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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    TWP Stains · 06/06/2017
    Jim Mueller:
    Have a new cedar fence. Have been advised that TWP is best buy for your money. Should I use TWP 100 Cedar Tone preservative or Cedar Tone Stain. Handyman Hardware stocks 100 Series, will have to order stain. Live in Missouri.

    There are not two different products. The TWP 100 Cedartone is a stain and a preservative. Order direct from our website:
    https://www.twpstain.com/twp-100-series
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    Jim Mueller · 06/06/2017
    Have a new cedar fence. Have been advised that TWP is best buy for your money. Should I use TWP 100 Cedar Tone preservative or Cedar Tone Stain. Handyman Hardware stocks 100 Series, will have to order stain. Live in Missouri.
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    TWP Stains · 06/05/2017
    Mr. Honeydo:
    I live in Stafford, VA. What is the demarcation for northern Virginia? Trying to determine if I can use 100 or if I have to use 1500.

    The 1500 Series is what you want. The 100 is not allowed there.
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    Mr. Honeydo · 06/05/2017
    I live in Stafford, VA. What is the demarcation for northern Virginia? Trying to determine if I can use 100 or if I have to use 1500.
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    TWP Stains · 06/01/2017
    charles DH:
    which color in the TWP 100 series is closest to the 1500 series natural? We'd like to switch to the 100, but the verticals don't need restaining yet. thanks!

    Cedartone 101 is the closest to 1530 Natural.
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    charles DH · 06/01/2017
    which color in the TWP 100 series is closest to the 1500 series natural? We'd like to switch to the 100, but the verticals don't need restaining yet. thanks!
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    TWP Stains · 04/10/2017
    GerryD:
    Hi,
    I am staining a large deck in Louisville, Kentucky. The deck is in the shade much of the day when the leaves are still on the trees and another stain product I used did a poor job on preventing mildew and sealing out water. Would you recommend TWP 100 or 1500 Series?

    TWP 100 series. Make sure to prep correctly and remove the old stain.
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    GerryD · 04/10/2017
    Hi,
    I am staining a large deck in Louisville, Kentucky. The deck is in the shade much of the day when the leaves are still on the trees and another stain product I used did a poor job on preventing mildew and sealing out water. Would you recommend TWP 100 or 1500 Series?
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    TWP Stains · 03/26/2017
    Dave755:
    Hi, about 9 years ago I stained my new garage door with TWP 100. The door is in need of maintenance coats but the state I live in no longer allows TWP 100. Can I apply TWP 1500 over the TWP 100 with long lasting results

    You can as long as you prep with the Gemini Restore kit and pressure washing.
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    Dave755 · 03/26/2017
    Hi, about 9 years ago I stained my new garage door with TWP 100. The door is in need of maintenance coats but the state I live in no longer allows TWP 100. Can I apply TWP 1500 over the TWP 100 with long lasting results
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    TWP Stains · 08/05/2016
    Todd Black:
    Which stain is best for a newly built deck?

    See here about new wood:

    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

    Use the 100 if allowed in your state, otherwise the 1500.
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    Todd Black · 08/04/2016
    Which stain is best for a newly built deck?
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    TWP Stains · 07/20/2016
    CATHY LAWSON:
    I have used TWP 1500 series (500 before that) for our cedar home for year. I now have a log project and am considering TWP for it. It is part old previously stained logs and part brand new logs. Will the TWP1500 absorb ok over previously stained logs? Also, can I order a sample for color matching.
    Thank you,
    Cathy Lawson

    You will have to remove any old coatings before using the TWP if the old coatings are of a different brand. Samples are here:
    http://www.twpstain.com/stain-samples
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    CATHY LAWSON · 07/19/2016
    I have used TWP 1500 series (500 before that) for our cedar home for year. I now have a log project and am considering TWP for it. It is part old previously stained logs and part brand new logs. Will the TWP1500 absorb ok over previously stained logs? Also, can I order a sample for color matching.
    Thank you,
    Cathy Lawson
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    TWP Stains · 06/20/2016
    MARK WILCOX:
    Cedar deck in WI with full sun exposure. 4yr old, removed previous application of Defy Extreme. Looking for recommendation for 100 or 1500 series stain.

    Use the 100 Series. Two coats applied "wet on wet".
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    MARK WILCOX · 06/19/2016
    Cedar deck in WI with full sun exposure. 4yr old, removed previous application of Defy Extreme. Looking for recommendation for 100 or 1500 series stain.
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    TWP Stains · 04/14/2016
    Paul K Wilson:
    We have a deck that was previously coated with redwood paint. 'We do not want to remove what is still on the deck and are also interested in a product that will have a long life. Do you have a solid stain that will satisfy?

    Look at our Deck Revive product:

    http://www.twpstain.com/wood-and-deck-stains/gulf-synthetics/deck-revive
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    Paul K Wilson · 04/14/2016
    We have a deck that was previously coated with redwood paint. 'We do not want to remove what is still on the deck and are also interested in a product that will have a long life. Do you have a solid stain that will satisfy?