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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    Richard Lucci · 06/18/2018
    We have a 60' x 50' deck that runs in 3 tiers with a pool at the bottom most deck. And a 40' long x 8' wide deck above the main deck. The deck was built in 1987 with pressure treated lumber. It has been stained quite few times using different products but nothing lasted more than a year or 2 without looking like it needed redone. One did not even last a year (so much for the 7 year warranty). A few years ago we found TWP and coated our deck however it was over old water based (the stuff that did not even last a year). The TWP held up well considering we only power washed and stained over the old water based but - we got 3 good years. This year we went for it all. The first photo is the ugly deck - the pictures don't look as bad as seeing in person. We used the TWP Restore a Deck followed by the Brightener. The results were fabulous!! All the old stain lifted up. The 2nd photo show the first 2 tiers washed and the pool deck was still needing stripped. After Restore a Deck our 31 year old deck actually looked new again. After 2 weekends of removing stain and power washing (BTW the Restore a Deck is AMAZING). We let it dry and finally this past weekend were able to find 4 good days in row to stain. We used the 1500 series in Redwood (we cannot get the 100 series in our area.) It look absolutely amazing. I cannot be more pleased. I am looking forward to not having to redo this deck for quite a few years! Hosting a party this weekend to show off our masterpiece! The third picture is our deck stained, and the last is the beautiful deck all ready for Summer. Thank you TWP!
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    Larry Long · 06/17/2018
    I purchased this gazebo as a kit in the mid-1990s, and did some major maintenance about 12 years ago, including a new floor and skirt (not part of original kit). We remodeled the gazebo this spring, including the making over 100 replacement parts from scratch. The project also included the pier in the background in one of the "after" images. We used the beautiful Cedartone 101 on the gazebo and the pier in 2018, and on five decks and a cedar fence in 2017. The Cedartone 101 was so alluring that we stained the gazebo cap, too. On all of the projects, we employed TWP cleaners, brighteners, and application tools.
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    Ken from Evergreen · 06/16/2018
    20 year old cedar deck. Had stained every 4-5 years then stopped about 6 years ago. Stripped old stain and replaced rotted pieces last year. Purchased TWP 1500 Series 5 Gallon Rustic 1516 and Gemini Cleaner/Brightener Kit .Cleaned and brightened one weekend and stained the next. Got it done just before the cottonwood invasion. Turned about beautiful, changed the whole look of our deck. Just want to make sure this is the way to enter the contest?
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    Robert Eckardt · 06/15/2018
    Although we didn't think our 11-month-old deck needed cleaning, we used your cleaner and brightener. We were amazed at the difference that made. We then used TWP 100 Pecan stain. We absolutely love the color! The stain went on easily with excellent coverage.
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    John McCormick · 06/15/2018
    John McCormick - Gibsonia Pa. - 6-15-2018
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    David Everett · 06/15/2018
    I powerwashed the deck and lightly sanded the new door. When the weather gave me the chance, I applied TWP Cedartone Natural that I bought online and you shipped May 7, 2018.
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    Brent Woffinden · 06/14/2018
    4th picture didn’t show up so i’ Reposting TWP cedartone on red crdat
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    Brent Woffinden · 06/14/2018
    Stained our 9 month old deck at our cabin using TWP 1500 cedar tone
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    Denise Polash · 06/13/2018
    We bought our cedar home 6 years ago. Our house is 18 years old. The last people stained it Expresso hiding the natural cedar beauty. A few years ago my husband built a new cedar deck to an addition of the previous cedar deck he built the year before. I didn't know how to match the decks together. I came across restore a deck and it Worked! Then I stained that all in cedartone 100 series. Our house needed to be done. I tried countless stain strippers before we did our deck and nothing worked. I gave restore a deck which was the cheapest, environmental friendly, and most effective a try. It worked! We then stained our home with cedartone 100 series! I have literally stained everything with this! My fire pit cedar chairs, cedar bridge over our pond, our cedar floating dock, kids play house, our decks, and our home! Thanks for giving me hope, saving our pocket book, and now we have a much more beautiful home TWP!
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      Denise Polash · 06/25/2018
      I would like to add that we sprayed our 2800 square foot home with an airless sprayer to apply!
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    Chris · 06/13/2018
    Cleaned and brightened Mahogany deck. Then applied TWP 1500 series color of black walnut.
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    Aylworth · 06/13/2018
    I have two pine decks, the original was built with the house about 4 years ago and I used Gemini cleaner and brightener on it a year after it was built and stained it with TWP 100 Dark Walnut (and loved it!) Two years later we added a floating deck and after letting it age about 9 months I used the Gemini Cleaner and Brightener on both decks to prep for staining. I wanted to warm up the Dark Oak just a bit so I added 1 cup of the Pecan stain to each gallon of the Dark Oak and used this to re-stain the original deck and stain the stairs, railings and frame of the new deck ( realizing that the original deck would be darker having already been stained once). I then mixed 4 to 1 ratio of Dark Oak to Pecan to stain the center of the new deck with the hope of a bit of a contrast between the center of the deck and the frame. I am very pleased with the outcome! The depth of color on the original deck is a nice contrast to the oasis-like feel of the floating deck with its warm interior and darker frame, and the water beads up on both decks like a freshly waxed car! The transformation is beautiful and I feel like I have beautiful wood floors in an outdoor room! Love your products!!
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    Brent Boerema · 06/13/2018
    Wrap around pressure-treated pine with lots of sun as well as Northern Michigan snowfall. I cleaned using the Gemini kit and pressure washer. I applied TWP 100 Series Cedar-tone after sufficient dry time. Application was done by hand using foam application pad... no spraying! The TWP provided exceptional penetration and blended well, especially on overlaps. I was very pleased with the finished results. Thanks again, TWP!
    Brent Boerema
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    Robert Higgins · 06/12/2018
    I was about to reseal my deck with a big box brand when I discovered TWP. The Cape Cod Gray caught my attention. The rest is history.
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    Sean Spurney · 06/12/2018
    We prepped this deck with Restore A Deck Cleaner and Neutralized/Brightened with Restore A Deck Brightener. We then power washed the deck to remove all dirt, debris, and soil. After letting the deck dry out we came back and sanded all surfaces to reveal a fresh layer of wood. After sanding we applied the TWP Pecan and the results could not be better. We have been using TWP for the past 2 seasons and are always pleased with the results.
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    Leslie Neatrour · 06/09/2018
    We re-stained our large deck this Spring with TWP Natural 1530, after switching to TWP 4-5 years ago. Our pressure treated pine deck is 25 years old and looks like new once again! First, the wood was cleaned well with a mixture of differing chemicals to remove the algae, mold and fungus that naturally accumulate over the years. After re-staining with TWP, the wood grain shows through nicely again, and the water that beads up after a rain proves how well the stain performs. We are very pleased with the results of using TWP stain.
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    Daniel Doss · 06/09/2018
    I have a 16" x 15' Deck. Last year I had most of the decking boards replaced along with the stair treads and one rotten stringer. My deck sits in Georgia just south of Atlanta, with the scalding hot summers and damp winters leaving lots of mold and mildew behind. I used the Gemini cleaner and brightener then applied TWP 100 stain in redwood and added the bug juice (hope it works). This is my second time using TWP and am pleased with the results. I applied the stain with a roller on the rails and the TWP stain brush that I purchased with the stain order. A great item that I would definitely recommend for any DIY'ers.
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    Matt Monaghan · 06/09/2018
    Before and after pictures of my deck project. The deck had been painted by the previous owner, and was peeling everywhere. I sanded the deck down, the second before picture, then used TWP 1520 pecan.
    -Matt Monaghan
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    Christopher Munsterm · 06/07/2018
    Not sure why but only one of my after staining pictures posted here you go thank you for such a great product!
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    Christopher Munsterm · 06/07/2018
    I used one gallon of TWP Total Wood Preservative, Cedar on a carving project we have in our front yard. Bear was carved, charred then finished with the TWP and it looks amazing!
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    Matt Morgan · 06/03/2018
    I’m half way done staining a 14-year-old Cedar fence. Power washed and let dry then used TWP100. Before and after shown and this is after one full South Dakota Winter! Great product!