TWP 100 Pro Series Wood and Deck Stain Review 2020 4.4/5 (64)

by Deck Stain Help

Update 2020 for TWP 100 Pro Series Review

Here at DeckStainHelp.com we take pride in the fact that we have become the Internet’s go-to site for all things exterior wood and deck restoration related. Hearing from our customers who have used TWP 100 Series wood, their decks have held up to the test of time and weather after this harsh winter. TWP is one of our top go-to stains as deck restoration contractors and we have been using it for 20+ years. As always, we appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.

Important Note: There has been a label change for the TWP 100 Series. New labels now say TWP 100 Pro Series. Same product, performance, and colors.


TWP 100 Wood Deck Stain Review

TWP 100 Stain Review

TWP 100 Series Ratings ScoreThis is our 3rd Review of TWP 100 Series.

See our other reviews of the TWP 100 Series here: TWP 100 Wood Stain Reviews

TWP 100 “Total Wood Preservative” Deck Stain protects and maintains all exterior wooden surfaces. TWP Wood Stain is a special blend of chemicals in a contractor grade formula that safeguards and protects exterior wooden surfaces.

TWP® 100 SERIES penetrates deeply into wood without excessive surface film build, highlighting existing grain patterns with amazing clarity and warmth and is specifically designed to provide protection against the four major causes of wood degradation: wood rot, water, sunlight & mildew.

TWP Deck Stains – 100 Pro Series Review

TWP 100 Series Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

– We prepped the deck first with the Gemini Restore Kit and applied the TWP 120 Pecan color after a few days of drying. This deck was originally done with the TWP 101 Cedartone. The customer wanted to use the Pecan this time as it has a slight “brown” tone. The overall appearance was excellent.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

– Same as the first time tested, The TWP Pecan 120 retained about 80% of the original color after 2 years of full exposure to the elements.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

– Very minor or no wearing of the TWP. TWP penetrates very well into the wood grain so this is normal and expected.

TWP 120 Pecan

TWP 120 Pecan

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– The price paid was $170 for the 5-gallon pail of TWP 101 Stain. We used 6-7 gallons for our 700 sq. foot deck. The total amount for the stain came to $240 or .35 cents per foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9

– No mold or mildew. Some green algae along the edge, near the home.

Ease of Application: 9

– We use the suggested TWP application of “wet on wet”. Pump sprayed on the first coat for the floor very lightly and applied the second coat with a pad applicator to ensure an even appearance. Railings were stained with a pad and brush. Overall, we applied the TWP stain in a few hours to the 700 sq. foot deck and a team of two employees.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 9

– The TWP did not darken from mold or UV discoloration.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 8

– Reapplication will be as easy as using their Gemini Restore A Deck Kit. One of the kits will be enough to clean and brighten the deck for reapplication. No stain stripper will be needed to remove as the TWP has faded lightly and evenly over the last few years.

Overall Score TWP 100 Series Stain at 2 Year Period: 8.5

– Once again the TWP is one of our most commonly used stains. We personally have applied the TWP 100 Series to many 100’s of decks and rarely have an issue. Easy to apply and easy to reapply when the time comes. There are a few other stains that are as good, but as of yet, no other product has been better.

Note: We do not use TWP on brand new wood. If applied to wood that is less than 4 months old, it seems to have a difficult time with penetration. We find this with many of the stains we have used on new wood. The manufacturer suggests waiting 4-12 months to let the wood weather. We strongly suggest that you wait and only apply one coat for wood that is 4-12 months old.

Product Information:

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More Info: TWP 100 Series
TWP Stain Facebook Page: TWP Deck and Wood Stains
Cost: $34 per Gallon, $170 per 5 Gallon Pail is the average
Stain Type: Oil-based Semi-Transparent
Available Colors: 100 Clear, 101 Cedartone, 102 Redwood, 115 Honeytone, 116 Rustic, 120 Pecan, 1o5 Cape Cod Gray, 106 Prarie Gray
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. Applied “Wet on Wet” Only 1 Coat for new smooth wood.
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-250 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-12 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits or Paint Thinner
VOC Compliant: 550 Compliant in 36 States
More Info: Product Data

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: August 2013 – Fall 2015
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 700
UV Exposure: Deck in full sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
TWP Pecan 120

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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Andrew
Andrew

I have applied thousands of gallons of this stain. I LOVE it! I have used Olympic (Max and Elite), Flood, Readyseal, Armstrong Clark, and others. this is BY FAR the best stain money can buy, which is generally cheaper than most oil based stains. Weathering is KEY. you can NOT apply this stain to new wood, it molds in a matter of weeks, but all oil stains will do this because they will not penetrate and trapped in spores will not wash out. Great stain, great price.

Nemo
Nemo

While we were waiting to stain our white cedar shakes and cypress posts some mildew took root in some areas and we have some water marks. We finally are having it stained 6 mo later and the painters pressure washed every thing with Green Clean. I still see some mildew and they said they hope some sanding will remove it. We also have pine ceilings on the brow and porch which does not have any mildew, thankfully. But does everythg need to be brightened now as well? I do not think they are planning to do that. We are using the TWP 100. Thanks for your help.

Michael Bongiovanni
Michael Bongiovanni

Cedar Adirondack chairs, sanded smooth, in Minnesota. Do I just leave them alone for the 1st season before applying any finish next fall?

Gary
Gary

Andrew, when can you apply this to new wood?

Donald H. MacMullen
Donald H. MacMullen

I just completed staining my 5-year old cedar using TWP-101. This is by far the best oil-based stain on the market. I made my decision on going with the TWP-100 series based on information on the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available for most stains online. If it doesn’t contain petroleum distillates and linseed oil, and cleans up with paint thinner, it probably is going to fail and peel within the year. I had used Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil which peeled after 6 months. It took me two months to sand the deck, I then applied the deck stripper and deck brightener. The stain went on smoothly and quickly using a brush. I completed my 650 sf deck including the railing with on 5-gallon pail! The wet-on-wet application is easy and quick and you will not see any drips or lap marks! This stuff is the best out there…you can’t go wrong as long as you have a properly prepared deck! The prep time is the most important; again it took me 2 months to sand and prep!!!!! Don’t rush is and you will be very satisfied! So glad I found this product.

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Chris Charleston
Chris Charleston

Hi. What color tint did you use on your deck? Looks great.

donald h. MacMullen
donald h. MacMullen

TWP-101 Cedartone

Juan Cruz
Juan Cruz

After a deck has had multiple coats TWP Deck Stain over a 5 year period does the deck need total stripping?

Richard
Richard

I have just finished sanding a 30 year old porch. do I have to wait 2 to 6 months before I can apply and does it come in a clear stain?

Richard
Richard

I just sanded a 30yr old redwood porch, do I have to wait 2 to 6 months before I can apply the stain and is it offered in a clear?

Alyson Bolin
Alyson Bolin

Hello! I had my (covered) front porch and railings rebuilt with new treated pine wood also had them build an (uncovered, exposed to rain & full sun) wide walkway onto it that leads to the edge of my circle drive. It was done about 18 months ago. Weathered now, especially the uncovered area. It hasnt been sanded yet. It hasnt been cleaned yet with anything. I’ve read all the Q&R but still get confused due to different circumstances, woods, climates, etc. So i need to your expertise regarding what steps i should take with the TWP products and stain. I will need to know the exact wait times in between each product also bc ive never attempted anything like this, plus im an old single gal. Lol. I would also appreciate advice on a stain that will compliment my wood entry door that has been stained in the PROVICIAL stain. Whick in my opinion is a warm medium toned brown, which i love! I dont like red or honey hues at all. I also have about 80 oak trees all around my home. I live in hot Central Texas.

Michael A Powell
Michael A Powell

What, if any, clear gloss coating can be used over TWP100?

Roni
Roni

My new deck was finished in June. I happened upon this web site researching the kind of stain I wanted to use and bought the TWP. I see you should wait when you have new wood so should I wait till spring to put the TWP stain on?

Garry E Masters
Garry E Masters

What is difference between twp 100 and 1500?

Julie Gallegos
Julie Gallegos

okay, we had a cedar deck built a few weeks ago, one part covered with stoned fireplace, other deck is opened.. we have a cedar siding ceiling.. can we stain it or does it need to weather also?
we live in Missouri, and the weather is changing. I have done lots of research about when is the best time to stain.
we will wait until late summer of 2020. we will use the Gemini restore kit : which has the cleaner and brightener in it. once that is done, we put on the 101 cedar tone TWP, only one application because its a new deck. Do i have this correct?
And then when would you suggest us to stain it again wet on wet?
i have finally have my husband on board to wait… its extremely important to follow these technique..
we need to put up a gutter, so what to do because its a cedar board facing..?
thank you Mrs Gallegos

Danny
Danny

Thanks for all the great information on this website. I’m wondering if you think it would be okay to mix the TWP-100 clear with the TWP-116 rustic about 50/50 and use that to stain a redwood deck? I tried this with a couple samples of each, and it looks great on Redwood. Ideally, we’d like to preserve the natural color of the redwood while also staining it with enough pigment to provide UV protection, mixing the two seems like (and looks like) what we’re after.

wallymann
wallymann

just finished staining our decks with TWP100. we selected this product based on the glowing reviews, but since we just applied it we cannot speak to the longevity. however, we can speak to the color. we chose pecan #120, but the way it applied looks nothing at all like the samples. it looks uniformly orange, not brown and with barely any hint of woodgrain highlights. i think there was a mix-up and we were given cedar instead of pecan as indicated on the label.

color issues aside, we’re hopeful that the product will protect/preserve as advertised!

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wallymann
wallymann

another pic… #orange

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Carl Zuponcic
Carl Zuponcic

I don’t have a deck, but I have 160 feet of 8 ft board on board fencing that is 4 years old. Large portions have weathered. I am receiving bids from contractors to pressure wash and restrain the fence. The original stain was Ready Seals medium brown pecan color. Do you have a different stain brand that you would recommend? We live in The Dallas, Tx area

Jeremy
Jeremy

Planning to use TWP 100 on new cedar deck and sanding with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper before stain. Deck has been installed around 2 months. Can I stain now before Michigan winter or wait until spring? Thanks for an amazing website!

Laura
Laura

I have a new Japanese red cedar fence. The wood was kiln dried, would I still need to wait several months before staining?

Cindee GS
Cindee GS

HELP! So we paid a lot of $$ last year for brand new cedar horizontal fence. The stain was put on half ass, to say the least. There are darker strokes, lighter, etc. Needless to say, it’s 2nd yr and it looks bad as it has chipped & faded. NOW, our bad too, but we don’t know what they used on the fence! We have lost touch with him. We just tried to put some water based Behr semi-transparent and it got all sticky. So, is it due to the product or is it the previous stain? I have read many reviews of others using Behr that have sticky issues. The color of the fence is a nice light gray. It goes well with our dark gray home. But now, we are having hard time figuring out what to do. Should we go with a more solid color now that the stain underneath is different colors (darker and lighter). But do those hold up as well. It seems solids would deteriorate and look worse even quicker. My pretty horizontal fence is becoming a nightmare. We get a mix of sun and shade during the day as the fence goes around 3 sides of the home. There’s a lot of fence! It’s in Denver, CO, so no mold issues. Any tips appreciated. Thanks

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Ken
Ken

I am using TWP 100 over old Redwood. How long do I wait between 1st and 2nd coats?

NANCY
NANCY

It is September here in Idaho and we have sanded a 15 yr old redwood deck down to bare wood. Do we need to wait till Spring to stain? And before we stain we will need to strip and clean? Would this be true no matter what brand we used?

Cindy Hartline
Cindy Hartline

Where can I get this TWP 100 Wood restorative Stain?

Jon Alexander
Jon Alexander

TWP in my opinion is crap. Understanding the application process and paying too much for their deck brightener, the finish looks good for possibly 6 months. At best you get one year out of this product. Even home depot crap is better.
Would not recommend.

Kaely
Kaely

How do you determine whether to use water or oil based product? Looking at TWP or Restore A Deck. We live in western Tennessee, hot summer, mild winters but some freezing temps and minimal snow. To be used on pressure treated pine deck and rough cedar fence. Both in partial sun. Best application method? Brush, roller, pad, sprayer? Noticed on RAD they recommend longer “weather” period, 1 full year, for oily woods like cedar, does that apply to TWP also? This site has been so helpful, thank you.

Kaely
Kaely

What determines whether you would use water or oil based wood stain/sealer? We live in western Tennessee, hot summers, mild winters but will get some freezing temps. Have 250 linear feet of cedar fence and about 350 sq of pressure treated pine deck to stain. All gets partial sun. Leaning towards the TWP after reading your reviews.

Blake
Blake

Hello, I’m about to stain my deck. It’s about 2 years old. Would I need to use the restore kit on it before I stain? Also is this stain ok for use on a 1 year old cedar fence?

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Sandi Moors
Sandi Moors

I purchased 10 gallons of TWP Stain and Sealer on 04/04/2018. My deck was about 25 years old so I hired contractors to come out and flip the boards for a semi new surface where they could. In other areas I had them rough side up as they were too difficult to flip. In other areas I had to purchase new lumber.
Next I had a contractor come out and pressure wash all of the entire deck; old/new/flipped so that it was all clean. I did this in early Oct of 2018.

Today is Aug 25 2019 and as shown in pictures, all of the deck is molding under the product!!??? I followed all the directions to the letter, making sure to age the new wood several months prior to application and ensuring the wood was completely dry before applying. It is a very large deck but I was able to get 2 coats down from the 10 gallons at a cost of $389.90. This cost was just for the stain itself and does not include the labor of approximately $750 for pressure washing and applying the stain.

This is a very large expense for me as I’m single and not a young person. I even pressure washed one board to see if it (the mold) would come off. It did after taking some of the sealant off, but 2 months later the mold was starting again.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do now to remedy this issue.

Sue
Sue

Can this stain be used on KDAT? Kiln Dried after treatment – We are getting our new screened porch built with KDAT Trusses and posts – the ceiling will be 2X6 tongue and groove pine – And what is the color choice selection? I have found two colors that I like in the Ben Moore Arbour coat Rustic taupe & Mesa verde Tan- but this site doesn’t seem fond of that product- Also can you purchase small color samples of this product?

Ryan Govreau
Ryan Govreau

Hello, I have a newly built deck – 1/2 in 2018 and 1/2 in November 2018, that I am looking to stain for the first time. As you can see in the picture, 1/2 of the deck is covered and weather at a different rate than the uncovered portion. The deck is 18’ x 30’.

What process and product would you recommend?

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Ken
Ken

I finished cleaning, brightening and staining a 20 ur old cedar deck. On the deck floor itself, I used 3 coats of TWP 101 cedartone.

Some of the boards were more weathered than others and I’ve had a few of the floor boards replaced a few deck floor boards a few years ago. Attached pic may help.

Question is this. The deck is fully dried and some of the wood looks a little shiny ( which I like) and some of the wood is dull and looks like it could absorb more stain.

Perhaps a shiny finish is too much stain? Can you please comment on whether additional stain is recommended or to be avoided?

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Tina
Tina

We have a 10 year old deck and have used semi transparent stains in past but now has splintered and has 1/4 in cracks in handrails and lighter cracks in deck itself. I’d like to put a solid stain on it. What would be the best course of action.

Ken Goetsch
Ken Goetsch

Hi, I just completed cleaning, brightening and then used
TWP 100 series cedarttone on my 400 sq ft cedar deck. The deck is 20 yrs old. Deck looks great but many areas of the railings and deck are sticky after 15 hrs of drying in 65-80 degree weather. If the deck is still “sticky” after another full day of sun and warmth, how to I address this?

Btw, I was careful to soak up any extra stain so I didn’t leave stain on the surface.

Thanks,
Ken

Don
Don

Wood TWP 100 work on new wood that has been kiln dried after treatment?

Steve
Steve

I have a four year old cedar deck, I recently sanded it down on all surfaces, vertical and horizontal to remove the Sickens. I had to use a 40 grit sandpaper because the Sickens was like rock. My question is, do I need to wait 4 or more months before applying TWP 100? I live in the midwest and want to seal the deck before winter.

James Farrell
James Farrell

I am in Saint Augustine, Florida. I have 2 gabled porches and a pergola that were constructed out of new EASTERN RED CEDAR 8 months ago (Dec 2018) all have been weathering ever since. I am now ready to finish them and in spite of all “advice” my research always brings me back to TWP.
Question #1: What preparation procedure/product should I use? (wood is clean, clear with minimal silvering/greying)
Question #2: What TWP product line would your recommend? (1500, 100, 200 etc)
Question #3: What TWP STAIN COLOR would you recommend on the cedar to “blend” with a genuine black walnut door? Your time, interest and expertise are greatly appreciated.

David
David

I’ve pressure-washed (stripped) a cedar deck back to wood…..then i sanded…..Can I apply TWP100?
Seattle area

Anne
Anne

Hi there,

I have a 600 sf deck that’s probably 25+ years old. Through the years, it’s been treated with a variety of stains. I live in Michigan and the deck is primarily in shade. Three years ago, I used Olympic stain with success but it was already molding last year. I’m hoping to get additional mold protection this time around. From the pics, you can see that’s my biggest issue. I’ve cleaned it with Olympic deck cleaner followed by power washing. Next will be sanding. Once that is done, can I then go to staining? Or do I have to strip it as well (please say no). I was planning to use TWP 100. (The last pic shows the before and after power washing.)

Thanks!

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Josh Lawrence
Josh Lawrence

I installed a cedar fence in our backyard, starting the end of April and finishing the end of May. I used 6′ Western Red Cedar Dog Eared pickets, and am not sure how old the wood is. Do you have any advice on when it would be safe to apply TWP-100 on our fence? Would it be safe to apply it with a sprayer such as the Juice Box?

matt johnson
matt johnson

1st time staining my deck this weekend with TWP 100 Pecan. Your reviews and website helped me to go this route. AT 1st I thought you were sponsored by TWP but now I know that you are giving honest assessment. This product is excellent. It’s really dummy proof. Stain goes down well, has excellent consistency in wet form and as it dries. Really easy to wipe down. I worked in sections brushing between each board, applying with a stain pad to main surface, back brushing, waiting about 5 minutes (as I started working in next area) and then wiping off any excess stain with rags. My deck was thirsty. I know there are quicker ways to work but since I am a beginner I wanted to make sure I did this right the 1st time. I will go back in spring and apply 2nd coat knowing the main work is done. Thank you again for helping people out.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I have a 350-sq-ft cedar porch, covered except the edges which get some rain. Half of the planks have a residual Sikkens Mahogany stain (pressure washed and sanded), and half is new wood, installed August 2018 due to rot before we covered the entire porch. I was thinking I would need to use a semi-solid oil stain to hide the color discrepancy (I’d love to use a black stain!). Is there a better way to be able to have a uniform look on a porch with both old and new wood?

David Morton
David Morton

What is the best deck cleaner for a boat house?

Dave
Dave

Can it be used on Tiger Wood? If so, what’s the best color?

Dave
Dave

I like the color of the tigerwood when new. What color do you suggest?

Dave
Dave

I have a 2,200 sq foot deck of Tiger Wood. I live in northern Maryland. Can I use this product, if so which one?

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

I have a twenty year old covered screened porch which is all cedar. I’ve used Cabot clear wood finish natural 3000 series oil every three to four years. My deck floor is 250 square feet . Never sees water and about 25 percent sees spring and fall direct sun. That area peeled badly with the rest in good shape, though somewhat dark at the other shaded window areas. I opted to sand the entire floor. The old finish came off great and fast. My dilemma here in Illinois is that the available Cabot products are not what they were. My cedar walls and ceiling look good, with no need for attention. What product would you recommend that would be similar to the old finish. I’m used 60 to 80 grit. What is the next step before restraining? How does TWP and Armstrong Clark compare to Canoga from your experience? Thanks for your great site.

Jim deladi
Jim deladi

I have a cedar deck that is seven months old. Never sealed or stained. I’m a general contractor, and asked my painter the proper way to go about finishing. He told me to let it gray first, then stain. I’m looking to keep the cedar appearance, but can add a tint if needed. What is the best stain or sealer for me.

robert depaul
robert depaul

Indiana is on the VOC list. Will you ship here if I order on line; or will it better to ship to a friend in Michgan.

Tony
Tony

I applied 2 coats of TWP 100 to my bare western cedar deck last spring. This spring I power washed the deck and rolled on another coat two days ago. Unfortunately, I applied it much too heavily, and now it remains tacky and is not drying. I’m considering trying to wipe the deck down with mineral spirits in hopes of removing the excess stain. Will this work, or should I just wait, hoping it will eventually dry?

Suz
Suz

Are two applications of cleaner, brighter better than one on a twenty five year old deck? I will finish with drying time then apply honeytone deck stain.

michael rosenblum
michael rosenblum

Hello,
2 years ago we applied TWP 100 to our cedar wall in the front of our house (wet on wet 2 coats). A year later at the advice from this site we reapplied after a light wash. The product has held up much better than the other product but for reasons unexplained still the trim has leaded all over the wood. I guess we can sand the trim and start over. The discoloration mostly washes off with a light/moderate scrub. What would your suggestion be if we can start fresh on the trim to the remainder of wood? If we scrub the stains how would you prep for another coat? Thanks for any help.

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Ron
Ron

I am pressure washing my deck which is a year old and has a lot of graying.The deck is constructed of pine.I have used a cleaning product called M made by Mi-T-M corporation sold at True Value & I added about a cup of bleach to the M automatic mix on the pressure washer. I’m a third of the way done on a 12 by 40 ft deck . I just found the TWP 100 and want to apply it but want to make sure my prep will be ok the way I have already done. Will I need to do it over with Gemini Restore Kit.Prior to TWP 100 ? Thank You For any advise.

Terry M Caldwell
Terry M Caldwell

I have a large waterfront Ipe deck and railings under the South Texas sun. It was sealed new with DW Ipe oil and required resealing within months. I’m ready to switch to TWP 100, do I need to sand my faded finish or should I just use the Gemini kit or both?
Thanks,
TC

Kelly in Ohio
Kelly in Ohio

Going to apply this to new deck which has weathered 1 year. Since it has weathered so long should I go ahead and apply two coats?
Also, can I just clean & reapply in the future, I will it have to be stripped each time? Thank you!

Dan Sammis
Dan Sammis

Where can YWP be purchased in Peoria. IL.

Brian
Brian

How does this stain work around a pool? Will it peel from the chemicals or be slippery at all