The TWP 2018 Spring/Summer Restoration Contest is closed! 

Thanks to all the entered this year. There are some fabulous entries this year. The winners will be decided on July 21st and posted here.


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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 (TWPStain.com) 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 TWPStain.com. The contest is not open to products purchased from other online dealers or from physical stores.

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    Corb · 07/05/2018
    Just re-stained our 3-year old deck. Had initially used some Thompson's that had peeled and molded terribly after just a few months. Stripped what little remained of the Thompson's with the RAD stripper and finished with the RAD brightener. Then finished it off with the TWP-1500 in Natural. Wow what a difference! Deck looks great and you can see how the TWP is protecting the wood as the water beads up on the surface now. Thanks, TWP.
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    Americo Morlani · 07/04/2018
    My second finished pic didn’t upload
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    Americo Morlani · 07/04/2018
    My 750ft2 deck was installed last year using brown PT but after our winter from hell it was bleached and needed new life. After prepping time of just over 7hrs earlier this week by myself, (my wife cheered me on) i spent another 4hrs staining it tonight, my wife decided she was all cheered out and went to her sisters while I worked in 30F heat in the shade, using approx. 7 gallons TWP 1500 cedartone 201. What a difference. Such an easy product to use. Enjoy the pics. Thanks for a great product!
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    Joel Kuhlmann · 07/04/2018
    This was the culmination of a multi year deck repair project. The original cedar decking was probably 30 or 40 years old and rotting out, so I replaced all the decking with new pressure treated pine and let it dry over the winter. In May this year I purchased two 5 gallon combo kits of 101 Cedartone stain and cleaner/brightener powder. The cleaner and brightener did wonders to prepare the wood, using a brush and pressure washer, and the TWP stain covered very well with a stain pad applicator and the recommended two coat wet-on-wet technique. The deck is in two sections, on the north and east sides of the house, with a gazebo joining the two sections. Total area to stain was about 1,500 square feet, including a porch on the front side of the house. I had about 2.5 gallons left from the initial 10 gallons and will use that to stain a wooden play gym and utility shed.
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    John King · 07/03/2018
    Second part of my post. The photo loaded with this comment is a finished TWP stained bench. The first post seen on previous post is finished railing. The last two photos of previous post are old finish
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    TERRY MAXWELL · 07/03/2018
    had problem uploading this pic. actually I posted same IMG-4368.jpg twice. not really good at this... sorry
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    John King · 07/03/2018
    Our project posted is a 14 year old deck with many coats of a clear presevative which included a wax. We were perplexed as we began our project. Finally we came to understand sanding would be the only way to remove and prepare a surface for a staining. Twelve hours later our deck railing and bench was ready. It took six weeks of investigating To sort out the products on the market. When TWP was listed most positively on a review of products, I began to understand whyTWP was best. With more research and product reviews I too came to the conclusion TEP was the product for this deck project. The fact that I will. It have repeat the sanding to refresh the look was the greatest selling point. The deck is cedar and we picked the Pecan 1500 stain. A beautiful transformation, we recently had a new wooden French erected in our back yard......TWP will be applied. The first two photos show the condition of the cedar deck parts, dirty, dark, and very dead looking. The last two photos are after two coats of TEP applied wet on wet, 30 minutes between coats. Easy application, coverage great, no mess, I could sell TWP.
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    TERRY MAXWELL · 07/03/2018
    I started my deck restoration with the restore and brightener kit using a pressure washer to clean and rinse. Your products worked GREAT cleaning and bringing the deck back to original color . I used Cedartone for the color and I am one"'HAPPY CAMPER". I have a comb top treated wood that tends to hold water, but water met it's match when it comes into contact with TWP products. Thanks and I will be using TWP on all my future projects.
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    Tony · 07/02/2018
    One of the before pictures did not post
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    Tony · 07/02/2018
    I have a 1,600 sq ft, wrap around deck that I restored using TWP products. I purchased 3 each bags of Gemini Restore a Deck Stripper and Brightener. After stripping using a deck brush and power washer, I had to sand each board to remove stubborn stain and level each board before applying the stain. I had to use 12 Gallons of TWP 100 series Rustic 116. The staining job went smoothly using TWP's Pump Sprayer, a high quality deck brush and staining pad. Since the weather did not cooperate it took 23 days to complete the project. The down time between rainy days was the perfect time to do the detail work like sanding and setting raised nails. It rain three days after I completed the project so I was able to see TWP's actually performance. This project was made difficult because I had to strip 11 years of layered transparent and solid stain and layers of stain and varnish under the railings. I am very please with the results of the TWP project. And although the TWP products performed as expected when I followed TWP's instructions, there is a learning curve for each phase of the project.
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    Philip Johnson · 07/02/2018
    Oops............one of the finished pics didn't post.......here it is
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    Philip Johnson · 07/02/2018
    Unfortunately, I have only one "before" pic (taken to show Cabot), so I've included one in-process (RAD stripped and brightened) and two finished pics. Deck is 45 X 20, lies under three large trees, and when coupled with NC pine pollen in the Spring, is a cleaning nightmare. I used a clorox/TSP mix to clean with a pressure washer, stripped the Cabot, brightened the timber, let it dry for four days and then applied TWP 100 redwood #102. Your website and product are tops. I couldn't get any decent advice from either Lowes or Home Depot and the Cabot people were real losers.
    Your people FedEx'd my second 5 gal can express after one in the original shipment was busted in transit. I didn't miss a beat with my schedule.
    My wife loves the new look and we're pleased to have this project behind us.
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    Jenna W · 07/02/2018
    I used Benjamin Moore product to protect my redwood swings a 1 1/2 years ago when I purchased them and had the uprights built. I saw that that product was not holding up. I googled and found a couple of websites that recommend TWP tain as the best. So I ordered Redwood color in TWP stain. I sanded my swings to get what little remaining old finish off. June 30th as it was getting dark, since it is so hot right now in Tennessee, my 13 year old daughter and I started applying the stain. We used paint brushes and each took half a swing, then went back to wipe off the excess.
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    Larry T · 07/02/2018
    We last cleaned and stained our cedar deck in 2015. The deck is under a canopy of trees and gets very dirty because of those trees. To clean the deck and railings we scrubbed on cleaner / brightener and then power washed all surfaces. After waiting 3days for drying we brushed on TWP 1500 Series in Honeytone 1515. The deck looks great.
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    Tim · 07/02/2018
    Back deck had peeling stain applied 3 years ago. I started with the restore-a-deck stripper and pressure washer to remove the majority of the old stain, followed by sanding. Next, I used the RAD brightener and allowed deck to dry for 3 days. I applied the TWP 100 Cedertone101 (two coats, wet on wet). The before pictures show the deck after old stain was stripped and brightened (looks like brand new wood). The prep time was significant, but well worth it. Applying the TWP stain was the easy part (best stain I've worked with - and I've used a lot of brands in the past). I was sold on TWP a couple of years ago when I applied the 100 Cedartone to a pergola swing I built. It still looks great after two winters.
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    Dom · 07/02/2018
    Our deck project started with a vision of changing our unstained 5-year-old sitting deck to a relaxation hub for watching tv outdoors. it began heading out to all the same haunts as everyone else. Reading reviews of stains along with horror stories of stain only lasting 1-2 years and having to be removed. With that, we went to Youtube for reviews and one name came up consistently in everyone's top 3 TWP. We logged on to TWP site got two samples chose Rustic 1516 and we were off to the races! We started with the Gemini family of products, cleaner first brightener next. After only the cleaner and brightener we were pleasantly surprised at how well the deck came up and how easy it was. But once we added the stain it just looked amazing! It absolutely matched our vision of a comfortable place to watch TV outdoors. We mounted our bedroom tv on a swivel arm so we can swing it out the window put up our sail shade and BAM little backyard paradise complete with sleeping & reading hammocks! Thanks, TWP for a great product!!
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    Bridget Cunningham · 07/01/2018
    Mahogany decking. We are on the water in Massachusetts. Cape Cod--salt water. We used TWP deck cleaner in the power washer, followed by TWP Deck Brightener. We waited several days for the deck to fully dry. We used TWP 1500 series in Natural. Note the black gunk in the foreground in the before pictures. You can see how much of the black residue is being removed with the TWP deck cleaner. Note the beautiful wood tones and finish in the after pictures. Our deck has not looked like this in years.
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    Robert Caretta · 07/01/2018
    Caretta 2018 Cedar Deck Stain Project.

    I used a pressure washer to prep the deck. Allowed several days for the deck to dry out. Then stained with TWP 1504 Black Walnut.
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    Nick Wolf · 06/27/2018
    Our multiple entrance, bi-level, wrap around, 1400 ft2 deck was a rather intimating project to refinish. In very rough shape when we bought the home in 2013 (no TLC since the house was built in 2006), it was originally stripped and brightened (with Restore-a-Deck), then sanded to raw wood, and TWP 1500 Pecan was applied. I was shocked how well it weathered (Southern Indiana), but 4 years later it was time to refresh as well as protect the added deck skirting (installed fall 2016).

    The deck floor, hand rails, and unfinished skirt were cleaned/brightened (Gemini cleaner/brightener) and then power washed. The vertical surfaces (know by the end of this process as "Satan's Spindles") where in pretty great shape and just received a power washing. TWP 1500 Pecan was applied by brush in a single coat to all vertical surfaces and the horizontals (floor and hand rails) received two coats, again by brush ("wet on wet" as recommended).

    This monstrosity of a deck used up every drop of the ten gallons I purchased (order number 2HEU065095, I believe I checked out as "guest" when purchased) and took 7 full days to clean/brighten, power wash, and brush apply. Time consuming but the result is worth every drop of sweat. Thank you TWP for engineering such a terrific product. I look forward to entering this contest again in 3-4 years. :)