Which TWP Deck Stain is Best for You?

TWP offers several different stain formulas for superior wood protection. All are blended using the best in raw materials and remain the only EPA registered wood preservative. All TWP Series Stains offer maximum wood protection and enhanced beauty for a long lasting durable finish.

TWP 100 Series – The 100 Series formula is the original preservative and has remained a leading formula for over 25 years. It penetrates better over the 1500 Series and comes in 8 different color tones. It blocks out damaging UV rays keeping the wood from fading and has outstanding water shedding capabilities. It dries faster than the 1500 Series and has a faster absorption rate.

 TWP 100 does have a higher VOC level and cannot be shipped to some states (check availability). Where available, 100 Series is a great choice for any exterior wood project. It absorbs into wood extraordinarily well for maximum protection and gives a long lasting finish. It is not prone to mold or mildew. It is best used on wood decks, fences, siding, and hardwoods.

TWP 1500 Series – The 1500 Series Stain is a low VOC blend that is compliant in all 50 states and comes in 9 different tones. It is designed to outperform the former 500 Series blend and is also an EPA registered wood preservative. The TWP 1500 provides higher UV protection than the 100 Series.

The 1500 Series is user-friendly and easy to maintain. It enhances the wood’s beauty and prolongs the life of all exterior wood surfaces. The absorption rate is a bit slower than the 100 Series but dries in 4-12 hours on average. Both the 100 and 1500 Series Stains are 1-2 coat applications depending on the age and porosity of the wood. They are best applied using two light coats “wet on wet”.

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    Robert · 06/22/2020
    can I mix twp 100 and 1500
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    Sheagonza · 06/09/2020
    I have a cedar (with some pressure treated replacement boards) deck that is several years old. It was coated with paint that was peeling. I sanded down to bare, smooth wood. Can I apply TWP 100 now, or do I need to wait, as if it was new wood? This deck is east facing & is exposed to all 4 seasons in St. Louis, Missouri
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    Jane · 06/03/2020
    Can you apply these products to a new deck made of cedar tone premium pressure treated wood. It’s been 9 months since it was installed.
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    Jane · 06/03/2020
    How do you out wet in wet in a deck?
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    Meg Smart · 05/17/2020
    The Pittsburgh Ultra Advanced Exterior Semi-Transparent stain on our deck is wearing off & peeling. We would like to use TWP stain to restore our deck. 1) do we need to completely strip off the current stain and can we use TWP Safe Strip to do that? What other steps should we take to prep? 2) We live near Des Moines, Iowa & our cedar deck gets lots of sun. We want to use a semi transparent stain. Should we use TWP 100 or 1500 for the restoration? Thanks so much! P.S. The Wood Stain Pen is genius!
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    Rick White · 05/14/2020
    Thank you for your prompt answer to my first (5/11/2020) question. I'd like some clarification.
    Can I apply a cedar tone 100 series stain over a RAD prepped 1500 series redwood stain? Or, do I need to strip the redwood stain off completely? Should I use the 1500 series cedar tone stain? The idea is to blend the colors at the covered/uncovered portions of the deck and to simplify future maintenance. Ultimately the plan is to use the cedar tone 100 (or 1500?) series in future applications.
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    RW · 05/11/2020
    I live in Portland Oregon and have a 10 yr old partly covered Tigerwood deck that has been cleaned with RAD and stained with 1500 series Redwood stain every 3 years. While the covered area shows little UV and mold problem, the exposed area has experienced more problems. The photo demonstrates the "break line" between covered and uncovered deck. The exposed deck was stripped with RAD, neutralized and rinsed. It will require another cleaning.

    I want to get rid of the intense red stain. My inclination is to go with a natural, honey tone, or cedar stain. Should I stick with 1500 series, assuming that all underlying stain will not come off? Or should I use the 100 Pro series? Is the RAD / power wash technique the best way to remove the old stain and brighten the deck in preparation for re-staining?
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    Brianne M · 05/07/2020
    I am refurbishing an outdoor playset (from Creative Playthings) - I believe it is pine. Which stain type would be best for Massachusetts? We pressure washed and sanded off old paint. Any other prep suggestions? Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 05/08/2020
      Pressure clean for final prep. Use the 1500 Series.
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        Brianne M · 05/08/2020
        Thank you! I’ll be ordering samples
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    Joe Violette · 05/06/2020
    I have 350sq. ft. of tigerwood deck flooring to be installed in a couple weeks. Being a very hard and dense wood, what product would you recommend and how many gallons do I need? I want maximum UV protection to mitigate color change yet maximum protection-not aure I can have the best of both worlds.
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    Jonathan · 05/06/2020
    We live in Central Texas and I built a 350 sqft cedar deck about 1 year ago. It has some shade but gets a lot of sun throughout the day. I like the true cedar red look, but not too too red and not too faint. Should I get the 101 Cedartone ,1501 Cedartone, 1502 Redwood, or 1511 California Redwood? Thank you!
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    Nancy · 05/03/2020
    I just had a Patriot dock delivered, and the boards from the factory are "Kiln dried" red cedar. I know in this thread you mention that the boards should be out 4-12 months before you use TWP. Does the fact that they are "kiln dried" change that? Can I use TWP now?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Stacy · 05/01/2020
    I tried to place an order and it said you weren't taking new orders right now. Is that correct?
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      TWP Stains · 05/01/2020
      Yes, temporarily suspended until next week.
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    Stacy · 05/01/2020
    My house is 52' by 30' by 8' tall. Comes out to 1312 square feet. To do two coats coverage how much of the 1500 series will I need
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    Stacy · 04/30/2020
    30-year yellow pine log home in Oklahoma the 100 or the 1500 series
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    Lou Anne · 04/29/2020
    I am in corydon Indiana right across the river from Louisville Kentucky very southernmost Indiana we have power wash the deck it had a lot of green mold And is cleaned now never been stained should I use the 100 or 1500
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    Sal · 04/28/2020
    I also live in Michigan. We have a Cedar home that was protected about 16 years ago, but just recently cleaned and the wood looks great. Its a Semi-sunny/ shady area. Would I use TWP 100 or 1500? Oil/water based? Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 04/28/2020
      Use the TWP 100. Both are oil-based.
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        Michel de Coninck · 06/30/2020
        Why did you recommend the 100 series instead of the 1500 series? I assume because the home does not get much sun. Thanks!
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          TWP Stains · 06/30/2020
          The 100 Series is what everyone in MI uses on their decks.
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    Scott · 04/28/2020
    I live in Michigan. Have a deck that is roughly 25 years old and doesn’t look like it’s ever been stained. I am going to power wash it this weekend and sand it. What products should I use to stain?
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      TWP Stains · 04/28/2020
      TWP 100 Series.
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        Scott · 04/28/2020
        Thanks. If I’m power washing, would I still need to use the restore a deck kit?
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    Kim · 04/27/2020
    Hello
    About to strip and stain my first deck, and TWP was recommended to me.
    I live in Minnesota and was wondering which product (1500 or 100) would work best with our cold seasons and drastic temperature changes?
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    Chris · 04/09/2020
    In Fort Collins, Colorado. What would be best to treat rough-saw Douglas Fir timber’s on an exterior application?
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    Ray · 04/06/2020
    I am getting ready to stain deck. I live in St. Louis MO area. 100 cedartone or 1500 cedartone. which would be best to use