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.