This post was updated on April 25, 2023
Cabot Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain Review 2023
This is our initial Review of the Cabot Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain. This review will be updated throughout the years. Cabot Solid stains have been around for 20+ years and used to be one of the top brands. We have found that since Cabot was sold to Valspar, their quality has fallen for all their different types of deck stains
We appreciate your input. If you have used the Cabot Solid Color Deck stains, feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects.
Cabot Solid Color Deck Stain Review
Summary: Cabot® Solid Color Decking Stains are extremely durable exterior stains for use on all wood decking, outdoor furniture, and fencing, as well as cement patios and walkways. Series #1800, 100% acrylic finish is also water repellent and fade resistant. Oil Series #1600 and #7600 contain all-natural pigment with 100% alkyd resin. Solid Color Stains provide excellent adhesion to new, previously stained or painted surfaces, which are in a clean, sound condition.
Solid Color Decking Stains are ideal for use on most types of lumber including redwood, cypress, pine, and fir, as well as pressure-treated wood.
Cabot Solid Wood Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8
– The two coats of Cabot Solid Deck Stain applied to our deck wood covered evenly and did not show any wood grain which is expected with a solid stain.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 4
–At the 2-year mark, there was significant wearing and peeling on the flooring.
Cost Per Square Foot: 7
– We applied two coats to our 500 sq. feet of verticals that included all railings and steps. 3 Gallons were used at a cost of $44 per gallon.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 10
– Similar to other water-based solid color deck stains, the Cabot Solid Stain showed no signs of any mildew.
Ease of Application: 7
– We applied two coats of the Cabot Solid solid color stain with a roller and brush to the wood, waiting about 30 minutes between coats. The coverage was not as good as other solid color deck stains.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 4
– Sanding and stripping will be needed for reapplication.
Overall Score Cabot Solid Color Stain at 1 Year Period: 6.66
– The Cabot Solid Stain used to be the best on the market when we started resting decks in the mid-1990s. Since then there seem to be numerous changes in formulas once they started selling to Big Box Stores. With the changes in formulas, the quality has degraded as well. Cabot’s own site for the Solid Stains have very poor reviews: Cabot Solid Deck Stain Ratings
We do not recommend the Cabot Solid Color Deck Stain.
Cost: $43.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based
Available Custom-Mixed Solid Colors: Custom tinted to any color.
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-350 sq. ft
Application Tools: Airless Sprayer, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
Test Deck Stats
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 500 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Gray
*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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typical corporate scumbags ruin a good product and turn it into garbage in the name of profit. Time to find a new product line this stuff is now trash. Had great success for years using cabots but now Valspar low grade paint manufacturer now owns this name brand has litterally destroyed a great product line to fill CEOs pockets and the paint had failed in 6 months with major prep prior to installation so sad 😭
26 years of sealing my deck without any problems. Always used thompsons but was told last year not to buy thompson because they supposedly had a bad product in 2022. Recommended cabot. I had built a new deck, waited patiently for it to be ready to receive stain. Deck pressure wash, rough spots sanded & sealer applied in 2 coats. Within days it began to come up. 1 year later huge areas have worn thin or simply washes off. This is about 1000 sq feet of decking & cabot is an exoensive product. Directions were followed carefully & I have been sealing my deck as I said for 26 years. Would not ever recommend this product to anyone. $100’s of dollars just washing off into! my yard
Applied Cabot solid color oil base stain to deck. Three hours later a light rain and temperature dropped below 50 f. Areas of the deck look good but some large areas have a flat dull appearance. Can anything be done to blend them in to the better looking areas. Dru
Recoat all of it for an even appearance.
i’m done with cabots. It was recommended to me by a carpenter and i’ve used it for siding, porches, decks and picnic tables. Thankfully it’s holding on the siding. The deck, the porch, the picnic table, not so much. it seems I have to touch it up yearly. For being a 10 year stain, cabots should be ashamed of themselves. i will seek out an alternative.
Very upset bought Cabot Solid Stain from Menards.
After the winter weather top rail of my deck is peeling.
I worked at Ace Hardware for 30 years Stain should never peel.
That’s why you stain instead of paint.
This is the worst stain I have ever used. After cleaning, scraping and preparing deck, I watched it wash away after being down for 24 hours when rain storm hit.
Second coat. Same thing. This stuff is awful and taking back to Lowe’s with pictures for refund
I just used some Cabot Solid Color Oil Deck Stain
on some treated lumber . It had a lengthy drying time
compared to some acrylic latex deck stain
that I used for the rest of the project .
It did NOT seem to penetrate into the wood
and scuffs very easily .It also looks like crap !
It was CA$20 more a “gallon” than the acrylic latex ,
and in my opinion it wrecked the part of the project
that I had used it on . Am very disappointed .
Greedy corporate bastards are wrecking our society .
Best stain for an older deck! 100 degrees for two months and still looks great!
Buy this product at Lowe’s— otherwise the pigments at smaller retailers who carry Valspar will be different-
My “Fieldstone” ended up a very pinkish Taupe—just awful—
Am donating the 2nd gallon and requested reimbursement for the one I used—
Wish I had had this advice myself!!!
Bubble and peeled after 1 year.
It was easy to to put on and looked good but cc did not last. Solid grey Cabot.
Very disappointed. Bought 3 gallons and
Complained to Menard. They gave us a 1 gallon.
Going to try trex but have read negative things calm about it warping.
I used Cabot acrylic solid color deck stain. Application was decent, but now that the weather is warming up and I notice that my deck is peeling and chipping all over. I went through the exhausting process of pressure washing my entire deck and allowing it enough time to dry prior to application. I finished this project September of 2019 it’s now 8 months later and looks like crap. Not happy, Amy suggestions
Applied V`s semi transparent liberally with brush on nEW western red cedar planking deck two years ago after letting wood season in place for a year with nothing on it. Results as follows:
The half of large deck that has roof cover but otherwise open – no issues, still looks good and no peeling or flaking etc. The half that was exposed to weather – different story. I have had to re-stain TWICE and expect will have to re-do every year.
I used Cabot acrylic solid color deck stain. Application was decent, but now that the weather is warming up and I notice that my deck is peeling and chipping all over. I went through the exhausting process of pressure washing my entire deck and allowing it enough time to dry prior to application. I finished this project August of 2019 it’s now 7 months later and looks like crap. Not happy, wouldn’t recommend to use again.
Not impressed with Cabot Solid Stain. It is advertised for decks and heavy traffic. I do not see how they get away with saying this. The reviews clearly show it does not hold up. I left my new deck weather for 2 years. I applied the solid stain, in a few months it showed signs of wear. A year later and it looked terrible. Now I have a mess to take care of. For what it is, it is way overpriced. I do not like making a negative post. This one was necessary.
I painted my deck with Cabot solid stain…..looked amazing….for 6 monthes. 2 yrs now and it is just shameful!
Definitely not scuff resistant! After a couple of weeks the stain wore off completely where my gazebo curtains (which are very light) touched the deck. After 2 years there are many areas on the deck where the stain has worn off. Also, I was very meticulous about prepping the deck before applying the Cabot Solid Colour Acrylic Deck Stain. Looks like I will try Behr this summer.
Behr is not good. Try one of these brands of solid stains:
Just used Valspar on my deck!!!!Did absolutely nothing….Will never waste my money on that cleaner again…I used Olympian and it took all the stains and mildew off,,,,
What about Cabot Australian oil and it’s ratings?
See this: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/cabot-australian-timber-oil-review-2016/