Cabot Australian Timber Oil Review 2019 3.8/5 (71)

by Deck Stain Help

Updated February 2020

Cabot Australian Timber Oil Review 2020

Here at DeckStainHelp.com, we take pride in the fact that we have become the Internet’s number one reference for your deck stain opinions and unbiased reviews. Our customers who have used Cabot Australian Timber Oil continue to give mixed reviews about the appearance and longevity of their deck stain projects. If you have used Cabot Australian Timber Oil, we would like to hear what you think, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.


Cabot Australian Timber Oil

Cabot Australian Timber Oil

Containing a precise blend of superb-grade linseed oil for maximum penetration, long-oil alkyds for durability and pure South American tung oil for color depth and water repellency, Cabot Australian Timber Oil delivers three-way oil protection and a beautiful hardwood stain. In addition, complex translucent iron oxide pigments are added to ensure a lasting U.V.-absorbing surface rich with color and dimension. The result after years of development is an advanced-technology treatment of unrivaled performance designed to protect your wood surfaces like never before.

Cabot Australian Timber Oil Wood Deck Stain Ratings (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

– The Mahogany Flame looks very red but overall very rich and nice looking on the PTP test deck. All grain was visible and not “covered” by the semi-transparent pigment.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

-The Australian Timber Oil performed decently at the 2-year mark. It had retained about 60% of the original color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

-Some wearing but no peeling. Wear was visible on the exposed areas and under the furniture

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– We used 2 gallons to cover our 300 sq. foot deck.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 5

– After 2 years we found evidence of mold on half of the deck. Mostly in the exposed areas. The mold was imbedded in the Cabot and could not be removed with a light wash. To remove you would need to strip the deck.

Ease of Application: 7

– The Australian Timber Oil is thicker in consistency than is used to be. It is not the easiest oil-based stain to apply, but still easier than applying most water-based stains. We back wiped the deck after 20 minutes to remove any excess stain that did not penetrate into the wood grain.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 7

– Darkening of the stain had occurred where the stain was still attached to the wood. Mostly due to dirt and mold.

The Difficulty of Reapplication: 7

– We would suggest a deck stain stripper with pressure washing to remove the Cabot ATO. A Wood Brightener would be needed after to neutralize the stain stripper. This would be the best way to prep for another coat of stain and will remove the mold as well.

Overall Score Cabot Wood Deck Stain at 2 Year Period: 7

– Cabot Australian Timber Oil is not the same as it used to be. Formula changes due to VOC laws have made this stain average based on what is available. We like it but would not choose this product if a better stain brand can be found.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Select Hardware Stores or Online
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $225.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent
Available Colors: Amberwood, Honey Teak, Mahogany Flame, Natural
Application Temperature: 45-90 F
Coats Required: 1-2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-300 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 24 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Cabot

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 300
UV Exposure: Mostly Sun, half of the deck had a covered roof.
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
Mahogany Flame

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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Vickie
Vickie

What would make the Australian gold natural have a green tint after applying? We only noticed it on second coat.

Gerda
Gerda

I just applied ATO to our older deck. Am I able to apply a second coat. If so , how soon?

Sam
Sam

Pressure treated Deck is now 3 yrs with Australian timber oil. Starting to show some wear especially top of railings. My questions are: 1. Should I reapply ATO or has the product changed too much (read your reviews) 2. How should I prep deck for reapplication? Clean and brighten or strip😟? Can I lightly sand Where wood has become rough (hand rail) 3. If you do not approve of ATO , can I use an alternative such as Armstrong Clark oil? 4. The deck no longer beads water is that a good indication of wear? Thank you for your help. Your site is great and has guided me in the past
Also what to do you recommend on top of an old stained deck that still looks good but needs some protection from snow . We are northern Vermont.
Your site is the best!

Beverly Sparrow
Beverly Sparrow

We had our deck stained with Cabot Australian Oil Stain Mahogany Flame ($1,000) and dearly loved it. It dried 4 days before using. 1 month later, the yard guy walked down our dirt path then up on our rained on deck and there were stains that we could not get up. We called our deck guy to come look…he could not get the stains up. We spent $600 for him to lightly sand the deck again and restrain. Now, the Terminix guy came yesterday and he walked down the same path then up onto the rain soaked deck…..mud stains again we can’t get up. PLEASE HELP! We love your stain and want our deck back. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Beverly Sparrow

Doug heppner
Doug heppner

Can A.T.O. Be bought by the quart?

Theresa
Theresa

I’m in Canada but travel to us. Where can I purchase this product.

Bill Adams
Bill Adams

Can it freeze over the winter and still be good?

Ralph Macchio
Ralph Macchio

I have used this product for 10 years, the key is the weather. You need several days of sunny dry weather to ensure proper penetration , drying, and final appearance. Starting over is not really an option with this material, you will need to strip and sand everything.
Good luck.

Elaine Findlay
Elaine Findlay

Used Australian Timber Oil on a large porch after power washing. Porch was last stained with ATO several years ago and had worn off in certain places. 24 hours later the stain looks uneven and it is still tacky. The porch is going to be enclosed next week and I don’t know what to do to correct.

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Mike
Mike

I’ve used ATO on my redwood deck every year for ~6 years. I live near Santa Fe, NM at 7,200′ altitude, and it is quite dry here, although we get snow in the winter. The ATO is now peeling off the wood in pieces the size of a quarter. It’s not just the top coat that is peeling, it is peeling off all the way down to the wood. The percent that is peeling ranges from 40% in the sun to 20% in the shade. You may think that isn’t too bad, but it doesn’t take much peeling to look lousy. I’m afraid I’m going to have to sand it all off, and start with another brand of stain. What do you recommend?

Christianne Van Midde
Christianne Van Midde

We would like to treat raw pine with Cabot’s Australia timber oil. How long do the boards have to dry before we can coat it?

Sara Matlock
Sara Matlock

What will happen if the stain get rained on before it is dry and can we cover it with a tarp to keep that from happening

M Manning
M Manning

I am refinishing a covered tongue and grove porch pine ceiling. Not sure what initial treatment was but it had not peeled but was grey with 70% mildew. After washing down with water/bleach it looks remarkably better. Some areas stil show some seal while other areas seem bare wood. When wet it all appears great.
Q. Should I lightly sand with a sanding pad and stick then stain with some oil or water based product? It has lasted 8 years prior.
Thinking of just rolling on some Australian Timber oil in a light color. ?? Thoughts

Seth
Seth

Also, do you have any suggestions for applying stain to the sides of the already-installed deck boards. I used a pad to apply the stain, which bled inconsistently down the sides, and I’m hoping I can squeeze some stain in there to even it out.

Seth
Seth

Is it recommended to apply ATO over Cabit’s Oil-based semi-transparent stain? Is there any benefit to doing so, and what will the finish look like?

I have a deck stained multiple colors and would like to deepen the color slightly and perhaps create more sheen.

Dolores Hicks
Dolores Hicks

Needing a second coat after a weathed gazebo floor it beaded up and has spots? Will it soak in? Any suggestions? It was properly prepared.

Vince
Vince

I stripped our main entrance door down to bare wood and applied one coat of Cabot’s ATO. Given this it was applied to bare wood that had previously been painted, should I consider applying a second coat? The first coat has been on over 48 hours but, less than one week.

Thank you in advance!

Stephanie P.
Stephanie P.

We have been in our home for 5 years, but recently added stairs to our deck two months ago. The stairs are treated wood, and have dried. We used Cabot Australian Timber Oil the first time we stained our deck about 2 years ago. We used it again, tonight, to restain the deck and add stain to the new stairs… everything applied well – we will obviously need to do a second coat on the newer stairs… my question: we are now having a random storm come through tonight. It is supposed to start raining around 1am in the morning, I finished staining everything at 5:30pm. Our deck is covered, but our stairs are not. I read that Cabot Australian Timber Oil(Jarrah Brown) is good to use on “newer” woods that are treated/dried for at least a month – and also good at repelling water… will I be ok with the rain coming? Or should I expect to have to touch up/fix the stairs and any area that the rain may get on? (Freaking Iowa weather…)

Keith
Keith

I recent sanded down my neglected cedar deck with 80grit on a belt sander. I had to strip off the old solid stain that had failed miserably. The previous owners had not had a stain or sealant on the deck and it was badly weathered. They put a solid stain on it just prior to selling it to make it look nicer. After sanding/stripping I applied ATO in honey teak to the railings first and it sat for 48+ hours with out rain or weather to dry. We got the first rain storm the other night and to my suprise the water did not beat on any of the railing. Any suggestions ?

Linda Hoddy
Linda Hoddy

We have been using Australian Timber Oil on our deck in Massachusetts for four years. It has now developed ugly white splotches over much of the deck. We are wondering what to do? We fear if we just clean the deck and repeat the application that these white splotches will be permanent. Is there another product we should consider? What can we do about the ugly white splotches? Thanks for your help. Linda

Tuan Nguyen
Tuan Nguyen

Hello, would you recommend the Cabot Timber Oil over their Wood Toned Deck & Siding Stain product?

I am situated in Canada if that matters. “New” deck, we bought this house a year ago, the house was built over 4 years ago but previous owner never stained it.

Also i’d like to know what is your preferred method of applying the stain, roller or pads?

Thanks for the review.

Carol Savluk
Carol Savluk

We applied Cabot Australian Timber Oil to new, virgin high quality mahogany deck boards last fall (October 2018). We chose this product as it was supposed to be formulated for high density wood. It looked beautiful when finished! By spring, just 6-7 months later, with virtually NO foot traffic through the winter months, the color is failing on some boards, down to bare wood in some areas. NOT happy! After contacting Cabot and sending pics as requested, all we got in response was that they would refund our money. What we really need is ADVICE on what to do now? Do we re-stain the whole deck? Do we have to sand the whole deck first back down to bare wood again or can we re-coat overtop? We need HELP! We spent a LOT of money on this deck! So disappointed in this product and the customer service!

Jane
Jane

You’re not supposed to apply stain or any deck paint on new virgin wood for at least a year. Check I formation on how long to wait before applying finishes on new decks.

Carol
Carol

I’m saying “virgin” wood in the sense that it had never had paint or stain on it before. It was dried, high quality lumber which was definitely ready to be stained. We bought it from a reputable source and they said it was ready for stain.

Lorna
Lorna

I don’t think sanding is necessary. We had a portion of our deck redone with new wood 1.5 years ago and stained a year ago. The color has lightened somewhat, not much, but we want the color to more closely match the rest of the c. 20 year old deck. After careful research and many years using ATO on the rest of our deck, we decided to wash with dishwashing detergent & water, applied with a bristle brush, and will stain tomorrow. No sanding. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m sure you won’t need to sand unless you want absolute color uniformity. After one coat, the new decking looks very close in color to the old. After this second coat, I’m hoping you can’t tell them apart.

Carol
Carol

Thanks Lorna, we actually decided to apply a second coat. Looks beautiful again, but not sure how long it will last. Hopefully more than 6 months! 🙏🏻

Deb
Deb

Can I use Cabot semi transparent deck stain over Cabot Australian Timber Oil that was applied 2 years ago?

S Cleveland
S Cleveland

I put Cabot’s down (Australian timber oil) and a surprise storm came in 90 minutes after I finished. Rained hard for 15 minutes and water set on deck all night, It doesn’t look like it’s peeling but there are some small whitish spots. Do I need to sand the deck down and start fresh, or just apply a second coat?

Laurie Straw
Laurie Straw

We used this last summer to stain our deck. Looked great but now after one season it has peeled off badly in certain areas. Very disappointed. Looks awful. Should it not last for more than one year? Also very hard to find. Used a colour called amberwood.

Carol
Carol

Yup. I feel your pain. We stained brand new mahogany deck in the fall and it didn’t last until spring. Looks like crap! Beware!!!! Faulty product that doesn’t live up to what it leads you to believe!!

Mike Shope
Mike Shope

We recently applied Cabot timber oil to our 200 sq. ft. deck,. It had about 38 to 40 hours of dry time before a light 30 minute drizzle. Is that enough time for drying?

Carol
Carol

Can it be used on a porch floor?

paul
paul

hi- are there any benifits of applying an additional coat of timber oil the second year?

Anthony Wright
Anthony Wright

I want to put a second coat of Cabot’s timber oil on a new built cedar picnic table. What steps would you suggest?

Dave
Dave

Would you recommend this product on teak? Marine teak oil seems to only last a month or 2 before going back to a grey look. Thanks

Marie
Marie

It may be because I live in Hawaii but the house is away from a lot of trees; constant wind also keeps the moisture down and we have roofing over the lanai. In these conditions, the Cabot has been excellent. We have re-applied twice in 10 years mostly because of simple wear. We have never had mold or mildew, no UV graying. We’ve had dogs and cats, and we have not had a problem with dirt either, it does seem to wash well with just water and a sponge mop. Now I’m getting ready to re-do – but I’m worried that the formula has changed. I will keep you posted!

Estelle
Estelle

I used Australian Timber Oil Jarrah Brown on my porch, steps and railings. It looks lovely but it shows dirt, footprints, dog paw marks etc. The dirt doesn’t wash off, even when scrubbed. Did I miss a step ?

Jamie
Jamie

Do you have to use another sealer on top of this product or use a primer before or would you consider this an all in one?

Selva Nebbia
Selva Nebbia

Do you recommend Thompson’s timber oil as a good deck finish for an old painted deck restoration?

Paul G
Paul G

Does this stain work well with Ironwood (IPE)?

Warren
Warren

Would your results for the Australian Timber Oil also be representative of the Cabot Wood Toned Deck & Siding Stain? How similar are these products? Did you pick the Australian Timber Oil to review because it was better, or because it was more popular, or what?
Thanks.

Lorna
Lorna

I had a quarter of my deck replaced with pressure-treated wood 9 months ago and just had someone pressure wash the older portion of the deck and apply one coat of Cabot’s mahogany flame stain to the entire deck. Obviously the new decking is lighter than the old. The contractor said we could apply another coat of stain to the new wood after 24 hours of drying. Is this true? The newer wood seems to have absorbed the stain much more than the old wood, so 2 consecutive coats seems plausible, but I have always heard 1 coat-only-warnings for Cabot’s Timber Oil.

THOMAS LAUSMAN
THOMAS LAUSMAN

When should I apply second coat

Rob
Rob

Love this product because it is a stain that protects with no future peeling. Great wood penetration which applies with a wet on wet application. I rolled it on and cut the edges with a brush. Do not try to second coat after drying. Great water resistance.

Marcia
Marcia

I sealed our deck with Cabot Australian Timber oil. Water sits on top of it, so it sealed properly but when it dries there are water spots and looks dirty, Not happy, l pride in my deck
Thank you
Marcia

Mary
Mary

Do you recommend putting 2coats on older wood? It was pressure washed first.

Heidi
Heidi

The timber oil we used on our brand new deck is so slippery that I have had to put towels down and rugs down, in the winter and when it rains, just so we could walk on it. When I was 8 mo. Pregnant and holding my 3 yr old I slipped and landed on my back. I am an ex gymnast and I rarely fall, I could not control this wipe out. I was not prepared for this stuff to be as slippery as it was and still is, 4 years later.

Darren Berry
Darren Berry

I’ve tried other stains in the past and just stain an application has been the easiest and the best that I’ve used great product like the Finish after it’s dried.

Diana
Diana

Can you spray Cabot timber oil

Liz
Liz

Used Australian Timber Oil on a deck last year that had been thoroughly cleaned after having been neglected for several years. The deck now looks bleached and dry, so I’m wondering if it is okay to apply another coat this year?

Laura Oliver
Laura Oliver

I have to reapply every year. Maybe I am prepping wrong. All I do is clean with soap and let dry and them reapply.

Mike Devine
Mike Devine

Laura, it would be best if you pressure wash the surface, let dry a few days, then reapply. I have done this since 1992. Have yet to replace a board on the deck at my parents farm.

P god
P god

Hi, a few questions about using 100% tung oil diluted for a new pressure treated dock in South Florida. I don’t think I’m interested in the Cabot’s since it has linseed and other properties in it.

From what I’ve read 100% tung has superior waterproofing and mold abilities over linseed.

– can 100% tung oil be put on a new deck without waiting for it to dry out for 1-12 months?
– is it recommended to first put a clear waterproof on first? Or any other recommended prep before or after?
Thanks Phil

Michael mills
Michael mills

Can i use Cabot Australian timber oil on a cypress siding house and how many coats can be applied? Also how long does it last?

Mark
Mark

Used this product 14 years ago when house was built, recoated once since. Just recently applied another coat after a number of years, to prep we cleaned and pressure washed deck, hand sanded a few areas tha were beginning to peel and used sanding screens on the whole deck. after blowing and sweeping off slight dust recoated with Jarrah Brown, after sampling color on new wood from a quart can. Sample color was very close. Applied a coat of stain from a couple gallons bought and find after drying it is RED!! Not brown at all like the color sampled, IT HAS RUINED OUR DECK!! Tried today to apply another coat of Honey Teak over the alleged Jarrah Brown and it won’t take a second coat, beads up like water on wax paper, HORRIBLE. Calling Cabots in the morning to try to get this fixed but am not hopeful, perhaps small claims court.

Frank
Frank

Where can I purchase the oil based Australian timber oil not the water based one water base does not last I tried it an am very disappointed an the people at manufacturer weren’t to helpful

Joan Petrick
Joan Petrick

Can I use this oil over latex on my pine soffits?