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Solid Colour Stain

All-in-one exterior masonry and wood opaque matt finish in 35 shades

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  • Opaque matt finish available in 35 different shades
  • Excellent adhesion and long lasting performance
  • Guaranteed for 15 years on vertical surfaces and 5 years on horizontal surfaces on bare wood
  • Excellent for masonry, decking, cladding, outdoor furniture and so many more

Owatrol Solid Colour Stain (SCS) is an opaque protection and finish designed for use on masonry as well as both new and weathered exterior wood surfaces. It contains Owatrol’s Emulsa-Bond, giving it excellent adherence without the need for lengthy preparation and priming. This is unrivalled by other available products.

For use as a masonry paint, we recommend using SCS over other products on the market due to the stabilising solution it has. Many other masonry paint products require you to stabilise the surface before the paint can be applied, which can require extensive preparation and priming. However, due to SCS having Emulsa-Bond (a mix in bonding primer) built into it, this step is negated – meaning you can just get on with the job at hand.

Why should I use SCS?

The primary reason for using SCS is simply that there’s nothing else as good on the market. SCS is guaranteed for 15 years on vertical surfaces and 5 years on horizontal surfaces. The most notable quality of SCS is that it will not flake or peel! Not only can SCS be used on new, old and previously coated external wood surfaces but it protects as well as finishes. It provides lasting protection against moisture and has excellent adhesion and flexibility of the film.

SCS is perfect for delivering long-lasting beauty on sidings and cladding, hard-wearing consistency on fencing and high-traffic performance on decks, docks and other horizontal surfaces. You can use SCS on softwood, hardwood, tropical wood and thermo-heated wood surfaces. You can even use SCS on weathered vertical masonry including stucco, painted block and EIFS. It’s excellent for use on outdoor furniture and the wide range of available shades means you can create a unique style for your garden.


Owatrol Solid Colour Stain (SCS) is available in 1, 2.5, 10 & 20 litre containers and in 35 different shades. You can also purchase a sample pot to help you to decide on colours.

Ideal Uses for Solid Colour Stain

  • Excellent variety of colours for exterior masonry
  • Perfect for decks, docks and other horizontal surfaces
  • Stunning on outdoor furniture in any of the 35 shades
  • Long-lasting protection for fencing and other vertical surfaces
  • Rich matt finish on concrete out buildings and garages
  • Beautiful for log cabins and summer houses
  • Performs well on masonry, new and old wood

This Product is DeckMark & CladMark Certified.

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Always read the Solid Colour Stain Technical Data Sheet before using and follow the instructions carefully.

Surface Preparation

Exterior masonry surfaces

Before using SCS, all masonry surfaces must be clean, dust-free and free of any loose material. We recommend using a stripper such as DSP 800, which is perfect for the removal of all coating types. You must ensure that all previous coatings are removed before using SCS, otherwise, it will not penetrate properly and you will not gain your desired finish.

New wood surfaces

Before using SCS, all surfaces must be clean, dry and free of dirt, grease and mildew. However, if your wood is new it will also have a hard shiny surface known as mill glaze which prevents maximum penetration – preventing any coating from adhering properly. We would always recommend new wood is treated with Seasonite new wood protection and then allowed to weather for a minimum of 6 months after which time Solid Colour Stain can be applied following the instructions for weathered wood.

Weathered wood surfaces

Untreated wood surfaces which have weathered for 6 months or more need a thorough cleaning to restore their original colour and remove any built-up dirt before applying SCS. To do this simply use Net-Trol wood cleaner which is scrubbed on, left to work and then rinsed off. Be sure to allow your wood to dry thoroughly for 48 hours afterwards before applying Solid Colour Stain.

Previously coated surfaces

In this case, first sand or scrape to remove any loose, flaking or peeling finish (if there is any). If necessary, you should strip the surface with Dilunett Gel and then neutralise it with Net-Trol wood cleaner. Then allow 48 hours for the surface to dry before applying SCS.

Applying Owatrol’s Solid Colour Stain

Owatrol’s Solid Colour Stain is incredibly easy to apply by following these simple instructions. First, apply a coat of SCS avoiding heavy application. Next, allow this coat to dry for 3-4 hours before applying a second coat. If applying by spray, always back-brush or back-roll immediately after application to ensure uniformity of colour, coverage and penetration.


Surfaces with harsh exposure to weather or traffic will wear more quickly than other areas. In these cases, clean or brush affected areas (with Net-Trol for wood) and recoat as necessary.

Clean Up

Clean all tools and equipment with soap and water whilst still wet. If allowed to dry, remove with paint stripper.

Rags soaked in this product should be soaked with water before disposing of with household waste.

Please Note: Woods high in tannins e.g. Cedar, Ipe, Oak, Teak will darken when treated with Aquanett, Prepdeck or Dilunett. Neutralising with Net-Trol immediately after rinsing will lighten and restore the woods colour.

It is imperative that a contact time test is done when using Aquanett, Prepdeck or Dilunett on Oak, Chestnut and other high tannin content woods to avoid blackening the wood – Refer to the relevant TDS.

Things to Remember

  • Before starting your project on wood surfaces, test penetration and absorbency by sprinkling water lightly onto the wood. If the water is absorbed rapidly, surface is free of contamination and ready for staining. If water is repelled, thorough preparation, as for new wood must be performed.
  • Before starting application, test the colour choice on a small area and allow to dry to determine final colour.
  • Purchase sufficient product for the whole job and mix all product together before starting to avoid colour variances.
  • Cover everything you do not wish to coat, including plants and shrubs.
  • Apply between 10°C and 35°C.
  • Do not apply in direct sunlight, on hot surfaces.
  • Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 48 hours.
  • Mix product thoroughly before and during application. Do not thin.
  • For wood, always work the entire length of a deck board or horizontal siding to a logical break, such as a window or door frame.
  • Vertical siding should be coated from top to bottom.
  • If using an airless sprayer it should be (.017-.021 tip at 1800-2000 psi (124-138 bars))

22 reviews for Solid Colour Stain

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    Adam Smith Verified Owner

    Steve and the team really went to the extra mile with advice and help – a great company to work with.

    In terms of the solid colour stain I found it easy to work with and got a great finish. Would happily use again.

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    Tracey Harley

    I bought 2 X 2.5 L of solid colour stain in traditional grey. Very happy with the product apart from the colour! Rather than grey it looks white, almost like a primer! Unfortunately I didn’t request a colour card first!
    I emailed twice to see if there was anything I could buy to add to the stain to make it more grey and just waiting for a reply!

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi there Tracey,

      Sorry to hear the colour wasn’t quite what you were expecting it to be.
      If the paint hasn’t been used yet we would be happy to collect it, send you out a colour card and then go from there?

      Please feel free to give us a call on: 01582 592707 or email our operations manager, Ross, directly at: r.coniam@owatroluk.com to discuss further.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Thought you might like to see some photos of my bin storage. I used black solid colour stain, two coats and a perfect Matt finish. Love it!! 😍 All my neighbours are interested too!

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    Bin storage unit after application of SCS in Black
    Bin storage unit after application of SCS in Black
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    George Mckendrick Verified Owner

    Update from 2010.

    I reviewed this product in 2010

    Durining 2020 and lockdown I in the shed found 4 litre tin with an ill fitting lid . The hut and fence needed redone and the owatrol went on after 10years..perfectly . I cannot recommend this product enough

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi there George,

      Thank you so much for your review.
      That’s great news that S.C.S was still good for you after 10 years! We’ve never had feedback of S.C.S being applied after being left unused for so long, so it’s great to hear it still worked well for you.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Balazs Kiss

    These old oak posts have been painted after some prep work, to compliment the new millboard deck on this jetty project.

    After using SCS on deck
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    Michele Williams

    Can I use this over weathered Textrol HES on upright decking posts and handrails provided I give them a good sanding to would the paint give a better finish ?.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi Michele,

      Solid Colour Stain can be used over previously coated surfaces provided the surface is sanded or scraped thoroughly to remove all loose flaking or peeling finish. If necessary, strip with Aquanett and neutralise with Net-Trol.
      The surface must also be free of dirt, grease, grime and mildew and once clean, you must allow wood to dry 48 hours.

      I hope this was helpful, please don’t hesitate to contact us again should you require further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Catherine Chandler Verified Owner

    We have used the black solid colour stain to renovate cedar cladding which had weathered very unevenly and looked a bit of an eyesore. The stain is a joy to use, with brilliant coverage and a smooth application. We are very pleased with the result.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you for your review of SCS – we are glad you had a great experience using it on your cladding.

      If you have any before and after shots of you using SCS, we would love to see and share them on our social media pages – if you are happy to do this, please send your pictures to: sales@owatroluk.com

      Thanks again.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    David B Verified Owner

    We have been using Owatrol products for over 15 years and would not want to use anything else. However was disappointed to find out that you no longer make SCS in Pewter Grey. We need to retouch a building that was painted a couple of years ago – it was a big job (50 litres) and we certainly don’t want to re-paint the entire building! Looks like we will have to look elsewhere for a similar match. What a shame!

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your query.

      We recently had our tinting machine upgraded and now use a different type of colourant. At this time we also updated all of our colours.

      This being said, I can request from our technician in France for a formula for Pewter Grey. Would you like me to look into this for you?

      We also have a new colour chart, detailing all 35 colours we currently have. If you would like a copy of this, please let me know your address and I can get one out to you.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Mike Blanchard Verified Owner

    I’ve used the Solid Colour Stain for years in some pretty exposed situations on the west coast of Scotland. On fresh cut larch poles the Butinox stain, that I used, flaked off after a couple of years, but the SCS, which I subsequently applied, is still looking good 10 years later, flexing with the timber and not flaking at all. Garden furniture, cladding, windows, concrete steps – all have been painted with SCS, it really is that good.

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    Miss Horn Verified Owner

    I did a lot of research and felt this was definitely the right product for me and my decking and I’m sure it is but although I used the calculator to estimate how much would be needed but I ran out and now have an area of about 3×4 ft not covered let alone apply a second coat.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi there,

      We’re sorry that you have been dissatisfied with the coverage guidance for Solid Coloud Stain. Unfortunately due to variations in timber porosity, temperature at the time of application, the period of time that the wood has been exposed to the elements, the species of wood and other factors the coverage calculations are for guidance and are not determinant on actual application rate. We cannot test on every wood surface and have to give an approximate quantity needed as a guide.

      Unfortunately whilst I appreciate that this is frustrating for you it does happen and could have been for a number of reasons specific to your wood.

      Many thanks,
      The Owatrol Team

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Coverage: 8-10m2 per litre
Tools: Brush, Roller, Airless Sprayer
Suitable for: Exterior use
Clean up: Soap & water
Drying Time: 24-48 hours
Re-coating Time: 3-4 hours
Suitable Surfaces: Exterior masonry, new or weathered exterior wood