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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review2.09/5(9)

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review

Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat is a 100% acrylic exterior wood stain that provides water repellency, mildew resistance, and UV protection. This stain is a waterborne product that was introduces in 2010 as a two component system. One coat of stain and one coat of a protective clear coat needs to be applied. Available in a range of colors, this wood and deck stain can help you protect and beautify your outdoor furniture, deck and siding.

We tested the Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat for only 1 year as it was introduced for Spring 2010. We used the semi-transparent version to be consistent with other field tests.

Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 3

- The Arborcoat after drying had a “plastic” unnatural look to the wood when done. The finished result was a film-forming stain, similar to a varnish. These stain types are definitely prone to peeling in cold weather states such as our test deck in Michigan.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 10

- We only tested for 1 year but the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat did very well with preventing UV graying. The nano-technolgy seemed to fully repeal the graying effect. We noticed no color change after 1 year.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 1

- We got a call from the homeowner in the Spring of 2011 to look at the deck. On inspection we were extremely disappointed. The Arbrocoat had peeled significantly on the brand new pine deck. Patches of the finish had peeled off the wood in strips. You could peel back with your fingers large sections of stain. The product did not seem to have penetrated into the wood at all.

Arborcoat Failure

Arborcoat Failure

Cost Per Square Foot: 5

- Arborcoat retails for $42.99 a gallon. 9 gallons were used for the 1000 foot deck at a cost of $.39 a square foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 10

- No mold or mildew as on the stain after the one year mark. The zinc oxide in the formula definitely seemed to help.

Ease of Application: 4

- We found the Arbor coat to be difficult to apply. As with most water based formulas, the Arborcoat dries fast and displayed overlap marks. Adding the clear top coat did help even out the appearance somewhat. The stain applies like a paint and dries on top of the wood. We were skeptical of the appearance and if the stain would make it through the winter (it did not).

Color Shifting (darkening) after 1 Years: 8

- There was no visible darkening of the stain expect for some dirt that accumulated on top of the finish.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 1

- The customer was so displeased with the condition of the deck after less then one year that they requested the Arborcoat to be removed. A traditional deck stain stripper did not remove the stain or top coat. Power sanding was needed and cost the unfortunate consumer a substantial amount of money.

Overall Score Defy Extreme Stain at 2 Year Period: 5.75

- Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat did not perform well in a cold weather state and on a newly built deck. The unnatural appearance was reason enough not to use the stain but the peeling and difficulty of removal really was tough to swallow.

Buyer Beware!

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Benjamin Moore Paint Outlets
Cost: $42.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: 75 Custom Colors
Application Temperature: 40-90 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. One stain coat and one top clear coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft in field tests
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 24-48 Hours
Cleanup: Soap and Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Benjamin Moore

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: August 2010
Deck Wood Type: New Pine Decking, ACQ
Deck Square Footage: 1000 Square Foot Deck
UV Exposure: Mostly Shade
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used:
Cedar


*All products tested and results are from our hands on experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ widely due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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109 Responses to “Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review”

  1. Pizzed off Customer says:

    Horrible product for the money they charge. Call BM and they said it was an application problem, basically blaming me.

    • Kim Casey says:

      I HAD THE EXACT SAME EXPERIENCE with BM, they blamed me, and I followed the instructions to the tee! BM is well, BM. (get it ? nudge nudge) on decks, (holds up well on Vertical surfaces, though. )

  2. billymo says:

    I have to admit that I was blinded by the BM brand name. I am royally pissed at myself for not researching beforehand. I have two young kids and my time is precious – staining my two tiered mahogany deck was a big job for me.. Never in wildest dreams could I have guessed the stain would be a colossal bust. The areas that did not fade were only succeeded at taking permanent imprints of dirty footprints. Now I am in the midst of stripping and prepping (twice) with the RAD AC product (which seems to be working). I am now a pro at pressure washing and deck maintenance and i have Arborcoat to thank for it! Nevertheless, I will not be buying another BM product ever again. I can hardly wait to get the AC mahogany stain on and finally enjoy our deck for a change.

  3. Tom C. says:

    Just bought arborcoat and applied to our 1 yr.old deck. We used a lighter color (tan) with a semi-solid stain. On lighter tone boards it looks great but on the darker posts it just looks like hell. We have applied a second coat on them to even out a little but not the look we were looking for. Semi-solid should show some grain but this looked hideous. There was serious overlapping. I should have chosen a darker stain perhaps this wouldn't have been an issue but we don't like burning our feet on scorching hot desks. Since the railing is now done I will buy a gallon of the solid for the floor. Hope this covers better.

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.

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