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Get expert wood staining advice, find the right wood stain colors and learn how to complete the early steps of your deck staining or wood finishing project right here. We have simple-to-follow videos, expert deck staining tips and helpful lists to make sure you can start your wood staining project on the right foot.

Stain Colors For Beige Houses

Deck Stain Colors For Beige Houses

Choosing the right color for a deck can help a home stand out better among the neighborhood, adding a touch of class and a lot of value to a potential buyer. Homeowners who are searching for the perfect stain colors should consider these four appealing deck colors for beige houses.

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How To Stain A Fence With A Pump Sprayer

How To Stain A Fence With A Pump Sprayer

Staining and sealing your wooden fence regularly is the most important thing you can do to extend its life. However, sometimes staining a fence by hand can be a lengthy process requiring a good part of a day off. Luckily there is a quicker way to stain a wooden fence that takes away a lot of the manual labor of the past. Follow the steps below to properly stain your fence with a pump sprayer.

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Gray Stain Colors For Decks

Gray Stain Colors For Decks

Gray wood stain colors are the hottest trend in deck décor. From dark to light you can find a way to make any deck look modern or classic by just giving it a touch of gray. Read on for our recommendations on the top gray stain colors to use on your deck in 2019.

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How To Stain Over A Previously Stained Deck

How To Stain A Previously Stained Deck

Once you understand how to stain a previously stained deck, the entire re-staining process can be completed in as little as 4 steps! 

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Wood Stain Advice

Six Frequently Asked Wood Stain Questions

With over half a century of staining expertise Olympic® is here to help. Whether you have just bought a home and want to stain your deck for the first time or if you’ve built a fence and you need to know how to keep it looking new, we have the answers to your most frequently asked wood stain questions.

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Staining Advice & Inspiration

Staining Advice & Inspiration

A well-stained deck can make your house the envy of the neighborhood. Take deck staining into your own hands with our staining guides and how-to's. 

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Paint Calculator

Paint Calculator

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

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Planning Your Project

Planning Your Project

We help you get all of your steps, products and plans in line before your paint ever touches the wall. 

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Exterior Project Guides

Exterior Project Guides

Bring your home’s exterior to life by consulting our Exterior Project Guides for inspiration, tips and tricks. 

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Picking Your Colors

Picking Your Colors

Choose a smart color scheme that harmonizes with your painting project and complements your personal style.

Choose The Right Colors
Quickly Plan Your Stain Project with ProjectPro

Quickly Plan Your Stain Project with ProjectPro

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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Stain Calculator

Stain Calculator

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

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How to Paint

How to Paint

Take charge of your dream painting project with our helpful how-to guides.

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How to Choose Color

How to Choose Color

When it comes to paint, color is king. Looking for a place to start? Read a few of our guides on selecting the perfect color for your next painting project. 

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All Articles

All Articles

Take the guesswork out of choosing paint colors and applying paints and stains by reading from our collection of articles.

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Top Rated Wood Stains 2018

Top Rated Wood Stains 2018

Finding the right wood stain for your next deck staining project doesn't have to be hard. Tune in for our list of the top rated wood stains in 2018.

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