Which TWP Stain Should I Use?

TWP stands for Total Wood Preservative. It has been around for over 20 years and has been a leader in the wood staining industry. TWP Exterior Wood Stain is an EPA registered wood preservative. Unlike other stains that cover up wood and form a protective film that is venerable to peeling and flaking, TWP stains are a penetrating oil formula that offers excellent protection. Knowing which TWP formula is best for your exterior wood project is the key to having excellent results.

TWP 100 Series – The 100 Series has been a leading and respected formula for over 25 years. It penetrates and enhances natural wood beauty and is available is 6 different colors. It is used for all types of exterior wood decking, siding, fencing, and hardwoods. It is not prone to mold or mildew. The 100 Series is not compliant in all states. Please be sure to check if it is compliant in your area. 

TWP 200 Series – Available in 8 different colors, the 200 Series formula is best used on wood siding, shakes, and shingles. It uses a non-drying paraffin oil formula that enhances the wood cell’s structural stability making it an excellent choice for older wood that has lost its natural oils. It sheds and repels water and prolongs UV fading. The TWP 200 Series is compliant in all 50 states.

TWP 500 Series – The TWP 500 Series formula has been discontinued and replaced with a new and improved formula called TWP 1500.

TWP 1500 Series – The new 1500 series replaces the old 500 series. This newly formulated preservative penetrates better, dries faster, and outperforms it predecessor. TWP 1500 is a low VOC preservative with unique absorbing pigments that prevent wood graying, fading and premature discoloring. Selected mildewcides prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Available in 9 different colors, TWP 1500 Series Stain is best used on all types of wood fencing, decking, siding, log homes and roofing. It is compliant in all 50 states due to its low 250 VOC formula.

Choose the TWP Series Stain that best fits your needs and give your wood surfaces the protection and lasting beauty they deserve.

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    Dan · 10/07/2020
    Which product do you recommend for a redwood arbor in California - TWP 200 or 1500? It is a mix of heartwood and white sapwood.
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    Fred West · 10/06/2020
    wanting to protect cedar shingle siding accents that have minimal weathering, prepped with sodium percarbonate to remove mildew, brightened with oxalic acid and rinsed. Shingles restored to almost new appearance; not wanting to darken too much. Contemplating TWP 100 or Restore A Deck semi transparent waterborne, both in lightest tints. Probably 250 sq. ft., no previous coatings.
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      TWP Stains · 10/06/2020
      Honeytone is the lightest TWP tint and enhances similar to a clean wet look.
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    Wayne · 09/23/2020
    Okay this Is Wayne again & here are three pics of our log home. Feel it has never been coated with anything. Thanks
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    Wayne · 09/23/2020
    Just bought 12 yr log cabin, west of Knoxville,TN. I don't know if it ever had any stain/treatment on it? Thinking I should use the TWP1500 series on it. Do I first pressure wash it, or I need to use any stripping agent..or any cleaner during pressure washing?
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      TWP Stains · 09/23/2020
      We would need to see pictures for help.
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    Donald Lloyd · 09/21/2020
    What would happen if it rains on my deck after staining with twp 100 pecan
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      TWP Stains · 09/22/2020
      That would depend on who long after you applied and it rained.
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    Charlescarpenter · 09/09/2020
    Is the TWP 1500 series a good application in Northern Ohio due to the expansion and contracting element of wood in winter and summer
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    JL2 · 08/31/2020
    We applied two coats, and our deck is still 'tacky' after 4 days. What do we do?
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    DJ · 08/27/2020
    What removes the TWP 100 stain? I had a contractor use the stain and he didn’t stir so it came out too dark and thick.
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    bill · 08/04/2020
    I have a 12 month old cedar deck in North East Wisconsin that has not been treated with anything yet. Can I use 100 series "clear" knowing that it will gray (correct if I am wrong) and in a year or two go with a "natural" or "cedar" tone if I want to do so?
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      TWP Stains · 08/04/2020
      If you did this you would have to strip off the Clear when you recoat with a tinted color. https://www.twpstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper-brightener-kit-detail
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        bill · 08/04/2020
        If I go with "clear" and it grays over time can I just put another coat of "clear" on the grey wood without doing anything that would remove the grey? Thanks.
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          TWP Stains · 08/04/2020
          You always have to prep when reapplying. If you are using the same color as before, then use this kit for prep while pressure washing: https://www.twpstain.com/gemini-s-restore-a-deck-cleaner-and-brightener-kit
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            bill · 08/06/2020
            Another question: I cleaned my cedar deck with a product containing bleach and deck is now no longer grey, but now rather bleached (not what the big box store said would happen as I wanted to keep the grey). Some boards are the natural color and I think because I put two layers of the product on those sections (see photos). I did use plain water and a stiff brush to remove loose hair-like wood fibers, but some remain. At this point is it necessary to:

            1. use a brighter product...the TWP 100 can did not say to do so on new (12 month old wood).

            2. get the boards the same color and if so how? or will the TWP 100 clear stain even things out

            Thanks in advance.
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              TWP Stains · 08/06/2020
              At this point, you need to remove all the oxidation to even it out. Use this kit while pressure washing: https://www.twpstain.com/gemini-s-restore-a-deck-cleaner-and-brightener-kit
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                bill · 08/06/2020
                power wash cedar? at what setting?
                And will just a stiff brush work? or is power washing way better?
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                  TWP Stains · 08/06/2020
                  You can power wash cedar when using the proper prep materials as we suggested. Just back away from the wood with your tip and wash at about 8-10 inches away to remove the oxidation. Stiff brush will probably not get it all off.
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                    bill · 08/11/2020
                    Followed your advice by using the product and used a garden hose and stiff brush getting great results. Plan to apply TWP 100 clear today. Thinking it will only take one thin coat as the wood is 12 month old cedar. How long must it dry before we can walk on it.
                    Thanks very much for your help.
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    Chris T. · 07/31/2020
    I'm going to be installing new cedar decking. The wood I'm using is KD so the moisture level is low. Do I still have to wait a period of time before staining? In the past I've always liked to pre-stain the wood before installation being able to coat all 4 surfaces. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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    Robin · 07/28/2020
    I have a weathershield cedar-toned wood deck. Which color would match the best? I don't want it to turn out yellow or orange.
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    Chris · 07/15/2020
    I live in South Florida, about 7 miles from the ocean. I have a new cypress tongue and groove ceiling and a pergola that I will be installing. The ceiling will not be subject to much direct sunlight exposure, but the pergola will be. Should I use the same product for both locations, and would you recommend 100 or 1500?
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    Dan · 07/03/2020
    we have a new pine deck that has never been stained. We like the natural look and are only staining for protecting the wood. Would you recommend the 100 or 1500 series. Also, is it necessary to stain the deck underside? We live in eastern Tennessee.
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    Connie · 07/01/2020
    What colors dose TWP 1500 come in. Is this good for Cyprus wood lawn furniture?
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    Dugo · 06/30/2020
    I am building a porch railing from Architectural Knotty Cedar in Western, PA. It's a covered porch, so it gets partial sunlight.

    1. Am I right to choose TWP 1500 (probably cedar color for UV protection)
    2. I am going to ask if it was kiln dried. If it wasn't, should I wait 4+ months even though the cedar will gray?
    3. Does new cedar need prepped?


    Thanks
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    Ray Neibert · 06/29/2020
    I have a house located in Long Beach WA which is close to the beach. It is exposed to salt air and driving rain quite often. The new cedar shake siding and deck will be approaching a year old. What semi-transparent strain would be recommendationed for the location?
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    Mary lou · 06/25/2020
    I have a 3 yr old deck around a pool, in western pa, lake erie region. What stain would you recommend?
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    Cheryl · 06/25/2020
    I live in northeast OH. Would you recommend 100 or 1500 Series for cedar log railing and treated lumber decks? Decks previously stained with semi transparent Sikkens product 3 years ago?
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      TWP Stains · 06/25/2020
      For Ohio you need the TWP 1500. Make sure to remove the Sikkens first.
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    Scott · 06/22/2020
    I put 1 coat on yesterday and didn’t wipe off excess and it’s still wet 12 hrs later I have the wood in the sun today will it dry or should I apply another coat and wipe off excess?
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    Steve · 06/09/2020
    How many coats and what product would you recommend on a 6 month old deck made of pressure treated pine ?