TWP Stain Comparison

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Use the chart below to compare TWP Wood and Deck Stains. Feel free to ask any questions or to write a review or rating for TWP Wood Deck Stains below.

TWP 100 Series

550 VOC COMPLIANT
OIL BASED

Restricted 35 states


Standard Formula!

TWP 1500 Series

350 LOW VOC COMPLIANT
OIL BASED

Compliant for all 50 States

New and Improved Formula!

BEST

TWP 200 Series

250 LOW VOC COMPLIANT
OIL BASED

Compliant for all 50 States and Canada

Great for Older Dried Shingles!

Available TWP 100 Stain Colors/Tints

  • Cedartone

  • Honeytone

  • Rustic

  • Pecan

  • Redwood

  • Dark Oak

  • Prairie Gray

  • Driftwood Gray

  • Clear

Available TWP 1500 Stain Colors/Tints

  • Cedartone

  • Honeytone

  • Rustic

  • Pecan

  • Redwood

  • Dark Oak

  • Natural

  • Black Walnut

  • California Redwood

  • Clear

Available TWP 200 Stain Colors/Tints

  • Cedartone

  • California Cedar

  • Cedar Gold

  • Butternut

  • Slate Gray

  • Redwood

  • Russet

  • Clear

Types of Surfaces

Vertical and Horizontal Wood Siding and Decking Surfaces. All unfinished Exterior Wood.

Types of Surfaces

Vertical and Horizontal Wood Siding and Decking Surfaces. All unfinished Exterior Wood.

Types of Surfaces

Vertical and Horizontal Wood Shake and Shingles.
Conditions Old Wood.

Technical Info

  • 29-31% Volume Solids

  • 34-42% Solids By Weight

  • Normal Dry Time - 4 Hours

  • Flash Point – 105° F

  • Trans oxide Pigments - Yes

Technical Info

  • 56-57% Volume Solids

  • 61-62% Solids By Weight

  • Normal Dry Time - Overnight

  • Flash Point – 105° F

  • Trans oxide Pigments - Yes

Technical Info

  • 94+% Volume Solids

  • 94-96% Solids By Weight

  • Normal Dry Time - 12-72 Hours

  • Flash Point – 105° F

  • Trans oxide Pigments - Yes

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Gary
Gary
10 days ago

Two years ago I stained my cedar deck and rail with TWP 99 Pro series stain. I want to change the color of the railing to match my new composite decking. I have cleaned the 4×4 posts and 2×4 railing with a solution of Oxyclean and Dawn dish soap. Most wood still has stain in tact with some slightly weathered. As I rinsed off the boards and posts I noticed that some areas had water beading as I was spraying it off. Can I now apply another stain over the first?

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Admin
10 days ago
Reply to  Gary

Better to strip and brighten when switching colors:
https://www.twpstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper-brightener-kit

Jennifer Lange
Jennifer Lange
15 days ago

Hello. I live in Naples, Florida (wet/humid). We are installing 1×6 cyprus t&g to the exterior soffits and ceilings. What product/application would you recommend?

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Admin
15 days ago
Reply to  Jennifer Lange

See this about new wood:
https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

Use the TWP 100 Series.

Chris
Chris
16 days ago

Staining 45′ bamboo fence clear color best stain?

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Admin
15 days ago
Reply to  Chris

The TWP 300 Series is the correct product for bamboo but we do not sell it on this website.

David Harbison
David Harbison
18 days ago

STAIN COMPARISON CHART

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Admin
18 days ago
Reply to  David Harbison

What are your questions?

David Harbison
David Harbison
18 days ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

I would like a side by side comparison of your stains?

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Admin
18 days ago
Reply to  David Harbison

It is on the chart above.

David
David
24 days ago

Hi,
Newer pressure treated deck (3years old) and was looking for a grey semi solid stain (boulder??) for uae in Alberta Canada.
Thanks

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Admin
24 days ago
Reply to  David
David
David
24 days ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

Thanks for this information! Retailers in Alberta?

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Admin
24 days ago
Reply to  David

Online only for shipping.

David
David
24 days ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

Thanks anyway

Michelle
Michelle
25 days ago

We have a 20 year old porch that was painted. We’ve sanded all the paint off using 60 grit sandpaper. We live in Missouri and the porch is mostly shaded. We are trying to decide which product to use. I understand the 100 series semi-transparent would be easy to recoat. However, we’re considering a semi-solid since the boards are older. Is the recoating process the same for the semi-solid or will that require stripping in a couple of years? Aside from washing the porch after sanding, is there more prep that we should do? This has been a huge undertaking, and we’re trying to simplify this process in the future.

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Admin
25 days ago
Reply to  Michelle

The recoating is the same for the semi-solids as the 100 Series. Clean and brighten after sanding will open up the wood grain so the stain can penetrate deeper.

Mary
Mary
1 month ago

I live in northern Michigan. I can use either 100 or 1500 in my state. Which would give me longer lasting results?

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary

Only the TWP 1500 for MI.

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

Or the TWP Semi-Solid Low VOC colors.

Teresa
Teresa
1 month ago

I live in Sonoma County CA and have a 9 year old 1435 sq ft stained redwood deck. I have previously used a water based semi-transparent stain which lasted about 6 months to 1 year before peeling. Each year I power washed and sanded the horizontal part. I have heard good things about TWP 300 series lasting 2-3 years. Would the 300 series be better than the 1500 series?

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Teresa

The TWP 300 Series is not for decking. Use the TWP 1500 Series. Make sure to prep by removing all the old stain.

Wes
Wes
1 month ago

Are the TWP wood pieces, sample colors the same for the TWP 100 and TWP 1500? I.e. the colors are the same after staining?

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Wes

No, and the samples are not wood pieces. They are liquid samples to test on your wood as your wood will determine the final color.

robert
robert
1 month ago

Live in Georgia. How long for delivery of TWP 100 and what is warranty on product. Will just pressure washing be adequate before applying product?

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  robert

Shipping takes 2-3 business days. For prep, post pics in the comments as pressue washing alone is not sufficient.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

What is the warranty on TWP100?

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

TWP does not give a warranty in years if that is what you re asking. No quality wood stain does as longevity depends on proper prep and application.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL GEMINI BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES FROM ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF WARRANTY, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR HANDLING OF THIS PRODUCT. THE SOLE REMEDY OF THE BUYER AND THE SOLE LIABILITY OF GEMINI FOR ANY CLAIMS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE BUYER’S PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF THE CLAIM OR THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID FOR SUCH PRODUCT, WHICHEVER IS LESS. TECHNICAL ADVICE FURNISHED BY GEMINI SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS WARRANTY, WHICH IS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. ALL TECHNICAL ADVICE GIVEN IS ACCEPTED AT THE RISK OF THE BUYER.

robert
robert
1 month ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

How many coats of TWP is required for proper application?

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Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  robert

2 coats applied wet on wet.

Jim Bostrom
Jim Bostrom
2 months ago

I have a new pressure treated deck (installed in July 2023) in Vermont. The deck will have snow on the horizontal surface for most of the winter. Which stain provides the most durability? The house is a light gray color. Do you have a color suggestion that would go with light gray?

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Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Bostrom

Look at the TWP 1500 Series:
https://www.twpstain.com/twp-1500-series

or the Semi-Solid Low-Voc:
https://www.twpstain.com/twp-semi-solid-pro-series

any color that you like will work. Make sure to prep with the Geminin Restore Kit.

James
James
2 months ago

I have a deck around a pool that is 5 months old. I live in an area which does not have the restrictions. Which is the better product for this application the 100 or 1500?

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Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Use the 100 Series.

Tasha Turner
Tasha Turner
2 months ago

I live in Fayetteville, NC. I had a cedar fence installed in May off 2022, it was pre-treated and never stained. My fence gets direct sun pretty much all day long. The measurements according to the rendering are 112′ L by 88′ W, the height is 6 feet board on board. What series do you recommend and how many gallons would I need? I’d like the stain in rustic or oak?

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Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tasha Turner

For the square footage of a fence, you measure the total length x height x 2 for both sides. What does that come to?

You would prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and then stain with the TWP 100 Series.

Jack Meaney
Jack Meaney
3 months ago

I have a log home, my painter is recomending another brand, Can you give me info for him I want to use a solid stain reddish in color

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Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Jack Meaney

TWP does not make a solid stain. We do have semi-solid colors but you will need to make sure to fully remove any prior coatings.

Harvey Norris
Harvey Norris
3 months ago

What is your best stain for a newly constructed pressure treated deck?

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Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Harvey Norris

See this about new wood:
https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

After the wait and prep, use the 1500 Series.

Harvey Norris
Harvey Norris
3 months ago
Reply to  TWP Stains

Thank you

jon laube
jon laube
6 months ago

looking for advice to put new coat of TWP honeycomb color on posts. Previous product unknown but its oil based that I know for sure. Prep needed? Thanks. Jon

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Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  jon laube

You will need to power sand this off as it looks like a varnish.

Mark
Mark
6 months ago

I have a property line fence of (new/never-stained) mangaris. It is 75′ long by 6′ high. Will a five-gallon bucket of TWP stain cover it? Thanks.

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Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Mark

When doing both sides you have roughly 900 sq feet. For 1 coat you will be close with 5 gallons but you may need another gallon or two.

LJ
LJ
8 months ago

Which clear stain is best for cypress house?

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Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  LJ

Clear with no tint means it will not prevent UV graying. You must have a tinted sealer to prevent the graying. Look at any of the tinted colors in the 1500 Series.

Phil
Phil
8 months ago

New deck was built June 2023. Now its Nov. 2023. Pressure Treated Pine.  Never stained or sealed. Middle Tennessee area. Uncovered area gets full sun most of the day. Covered area gets less sun and is way less weathered. Does that matter? Covered is also screened in and has rug and furniture.  We are looking for more natural color, would TWP 1530 Natural be a good choice? We were hoping to seal and stain before December. Too Cold? What if it takes 2 days to seal and stain? Thanks for your time and suggestions!

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Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  Phil

The lightest tint is Honeytone. See photo album:
https://www.twpstain.com/twp-1500-series-stain-colors-and-photo-albums/

Temps need to be 50-90 F.

Mark
Mark
9 months ago

Can stains be used on composite decking?  15 yrd old composite deck (no capping)

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Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Use the TWP semi-solids. One coat.

Ken taras
Ken taras
9 months ago

How do I get samples

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jim
jim
9 months ago

what is the difference between the 1500 series “CLEAR” as compared to the 1530 series “NATURAL”

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Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  jim

Clear has no tint and no UV protection while Natural is tinted and has UV protection.

Tracey
Tracey
9 months ago

Which of the products would work best to seal 1″bamboo fencing before we install it?

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Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Tracey

TWP 300 Series but it is not for sale on this website.

Maggie
Maggie
10 months ago

Is the TWP101 Pro-Series Cedartone obsolete?  What should I buy to replace it?

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10 months ago
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Hunter
Hunter
10 months ago

I live in Charleston SC and have 8mo old deck im looking to stain/seal.  1/2 is covered and rest gets limited Sun. Which would. Be best option to protect the wood? Wood doesn’t traditionally hold up long due to our climate. Thanks!  

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Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Hunter

See here about new wood: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

Use the 100 Series after the prep.

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11 months ago

I live in New York and have a 20yr old, well weathered PT deck.  I have been using an oil based semi solid stain for years now, but seems that’s no longer allowed.  What is the best product for me and do I need to remove old stain (as I said very well weathered, hasn’t been re-stained in 3-4yrs)?

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Admin
11 months ago
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Yes, you will need to fully remove the current stain. Post some pics for advice. TWP 1500 Series would be the correct stain to use after.

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Admin
11 months ago

Sorry, but we do not.

Dianne Binder
Dianne Binder
11 months ago

I need to know what works best for a composite deck(similar material as trex). I was wondering if the TWP semi solid would work? How long does it take to receive product?  Thank you for your help, Dianne Binder. binder04@aol.com  is this product available close to Greeley CO?

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Dianne Binder

Unfortunately, the TWP semi-solid is not allowed to be shipped to CO.

Timothy Osse
Timothy Osse
11 months ago

is there any difference between 1500 and 1501 with regard to UV protection?

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Timothy Osse

The 1500 Clear has no UV protection as it is not tinted. All of the tinted colors will have UV protection.

maria
maria
1 year ago

Hi, I’m looking for stain remover to remove black walnut stain TWP 1504 from some parts of the house pine wood siding. Do you think that “TWP Gemini’s Restore a- deck cleaner & brightener kit” will help or not? If not what do you recommended? The black walnut TWP1504 is too dark for me I’m thinking now about Rustic oak or Dark oak.

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1 year ago
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Debbie S.
Debbie S.
1 year ago

We are redoing a pine log cabin that was built in the 70’s.   We have sanded down the logs and are getting ready to stain.  I have used the 100 series Pecan to create a sample on a piece of actual log and I like the color using only 1 coat.  Is it recommended to use 2 coats or will 1 coat work fine?  my only worry is that 2 coats will make it much darker. 

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie S.

2 coats wet on wet is the correct way to apply. 

Roger Bernards
Roger Bernards
1 year ago

I  have seen several discussions comparing 100 series and the 1500 series stains, but I am still confused!  I am in a state that allows 100 series.  Since I am able to use either series on my weathered western red cedar deck, which is the preferred?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Roger Bernards

They both work equally well in most scenarios. There is not a preferred Series that is “better”.

Roger Bernards
Roger Bernards
1 year ago
Reply to 

I was confused by the terms “standard formula” for the 100 series, and the “new and improved formula” for the 1500 series.  It sounds like this is a bit of a misnomer?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Roger Bernards

The TWP 1500 is a new and improved formula of the old 500 Series that has been discontinued.

Roger Bernards
Roger Bernards
1 year ago
Reply to 

OK!  That was the part I was missing!  So am I correct that both the 100 series are comparable, and the only time 1500 is necessary is when you are in a prohibited state?  Otherwise 100 series might even be preferred because of better penetration?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Roger Bernards

Yes.

Brandon
Brandon
1 year ago

24 year old deck. 31′ x 12′, approximately 75′ of rail cap at 3′ height. Steps fit deck footprint so were not added separately. Unknown wood type. Has not been touched in the past 7 years. Unknown last date / type of stain. Based on appearance it appears to have been a transparent stain. I have access to a pressure washer (in the photos, deck has just been pressure washed over past 2 days…top and bottom of deck). My primary concern is maintenance / longevity, with aesthetics being 2nd place. I’m going to be re-applying treatment to the entire deck (including the bottom). Posts on top of the deck are 8′ 6×6 posts. Bottom posts are 9′ 6×6 posts.

Looking for recommendations on products needed and quantities.

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Brandon

Use the TWP 1500 Series for this: https://www.twpstain.com/twp-1500-series

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to 

As for the amount needed, please send us a total sq footage of all wood to be stained added up.

sn
sn
1 year ago

can you use urethane over twp stains?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  sn

No, and you can never use polyurethane on outside wood. It would peel if you did.

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to 

You are incorrect. It will peel.

Raymond France
Raymond France
1 year ago

Hello, What series stain should I go with for a floating dock in South Carolina?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Raymond France

TWP 100 Series or the TWP Semi-Solid Colors.

Sue
Sue
1 year ago

Can you mix the 200 series and the semi-solid to increase colour options for cedar shake siding?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sue

No, you cannot.

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