TWP 1503 Dark Oak

TWP 1503 dark oakTWP 1503 Dark Oak highlights your wood with a rich Dark Brown. This color is very popular with consumers who are looking to stray away from the cedar and reddish color choices.

TWP 1500 Series is available in 9 semi-transparent color choices that penetrate into the wood while enhancing the natural wood grain. The 1500 Series is higher in solids content which may result in "richer" colors than the 100 Series. In general, the TWP 1503 Dark Oak color will not match the colors in the 103.

Final TTWP 1503 Dark Oak color will vary based on:

  • Type of Wood
  • Age of Wood
  • Prepping of Wood
  • Application method

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    Donna Christy · 09/22/2022
    Has anyone used Dark Oak 1503 on Hemlock? Is that the best series to use? This is an interior roof & posts over a porch
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      TWP Stains · 09/22/2022
      You can use it on hemlock without issues. It would be your best option.
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    M. · 08/27/2022
    We like dark oak, but seems too dark … add honey tone to it to make it more brown like 2:1 (2 honeytone and 1 dark oak mixed gallons  Would that show too much honeytone or would that be a good blend for a more brown look?  What would be the ratio if not that ratio? Thanks.  
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      TWP Stains · 08/28/2022
      Any ratio will work and there is no way to say how it will look on your wood since it will vary on age and type of wood. You will have to test ratios on your own but would suggest starting at 1 to 1.
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    Anna · 08/06/2022
    Hello, I am having a problem and looking for advice. We stripped our cedar deck with the RAD strip + brighten products.  The smooth cedar deck cleaned up just fine stripping once. The rough cut cedar skirting (which I never liked anyway) did not. We stripped the skirting a second time then proceeded with the brightening + drying + oiling process.  The smooth cedar deck stained with 1503 dark oak looks beautiful but the rough cut cedar did not stain evenly. I can clearly see we still have some of the previous oil based product we used stuck in the depth of the rough cut cedar grain. The end result is uneven and patchy with dark oak stain in places and the old stain coming through in places.
    We can replace the skirting but then the problem is that we have a 120 foot rough cut cedar fence we were going to strip and stain with dark oak to match the deck. We now fear we won’t be able to completely strip the rough cut cedar fence and won’t be able to stain it the dark oak color to match as we wanted. Do you have any thoughts?  Replacing the fence with fresh cedar is too expensive.  Should we strip the dark oak off the deck and go back to a cedar tone to match the fence?  The fence currently has Cabots timber oil in natural which is an orangey cedar tone stain (and I wish we hadn’t used it. It is a lousy product). 
    The TWP dark oak stain is beautiful and the product is great.  It produces a rich color and I love the shade variation on the smooth cedar.  The problems we are having are due to the lower quality Cabots product we unfortunately used on our cedar prior to the TWP.  
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      TWP Stains · 08/07/2022
      There is no way to make it blend unless you remove all of the prior stain that is showing through or replace the wood. If you cannot get all of the old stain off then using a TWP color that is similar will make it less noticeable.
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        Anna · 08/07/2022
        Yes, we came to the same conclusion. Sadly, an inferior prior product basically  ruined our rough cut cedar. Wish we had used TWP originally. Thanks for your help. TWP products are the way to go people; if you’re reading this please don’t use anything else but TWP for your decks and fences. Don’t make our mistake. 
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    Ralph Mullvihill · 06/30/2022
    Can you apply any 1500 series color over an existing 1500 color?
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    Vadym · 06/28/2022
    Hey, TWP. Did my project and have full 5 gal bucket of leftovers. Trying to sell, but no one interested plus my return period is over.
     What is the shelf life for it? 
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    Ray · 04/06/2022
    After power washing, can I apply TWP 1503 Dark Oak semi-transparent on deck stained six years ago with TWP 103 Dark Oak semi-transparent, without needing to do any stripping? Are there any other considerations to look out for?
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      TWP Stains · 04/06/2022
      Use the Gemini Restore Kit while pressure washing and then you can switch.
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    Monica · 10/27/2021
    Will the dark oak stay the same color. Or will it fade or turn black over time.
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      TWP Stains · 10/27/2021
      It will fade, not darken lightly over time.
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    Lisa F · 06/13/2021
    We are building a new home and have a lot of cypress beams and cypress board decking under front porch and patio. Having such a hard time deciding on what color to use between pecan and dark oak. Do you have pictures of those two colors mixed or more of dark oak and clear? 
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      TWP Stains · 06/14/2021
      We do not have any pictures if them mixed.
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    Cor Bro · 05/22/2021
    We put in new deck flooring and top railing  last year (pressure treated) so this year it was time to stain: I wanted a brown with some warmth and was torn between dark oak and rustic. In the comments I saw a mention of mixing dark oak and rustic so we took a chance and did that. I couldn’t be happier with the result. The ratio was 2:1 (dark oak:rustic). We only needed 3 gallons so it was easy to mix.
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    Judith Ris · 05/20/2021
    can you add a new 1500 stain in different color over a newly done 1500 stain if I use cleaner and brightener ? Or stripping or sanding needed first? 
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      TWP Stains · 05/20/2021
      You will need to strip and then brighten.
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    Deborah · 05/14/2020
    I am wanting to stain my never-treated cedar pavilion. I want to go dark, but not too dark. I see conflicting pictures of how dark oak and black walnut look. In some case I like black walnut, in others it looks way to dark and chocolate. I see that there are 4 conditions that can alter the look. I would like to know what to expect. Can you help?
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      TWP Stains · 05/14/2020
      Colors will always vary based on wood type and age. There is no way to say for certain how it would look on your wood.
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        Deborah Mack · 05/14/2020
        Can you say if cedar is typically lighter or darker than than the pic you have posted for pine? Also, the wood is fairly new. It was assembled in December.
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    Sandra Dodd · 05/14/2020
    Can you tell me if I can lighten dark Oak to a Pecan level ? I love the brown but don’t want as dark and I don’t want any orange which Pecan has. 1500 series. What product and how much to lighten. Thanks
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      TWP Stains · 05/14/2020
      You can lighten it with the Clear TWP but it will not look exactly like Pecan.
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    Mindy Trevino · 05/03/2020
    My redwood fence is about 3 months old, so I need to do any prep work before staining? Thank you.
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    Alex · 04/30/2020
    Can you describe the color difference between dark oak and black walnut (for pressure treated deck). Trying to find the best color to "match" another adjacent deck in Trex Spiced Rum color (warm brown with dark streaks). What about mixing dark oak and black walnut? Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 04/30/2020
      Black Walnut is a darker brown than Dark Oak. There would no reason to mix them.
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    Mike · 04/09/2020
    This pic didn't load the first time. Same questions as below.
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    Mike · 04/09/2020
    Dark Oak or Pecan? NY, so I'll be using the 1500... Also, there is a sizable deck area at the top of the stair tower. Approx how many gallons would you recommend. The structure is 3 years old, pressure treated and has never been stained.
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      TWP Stains · 04/09/2020
      Either color that you like will work. We would need a sq footage for help with how much.
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    Michael Corrrigan · 07/30/2019
    TWP 1503 Dark Oak
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      Tonya · 01/05/2021
      What type of wood is this?
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    Bob · 07/28/2019
    What could I expect with an equal mix Dark Oak 1503 with Cedartone 1501? I have a 3 yr old cedar fence, prepped, and brushed on some Cedartone, which the shade was good but more orange tint than I expected. Could adding Dark Oak take away some of the orange and replace it with a light/medium brown instead? Dark oak itself is a little too dark for what I'm wanting. Thanks
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      TWP Stains · 07/29/2019
      Adding Dark Oak will lighten the orange and yes you can mix colors.
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    Andrew · 11/29/2018
    What color can I mix Dark Oak with to get a lighter brown? (ideally without red tint)
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      Jeff · 05/29/2019
      Andrew, any photos of how it turned out?
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      TWP Stains · 11/29/2018
      Mix with the TWP 1500 Clear.
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    Mike · 07/08/2018
    I screwed up and didn't stir the stain well enough from the beginning. I purchased Rustic Oak color. I know have brown and red sections on my deck. Is it possible to go over it with a darker color like 1503 dark oak to try to cover up the red a bit ? Thanks Mike
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      TWP Stains · 07/09/2018
      No that probably will not work. Reapplying now could create issues with curing and drying. Best to strip and start over or wait until Fall, lightly clean, can reapply the same color.