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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    Ryan Walp · 05/30/2018
    Almost forgot! The deck is stained with TWP 1500 in Natural 1530.
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    Ryan Walp · 05/30/2018
    Refinished the deck on our pool this spring. Used the Gemini Cleaner first, followed by the Brightener. In the photos, the left side of the upper deck was cleaned and the right side was how it looked before I started. This deck had TWP on it that was 5 years old. The boards still look great!
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    Michael Simms · 05/29/2018
    I prepped my deck with Gemini cleaner and brightener. I then applied TWP 100 in cedar tone, 2 coats wet on wet.
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    Scott Gardner · 05/29/2018
    Location: Elizabeth, Colorado:This multi-level deck is a total of about 650 square feet. It was in very rough shape as you can see by the before photo. I sanded the entire deck with 40 grit belt sander paper, then followed up with a 60 grit random orbit. The color that was applied was the rustic oak. Very pleased with the results. The water is on the deck because these photos were taken after a recent rain
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    MarkR · 05/28/2018
    I started this deck project late last summer, unfortunatley I was diagnosed with cancer and had to put it on hold. I got started back on it early this spring and have plans on adding black plastic lattice to complete the skirting.My home is located on a corner lot as you enter our subdivission and everyone stops and admires the deck, they love the design and stain choice. I tell them about your site and the great reviews on your products. The decking is 5/4 southern pine and railings are 3/4 black aluminum. After cleaning with the Restore-A-Deck kit I used the TWP 100 (Rustic). In between chemo and radiation treatments it has taking me awhile to get this far with it, but I was determined to get this completed for my wonderful wife of 34 years. In my opinion TWP is a superior penatrating stain and there is no need to look elsewhere, this is the best stain.
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    Alice · 05/27/2018
    My last picture did not post! Here it is!
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    Alice · 05/27/2018
    We have a board fence around our log home on our beef cattle ranch. As our painter suggested 10 years ago when we built, we use Jomax House Cleaner/Mildew Killer mixed with bleach and water according to the directions to clean the boards. Then clear water rinse and let dry thoroughly before staining. We used TWP Cedartone 101. Our painter also uses this color on all the boards and porch railings around our home. We were able to touch up the porch/carport railings, too, and used 20 gallons of stain this year.
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    Angie · 05/27/2018
    After much research I decided on TWP products. Last year I used Restore-A-Deck Kit and one coat of TWP 100 Series Honeytone 115 (should have done 2 coats wet-on-wet but didn't have time). This year I again used the same products only I did 2 coats wet-on-wet. Very glad I went with this product.
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    Peter Schmutz · 05/25/2018
    I have used TWP on my multi level deck every other year for 17 years. People can’t beleive the deck is 17 1/2 years old. TWP is the Only product I will ever use on my favorite place in the world.
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    Jennifer Jones · 05/22/2018
    My husband and I bought our camp June 2017. We both put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears turning our ugly duckling into what we now call our "Little Piece of Heaven" on the Alabama River. The camp was completely renovated along with adding an addition turning a small 600 sf camp into 1000 sf. We also added over 800 sf of front and back porch. The shed was moved to allow better access to the water. The water access was achieved with 50 ft of stairs, a dock was also built for our boat. For the true camp feeling log-siding was placed on the camp and the shed. TWP "HONEY" stain was used on the camp, porches, v-groove ceilings, stairs, shed, and dock. TWP was easy to apply and has made our camp look great.

    Thank you TWP!
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    Ponderer · 05/22/2018
    Here are pictures of 3 out of 5 of my 35 year old decks. Over the years I've tried every "NEW' deck coating to no avail. Frustrated I spent hours with a floor sander and 20 grit paper to strip them to bare wood. Using the Gemini restorer/stripper and the step 2 conditioner the wood came back to life and I covered them with TWP 1500 Honeytone, they look great and the rain beads up like you wouldn't believe. No water penetration here! The hardest part was banging down all the nail heads...yes, nail heads, the decks were built before deck screws. Thank you for a great product.
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    Bill Horvath · 05/19/2018
    I used the Gemini Cleaner& Brightener and My Wife chose the Pecan color We Are very pleased with the results, and we will recommend TWP Stain whenever we here of someone planning to stain anything outdoors!
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    Vicki · 05/18/2018
    My TWP testimonial goes something like this . I have been a home owner for 26 years , not the same home . I have owned a total of 5 homes . My first home was on Whidbey Island I has a massive wooden deck . Every yeanr I would have to strip and re stain , hated it it was so much work . After 8 years we decided to build in Anacortes Washington . One of the few things I would not waiver on was we needed a trex decking and glass railing cause I was so tired of doing the work on the deck every year . We sold that home after 8 years moved to Hawaii ( husband is military) no deck at that house . In 2008 we were relocated to San Antonio purchased a home and uggg another wood deck . Spent 6 years annually restraining / cleaning that deck . Sold that home and in 2014 purchased our retirement home on Pensacola beach . I did NOT want to spend every year redoing this deck so I did some research deciding there has to be something better than what I was getting at Lowes and Home Depot . I found TWP. This home being on the beach is put to the test. the decks , when we moved in were in rough shape so bad the back deck I was thinking I would get maybe another year out of the boards . I purchased 5 gallons of each Cape cod grey and Pecan . Cleaned as per your instructions with the cleaner recommended after pressure washing. I mixed 3 parts cape cod grey with 1 part pecan ( was looking for more grey than the blue in the Cape cod. With the extra pecan did furniture outdoors ) The deck turned out beautiful!!! Nice soft grey ! and lasted 4 years !!!! ON THE BEACH lasted 4 years . This past spring I did the cleaning and some of the old TWP came off did the cleaner and applied new coat of the same mix . Looks wonderful and best part the timber boards on the back deck are in no worse shape than when we moved in so the stain has preserved them, have not had to replace them yet . I love it !!! And tell everyone don’t use anything on your deck but TWP . My son just bought his first house and guess what he will be using TWP! The best ever. I am a military wife therefore this always lands on my list cause seems like husband is always gone. I am having trouble downloading a photo ? HELP
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    Denise Polash · 05/16/2018
    Question I'm in the process of a major project. I'm completely stripping my 2800 square foot cedar home and my huge deck. Only 2 photos will not show the project. Can I place more? Thanks in advance
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      TWP Stains · 05/16/2018
      Just two before and two after pictures to follow the rules and be fair to all.
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        Denise Polash · 05/16/2018
        So basically I can't do one of front and one of the back of the house, just pick one side?
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          TWP Stains · 05/17/2018
          2 before and 2 after. Does not matter which side(s) you do. One of each is fine.
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    Family of Christ Lutheran · 05/16/2018
    A new cedar fence was installed on the school's playground at Family of Christ Lutheran Church. We wanted to make sure it remained beautiful so volunteers used over 15 gallons of the TWP 1500 Honeytone stain and it looks absolutely beautiful.
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    danich · 05/16/2018
    My beautiful cedar deck became grey after letting it dry for a couple years. After a good sanding and TWP 100 series in pecan it is now more beautiful than ever! Thanks TWP for such a great product.
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    Bernie MCNULTY · 05/15/2018
    This is my second time using TWP 100 Cedar tone on my 8 year old deck. The first time was 3 years ago. I think I could have got another year before re-staining. I was very happy with the products. I learned a lot from your website and products.
    I used the restore kit. Applied the cleaner then the deck brightener . I think most people skip the brightener step and what a difference it makes.I did the prep on May 5 at my weekend cabin. waited for the next weekend trip to apply stain. well the weather man was not on his game. It rained a few days before so when I got there I checked the moisture with a gauge and it was high. Saturday was a nice bright sunny day (weatherman was wrong he said rain) but the moisture was still a little high.

    Sunday was another bad call by the weatherman ( He said rain it was bright and sunny and around noon I checked the moisture again and it was good to go. I got two coats on Wet on wet.

    I blew the deck off with a leaf blower but a fan on the one wet spot where the table was.
    I started on the handrail spraying with a garden sprayer then working into the hard to reach areas with a paint brush in one hand and a hotdog roller in the other.
    When it came to the deck I applied the stain with a garden sprayer , worked it around with a stain sponge with a champhered edge to work into the edge of the 5/4 decking then rolled it with a paint roller to pick up any excess from puddling. The deck looks GREAT. I am sure I will get three or four more seasons before the Wisconsin winters do their thing. I will be sure to use and recommend TWP products to all the people who give me compliments on how my deck looks

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    Drew · 05/15/2018
    We had a 20 year old deck that I expanded one year ago (summer 2017) with sections on both sides, changed the stairs, added a pergola and privacy screening, and added a wooden landing and sidewalk that connects the existing gazebo to the deck. I power washed the deck followed by using the Gemini Restore A Deck kit. I then applied TWP 1500 stain, redwood color using a brush. I was concerned that the new and old wood be different shades, but this turned out excellent. This year, May 2018, I lightly cleaned the deck and brushed on a new coat of TWP 1500 Redwood, using almost 5 gallons. It looks great and definitely repels the rain. We use the deck constantly and are very pleased
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    Tina Barbee · 05/14/2018
    We decided to apply a TWP maintenance coat on our 15 yr old deck this year, which is 15’ x 25’. This is the 2nd time using TWP stain and the end result is just as beautiful as 2 years ago. We used the Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit which includes enough cleaner and brightener for an even larger space. As suggested, we used a pump sprayer and power washer to apply/wash off the cleaner. Applying the brightener and using a garden hose to wash that off certainly made the wood look nearly new. We applied the TWP 1500 Series (California Redwood 1511) using the wet-on-wet technique using a stain pad and a stain brush (for in between the boards). The color is just gorgeous, which is a very natural looking reddish tone. One of the pictures shows the after-prepped boards against the freshly stained wood. It has since cured for 48 full hours to a great finish (not tacky or shiny).
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    Georgeann · 05/14/2018
    Our deck wood on our wrap around porch was not looking good! It was new in 2014 and already looking worn. I researched extensively and read literally hundreds of reviews before settling on TWP brand. This was a big project and we wanted it to last! Hopefully the expected longevity will make us as happy as the initial result makes us. I applied the restore and brighten two step process first over the entire area (including underside of decking) over a period of two weekends (used a garden sprayer). Then my husband and I (with the help of my awesome sister) applied two coats using the wet on wet method of TWP 100 Pecan to all visible areas—20 gallons total! We used a combination of power sprayer, brushes and occasionally pads. We are very happy with the color and appearance. It was hard work though! But in the end, we know it is done right with a quality product! Next year, I plan to do the open grill deck and stairs again but hopefully will not have to apply maintenance to the covered portions for several years.
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      TWP Stains · 05/15/2018
      Great restoration job on this covered porch and deck!