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 · 05/24/2016
    Jack Earnshaw:
    We live in Massachusetts and have a 16 year old deck(pressure treated pine)14x14' with 10 stairs. Stain on deck is a solid Sherwin Williams(Deckscapes-water borne). For stripping what do you recommend? Also what grayish or red stain would you recommend?
    Thanks!

    Stripping will not remove a solid stain. You will need to sand all of the SW to remove. Once removed you can use the TWP 1500.
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    Jack Earnshaw · 05/24/2016
    We live in Massachusetts and have a 16 year old deck(pressure treated pine)14x14' with 10 stairs. Stain on deck is a solid Sherwin Williams(Deckscapes-water borne). For stripping what do you recommend? Also what grayish or red stain would you recommend?
    Thanks!
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    TWP Stains · 05/23/2016
    DB:
    I live in an area that is very dry in summer and sometimes down to 20 ° F in winter with snow. I have an old cedar deck and new cedar fencing. Would 1500 or 100 be most appropriate ? My fence had never been treated. I stripped and stained the deck with 1500 2 summers ago. Thank you!

    Use the TWP 1500 Series for this.
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    DB · 05/23/2016
    I live in an area that is very dry in summer and sometimes down to 20 ° F in winter with snow. I have an old cedar deck and new cedar fencing. Would 1500 or 100 be most appropriate ? My fence had never been treated. I stripped and stained the deck with 1500 2 summers ago. Thank you!
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    TWP Stains · 05/10/2016
    Steve L:
    Our deck in Montana is set to be stained in twp 100 thanks to you. We have a new redwood section and some sections being redone. Just confirming, the portions to be redone need to be stripped and sanded down to bare wood, correct? Also, the total space is 36' x 8', 24' x 24', and 20' x 14', plus steps. How much will we need (approx.) for the two coats?

    Strip and brighten the older sections. You do not need to sand. See this about new wood:
    http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

    Only one coat on the new wood. What is the total sq. footage of the old wood and the total sq. footage of the new wood.
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    Steve L · 05/10/2016
    Our deck in Montana is set to be stained in twp 100 thanks to you. We have a new redwood section and some sections being redone. Just confirming, the portions to be redone need to be stripped and sanded down to bare wood, correct? Also, the total space is 36' x 8', 24' x 24', and 20' x 14', plus steps. How much will we need (approx.) for the two coats?
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    TWP Stains · 05/09/2016
    constantined:
    Can i use the twp 1501 on interior cedar wall for my kids room. once dried do i have to worry about outgases

    Yes, but it will have strong odor until it dissipates. It does not leech or outgas once fully cured.
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    constantined · 05/09/2016
    Can i use the twp 1501 on interior cedar wall for my kids room. once dried do i have to worry about outgases
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    TWP Stains · 05/09/2016
    Reedgibb:
    I live in a dry desert climate in St. George, UT. I am building a douglas fir pergola. Which product should I use to stain? How long should I expect this to last before needing a re treatment? Thanks.

    Use the 100 Series after letting the new wood season. Prep first. Redo every few years or as needed for a pergola.
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    Reedgibb · 05/09/2016
    I live in a dry desert climate in St. George, UT. I am building a douglas fir pergola. Which product should I use to stain? How long should I expect this to last before needing a re treatment? Thanks.
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    TWP Stains · 05/09/2016
    Reedgibb:
    I am building a douglas fir pergola. I live in a dry hot climate, St. George, UT. Which product should I use, and how long can I expect this to last before re treatment? I llan on treating first, then assembly. Thabns.

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

    Look at the 100 Series.
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    Reedgibb · 05/09/2016
    I am building a douglas fir pergola. I live in a dry hot climate, St. George, UT. Which product should I use, and how long can I expect this to last before re treatment? I llan on treating first, then assembly. Thabns.
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    TWP Stains · 05/07/2016
    Donald Kinison:
    We r staining a redwood deck and live in Az. The project was biuilt in stages. One section is 8 months old and the second stage is 3 months old. The wood used is redwood construction common. The total sq footage is about 1000. We intend to use either 100 r 1500. Can we get color samples of the 2 products so we can decide what to order. Also any recommendations would be appreciated. Thank u and excited about using your products.

    Hello, samples are on this link:
    http://www.twpstain.com/stain-samples
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    Donald Kinison · 05/07/2016
    We r staining a redwood deck and live in Az. The project was biuilt in stages. One section is 8 months old and the second stage is 3 months old. The wood used is redwood construction common. The total sq footage is about 1000. We intend to use either 100 r 1500. Can we get color samples of the 2 products so we can decide what to order. Also any recommendations would be appreciated. Thank u and excited about using your products.
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    TWP Stains · 05/06/2016
    Frank May:
    I am looking at your 1500 and 200 for a 29 year old cedar siding. Your info says they only last 2-3 years?? Tell me why and which one should I use in Middle Georgia to last the longest. I have already cleaned the surface.

    2-3 years on a horizontal deck. Twice as long (4-6 years) on vertical wood and siding. Use the TWP 1500 series.
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    Frank May · 05/06/2016
    I am looking at your 1500 and 200 for a 29 year old cedar siding. Your info says they only last 2-3 years?? Tell me why and which one should I use in Middle Georgia to last the longest. I have already cleaned the surface.
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    TWP Stains · 05/04/2016
    David Dunphy:
    I lived in NE CT and installed a deck and pergola 7 months ago. I'm now ready to stain. I'm looking for the the deck to be lighter than the pergola. Looking for suggestions on the TWP series type that would work best for me. Can you advise?

    Prep first with the Gemini Restore Kit. Stain with the 1500 Series. Maybe Dark Oak for Pergola and a lighter tint for flooring?
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    David Dunphy · 05/04/2016
    I lived in NE CT and installed a deck and pergola 7 months ago. I'm now ready to stain. I'm looking for the the deck to be lighter than the pergola. Looking for suggestions on the TWP series type that would work best for me. Can you advise?
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    TWP Stains · 04/27/2016
    Brannon Holt:
    I bought some western red cedar adirondack chairs and furniture from BC Canada and it is different colors of cedar. I want to preserve it and keep the natural difference in colors of wood. Would I be better off using the clear or cedartone on it? I want it to have a rich look about it.

    Clear offers not UV protection from prevent the natural graying. The Honeytone is the lightest tint. We offer samples to test.
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    Brannon Holt · 04/27/2016
    I bought some western red cedar adirondack chairs and furniture from BC Canada and it is different colors of cedar. I want to preserve it and keep the natural difference in colors of wood. Would I be better off using the clear or cedartone on it? I want it to have a rich look about it.