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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    TWP Stains · 09/14/2017
    Ada rogers:
    Going to stain new cypress boards before they are installed for the soffits only on one side. Does the wood have to cure before staying with the twp 1500?

    Is the wood rough sawn or smooth wood? See this about new wood:
    https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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    Ada rogers · 09/14/2017
    Going to stain new cypress boards before they are installed for the soffits only on one side. Does the wood have to cure before staying with the twp 1500?
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    TWP Stains · 09/14/2017
    Ada rogers:
    What would be the best stain to use on new cypress soffits?

    The 1500 series.
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    Ada rogers · 09/13/2017
    What would be the best stain to use on new cypress soffits?
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    TWP Stains · 09/10/2017
    Serena:
    Hi, can I use TWP1500 over a deck that previously was stained with Cabot semi solid stain? What is the best color match for Cabot New Cedar?

    Sorry but you cannot. You would need to remove the Cabot first by sanding and or stripping. Thanks
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    Serena · 09/09/2017
    Hi, can I use TWP1500 over a deck that previously was stained with Cabot semi solid stain? What is the best color match for Cabot New Cedar?
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    TWP Stains · 08/22/2017
    diane marangelo:
    How much stain do i need?/

    See this:
    https://www.twpstain.com/twp-deck-stain-calculator
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    diane marangelo · 08/21/2017
    How much stain do i need?/
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    TWP Stains · 08/16/2017
    Dan A:
    I live in Washington state and moved into a house with a deck that was not protected and was aggressively power washed so it splintered and became scuffed. After 1 year, the wood has grayed in most parts. I believe the wood is CVG douglas fir but not 100% certain. I plan to clean, sand, brighten, and stain the whole thing to bring it new life. What series stain would you recommend, and would this still be the best option if I'm wrong about the wood type? Thanks.

    The prep and stain sounds like the correct course of action for this deck. Use the 100 Series.
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    Dan A · 08/15/2017
    I live in Washington state and moved into a house with a deck that was not protected and was aggressively power washed so it splintered and became scuffed. After 1 year, the wood has grayed in most parts. I believe the wood is CVG douglas fir but not 100% certain. I plan to clean, sand, brighten, and stain the whole thing to bring it new life. What series stain would you recommend, and would this still be the best option if I'm wrong about the wood type? Thanks.
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    TWP Stains · 07/25/2017
    which TWP?:
    I have two projects I'm undertaking 1. is cleaning and staining pine and cedar sided shed. the shed is 4 years old and has never been treated. it needs to be cleaned and brightened. two sides of the shed are Eastern white pine board and batten, the other two sides are Eastern white pine shingles.
    Project 2. is cleaning and staining a Eastern white pine log cabin sauna.

    thanks for your help.

    Use the Gemini Restore Kit for the prep and the TWP 1500 for the stain.
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    which TWP? · 07/25/2017
    I have two projects I'm undertaking 1. is cleaning and staining pine and cedar sided shed. the shed is 4 years old and has never been treated. it needs to be cleaned and brightened. two sides of the shed are Eastern white pine board and batten, the other two sides are Eastern white pine shingles.
    Project 2. is cleaning and staining a Eastern white pine log cabin sauna.

    thanks for your help.
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    TWP Stains · 07/17/2017
    Kevin B:
    6 month old treated pine deck -- raw -- which TWP product is best to use in North Central Oklahoma

    Prep with Gemini Restore Kit and stain with TWP 100 Series.
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    Kevin B · 07/17/2017
    6 month old treated pine deck -- raw -- which TWP product is best to use in North Central Oklahoma
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    TWP Stains · 07/04/2017
    Tanya Ha:
    Good day, we just finish building a 600sq ft deck. We used kiln dry western red cedar, I know there is a weathering process of a few months. It's been almost a month since we purchase the boards, Does that still apply if the deck boards are kiln dry?? We live in Seattle, which rains a lot. Which twp do you recommend? Thank you!! Feeling overwhelmed

    A month is good with kiln dried. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and stain with 1 coat of the TWP 100 Series.
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    Tanya Ha · 07/03/2017
    Good day, we just finish building a 600sq ft deck. We used kiln dry western red cedar, I know there is a weathering process of a few months. It's been almost a month since we purchase the boards, Does that still apply if the deck boards are kiln dry?? We live in Seattle, which rains a lot. Which twp do you recommend? Thank you!! Feeling overwhelmed
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    TWP Stains · 06/22/2017
    Jane McGinty:
    Which stain should I use on an old cedar deck built over a flat rubber roof? I've been told not to use an oil based product because I can not protect the rubber.

    TWP only comes in an oil based stain. Never heard of the TWP harming rubber roofs.
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    Jane McGinty · 06/22/2017
    Which stain should I use on an old cedar deck built over a flat rubber roof? I've been told not to use an oil based product because I can not protect the rubber.
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    TWP Stains · 06/07/2017
    Debi Stendler:
    We have a pre treated pine deck which we have treated with Thompson Water Seal at least 3 times in 14 years. Now we need to do something. We power waahed the last couple years. But what do we need to strip, what stain do we then apply? Our deck needs to be revived. Some is under cover big portion in direct sun & weather. Thank you in advance for your guidance.

    It would be best to strip with the Restore A dEck Stripper/Brightener Kit for the prep. Use the TWP 1500 Series.
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    Debi Stendler · 06/07/2017
    We have a pre treated pine deck which we have treated with Thompson Water Seal at least 3 times in 14 years. Now we need to do something. We power waahed the last couple years. But what do we need to strip, what stain do we then apply? Our deck needs to be revived. Some is under cover big portion in direct sun & weather. Thank you in advance for your guidance.