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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    Matt Sullivan · 06/29/2018
    Sullivan Deck project 2018
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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. :)
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    Mark Freese · 06/27/2018
    1245 square foot cedar deck in Minnesota. MN is tough on decks with all the day thaws and night freezes in spring and fall. Used TWP 100 pecan color. Restored a 40 year old 3 level deck to like new condition.
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    Brent Desautel · 06/27/2018
    Sorry there are three different posts. The last pictures of the finished deck. Fantastic product! Great results!
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    John M Sinitean · 06/27/2018
    Our 24 year old deck was in desperate need of repair and refinishing. It is all cedar , Tri-level and around 1,500 sq feet of deck, 150 Lin feet of railing.
    After replacing damaged wood, I also replaced 2,000 wood screws. I then used 10 gallons of stain stripper to remove the old finish. Once dry, I sanded the wood first with a belt sander and then an orbital sander. I then used a wood neutralizer to prepare for staining. The deck has one coat on the spindles and two coats on the horizontal surface. this took a total of 8 gallons of 1501 Cedar-tone. Battling an usually wet spring and the 2 week cottonwood snow, the job is finally done.

    As you can see the results are incredible.

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    tgeorge · 06/27/2018
    Refinishing a 21 year old deck: Dont make a bigger deal than it is - wash off the mold/ dirt with a bleach solution + a strong garden hose spray (no pressure washer). I used a Dark Oak 103 Stain Color as it is a darker pigment to hide old wood discoloration. After the deck is dry, arm yourself with a cold beer and something for a knee-pad, and apply the stain with a good brush. IMPORTANT: Apply the 2nd coat before it dries -see the Question/ Answers on the TWP website. The stain will be sticky for about 24 hours, it makes a durable finish.
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    Brent Desautel · 06/26/2018
    Preparing the cedar deck required extensive sanding with my belt sander to remove the flaking old stain. First coat of 1501 cedar TWP was applied today per the instructions and any puddling wiped down after 30-60 minutes. Very happy with the results.
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    Brent Desautel · 06/26/2018
    The prep work followed by the first coat. NH is tough on Decks.
    Sanding took days to properly prepare the cedar. TWP 1501 was applied.
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    Michele · 06/26/2018
    Dock before picture didn't upload so adding new post
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    Michele · 06/26/2018
    Dock before picture missing
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    Michele · 06/26/2018
    We bought our Florida Keys home last year just before Hurricane Irma. But even before the hurricane the 10 year old deck and dock looked very dull and were very cracked because the previous owner never stained or sealed it. In fact, several boards were rotted and needed to be replaced.

    We used the Gemini Restore-A-Deck kit on the boards that needed it the most - as well as on the new boards (after ~2 months) to better remove mill glaze. Deck & dock were stained with TWP 100 in Cedartone. New boards are slightly lighter in color, but overall it looks sooooo much better and should last another 10 years!
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    Mark · 06/25/2018
    Deck is 9 years old, the professionally applied stain was lifting off onto everything that touched it, so i decided to restain it. After using a stripper then a cleaner/brightner I restained the deck with TWP 1500(Pecan 1520) and it looks great.
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    Georgiann · 06/24/2018
    What the heck? We stained our deck! And let’s just say it went from hell…to swell!

    Our Pittsburgh deck desperately needed some love. It was kind of like Three Rivers Stadium: outdated, shabby, falling apart. My boyfriend was even tempted to paint it black and yellow to cover up the yuck!

    In September 2017, new construction began to revamp the mini boardwalk. (12.5x44 plus 13 steps, a ramp, and lots of horizontal railings) Spring 2018 was the date to cover the newly treated wood.

    We patiently waited for a stretch of decent weather to make this thing “pop”. The Steelers theme would fade away. Stain would win over paint. Research proved that TWP Stain seemed to be the best fit for this Pennsylvania full sun deck.

    The final products used were one 5 gallon bucket of TWP1500 Black Walnut and one 5 gallon bucket of TWP 1500 Dark Oak. Applied with typical brushes and rollers.

    Finally, we, along with our friends and family, adore the wooden space as we grill and entertain. Admiration of the new deck extends below to the local deer, birds, even the yinzer groundhog!
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    Sdooner · 06/24/2018
    Restained our 5 year old fence with 5 gallons of TWP 1500 Rustic Oak. The stain really helps our pollinator garden pop and protects our fence from a harsh sun & lots of bird poop. Thank you for helping us to protect our fence and garden so the bees and native birds can enjoy it ( we enjoy how easy it was to apply and how great it looks too). I only have during & after photos, so photos of the project during (really shows the improvement to see a stained and unstaind right next to each other) and after are attached.
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    Brent Desautel · 06/24/2018
    Prepping the deck for future staining
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    Dave · 06/24/2018
    Deck is 10+ years old. Sanded old stain (competitors product) off last year and replaced some rotted boards. This year cleaned with Gemini Restore-A-Deck cleaner brightener. Highly recommend this step, you will not believe how much dirt and other nastiness comes off. Stained with TWP 115 Honeytone using a 6 inch masonry brush on a broom handle. Amazing results! Unfortunately, do not have any before pictures.
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      Brent Desautel · 06/26/2018
      Very nice job. Had to do same; replace rotten cedar deck boards and sand off the old stain.
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    Paul Silinger · 06/23/2018
    Repainted our whole Tillamook, OR house with TWP 101 Cedartone natural. Used Wolman DeckBrite to strip the gray weather tint from cedar shingles. Very happy with the result!
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    Randy Johnson · 06/22/2018
    We have a 20' X 20' front porch on our vacation home finished with TWP 100 Rustic 116 stain. We spend a lot of time on our porch which over looks Toledo Bend Reservoir in West Central Louisiana. We are constantly getting comments on how beautiful our porch is and our TWP is a big reason for that. Used the Gemini cleaner and brightener before application on pressure treated pine. Completed staining our 15' X 18' back porch as well in Rustic 116. Thank you TWP for a great product!
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    Mike Murray · 06/19/2018
    We have an above ground pool deck approximately 12x18 with 8x8 landing. It’s all pressure treated yellow pine except for aluminum ballasts. Built 20 months ago. It’s in full sun. Stained it with TWP 1500 in Pecan. Applied with a 4” brush. The stain goes on great. No film. Hard rain a week later and it just beads off. Used 2 1/2 gallons.
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    Julia Dean · 06/19/2018
    I spend a lot of time on my deck, grilling, hanging out with the dogs or just sitting quietly after a long day. I didn't realize how bad it looked until I recently had it cleaned and stained. What a difference! After replacing some rotten boards, I had it pressure washed and let it dry for a few days. Then the magic happened…it was stained two-toned, wet on wet, with TWP 1500 Pecan as the main color and 1500 Dark Walnut for the accent. It is so cool looking now and everyone who comes over can’t believe the change. Thank you so much for a great product!