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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    Robert Bauer · 06/22/2015
    I am replacing the deck on my covered porch. It will be 2x4 redwood kiln dried layer on edge due to span between joists. The decking boards are 18' long and are going milled from rough 2x4.
    There will be some exposure to water and some sun at the south facing end of the deck since the roof overhang is not sufficient to prevent driven rain.
    I am in Los Angeles area and would like to use semi transparent gray color. Preferably oil based. What do you recommend and where can I purchase it. I will pre-stain all sides before installation.
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    TWP Stains · 06/16/2015
    Teri Clark:
    Boathouse deck, pressure treated 5/4, 6 years old. Previous stain has worn off and deck is slightly grayiing. It is exposed to intense sun. Which stain is the best to use and which color most closely resembles new pressure treated wood? Many thanks.

    Look at the 1500 Series for this after prepping with the Gemini Restore Kit. Honeytone is the lightest tint.
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    Teri Clark · 06/15/2015
    Boathouse deck, pressure treated 5/4, 6 years old. Previous stain has worn off and deck is slightly grayiing. It is exposed to intense sun. Which stain is the best to use and which color most closely resembles new pressure treated wood? Many thanks.
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    TWP Stains · 06/09/2015
    Robert Smith:
    Cedar arbor and fence. Installed 8 months ago in Atlanta GA. Which is best, the 100 or the 1500?

    Use the 100 Series after prep with the Gemini Restore Kit.
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    Robert Smith · 06/08/2015
    Cedar arbor and fence. Installed 8 months ago in Atlanta GA. Which is best, the 100 or the 1500?
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    TWP Stains · 06/05/2015
    Leo Driscoll:
    New 6 x 6 Western Red Cedar Posts 6 x 6. I will use them along with Bald Cypress boards for my new deck railing.Interested in trying to maointain the natural color as much as realistic possible while protecting it. I am thinking semi transparent stain with as little color as possible. What do you suggest ?

    Please read this about new wood:
    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

    Honeytone is the lightest tint.
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    Leo Driscoll · 06/04/2015
    New 6 x 6 Western Red Cedar Posts 6 x 6. I will use them along with Bald Cypress boards for my new deck railing.Interested in trying to maointain the natural color as much as realistic possible while protecting it. I am thinking semi transparent stain with as little color as possible. What do you suggest ?
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    TWP Stains · 06/04/2015
    Jarvis Breaux:
    Is the TWP 1500 suitable for outdoor furniture. I have a new cypress swing coming and am wondering if this product will work on it.

    Yes it will work on wood furniture.
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    Jarvis Breaux · 06/04/2015
    Is the TWP 1500 suitable for outdoor furniture. I have a new cypress swing coming and am wondering if this product will work on it.
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    TWP Stains · 06/01/2015
    Judy Hogan:
    Hello...I stained my deck 2 years ago with Cabot Timber oil natural, but have decided to use you product for a pergola I am now installing over top of said deck. It will be pressure treated lumber, which the rest of the deck is also constructed with. I would like all the wood to match. Will I have to strip the existing timber oil off or can I just apply your product over top of it after a thorough pressure washing. I live in the snow belt in Northwestern Pa., so we have extreme weather conditions. Thank you for your help and input.

    You will have to strip off the Cabot ATO first then brighten the wood. Use the Restore A Deck Products. TWP cannot be applied over a stain of a different brand. You will need the 1500 Series for this.
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    TWP Stains · 06/01/2015
    Ray Wedub:
    I have a wood carving done on an oak tree in my Minnesota yard by a woodcarver in 2003. What would be the best product to preserve/stain this wood sculpture? Where would I purchase this product in Minneapolis or suburbs?
    Ray

    Use the 1500 Series for this. We would be able to ship to you in 2-3 business days.
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    Judy Hogan · 05/31/2015
    Hello...I stained my deck 2 years ago with Cabot Timber oil natural, but have decided to use you product for a pergola I am now installing over top of said deck. It will be pressure treated lumber, which the rest of the deck is also constructed with. I would like all the wood to match. Will I have to strip the existing timber oil off or can I just apply your product over top of it after a thorough pressure washing. I live in the snow belt in Northwestern Pa., so we have extreme weather conditions. Thank you for your help and input.
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    Ray Wedub · 05/31/2015
    I have a wood carving done on an oak tree in my Minnesota yard by a woodcarver in 2003. What would be the best product to preserve/stain this wood sculpture? Where would I purchase this product in Minneapolis or suburbs?
    Ray
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    TWP Stains · 05/26/2015
    Dan Madden:
    We live in Colorado Sprigs, Colorado, so we have the extreme sun and occasional monsoon rains we've been experiencing this spring. For our deck:

    1. Is TWP 100 oil base stain are best option?
    2. Is TWP 100 oil base a sealer and a stain?
    3. Three (3) years ago, a contractor used Sealwize on our redwood deck and water beaded up well at first but it didn't hold up very long. If our deck is properly cleaned and pressure washed, will TWP 100 seal and protect the deck wood for a reasonable time?
    Thank you!

    1. Yes
    1. Yes
    3. 2-3 years is normal.

    Thanks
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    Dan Madden · 05/26/2015
    We live in Colorado Sprigs, Colorado, so we have the extreme sun and occasional monsoon rains we've been experiencing this spring. For our deck:

    1. Is TWP 100 oil base stain are best option?
    2. Is TWP 100 oil base a sealer and a stain?
    3. Three (3) years ago, a contractor used Sealwize on our redwood deck and water beaded up well at first but it didn't hold up very long. If our deck is properly cleaned and pressure washed, will TWP 100 seal and protect the deck wood for a reasonable time?
    Thank you!
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    TWP Stains · 05/20/2015
    Wayne Buoni:
    I have an older worn deck. Pressure treated pine. Just had it power washed almost all of the old finish is gone, still some minor remnants of the old orange finish. I am planning to stain it a dark brown (previously an orange color). Which TWP product do you recommend?

    Use the 100 Series if allowed in your state otherwise use the 1500 series.
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    Wayne Buoni · 05/20/2015
    I have an older worn deck. Pressure treated pine. Just had it power washed almost all of the old finish is gone, still some minor remnants of the old orange finish. I am planning to stain it a dark brown (previously an orange color). Which TWP product do you recommend?
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    TWP Stains · 05/19/2015
    Mark C Johnson:
    TWP was recommended to maintain windows purchased from Architectural Traditions.
    The windows are wire brushed Cedar. I'm not looking to add color but to preserve and enhance. Which TWP is correct for this application.

    Hello, you cannot preserve or enhance without adding color. A clear will not enhance nor will it protect from UV graying. Look at a light tint like the Honeytone.
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    Mark C Johnson · 05/19/2015
    TWP was recommended to maintain windows purchased from Architectural Traditions.
    The windows are wire brushed Cedar. I'm not looking to add color but to preserve and enhance. Which TWP is correct for this application.
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    TWP Stains · 05/12/2015
    Dan Jarvis:
    I have a cedar sided home. 23 years old. I am in the southern Adirondack mountains in New York. I have used Passino paints alpine semi transparent oil based stain. I have been happy with it, but it is no longer available. The northern side of the house has been stained twice in that time and needs to be done again. I want the best penetrating stain I can get. Which product should I use? The siding is in good shape, but is fading.

    You will need to TWP 1500. You also will need to remove any old coatings first so the TWP is able to penetrate properly into the wood.