Wood Staining Products


Decking Stain

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Quick Facts

  • Water-repellent
  • Deep-penetrating oil
  • Fade resistant
  • Richly pigmented, durable oil stain for decks

Safety Info

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Semi Solid Decking Stain


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Cabot® Decking Stain is a richly pigmented, deep-penetrating, oil-based stain that provides long-lasting beauty and wood protection. This unique stain provides greater hiding power than semi-transparent stains, yet its attractive finish highlights the natural beauty of the wood's texture.


Requires 1-coat application. One gallon covers approximately 250-350 sq. ft.

Where to Use

Recommended for use on most types of smooth and rough exterior wood, including siding, decking, railings, shingles, fences, log homes and roofs. It provides excellent results on weathered wood and well-seasoned lumber.

Preparing Your Surfaces

Proper surface preparation is the key to maximum stain performance. The durability of this product can be impaired by an unsound or poorly prepared surface. It is very important that the surface be clean of all dirt, mildew stains, loose wood fibers and other foreign matter. In order to be effective, a stain must be able to penetrate. Surfaces must be structurally sound and absolutely dry. (Moisture content must be below 15%, or wood must be exposed to dry weather a minimum of 3 to 5 days.) Previously semi-transparent stained or weathered wood surfaces must be either sanded, scrubbed with a detergent solution or Cabot Problem-Solver® Wood Cleaner and a stiff bristle brush, or power washed to remove the surface layer of all loose wood fibers, dirt, mildew stains, chalky residue and other foreign matter. Use Cabot Problem-Solver Strippers (8004) to safely remove all stains and paints from wood surfaces. Use Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Brightener to easily remove nail and metal rust stains, and renew the wood's appearance. New smooth wood that is unseasoned or appears shiny should be allowed to weather sufficiently before staining, but generally no longer than three months.


Stir thoroughly before and occasionally while using. If the job requires more than one batch, blend them together. Apply evenly with a brush to small sections. For best results, use a high quality pad applicator or stain brush. To avoid lap marks, start at one edge and follow through to the end of the boards. Restain depending on sun exposure and wear. Finish typically lasts 3–6 years on decks and 5–10 years on siding and fences.

Cleanup and Disposal

Clean with warm soapy water.Dispose of empty cans or unused portion in accordance with local, state and federal regulations. Close container when not in use. Danger: Rags, steel wool or waste soaked with this product may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately after each use, place rags, steel wool or waste in a sealed, water-filled metal container. Dispose of according to local regulations.

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