Applying Two Coats of Cabot Deck Correct. The Ultimate Guide

There you are, a bit disappointed that the Cabot color shade is not dark enough. Perhaps, you feel it’s not hiding the wood defects enough. As a DIYer, you may wonder if you can apply more than one coat of Cabot to your deck.

Yes, you can apply more than one coat of Cabot Deck stain, especially when using Cabot semi-transparent products. A double layer can darken the wood and hide defects. However, it may not dry properly, so be wary.

This article will show you everything you need to know about applying a second coat to Cabot Stain and whether it’s the best idea for your deck.

Are More Coats of Cabot Deck Stain Better? 

More coats of Cabot Deck stains are not always better. There’s no need for a second coat if you start with a Cabot semi-stain or solid stain. 

Semi or solid stains have a thick consistency and form a thick film on deck surfaces. So, you’ll likely end up with a sticky mess if you apply a second coat. In addition, a second coat will not dry properly and peel off with time.

When Is It Necessary to Add a Second Coat of Cabot Deck Stain? 

It’s spring or summer, and your deck stain is not as bright as it was in the previous year. 

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No doubt, you look forward to hosting cookouts and weekend parties on your patio or wood deck this summer. So, is it time to apply a fresh Cabot Deck stain? 

Here’s a simple test to know if it’s time to add a fresh coat: Place a drop of stain on the wood. Is it readily absorbed into the wood? If yes, your wood is weathered enough to accept new paint. 

Furthermore, always try your new exterior stain on an inconspicuous area on the deck to get a feel for the new color. 

Can You Recoat Cabot Deck Stain Immediately After First Coat?

Ideally, you should wait at least four hours before adding another coat. However, don’t wait longer than seven days before applying a second coat of stain.

Make sure to test your stained wood to see if it’s ready for another coat. Place a few drops of water on the wood to see the absorption rate. 

We’d advise using Cabot Semi-Solid stain as a second layer of stain for surfaces previously stained with semi-transparent Cabot Deck stains.

You should know that Cabot Deck Stain manufacturers do not support adding another coat to a freshly painted deck. According to the company’s guidelines, a single coat is enough to deeply stain your wood.

However, some users of the semi-transparent stains might disagree since the opacity levels are too high in this type of stain. In most cases, the color they choose doesn’t pop out on wood surfaces like pine and redwood.

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How Many Coats of Cabot Deck Stain Can I Add?

Never apply more than two coats of Cabot Deck stains. Excess stain may peel or flake in areas with high foot traffic. Furthermore, it will trap moisture and cause the underlying wood to decay. 

The first coat is usually enough for most DIY deck staining procedures. 

How to Apply Another Coat on Cabot Deck Stain? 

The process of applying a second coat is relatively straightforward. It requires less prep or stress than applying the first coat. So, follow these steps when applying another coat;

Step 1: Clean the Stained Deck 

Use a soft-tipped brush to remove all debris from the stained deck. Take care not to sweep too hard. Is the wood surface dry? Wait until it’s dry before adding a second coat. 

Step 2: Choose a Great Day for Staining 

To get great results, don’t stain on rainy days. Furthermore, avoid staining on middays or under direct sunlight. It’s preferable to paint early or late in the day. 

Step 3: Check if The Deck Is Dry

Sprinkle some water on the deck. You’re ready to apply a second coat if the droplet sinks in. 

Step 4: Apply a Second Coat

Start applying another coat with a 4-inch brush. Always use a similar stain or color code. Apply the second coat in the direction of the wood grain. You may also use a roller to apply the second coat. 

Step 5: Remove Excess Stain 

Take note of areas where the second coat seems darker. It means there’s too much paint in that area. 

Use a dry cloth to dab and remove excess stains. Once you remove the excess stain, use a paintbrush to smoothen it for an even coating. 


Yes, you can apply two coats of Cabot Deck Stain, but only in specific cases. Use only when the first stain is a Cabot Deck semi-transparent or transparent. Remember, deck stains will flake and peel off when it’s too thick. Furthermore, your deck becomes sticky and slippery with too much coating.