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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    Annie Steele · 07/12/2018
    Some of the photos did not post. Here they are.
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    Annie Steele · 07/12/2018
    We used the Cedar tone TWP 100 to treat our deck after we power washed it. It looks brand new! Can not wait to spend the rest of the summer on it!

    before and after pictures below:
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    Rob Glumack · 07/12/2018
    We SAVED our deck!!
    Our 11 year old deck was dull, peeling and ugly. Located in northern Minnesota, a cold and snowy climate, the deck is predominately in filtered sunlight or shade all day. We used the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper/Brightener Kit with a power washer, applying a light, 2nd coat of the Stripper to a few places which were really bad. The Brightener worked just as reported, changing the wood color right before our eyes to a beautiful, consistent, and natural looking color. Applied two coats of TWP1500 Cedartone semi-transparent Stain, putting the 2nd coat on while the 1st coat was still wet.
    We are extremely pleased with the results and look forward to dinner on the deck again.
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    Jacob · 07/12/2018
    The original square deck constructed from cedar wood late last summer in Iowa. The square platform and stairs were added this March. The first image shows a brushed deck with gray older wood and fresh cedar stairs. The second image is after gemini restore a deck kit applied with spray pump and power-washed. The final images are after using 1 coat of TWP100 Cedartone 101 applied with a sponge and a brush. It went on easy and wiped off the rail spindles easy enough that I wish I hadn't spent the time to tape. It was warm while staining but immediately evident that the stain absorbed well and waterproofed immediately as I watched sweat bead up on the boards. It looks great!
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    Dianna · 07/12/2018
    Great products and easy to use, Thank You. We have a 30+ year old deck that has had between no care and none, so I was sure other then a miracle it was a dead player, and even thought about putting a cross on the end of to signify it's end. We purchased the TWP 100 series in Redwood 102 and the Gemini Cleaner/Brightener and thought we would give it a go. I reviewed your online instructions and was easier then I had hoped and for total prep all products worked great and I headed into this with no hope, but after the cleaner process there was a ray of hope and with the brightener there was even more optimistic view. Well after replacement of a few boards that could not carry the weight of our little dog we are on the way to perfection and after completed staining of the deck which was done by brush to ensure I did not miss a spot and a couple days of dry time our 20' by 8' deck looks like a place you would want to be, it's bright and color is perfect and there was a transformation we could only have dreamed of, Thank You again for your products!
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    eric rees · 07/11/2018
    First of all....Wow! great products. The stain went on very smoothly. Soaked well into the Cedar and Pine. Built this Pavilion from scratch using Western red cedar for the framework and 2x6 tongue/groove decking Pine for the roof. I allowed the cedar to acclimate to the weather for 6 months and it became dull and began to weather gray. I purchased the Gemini Restore-a deck kit and wow, what a difference the product made. The wood looked better than new after application. The wood became uniform throughout and made the stain soak in well. Thanks to the great customer service, I avoided a big mistake. I didn't know in the beginning that the pine had Mill glaze; even though it looked nice and was pretty beforehand. Again, I used the Gemini restore-a-deck cleaner/brighter to remove the Mill glaze from the Pine prior to staining. My color choice of stain was the TWP 1500 series Rustic 1516. The color is beautiful and was a perfect color for my taste. I just need a little landscaping to finish the total look. My next project is to use Gemini restore-a-deck cleaner/brighter on my "worn out fence" and use nothing other than TWP stain. There is no other stain out there that can come close to TWP.
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    Mark Jacquette · 07/10/2018
    After using Thompson's on my wood decks for 15 years only to have them fade within 1 year(or less) I have been using TWP for the previous 2 stain projects. The first was 5 years ago, which testifies to how well TPW stain holds up to the elements. After power washing my upper and lower decks I used sponge pads to apply TPW 1500 series, Natural 1530. Looks great again!
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    Scott Conrad · 07/09/2018
    We had our "Good Neighbor" or Shadowbox privacy fence built in January 2018 and waited until June to allow it to dry. After reading reviews and "shopping around" we settled on TWP to protect our investment. We tested three TWP colors and chose the 1500 Series Pecan because we loved the warmth and back drop it gave the new landscape design. Pecan also allows the natural wood grain and knots to show through. A Shadowbox fence requires stain on each side of every board on both sides of the fence. I used most of 20 gallons using a sprayer and back brushing per the good advice offered by TWP. We are happy with how it turned out, and by the way, so are our neighbors! Thanks!
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    mike matera · 07/09/2018
    Great site that really guided me through the process. TWP1500 pecan. The floor boards are 2 year old treated pine never stained or sealed. The arbor is 30 year old cedar never stained or sealed. Railings are 20 year old treated pine, never stained or sealed. Used a Graco Project painter plus with a 313 spray tip.
    Back brushed 2 coats after spraying. Probably 20 hours in staining time. Very pleased with the product and color.
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    Dan Ortmann · 07/09/2018
    After several years of using Cabot, only to be frustrated every spring with peeling and chipping, I decided to do some research and found TWP to be highly recommended.
    I did not take before photos since I was too frustrated to even bother, but after seeing the difference TWP made, and the quality of the product, I wish to return the favor and provide some free advertisement!
    I used TWP 1500 Natural and went through 4 gallons, after completely stripping and sanding off the Cabot stain from previous years applications.
    After seeing these results, I have recommended TWP to all of my family, friends and neighbors!

    Dan Ortmann
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    Kristen Hiskes · 07/09/2018
    To clean and prep our deck we used the restore a deck cleaner and brighter along with a power washer. We used 2 1/2 gallons the 1500 stain in dark oak. The last time the deck had been stain prior to this was probably 5 years ago. We are very happy with the results!
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    Mark Evans · 07/09/2018
    We used 10 gallons of TWP 150 SERIES 5 RUSTIC Color1516
    We live in the Midwest and have a skirted cedar ceck surrounding our 17'×37' pool. Our deck is 8 yrs old. First, I power washed the deck completely down to bare CEDAR. Let deck dry 4 days and sanded entire deck using 60&80 grit orbital sander. Blew off all dust then wiped with clean lint free towels. Applied stain with stain pad and 2 brushes. A 4"&2". We are ABSOLUTELY THRILLED with how I turned out. Stain was easy to work with and finish is consistent.
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    Chris Halcomb · 07/09/2018
    Our project was a new construction pressure treated southern pine deck and porch. We let the boards age for 6 months and applied the RAD cleaner, then brightener. We obtained 6 color samples and experimented with different color combinations and settled on a combination of 1/2 Redwood-106 and 1/2 Rustic Oak-116. We applied the stain with a a small brush between the boards. For the deck boards, we applied the stain with a 9" pad, then shifted to a 5" stain brush attached to a pole. It was a lot of work but we are quite happy with the results.
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    jennifer travis · 07/09/2018
    Here's my deck project, start to finish. This deck is 37 years old. It had a very worn red, semi-transparent finish. We used TWP stripper and the old finish stripped off pretty good (except in the cracks). We then used the brightener, and series 100, rustic finish. I was a little panicked at first, because the color looked electric orange. After it dried overnight, I was much happier with the color.
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    Gary F. · 07/08/2018
    The rest of the pictures. I have better pictures, but they are over 8 MB
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    Gary F. · 07/08/2018
    The rest of the pictures.
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    Gary F. · 07/08/2018
    2 Story-Deck
    TWP 1500 Series
    Dark Oak

    I bought a house last year with a deck that was let "gray". It was in rough shape and had never been stained before. I wish I would have bought TWP's Deck Restore Kit because It took 11 bottles of some junk at Home Depot and scrubbing for 3 long days before the deck was decent enough to stain. Judging by their stain, TWP's Restore A Deck Kit could have saved me time and money.
    I used Dark Oak from the TWP 1500 Series, coming highly recommended from my online research. It was recommended over Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat and over Sherwin Williams Superdeck and the recommendations were right!

    I highly recommend and the TWP 1500 series deck stain!
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    Reimic90 · 07/08/2018
    Backyard Shed
    TWP 1500 Series

    I sided this shed with rough sawn hemlock. I let the hemlock dry/age for 24 months. I prepped using the bleach and water mixture per the instructions on the TWP 1500 can. Looks great thanks toTWP
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    Vicky · 07/07/2018
    My deck is only 6 years old and I had applied a home improvement store stain 3 years ago that started peeling within a couple months and the pictures below, from this spring, look as if the deck had been neglected for much longer. To remove the previous finish, I used Restore-A-Deck stripper and a pressure washer. I sanded the surface after the wood dried, but we had quite a bit of rainy weather and weeks went by, so I also used the Restore-A-Deck cleaner, then brightener, before applying TWP 100 Series Honeytone 115. Now my deck looks like new again and the finish is fantastic.
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    Mitch Nunley · 07/07/2018
    Our 28'x16' deck was reconstructed in 2017 and allowed to weather for 10 months. In June, I cleaned and brightened with RAD, using a pole brush to clean, and a water hose with a pressure nozzle to rinse (we have very good water pressure in our area). I then allowed the deck to dry several days. After sampling several of the TWP stains, we decided to stain the main deck with TWP 1500-Pecan, and the border and railings with TWP 1500-Dark Oak. Although some of the railing areas had to be finished with a brush, I was extremely pleased to take TWP's advice and stain the main deck with the Padco deck and stain pad. It was exactly the right width, threaded on an existing pole I had, and lasted through the project. We're very pleased with the outcome, and are looking forward to enjoying our new deck with family and friends.