Updated February 2020
Cabot Australian Timber Oil Review 2020
Cabot Wood and Deck Stains offer 3-way protection for exterior wood and decking. This offers maximum durability from water damage while penetrating deep into the wood. Containing linseed oil and Trans-oxides, Cabot Stains will reflect UV damage giving long-lasting protection. Cabot traditionally has been one of the leaders in the exterior wood restoration industry.
For the test deck and review, we choose to use Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil in the Natural tone.
Cabot Australian Timber Oil Wood Deck Stain Rating (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7
– The Natural Tone of the Cabot Stain did a remarkable job of restoring the wood colors in our pine deck. The stain did not penetrate into the wood as expected and had shiny spots throughout the flooring.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6
-The Cabot Deck Stain showed 60% color retention after 2 years. The Natural tint faded in color significantly on the flooring. We expected better results from the Cabot Australian Timber Oil.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7.5
-On 25% of the decking surface, the Cabot Stain was completely gone after two years. It seemed that the winter did substantial damage to the stain as there was heavy wearing.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
– We only needed one gallon of the Cabot’s to cover the 200 square feet. This equates to $.23 a square foot.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6
– After 2 years there was a decent amount of mold growing on about 30% of the deck. In addition, there was algae growth under the railings and around the perimeter of the house.
Ease of Application: 8.5
– The Australian Timber Oil did not apply as easily as we would like. The finish spread very well as far as coverage but we had difficulty with getting the stain to absorb evenly into the wood. We used a stain pad applicator and applied evenly but the Cabot dried tacky and sticky in several areas.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 7.5
– Darkening of the stain had occurred where the stain was still attached to the wood. Mostly due to dirt and mold.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 7
– We would suggest a heavy stripping followed by a wood brightening to restore the Cabot Stain. We suggest stain removal since the stain had worn in places and there was mold/algae. This would be the best way to prep for another coat of stain.
Overall Score Cabot Wood Deck Stain at 2 Year Period: 7.19
– The Cabot Australian Timber Oil had an average score compared to other stains that we tested. We expected more from Cabot when it comes to preventing mold and algae. In addition, the UV resistance scored low. Not a bad stain but not the best either. A good option if you are limited to buying from a big box store. There are better decking stains online.
Where To Buy: Select Hardware Stores or Online
Cost: $49.99 per Gallon, $245.99 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
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Pine
Deck Square Footage: 200
UV Exposure: Mostly Sun with southern exposure
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Natural
*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.