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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review 2016 3.1/5 (7)

ArborCoat Stain Review

ArborCoat Stain Review

Important Note:  This is our 2nd Benjamin Moore Arborcoat. See our first review here: Benjamin Moore Arborcoat

ARBORCOAT Premium Exterior Stains offer a variety of opacities in an array of captivating colors that let you express your own unique style. These finishes are designed to enhance the appearance of your deck, siding, or outdoor wood furniture with outstanding color retention. All ARBORCOAT finishes are easy to apply and offer superior protection while enriching the texture and grain of exterior wood surfaces.

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

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 5

– Similar to our first review, 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.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

– The Arborcoat does well with UV protection. It has a high solid content, similar to a paint. We did use the top coat clear on this deck as well. Not sure if that actually helps with UV protection, but BM claims it does.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 3

– This product does not perform well on our tests. It is prone to peeling and wear. After 2 years much if not all of the flooring had peeling issues. Cracking, peeling and mold growth was evident throughout.

Arborcoat Failure

Arborcoat Failure

Cost Per Square Foot: 4

– We used 2 gallons of the Cedar color for our 300 sq. foot deck and 1 gallon of the Clear Coat. About $.50 a sq. foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6

– We had mold growth after two years. Mold was under the stain and on top.

Ease of Application: 5

– We found the Arbor coat to be difficult to apply in this second review. The Arborcoat dries fast and displayed overlap marks. The stain applies like a paint and dries on top of the wood.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 1 Years: 10

– Arborcoat did not darken in color after 2 years

Difficulty of Reapplication: 1

– This product cannot be stripped off completely. You will have to sand to remove fully. We would not suggest applying a stain of a different brand over the Arborcoat. The new coating may not adhere and will be prone to future peeling

Overall Score Defy Extreme Stain at 2 Year Period: 5.25

– There are many negative reviews on the Internet about the Arborcoat. Benjamin Moore knows there is an issue yet they continue to sell this product. We do not recommend using this product.

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Product Information:

Where To Buy: Benjamin Moore Paint Outlets
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Acrylic/Alkyd Urethane Blend – 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 2013 to Summer 2015
Deck Wood Type: Cedar
Deck Square Footage: 300
UV Exposure: Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
Cedar with Top Coat Clear

*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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5 responses to “Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review 2016”

  1. Doreen Shaw says:

    I used arbor coat last year on my shed, deck and fence. All vertical areas were fine the following spring. The deck eas an absolute disaster, peeled very badly.

  2. Alice Vogel says:

    A local paint contractor completely sanded and cleaned my cedar deck. Arborcoat was applied, apparently easily. Almost immediately, areas in the sun began to peel. The paint contractor and an Arborcoat representative came out to review the situation. The areas that were compromised were resanded and Arborcoat was applied again. Since then, all areas have lifted and peeled except those areas in constant shade. Very disappointing.

  3. Cecil Marcano says:

    Try the translucent arboat Coat. Be sure the wood is dry 12%. Apply in the afternoon when the wood not hot. We sand the deck completly as a wood floor with belt sander. We are profesional deck and wood floor company. This work for us in the tropics Puerto Rico. And clean your deck every week or two. If you do not wash you car for two years the paint will be really bad same with your deck. Any question.

  4. mark says:

    The best system for the Arborcoat Solid Deck Stain is to use the Benjamin Moore Fast Dry Alkyd Prime #094 on bare wood. I like in New York and it still looks great 3 years later. The alkyd primer penetrates and bonds to the wood fibers where any waterbased product only grips the surface.

  5. stephan says:

    I have a positive experience with this product.
    We had our large open front porch redone in Canada, hot sunny and humid in the summer, wet in the fall, snowy and frozen in the winder. 5 years later the product has not peeled and the colour is good, though it has worn off the floor in some high traffic areas.

    The contractor who installed the porch floor and ramps prestained all of the dry, non PT wood with opaque Arborcoat…in his shop… before installing it. Perhaps this explains our good results?

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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 in consideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.