Best TWP Stain for Fence

Like any exterior wood surface, wood fences need to be protected from the elements to prevent wood rot, decay and fading. The best TWP Exterior Wood Stain for wood fences is the new TWP 1500 formula. This new version outperforms the previous TWP 500 series. The 1500 series is designed for improved penetration and faster dry times.

TWP 1500 is a low VOC wood preservative that has a unique blend of pigments that help protect against unsightly wood graying, fading, and darkening. This is why the 1500 series is best for cedar, redwood, mahogany, and pressure treated pine fences. Its special blend of powerful mildewcides also helps inhibit mold and mildew growth, which can jeopardize the integrity of your wood fence.

With many colors to choose from, TWP (Total Wood Protection) will preserve the wood’s natural color, will shed water longer, prevents mold/mildew, cracking, splitting, warping, and is easy to apply. TWP 1500 Series Exterior Wood and Deck Stain is a low 250 VOC formula that is compliant in 50 states. TWP is the only EPA registered wood preservative on the market.

TWP 1500 Series will keep your wood fence looking naturally beautiful and free from water damage, discoloration, and sun fading. The easy to apply and maintain formula will ensure that you enjoy your investment for many years to come.

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    Devin · 10/20/2017
    ill be applying a maintenance coat of twp 1500 after 10 years since the last to cedar siding, what advice do you have in terms of prep? and is using an airless the best application method? thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 10/20/2017
      Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing for the prep. If you apply the TWP with an ailress sprayer, you will need to back brush in the stain to ensure an even application.
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    TWP Stains · 09/02/2017
    William F.:
    Hi, I'm cleaning and re-staining a cedar fence. This fence was originally staiedwith TWP series 100 about 10 years ago. As y'all are now recommending 1500 for fences, can I apply 1500 over 100, or should I stick with 100.

    You can use either series for the fence. Prep first with the Gemini Restore Kit.
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    William F. · 09/01/2017
    Hi, I'm cleaning and re-staining a cedar fence. This fence was originally staiedwith TWP series 100 about 10 years ago. As y'all are now recommending 1500 for fences, can I apply 1500 over 100, or should I stick with 100.
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    TWP Stains · 05/18/2017
    4evr5:
    My fence is kild dried cedar. 3 sides are rough sawn and 1 side smooth. In this case do I immediately stain the rough side with the TWP 100 and then wait a month for the smooth side to dry then use the Gemni Restore kit and then stain? What do you recommend?

    Best to do it all at once. Wait a month, lightly clean and brighten all but concentrating on the smooth side, let dry, and then stain.
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    4evr5 · 05/18/2017
    My fence is kild dried cedar. 3 sides are rough sawn and 1 side smooth. In this case do I immediately stain the rough side with the TWP 100 and then wait a month for the smooth side to dry then use the Gemni Restore kit and then stain? What do you recommend?
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    TWP Stains · 05/18/2017
    4evr5:
    Hi, we live in Lehi, UT and are having a Cedar Privacy fence put in. It is 160' long and 6' tall. The Cedar fence is using 7/8" Kiln Dried Cedar.
    Questions:
    1) How long do I have to wait before I can stain this brand new fence?
    2) What prep do I need to do before staining?
    3) How many gallons do I need with 1,920 square feet of fence (160'longx6'highx2 sides)?
    4) Which TWP stain would be best to use (I prefer a natural color with as little pigment as possible)?
    5) I'll be applying with a commercial pump sprayer - any tips for applying?
    Thanks,
    Michael

    1. If smooth kiln dried wood, wait a month. If rough sawn cut, you can stain now.
    2. If smooth wood, use Gemini Restore Kit for the prep. Rough cut, no prep is needed as long as the wood is clean.
    3. About 15-20 Gallons for 2 coats.
    4. Use the Honeytone in the 100 Series.
    5. Applying with a sprayer and back brush in the second coat "wet on wet".
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    4evr5 · 05/17/2017
    Hi, we live in Lehi, UT and are having a Cedar Privacy fence put in. It is 160' long and 6' tall. The Cedar fence is using 7/8" Kiln Dried Cedar.
    Questions:
    1) How long do I have to wait before I can stain this brand new fence?
    2) What prep do I need to do before staining?
    3) How many gallons do I need with 1,920 square feet of fence (160'longx6'highx2 sides)?
    4) Which TWP stain would be best to use (I prefer a natural color with as little pigment as possible)?
    5) I'll be applying with a commercial pump sprayer - any tips for applying?
    Thanks,
    Michael
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    TWP Stains · 05/01/2017
    DocPeter:
    About 3 years ago I used Honeytone TWP 1500 stain on 64' of new cedar fence. This still looks good, although darker (dirt/mold I guess).
    Had to replace an additional 60' of new cedar over weekend. Now I have 124' of 6' cedar, wanting it to look as even as possible.
    What is your recommendation; clean old, stain a bit darker, etc.? Use 1500 again?
    You did a wonderful job last time, TY.

    Prep all with the Gemini Restore Kit and stain with the same color and series would be the best way to do it.
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    DocPeter · 05/01/2017
    About 3 years ago I used Honeytone TWP 1500 stain on 64' of new cedar fence. This still looks good, although darker (dirt/mold I guess).
    Had to replace an additional 60' of new cedar over weekend. Now I have 124' of 6' cedar, wanting it to look as even as possible.
    What is your recommendation; clean old, stain a bit darker, etc.? Use 1500 again?
    You did a wonderful job last time, TY.
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    TWP Stains · 03/27/2017
    LaDonna:
    I recently purchased a home with an older privacy fence that has turned gray with some rotten boards. What can I use to make the new boards and old boards the same finish? Do I need to use the restore first?

    Prep first. Use the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing to remove the gray. Once prepped and has dried for a couple of days, try the TWP 1500 or 100 Series.
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    LaDonna · 03/26/2017
    I recently purchased a home with an older privacy fence that has turned gray with some rotten boards. What can I use to make the new boards and old boards the same finish? Do I need to use the restore first?
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    TWP Stains · 09/15/2016
    Sheila Wheelen:
    Thanks for the info. Couple more quick questions:

    Our usual rental place doesn't rent their sprayers for oil based stain. What type of sprayer should we use, and is there a place that typically rents those types of sprayers.

    Thanks again for the advice.

    TWP does not have to be applied with an airless spray. A good quality pump sprayer will work and you can buy those relatively inexpensively.
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    Sheila Wheelen · 09/14/2016
    Thanks for the info. Couple more quick questions:

    Our usual rental place doesn't rent their sprayers for oil based stain. What type of sprayer should we use, and is there a place that typically rents those types of sprayers.

    Thanks again for the advice.
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    TWP Stains · 09/14/2016
    Sheila Wheelen:
    Hi. We live in Seattle, WA and have a cedar fence (330 SF) installed in late April this year. It's now been three days since it last rained and it's predicted to stay sunny/dry for three more days... which is rare for Washington state. We're considering TWP 1500 semi-transparent stain. Want to retain natural cedar color, and we prefer a brown tint --- not orange. Here are my questions:

    1) What color TWP 1500 do you recommend?

    2) There's dirt on bottom and top rails left from installation. If we pressure wash today, can we start staining tomorrow?

    3) Can we just use water to clean the fence since it's relatively new?

    4) Since TWP 1500 is an oil-based stain, will we have to strip it before reapplying every few years? We want to avoid that since we have such a large fence and we intend to stain both sides.

    Thanks for your help!

    Sheila

    1. Pecan or Dark Oak
    2. Typically need 48 hours after prep to dry.
    3. If it has oxidized/grayed then you should use a Deck Cleaner and Wood Brightener.
    4. TWP 1500 can be cleaned and reapplied as needed. It does not have to be stripped.
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    Sheila Wheelen · 09/14/2016
    Hi. We live in Seattle, WA and have a cedar fence (330 SF) installed in late April this year. It's now been three days since it last rained and it's predicted to stay sunny/dry for three more days... which is rare for Washington state. We're considering TWP 1500 semi-transparent stain. Want to retain natural cedar color, and we prefer a brown tint --- not orange. Here are my questions:

    1) What color TWP 1500 do you recommend?

    2) There's dirt on bottom and top rails left from installation. If we pressure wash today, can we start staining tomorrow?

    3) Can we just use water to clean the fence since it's relatively new?

    4) Since TWP 1500 is an oil-based stain, will we have to strip it before reapplying every few years? We want to avoid that since we have such a large fence and we intend to stain both sides.

    Thanks for your help!

    Sheila
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    TWP Stains · 04/30/2016
    Need some UV protect:
    Hello. Just completed our first house project w/ pro install of a nice cedar split rail, and fencing wide picket cedar. We did not think about the importance of sealant though, and just rushed a heavy application of ThmpsnsClear w/ hand brush over everything a month after install before the rains. It's beading properly and the fence looks awesome. The seal brought out rich tones and imperfections which all look great. However, I'm now reading that product scores low, is not durable, and has no UV protection. My question is: Can I just go over with a TWP clear to gain some UV protect? Should I wait a year then re apply? How should I handle this in order to get some UV protect, to stop the grey factor w/ cedar? We're in N Denver CO, w/ baking hot summers. Please advise on best solution to sealing, having already made a poor product choice and just laid that seal on very heavy prior to some spring rains. My goal was lasting color, and I apparently chose the wrong product. Thanks.

    No. The TWP Clear does not have UV protection and you cannot apply this over the Thompsons without removing it first. Wait a year and use our Restore a Deck Stain stripper and pressure washer to remove. Apply the wood brightener. Stain with the TWP in a tinted color for UV protection.
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    Need some UV protect · 04/29/2016
    Hello. Just completed our first house project w/ pro install of a nice cedar split rail, and fencing wide picket cedar. We did not think about the importance of sealant though, and just rushed a heavy application of ThmpsnsClear w/ hand brush over everything a month after install before the rains. It's beading properly and the fence looks awesome. The seal brought out rich tones and imperfections which all look great. However, I'm now reading that product scores low, is not durable, and has no UV protection. My question is: Can I just go over with a TWP clear to gain some UV protect? Should I wait a year then re apply? How should I handle this in order to get some UV protect, to stop the grey factor w/ cedar? We're in N Denver CO, w/ baking hot summers. Please advise on best solution to sealing, having already made a poor product choice and just laid that seal on very heavy prior to some spring rains. My goal was lasting color, and I apparently chose the wrong product. Thanks.
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    TWP Stains · 01/03/2016
    Carl kling:
    I bought rough cut oak boards to build a new fence. Can I use your product for this project, and can I pre stain the wood before I install it. It is fresh cut from the mill about 2 months ago and it has been stored in my garage.

    If it is rough cut then yes you can stain now without the need for prepping or weathering.
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    Carl kling · 01/03/2016
    I bought rough cut oak boards to build a new fence. Can I use your product for this project, and can I pre stain the wood before I install it. It is fresh cut from the mill about 2 months ago and it has been stored in my garage.
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    TWP Stains · 10/08/2015
    C. Gilliam:
    Hello, I live in Mississippi. We put a new wood fence up in May, so it's had about 5 months to dry out. I'd like to stain it in Oct or Nov. What are the proper temperature ranges the stain should be applied in? Also, should I use TWP 100 for this job?

    Yes on the 100 Series. Just one coat the first time. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. Temps are 50-85 degrees.