Update for 2018: PPG Timeless Deck Stain Review
The PPG Timeless Deck Stain was introduced last year into Home Depot. The product is actually the exact same thing as the Olympic Elite Wood Stain, just relabeled for Home Depots use. The review below is a repeat of our testings of the Olympic version.
PPG Timeless Advanced Stain + Sealant in One is a deck and wood stain that is ideal for bringing the rich look of interior wood to exterior wood surfaces such as decks, doors, furniture, and trim. Delivering more pronounced color while still enabling wood grain and texture to show, it provides luxurious appeal with a beautiful satin sheen finish. Formulated with both stain and sealant combined, this protective coating offers lasting defense against UV damage, mold, mildew, warping, cracking and more, helping retain your wood’s natural beauty over time.
This is for the 550 VOC versions that is an oil-based stain. They also carry a 250 VOC version,
PPG Timeless Stain + Sealant in One Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6
– PPG Timeless 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 PPG Timeless 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, PPG Timeless did hold up pretty decent with an estimated 70% color retention. Some fading and graying was noticed in traffic areas.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 6
–As mentioned the PPG Timeless 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: 6
– It took 4 gallons total of PPG Timeless 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: 7
– PPG Timeless Deck Stain plus Sealer provided an average mildew resistant coating and did an okay job at preventing fungal growth.
Ease of Application: 8
– The PPG Timeless Stain was average to apply. We did a one-coat application using a stain pad and did not get great coverage. We did not notice any overlap marks when finished.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 7
– At the 2-year mark, we did notice some darkening due to mildew but the PPG Timeless Wood Stain did lighten up on 90% of the deck.
The Difficulty of Reapplication: 7
– 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 PPG Timeless Stain + Sealant in One at 2 Year Period: 7.0
– The PPG Timeless Stain + Sealant was average score overall. The stain did hold up fairly well except in high traffic areas and some mildew was present. We were not overly happy with the coverage rates and will have to strip the stain off prior to recoating to remove the mildew.
Where To Buy: Home Depot
Cost: $49.99 per Gallon, $125.99 per 2.5 Gallon Pail. $250 per 5-gallon pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent Oil Based
Available Colors: Honey Pine, Chestnut Brown, Dark Teak, New Bark, Oxford Brown, Fall Foliage, Jatoba, Ginger Brown, Olivewood, Mahogany, Russet, Timberline, Navajo Red
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 1-2 Coats
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: Chestnut 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.