TWP 100 Color Choices and Tips

 

TWP 100 Series comes in 9 different color choices, 8 of which are semi-transparent. TWP absorbs into the wood grain and "enhancing" the natural color tones of your wood by adding pigments.

Final colors will vary substantially based on:

  • Type of Wood
  • Age of Wood
  • Prepping of Wood

This article will further explain the TWP 100 Colors to help you determine which is best for you. If you have questions, please ask below.

TWP 101 Cedartone

TWP 101 Cedartone

TWP 101 Cedartone Natural is by far the most popular of the 100 color choices accounting for 60-70% of the sales. The 101 is a traditional Cedar color. It highlights the natural grain of your wood with Caramel/Golden tones.
TWP 102 Redwood

TWP 102 Redwood

TWP 102 Redwood is a popular choice for customers who are looking to add a rich red color. We call this color a "straight" red as it does not contain any other highlights.
TWP 103 Dark Oak

TWP 103 Dark Oak

TWP 103 Dark Oak is a beautiful Dark Brown that will really enhance your wood. This color is popular for customers who are looking to get away from the traditional golden/cedar colors.
TWP 115 Honeytone

TWP 115 Honeytone

TWP 115 Honeytone is the lightest and most natural looking color. This is a "golden" color that will highlight the natural grain of your wood similar to a clean "wet" look.
TWP 116 Rustic

TWP 116 Rustic

TWP 115 Rustic is a red color. This color has become more popular than the 102 Redwood as it is a Reddish/Brown color similar to maroon.
TWP 120 Pecan

TWP 120 Pecan

TWP 120 Pecan is the newest color in the 100 series line and was introduced as an alternative to the 101 Cedartone. This color is what we call a slightly brown/cedar color. Basically a little bit of brown was added to the 101 Cedartone to "tone down" the traditional orange cedar color.
TWP 105 Cape Cod Gray

TWP 105 Cape Cod Gray

TWP 105 is a popular gray color that is a traditional gray. This color is heavier in solids than other TWP color choices. We consider this to be closer to a semi-solid.
TWP 106 Prarie Gray

TWP 106 Prairie Gray

TWP 106 Prairie Gray is a unique color. We would call this a taupe gray with a hint of coral.

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Chris
Chris

I’m in Virginia. I want to use TWP 100 on my new deck this year, and want to recoat a year afterward. What happens if the VOC regs change next year and don’t allow the 100 in my state? What stain would i then order in order to do a simple recoat after brightening?

Seth Weissman
Seth Weissman

What cedar oil stains are offered in a solid color

barbara
barbara

How soon after the first application can a second coat be applied. Painter put a good first coat but appears to have been a thin coat. If i want to come back on the top, upper deck with a second coat in a month is that ok? As do i need to use the two part prep prior to second coat?

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Sandy
Sandy

Is it possible to get samples of twp color choices

Graham Sullivan
Graham Sullivan

Does this product work on bamboo…..it not being wood but believe it or not it’s grass. I have 600sq mtrs and have had great difficulty in finding a winner. Even linseed oil is a no no. Thanks for help from experienced bamboo fencing lovers.

Colette
Colette

Please advise Which 100 stain is more medium brown? I don’t want red or yellowish stain. Thank you!

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Ed Daily
Ed Daily

Is the gray thicker and more app to peal

Nick
Nick

I am applying 115 honeytone wet-on-wet to my deck. The deck is 35 years old pressure-treated), but it was covered with solid stain all those years and I had it all sanded down to bare and power washed. How long before I need to re-stain? If keeping the same color, what prep would be required? Also, is it OK to stain when hot and humid?

Brian
Brian

I used dark oak today on my deck out of a five gallon barrel. I stirred before I started applying but not again after that. When I started applying it was much more transparent then what I have in the last gallon. The deck has a bit of a reddish tone where the last gallon is a rich chocolate brown. Any thoughts?

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Kathy
Kathy

Can I mix in a gallon of a darker TWP 100 series color to the pail of 102 “redwood” to reduce its redness? If so, which color would you recommend?

chris robinson
chris robinson

I recently used 102 redwood color on a con hrt rdwd deck and the colors redder than i like. when i recoat in 9-12 months can i use a lighter color, like cedartone. thanks c.r.

Cary
Cary

We applied twp 116Rustic two years ago to our cedarwood deck. The verticle surfaces have retained the color but the horizontal surfaces are fading and need redone. We are wanting a more brown tone…thinking of applying 120Pecan. Will the 120Pecan tone down the existing 116Rustic after we have cleaned the wood? Do we need to apply deck stripper and brightner or can we just clean and brighten?

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Brian
Brian

Can I mix clear and dark oak to lighten the color of the dark oak a bit without creating any issues for myself?

Aaron
Aaron

Is the cedartone semi transparent? Thank you, Aaron

Tom Lykowski
Tom Lykowski

How do I go aboutgetting (3) 1/4 pt.samples?

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Lona Davis
Lona Davis

Is cedartone 101 the same as Cedartone natural 101?

Trey
Trey

I bought 3 gallons of TWP 101. Should I mix all together for even color on my deck? Or will that not be an issue?

Thomas
Thomas

Cumaru deck: We are building a Cumaru deck and would like to apply TWP 100. We are thinking a clear coat. Which colors in your chart MOST closely resemble the natural color of Cumaru? I’m thinking maybe the 102 or the 115. Lastly, will a pigmented stain provide better and longer protection than the clear?

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diane
diane

Love the dark oak. Not sure i want it that dark however, but i DO NOT want red or gold in my stain. Alternative? Yesterday our deck was partially stained until i saw the color and nearly died. please help me.

David H.
David H.

I’ve stripped, cleaned, sanded, brightened, then applied ‘wet on wet’ TWP 101 Cedartone on a cedar deck. I’m unhappy with the color. Probably should have gone with Honeytone. It seems overpoweringly orange. Is this expected?

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K. Byrne
K. Byrne
We live in the Sandhills/Piedmont area of southeastern NC. We just last weekend finished building a 544 sq. ft deck using PT yellow pine. This deck gets partial sun/shade. We really LOVE the way it looks after a rain and would prefer to keep that look as long possible. What do you recommend we use to seal and protect that will let the wood keep it’s beautiful light honey color and still protect it from the elements, deterring the graying? We’re not against a small bit of coloring in the product, especially if it adds protections from UV. Thanks so… Read more »

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Dean
Dean

I just had a brand new rear fence installed with all redwood materials. I am looking to get the fence stained but did not want to use the redwood color stain. I’ll be ordering the TWP 1500 series, and was looking at the rustic or pecan colors. Any suggestions on which one of these colors might look best on the redwood fence? I’m looking for a more brownish tint, and trying to stay away from the golden and orange colors. Thank you for your help.

SaintSinner
SaintSinner

What is difference 1500 between clear and natural?
To make dark oak lighter should I use natural or clear?

Bob
Bob

I have 4 year old cedar decking that was previously stained with TWP dark oak. Have sanded the decking down using 100 grit and like the weathered look it left. Looking to use TWP again but don’t want an “orange” color. Is honeytone the right choice?

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Ralph Parks
Ralph Parks

Is there a clear instead of colors in the 100 series??

D Collier
D Collier

Can TWP 100 stains be custom-tinted to match a previous stain?

John Humphries
John Humphries

I’m looking at using TWP 100 or TWP 1500 for staining my cedar fence. The fence is about 3 years old and its not peeling and only slightly grayed on the top cap. Would I have to strip the old stain first or just power wash it before applying your product? The colors you have don’t match exactly, so I assuming I will have some type of blended color if I apply it over the existing stain, presuming you say I don’t have to strip the old stain off. Thx

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TWPStainHelp

You would need to strip and brighten for the prep. This way the TWP is able to properly penetrate into the wood grain.

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Richard Stine
Richard Stine

Hi,

I’m in mid Missouri and just completed a cedar tone, PT pine deck. how long should I wait until I coat it? Would 101 be alright? Do I need any prep before applying to the new deck after letting it weather awhile?

RIch

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TWPStainHelp

Hello, see this link that will answer your questions on new wood: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/

The TWP 100 is the proper series.

David Wolf
David Wolf
Living is south central Texas, with an average rain fall of 33″ and average temp of 79.9 degrees. In 2013 I installed a 2000sf pressure treated wood deck in two levels complete with wood benching all screwed in 90% of the deck is covered by Live Oak trees. This will be the 1st stain application, applied By Airless Graco Sprayer and back rolled. Stain to be applied in November /December QUESTION: Should I expect any issues with applying TWP120 Pecan or TWP 115 Honey Tone for all areas of deck and seating, suggestions? Do up I also have an recommendations… Read more »
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TWPStainHelp

No issues as long as you prep correctly. Use the Gemini Restore Kit for the prepping. We would suggest the Pecan for this deck.

Adam Abelseth
Adam Abelseth

Im gonna be staining my cedar deck & doin a two tone. Im interested in two colors, dark oak & honeytone. Do u have samples of these colors so i can test them out before i buy 5 gallon buckets of it?

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Adam Abelseth
Adam Abelseth

Thanks!

Adam Abelseth
Adam Abelseth

I have a few more questions. Whats the difference between the 100 series & 1500? Also do u suggest ur product for new cedar wood or should i wait a few months to let the wood weather a bit?

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Donna Eubank
Donna Eubank

I just stained my deck with Pecan 100. I absolutely love the color! How long do we have to wait to walk on it?

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24 hours is normal. Just make sure it is dry.

Joyce
Joyce
Donna, do you have any pictures? we stripped/sanded our floors, steps and railing tops, but left the spindles the original redwood solid since it would be too much work to strip down to the bare wood again. I chose samples in PECAN and RUSTIC ….thinking of having a two-toned deck. I think the RUSTIC might make the solid stained spindles look sort of disjointed or mish-mashed look.. But, I’m also worried about the life of the wood, knowing that the darker pigment provides more UV protection….the deck is 17 years old and in good shape. How do you like the… Read more »
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TWPStainHelp

The Pecan will last as long as the Rustic.

james conrad
james conrad

installing new Cox Durapine 5/4 x 6 kdat decking, can i pre stain before install?

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TWPStainHelp

No, need to wait a month, prep and apply just one coat.

Pete
Pete

I’m looking for a nice tan / light brown with no real red hint to it. I think the Dark Oak is too dark. Do you happen to have any photos of a 50/50 mix of Pecan and Dark Oak?

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TWPStainHelp

Sorry but we do not have photos of any mixes. They are mixable though. Might want to get a couple of samples from our site to test.

Sandy Cobb Johnson
Sandy Cobb Johnson

Did you try mixing the two colors? I am looking for something in between.

Jody Williams
Jody Williams

Did you mix? If so, how did it turn out? Any pics?

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Corey
Corey

I applied 101 Cedar Tone about two years ago. It is in need of a maintenance coat. I would like to go darker and thinking the 120 Pecan. Can this be applied as a maintenance coat or would the 101 need to be stripped off? Thank you

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TWPStainHelp

If you prep with the Gemini Restore Kit, then you can go darker with the 120 Pecan.

Judy
Judy

I have used 206 Russett Brown in the past. Which color in the 100 series is the closest to the old #206?

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TWPStainHelp

Closest would be the 116 Rustic but it is not the same color.

Matthew Traut
Matthew Traut

I just applied the 100 series TWP Clear yesterday to my pine deck. Can I apply another TWP product such as Cedartone over top of it with out having to do any prep?

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No. It will not take properly over the clear. You will need to strip it off and brighten the wood for prep.

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Kenny
Kenny

I just applied a single coat of the prairie gray to my newly installed deck (pressure treated wood). unfortunately I am not pleased with the look (more pink/purple than gray) of the stain and was wondering if there was any way to strip it completely. I was thinking of going with the Pecan color instead but I worry that there will be residual prairie gray left over.

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It is not easy to strip a freshly applied coating of TWP. It can be done but you may need to strip a few times to get it all off.

liz
liz

your site notes that “Rustic” as a color similar to maroon…maroon is quite a deep red, is that accurate?

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TWPStainHelp

Yes it is a reddish color with a hint of brown.

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101 Cedartone.

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Mike
Mike

Thank you. Is the Cedartone in the picture at the top of the page the 100 series or the darker 1500 series?

Mike
Mike

What is the color of the deck in the picture on the top of this page?

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Cedartone

Jerry Bass
Jerry Bass

I stained with TWP 100 2 years ago. Can I change to gray this time?. First time was honey tint.

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If you prep correctly first then you should be okay. Pressure washing and the Gemini Restore Kit.

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Janet Wright
Janet Wright

My husband is concerned that semi transparent will not show enough of the wood grain on our log cabin. We used a semi transparent behr deck stain a couple years ago on our deck and it does not show much grain, if any. Please advise.

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TWP shows all the wood grain and does not mask it. It ehances the grain with the color you choose. FYI, the Behr will need to come off completely first. You cannot apply TWP over it.

Dance Mom
Dance Mom

Planning on staining prepped lakeside deck and dock mid-Michigan area this week with weather forecast of high 60’s daytime, dropping to high 30’s at night. Need to apply late afternoon to avoid direct sun. Will there be a problem with successful outcome with nighttime temp as forecast?

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Yes that will be fine as long as it does not drop below freezing over night.

Jackie L. June
Jackie L. June

Can you mix two of the 100 series colors together? The cape cod gray and the cedar tone?

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You can mix TWP colors together if you would like on your end.

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TWPStainHelp

Hello, this article explains the color. In addition it might be best to get a few samples to test from our site.

Susan
Susan

I would like a suggestion regarding 2 color choices. One color on floor and top rail, another for the spindles. Not too dark or light for the floor color. Thanks!

TS
TS

I am looking to go with Cape Cod Gray (105). Curious as to how it would hold up with an 80 lb. boxer using the deck/stairs everyday? Not wanting to have the peeling of a solid, but not exactly sure how much of a stain it is. Any suggestions? The deck is about 10 years old, and I will be stripping and cleaning prior to application. Thanks

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All stains will wear from hevy traffic after so many years from a heavy dog. It does not peel as long as it it prepped and applied well.

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You can use it on a wood table.

Mike D
Mike D

I am looking to stain a table I am building that will be staying outside year round. I have read excellent reviews of TWP 100 for use on decks, but I am curious if it is a suitable stain for a table surface where people will be eating.