Difference Between TWP 100 and TWP 1500

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by TWP Help

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Difference Between TWP 100 vs. TWP 1500

The TWP brand of exterior wood and deck stain has been around for over 2 decades. the TWP 1500 is the only registered EPA wood preservative on the market today. It is made using only the best quality raw materials to offer superior wood protection. TWP Total Wood Preservative/Protectant comes in several different series of formulas. Knowing the differences can help you to make a more informed decision.

TWP 100 Series Stain

The TWP 100 Series is the original formula of deck stain and Protectant. It is an exclusive blend, which protects wood from becoming damaged. This particular series of TWP wood stain has been respected for over 25 years.

TWP 100 Series Wood Protectant penetrates the wood to enhance its natural color. It comes in 6 varieties of wood tones. It will prevent the wood from turning gray by blocking out harmful sunrays and has exceptional water-shedding properties.

The 100 series is not prone to mold or mildew and is best used on wood siding, decks, fences, and hardwoods.

TWP 100 is restricted in 36 states due to higher VOC levels. It cannot be shipped to these states: California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Northern VA, Pennsylvania, Parts of Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana.

TWP is about 30-40% in solid content. It absorbs very well and dries in 2-6 hours for most scenarios.

1-2 coats depending on the age of the wood. If doing two coats, apply “Wet on Wet“. The first coat is a saturating coat, followed by a light coat to ensure absorption and even application.

TWP 1500 Series Stain

The new 1500 Series low VOC formula wood stain is compliant in all 50 states. The 1500 series wood stain is formulated to penetrate the wood better, to dry faster, and outperform previous versions of TWP stains. It is also a registered EPA wood preservative.

TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain stops structural damage caused by wood rot and decay. It enhances and prolongs a wood surface’s natural color and eliminates graying. It resists water and moisture, which can cause warping, cracking, splitting, and freeze/thaw damage. TWP 1500 uses mildewcides that help eliminate the growth of mold and mildew.

TWP 1500 is roughly 60-70% in solid content. The absorption rate is a little slower than the 100 Series and dries in 4-12 hours for most scenarios.

1-2 coats depending on the age of the wood. If doing two coats, best to apply two light coats “Wet on Wet“.

The new Total Wood Preservative 1500 Series Stain is easy to apply and maintain. It will keep your exterior wood surfaces beautiful and protected for many years to come.

 

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Patricia Clark
Patricia Clark
12 days ago

I stupidly put two coats of series 100 on a box of new red cedar shingles…..did not read your website carefully enough (and my hubby said to do two coats). The stain did not fully absorb…..they feel a bit greasy.
Did I ruin the shingles?

PS My hubby only went to the “dog house ” for a day!

Thanks!

al brunner
al brunner
13 days ago

Looking for TWP 215-40 special -5 did not see it listed . Where ca I get it and looking for cost TX.

Sonny crawford
Sonny crawford
13 days ago

Colorado just outlawed the use of two 100 which I use to stain my house each year. What twp should I use in place of the 100.

Sonny crawford
Sonny crawford
13 days ago
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Thank you

 
Garrick Andrus
Garrick Andrus
25 days ago

I’m making some picnic tables for a restaurant out of Kiln Dried After Treatment Pressure Treated lumber. These tables will be subjected to the normal punishment of the elements, plus regular wiping and abuse that tables at restaurants endure, so I’m looking for the most protection I can get.

We don’t want anything opaque, as we still want the grain and character of the wood to show. Which of your translucent products would you recommend for this project?

terry
terry
1 month ago

What is the best TWP to use for a new deck that has cured and what applicator is best for the deck surface, rails and steps ? Thanks

David
David
1 month ago

I am preparing to re-stain my treated pine deck, which is over 10 years old. This will be the third time in 7 years that I use TWP1500. The painter has suggested using a clear sealant after the stain dries. Do you advise that I do so, and if so, what type?

 
Art
Art
1 month ago

Have a deck with Pergola above part of it, in Alabama with extreme heat in summer. The deck has never been stained, and was built 3 years ago.
I lnow the gemini cleaning kit is needed first…my question is on choosing the right stain. You now sell the new Semi Solid Pro, so what would be the advantage or difference between using the 100 series ve the Semi Pro? Will the semi pro last longer? Give better protection? Just trying to make the best choice, and would love to not have to restain in 2 yrs, if that semi pro would accomplish that!

Art
Art
1 month ago
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So what is the main difference? Semi pro thicker or is there a difference in one being water based and one oil based?

Beth
Beth
5 months ago

We put up a cedar fence in July. It’s been roasting in the Texas sun since then. We also get lots of rain here our area of East Texas. We’d like to protect it now with your products. When (after how many months) should we apply it; what series do you recommend (100 or 1500); what type of prep will we need to do? Thanks!

AbelM
AbelM
6 months ago

HI I live in Southern California, where can I buy the TWP 1500?

 
chip Caudle
chip Caudle
6 months ago

I have just built a 1000 sqft dock and want to provide the best protection possible. The dock is about 1 ft. above the water and built out of ground contact pressure treated pine.
Construction took about 4 months so age ranges from 1 to 4 months.
What do you recommend?

Angel
Angel
7 months ago

I have new rough cut cypress beams. They will be installed this week. Do I have to wait to apply stain/sealant? What product do you suggest ? I live in south Louisiana.

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Angel
Angel
6 months ago
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Everyone in our area only carries the 100 series. Do you know anyone in the Baton Rouge , Louisiana area & 25 mile radius that carries the 1500 series?

Jake McGillivray
Jake McGillivray
8 months ago

I have new Yellow Cedar deck. The decking has been sitting in place and aging for about 6 months. I would like to protect it now with a stain or sealer that Is clear and doesn’t change it’s colour. Can you send me a small sample of your product that you most recommend for my deck? I want to try it on a small patch of the deck to see how it looks before I commit to doing the whole deck. Thanks.
Jake

 
Celeste A.
Celeste A.
8 months ago

We just changed our plaster columns for 10×10 rough cypress columns. Do I need to do anything to prep these columns before I stain them? There is no consistent answer that I have found online. Do they need to be cleaned, sanded, anything? I have a sample of both 100 and 1500 to try on some scraps before doing the final project.

Dan Milliken
Dan Milliken
9 months ago

I’m looking to restain a deck originally stained with TWP 100 dark oak that’s no longer available. Can I restain with TWP 1500 in the same color?

Janet Terry
Janet Terry
9 months ago

After extensive research I applied the TWP100 Redwood Semi transparent stain to my 20 year old deck. Prior to application I had to strip the former stain until completely removed.
I have been extremely pleased with the product. The wood is still sealed after 2 years. Water will form beads in most areas of the deck
However, the color was too red so I would like your advice when restaining. Also, I live in a very dry climate so the wood has some splitting and showing signs of age.
Due to the cracking and color choices i am thinking I should switch to the 1500 series and use the California Redwood.
Do you agree and do yu have any advice
Thank you

 
Sharon
Sharon
9 months ago

I am looking for a wood preservation as opposed to a stain. My 2 x 4 fir deck is now a good 10 years old and has never been stained but could stand some rejuvination and preservative. Any suggestions?

Gary Windler
Gary Windler
9 months ago

I live in S.Carolina and have a 35 year old deck that is still in pretty good condition. i have been using TWP 101 Cedartone stain every 2 years for about the last 10 years. My questions are: 1) Is there any reason to switch to TWP 1500 series? 2) Will switching to the Honeytone color actually lighten the color of the deck at all?

Michael A Devine
Michael A Devine
10 months ago

I applied TWP1500 7 years ago. Am I well advised to stick to semi-transparent, or can I switch to solid stain ? What prep product should I use before I re-stain ? Please advise. Also, what about the boards that I need to replace ? I can’t wait another year to stain !

 
R B
R B
10 months ago

I purchased a clear cedar wood garage door that was built in Southern California approximately 4 months ago. Due to COVID, the company kept it in their warehouse until recently. It is now on my back deck under a tarp. How long should I wait until I stain the door? Also, do I need to sand or prep the wood? It is clean and high quality.
Thanks in advance. I am a huge fan of TWP!

R B
R B
10 months ago
Reply to  R B

I plan to use 1501 Cedartone.

Rod
Rod
10 months ago

Is it safe to stain my my cucumber trellis (101 pro) prior to attaching plants?

Charles Leavell
Charles Leavell
10 months ago

I have built a dock on my 7 acre pond that has pressure treated decking that has weathered for 4 months. The rest of the wood (railing and some interior wood in screened in porch) is not pressure treated and is relatively new, only having been in place for a couple of weeks. I am wondering whether you would recommend the 100 or 1500 products for this use. As you can imagine, the summers here can be quite sunny and hot…average temps in the middle of the day around the middle 80’s to middle 90’s. I would like some advice on application as well. I would prefer a phone call to a qualified and experienced person to discuss. My name is Charles Leavell, phone 478 9513749

 
Andrew
Andrew
10 months ago

I have been using TWP 100 every few years. It appears your TWP 1500 is more UV resistant, so I was going to switch to that, as I believe I need protection from the sun more than anything else. Any special considerations using the 1500 after the 100? I am planning on using the cleaner/brightener prior. Thanks!

George Robbins
George Robbins
11 months ago

I had someone stain my deck with TWP RUSTIC. He put it on uneven and now in some spots it is deep red and most of the deck is a cedar / brown . How can I get rid of the red?

harvey ginsberg
harvey ginsberg
11 months ago

the percentage of solids in twp 100 and 1500 is significantly different. how does that affect the product i should choose?

 
Joseph Fuller
Joseph Fuller
11 months ago

I’ve been using TWP 100 in North Carolia for years and love it’s ease of use, protection and durability. As I get older, the strong odor gets to me. 2 questions:
1. Can I apply 1502 over 102 same color. That’s if the 1502 odor is less?
2. Do I need to wear a respirator.

Thank you,
Joe

Joseph Full
Joseph Full
11 months ago
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Hello TWP Help,
If the 102 has aged (1 year +) and I use Gemini Restore A Deck, can’t I re-caot with the 1502?

Thank you for your very quick reply!,
Joe

Deanna K Flacke
Deanna K Flacke
11 months ago

Is Cedartone the same color in the 1500 and 100 series?

Deanna
Deanna
11 months ago
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Thank you! You saved me from ordering the wrong stain.

david rosner
david rosner
11 months ago

I am sanding off an existing finish on outdoor furniture down to the raw wood. Do I have to weather this as per “new wood” or can I stain since this isn’t new wood?

 
Lynne Westermeyer
Lynne Westermeyer
11 months ago

Hi….do you know when you might start shipping again? Thanks, Lynne Westermeyer

Jared D
Jared D
11 months ago

I live in MN, I bought a house with an old cedar deck, probably 25 years old. I have sanded down the entire deck. Still don’t understand if I should be using the 100 series or the 1500 series? My wife seems to like the colors of the 1500 series better but I want whatever is going to be the most durable/last the longest.

hollis Crocker
hollis Crocker
11 months ago

i originally did my cabin with TWP 301 cedartone, do i need to stay with this series now that i’m doing it again. and what series is the best for wood log siding?

Ken ORYNIAK
Ken ORYNIAK
11 months ago
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What is TWP 301?

 
Jim
Jim
11 months ago

I live in Michigan and have a cedar deck that was completed in November of 2017. It has never been treated with anything since it was built. I assume the Gemini kit is required to clean first but not sure which stain is better to use for this application, TWP 100 (cedar tone) or TWP 1500 (cedar tone). Which do you think will work best?

Jan Zimmerman
Jan Zimmerman
11 months ago

Would TWP 1500 be considered transparent, semi-transparent, or semi solid?

Ellen
Ellen
11 months ago

I have a pressure treated pine deck in western Kentucky about 8 years old. Never stained. Only clear water seal in past.
It was pressure washed a week ago and he used some household bleach as well.
It’s raining off and on several times a week.
I was going to now use Gemini clean and brighten product when I get some consecutive dry days then stain. Is that ok after pressure wash and that bleach? I was going to use 1500 series but I see you recommend 100 series to some. How do I know if I need 100 or 1500?

 
Eric
Eric
1 year ago

Hello,

I have a 20 year-old straight-grain Douglas Fir deck located in western Washington on Puget Sound that was previously coated with an acrylic solid stain. This stain is mostly gone and will be completely removed with a full deck sanding. There is black mildew staining and graying. I live in a wooded area that has lots of rain/moss/algae in winter, but the deck is in full sun during the very dry summer. The deck is fully exposed year-round. Snow is rare but freezing is routine. Most of the decking is old-growth and in good shape.

My questions are:

Is the 100 series the preferred choice?

Following sanding with 60 grit, I plan to clean and brighten followed by staining. Do I have that sequence right?

Lastly, I have a few boards that need replacing. I understand that I probably should let those replacement boards weather for a year or so prior to installing/finishing them, perhaps when the deck is due for a re-coat. Do you concur?

Any other advice appreciated.

Cheers,

Eric

Eric
Eric
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Okay, sounds good – thanks! I failed to ask a few other questions: This is likely pretty thirsty wood. How much do you recommend for coverage of 1000 square feet? Wet on wet application for max penetration?

Thanks!