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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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3 sides rough 1 side smooth
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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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How long to dry?
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'hig hx2 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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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Help with old and new fence project.
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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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Follow Up Question - Seattle
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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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Ms.
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-transparen t 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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
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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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting 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.
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TWP 100 or 1500 for fence
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?
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Teresa Baker:
Can I use an airless sprayer to apply the 1500 series to my fence, or should I stick with a garden sprayer?

You can use either.
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How to apply
Can I use an airless sprayer to apply the 1500 series to my fence, or should I stick with a garden sprayer?
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Tom Murphy:
I just finished TWP 1500 #1520 Pecan on a cedar fence. I got a sample from the paint store and the sample looked great but when I stained the fence the fence now looks orange.. The sample they gave me was more brown tone. Is the anything I can do to get rid of the orange look. Thanks

You could remove and start over. You could apply a darker color 6-12 months later.
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What to do
I just finished TWP 1500 #1520 Pecan on a cedar fence. I got a sample from the paint store and the sample looked great but when I stained the fence the fence now looks orange.. The sample they gave me was more brown tone. Is the anything I can do to get rid of the orange look. Thanks
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Rick Cody:
bought some TWP1500 last summer for a cedar deck. Prepped deck according to instructions -- twice. Deck was built in June and stained in late September while the weather was still dry. Stain was not absorbed into the wood as shown in videos.
Now have to re-stain the deck after about 8 months. NOT HAPPY WITH THIS STAIN. Am I doing something wrong?

If you prepped correctly and the stain did not absorb then it was over applied. TWP is a penetrating oil but if the stain cannot absorb then it is due one of a few things. Wood was not ready, wood was wet, wood was not prepped correctly, it was over applied. You are also supposed to wait 4-12 months for the wood to dry out and it seems you may not have. Please read this for more info: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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homeowner
bought some TWP1500 last summer for a cedar deck. Prepped deck according to instructions -- twice. Deck was built in June and stained in late September while the weather was still dry. Stain was not absorbed into the wood as shown in videos.
Now have to re-stain the deck after about 8 months. NOT HAPPY WITH THIS STAIN. Am I doing something wrong?
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Lester Flanigan:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Lester Flanigan:
I have a multi-level fence with 145 linear feet at 4' tall and 159 linear feet at 6'tall (304 total). How much do I need? Also, I live in Northwest Florida. Can I use the 1500? It does stay humid in the summer but it gets cold in the winter as well (26 degrees today). Will I have issues if I use the oil based stain here?

Please send a total sq. footage. Length x height and are you doing both sides of the fence? If so then you need to double.


The total square footage will be 3,068. How much will I need and what series of stain will I need based on the above comments? Thanks

Use the 1500 Series. It works very well for verticals in your climate. For your sq. footage you will need 20-30 gallons of stain. Coverage varies on the age of the wood and the application. This is for two coats applied "wet on wet". Make sure to prep the wood correctly as well.
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Stain Type/ Amount
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Lester Flanigan:
I have a multi-level fence with 145 linear feet at 4' tall and 159 linear feet at 6'tall (304 total). How much do I need? Also, I live in Northwest Florida. Can I use the 1500? It does stay humid in the summer but it gets cold in the winter as well (26 degrees today). Will I have issues if I use the oil based stain here?

Please send a total sq. footage. Length x height and are you doing both sides of the fence? If so they you need to double.


The total square footage will be 3,068. How much will I need and what series of stain will I need based on the above comments? Thanks
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Lester Flanigan:
I have a multi-level fence with 145 linear feet at 4' tall and 159 linear feet at 6'tall (304 total). How much do I need? Also, I live in Northwest Florida. Can I use the 1500? It does stay humid in the summer but it gets cold in the winter as well (26 degrees today). Will I have issues if I use the oil based stain here?

Please send a total sq. footage. Length x height and are you doing both sides of the fence? If so they you need to double.
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TWP 1500 or 500
I have a multi-level fence with 145 linear feet at 4' tall and 159 linear feet at 6'tall (304 total). How much do I need? Also, I live in Northwest Florida. Can I use the 1500? It does stay humid in the summer but it gets cold in the winter as well (26 degrees today). Will I have issues if I use the oil based stain here?
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Dan rogers:
I have 200 linear feet 6' tall of cedar fence to stain so 2400 sq ft. What stain do you recommend and how much do I need. I live in oak lawn Illinois

For IL you need the 1500. For 2 coats you would need about 20-25 gallons.
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
I have 200 linear feet 6' tall of cedar fence to stain so 2400 sq ft. What stain do you recommend and how much do I need. I live in oak lawn Illinois
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Kathy Lachel:
Is the 100 or 1500 series of stains similar to Forest Service Oil, which I have used in the past? Also, is your product available at a dealer or do you only ship your products?

TWP 100 and 1500 are oil best wood preservative stains. Never heard of Forest Service Oil. We ship products from this website.
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Is the 100 or 1500 series of stains similar to Forest Service Oil, which I have used in the past? Also, is your product available at a dealer or do you only ship your products?
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Cory Winters:
I have a pre treated cedar fence that needs to be revitalized if I pressure wash it will it take the treatment off and do I need to restain it

Yes you will need to restain.
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
I have a pre treated cedar fence that needs to be revitalized if I pressure wash it will it take the treatment off and do I need to restain it
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting michael filkovich:
I have a fence that was previously stained and needs to be re-finished. The fence is 6' x 100' and will need to be stained on both sides. What products and how much would I need to re-do the fence. I believe that I used the 500 series originally. Do I need to power wash?
Do I need to apply something before staining?

Yes the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing for the prep. Stain with the 1500 Series for the fence. You will need about 10-15 Gallons for the 2 coats.
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
I have a fence that was previously stained and needs to be re-finished. The fence is 6' x 100' and will need to be stained on both sides. What products and how much would I need to re-do the fence. I believe that I used the 500 series originally. Do I need to power wash?
Do I need to apply something before staining?
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Time to wait before staining
Putting up redwood fence now and some of the boards are wet. Temp is about 80 degrees and dry. Only need to stain 1 side. How long should I wait before staining with semi-tranparent ?
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RE: Best TWP Stain for Fence
Quoting Steve412:
Is it alright to use TWP 1500 to maintain a cedar deck originally stained with TWP 100? Will the deck need to be stripped? Will there be coloring issues?

Thanks, Steve

Yes as long as it is prepped correctly. I would use the Restore A Deck stripper and brightener for the prep.
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TWP 1500 on TWP 100
Is it alright to use TWP 1500 to maintain a cedar deck originally stained with TWP 100? Will the deck need to be stripped? Will there be coloring issues?

Thanks, Steve
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