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Monday, June 12, 2023

The Two Sealants I'm Using Outdoors This Summer

On Friday's post, Kris asked how I would protect the wood top of the table that I'm redoing from rainfall outdoors. I thought this would be a good time to mention the two different sealants I'm using for our outdoor improvements this summer. In doing some research it seemed clear to me that I needed two types of sealants, one specifically for wood and the other for a variety of surface types.

The first is a wood sealant that claims to be water repellant, Olympic Waterguard Wood Sealer. I sprayed the first coat on the top and sides of the table top earlier today. About 5 hours after spraying I brought it inside to cure. The surface feels almost oily. I'll see how it feels in a day or two. The product says to allow the sprayed surface to "rest" for 24 to 48 hours before use. I'll have to wait 2 days before I can spray the underside. The product provides UV and mildew protection, as well.

The other sealant is more along the lines of a spray paint in both its dry time and its feel, Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Interior/Exterior Clear. This product is from the same line as the green paint I used on the #10 cans to use as plant pots for some herbs on our grill station. So far, so good on those painted can plant pots. I've used this clear spray on another outdoor project already and appreciated the quick dry time, under an hour. It's suitable for wood, metal and plastic. Although the Rust-Oleum spray claims to be suitable for wood, I chose the other product for the table top, as I felt the Olympic product might do a better job, longterm, for the wood surface.

When I was watching those patio transformation videos on YouTube earlier this spring, the Rust-Oleum 2X paint was recommended by several vloggers for coverage, durability, and the ability to use this on plastic items. The Olympic stain product I came across on my own. I'm familiar with Olympic outdoor stains and sealers. The Waterguard line is recommended for decks, fences, and outdoor furniture. Water is supposed to bead up on the surface. We shall see . . .

Anyway, those are two products that I will be using for multiple applications as we improve our outdoor spaces this summer.


  1. I was wondering the same thing as Kris about the wooden tabletop. Sounds like you've got that covered. (Pun intendted.) :)

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      I'm hoping for the best with the sealants. But only time will tell.

  2. Thanks for answering my question! I'm so excited for your patio refresh. I bought cushions and an outdoor rug for our patio a couple of years ago and it made a huge difference in my wanting to have guests over. We have an outdoor bin which we used to use for kid's outdoor toys. I culled that and now we store our cushions as well as yard games there, and I place a table runner on top when we serve food and use it as a serving station. Works great at a minimal cost.

    1. Hi Kris,
      Your outdoor space sounds lovely. I'll be over this weekend! Great idea for using the storage bin as a serving station, dressing it up with a table runner for its temporary transformation.

  3. Our climates are quite different. However, if you notice in time the clear coat lifting or flaking off, this is what I have learned to do in the hot and humid Great Plains: after your final layer before clear coat has cured, scuff with light/medium pressure using a gray scotch brite pad. (I generally cut each big pad into quarters because they go a long way.) This scuffs the surface enough for the clear coat(s) to adhere better. I apply 3 coats. First is the tack coat. Second one I drill, meaning I lay it thick. Third is an evening/touch up so it’s all received the same amount. This may be overkill in the PNW, I’m clueless, but it’s par for the course here. VKC

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Thank you for the timely tip! I will give this a try as I put the sealant coatings on. I think its a better use of time to do a good job to begin then have to scrape and sand to redo it all later.
      Thank you!


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