Cabot Semi Transparent Stain Review

  • Cabot Semi Transparent Deck Stain Exterior Wood Stain

Cabot Semi Transparent Stains are deep penetrating, linseed oil-based stains that beautify and protect exterior wood. These lightly pigmented stains enhance the natural beauty of the wood by allowing the grain, texture, and color variations within the wood to show through. Acrylic 1300 series combines penetrating properties of oil-based with easy soap-and-water clean-up of water-based finishes. Will provide long-lasting, vapor-permeable protection that beautifies and enriches exterior wood surfaces. Formulated with non-fade, earth tone pigments to weather slowly over time.

5.4 Total Score
Cabot Semi Transparent Stain Review

This product was fairly difficult to apply, you have to really brush it in to get proper results. Product performed reasonably well for an alkyd stain on the 14 month weathering test.  Though a fair amount of darkening did occur, the stain resisted peeling and erosion reasonable well. Signs of moisture damage (splitting/cracking) were also evident.

5.4Expert Score
Ease of Application
5
Ease of Penetration
5
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
4
Initial Appearance
6
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
7
Resistance to Peeling
7
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
5
Darkening
5
Ease of Cleanup
5
Eco-Friendliness
4
5.6User's score
Ease of Application
6.2
Ease of Penetration
6.2
Odor (Strong Odor=0
7.2
No Odor=10)
6.5
Initial Appearance
4.5
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
5
Resistance to Peeling
4.5
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
6
Darkening
5.5
Ease of Cleanup
5
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  1. 1.1
    Ease of Application
    10
    Ease of Penetration
    10
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    50
    No Odor=10)
    50
    Initial Appearance
    10
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    10
    Resistance to Peeling
    10
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    10
    Darkening
    10
    Ease of Cleanup
    50

    Horrible! Plain and simple! Hard to apply without lines. Cannot walk on it for days, started fading after 2 months, and has almost completely peeled off within 6 months! This was all new dried redwood lumber! It didn’t need cleaned, sanded or prepped! It’s very expensive and it’s not worth lifting it off the shelf! We’ve spent over $2,000.00 on this product just so we can take off all the facia, handrails, ballisters, and hardware, to sand a brand new deck and start all over again! I will be forwarding all of this to consumer affairs, and the B.B.B.. so hopefully others won’t get burned like we did. I’ve also got lots of before and after pictures that are time and location stamped, as well as receipts showing the purchase dates of both, the lumber and the deck stain seal from Cabot

    + PROS: None
    - CONS: Hard to apply. Leaves streaks/lines. Fades within 2 months. Almost completely peeled off within 6 months. All on a completely new redwood deck built with high grade dried redwood lumber!
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  2. redwood needs no stain or anything —it is good natural for years– the redwood lumber may have seemed “dry” but it can hold moister for a long time and never rot. strip it and/ or clean it and see if you don’t like the look in a year or two.

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