Wood Staining Products

Cabot Stains O.V.T. Solid

O.V.T. Solid

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Quick Facts

  • Oil-based
  • Heavily pigmented for maximum coverage
  • Ideal for siding, shingles and trim
  • Unlimited color matching

Safety Info

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Cabot® O.V.T.® Solid Color Oil Stains combine the best features of stain and paint. These stains contain a blend of tough alkyd resin and linseed oil, and offer tremendous hiding power yet resist cracking, peeling and blistering. They provide a water-repellent and durable finish that helps to keep moisture out—thus minimizing wood warping and checking. These stains provide long-lasting protection to new wood or previously stained surfaces.


On smooth surfaces, approximately 400-500 square feet per gallon (9.81-12.27 square meters/liter); on rough surfaces, 150-250 square feet per gallon (3.68-6.14 square meters/liter). These rates will vary depending upon the porosity of the surface.

Where to Use

Cabot O.V.T. Solid Color Oil Stains are excellent for use on most types of smooth and rough exterior wood, including siding, shingles, shakes and trim. They are ideal for use on seasoned lumber such as cedar, redwood, fir, pine, cypress, spruce, pressure-treated wood and plywood panel siding.

Preparing Your Surfaces

Proper surface preparation is the key to maximum finish 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. Surfaces must be structurally sound and absolutely dry. (Moisture content must be below 15%, or the wood must be exposed to dry weather for a minimum of 3 to 5 days.) Previously clear-finished or weathered wood surfaces must be either sanded, scrubbed with a bleach/detergent solution or Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Cleaner and a stiff bristle brush, or power washed to remove the surface layer of all loose stain, paint, wood fibers, dirt, mildew stains, chalky residue and other foreign matter. Use Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Stripper to help remove oil-based finishes from wood surfaces such as cedar, redwood, pine, cypress, fir, and pressure-treated wood. Use Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Brightener to easily remove tannic acid (extractive) bleeding, 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. New wood exposed to short-term (4 weeks) weathering prior to application of this product can decrease its service life.


Apply evenly with a brush, roller or spray. Best results can be obtained by using a high-quality natural bristle brush. When rolling and spraying, immediately backbrush after each section is coated to ensure proper penetration. To avoid lap marks, start at one edge and follow through to the end of the boards. Apply stain to small sections at a time.

Cleanup and Disposal

Clean brushes and equipment with mineral spirits. Dispose of empty cans or unused portion in accordance with local, state and federal regulations. Close container when not in use. Soak oily rags, lambswool, steel wool, cloths or any other material in water after use to avoid spontaneous combustion. Danger: Rags, steel wood 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.

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