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 · 09/20/2016
    Doug Swingen:
    I have built a roof over my patio. The posts are 8x8 laminate pine. The beams, supports, king posts, and rafters are all cedar. I've been building the roof all Summer. I will put a metal roof on soon.
    I want the pine posts to take on a similar color as the cedar beams, etc. Should I start using the conditioner now, or wait another couple months? Will the TWP Cedar stain the pine posts to look similar to cedar beams?

    Wait a bout 4 months and prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. Stain with the TWP, just one coat. The Pine and Cedar will not be exact in color, but similar. We have samples on the site to test:

    http://www.twpstain.com/stain-samples
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    Doug Swingen · 09/20/2016
    I have built a roof over my patio. The posts are 8x8 laminate pine. The beams, supports, king posts, and rafters are all cedar. I've been building the roof all Summer. I will put a metal roof on soon.
    I want the pine posts to take on a similar color as the cedar beams, etc. Should I start using the conditioner now, or wait another couple months? Will the TWP Cedar stain the pine posts to look similar to cedar beams?
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    TWP Stains · 08/31/2016
    Roger Tincknell:
    Deck has faded solid stain, white ceded, some bare spores, some chipping, not muc. What stain do you suggest? Now forest green but faded so may want to try different color. Thanks! Roger

    Roger, TWP being a semi-transparent cannot be applied over top of a solid stain. You would have to fully sand off the old solid stain first.
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    Roger Tincknell · 08/30/2016
    Deck has faded solid stain, white ceded, some bare spores, some chipping, not muc. What stain do you suggest? Now forest green but faded so may want to try different color. Thanks! Roger
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    TWP Stains · 08/20/2016
    A Quint:
    I live in Washington DC and have pressure treated flooring (about 3 months old) on an 8'X 16' covered porch that gets morning to early afternoon son. The boards are part of a floating flooring system siting on a rubber membrane roof. What product would you recommend?

    For DC, you will need the 1500 Series. See this about new wood and TWP: http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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    A Quint · 08/20/2016
    I live in Washington DC and have pressure treated flooring (about 3 months old) on an 8'X 16' covered porch that gets morning to early afternoon son. The boards are part of a floating flooring system siting on a rubber membrane roof. What product would you recommend?
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    TWP Stains · 07/31/2016
    Tyler Sap:
    I am in the process of staining a VG Fir door and I would like to use TWP on the exterior so it matched other exterior woodwork. Do you recommend it for this kind of use? With or without a layer of polyurethane or spar varnish?

    TWP is not designed for doors. There could be potential issues with the seals sticking depending on the heat/temps. TWP cannot be top coated with a polyurethane.
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    Tyler Sap · 07/31/2016
    I am in the process of staining a VG Fir door and I would like to use TWP on the exterior so it matched other exterior woodwork. Do you recommend it for this kind of use? With or without a layer of polyurethane or spar varnish?
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    TWP Stains · 07/26/2016
    CSM:
    We rebuilt our deck 9 months ago using pressure-treated pine. We live in Maine, 30 feet from a lake. The deck faces west and gets dappled sunlight in the afternoon. Should we use TWP 100 or 1500?

    Only the 1500 is allowed in Maine.
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    CSM · 07/26/2016
    We rebuilt our deck 9 months ago using pressure-treated pine. We live in Maine, 30 feet from a lake. The deck faces west and gets dappled sunlight in the afternoon. Should we use TWP 100 or 1500?
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    TWP Stains · 07/24/2016
    Paula Reilly:
    Is TWP a good idea for the Colorado Climate? Our deck is on the west side of our house and gets tons of afternoon sun.

    Yes the TWP works well in CO.
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    Paula Reilly · 07/23/2016
    Is TWP a good idea for the Colorado Climate? Our deck is on the west side of our house and gets tons of afternoon sun.
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    TWP Stains · 07/11/2016
    Linda Gardiner:
    Hello
    I am a senior citizen and have taken on the task to restore my cedar deck. Just finished stripping this weekend and will apply brightener next week. I am so excited to take this on--but want to do the right thing. I have read numerous comments but want to be sure I select the right stain series. I live in MN. Thanks in advance.

    Use the 100 Series.
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    Linda Gardiner · 07/10/2016
    Hello
    I am a senior citizen and have taken on the task to restore my cedar deck. Just finished stripping this weekend and will apply brightener next week. I am so excited to take this on--but want to do the right thing. I have read numerous comments but want to be sure I select the right stain series. I live in MN. Thanks in advance.
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    TWP Stains · 06/25/2016
    Matthew Meyer:
    Have a New Cedar gazebo from Costco. What sealer is recommended.

    TWP 1500 Series. Prep with Gemini Restore Kit.
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    Matthew Meyer · 06/25/2016
    Have a New Cedar gazebo from Costco. What sealer is recommended.
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    TWP Stains · 05/30/2016
    Lynn Lucas:
    I live in northern Arizona. The sun is intense,Climate dry,Temp. can vary 30 degrees from day to night. We are building a redwood deck which stain would you suggest and how often should it be reapplied.
    Thank You!
    Lynn

    Use the TWP 100 Series. See this about new wood:

    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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    Lynn Lucas · 05/29/2016
    I live in northern Arizona. The sun is intense,Climate dry,Temp. can vary 30 degrees from day to night. We are building a redwood deck which stain would you suggest and how often should it be reapplied.
    Thank You!
    Lynn
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    TWP Stains · 05/25/2016
    #pooldeck:
    Is there an additive for your stain, or what would you recommend? We are staining our deck around our pool (deck is 1 year old) and I was thinking if we could add something to the stain to make the deck not slick when wet. Afraid the stain might make the deck even more slick when wet than it is now without any stain on it. Any input would be most appreciated.

    It is not possible to add an additive to a penetrating stain like the TWP.
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    #pooldeck · 05/25/2016
    Is there an additive for your stain, or what would you recommend? We are staining our deck around our pool (deck is 1 year old) and I was thinking if we could add something to the stain to make the deck not slick when wet. Afraid the stain might make the deck even more slick when wet than it is now without any stain on it. Any input would be most appreciated.