Update for 2019: Olympic Elite Wood Stain Review
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Olympic ELITE Advanced Stain + Sealant in One is a super-premium stain formulated to protect and enhance the natural look of wood with exceptional richness and depth of color. A curated color palette of 14 rich, wood-inspired colors utilizes only the most durable pigments for natural beauty and durability. Semi-transparent stains use natural oils and rich, subtle color to highlight and enrich wood’s natural grain
This is for the 550 VOC versions that is an oil based stain.
Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6
– Olympic Elite Stain is an oil-based stain + sealer in one. We used the Chestnut Brown color. The appearance of the final stain finish was a brown color that did not seem to enhance the beauty of the wood as well as we had expected. However, the Olympic Elite Wood Stain did penetrate the wood fairly well and did not form a film on top.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7
–At the 2-year test mark Olympic Elite Woodland Oil did hold up pretty decent with an estimated 70% color retention. Some fading and graying were noticed in traffic areas.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 5.5
–As mentioned the Olympic Elite Wood Stain did show signs of fading but no peeling. Most of the fading and wearing was on the horizontal surface like the tops of the handrails and deck flooring. There were almost bare areas with no stain left in the high traffic sections of the deck.
Cost Per Square Foot: .5
– It took 4 gallons total of Olympic Elite Deck Stain to coat the entire 600 square foot deck. The manufacturer claims 250-350 square feet per gallon but we experienced closer to 150-200 feet per gallon.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8
– Olympic Elite Deck Stain plus Sealer provided a powerful mildew resistant coating and did a decent job at preventing fungal growth.
Ease of Application: 8
– The Olympic Elite Stain was average to apply. We did a one-coat application using a stain pad and did not get great coverage. We did notice some overlap marks when finished.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 9
– At the 2-year mar,k we didn’t notice any darkening due to no mildew but the Olympic Elite Wood Stain did lighten up on 90% of the deck.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 5
– We did have to strip the old stain off due to bare wood and graying showing in high traffic areas and lightening of the stain in other areas.
Overall Score Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One at 2 Year Period: 7.0
– The Olympic Elite Advanced Stain + Sealant was above average score overall. The stain did hold up fairly well except in high traffic areas and no mildew was present. We were not overly happy with the coverage rates and having to strip the stain off prior to recoating.
Where To Buy: Lowes
Cost: $39.99 per Gallon, $169.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent Oil-Based
Available Colors: Canyon Sunset, Chestnut Brown, Cumaru, Dark Ash, Drift, Fall Foliage, Jatoba, Madrone, Olivewood, Royal Mahogany, Rustic Cedar, Timberline, Wenge
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller – Back brush as needed.
Dry Time: 24 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits for 550 Version
VOC Compliant: 550 Compliant
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Pine Deck
Deck Square Footage: 600
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Chesnut Brown
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.