The Olympic Maximum Sealant (Lowe's) is part of the wood stain
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, wood stain
models like the Maximum Sealant (Lowe's) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Appearance after 1 year:
Appearance after one year summarizes performance after one year of our accelerated weathering.
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)
Resists cracking Capability to expand and contract with the siding without cracking.
Resists color change Capability to resisit fading and /or color or gloss changes.
Resists color change
Resists dirt Capability to keep dirt from adhering to the surface.
Resists mildew Capability to resist mildew growth.
VOCs (grams/liter) Indicates the level of volatile organic compounds stated on the can.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Acceptable - with advice...
Cleans up with soap
Easy to apply
Not really clear
Have used this product for several years (am aware that it probably has been reformulated during that time).<br /><br />It isn't really clear (but I tested it so the slight color is acceptable to me).<br /><br />I WISH THAT CU WOULD INDICATE THAT MANY FACTORS contribute to the longevity of these products.<br /><br />IMHO: <br />a) BRUSHING on the product is much better than rolling or spraying. Really!<br />b) The amount of traffic makes a big difference as to the longevity of the product. This makes sense but I don't get a sense of how much traffic the CU test panels get.