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ProjectPro by Olympic Stains

ProjectPro by Olympic Stains

Kick off your staining project with our ProjectPro tool to choose the right stain color, transparency and product. Get started now to receive customized recommendations for your project, wood type, wood condition and color preference. You can also visualize all of our Olympic stain colors and transparencies to see your deck, fence and other exterior projects before you buy.

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New Olympic SmartGuard!

New Olympic SmartGuard!

Olympic® SmartGuard Sealer is a concentrated multi-surface spray sealer formulated for easy application and fast dry.

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How To Stain A Fence In Five Easy Steps

How To Stain A Fence

​Staining a fence is a lot easier than you may think. By following these steps you will quickly and easily learn how to stain a wood fence and then enjoy the benefits it brings to your property.

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Paint Sheen Guide: Pick Your Perfect Paint Sheen

Paint Sheen Guide: Pick Your Perfect Paint Sheen

Use this guide to find the right paint sheen for your project.

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How To Give Your Front Door A Makeover In Four Steps

How To Give Your Front Door A Makeover In Four Steps

Give visitors to your home a great first impression by creating a beautiful and welcoming entryway. Use these front door painting tips to give your home great curb appeal.

How To Paint A Front Door - Painting Advice
What is Hygge?

What Is Hygge?

Warm bedrooms that you can lounge in and read, cozy spaces by the fire in a cabin, or a dining room where you and your friends gather and have deep conversations all exude the concept of Hygge. However it doesn't just exist magically - Hygge can be cultivated in a space by choosing the right colors to give it an air of tranquility that is warming and friendly. Below are 3 ways to add a touch of Hygge to your space.

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Deck Stain Colors For White Houses

Deck Stain Colors For White Houses

Today, homeowners seeking to stain a new deck or refurbish an older structure enjoy an exciting variety of choices. By using wood coloring products intelligently, you can significantly enhance the appearance of your residence. 

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Weekend Projects To Increase Home Value

Weekend Projects To Increase Home Value

Are you looking to increase the curb appeal of your home without spending a lot of time or money? A small weekend painting project can drastically change how the exterior of your home looks to guests or potential buyers. 

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Painting Advice: I need help with living room colors!

Painting Advice: I need help with living room colors!

Colors are a representation of something greater than just a visual hue. When choosing colors, think about how they make you feel. 

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Deck Strip Pressure Treated Lumber Transparent and Semi-Transparent

Deck Strip Pressure Treated Lumber Transparent and Semi-Transparent

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Deck Ideas: Do I need to clean my deck before I stain it?

Deck Ideas: Do I need to clean my deck before I stain it?

Cleaning your deck prior to applying fresh stain is an important step towards protecting your surfaces. 

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Top Trending Stain Colors for Outdoor Spaces

Top Trending Stain Colors for Outdoor Spaces

The idea that only brown stains should be used to accentuate your patio or deck is a thing of the past -- green, grey, and blue (among other vibrant colors) have become popular wood stain colors, and even clear sealants can provide a unique and beautiful way to add additional pizazz to your home (while protecting your patio or deck).

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4 Wood Stain Colors You Never Knew Existed

4 Wood Stain Colors You Never Knew Existed

Recent design trends have come to showcase plenty of our more colorful wood stains. Once you see these four quintessentially quirky stain colors, you’ll never think of stain the same way again. 

4 Wood Stain Colors You Never Knew Existed
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Popular Stain Colors by Region

Popular Stain Colors by Region

This land was made for every stain! From easy, breezy, beachy hues to hot and arid desert tones, each region favors a unique family of exterior stain colors. Learn what’s trending in your neck of the woods and beyond.

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How To Paint A Room: Save Money On Your Project!

How To Paint A Room: Save Money On Your Project!

A great room paint job doesn't necessarily have to cost you a great amount of money. We'll show you how to paint on a budget. 

How To Paint A Room: Save Money On Your Project!
The Best Exterior Paint Color Schemes

The Best Exterior Paint Color Schemes

Create a harmonious and beautiful exterior color palette that will make your house the envy of the block.

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What Color Should I Paint My Bathroom?

What Color Should I Paint My Bathroom?

What Color Should I Paint My Bathroom? If you are redoing the bathroom this spring, you're likely wondering about trendy colors and which ones are popular for the bath.

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Other Strip Cedar and Redwood Transparent and Semi-Transparent

Other Strip Cedar and Redwood Transparent and Semi-Transparent

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Olympic® SUMMIT™ Advanced Stain + Sealant in One

Olympic® SUMMIT Advanced Stain + Sealant in One

Olympic SUMMIT is formulated to protect and enhance the natural look of wood with exceptional richness and depth of colour.

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Shopping List for SmartGuard

Shopping List for SmartGuard

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What Color Should I Stain My Deck?

What Color Should I Stain My Deck?

What Color Should I Stain My Deck? It's easy to find the best deck stain colors - when considering wood stain colors for your deck, consider what color will best enhance the wood’s finish.

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We make it easy to find the right wood stain colors

What Stain Should I Use?

 Use this guide to understand what each type of wood stain opacity is and what colors work best for your wood stain project.

What Stain Should I Use On My Deck?
Popular Deck Stain Colors

Popular Deck Stain Colors

Decks see a lot of use, especially when the weather is nice. Foot traffic plus the general wear from the outdoor elements adds up, and decks often need to be re-stained every two or three years. 

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How To Stain A Deck

How To Stain A Deck

Q: How do I stain a deck? My deck's appearance needs some updating and I have never stained wood before. Thanks!

A: Staining a deck is a lot easier than you may think. It involves a simple four-step process. Follow our guide on how to stain a deck below.

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