Best Exterior Wood Staining

Wood staining has increased in popularity over the last few years as people look to add color, protect, and enhance the exterior of their homes, decks, patios, etc. There are many options on the market, making it difficult to choose the best exterior wood staining.

Well, worry not! We researched and did the legwork so you don’t have to! So if you are looking for an outside wood stain option that will last, look no further than this article.

Let’s get started with the best exterior wood staining options on the market.

Best Exterior Wood Staining – The Options

One of the most common wood stains for exterior use is oil-based wood stains. They are easy to apply, have a low environmental impact, and do not impose high VOC limits. Oil usually dries within a few days, which makes it ideal for indoor projects because you can quickly complete and move back inside. The drying time can vary depending on the climate and other factors.

Oil-based stains are available in a variety of tones, such as light, medium, or dark grade colors. Popular brands that offer oil-based exterior wood stains include Behr, Olympic, Penofin, Sherwin Williams, Cabot Stain, Varathane, and Minwax.

3-in-1 Oil-Based Stain

If you are looking for a fast way to protect your existing wood without having to strip all of the wood, then consider using an oil-based stain that provides both penetrating protection as well as transparent color, such as this 3 in 1 option by Behr.

” Helps protect against water, sun, snow, and ice damage. ”

The Behr Semi-Transparent Stain with Sealcoat 3 in 1 is polyurethane and oil-based stain with added weatherproofing. It provides color as well as protection from the elements. It can also be applied to both new and weathered wood, making it a versatile option. This stain dries in 1-3 days and covers 300-400 sq ft per quart.

Olympic Maximum Stain – Exterior Wood Stain & Sealer

One of our favorite exterior oil-based stains is the Olympic Maximum Stain. It penetrates deep into the wood for protection from water, mildew, and UV rays.

Max Stain by Olympic is a versatile interior or exterior stain that can be used on decks, fences, siding, wood trim, and for protection for any other outdoor projects your heart desires. It’s not just an oil-based stain either. It also contains a water sealer to protect against moisture damage, which is a nice bonus.

” Protects against water, UV Damage and Mildew “

The Olympic Maximum Stain comes in 5 colors: Gray Wood Tone, Cedar Tone (Light Brown), Eucalyptus Green, English Chestnut (Dark Brown), and the popular Tropical Brown. We recommend this stain because it’s designed to be applied to weathered and new wood alike, plus it won’t turn your siding green as some stains will. Coverage is about 300 sq ft per gallon.


The  Ethereal Painters team can help you, just contact us for your free estimate at  604-788-3382 or fill out our estimate form on our website. Would be happy to execute a professional staining project for your home to keep it looking polished and protected for many years.