Cabot Solid Color Stain Review 3.2/5 (31)

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This post was updated on January 14, 2022

Cabot Solid Color Deck Stain Review

Cabot Solid Color Deck Stain Review

Cabot Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain Review 2022

Cabot Solid stain Reviews Ratings

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.

Cabot Solid Stain Peeling

Cabot Solid Stain Peeling – from CabotStain.com

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.

Product Information

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
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Cabot

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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Dan
Dan
10 months ago

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 😭

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

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

Jerry Wiese
Jerry Wiese
5 months ago

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 .

Old deck
Old deck
5 months ago

Best stain for an older deck! 100 degrees for two months and still looks great!

Susan
Susan
7 months ago

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!!!

Christine
Christine
1 year ago

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.

Stacey
Stacey
1 year ago

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

David A young
David A young
1 year ago

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.

Ann
Ann
1 year ago

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.

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Steve
Steve
2 years ago

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.

Lisa K Owen
Lisa K Owen
2 years ago

I painted my deck with Cabot solid stain…..looked amazing….for 6 monthes. 2 yrs now and it is just shameful!

Jane Chenier
Jane Chenier
2 years ago

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.

Norma Stepanovich
Norma Stepanovich
2 years ago

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,,,,

Keith
Keith
2 years ago

What about Cabot Australian oil and it’s ratings?

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