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Deck Staining In The Fall
Can I stain my Deck when it gets cold out?   The short answer to that is Yes as long as the outdoor temp is 40 degrees or above when you are applying the stain.  It is ok if the temp drops below 40 degrees in the evening.  When staining your deck in colder temperatures, be sure to wipe off any excess material after 30 minutes.   Drying time will depend on sunlight and outdoor temp.TWP Sets up after about 30 minutes, the oils on the surface are what take a lit [...]

Maintaining your wood deck with TWP Stain.
Maintenance with TWP Stain is quite simple for surfaces previously treated with TWP Stain.  There is no need to strip off the old stain or to sand the deck.  Follow these simple instructions to keep your deck maintained and looking new for years.Signs that your deck needs to be treated again with TWP.Typically, your deck should be treated with a maintenance coat about every three years for surfaces that you walk on and every 5 to seven years for other surfaces such as rails and [...]

Is Mildew a Problem?
TWP Mildew Sealer is a professional strength, easy to apply formula protecting against mildew in the following ways:TWP Mildew Sealer is a clear drying sealer for chronically mildew prone painted surfaces which contains a preservative to prevent mold and mildew from attacking the surface of the sealer.When applied over existing mildew, it provides a clean mildew free surface which helps to prolong the life of the latex finish.TWP Mildew Sealer has excellent adhesion over moderately chalky surfa [...]

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 [...]