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Keeping The Natural Look on Wood Siding.
Wood SidingKeeping the "Natural Look" on Wood SidingBy Al Rubin ­ Pages 24-26/Journal of Light Construction ­ April 1992In siding as in much else, the "natural look" is in vogue these days, with many customers wanting to leave their cedar or redwood siding unpainted and unstained. Most customers, however, want their houses to retain this natural took, with all its honey-toned brightness, and without the natural graying that untreated wood sidings take on when exposed to sun and we [...]

Staining Pressure Treated Lumber
How long should I wait before staining my pressure treated deck?Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. Wood is placed inside a closed cylinder, then vacuum and pressure are applied to force the preservatives into the wood. The preservatives help protect the wood from attack by termites, other insects, and fungal decay.Some pressure treated lumber is already dried and ready to stain.  Dry treated wood is ideal because you can confidently stai [...]

Mixing Colors & Tinting TWP Stain
Many customers ask if they can tint TWP stain to achieve a different color.  There are two ways to achieve custom colors with TWP Stain.Mixing within the same seriesYou can mix colors within the same series to achieve the color you are looking for.  For example, if you are looking for a lighter version of the standard color you can mix up to 25% clear from the same series to keep the UV protection and lighten the stain.Remember you cannot mix between series - colors can only be [...]

What is the difference between TWP 100 and TWP 1500 Stain?
"Question:  I have a house in the Colorado Mountains that I intend to re-side with rough cedar.  I can not tell from your descriptions why the TWP 100 product will not work as well as the TWP 1500."Answer:  Both TWP 1500 and TWP 100 will provide the same protections. TWP 100 Stain has a V.O.C. of 550 grams/liter. Certain states now require lower V.O.C. limits in wood preservatives (350 gram/liter). TWP 1500 Stain is the same base formulation as TWP 100 Series with mino [...]

Storing Leftover TWP Stain for Later Use.
When you finish your project and find that you have some TWP Stain leftover, not need to worry the product can be kept for a few years when stored properly.Unopened cans of TWP stain have a shelf life of a few years and opened cans will keep for 1 to 2 years.  An opened 5 Gallon pail will not reseal and should be used within a few weeks.  If you will have stain leftover in your 5 Gallon Pail you can purchase an empty 1 Gallon Metal paint can from your hardware store.  Trans [...]

Why Wood Weathers
Even though pressure treated yellow pine, western red cedar and redwood lumber are extremely durable materials, their useful lives depend upon their environment. Left unprotected, these woods suffer photo degradation by ultraviolet light (sunlight); leaching (water absorption into wood components); hydrolysis (as in acid rain attack); shrinking and swelling caused by water absorption into and evaporation from the wood; and finally, discoloration and degradation by decay promoting micro-or [...]

spotting after applying twp stain in the rain
"It rained shortly after we applied TWP Stain to our deck and now there are a number of rain spots on the surface.  How can we remove the rain spots?"Sometimes it is hard to avoid the rain when staining your deck.  As per the instructions you should try to stain when you have 48 hours drying time without rain.  Having said that, we know that Mother Nature does not always cooperate.  If it does rain and you get rain spots on your deck you can try the tips below.First tr [...]

TWP Stain Samples - Try before you buy!
Stain colors can look different on your wood depending on the shade you start with.  TWP Stain is not a solid stain so the wood grain will show and the color of the wood will change the shade of the stain.  If you are unsure of the color you want or would like to see what the stain looks like on your wood then we encourage you to order a liquid sample.​2oz liquid samples of TWP Stain can be purchased for $4.00 each plus shipping.  Sample cards and brochures can be sent to y [...]

by:  Charles L. Stayton, James V Robinson and Philip Hamman*     Log homes are becoming popular again in the South. In the late 1800's more than 50 percent of all dwellings were constructed of logs. But by the mid-1930's wood siding homes had become the norm, with less than 1 percent of new homes constructed of logs. Wood siding homes usually were better constructed because they were built to be permanent rather than temporary.Today, home builders a [...]

How to seal and stain your deck with twp
Step OneIf your deck was previously sealed you will need to clean and or remove the product currently on your deck. You will need to determine what type of product was used previously on your deck. If the product was an acrylic based product you will have to sand the product off the deck. Otherwise you can use a cleaner stripper such as, Clean & Brite to remove the old material with a power washer. Step TwoChoose your TWP Stain. You can use our online product wizard or go directly to [...]