Update for 2019: This is our initial Review of the Cabot Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain. This review will be updated through 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
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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.