Wood Staining Products

Cabot Stains Semi-Solid Siding and Fence

Semi-Solid Siding and Fence

Available Finishes
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Quick Facts

  • Oil-based and acrylic-based formulas available
  • Extra pigment for extra UV protection
  • Ideal for siding and fences
  • Water-repellent
  • Do not thin
  • Do not mix Semi-Solid Oil-based stains with Semi-Solid Water-base stains
  • Not intended for interior surfaces
  • When properly applied, won't crack, peel or blister

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Cabot Semi-Solid® Stains are richly pigmented, deep penetrating linseed oil-based stains that provide long lasting beauty and wood protection. These unique stains provide greater hiding power than semi-transparent stains, yet their attractive flat finish highlights the natural beauty of the wood's texture. With the extra pigmentation, Cabot Semi-Solid Stains are extremely durable and help protect wood against the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays. Semi-Solid #1100 series is richly pigmented, environmentally friendly and 100% acrylic resin-based; easily cleaned with soap and water. Acrylic Stains provide long-lasting, vapor-permeable and UV protection that beautifies and enriches exterior wood surfaces. Formulated with non-fade, earth tone pigments to weather slowly over time.


On smooth surfaces, approximately 400-600 square feet per gallon; on rough surfaces, 150-250 square feet per gallon. Acrylic Stains cover approximately 200-300 square feet per gallon; on rough surfaces, 100-200 square feet per gallon. These rates will vary depending upon the porosity of the surface.

Where to Use

Cabot Semi-Solid Stains are ideal for use on wood where hiding coverage is desired, yet penetrating wood protection is needed. They also provide an outstanding value as a one-coat finish for recoating previously semi-transparent stained surfaces. Cabot Semi-Solid Stains can be used on most types of smooth and rough exterior wood, including siding, shingles, log homes and roofs. They provide excellent results on reconditioned weathered wood and well-seasoned lumber such as cedar, fir, pine, cypress, spruce, redwood and plywood panel siding.

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 & 8005) 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. Acrylic #1100 series may be applied to new unprimed fiber cement siding.


Stir thoroughly before and occasionally while using. Apply evenly with a brush, roller or spray on small sections. Best results can be obtained by using a high-quality polyester bristle brush for acrylic or with a natural bristle brush for oil stains. 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.

Cleanup and Disposal

Oil-based Products: 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.  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.
Water-based Products: Clean brushes and equipment with soap and water.  Dispose of empty cans or unused portion in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.  Close container when not in use.

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