Cedar is known for its natural beauty and distinct aroma. It is naturally resistant to rot but will last longer if stained. Staining cedar enhances the wood grain’s beauty and replenishes the wood’s natural oils. TWP Stain Preservative has exceptional water shedding properties making it a good choice for protecting cedar.
The best TWP Stain for cedar wood is the 100 series. This is the original TWP formula. This exclusive blend is EPA registered and has been respected for over 25 years. The TWP 100 Series formula is 40% solids and will prevent cedar from turning gray due to sun fading. This particular blend of stain is ideal for all types of cedar projects like decks, siding, and cedar fences.
TWP 100 can be applied in 1-2 coats depending on the cedar’s porosity. If two coats are necessary, they should be applied “wet on wet” for the best results. The TWP 100 Series is also not prone to mold or mildew, which can infiltrate cedar and begin to cause wood decay. The higher VOC levels of the 100 Series blend are restricted in some states. Be sure to check your location before purchasing.
If the 100 Series is not available or cannot be shipped to your state, then TWP 1500 Series is the next best choice to protect cedar. TWP 1500 is a lower VOC formula wood stain that is compliant in all 50 states. It has excellent wood penetrating properties to protect and enhance the natural beauty of cedar.
The TWP 1500 Series Wood Stain is also a registered EPA wood preservative that prevents graying, wood rot, and fading. The formula’s mildewcides help eliminate the growth of mildew and fungi. The 1500 Series Stain is 70% solids and has a slightly slower absorption rate than the 100 Series formula. It dries in 4-12 hours compared to 2-6 hours for the 100 Series.
Both of these stains are ideal for cedar wood but the 100 Series is the best TWP stain for cedar where available. Otherwise, the 1500 Series will certainly do the job of protecting and prolonging the life of any exterior cedar surface. Both will meet your wood staining project needs.