Articles By: The Olympic® Paints and Stains Team


How to Start Your Next Staining Project

How to Start Your Next Staining Project

Staining demands the right preparation for a proper finish

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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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When Should I Paint Or Stain?

When Should I Paint Or Stain?

Choosing the right stain or paint – or both – can go a long way toward completing a memorable design.

When Should I Paint Or Stain?
How Do You Paint Shutters & Wooden Trim?

How Do You Paint Shutters & Wooden Trim?

Painting your shutters and trim is a great way to give your home a bold update.

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How Do I Stain My Wooden Porch Or Deck?

How Do I Stain My Wooden Porch Or Deck?

Your porch and deck are extensions of your indoor living spaces, so make them as enjoyable as possible with a new look!

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What Colors To Paint The Outside Of Your House

What Colors To Paint The Outside Of Your House

Making the right exterior paint color choices will deliver a great look you will enjoy.

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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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How To Paint A Garage Door

How To Paint A Garage Door

Your garage can be an area of function and beauty that enhances your home's appearance.

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Olympic® Paints & Stains 2016 Ratings & Reviews Sweepstakes

Olympic® Paints & Stains 2016 Ratings & Reviews Sweepstakes

Leave a review for any of these products for a chance to win.

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Complete Your Paint Project With Our Helpful Video Guides

Complete Your Paint Project With Our Helpful Video Guides

Learn how to choose and apply fresh paint with the help of videos

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Learn About Olympic® Paints and Stains In This Video

Learn About Olympic® Paints and Stains In This Video

Olympic® Paints and Stains has been a trusted name in durability and innovation since 1938. Learn all about us in this video. 

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Learn About Olympic® Paints and Stains In This Video

Learn About Olympic® Paints and Stains In This Video

Olympic® Paints and Stains has been a trusted name in durability and innovation since 1938. Learn all about us in this video. 

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Affordably Clean Your Wood Deck For Brilliant Staining Results

Affordably Clean Your Wood Deck For Brilliant Staining Results

A thorough cleaning is the critical first step in a deck staining process. Use our unique product to ensure staining success. 

How To Clean Your Deck
Weather-Ready™ Technology Helps You Stain

Weather-Ready Technology Helps You Stain

Weather-Ready™ Application helps you stain in a greater range of temperatures and weather conditions

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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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Use RESCUE IT!® In 1-2-3 Steps!

Use RESCUE IT!® In 1-2-3 Steps!

Use our powerful RESCUE IT!® process to refinish your deck or exterior wooden project. We detail three steps that will ensure your project's success.  

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How Much Paint Do I Need For My Project?

How Much Paint Do I Need For My Project?

Determine the right amount of paint needed for your project and avoid underestimating by using our easy paint calculator.

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The Easiest Way To Pick A Bedroom Color

The Easiest Way To Pick A Bedroom Color

You spend a third of your life in the bedroom, so make sure it creates the perfect balance of activity and rest.

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The 3 Most Common Paint Questions - Answered!

The 3 Most Common Paint Questions - Answered!

Painting a room or project may have thousands of color options, but the steps remain mostly consistent. We answer 3 common questions around these steps!

Your Paint Questions - Answered!
How To Paint A Room: What Paint Should I Choose?

How To Paint A Room: What Paint Should I Choose?

Use our guide to take the guesswork out of choosing the right house paint and make the right choice for your room painting project!

How To Paint A Room: What Paint To Use?
The One Simple Way To Prep For Any Paint Project!

The One Simple Way To Prep For Any Paint Project!

Every paint project begins before it actually begins. Use this guide to make sure your painting project is headed in the right direction. 

Prep For Painting
How To Paint: When To Paint Or Stain?

How To Paint: When To Paint Or Stain?

Should you paint or should you stain? Consult our helpful guide to determine what's right for you.

How To Paint: When To Paint Or Stain?
Deck Ideas: How To Stain Your Wood Deck In 4 Easy Steps!

Deck Ideas: How To Stain Your Wood Deck In 4 Easy Steps!

Want to learn how to stain wood?Follow these simple steps to learn how to stain your deck and your project will be stained in no time.  Choose all climate stain protection with a durable finish. Get started today!

How To Stain A Deck - 4 Easy Steps!
How To Paint Your Front Door In 6 Easy Steps

How To Paint Your Front Door In 6 Easy Steps

Use these quick steps to give your entrance a fresh look. 

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Stop Making This Painting Mistake Now!

Stop Making This Painting Mistake Now!

Don't make this common mistake when you start painting. The lesson works on any project though, not just paint. 

Painting Mistakes Everyone Makes
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!
How To Paint A Wooden Chair - Furniture Painting Guide

How To Paint A Wooden Chair - Furniture Painting Guide

Don't replace your old wood chairs or wooden cabinets, refinish them! Learn how to do it with a dramatically beautiful shade of black. 

How To Paint A Wooden Chair & Furniture!
One Easy Way To Kid-Proof Your Walls!

One Easy Way To Kid-Proof Your Walls!

Bumps, scratches and spills… your kids are probably familiar with these terms. Your paint doesn't need to reflect their fun though. 

Kid-Proof Your Walls!
How To Paint A Room - The DIY Guide!

How To Paint A Room - The DIY Guide!

Want to learn how to paint a room? Pay attention to the very beginning of your project. It has the greatest impact on your overall success. 

DIY Project Advice!
How To Stain Wood - 5 Steps To Take The Pain Out Of Stain

How To Stain Wood - 5 Steps To Take The Pain Out Of Stain

Staining has a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean your experience has to live up to its name! We can show you how to stain wood in 5 easy steps!

How To Stain Wood - 5 Steps To Take The Pain Out
How Do I Paint Over Painted Walls?

How Do I Paint Over Painted Walls?

Before you go throwing paint over those old colors or peeling paints, make sure you know how to best apply the new coat. 

Repaint Your Walls With Ease!
How To Pick The Perfect Home Paint Color Scheme

How To Pick The Perfect Home Paint Color Scheme

Your home is a reflection of you, so think carefully about the color that best expresses your personality. 

Read Our Home Color Scheme Advice!
2 Quick Ways To End The Pain Of Peeling Paint!

2 Quick Ways To End The Pain Of Peeling Paint!

Don't get mad, get paint! You can quickly fix your peeling paint problems by following these steps. 

Stop Your Paint From Peeling!
How long do I have to wait to restain my solid color stain?

How long do I have to wait to restain my solid color stain?

Stains vary in their opacity. Solid color stain lasts longer than clears and semi-transparents, so they can go longer before recoating.

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How many coats of stain should I apply?

How many coats of stain should I apply?

The unique characteristics of the wood stain you choose will determine the number of coats your project needs. 

How Many Coats Of Stain Should I Apply?
Painting Advice: What Paint Should I Use In My Kitchen?

Painting Advice: What Paint Should I Use In My Kitchen?

Few rooms serve as many purposes as the kitchen, so think about flexibility, durability and great looks when choosing paint for yours. 

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Painting Advice: Should I paint with a brush or a roller?

Painting Advice: Should I paint with a brush or a roller?

It may sound obvious, but different tools perform different jobs. We'll help you choose the right tools for your project.

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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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The Best Way To Choose A Kitchen Paint Color

The Best Way To Choose A Kitchen Paint Color

If you need help coloring your kitchen, you may be trying too hard already. Your perfect color may already be a part of your daily diet. 

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Four Easy Ways To Select The Right Dining Room Color Palette

Four Easy Ways To Select The Right Dining Room Color Palette

Make your dining room reflect the people, the conversations and the occasions celebrated inside it. Start by selecting the right colors to create the right mood. 

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You Won't Believe How Easy it is to Choose Your Color!

You Won't Believe How Easy it is to Choose Your Color!

Finding the perfect color is easier than ever. Use our Color Visualizer tools and browse our color libraries to find the shades for your project.

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Front Door Paint Colors

The Only 6 Front Door Colors You Need

There are thousands of colors out there, so let's cut to the chase. Here's a quick list of the shades that will work best for refinishing your front door.

Front Door Paint Colors!
Staining Tip: How Do I Choose A Stain Opacity?

Staining Tip: How Do I Choose A Stain Opacity?

Different stain finishes have a great deal of nuance to their finished looks. We'll help you choose the right one for you!

Wood Stain Tip
12 White Paint Colors Your Home Is Missing

12 White Paint Colors Your Home Is Missing

White may be simple, but it's definitely not plain. Use these colors to create unique looks in your space. 

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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
The One Quick Trick To Finding Out If Your Deck Needs To Be Stained!

The One Quick Trick To Finding Out If Your Deck Needs To Be Stained!

Take the guesswork out of staining. This quick test will tell you if your deck is in need of a good staining. 

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4 Weekend-Sized Paint Projects To Increase Home Value

4 Weekend-Sized Paint Projects To Increase Home Value

You only need two days to complete these easy home projects.

Weekend Paint Projects!
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