Why Do I Need to Wait to Stain My New Deck with TWP

info buttonAfter a new wood deck has been constructed it is important to protect it from the elements. Unprotected wood will be prone to graying, warping, cracking, splitting, and mold/mildew infiltration. Protecting your wood deck is easy with TWP Total Wood Preservative. There is however a waiting period to allow new wood to season prior to stain application.

New wood is commonly called “green” wood. Meaning it has not had time to season or dry. It has a very high moisture content. You may notice the difference in weight of a newer deck board and an older one. The newer one is much heavier due to all the moisture it is holding. As the wood dries it also shrinks. This is noticeable in the gaps between deck boards. They will be tight together after first construction and as the wood shrinks the gaps will become larger.

 

Applying TWP deck stain to a newer deck too soon can result in a failed deck coating. The stain will trap moisture in the wood, which can cause several problems. Mold and mildew can spread quickly underneath the stain eventually leading to rot and decay. The moisture will also keep the wood stain from penetrating properly and may cause it to peel and flake off the surface. TWP wood stain is designed to penetrate deep into the wood for maximum protection. If the wood has too high of moisture content the stain cannot penetrate correctly.

There are some people who believe you have to wait and entire season or 1 year before you can stain new wood. This is normally not true and actually a lot of the wood damage can occur in the first year if the wood is not protected. Most types of wood will be ready to stain within 4-12 months after being erected. All new wood should be prepped with the Gemini Restore Kit before staining. Wait time can vary depending on sun exposure, weather, and temperatures.

For TWP wood deck stain to give you the best results on a new deck, the moisture content of the wood should be 15% or less. This can be easily checked with a moisture meter. If you do not have access to a moisture meter and you have waited several months of hot summer weather, you can do a drop test with water. Sprinkle a few drops of water in several areas of the deck. If the water soaks in right away indicating the wood is dry it is probably okay to stain. If the water does not soak in right away, the wood may still be holding too much moisture.

Be sure your new wood deck has had plenty of dry time before applying TWP deck stain. This will guarantee proper wood penetration giving a naturally enhanced look that will last and perform as expected.

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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Steve LAKEY:
Live in St.Louis. Having cedar deck installed late September. Contractor says treating with two will be fine. Seems to contradict your procedures. Please advise.
Thanks

He is wrong. Need to wait and prep.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Live in St.Louis. Having cedar deck installed late September. Contractor says treating with two will be fine. Seems to contradict your procedures. Please advise.
Thanks
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Quoting June Castonguay:
I live in mid Michigan and just had a deck installed work completed the first week of August. I know I should wait 4-12 months. If I wait for months the weather will be too cold to stain. Is there anything I should do to protect the deck during the winter there will be plenty of snow.

It will be fine and normal to go through the Winer. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and stain in the Spring.
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New deck what to do
I live in mid Michigan and just had a deck installed work completed the first week of August. I know I should wait 4-12 months. If I wait for months the weather will be too cold to stain. Is there anything I should do to protect the deck during the winter there will be plenty of snow.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Ms Barb Thiesfeld:
Will the tallin still come through the redwood after i stain the deck with the wood preservative?

Typically it does not, but that would have nothing to do with the stain, but the quality of your wood.
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Tallinn on the redwood
Will the tallin still come through the redwood after i stain the deck with the wood preservative?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Debra K.:
If deck is built using kiln dried tight knot cedar 5/4x6, can it be stained transparent within a month or does the 4 month seasoning still apply?

1 to 2 months will work for Kiln Dried. Still need to prep with Gemini Kit and only 1 coat this year. Another coat in 12-18 months for the horizontals.
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Kiln Dried Cedar Deck wait period
If deck is built using kiln dried tight knot cedar 5/4x6, can it be stained transparent within a month or does the 4 month seasoning still apply?
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Quoting David Haugen:
I MUST replace a seriously degraded >40 yr old deck. Majority of deck boards in full southern sun, others in full shade. Stain must tolerate many cycles of (1) freeze/thaw & (2) snow cover/above moisture. "Kiln-Dried-After Treatment" (KDAT) Southern Yellow Pine. The cited KDAT supplier stresses the IMPORTANCE of applying stain IMMEDIATELY after installation to avoid absorption of rain/high humidity. QUESTIONS: May I successfully apply TWP to KDAT before "weathering"? If yes (A) which will be most effective (series 100 or 1500?), (B) should I pre-stain all sides of the KDAT before installation, (C) should I use "Gemini Restore Kit" before staining to assure stain penetration? In a "water-test" are water drops readily absorbed by "as-received" KDAT? Which "hidden" deck board fasteners do you recommend & why?

Wait about 1 month after install of the KDAT and prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. Use the 100 series if allowed in your state otherwise the 1500 Series. Only 1 coat of the TWP. Not sure on fasteners.
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"Mr." -- Homeowner
I MUST replace a seriously degraded >40 yr old deck. Majority of deck boards in full southern sun, others in full shade. Stain must tolerate many cycles of (1) freeze/thaw & (2) snow cover/above moisture. "Kiln-Dried-Aft er Treatment" (KDAT) Southern Yellow Pine. The cited KDAT supplier stresses the IMPORTANCE of applying stain IMMEDIATELY after installation to avoid absorption of rain/high humidity. QUESTIONS: May I successfully apply TWP to KDAT before "weathering"? If yes (A) which will be most effective (series 100 or 1500?), (B) should I pre-stain all sides of the KDAT before installation, (C) should I use "Gemini Restore Kit" before staining to assure stain penetration? In a "water-test" are water drops readily absorbed by "as-received" KDAT? Which "hidden" deck board fasteners do you recommend & why?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting DaveThompson:
Just installed a new con heart redwood cap on my retaining wall (80 LF) here in Northern California. We are just coming into our rainy season. How long should I wait to stain and what product would you recommend?

Please see this about new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

You will need the 1500 Series.
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homeowner
Just installed a new con heart redwood cap on my retaining wall (80 LF) here in Northern California. We are just coming into our rainy season. How long should I wait to stain and what product would you recommend?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Steve W:
I just put in a new Covered Porch of Douglas Fir. I live in Central Idaho. I understand that i need to wait to let the wood cure. However, it gets snowy and deep here in the Winter. Should i cover the Porch with Plastic etc.. for the winter and open back up in the spring to prevent Snow getting in and sitting on the wood deck

No. Just leave alone and prep/stain in spring.
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New Covered Porch should I cover with Plastic over the winter
I just put in a new Covered Porch of Douglas Fir. I live in Central Idaho. I understand that i need to wait to let the wood cure. However, it gets snowy and deep here in the Winter. Should i cover the Porch with Plastic etc.. for the winter and open back up in the spring to prevent Snow getting in and sitting on the wood deck
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting TRISH:
What temperature works best. Can you stain in the fall of the year?

Above 45 degrees. Yes you can stain in the Fall.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
What temperature works best. Can you stain in the fall of the year?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Betsy Hamilton:
My deck was finished in 4/2015. I thought the wood was wet/green/treated improperly. The GC stood w/ it being cured fine. TWP stain was applied. It's been 4.5 months and the deck is black. I believe the wood was green. Can you look at pictures and advise me? I have photos before staining (that show green wood) and now a mold covered deck. I am meeting w/ my GC this week. Thank you. Betsy Hamilton

You have to strip it off and start over as you did not wait 4-12 months and most likely did not prep correctly. I would suggest waiting until Spring to do this.
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wet wood help?!!
My deck was finished in 4/2015. I thought the wood was wet/green/treat ed improperly. The GC stood w/ it being cured fine. TWP stain was applied. It's been 4.5 months and the deck is black. I believe the wood was green. Can you look at pictures and advise me? I have photos before staining (that show green wood) and now a mold covered deck. I am meeting w/ my GC this week. Thank you. Betsy Hamilton
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting CMCannon:
Does one need to use the cleaner/brightener on verticals? I will be staining a new (6 months old) pressure treated deck with your TWP 1500.

Yes you do need to prep the verticals and the horizontals.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Does one need to use the cleaner/brighte ner on verticals? I will be staining a new (6 months old) pressure treated deck with your TWP 1500.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Neil Meyer:
I had a new cedar deck built and completed on September 10, this year. The customer wants a clear stain to maintain its current look. How long should I wait before I stain it? Can I wait till spring and maintain its original look? I live in central Minnesota. Thanks!

Neil,

As the article stats, you should wait until Spring and prep with Gemini Restore Kit. Make sure that your customer knows that the Clear will not protect from UV graying. You must have a tint/color in the stain.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
I had a new cedar deck built and completed on September 10, this year. The customer wants a clear stain to maintain its current look. How long should I wait before I stain it? Can I wait till spring and maintain its original look? I live in central Minnesota. Thanks!
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting D Borden:
We built a new porch in February 2015 using treated yellow pine wood. We live in Northern Virginia. We are thinking of staining in October 2015. We like the look of yellow pain. What stain would you recommend for the porch and how many coats?

One coat on new wood. You need to use the 1500 Series for your area. Prep first with the Gemini Restore Kit.
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7 month yellow pine porch
We built a new porch in February 2015 using treated yellow pine wood. We live in Northern Virginia. We are thinking of staining in October 2015. We like the look of yellow pain. What stain would you recommend for the porch and how many coats?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting chuckfitz:
I just finished prepping a 2000 sq ft, two year old cedar deck. Had to strip off a bad stain, sand, and brighten. Do I have to wait a full 48 hours to start staining after brightening if the wood is already reading less than 15% moisture content after 24 hours in sunny 90 degree day?

Yes you should wait 48 hours.
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48 hrs vs
I just finished prepping a 2000 sq ft, two year old cedar deck. Had to strip off a bad stain, sand, and brighten. Do I have to wait a full 48 hours to start staining after brightening if the wood is already reading less than 15% moisture content after 24 hours in sunny 90 degree day?
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Quoting Jim Cousineau:
We have a new deck that we just stained with TWP. Because of traffic and investment and as we are pleased with the stain results, I would like to apply a clear coat over the stain coat.
How long should I wait to apply the clear?
Any reservations or notes?
Thank you.

You cannot apply a clear coat sealer over the TWP. Did you read this as well about new wood?:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Clear coat over stain coat
We have a new deck that we just stained with TWP. Because of traffic and investment and as we are pleased with the stain results, I would like to apply a clear coat over the stain coat.
How long should I wait to apply the clear?
Any reservations or notes?
Thank you.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting lalee b.:
how long do I wait before applying clear coat to a new, rough cut, redwood fence?

New rough cut wood can be stained right away as long as the wood is dry. Just one coat on new wood.
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mrs
how long do I wait before applying clear coat to a new, rough cut, redwood fence?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Ronnie Phillips:
I have a 7 month fence I am treating with your 101 do I have to wash it with bleach? Will I have to pressure wash or use a water hose?

As the article states you should prep it with the Gemini Kit, not bleach while lightly pressure washing.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
I have a 7 month fence I am treating with your 101 do I have to wash it with bleach? Will I have to pressure wash or use a water hose?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting John Korman:
I am interested in a darker stain like walnut. I do not like the color sample shown on your web site - Dark oak 103. I am wondering if the actual color of Dark Oak 103 might look different when applied to yellow pine and how true to color is your web site color.

Colors vary drastically based on the wood type, wood age, prep of the wood, application, etc. Best to get a sample from our site to test.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Pauline Nevins:
We just had a new redwood deck completed. We're in Norhern California and the deck is on a sunny south side. We've heard different waiting periods before sealing- from two weeks to one year. Please advise. Also what stain color would look most natural other than clear since we've heard that clear does not offer enough sun protection. Thank you.

As the article states, 4-12 months and you will need to prep first. Lightest tint is the 1515 Honeytone.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
We just had a new redwood deck completed. We're in Norhern California and the deck is on a sunny south side. We've heard different waiting periods before sealing- from two weeks to one year. Please advise. Also what stain color would look most natural other than clear since we've heard that clear does not offer enough sun protection. Thank you.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Roy Morrison:
I just built a new cedar deck and am going to put a hot tub on it. Is it necessary to finish the area under the tub. I will finish around the tub in 3 months or so.

No need.
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owner
I just built a new cedar deck and am going to put a hot tub on it. Is it necessary to finish the area under the tub. I will finish around the tub in 3 months or so.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Tom Sorrells:
Hi- what about waiting period for new cedar railings and posts only - aren't these somewhat rough? Old decks will be striped cleaned and refinished - don't desire to have non-finished railings/posts.
No those are not rough but smooth.
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Mr
Hi- what about waiting period for new cedar railings and posts only - aren't these somewhat rough? Old decks will be striped cleaned and refinished - don't desire to have non-finished railings/posts.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Donna Sarrett:
We live on Lake Sinclair, in Eatonton, GA - 90 miles east of Atlanta. We installed a new dock with pressure treated wood in January of this year 2015, when can we put a clear stain/sealer on our dock? The person who built the dock said we should wait only 1-2 months but I'm thinking longer?

Please read our article here one new decking:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Stain for new dock
We live on Lake Sinclair, in Eatonton, GA - 90 miles east of Atlanta. We installed a new dock with pressure treated wood in January of this year 2015, when can we put a clear stain/sealer on our dock? The person who built the dock said we should wait only 1-2 months but I'm thinking longer?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting MrMike:
St. Louis MO, sun in morning and shade in late afternoon, new deck red cedar wood built just over 3 months ago. Is Oct 18th too early to stain, and what stain would you recommend?

Please read this: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

You would want the 100 Series and only one coat after the proper wait and prep.
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New Deck
St. Louis MO, sun in morning and shade in late afternoon, new deck red cedar wood built just over 3 months ago. Is Oct 18th too early to stain, and what stain would you recommend?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Buddy:
Is the waiting period to apply stain to new wood reduced if kiln dried wood is used?

Yes, wait about a month then prep with Gemini Kit. Only one coat as well.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Is the waiting period to apply stain to new wood reduced if kiln dried wood is used?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Rob MacBean:
whats the best 1500 color to bring back the original color

Most use Rustic color for Mahogany wood.
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mahogany deck
whats the best 1500 color to bring back the original color
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
What color twp 1500 stain would be to get mahogany deck back to close to the original color
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Mark Blatter:
Is TWP stain a good choice for T-111 rustic siding on my pole building? If so, should I wait to apply or can I pre-stain the panels before I install them on the building?

thanks, Mark

Best to install, weather for a few months, prep with Gemini Restore Kit, then stain for this.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Is TWP stain a good choice for T-111 rustic siding on my pole building? If so, should I wait to apply or can I pre-stain the panels before I install them on the building?

thanks, Mark
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Robert Bentz:
I just installed a new 900sf cedar deck in upstate NY, the deck is 12’ above the ground so I will get plenty of air flow and winter is coming fast. You recommend waiting 4 to 6 months before applying the stain. My question is why wait so long? If I were to install a wood floor in my house I could seal it right away. Why can’t I do that with an exterior wood floor? I am going to use the 1500 cedar stain. If I wait much longer I won’t be able to seal it until April or May depending on the winter and I'm sure it will be gray by then.

If you stain new wood right away with TWP it will not absorb and will prematurely fail. Turning gray and prepping is okay and normal.
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New Cedar Deck
I just installed a new 900sf cedar deck in upstate NY, the deck is 12’ above the ground so I will get plenty of air flow and winter is coming fast. You recommend waiting 4 to 6 months before applying the stain. My question is why wait so long? If I were to install a wood floor in my house I could seal it right away. Why can’t I do that with an exterior wood floor? I am going to use the 1500 cedar stain. If I wait much longer I won’t be able to seal it until April or May depending on the winter and I'm sure it will be gray by then.
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Quoting Jim Theodoroff:
I installed a new deck waiting for it to dry out. I live in Flushing Michigan is there a dealer in my area. Also would I use TWP 100 or 1500 ?

100 Series after drying. We are in Bloomfield Hills MI.
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Homeowner
I installed a new deck waiting for it to dry out. I live in Flushing Michigan is there a dealer in my area. Also would I use TWP 100 or 1500 ?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Catina Hale:
Hello! I'm interested in putting a clear cote on my new redwood fence. The boards are redwood and the post and kicker are pressure treated.The fence is now 3 weeks old. How long do we wait to apply the TWP Clear coat for the first time. Do we need to do any prep work like pressure wash?

Please read this:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Redwoof Fence
Hello! I'm interested in putting a clear cote on my new redwood fence. The boards are redwood and the post and kicker are pressure treated.The fence is now 3 weeks old. How long do we wait to apply the TWP Clear coat for the first time. Do we need to do any prep work like pressure wash?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting shawn g:
I have a 1 year old, pressure-treated, pine fence that I would like to stain for the first time. It does not appear to have any greying anywhere- should I still clean and brighten the wood with a restore kit or can I just clean it with soapy water prior to staining? Should I go with the high estimate for coverage since it is the first time staining and it is a fence not a patio? Do I need to apply a second coat or does it just depend on how much the fence soaks up?

You need the Gemini Restore Kit for the prep. Fences are usually rough sawn wood which means they are more absorbent and coverage can be less. Probably will need the two coats.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
I have a 1 year old, pressure-treate d, pine fence that I would like to stain for the first time. It does not appear to have any greying anywhere- should I still clean and brighten the wood with a restore kit or can I just clean it with soapy water prior to staining? Should I go with the high estimate for coverage since it is the first time staining and it is a fence not a patio? Do I need to apply a second coat or does it just depend on how much the fence soaks up?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Larry Smith:
Are the 1500 and the 100 both oil based? Does one hold up longer than the other?
Thanks

Yes they are both oil based and they both last about the same.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Are the 1500 and the 100 both oil based? Does one hold up longer than the other?
Thanks
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Stephen Smith:
I have just finished laying a cedar deck in the NW. The decking has had 2 weeks of very hot dry weather for this area. Do you still suggest waiting 4 months prior to staining cedar decking? The latest I was going to wait was one more week. Is that enough time for this product to get absorbed? If wait for the 4 month period that puts me into the rainy season and end up waiting till next summer to stain which as you have mentioned can really harm the decking.

Yes you need to wait. Please read this article: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Cedar Decking
I have just finished laying a cedar deck in the NW. The decking has had 2 weeks of very hot dry weather for this area. Do you still suggest waiting 4 months prior to staining cedar decking? The latest I was going to wait was one more week. Is that enough time for this product to get absorbed? If wait for the 4 month period that puts me into the rainy season and end up waiting till next summer to stain which as you have mentioned can really harm the decking.
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Dyanne Schulze:
I have recently had some boards replaced on my 17-yr old deck. I have also had new stairs built. I want to get the old part of the deck stained. Should I not have them stain the new boards? They are pressured treated. How long should I wait before the new boards are stained? I live in Iowa where the temperatures vary drastically.
I hate the thought of having a deck with some boards stained and others not.

How many new boards are there? normally you have to wait 4-12 months to let the wood season. If there is just a few then go ahead and do all but with the understanding that you will need to add another coat to the new boards next Spring.
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Deck with Old and New Boards
I have recently had some boards replaced on my 17-yr old deck. I have also had new stairs built. I want to get the old part of the deck stained. Should I not have them stain the new boards? They are pressured treated. How long should I wait before the new boards are stained? I live in Iowa where the temperatures vary drastically.
I hate the thought of having a deck with some boards stained and others not.
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re: stain coverage
No you cannot apply TWP on top of Cabot. you need to strip it all off and brighten the wood for proper prep and appearance.
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stain coverage
I want to stain an old PT deck. The floor was treated with a Cabot oil stain 2 seasons ago. We will be flipping some of the floor boards that have splinters and cracks. Please make suggestions on how to achieve a uniform color for the previously stained boards vs the flipped unstained boards? Which TWP stain would you recommend?
We used Cabot oil stain in the past, will this be compatible with TWP on the vertical spindles? I really don't want to strip the spindles. The color will be very similar to the new color we hope to use on the floor.
We have a screened in porch next to the deck that I want to stain to match the deck color. We used a semi transparent water based stain on the floor 6 or more years ago that still beads water. If I use the stripper and brightener on the floor of the porch can I successfully use TWP there as well and achieve a similar color as the deck.
Thank you for your time.
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Quoting Cathy Gerking:
My new redwood deck has just been completed. The contractor used kiln dried
redwood. Is this seasoned wood?
Thank you!

For kiln dried, wait a month, prep with Gemini Kit to remove mill glaze, apply just one coat of the TWP.
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Redwood Deck
My new redwood deck has just been completed. The contractor used kiln dried
redwood. Is this seasoned wood?
Thank you!
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Quoting Bear:
I am stripping my deck and wonder how long i can wait to use the brightener. It is a large deck and with the weather it is going to take days to strip. Should I be doing brightener as I go or can I wait until the whole deck is stripped? Also what stain would you recommend in S.E. Wisc.? I also had to replace a few board so do I not stain those until they dry out? The deck is approx. 700 sq ft so how much stain will I need?

Brighten when all done. Use the 100 Series.
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stripping a deck
I am stripping my deck and wonder how long i can wait to use the brightener. It is a large deck and with the weather it is going to take days to strip. Should I be doing brightener as I go or can I wait until the whole deck is stripped? Also what stain would you recommend in S.E. Wisc.? I also had to replace a few board so do I not stain those until they dry out? The deck is approx. 700 sq ft so how much stain will I need?
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Quoting Phillip Prideaux:
Can you recommend a waiting period before staining for a new cedar deck?

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Waiting period for cedar
Can you recommend a waiting period before staining for a new cedar deck?
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Orlin, I would just wait a couple of months and than treat all the wood the same. Clean and brighten all and stain all with two light coats of the TWP.

Thanks
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RE: TWP Stain Waiting Period for New Wood
Recently installed 300 ft of 8 ft cedar fence in Wichita KS. All of the dimensional lumber is rough sawn; the face boards are rough on one side and smooth on the other.
Based on my reading of your articles, I will use the cleaner/brightn er on the smooth wood and not on the rough and will apply one coat on the smooth and two light wet on wet coats on the rough. Is that correct?

The real problem I have is with the gates. The frames are made of 2x6 and 2x8 smooth cedar with mortise and tenon joints and has been sanded. Inside the frame will be smooth cedar lattice on top. Below, face boards that are rough on one side, smooth on the other.

The frames have been drying in our sun room out of direct light for about 2 months so it has very little UV exposure. The builder(bro-in- law) does not want to hang the gates until they have been treated because he fears the gates will warp if not protected. Can I stain now after using cleaner brightener?
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Quoting Donnie Reid:
I'm putting down dryed treated decking. It has been dryed then treated and then Redried. Is there a waiting period to apply TWP deck stain?
Thanks,
Donnie

Yes, wait a few months than test for absorption. If water beads than it is not ready. If it soaks into the wood than you can stain.
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Redried treated decking
I'm putting down dryed treated decking. It has been dryed then treated and then Redried. Is there a waiting period to apply TWP deck stain?
Thanks,
Donnie
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