Olympic Maximum Sealant (Lowe's) wood stain

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Type: Clear sealer wood stains
About - Olympic Maximum Sealant (Lowe's)

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About This Brand

Olympic is a member of PPG's architectural coatings family of brands (the company was formerly known as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company). Olympic exterior stain can be found at Lowe's and independent paint and hardware dealers. Olympic stains include solid, semi-transparent, wood-toned, and clear finishes. Its most popular stains combine deck, fence, and siding applications in one product.

Features & Specs - Olympic Maximum Sealant (Lowe's)
info Resists cracking No
info Resists color change No
info Resists dirt No
info Resists mildew Yes
info VOCs (grams/liter) 98
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Don't waste your money and time
Did Not Last 9 Months
Did Not Last 9 Monts
Best Uses
I used this product on a new cedar railing I installed around my deck. I applied it as recommended at the end of last summer and it now already shows weathering and needs to be redone. Very disappointing.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Did Not Last Six Months
Looked nice at first
Low Quality And Expensive
Low Quality Expensive
Poor customer service
Best Uses
Would not use again
I spent an entire day power washing my deck and preparing it for stain. The next day, after it was all dry, my husband and I spent the whole day staining it with this Olympic Maximum product. It is a large deck. This was in September 2014, on a nice and sunny day. Now, six months later, the stain is flaking off in several spots and my deck looks TERRIBLE! If you go on Olympic's Facebook page, you'll see picture after picture of people who have had the same issue with some sort of Olympic deck product. I had previously power washed and stained the same deck several years ago and the stain lasted a long time. I expected the same from this product, but it is far, far inferior. I would never, ever buy this again. I wasted over $70 and a whole weekend initially staining the deck, and now I have to waste more time and money fixing it. I contacted customer service and the rep, Cheryl McClain, did not even apologize for the product's poor performance. I don't see how this company stays in business.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Performs well on Cedar Picnic Table
Brings Back Color
Oil Base
Penetrates Wood Fibers
Reverses Grey
Hard to find in stores
Best Uses
Cedar Benches
Picnic Table Cedar Planks
This product has performed well for us. Frankly my biggest complaint is that I can't seem to be able to find the oil based formula. Most places are selling a water based formula – which I am afraid to try frankly. Using this stuff is like using the old linseed oil process. It penetrates the wood. But the wood looks really really good after using this product. It literally erases greying wood. It is guaranteed for 2 years and it has stood up well in my Cincinnati climate. It's easy to slap on and looks great. Because the picnic table and cedar benches are small projects, (unlike a fence) I don't mind doing this job every couple of years.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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