It will get full intense sun. We live in northwest corner of Alabama. Any suggestions on which of your products to use? The fence is a treated yellow wood product. Thanks.
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    Heather · 09/17/2018
    PT deck and railings in Northeastern PA. Full afternoon sun, last stained about 4 years ago. What do you recommend?
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      TWP Stains · 09/17/2018
      What brand and type of stain is on the wood currently? Do you have a picture?
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        Heather · 09/18/2018
        Unfortunately I don't know. It was power washed at the beginning of the summer so some of the decking has the stain removed.
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          TWP Stains · 09/18/2018
          Hello, the TWP cannot be applied over the old gray stain on the floors. That would have to sanded off. Once removed, strip and brighten all the railings and the floor for the final prep.
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    Marisa · 09/09/2018
    2 month old PTP deck in Memphis TN. Gets full afternoon sun, hot humid summers. Hoping in a month to do a darker color, maybe black walnut or dark oak. Which is best for this climate, 100 or 1500 series?
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    Alicia · 09/04/2018
    Which should I use for:
    -9 month old untreated cedar fence in western Washington state
    -9 month old untreated cedar deck covered and uncovered areas
    Which color is most neutral/uncolored?
    Thank you
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    Catherine · 09/01/2018
    Once I put down the TWP 1500 on my log sided building do I need to apply a “sealer”? If I do what is your recommendations? Thank you, Catheirne
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      TWP Stains · 09/02/2018
      No need nor can you top coat the TWP with a sealer.
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    Catherine Jean Wissner · 08/29/2018
    I live at 6,000 feet, the sun is brutal on paint and fades out wood dyes. How does TWP stand up to UV exposure at altitude? Thank you, Catherine
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      TWP Stains · 08/30/2018
      It is fine at high UV exposure. Clean and recoat every two years or so. Make sure to prep correctly the first time applying.
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    EJ · 08/29/2018
    I have a 20 yr old ipe and cedar pergola and deck, that was just power washed a week ago - what do I need to do now? It cleaned up in most horizontal pieces well, but need to have if it finished asap. I'd like to restore the original color of the IPE that was gorgeous - what would you recommend? I'm in NE on the coast
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    Phil in CT · 08/27/2018
    Hi, It's time to stain the cedar shingles on our house. I live in CT. The last time the shingles were stained was between 10 and 19 years ago. One side, 10 years, the other three, 19 years. Shingles are 40 years old. They were last stained with transparent, non tinted, CWF (Flood). Our lot is heavily wooded, so shingles are still in pretty decent shape (except for woodpecker damage). Shingles will be professionally cleaned before staining. We'd like to add some color this time around. Which TWP stain would be the best choice; 100? If so, we were thinking about TWP 105. Since that is closer to a semi-solid than a semi-transparent, will we have to worry about peeling down the road? Thx. If not 100, would 200 or 1500 be better? Thx.
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    J · 08/27/2018
    Recently purchased a new home North of Atlanta that has a large outside deck that gets full afternoon sun and a screened in porch that is covered. The deck has been up for about 4 months. What stain would you recommend and would you suggest light sanding prior to application?
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    Max in MT · 08/20/2018
    I have an older shake roof ~40 years old. The shakes are in good condition, I am considering treating them with the 200 series. Is that a good idea? Will that improve the life of the shakes? They appear to be un-treated. I live in Montana. The 200 series appears to have a much higher solids content. Does that mean it is more opaque than the 100 series? Is it also thicker?
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      TWP Stains · 08/20/2018
      For cedar shakes, the TWP 200 series is the best one. It is semi-transparent in color. It will improve the life and look of the shingles.
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    March Schweitzer · 08/18/2018
    So we older railing and steps that has suffered some mold, lichen issues. I have used bleach/water solution, a scrapper and a scrub brush to get off the old moss and lichens and then hosed it down. I don't know what was put on it before. Do I need a brightener or have I done enough? I can use the 100 series in my state. Would that be appropriate to use?
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      TWP Stains · 08/19/2018
      Yes on the 100 Series. As for prep, hard to say. Can you post a picture?
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    Larry in NC · 08/17/2018
    I have a Dock that is about 6' wide by 120 feet long. It is 2 years old and has not been coated. It seems that a semi transparent stain would be best. We live in Coastal NC and get lots of sun and some warm weather. What is the best product to use, and should I use wet on wet application. Finally what is the best surface prep - I have an attachment for my 1900 psi pressure washer that allows good cleaning without destroying the wood. Thanks! I should have stated that the wood is PT Pine.
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      TWP Stains · 08/17/2018
      We already answered this question below. :)
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    Larry in NC · 08/16/2018
    I have a Dock that is about 6' wide by 120 feet long. It is 2 years old and has not been coated. It seems that a semi transparent stain would be best. We live in Coastal NC and get lots of sun and some warm weather. What is the best product to use, and should I use wet on wet application. Finally what is the best surface prep - I have an attachment for my 1900 psi pressure washer that allows good cleaning without destroying the wood. Thanks!
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    Guest · 08/16/2018
    Cedar Deck, Lots of direct sun, Already sanded, Using Cedar tone, Which should I use 100 series or 1500 series
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    guest · 08/05/2018
    I have a new PT deck that was put down 2-3 months ago in north GA. A dealer told my husband that the 200 series was the best so he purchased it. This is not the information I am seeing on your sight and it is causing some contention between us. Is there any worries that I should be aware of since this is the stain we are using? Also he didn't want to wait the year you recommend so it is going on now.
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    Tee Adams · 08/04/2018
    I have a 14 year old pressure treated deck that was last stained with TWP about 10 years ago. What series would you recommend? I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks....(see photos)
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      TWP Stains · 08/04/2018
      Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and stain with the TWP 100 Series.
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        Tee Adams · 08/05/2018
        Thanks - I see a couple prep kits on your website. For my case, do you recommend the "cleaner & brightener" kit or the "stripper & brightener" kit?
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    Mike · 07/30/2018
    Hello! I have a pressure treated pine deck that is about 14 years old. It was just sanded and stripped of all previous stain and sealer. We live in Maryland and get a lot of snow in the winter (18 to 20 feet a year). Deck gets full Sun in the summer for about 6 hours a day. Looking for a series recommendation. Also, thinking of the pecan color, but not sure how it will wear with the snow. Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 07/31/2018
      For MD, you will need to use the 1500 Series.
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        Mike · 07/31/2018
        Any prep involved other than what we've done so far? Thx!
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          TWP Stains · 07/31/2018
          Just use a wood brightener to neutralize the stripper.