This post was updated on January 30, 2023
TWP 1500 Series Stain Update 2023
We find that the TWP 1500 Series Stain to be the best performing oil-based deck stain on the market. We personally use the TWP 1500 Series Stain on deck restorations every year in the Midwest and is one of our go-to brands.
TWP 1500 Series was introduced in the Summer of 2010 as the replacement for the TWP 500 Series. TWP 1500 stain is a semi-transparent oil-based wood preservative registered by the EPA. The only deck preservative that is currently registered as an exterior wood preservative.
TWP 1500 Series is designed for all exterior unfinished wood. It has excellent UV resistance from graying. It is mostly used for exterior wood decking, wood fencing, log homes, cedar sided homes, etc. TWP 1500 comes in 10 colors that allow the natural grain of the wood to show through.
TWP Stains – 1500 Stain Rating
TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8.5
– TWP 1500 Series had a beautiful rich look to the wood. The wood grain was highlighted naturally. 1501 Cedartone color was slightly brown for a traditional cedar color.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 9
– Excellent at preventing UV graying at the two-year mark. One of the top stains that we have tested in terms of absorbing the UV radiation that causes oxidation of the wood.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9
– Very good at preventing peeling. TWP penetrates deep into the wood. This seems to reduce any chance of wearing or peeling at the surface.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
– TWP 1500 Series cost us $194.99 for a 5-gallon pail delivered. This breaks down to $.35 per foot for 2 coats of stain on our 400 square foot deck. We still had 1.5 gallons left when done. The coverage for the TWP 1500 was close to 200 square feet per gallon.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9
– Of all of the oil-based stains we tested, TWP offers the best protection against mold spores that are known to grow in oil-based stains. This is most likely due to the oils used in TWP’s stains. They do not use linseed oil but rather a mixture of natural and synthetic oils.
Ease of Application: 8
– For an oil-based stain, the TWP 1500 series applied well. We did notice that you need to back brush any puddles to ensure an even application. This is normal for most of the stains that we have tested. TWP 1500 Series did dry to the touch in 6 hours and we were able to put the furniture back on the deck the following day.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 9
– The 1500 series did not “darken” in color like other oil-based stains have been known to. TWP actually lightened up slightly at the 2-year mark. This gave the wood a more natural-looking feel.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 8.5
– TWP 1500 Series would be an easy stain to reapply. A normal wood deck cleaner would be used to remove some dirt and grime, prepping for another coat.
Overall Score TWP 1500 Series at 2 Year Period: 8.5
– TWP 1500 Series (and 100 Series) have been known to provide tops in terms of durability and color retention. They have always been one of the best stains and are one of our top choices. Little to no fading on the railings. The deck surface faded to about 75% of the stain’s initial color after 2.5 years.
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More Info: TWP 1500 Series
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Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $224.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Oil-Based
Available Colors: 1500 Clear, 1501 Cedartone, 1502 Redwood, 1503 Dark Oak, 1504 Black Walnut, 1511 California Redwood, 1515 Honeytone, 1516 Rustic, 1520 Pecan, 1530 Natural
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. “Wet on Wet”
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-250 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 4-12 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States
More Info: Product Data
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Western Red Cedar
Deck Square Footage: 400
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 1501 Cedartone
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.
TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain Photos
TWP 1500 Series Stain Review Video
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
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Applying TWP in 1503 Dark Oak to Wood Fence.
We could not be happier with the 1500 TWP Cedar tone. We love the way it looks. It was easy to apply,
What’s the drawback of only doing one coat. Does it simply mean you’ll need to re-coat sooner than expected? Thanks.
That and you may not get a consistent color and finish. Could be blotchy with only one coat.
Hi. We’ll be staining a redwood deck and fence. We’re leaning towards the TWP 1500 series. Will one coat be sufficient on both horizontal and vertical surfaces? Also, while a stripper was used, it didn’t fully strip all areas. Will that be a problem? If so, short of reapplying a chemical stripper and brightener, can the stain in those areas be removed with a scraper or by sanding? If by sanding, what grit do you recommend? Thank you.
You need to strip all so it is applied evenly and correctly. Brighten after. Do not spot sand or scrape.
Thanks for the helpful reply.
I’ve received several contractor estimates for completing the work started (and abandoned) by the first contractor. Because of the stripper recently applied (it was Woodrich HD-80), they advised against further stripping, claiming further stripping would risk damaging the wood. Specifically, they claim that in addition to removing stain, it would remove some wood. I’m wondering if that’s a valid concern, or if the motive perhaps is to increase billable work (I assume more labor required for sanding than stripping and brightening).
If you believe sanding is a reasonable approach, would use of a grinder rather than regular sander be ok, or would that be too harsh and thus risk damaging the redwood? If grinding is a reasonable approach, what is the lowest grit you feel safe? The contractor proposes the grinding followed by light sanding to remove any swirl marks caused by the grinder and other touch-up.
Thanks again for your help.
Further stripping will not damage the wood. As far as if stripping or sanding is needed to continue, post some pics of where the old stain did not come off.
What deck preparation is required if I’m replacing 18 month old Sherwin Williams oil modified semitransparent redwood super deck stain with TWP 1500 series oil based semitransparent redwood stain?
Note. The current stain is in decent shape with no peeling.
You need to remove the Super Deck. Strip and brighten with Restore A Deck Stripper/Brightener Kits.
I am unable to purchase the 100 in my state. It was recommended to purchase the 1500 even though I need the semi-solid product.
1. They will last about the same.
2. Semi-solid colors mask the grain more so they will blend new and old wood better than semi-transparent colors.
Yes, that is my original understanding and I’m needing to buy the semi solid; but, the 1500 is is semi-transparent right? I need to hide the older wood. Thank you.
I thought the 1500 is NOT a semi-solid. As you state, I need to blend the old wood with new wood better using a semi-solid.
The TWP 1500 is semi-transparent. The TWP Semi-solid is the same VOC as the 100 Series so you cannot get it. Try another brand of semi-solid colors. https://www.deckstainhelp.com/best-semi-solid-wood-and-deck-stain-reviews/
Regarding “ They do not use linseed oil but rather a mixture of natural and synthetic oils.”
The SDS sheet shows;
30 to 40%
Thanks. It is a blend, not straight linseed like other brands.
What is the best way to fix over application with TWP 1500 series?
Please see attached, thank you. It is a covered porch and a rain storm came through a few hours after application. Was thoroughly power washed and lightly sanded before application. The deck has cured since then.
Try wiping it down with mineral spirits and rags. If that does not work, then you will have to remove all and start over.
Take any oil rags and soak them into water when done to avoid spontaneous combustion.
our deck has done great with TWP Cedartone stain- This year we are re-powerwashing and re-staining. We had to replace several boards- how can we get new wood to match old wood???????
You cannot. New wood will always stain lighter since it is less absorbent..
I applied twp 1500 and it looks a bit blotchy and there are some areas that were fuzzy that apparently needed sanded more . I applied two coats wet on wet .am I able to sand down the fuzzy stuff and restain or am I better off using a semi solid over this to make it look more uniform ? Either way when can I re-coat?
The prep was not properly done. All the old stain was not removed fully. You will need to remove all and start over if you want to use a TWP in a semi-transparent or even the semi-solid.
Can I use a different brand semi-solid instead without having to remove it all ?
No, you have to remove it.
What is my process for stripping and starting over . Do I need to use a floor sander ?
Strip off what you can with the RAD stripper and both additives. Sand what cannot be stripped after. Brightener last. Shoot for 95-100% removal.
Can I use 1500 series clear on deck furniture.
I have 10 gallons left over from doing all the decks and would like to
use it on all the deck furniture. It is hardwood and has been stripped to bare wood.
Yes, just one coat.
Can a second coat be applied a few days apart from the first coat? In other words; Does it have to be wet on wet? Thanks
Needs to be wet on wet. Over applying after first coat dries is bad for any penetrating stain.
I redid my deck last year with kiln dried after treatment KDAT pine. I waited several months for the mill glaze to go away and then applied one coat TWP 1500 Honey color after treating with cleaner and brighter. Very pleased with results.
Now it seems like it’s ready for a second coat. Water no longer beads up like it did originally. I’m assuming that my steps will be to use cleaner and brightener then apply a another coat of TWP 1500. No stripper will be applied. Is this correct?
In the photograph the circle on the right of the photograph is where a pot has been sitting, The deck outside of the circle has been exposed to the elements.
No need to strip, clean and brighten lightly then one coat.
We live in Charlotte NC and have a deck that was installed with pressure treated 2 by 6 boards. Size is 14 by 14, we have a couple of steps, railing on two sides and a pergola. Would seems dry enough to stain now, although top of rails, pergola and some floor boards starting to shoe grey. I am thinking of TWP 1500 on this deck. Since the deck is 5 months old, how much prep should be done? How much stain? and lastly how slick will this get after a rain? Hoping to do this in the next week or two. Thank you for your advice and guidance.
See here about new wood and prep and stain: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/staining-a-new-deck/
Just one coat after cleaner and brightener. TWP is not slippery.
Thank you for the link, I reviewed it and this deck has now been out in the weather for 5 months, seems okay to stain. Interesting that TWP is not on the list of stains recommended for new wood, and somewhat surprising. It seems that sticking to one brand over time is advisable. What do you think of using one thing now (new wood) and something else later?
Also it sounds like 2 gallons of stain sh be enough, make sense?
We would need a total sq footage of all wood that is being stained added up to help with this.
Deck surface is 14 by 14 ft. Three stairs, rails and styles and a simple pergola. If a gallon covers 300 sq ft. seems like 2 gal sh be enough. Make sense to you?
A gallon of TWP does not cover three hundred square feet. More like 150-200 for one coat. Add it all up if you want proper help with this.
You can use the TWP now as they suggest 4-12 months of weathering. We would not switch, stick with the same brand.
Just posted a couple of follow up questions, don’t see them. On new wood you do not recommend TWP as a preferred stain. What do you recommend as a cleaner/brightener for new wood? How long sh we wait between cleaning and staining?
Thanks for your help.
Use the Gemini Restore A Deck Kit for prep if using the TWP.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area .. What is the shortest amount of wait time that the 1500 series can be applied on a new redwood deck. Would light sanding before application quicken the wait?
TWP want 4-12 months of weathering and then prep with a cleaner and brightener for new wood. There is not a way to speed this up.
I’m convinced by this review that this is a much better way to go than what we’ve had on our deck, which is Benjamin Moore Arborcoat. Your review of the BM hives with my experience of it.
One question about the TWP stain. How soon after application could I put furniture on it? I ask because I have to do my deck half at a time and put the furniture on the other half since there’s nowhere else I can put it. So after I do the first half I’ll need to put the furniture on there to do the second half. Also, any tips for avoiding a noticeable line at that halfway point?
Also, how many gallons would I need for a 300 sq ft deck? I would use a sprayer and a brush if that matters.
Sorry, one more question…I’ve read that this shouldn’t be applied when it’s over 90 outside. Looks like there will be a stretch of a few days when it’s approaching 90 but not quite hitting it. Should I just do it then anyway? Or better to wait a couple months after stripping when it gets a little cooler? I guess neither is ideal but I’ve already started so I have to do one of those plans.
90 is a little hot for applying. Maybe do it in the am or late evening.
24 Hours for furniture. You will have to carefully stop 1/2 way on one board. About 2-3 gallons for the two coats.
Is Twp 1500 a good stain to use on a cedar deck that gets splashed with chlorine?
No deck stain will resist Chlorine Bleach. No matter what it will degrade the stain.
Hi there:) So happy that I found this site! Bought a 1970″s Pan Abode cedar log home kit. Previous owners didn’t maintain the cedar logs well. Can’t sandblast or power wash because it’s like Lincoln Logs and no chinking so water, sand etc gets through he logs into the house. So, painstakingly wire brushing and sanding old stain off to bare wood best we can. Plan on retaining in a dark mahogany semi transparent stain so can see the grain but cover well to hide any mistakes or oops. Any preference as to satin should use? Here in northern NH it’s pretty damp and New England weather. Many folks here use Sikkens products or Ben Moore “Arborcoat”. Not familiar with the products I’ve read here but will take your advice!
Thank you for what you do!!
Some pics of the house,
Stop with the wire brushing. It can leave metal in the wood that will turn black from rust when water get on it. Best to power sand this all off if you cannot pressure wash. Once fully removed, the TWP 1500 would work very well.
is twp 1500 stain available in canada
No, it is not allowed in Canada. You can buy the TWP 200 Series and have it shipped there.
Such an incredible stain, we’re ecstatic! It beads rain like mercury and look forward to many years of satisfaction!
Does TWP 1500 series contain paraffin oil like the TWP 200 series?
I prepped and applied TWP 1500 to our cedar deck 3 or 4 years ago, and it looked fantastic. It has held up very well, but needs to be touched up. I am planning on using the same product in the same shade. Can I use deck cleaner and brightener or should I use a deck stripper and brightener before using the TWP 1500?
Use the Gemini Restore Kit. It is a Cleaner and Brightener.
Can the TWP series 1500 stain be applied over aTWP series 100 stain?
If you prep it with their kit, you should be okay.
Can this product be appiled with a garden type sprayer and then backed brushed?
Yes you can do that.
I did not have as good of luck with TWP-1500.. Evidently, it’s not a true oil base stain but a hybrid of some kind.. Floor was rolled consistently and some areas just didn’t take, leaving these shiny spots.. It’s been 2 years and contractors are talking about stripping so they can re-do with a true oil..
That is not true. TWP 1500 is not a hybrid but a true oil based stain. The issue you had is not related to the TWP stain itself but improper prep or over application or a combo of both. Doesn’t matter what brand of stain you use, if you do not prep or apply correctly, you will have issues.
Ask a Question or Post a Review…Thanks for reply. I was told it is “formulated” oil. Deck was pressure washed before staining. So TWP 1500 would not have to be stripped to go over with any oil base stain ??
TWP 1500 is a true oil based stain. You always have to strip/brighten when you switch brands. Does not matter the base.
Your issue is the first application/prep was done incorrectly. To fix, you will need to strip and brighten.
Ask a Question or Post a Review…Picture above is from 2017. This picture is same area taken March, 2019. If we went with TWP-1500 again, would you still recommend strip and brighten ? If so, do you have recommended products and process ??
Yes on the strip and brighten. That way you can make sure it fully soaks into the wood grain. Use the Restore-A-Deck Stripper/Brightener Kits and light pressure washing. It will clean up very easily.
When you apply the TWP, make sure that you apply only as much as the wood can absorb it. You can also back wipe off any excess stain that does not soak in 45-60 minutes. If you back wipe, make sure to saturate all oily rags in water when you are done and lay flat to dry.
Just thought I would post a comment regarding the application/use of TWP 1504 (Dark Walnut). It was very easy to apply using a brush which is recommended. The TWP went on as advertised. In fact, the coverage was better than expected. I let the salt treated deck boards weather a little more than a year and then pressure washed (after bleach application). Just make sure you follow the instructions. One thing that was excellent was the support from the manufacturer, AMTECO/Gemini. Any questions – no problem. I recommend this product.
cedar floor deck after power washing 20&14 how many gallons
2-3 gallons for the 2 coats applied wet on wet.
We have a relatively new (2 year old) pergola in Los Angeles… common fir construction lumber.. that was originally only given a quick coat of Ready Seal oil based stain. We now want to add far more protection to the the stability of the wood..as well as protect from the graying. We are looking at wood cleaning and then one coat of C2 Guard product (clear deep penetrating protector) and then a coat of TWP 1500 Cedartone stain. The C2 Guard is rather remarkable at deep and longer wood protection from water … not something we would have to apply again for 7 to 10 years.) The C2 Guard is designed to be good before staining. However… I do wonder of such construction lumber… will be able to receive much of the TWP stain after the C2 Guard. The C2 guard would give us much more confidence that we have given this some lasting protection…but I am wondering if it will also limit receiving any valuable stain over it that will serve color and UV values. We know that TWP 1500 has good wood protection itself… but presume not as deep and lasting as the C2 Guard which could serve as a base.
The C2 is more of a penetrating product that reacts with the alkali in the wood that “supposedly” creates an internal seal that helps to reduce rot. There is really not much proof that these products will actually work though. More of a theory. Wood has a very little amount of alkali compared to say concrete. Personally, we think these products are a gimmick. If you want to use it though, it should not hinder the TWP’s ability to work.
FYI, make sure to strip off the Ready Seal.
Thank you so much. I know there is little research to be found on that or similar products. Like a few who have used it… it seems to all in me have good waterproofing effect… but I too wonder.
Big question – when you state to strip Teady Seal… since that is an oil semi transparent and we will be putting on TEP which is oil based semi … we were not planning to sand but rather just use cleaner … scrub… power wash off. Will that be enough?
No. Use a stain stripper and a wood brightener for the prep. The RS needs to come off. Like this: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/restore-a-deck-injectable-deck-stain-stripper-review/
Is this stain good for pool decks that use chlorine
Yes but just an FYI, all deck stains will become bleached out from excessive chlorine splashed on the wood.
My house has natural cedar stain over cedar. I am doing over deck and railings with PT should that be darker color than house ?????
Not sure what you are asking? You can do the new deck in any color you like.
Can TWP 1500 be used for cedar shake roof shingles?
Yes it can.
Oh ya…one year and look!
We moved this comment based on you posting in the wrong product review. From the picture, it looks like when you stained the deck last year it was new. It also looks shiny and over-applied in the picture on the right. This happens when new wood is not prepped correctly and or too much stain is applied. TWP suggest 4-12 months of natural weathering for new wood and prepping with their Gemini Restore Kit before applying the one coat of stain. They also suggest another light coat in 12-24 months. All this is due to the fact that new wood is not absorbent enough to handle a 2-3 year application of stain. After these first initial steps, the reapplication time is every 2+ years.
For more info on what you possibly did wrong and how to treat new wood, please see this:
I am sanding the paint off my 104 year old covered porch. Not new or exotic wood. Thinking about TWP 1500. Amy suggestions?
That would work but for final prep, use their Gemini Restore kit after the sanding. The 1500 will soak in better if you do.
How well does the TWP 1500 series fill for some cracks in deck floor boards? As a stain I would imagine not very much for filling purposes. You have recommended I use this for my deck in a previous post and was curious. Thank you!
Hello, TWP is a penetrating stain. Penetrating stains do not “fill” cracks at all. No need to fill cracks as it is normal for wood to have some minor cracks.
I applied the stain to my mohagany deck with a 4″brush as recommended. It went on easily and seemed to penetrate. It looks beautiful! However, it’s 24 hours later and it’s still “wet”. I applied a thin layer initially, then 6 hours later, when it wasn’t yet dry, I went over it with a dry rag. The amount of stain not soaking in is unbelieveable. The decking was properly prepped and power washed several days ago and the weather is clear and dry. I was expecting better results, faster drying, but walking on it it’s wet – it stains my feet. When will it dry? Help!
Margaret. TWP is not suggested for exotic hardwoods like Mahogany. Was the Mahogany new wood? It will dry, but it could take a day or two.
We power washed our deck and sanded it. It was old (2000) and never stained. looks good now just some cracks here and there. We are thinking of staining it and not painting it. What do we need to do after sanding? wash off? let dry for a few days before staining? What stain do you recommend to still show grain but also make deck look new. TY 🙂
Light cleaning with a deck cleaner and then a wood brightener. Let dry for a few days and stain. Try TWP Stains or Armstrong Clark.
I installed new pt deck
Torched deck to create burnt look
Wondering how I could uv protect with one of your clear products wanna keep look without staining was thinking tung oil but friend told me to check out TWP
as I don’t think tung oil will uv protect
Tung oil will not UV protect nor will a clear by TWP. For UV protection, you must have color/tint in the stain.
I have a mahogany deck in CT. Just had deck sanded and applied TWP 1500 Honeytone. The finish is very dull and does not have the rich luster I was expecting. What can I do to address this? More coats? Mineral spirits?
TWP is a penetrating stain that soaks into the wood grain. It is not supposed to be shiny. Adding additional coats or adding anthing on top that would create a shine would result in product failure and extreme diffculty in fixing, once it starts to fail.
I have a one year old redwood deck in Napa, California – Full sun exposure, I just stain last month with Behr Semi-transparent redwood. It looks orange-red. I plan to drum sand failed color stain off.
1) Should I Strip & sand failed color stain off or can I just drum sand stain off?
2) What Grit sandpaper should I use to remove failed color stain?
3) What stain should I use to have a natural clear redwood grain look (Buckskin tan look)? I was thinking about TWP1500 (Clear) but concerned about full sun exposure & graying?
1. Strip what you can and then sand.
2. 60-80 grit
3. No UV protection with clear products. Need color for UV protection. Not sure what you are looking for, but would suggest that you try some samples.
If I mix the twp1500 (clear) with twp1511 (CA. Redwood) does the color become a lighter version of twp1511 (CA. Redwood).
Yes but will also have half the UV protection so it will fade faster.
I have a 20 year old cedar deck in the Seattle area. With all the rain we get up here, which stain do you recommend for wet areas like mine ? The 1500 series with less mineral spirits and more oil, or the 100 series with more mineral spirits and less oil in the product ? I understand that the 100 series has a slightly better penetration into the wood. Is that the key to longevity in my case ? I would like to get as many more years out of this deck as possible.
Use the TWP 100 Series.
Cedar deck, last coated with Sikkens SRD about 2 years ago, stripping, brightening, then applying TWP 1503. I'm replacing several rotted deck boards with new cedar. Question – should I leave those boards off the deck until finished applying TWP? I've read the aging requirement for new wood, and easiest way to NOT finish them now would be to install after finishing. Is this the right approach?
Yes you could do this. Probably easier.
We just had a brand new cedar deck installed 2 weeks ago. The contractors stressed we should pressure wash then seal or stain the new deck as soon as possible (within the next couple weeks) to prevent the wood from drying out. We live in Missouri and the weather over the last couple weeks has been rainy and severe heat. We have noticed a couple small cracks shows up on the decking boards and a large crack in one of the side boards. If we wait a few months to allow the wood to weather it will be getting into winter. Would you still suggest we wait to treat the deck or what stain/sealer would you recommend we use?
Wait to dry out and prep is the way to go. FYI, cracks are normal for exterior wood and will happened not matter stained or not.
I just had a new cedar deck built in Chicago, Illinois about 2 weeks ago. Do I need to clean and brighten it or just apply the TWP1530 stain? I would like to stain it before the winter. If I wait 3 months, I probably won't be able to stain it until next Spring. What do you suggest? Thank you.
You cannot stain this now with TWP. They want 4-12 months for weathering and yes you need to clean and brighten. See this for more info:
Hello: We live in central TN and are in the proces of building a new home. The large screened porch and the open deck area are both pressure treated pine and will have aged about 6 months before staining. I've read many of these articles and still am not sure whether to use TWP 100 or 1500. I'm guessing that 100 might be best for the sheltered, screened porch, but 1500 best for the exposed deck…but I only want to use ONE product.. Which might be best? Thank you
We would use the 1500 Series for all.
Hey, we live in Jacksonville FL and have a large deck area covered with Ipe Brazilian Hard Wood Decking. What is the most appropriate stain/sealer for this application in our environment — very warm to outright hot during the summer months, very humid and cool to cold winters with light night time freezes warming again during the day. Our deck wraps around a pool and backs-up to a nature preserve with lots of trees.
Any suggestions and recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
TWP is not suggested to exotic hardwoods. Look at one of these products:
A contractor has applied a mixture of series 200 and 1500. The deck is older cedar. Last stained with Cabot. The contractor used the newer one step cleaner & over-power washed the deck. The end result is a blotchy, almost chalky appearance. It just looks terrible. My question is should the deck be stripped with the one step product or the original method with two steps. Caution to everyone. Don't let a contractor apply anything but one product. This contractor tells me he makes a practice of mixing TWP stain series. I suspect it is whatever he has on hand. The blotchy nature of the application cannot be over stayed. Also, two weeks later, stain comes up with a rag and scratches with my fingernail.
Not sure what you mean about newer One Step cleaner? Now that he over applied and mixed the stains, it will need to be stripped (not cleaned). This will not be easy as it is difficult to remove a newly applied stain and even more so when over applied. Try the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper and pressure washing to remove. You may need to strip and pressure wash a few times to remove all of the stain. Once completely removed, you can apply the RAD brightener that will neutralize the stain stripper and lighten the wood to the proper pH balance.
Hi – I live in Southern California and I am about to install some accent T&G cedar siding on my remodel, making it a bit contemporary looking. The cedar will be clear grade, but still have not decided between real red cedar and engineered cedar siding such as Coulson cedar. The wood will have lots of sun exposure, not too much rain. I'd like to preserve the natural grain of the wood as much as possible. People at Ganahl lumber were recommending Penofin, but after reading some posts and reviews I am weary of its short time to reapplication and problems with mold. I'm considering TWP 1500 and Defy extreme, but both of these appear to recommend weathering the wood a bit before application. What is your recommendation for this type of cedar application? Do you have any advice for the coulson engineered product ? Thank you!
The TWP would work well. Make sure to prep by removing the mill glaze after letting the wood season for 4+ months.
Hi – We have a combination of new redwood deck and old redwood deck. We cleaned and prepped using Restore-a-deck kit. We got samples of TWP 1500 Rustic Oak and TWP 1500 Dark Oak. Rustic was too red and dark oak seemed to look rather black in the areas that had heavy grain. What we wanted was something that was more red but darker. So we did a combination of 5:1 Rustic to Dark Oak. On our samples it looked just fine, but when testing it out it has more of a burgundy/barn red type of color which we wanted to avoid. Is there anything we can add or switch proportions of in order to get a slightly warmer shade?
If I absolutely cannot live with the shade and want to switch it the next time with Pecan, do I have to strip again or can I reapply over it? Even pecan has slightly more yellow tones than I would have liked. TWP has great reviews, but I just cannot find a color that I like unfortunately 🙁 Your advice will be greatly appreciated.
Maybe more dark oak? 50/50 or 70% rustic to 30% dark oak. Yes you will have to strip if going with the Pecan later as it is lighter in color.