VOC (Volatile organic compounds) regulations are changing rapidly across the USA and Canada. Not all of the stains that we sell are compliant for all areas. As it stands 16 US states and Canada have adopted the more stringent 250 regulation:

TWP 100 Series is not VOC Compliant for Canada and these USA states and cannot be shipped or used there: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Northern VA, Pennsylvania, Parts of Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, all of Canada.

TWP 1500 Series is compliant for all 50 States but cannot be shipped or used in Canada.

TWP 200 Series is compliant for all 50 States and Canada.

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    Mike · 04/17/2020
    Should I add a prestain conditioner if applying to pressure treated pine to ensure a uniform finish?
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      TWP Stains · 04/17/2020
      No, you cannot use a conditioner with a deck stain like TWP.
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    Erin B · 04/15/2020
    I am looking to restain my cabin in Roanoke, VA. Should I use 100 or 1500? Do I need to do 2 coats or can I get away with 1?
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      TWP Stains · 04/15/2020
      Use the TWP 1500. Two coats wet on wet.
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    Mike Folan · 04/10/2020
    I have an old gallon of TWP 1516 Rustic Oak Max Voc Formula. I can't find anywhere that sells it near me (South San Francisco) and don't see the max voc formula on your site. Where can I get this and is it still legal in California?
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    Ken · 04/08/2020
    What is the VOC that is in the 100 series?
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    Colleen · 04/06/2020
    I don’t really understand the difference between the 100 and 1500 series. What should I use in Richmond, VA? My deck is 20 years old and I last used TWP about 5 years ago on it but I don’t remember what I used.
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      TWP Stains · 04/06/2020
      Use the 1500. The difference is VOC laws and what is or isn't allowed.
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    Tom · 03/27/2020
    Do any local retailers carry your product in Minneapolis, MN?
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      TWP Stains · 03/27/2020
      We sell online from our site. Takes about 2-4 business days to MN to arrive.
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    Bob M · 03/15/2020
    Is Loudoun County Va considered Northern Va?
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    Lilly Stein · 01/12/2020
    I'm looking to protect criss cross/wooden cattle fencing that was put up about a year ago. It has no stain on it now. I live in Oneida, Tn. (which is in the Cumberland Plateau area). What would you recommend I use? Any base coat? Stain/Protector? and how many coats? Look forward to hearing back from you....Thank you..
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    Jane Sanders · 11/18/2019
    I have a 12’ x 12 ‘ 28 yr old red cedar deck. I am replacing 9 boards. I live in DC. The TWP 100 Series is outlawed here. Should I use the 1500 in Pecan? Years ago I used one of the stains. It’s a red cedar color. Don’t know what it was. I have 13 spiral steps.
    Jane Sanders
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      TWP Stains · 11/18/2019
      Yes, you would want the TWP 1500 Series for this. You will need to remove the current stain first.
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    Greg N. · 10/10/2019
    I am planning to stain a newly installed fence (deck wood). How long do you recommend before staining? I will also be doing our large deck. It has a well worn stain if some sort already, from the previous homeowners. What prep is needed for the deck? Finally, do you recommend the 100 or 1500 for northern Virginia? Thanks!
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    Jay · 10/01/2019
    Love your product. Have now stained my cedar deck 3 times every 2-3 years using the TWP 100 series Dark Oak color, using cleaner/brightener each time. The deck is gradually becoming quite dark in color. Can I use Clear next time, or perhaps mix Clear with Dark Oak to lessen the color? Clear info states "no UV protection" -- is that important? Maybe switch to Pecan or a lighter color? Your advice?
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    Robin Cantrell · 09/11/2019
    Have dry hemp fir or doug fir hand hewn beams and support carved posts coming to Sa Juan County, UT in a month or so. Should I put up and let sit till spring? Will they turn gray? I do not want gray as the natural wood color is important to us. Should I get the 100 series or the 1500 series? Will the clear allow the wood to turn gray or should I get the lightest stain color? Thanks so much.
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      TWP Stains · 09/11/2019
      Yes, install and wait until Spring to prep and stain. The prep will remove any gray. Use the 1500 Series. Clear will gray naturally.
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    M Ridey · 09/09/2019
    Are any other colors available in TWP 1500; such as the TWP 100 colors? Are special colors possible?
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      TWP Stains · 09/09/2019
      Sorry but no other color options and no special colors can be made.
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    BJ · 09/08/2019
    Hi, I stained my new deck last fall with TWP 100 with wet on wet. I was unable to treat again this spring, but I'm ready to do it now. I will use cleaner/brightener first, bust as far as staining goes, do you recommend 2 coats wet on wet again or should I use just one coat? I feel like I should do wet on wet again.
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      TWP Stains · 09/08/2019
      If you have a base coat after prep, then just do one coat.
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    P.J. · 08/09/2019
    I'm reading your site - it's very helpful - but I'm not sure I understand the difference between the 100 series and the 1500 series. I live in western NC. Does that make a difference?
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    Joseph · 07/23/2019
    Is TWP 100 allowed to ship and use in Flagstaff, Arizona? Zip code 86004
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      TWP Stains · 07/23/2019
      Should be. The Phoenix area is restricted to low VOCs.
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    Glenn O · 07/12/2019
    I live in AZ (zip 85234) where I hope to receive shipment, but plan to use TWP 100 in cabin in Utah. Noting TWP 100 cannot be shipped to "parts of AZ", can it be shipped to the AZ 85234 zipcode?
    Thanks
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      TWP Stains · 07/12/2019
      No, it is not allowed in Phoenix area.
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    John · 06/11/2019
    If I use 100 series and Nebraska later changes it’s VOC restrictions, could I apply the 1500 series over it without stripping?
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      TWP Stains · 06/12/2019
      Yes, but they will not change anytime soon.
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    Debra · 06/07/2019
    Hi-We are building a redwood fence in California. It is kiln-dried. What prep (besides sanding) is needed and how long to wait before staining? Thanks!
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    Bruce E · 06/01/2019
    I will be putting on kiln dried rustic channel shiplap for siding. We live in Mts of Northern VT. w/ 5 months of winter snow on the ground. The back side of the siding is planed smooth. The front / exposed side is rough cut except the 1 inch channel is planed smooth. To prevent cupping I was going to one coat the backside w/ TWP 1500 fairly soon after delivery then put the siding up if this is ok. I realize rough cut can be done right away, but can the channel also be done then or should I wait to the following May or June? Would prefer putting up siding this year if possible.
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      TWP Stains · 06/01/2019
      Best to install, wait for a month or two (for kiln dried wood), prep with the Gemini Restore Kit, then stain. No need to stain the backside not would it prevent cupping.