Cabot's Exterior Varnish Stain

Bring your outdoor surfaces to life! This combined semi-transparent stain and varnish is highly durable and provides protection, colour and shine to timber surfaces – without hiding the grain. Exterior durable technology means only three coats are required as opposed to the five or more coats required for some other products.
  • Fast Recoat 2 Hours
  • Water Repellent
  • Water Wash Up
  • UV Protection
  • Dirt & Mould Resistant
  • Areas
    Exterior timber including doors, furniture, trim, windows
  • Clean Up
  • Sizes
    500ML, 1L, 4L
  • Sheen
  • Coverage
    12 M2/L
  • Recoat Time
    3 Hours
  • Material Data Sheet

New Bare Timber

To coat new bare timber immediately, scrub damp timber with Cabot’s New Timber Prep, following label instructions. New Timber Prep will draw out tannins and oils quickly from the surface, allowing you to skip the 4-6 weeks weathering process required for new timber. Always follow New Timber Prep with Cabot’s Deck Clean following label instructions. Remove excess water from the surface with squeegee on Cabot’s Deck Prep brush, and allow timber to dry for at least 1 hour. Note: Cooler conditions could slow down the drying time of the timber.

Previously Painted or Varnished Timber

Remove back to bare timber using a paint stripper, or sanding. For exterior surfaces clean with Cabot's Deck Clean following label instructions.

Previously Stained and Oiled Timber

For exterior surfaces clean with Cabot’s Deck Clean following label instructions. Test if the surface is ready for coating by sprinkling water on the timber. If the water beads on the surface, repeat the application of Cabot's Deck Clean. If water is absorbed into timber, it is ready for coating. For a more transparent look, sand timber back to bare before coating.

Weathered and Grey Timber

For best results, sand timber back to fresh substrate. Clean with Cabot's Deck Clean following label instructions.

Apply with Brush, Spray

1. Stir thoroughly with a broad flat paddle before and during use.

2. Apply liberally along the length of the timber including exposed edges and end grain by brush. The initial milky colour helps with even product application, drying to a semi-transparent finish.

3. Apply three coats allowing 2 hours between coats.

Regular inspection of all coated surfaces is recommended. When recoating aged Cabot's Exterior Varnish Stain, if in good condition, lightly sand and clean surfaces, then apply one or more additional coats. If the coating is in poor condition, thoroughly strip the existing coating and prepare as new timber.


Colour representations in brochures and websites should be used as a guide only for your colour selection due to printing and screen limitations. The actual colour achieved will be influenced by your timber type, tone, grain and application rate. To ensure you achieve the finish you want, we recommend that you test your colour choice at home prior to coating.

Ash Black
Ash Black on Cedar
Barley on Cedar
Burnt Teak
Burnt Teak on Cedar
Cherry on Cedar
Copper on Cedar
Dark Cedar
Dark Cedar on Cedar
Dusken Sky
Dusken Sky on Cedar
Light Cedar
Light Cedar on Cedar
Mamaku on Cedar
Maple on Cedar
Mission Brown
Mission Brown on Cedar
Pine Green
Pine Green on Cedar
Pohutakawa on Cedar
Punga on Cedar
Terracotta on Cedar
TOITOI on Cedar
Totara Leaf
Totara Leaf on Cedar
Traditional Pine
Traditional Pine on Cedar
Tree Fern
Tree Fern on Cedar
Weathered Cedar
Weathered Cedar on Cedar



Available sizes

500 ML

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