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 · 06/27/2017
    Jen C.:
    We just installed a new horizontal cedar fence and want to stain it. Not sure if we should use TWP 100 or TWO 1500 for best protection against rain and sun. We live in Seattle, Washington. Advice? Thanks!

    Use the 1500 for the vertical fence.
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    Jen C. · 06/26/2017
    We just installed a new horizontal cedar fence and want to stain it. Not sure if we should use TWP 100 or TWO 1500 for best protection against rain and sun. We live in Seattle, Washington. Advice? Thanks!
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    TWP Stains · 06/21/2017
    Stephanie Cox:
    Can you explain more in depth the "wet on wet" process.

    See this article please: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/twp-stain-wet-on-wet-application/
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    Stephanie Cox · 06/21/2017
    Can you explain more in depth the "wet on wet" process.
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    TWP Stains · 06/19/2017
    Vince Moots:
    OK I have a 7 year old cedar fence that I originally stained with Behr premium transparent natural. It gets sun all day long and the Behr worked great for 6 years. I removed most of it by power washing followed by stain stripper for the tougher spots. Then used a wood cleaner brightener and the fence looks great. However it was a lot of work so I'm looking for something easier to reapply when the time comes. I'm in California so I'm guessing the 100 is not available. If it is which would you recommend? Also I have a new redwood fence that joins the cedar fence at 90 deg. What color would you recommend to get them somewhat close in color?
    Thank You

    Use the TWP 1500 Series for this. Any color should work for you. The TWP can be cleaned and reapplied without the need for stripping.
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    Vince Moots · 06/19/2017
    OK I have a 7 year old cedar fence that I originally stained with Behr premium transparent natural. It gets sun all day long and the Behr worked great for 6 years. I removed most of it by power washing followed by stain stripper for the tougher spots. Then used a wood cleaner brightener and the fence looks great. However it was a lot of work so I'm looking for something easier to reapply when the time comes. I'm in California so I'm guessing the 100 is not available. If it is which would you recommend? Also I have a new redwood fence that joins the cedar fence at 90 deg. What color would you recommend to get them somewhat close in color?
    Thank You
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    TWP Stains · 06/15/2017
    Cliff1:
    I have a 25 year old pine log home. It's at an elevation of 7,000 feet (high uv) Last stain used was Messemmers. Planning to pressure wash and use a cleaner. Would you suggest TWP 100 or 1500?
    Any other suggestions?

    TWP 1500 series.
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    TWP Stains · 06/15/2017
    Cliff1:
    What's your opinion on spray or brush application?

    You can spray but you should back brush to ensure an even application.
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    Cliff1 · 06/14/2017
    What's your opinion on spray or brush application?
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    Cliff1 · 06/14/2017
    I have a 25 year old pine log home. It's at an elevation of 7,000 feet (high uv) Last stain used was Messemmers. Planning to pressure wash and use a cleaner. Would you suggest TWP 100 or 1500?
    Any other suggestions?
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    TWP Stains · 06/11/2017
    Rick05:
    I have an existing 12 yr. old deck in Colorado at 8600' elevation with a southern exposure. Do you recommend TWP 100 or TWP 1500 series? Also will either work on my composite material deck boards?

    Use the 100 for this. TWP is not designed for composites.
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    Rick05 · 06/11/2017
    I have an existing 12 yr. old deck in Colorado at 8600' elevation with a southern exposure. Do you recommend TWP 100 or TWP 1500 series? Also will either work on my composite material deck boards?
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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?