Exterior Stain & Waterproofing

OLYMPIC® EXTERIOR STAINS

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If you're staining new or untreated wood, and want to show off the natural wood grain, go with a clear, transparent, or semi-transparent stain. Solid stains cover old, weathered or slightly damaged wood in protective color. It conceals the grain as well as any flaws or imperfections, while allowing the texture of the wood to show.

Clears & Toners

  • Use for new or premium wood surfaces
  • Allows wood weather & grays naturally

Transparent

  • Use for new or premium wood surfaces
  • Requires yearly recoating

Semi-Transparent

  • Use for cedar, redwood & premium woods
  • Requires recoating every 2-3 years

Solid

  • Use for old, weathered or damage wood
  • Requires recoating every 5-7 years

Restoration

  • Use for wood or composite surfaces
  • Coats and fills cracks and imperfections

Expert Advice for Exterior Staining Projects

How to Choose the Right Applicator

Here's a guide on everything you need to know about stain applicators. It covers applying stains with brushes, rollers, sprayers, foam pads and more.

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Get the Right Stain for Every  Project

  • A good exterior stain will beautify your home as well as preserve and protect all your exterior wood surfaces. Whether you're working on your deck, trim, siding - or even a concrete driveway or walkways - we've got you covered with a wide range of exterior wood stains and exterior waterproofing products. If you prefer the look of natural wood, try a clear or transparent stain. Or, add a hint of color plus added waterproofing and UV protection with a semi-transparent stain. And if working with weather, slightly damaged wood, use one of our many attractive shades of solid stains to cover and bring new life to it. We also have a full range of top-performing deck paints as well as concrete stains and sealers for your driveway, walkway or patio.

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