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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    Jim S · 07/18/2019
    I live in the Richmond, VA area and want to stain a wood deck I put on in late April. Which stain should I use 100 or 1500? I want something that will last the longest
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    Chris Crayne · 07/17/2019
    I live in Michigan and out up a new pressure treated pine deck. It is full sun all day. How long do I let it weather, how do I prep it, and what is the best twp stain to use? Thanks!
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    John Moore · 07/17/2019
    I live in upstate NY and want to finish a rough cut pine board and batten vertical sided structure -should I use the 100 or the 1500 product?
    I used the 100 product for the deck railings made out of ash but the wood is too dense for it to penetrate well and it needs to be done every 2 years.
    I really don't want to have to re-stain very few years on the structure.
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      TWP Stains · 07/17/2019
      For NY, you need the 1500 Series. For vertical wood, you should get 3-5 years.
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    TW · 07/14/2019
    6 month old cedar privacy fence in southern Wisconsin. Should I be looking at the 100 or 1500 series?
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    John · 06/27/2019
    Is it safe to use Gemini and twp 100 on a wood dock? I live in North Carolina
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    Rimple N · 06/26/2019
    I have a 3 year old redwood deck. A sealer only when installed. 2 years ago an oil based sealer with no stain. I power washed it twice. See the photos. I want to stain/seal with semi transparent redwood stain. Or should I go darker? Should I use a wood brightener first? Or should I power wash it again? Can I go with series 1502 for this. The deck is approximately 13' by 30'. And what does wet on wet mean? Do I do in sections or do the whole deck and then reapply a second coat? How long should I wait between applications?
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    Jen · 06/24/2019
    What would be the best stain for a shady cedar deck in Saint Paul, Minnesota? It was stained with TWP about 4 years ago and I think it was the 100 series. Lots of foot traffic so some areas were worn down so we have cleaned and stripped the whole floor of the deck but the spindles and railing should just need a light coat. Thanks!
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    alan conrady · 06/22/2019
    what exactly do you mean by the term wet-on-wet. It will take at least 4 hours putting first coat on, does this mean I cant wait until 24 hours to apply second coat?

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    Dazig · 06/16/2019
    We have a wood privacy fence that is not smooth. It is unknown if any products have ever been applied . We live in northern Ohio. Should I use the 100 or 1500? I am mostly concerned with preserving the wood.
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    Gary · 05/31/2019
    I built my log home 35 years ago and reapply TWP 100 ceadertone about every 3 to 4 years. Next time I clean the outside of my home, would the restore product be the best to use.
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      TWP Stains · 05/31/2019
      Yes. Use the Gemini Restore Kit for prep.
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    Loren · 05/28/2019
    I live in Northern Virginia and have a newly installed tongue and groove mahogany covered porch floor that I'm looking to protect. While it's covered, the edges and steps are exposed to the sun and elements. I'm looking for something that will protect and most uniformly maintain the color as long as possible.

    Thank you
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    CD · 05/06/2019
    I have a new cedar deck that was built approximately 3 months ago. I plan to stain within the next two months. Curious if I need to clean and brighten wood that is this new or if I can go straight to stain? Lots of mid-day to afternoon sun, midwest.
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    KD · 04/29/2019
    We live near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We installed a new pressure treated wood deck (#1 lumber) in June 2018 and let it sit since install. Almost entire deck is in direct sunlight. We would like to stain now.
    What products/brands do you recommend for:
    1. cleaning

    2. brightening

    3. staining (semi-transparent)
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    Scott · 04/19/2019
    I have a 30 year old deck that looks as though it has never been stained. What product should I use in Michigan?
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    Ed W · 04/17/2019
    Hi....My 8 month old deck has effectively weathered and its time to stain. I live in the south east (NC) ...we get afternoon sun only from noon-ish to late afternoon. Safe for dogs...which series stain should I use??
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    Julie · 04/16/2019
    New fencing in Kansas. Would you recommend 100 series over 1500 ?
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      TWP Stains · 04/17/2019
      Either is fine but most would use the 100 Series of KS.
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    Lisa · 03/20/2019
    I live in Georgia. Which stain series would be best in my area to apply to a deck? I will be using the Gemini stripper and Brightener beforehand.
    Thank you!
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    Valerie Graham · 10/12/2018
    I am a new widow. My husband used TWP 1503-1 Dark Oak to stain our pine deck three years ago. The deck has since been covered in places with mold and mildew. I have removed as much as possible with a clorox solution. Please advise: Do I need to follow up with Gemini Restore Kit? Is the Dark Oak still available? Under where the grill stands on the deck, I was not able to remove the stain. It still beads up. Do I need to sand it? Do you recommend anything else?
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      TWP Stains · 10/12/2018
      Best to use the Gemini Restore kit and pressure washing for the best prep.
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    Sara · 10/07/2018
    I am replacing all the boards on my deck due to dry rot and want to use your product. The deck frame wood is in good shape, but the staining is not. The stain on the deck frame is a solid color and was applied poorly with drip marks. From reading it seems the restore a deck stripper won't work in this case. Should I just pressure wash and apply the TWP 100 product afterwards? Not
    sure how to proceed to correct the prior staining issue. Thank you!
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      TWP Stains · 10/07/2018
      You cannot apply the TWP over the solid stain on the framing. Only a solid stain can be applied over a solid stain. For the new floor, see this about new wood: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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        Sara · 10/07/2018
        TY! I just looked and it is actually Behr semi transparent stain on the deck frame (not solid but close). Is there a way to remove this stain? Or do you sell a solid stain I can apply over it?

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          TWP Stains · 10/08/2018
          TWP does not come in a solid stain. The Behr will still need to be removed first down the the bare wood if you want to use the TWP. You will probably need to power sand to remove.
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    Karen · 10/04/2018
    I have a 19 year old screened in porch with pressure treated wood pillars and wooden railings. The outside boards around the base of the porch are also pressure treated. Two years ago, I used a water based clear wood sealer but it didn't seem to last. My research says I should use TWP 100 series stain on the pressure treated wood. What do you recommend in order to prep the wood? A stripper? Power wash? Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 10/05/2018
      Stripper, pressure wash, and brightener.