The TWP 2018 Spring/Summer Restoration Contest is closed! 

Thanks to all the entered this year. There are some fabulous entries this year. After looking over all the entries we have decided on our winners for the year! 

First Place

Nick Wolf (Page 3)

First Place = $500 + Weber Grill ($500 Value) + 5 Gallon Pail of TWP Stain

Second Place

Richard Lucci (Page 4)

Second Place = $250 + Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler ($250 Value) + 3 Gallons of TWP Stain

Third Place

Randy Johnson (Page 4)

Third Place = $100 + Eno Hammock ($100 Value) + 2 Gallons of TWP Stain

Sorry to all that did not win the prizes. We were extremely impressed with all the feedback and entries this year!


Do you think you will have completed the best TWP Wood Deck Restoration for Spring/Summer 2018?

Take some pride in your hard work and enter the TWP Stain Deck Restoration Contest for 2018!

TWP 2018 Contest Details

  • All TWP and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site ( between January 1st - July 4th, 2018.
  • Deadline for entry is July 14th, 2018.
  • The winner will be decided on July 21st by our team.

Contestant winners will receive

  • First Place = $500 + Weber Grill ($500 Value) + 5 Gallon Pail of TWP Stain of your choice!
  • Second Place = $250 + Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler ($250 Value) + 3 Gallons of TWP Stain of your choice!
  • Third Place:= $100 + Eno Hammock ($100 Value) + 2 Gallons of TWP Stain of your choice!

*Total winnings will be $2000 in payouts and prizes.

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by July 14th, 2018.
  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. Example 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 stores.

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    Karen · 09/07/2018
    Does anyone have a picture of a deck with the cape code grey?
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    StanS · 07/24/2018
    Wow! These are some awesome staining jobs. I was considering the TWP and now I am sold!

    Will you have another contest soon? I have a large deck on a lake that I want to restore this Fall.
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      TWP Stains · 07/24/2018
      Hello StanS,

      We have considered running a Late Summer/Fall Contest since this contest was so successful and we love seeing testimonials and the great TWP restorations.

      Would anyone else be interested?
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        Kitty Castle · 08/24/2018
        Would definitely be interested. Considering using TWP for my HUGE deck!!!
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    Dinad0524 · 07/15/2018
    Wanted to share one last picture that wouldn’t upload with my puppy... and our deck staining challenge.
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    Dinad0524 · 07/15/2018
    After years of using different products with no success we finally found a true winner which is hands down Twp stain 1500!! It is amazing. It was very easy to work with and the best of all the products came very fast. We needed a total of 6 gallons to complete our huge project. We met many, many challenges along the way which included rain.... our puppy who got into the blue painters tape...and the temperature outside which was close to 100 degrees a few days. Our deck is constantly in the sun and is very high up. The wood of the decking was cracking and looking very dirty even though we upkeep the deck and stain it every two years. The deck is now 11 years old. Base of deck is pressure treated, railing is cedar. The deck is pretty large in size, however feels like it’s the size of a football field when having to work on it. We do not have before pictures prior to prepping deck, however we have pictures that show the deck prepped prior to staining. We did use a product from Lowe’s to prep the deck since at the time I was still researching stains. We applied it, used a brush to spread it around, and hosed it off, we then used a power washer and lastly sanded by hand each board, spindle and railing. It felt like there was no end in sight. We let the deck dry for a few days and that’s when the fun began. Checking the forecast over and over and over. There always seemed to be a possible threat of rain which prolonged us from getting to work. We then finally started with the railing and spindles. Amazed how the stain absorbed into the wood so easily was beyond describable!!! Again I have worked with other products and not nearly impressed. As I said we met challenges along the way!!! Some being a change in forecast which lead us to panic and using tarps to cover the hard work we put in to protect it all. Finally we made it through and completed all the work on the deck!! When I look at the deck I can’t believe how new and beautiful it is. I am absolutely in love with it thanks to TWP and the Natural Color. We have always been afraid of color in the past because of bad experiences with other stains that had color and peeled. I knew once we started applying this stain that it would not be an issue!!! I have my puppy to prove it because there are no scratch marks on my deck flooring!!!! The stain literally is absorbed into the wood and doesn’t leave a layer to be scratched away! Thank you TWP stain. This is by far my go to and recommendation to anyone. I know the request is less pics but wanted to share some of our funny or not so funny challenges along the way!!!!
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    Travis Winterrowd · 07/14/2018
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    Travis Winterrowd · 07/14/2018
    We used the Rustic TWP 100 stain. Our prep process was probably one of the more difficult routes to go but I was trying to salvage the wood and save a couple bucks. We ended up using a planer to plane off the old layers of paint and stain. This included picking the paint out of each screw head in order to remove the screws. After removing the screws we ran each board through the planer several times not only to remove the layers of paint and stain but to also remove some of the weathered top layer of the board. It wasn’t until after I was half way through that I saw before and after photos of using wood brightening products on TWP. Hindsight I might have given them a try. Needless to say I am happy with the results of TWP100 but time will tell if it will hold up to the weather. If it passes the weather test I will be using TWP at the next application and on some outdoor furniture I have in the future.

    Thank you you for the quick shipping and great product.
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    James · 07/14/2018
    After much research, we used TWP1500_1TWP 1500 Series in Black Walnut to stain our front porch. We are very happy with the results and will begin our back porch this weekend.
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    Chrysade · 07/13/2018
    We have lived in our home for 14 years and had never had it professionally stained or painted. We hired a company called Corpen Meleci Maintenance and Consulting, LLC to do the work. We were very serious about the company we chose and the type of stain that we would use because we have over 2500 square feet of deck and it was a huge expenditure and huge project. The deck was prepped with the TWP Restore a deck Stripper/Brightener Kit which was used to power wash the deck. I am uncertain as to the type of wood which was used on this deck because it was already built when we purchased. The deck had to be power washed in several times in places and then we used the TWP Redwood #102 to transform our drab deck into a vibrant beautiful neighborhood treasure. We get so many compliments on it....we immediately hosted our Family Reunion at our home and your product became to the talk of those seeking to stain their decks in the near future. These pictures do not do it justice because you only allow smaller Mb to be uploaded. We have much better pictures that really capture the beauty of the wood. It looks natural and spectacular.
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    Deborah Klibanoff · 07/13/2018
    the first photo shows the unstained deck in the bottom right hand corner.
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    Deborah Klibanoff · 07/13/2018
    I researched which stain to use and followed this blog for many months before deciding on TWP for my Seattle projects. The staff were great in answering all my questions.

    This 160 ft three sided fence was built last fall with Alaskan Yellow Cedar decking. The deck was built with same material two summers ago. Each received their first coat of stain in the past two weeks. The cedar shed was built in May and received its first coat of TWP recently. I prepped fence and deck with two step Gemini products cleaner and brightner, pressured washed and sanded them then stained with TWP 100 Dark Oak. The back yard will undergo landscaping in the fall, so it's still a mess.
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    Alicia · 07/13/2018
    Had a new cedar deck built in June 2017. Had it sit for a year before staining. Used the Gemini cleaner/brightener kit and 101 cedartone stain in July 2018. Overall happy with the products. Took a lot of hours hand brushing it on. Totally Worth It.
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    Katherine Kane · 07/13/2018
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    Katherine Kane · 07/13/2018
    When I first stained deck I used Benjamin Moore Arbor Coat. It peeled after 4 months. I sanded deck and let it gray for a year. After much research I decided on TWP 1500 Rustic. All I did was power wash lightly and stain. Couldn't be happier with results. The deck is beautiful. I recommend this product to anyone I know doing a staining project.
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    Jeremy Egan · 07/13/2018
    Pressure Treated Pine Pergola 17'x14' built new the beginning of March 2018. Stained with TWP 1500 Series Black Walnut for a rich finish. Easy application but being a pergola extended 9ft in the air a tedious job. Needless to say satisfied with the Stain and will recommend to others who have commented throughout the neighborhood.
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    Lori A Stewart · 07/13/2018
    My pics didn’t post in correct order.
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    Lori A Stewart · 07/13/2018
    Last year, from a beneficiary, we bought a 1994 Northeast Ohio house that was tied up in an estate for 5 years due to neglect, pipes froze/burst & house flooded. The deck was original and not maintained for many years. We replaced several boards (can see in pics). For the remaining boards, we purchased the RAD Stripper. It took me 4 applications (used a sprayer) of RAD Stripper to remove old stain. Used pressure washer. Never imagined the old stain would come off! Very pleased! Then applied Gemini RAD Cleaner (sprayer). Then applied Gemini RAD Brightener (sprayer). After 48 hrs of drying, applied wet-on-wet TWP Stain 1500 series Pecan 1520. Used 3 gallons of Pecan 1520 with the brush ordered from

    Very happy with process not being difficult to prep & complete, along with end results of a beautiful deck! So happy my new neighbor mentioned his success with because we thought our only option was to use Sherwin-Williams or Behr solid paint stain (we get our contractors discount on those products & still didn’t want to use!). Next year, we would like to strip the paint off of the railings & TWPstain them to match our beautiful floor.

    Pics -
    (1) old & new boards
    (2) first coat of RAD Stripper
    (3) after 4th coat of stripper/pressure wash/cleaner/brightener & starting 1st coat of TWP Stain Pecan 1520
    (4) Final drying stage of TWP Stain 1500 Pecan 1520
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    mary huebner · 07/12/2018
    Several years ago I did some research to find a deck preservative stain that would last more than 2 years in our harsh Wisconsin winter. I came across TWP as the only one that would last 4-5 years, maybe. Well, we used it 5 years ago and decided to do it again this year. While it needed it, it was in pretty condition with some of the old TWP stain still present. The deck is 25 years old. Of course, I forgot to take before pictures. We power washed it with a basic cleaner after a thorough brushing. We then applied two coats of stain and it turned out beyond our expectations. Keep in mind that it is 25 years old so not a new construction. It is a huge deck wrapping around the house but the 5 Gal pail was enough to finish the job. We are very happy with the product and our newly protected deck. See pictures.
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    Annie Steele · 07/12/2018
    The before photos
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    Annie Steele · 07/12/2018
    Another before