What is the difference between TWP 1500 Clear and the 1530 Natural

The new TWP 1500 Series Stain is a low VOC compliant wood preservative with exceptional weather shielding properties. It is designed to absorb better, dry quicker, and outperform the older TWP 500 Series Stain.

TWP 1500 comes in 9 different semi-transparent colors and a clear. Understanding the differences in clear vs. natural colors will help you in making a decision when completing your next wood staining project.

The semi-transparent colors like Natural still allow the wood grain to show through but give it an enhanced look. It provides excellent water protection. The color pigments in the Natural stain provide UV protection to prevent graying and discoloring. TWP 1500 Series Natural will give your deck the closest look to a natural finish as possible while still providing sufficient weather protection.

The clear formula of TWP 1500 sheds water to prevent moisture damage but will not provide any UV protection. The clear lacks the color pigments found in the Natural color that offer UV shielding. Clear also does not change or enhance the wood grain’s appearance. Basically clear will not alter the appearance. It will provide water protection but not sun protection meaning the wood will eventually gray over time.

The TWP 1530 Natural is actually the second lightest color in the 1500 Series. It resembles the TWP 101 Cedartone Natural color.

With TWP 1500 Wood Preservative it is possible to add clear to the Natural or any of the other colors. This can be done to change or customize the colors to your liking. As long as there is some color pigment left in a customized color there will be some degree of UV protection. Generally, the darker the color the more sun protection it will provide.

Making sense of TWP 1500 Clear vs. Natural will hopefully help you meet your wood staining needs. Remember also that the colors are not guaranteed as they can vary depending on the wood’s age, type, porosity, and wood prep. Ask about color samples.

 

TWP 1500 Clear vs. Natural

 

The new TWP 1500 Series Stain is a low VOC compliant wood preservative with exceptional weather shielding properties. It is designed to absorb better, dry quicker, and outperform the older TWP 500 Series Stain.

 

TWP 1500 comes in 9 different semi-transparent colors and a clear. Understanding the differences in clear vs. natural colors will help you in making a decision when completing your next wood staining project.

 

The semi-transparent colors like Natural still allow the wood grain to show through but give it an enhanced look. It provides excellent water protection. The color pigments in the Natural stain provide UV protection to prevent graying and discoloring. TWP 1500 Series Natural will give your deck the closest look to a natural finish as possible while still providing sufficient weather protection.

 

The clear formula of TWP 1500 sheds water to prevent moisture damage but will not provide any UV protection. The clear lacks the color pigments found in the Natural color that offer UV shielding. Clear also does not change or enhance the wood grain’s appearance. Basically clear will not alter the appearance. It will provide water protection but not sun protection meaning the wood will eventually gray over time.

 

With TWP 1500 Wood Preservative it is possible to add clear to the Natural or any of the other colors. This can be done to change or customize the colors to your liking. As long as there is some color pigment left in a customized color there will be some degree of UV protection. Generally, the darker the color the more sun protection it will provide.

 

Making sense of TWP 1500 Clear vs. Natural will hopefully help you meet your wood staining needs. Remember also that the colors are not guaranteed as they can vary depending on the wood’s age, type, porosity, and wood prep. Ask about color samples.
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    TWP Stains · 06/20/2016
    Jan Cox:
    We purchased a clear stain to protect our deck after being power washed. How soon can this be walked on after applying?

    4-24 hours depending on your wood and the temperature.
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    Jan Cox · 06/20/2016
    We purchased a clear stain to protect our deck after being power washed. How soon can this be walked on after applying?
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    TWP Stains · 04/23/2016
    joe grgri ndin:
    Hello.

    I just received my order. A 5 gallon 1500 clear
    when opening it i noticed the tag saying no uv screenings. I would like to exchange this product for the natural 5 gallon can, if possible.

    Thank you.

    Joe grondin

    Unfortunately it cannot be returned or exchanged once opened. At this point it will be best to buy 2-3 gallon of a tinted color and mix that into the clear. That will give it UV protection.
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    joe grgri ndin · 04/23/2016
    Hello.

    I just received my order. A 5 gallon 1500 clear
    when opening it i noticed the tag saying no uv screenings. I would like to exchange this product for the natural 5 gallon can, if possible.

    Thank you.

    Joe grondin
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    TWP Stains · 08/03/2015
    Amy in WA:
    I live in WA, so I wanted to stay with the 100 series, but the Dark Oak is too dark. Can I mix 100 Series Dark Oak with 1500 Series Clear?

    Mix the 100 Series clear into the 103 Dark Oak. Needs to be the same series when mixing.
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    Amy in WA · 07/31/2015
    I live in WA, so I wanted to stay with the 100 series, but the Dark Oak is too dark. Can I mix 100 Series Dark Oak with 1500 Series Clear?
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    TWP Stains · 07/30/2015
    EBennett:
    I tested the TWP 1500 Clear on the front of one of my steps and it definitely changed the appearance of the wood; i.e., it gave it a rich, somewhat reddish tone that makes it look wet. The deck is 1-1/2 years old and cleaning it basically removed any of the graying. I actually like the aged, grayed,driftwood look for a wood deck. I selected the clear to preserve the gray that washed away during cleaning. What say you?

    Clear will not protect the wood from UV graying. It will oxidize naturally and turn gray. If you want it to gray, then the clear is the correct choice.
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    EBennett · 07/29/2015
    I tested the TWP 1500 Clear on the front of one of my steps and it definitely changed the appearance of the wood; i.e., it gave it a rich, somewhat reddish tone that makes it look wet. The deck is 1-1/2 years old and cleaning it basically removed any of the graying. I actually like the aged, grayed,driftwood look for a wood deck. I selected the clear to preserve the gray that washed away during cleaning. What say you?
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    TWP Stains · 07/15/2014
    Angela C from KC:
    I have a very large, multi level deck and have invested 2 very long days cleaning and powerwashing, in preparation for the 1500 TWP stain that I purchased. I'm concerned about a white fuzzy looking substance that is now showing up on all cedar posts and pressure treated flooring. It looks like very thin paper mâché when it's wet, and like tiny white fibers that are very soft when dry. My deck absorbs water very well, so I don't think it will effect absorption of the stain. Questions: #1) do you know what the white stuff is? #2) can I stain over it once my deck has dried out for a few days?. My dad power washed his deck a few weeks ago and it did the same thing. He used another product to finish his deck and it went on well, I just wonder about the longevity.

    1. Wood fibers that were not completely removed when prepping. 2. Yes you can stain over it.
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    Angela C from KC · 07/15/2014
    I have a very large, multi level deck and have invested 2 very long days cleaning and powerwashing, in preparation for the 1500 TWP stain that I purchased. I'm concerned about a white fuzzy looking substance that is now showing up on all cedar posts and pressure treated flooring. It looks like very thin paper mâché when it's wet, and like tiny white fibers that are very soft when dry. My deck absorbs water very well, so I don't think it will effect absorption of the stain. Questions: #1) do you know what the white stuff is? #2) can I stain over it once my deck has dried out for a few days?. My dad power washed his deck a few weeks ago and it did the same thing. He used another product to finish his deck and it went on well, I just wonder about the longevity.
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    TWP Stains · 07/04/2014
    Dom:
    I just stripped the stain off my deck using your deck stripper and brightener. I was going to use just a clear protector on the deck but then saw your article on clear vs natural. Is the natural a stain or does it have just enough pigmentation to protect it from the sun yet still give it a natural look? Also, although most of the stain came off after 3 applications, I was thinking of letting the sun "bleach" it before applying a protecting coat.

    Please read this about colors:
    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/twp-1500-colors-explained/
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    Dom · 07/03/2014
    I just stripped the stain off my deck using your deck stripper and brightener. I was going to use just a clear protector on the deck but then saw your article on clear vs natural. Is the natural a stain or does it have just enough pigmentation to protect it from the sun yet still give it a natural look? Also, although most of the stain came off after 3 applications, I was thinking of letting the sun "bleach" it before applying a protecting coat.
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    TWP Stains · 06/28/2014
    Susan Goss:
    Do you still have russet brown?

    We do not.
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    Susan Goss · 06/27/2014
    Do you still have russet brown?
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    TWP Stains · 05/26/2014
    MaryC:
    We have a pressure treated pine deck. Want a color that is not orangy, and will show the natural color of the wood, but still have UV protection. Should I use Natural or Honeytone? Please respond quickly, ordering in a day or 2. Thanks

    Honytone is more golden while the Natural is more orangy.
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    MaryC · 05/24/2014
    We have a pressure treated pine deck. Want a color that is not orangy, and will show the natural color of the wood, but still have UV protection. Should I use Natural or Honeytone? Please respond quickly, ordering in a day or 2. Thanks