TWP 100 Color Choices and Tips

by TWP Help

Last Updated on January 30, 2023 by TWP Help

Questions on TWP 100 Colors

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.

See here: TWP 100 Series Photo Albums

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 116 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.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comment area below.

 

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Judy Bowen
7 months ago

So the 1530 won’t work??

brad covington
11 months ago

I have honey twp that’s 4 years old. I pressured washed it and want to change to dark oak. Will dark oak cover the leftover honey color?

John
1 year ago

John here again about a recoat on 1 year old 101, April 15 2023.
Will clear 100 over 101 be a better choice?

 
John
1 year ago

I will use your clean & brighten kit on one year old 101 cedar tone before a recoat on horizontal areas. We would like to avoid darkening the cedar redness. Will applying 115 honey tone work for this?

These Q&A messages are very helpful for gaining TWP customers.

Claire
1 year ago

We have a new build home Galveston- Crystalbeach TX, 9 months, On pilings, pretty harsh salt air. We want to keep deck as natural looking as possible( no tint). What is best TWP color and recommendation? How many SF will 5 gallons cover approximately? Thanks

Bruno
1 year ago

Can we tint the light cedar darker

 
Paula Pare
1 year ago

Can TWP 100 be used on picnic tables?

Missy
1 year ago

Can I add a black minwax to dark oak TWP to get a black stain?

Kathleen
1 year ago

We pressure treated our rather small up stairs deck on our home in Texas, which has never been colored in any way, and is 10 years old. We used the Dark Oak TWP and now we see that it is much too dark. In a week we want to go over the Dark Oak TWP with another lighter TWP on top of it to make it brighter and more pleasant looking. Has anyone done that, and if so what color did you use? Or what color suggestion does anyone have for a top color. Thank you very much.

Kathleen
1 year ago
Reply to  TWP Help

We decided to be satisfied with the Dark Oak color since it is just a small deck. But the sprayer missed some areas, and we want it to be evenly covered. Can we apply another coat of Dark Oak over the first? It has been drying for almost a week. Thank you very much.

 
Rick
1 year ago

Can i apply twp over weathered thompsons clear coat?

Karen A VanDerburgh
2 years ago

I stained this deck for the first time last year here in north ga. It is pressure treated deck. I used cabot water based stain, hate hate hate it, peeling and chipping. I have ordered a pressure washer with disk to clean, I would like to use twp over it, what steps do I need to take, thank you.

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Karen A VanDerburgh
2 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

wood a stripper work instead?

Karen A VanDerburgh
2 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

It’s just a really dark color with two coats.

Matt@efficiency.org
2 years ago

I applied redwood twp1500 to my Epi deck that I sanded, cleaned and brightened.

I was previously told it would take (vs. epi oil, and I want it to match the rest of my decks in hue)… I also tested it and it seemed fine.

It looks good… Though not great. It seems like maybe it can take more stain?

It also has odd rain blotches (I think) that look like water stains.

All in all… Not super happy with it.

Should I apply another thin coat?

Any ideas?

Matt@efficiency.org
2 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Sorry… I thought I did. The color was CA redwood. Photos attached.

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Steve
3 years ago

What is the difference between twp101 and twp101-1 ?

Woody G
3 years ago

Can you supply brown tint and the recommended amount per gallon so I can tone down my on hand 101 cedar tone to that of the pecan 120 color?

“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.”

Jim
3 years ago

I have a log home that was stained with TWP about 5 years ago. I am looking to re-stain it but the stain used was Rustic Brown #206. I don’t see this as a color option. Is it still available

 
Henry King
3 years ago

I used the TWP 100 stain/101 Cedartone on a new deck about 2 yrs ago. The stain when applied was a brownish color but the deck floor and steps have turned a grayish brown since then but the handrails have not. We are getting ready to recoat the deck with the same color. We have cleaned and pressure washed the deck but it still looks gray in alot of areas-primarily where the grain in the pressure treated lumber is. Do you think we should lightly sand the deck before recoating? Would that get rid of the gray color?

Henry King
3 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Should I strip the old stain off(which is TWP 101) to get rid of the grayish color that the deck has now-we have already pressure washed it or would using a Brightener get rid of the gray? This is a 2 yr old deck and we plan on re-applying using the same stain and color TWP 101.

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Henry
3 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

So no need to sand or strip the old stain off? Would we get a better result from using a stain and sealer remover like the Sherwin-Williams Super Deck ( rather than just cleaning )and then a “Brightener?” they have a product called Revive. I’d prefer to use the Sherwin-Williams products to clean the deck and prepare it to stain again just to save time instead of waiting on shipment from you. Thanks

Henry
3 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

To prevent graying if we recoat again with the same TWP dark oak stain should we use two coats this time we only used one last time and should I clean the deck once a year and how often do you think I should have to re-coat ? I would rather not have to strip every two years so how do I prevent that ?

warren watkins
3 years ago

Question regarding the TWP 105 Cape Cod Gray stain: we have a new pressure treated pine deck which needs to dry out 4 – 12 months. After that, I use Gemini Restore Deck kit. Then apply a coat of Cape Cod. Since Cape Cod is close to a semi-solid, my understanding from a previous question is that the one coat is the only one needed. After that first coat, a ‘maintenance coat’ is needed every 9 – 24 months? Is that the correct sequence for the Cape Cod stain? Thanks!

Nathan Dykstra
3 years ago

Could I apply TWP 120 Pecan directly to a 3 year old deck that has never been stained? After powerwashing of course…

 
Sheila Steinhauer
4 years ago

Dark oak 100 looks orange on pt deck. Can I add color pigment to get rid of orange?

DDDDOOOO
4 years ago

Can your TWP100 PRO-SERIES CLEAR be custom tinted at a retail store?

Adam Gray
4 years ago

Testing Dark Oak 103 vs Black Walnut 1504 expecting them to be similar but finding them to be VERY different (see pics). The Dark Oak 103 doesn’t have any dark tones at all – mostly red, and the Black Walnut 1504 is so dark it looks black. Should these 2 colors really be this different or is is possible I received the wrong Dark Oak 103 sample? I made sure to mix both bottles thoroughly before testing and did notice the Dark Oak 103 was very watery compared to the Black Walnut 1504 but that could just be because of the series difference?

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Neal
4 years ago

Is it possible to get TWP 200 in black?
Not a standard colour but can it be made ‘custom’ somehow?

Thanks

Neal.
Calgary, AB.

Terry U
4 years ago

I have 2 issues I really need help with.
I have new cedar exterior siding with 6”x8” beams in a very high difficult location to reach so I want the best most long lasting semi transparent stain I can get . This is all new wood. Im in South Texas, hot and humid weather, area gets direct sun/shade throughout the dayI’m. looking for a dark grey color such as Dark Oak. Will TWP 100 or 1500 work best and what kind of prep is necessary for new wood?
Next issue: I’ve used 100+ Year old reclaimed beams for a small balcony deck. Looks awesome but the wood has lots of fine splinters. Used several coats of Sikkens on it but it still is splintering. A professional painter did the work. I think they pressure washed the deck then applied stain. Is there any material that will seal the material and prevent splintering? If not I’ll have to replace the reclaimed beams. Any ideas?

Jane Dillard
4 years ago

how can I get color samples?

 
Becky Witsman
4 years ago

Can I apply pecan over old worn cedar color?

Stephanie
4 years ago

We just stripped our 300-sq-ft porch down to raw wood. I like the look of the wet cedar, very knotty with some naturally dark boards. Lots of character. We have reddish stain on the siding of the house, so I want something very light and neutral to protect the porch wood – not yellow and not red. Is there anything you can recommend for me?

Kevin Cherek
4 years ago

Hi – would you happen to have a mixing formula for creating a Mahogany color using TWP-100 stains? Thanks…

 
Ryan McDowell
4 years ago

Hello.
Do you have any customer photos of pecan and honeytone mixed?

Ryan McDowell
4 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Cedartone is too orange and pecan is too brown for what I’m looking for. I’ve mixed the two together and it’s better but looking for more golden shades. Will honeytone add any golden tones to the pecan or just lighten it? Thanks

Ryan McDowell
4 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Ok. I might try the first coat in honeytone and then the second wet/wet coat in pecan and vice versa on some test boards. Thx

Ryan McDowell
4 years ago
Reply to  TWP Help

Ok, thx

Brandon
4 years ago
Reply to  Ryan McDowell

Ryan, do you have a pic of the pecan/cedartone blend? I am in the same dilemma. Thanks.

Ryan McDowell
4 years ago
Reply to  Brandon

Cedartone and Pecan mixed

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Brandon
4 years ago
Reply to  Ryan McDowell

Thanks for the pics! I like the color BTW.

John J Schenkel
5 years ago

I stained a deck today with redwood and found out I had used the wrong color the customer wanted dark oak can I cover redwood with dark oak I only applied one coat.

Lois
5 years ago

Is the gal size “cedar tone natural,” the same as “cedar tone” w/o word “natural” in five gal can?

 
RLamb
5 years ago

Which do you use for cumaru?

SUSAN HICKS
5 years ago

I just bought two gallons of Rustic and it says Rustic Oak. So these two cans must be old.

Susan Hicks
5 years ago

Is TWP rustic and TWP rustic oak the same color?

 
Donald Neil
5 years ago

How much will a gallon of TWP 101 Cedar tone natural cost me shipped to
Tripoli, Iowa

John
5 years ago

I have a newly built pressure treated pine deck and two wall panels of the same material…which stain would best match my twenty year old cedar fence?

Zach Pritchard
5 years ago

Does anyone have pictures of the pecan color on there deck?

 
Garry Roop
5 years ago

Can you mix the 2 grays with each other or any other colors?

KAREN
5 years ago

Is the color 105 Prairie Gray considered a solid color or semi-transparent?

john wilson
5 years ago

I was thinking about using the TWP 103 Dark Oak stain on some oak I will be refinishing to use for a pickup truck bed. The bed will be covered when not in use, but i was wondering if it (the stain) is compatible with marine varnish or do you have a better product for maximum protection?

 
Shannon Turek
5 years ago

Hello, I am interested in TWP for our new deck (it was installed summer of 2017 and has weathered for 12 months). It’s a large deck, very large, with wrap around front porch. First, I was thinking of purchasing a paint sprayer to apply the stain – will a sprayer work with TWP? Second, we have an old farmhouse, white with black shutters, so I was wanting solid color stain – white on the railings and gray on the deck boards. Does TWP come in a solid white, solid gray? or at least a semi-solid white and semi solid gray?

Jim Dewey
5 years ago

Good evening. I’ve got two questions:
1) Our deck is prepped and ready for stain. My wife and I have looked at the color choices for the TWP 100 series and are torn between the Dark Oak (TWP 103) and the Rustic (TWP 116). We’re wondering … can the two colors be mixed together (50/50 ratio) to create a custom color? If so, anything that should be concerning about taking this approach?
2) When I stain the spindles, hand rails, stairs, and other vertical portions of the deck, how many coats are required? Will one be sufficient? Thanks for your help!
Jim D.

Brenda Johnson
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim Dewey

Do you have a picture of your deck after mixing the Dark Oak and Rustic? That sounds like a great combination!

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim Dewey

Hi Jim, can you please upload a couple of pictures of your deck after staining? Did you go with the 50/50 mix? Thanks

Alison
5 years ago

Hi
I’m needing to do all my railings and window and post trim,I know it was first done with pecan
Can I just go over the top of exciting or do I need to hose it down first
Not sure to use 100 or 1500 ??
Alison

 
Fred
6 years ago

I re-stained cedar deck last year with cedartone. Want to do a maintenance coat this spring without stripping. Thinking about using honeytone so existing finish won’t be so dark (vis a vis cedartone maintenance coat). Do you think that will work or should I just stick with cedartone for light maintenance coat? Want to try and achieve similar color from last year’s re-stain. Thank you!

Michelle Andrusyszyn
6 years ago

We sealed out deck last year with TWP Pecan and all of the flat surfaces have peeled/weathered. Rails / posts and risers are fine. We have very long and wet winters. Can it just be powerwashed and resealed. What prep work is required ? 😊 Thank you

Val
6 years ago

Hi, I have an old huge deck treated with the unknown stain probably a few years ago. The stain hold up well on the railings. The deck board already weathered a bit.
I replaced a few balusters and changed couple of wooden posts. I want to stain it with darker TWP stain, highly likely dark oak. I have two questions.
1. How do I need to treat my deck and the railings, so I can stain them with TWP. Is is better to use 100 or 1500 series?
2. Can I stain new balusters and posts in 2 months instead of 4-5?

Thank you very much,

V

 
Doug
6 years ago

Can you put TWP on exotic wood decks

Doug
6 years ago

Is twp a penetrating stain also do you make a clear

Linda
6 years ago

Does the cape cod gray look like natural weathered wood on cedar?

 
Kay Stephens
6 years ago

I have a question – we are restaining my deck that is about 4 or 5 years old. I tested the dark oak – because I don’t care for the red or golden tones – the dark oak is too dark. I have looked at sample of pecan and I’m afraid it is too light. Would you recommend or is it possible to mix the dark oak and pecan to get a medium color?

Trav Aylsworth
4 years ago
Reply to  Kay Stephens

Kay did you end up mixing the Pecan and Dark Oak? I have the same thought… Pecan to light and Dark Oak to dark… would love to see pictures if you have done so.

Nathan
6 years ago

I’m in Minnesota, and had our deck resurfaced last spring with green treated lumber. We let it weather over the summer and winter, and now are ready to stain it (after a thorough pressure washing). Which stain would you recommend to bring out the natural grain? Thanks!

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