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ECOS Zero-VOC Wood Stains & Varnishes

These zero-VOC, eco-friendly wood stains and varnishes were uniquely formulated without the harsh chemicals found in conventional products.

ECOS Zero-VOC Stains & Varnishes

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  • No odor / Zero VOC

  • Ingredient transparency

  • Quick drying time

  • Available in 14 designer colors from quality European pigments

  • Declare Certified



These zero-VOC, eco-friendly wood stains & varnishes were uniquely formulated without the harsh chemicals found in conventional stains & varnishes that often cause headaches, nausea, and worse. ECOS odorless stains and varnishes are applied just like any conventional product, using a brush, cloth or sprayer. With a quick drying time, the water evaporates from the product, leaving a crystal-clear finish to show off the color and texture of the wood.

Available in 14 designer colors, chosen specifically to draw out the natural beauty of all wood types. The premium quality European pigments in their odorless stains are the perfect complement to your wooden floors, cabinets, furniture, doors, and trim. ECOS varnishes are ideal for interior and exterior projects and come in three different finishes – satin, semi-gloss and gloss. These durable, water-based varnishes are designed to enhance the look of your wood and protect it from everyday wear and tear.


Sizes offered: Quart and Gallon

ECOS eco-friendly wood stains come in 14 designer colors, chosen specifically to draw out the natural beauty of all wood types.

Preparation: Good surface preparation is vital for the perfect finish. Surfaces should be clean, dry, and free from any dirt, dust, flaking pieces, or contaminants. Repair any cracks, holes, or imperfections. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain to obtain a smooth uniform surface. First use a medium-grade sandpaper (120 grit) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (220 grit). Do not use steel wool. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove all sanding dust, and let dry thoroughly before applying the varnish. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.

Application and Clean Up: Stir thoroughly before and during use to eliminate any settling. Do not shake. Do not thin. Do not apply in temperatures below 50oF. Dries to the touch in 30 to 60 minutes. Recommended wait time between coats is 2 to 4 hours. High humidity and cool temperatures may result in longer dry and re-coat times. Clean application tools with warm soapy water. For application on window frames, doors, trim and furniture: apply a thin coat of varnish using a high quality synthetic bristle brush, or foam brush. Do not allow the varnish to puddle, or over-brush the finish. Once dry, lightly sand the entire surface with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion. Remove all dust. Apply a second coat. Allow 24 hours before light use. For application on wooden floors, use a lambswool or synthetic pad applicator, and maintain a wet edge to avoid lap marks. Apply three coats, sanding between coats. Avoid heavy traffic and replacing of furniture for 72 hours after the final coat. When replacing furniture, do not slide, and use felt protectors under table and chair legs to avoid scratching. Do not install rugs, or clean floors for seven days.

Maintenance: To clean surfaces we recommend using warm water and a mild detergent. Do not use abrasive or harsh chemicals such as ammonia, vinegar, powdered all-purpose cleaners, Endust, Pledge, Murphy’s Oil Soap, any type of wax, or silicone based products. Do not steam clean. Do not allow water to stand on the floor for extended periods of time.

Exchanges & Refunds:

All products are made to order. As such, orders cannot be canceled once produced and they cannot accept product that is returned. If you are dissatisfied with your order in any way, please contact ECOS. Shipping charges are non-refundable.

Damage: Any product that arrives visibly damaged should be refused at the time of delivery. Please contact customer service immediately, so that a replacement product can be arranged.

Exchanges: All sales are final upon receipt of order, unless otherwise specified. Therefore, ECOS cannot process exchanges for ECOS Paints orders.

How did we curate this product?

While there’s no universal standard for sustainable manufacturing, Living Deep is committed to supporting brands, makers and manufacturers that are on a ‘deep green’ path, making progress towards positive environmental and social benefit. As we consider how this product impacts our health and the health of all species, you can learn more about how we evaluate products, or keep reading below for our curation of this specific product...

Where does the product come from?

All ECOS products are made to order at their manufacturing facility in South Carolina.

What is it made of?

ECOS' water-based products were uniquely formulated without the harsh chemicals found in conventional paints that often cause headaches, nausea, and worse. Using a unique technology combining sustainable ingredients and a proprietary mixing process, their products deliver best-in-class appearance and enhanced durability - with no harsh fumes or odors. ECOS publishes a full list of the ingredients for every product they make. Since the ingredients vary by product, find specific ingredient listings by selecting the LEARN MORE button above.

Where does it go at the end of its life?

End of life for ECOS products is tied to the substrate onto which the product is applied. Unapplied paint should be disposed of in accordance with local laws. Please check for any recycling options that may be available in your area . ECOS products are not biodegradable.

COMPANY statement

Over 35 years ago, the pioneers at ECOS set out to revolutionize an industry. This was long before the paint industry started to talk about VOCs, but well after the time when concerned consumers knew about the issues chemical pollution cause. The task was to create a product that didn’t contain the chemicals that give people headaches, nausea, and worse. ECOS wanted to make a clean product that people with chemical sensitivities could use, and one that anyone who wants to protect their families and friends from harm could feel good about.

They developed their unique formulations from scratch, and not just by tweaking a conventional product to turn it “green” by diluting or substituting harmful ingredients to get an ambiguous environmental certification. They developed a whole new pigmenting system that provides wonderful color, without the harsh chemicals and VOCs found in regular tints. But, they also had our sights set on performance. They wanted to engineer a product that was easy to apply, would cover better than traditional products, and was extremely durable – resilient enough to use to paint floors and even lane markings in parking garages. After more than six years of testing in climates as diverse as Arizona, Utah, Maine, and Florida, the ECOS collection was ready to bring to market.

Today, ECOS products are manufactured in Spartanburg, South Carolina and sold throughout North America and around the world – in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft use their products, as do iconic institutions like the Louvre, Westminster Abbey, and the Getty Museum. But most of all, their thousands of customers continue to be individuals and families who are simply taking care of themselves and their environment.


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