Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review 2.7/5 (117)

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Review

Update 2019: Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain Review

We would love to hear from you if you have used the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat deck stains. Please post a rating in the Consumer Star Ratings below. If you have any pictures of your experience with the Arbor Coat, you can add them in the comment area with a detailed description.

If selecting this deck stain, keep in mind ArborCoat users in the comments have noted that they have better results when applying to a dry 12% non-PT wood deck.  While the majority of comments and user experiences reported are negative,  the application is definitely a factor in results.  If reliable long-term results are desired, read more about our top rated deck stains for 2019, and weigh in with your own experience.


Important Note:  This is Our 1st Review of ArborCoat Deck Stain. Our second review was completed in 2015. Please see here: Benjamin Moore ArborCoat Review 2016

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 introduced 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: 4

– 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: 9

– We only tested for 1 year but the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat did very well with preventing UV graying. The nano-technology 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.

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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 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 2 Years: 8

– There was no visible darkening of the stain except 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 than 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
Manufacturer: Benjamin Moore

Test Deck Stats:

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 into consideration that results may differ widely due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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Cathi B
Cathi B

can you use this on the exterior wall of a house?

carol steinman
carol steinman

How to remove stain from cloth ? Had a can of Arborcoat Exterior waterborne solid deck and stain (red) pour accidentally over a stack of sheets/towels in a closet. Some items only have a splash of stain on them…how to remove?
Please reply. Many thanks,Carol

Ken Miller
Ken Miller

Arborcoat Solid is the worst stain I have used. It holds dirt like nothing else. Even people wearing socks leave marks on my deck. Those marks are difficult to remove. Soap and water won’t do it. Only bleach based cleaner will remove the marks. The same goes for pollen stains or staining from leaves. The coating remains soft even after weeks of curing. My advice? Never use this stuff. My advice to Benjamin Moore? Pull it from the market.

Sergio Bencivenga
Sergio Bencivenga

Complete garbage. Had a beautiful deck installed 3 years ago and I then ruined it with this crap. I am now in the process of power sanding it off and staining it with a much better product. Finally, I’m getting the deck I wanted. I have been warning everyone to stay away. Oh, and I’m a huge Benjamin Moore fan. I insist on Benni Moore on all my interior walls. But they screwed the pooch with Arborcoat.

Terry Jackson
Terry Jackson

I found the Arborcoat stain has poor adhesion qualities. With in 2 months of application it has peeled in numerous sections of my deck. I am going to restain the entire deck again and will try using a Kilz primer prior to using the Arborcoat stain….maybe this time it will remain on the wood…

Cheryl Galante
Cheryl Galante

Benjamin Moore Arbourcoat Transplant Teak looks amazing on my teak covered porch. It rained heavily right after it was applied and we sanded lightly and reapplied with a soft cloth. It has only been two weeks so I’ll need to see how it stands up to the test of time.

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Fran
Fran

I used Arborcoar Transparent and after two years parts of the deck, underneath the dripline of the roof, are peeling. Many parts of the deck, in shade or less weather, are fine.
Question: What do you recommend that I do to treat this problem?

M M
M M

Arborcoat is easy to apply and looks good for a while. But on parts of my front porch deck and wood shingles on my house, the stain started bubbling and blistering, which looks awful and is very difficult to fix.

Homeowner in Connecticut
Homeowner in Connecticut

My experience is similar to the other posts. Had a brand new pressure treated deck built. Let it dry for eight months. Had a reputable and experienced painter prep and stain the wood and apply clear coat. Cleaned and reapplied clear coat annually per Benjamin Moors directions. Two years later the Arborcoat started mildewing and peeling. Year three I have a mottled finish and big strips started coming off during cleaning. Now I need to strip the deck down to bare wood. Plan to restain with TWP.

Using the Benjamin Moore “stain” was a wasted effort, an exercise in frustration and is costing me money.

Very disappointing.

Katie
Katie

I used arbor coat semi transparent stain and was surprised by your review. It does not go on like paint at all. The grain of the wood shows through. In fact I used it on my front porch including the stairs. I love it it is maintenance free after 2 years Are you sure you didn’t use the semi solid stain? That goes on more like paint.

custom property design
custom property design

I used arborcoat oil last fall, and the previous fall on our deck. I bought special deck wash, and powerwashed the deck before application. the arborcoat product cost me 50 bucks a gal. and I believe I needed 2 gal (but I have some leftover) for a 12’x16′ decking and all the railings, 3 steps. it was very difficult to apply – it’s thick and sticky and covers poorly. stain needs to constantly be stirred/mixed too, as the oil starts to separate. I recommend buying a mop pad applicator and broom handle for deck applications. It’s a miserable job to do with a brush on your hands and knees. this product streaked. it also looked milky and faded after a year. it had several worn areas (one was from the gutter leaking down on it, the other spot was from wear). every year it needs another coat. i’m sick of dealing with it. this year i saw another deck stain on clearance for 5 dollars at lowes, olympic elite, which i purchased bc i don’t have anything to lose at this point. i was surprised by how much easier to was to apply. and the color matched but looked nicer too… i only over-stained the actual deck (not the railings) and i only used 1/4 gal. I had powerwashed it, lightly sanded it with 80 grit sandpaper, broomed it, and blew it off with the leaf blower first. i cannot comment on the wear bc i just stained it yesterday. we’ll see…

Herb
Herb

After using the Benjamin Moore stripper and then the B-M Restore, I erred in the middle of our properly prepared 4 y.o. deck. Overlapped, and now we have a board that is darker and more ‘plastic’ looking than the rest of deck. How can I recover from my mess-up? sad

Michael
Michael

My old GC used this on my new covered porch 1.25″ interlocking pines boards, the boards were painted in their entirey inside, left to dry then installed. My GC didn’t apply the clearcoat and the stain has failed miserably, all boards on the edges are warping. The boards that get zero water by the door are also chipping etc, this stain is absolutely terrible.

I don’t know what to do to fix and what to use next, any advice would be helpful.

Barbara
Barbara

North Vancouver, arborcoat translucent natural applied under ideal conditions to a well ventilated new deck which we allowed to cure for a year, which was then cleaned thoroughly with Thompson’s WaterSeal heavy duty deck cleaner. One year later….the translucent st peeling off in some areas in ribbons. Beyond a complete waste of time and money as now I need to sand off this mess and start all over again !

justin
justin

> peeling off in *some areas* in ribbons.

Stains and paints don’t decide to fail randomly in some places and hold up fine in others. Failure is due to lack of or improper prep.

david
david

I do house painting, deck staining, and pressure washing. I’ve used Arborcoat with great success. I do a great deal of prep work including belt sanding and pressure washing. The surface has to be dry, clean of dust and mildew, and free of all other product. If you do a shabby job prepping the surface, you will have difficulty down the road. Don’t paint of mildew, wet wood, or dust.

Cathy
Cathy

This Benjamin Moore deck stain Arborcoat is an inferior product. It was applied two years ago and it looked as though it was applied 25 years ago after the first 6 months. Dirt from walking on our grass and onto the deck, including dog paw prints are like glue. Every Mark shows. O called BM customer service and they claimed they have never had that complaint. Dry disappointing because that is simply not true. It was a waste of money plus I had to pay for the deck to be stained. People come over and ask “What happened to the deck?” I reply, “Benjamin Moore Arborcoat deck stain. It’s a substandard product. None of our friends and neighbors will use it because if our deck. It’s a complete waste of money. BM sent me four new cans to say they were sorry. How does that make sense?

linda van
linda van

I have Arborcoat by BM on my deck and every year deal with bubbling and peeling. Can I lightly sand and apply Flood stain over it? I have too much decking to completely remove or is it something I have to continue to deal with every year?

John W
John W

DON’T USE THIS STAIN! I applied the Arborcoat to my cedar deck railings and posts on a new deck mid-June 2017. I was very careful to apply one thin coat as instructed. Days after application, the stain was still tacky and this was after wiping down any residual. By September 2017 the stain was getting mold spores and appeared some of the stain was coming off (blotchy). I called the local hardware store that recommended this stain and they came out to my house. The hardware store was surprised the stain looked so bad after only a couple months. I’ve lived here for 32 years (CT) and my other deck and my cedar sided house never got mold like this. The hardware store gave me a gallon of bleach based cleaner for free to see if I could clean it. The cleaner didn’t do anything to help along with an aggressive powerwash. Now one year later I’m stuck with this stained cedar that has most of the stain gone and blotchy. Never seen anything like it. My deck boards are mahogany and I’m grateful I didn’t use the Arborcoat on the mahogany. I’ve used Cabot’s semi-transparent on my cedar siding since 1985 and though the formula has changed over the years, I never had a problem. Benjamin Moore has done a disservice to all of us that found this stain to be a problem. I would rather have the stain completely come off the cedar than now having to figuring out how to recover from this mess. Benjamin Moore owes me!

Nan Rainey
Nan Rainey

I totally sympathize. Consider Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener. I live in humid Savannah, GA and am waiting for autumn to clean and stain my deck, so I haven’t used this yet. After much research I chose TWP stain and the manufacturers recommended the Restore-A-Deck cleaning products. This video demo made by a novice convinced me to give the cleaner a try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q1mrKbIuXU
Good luck!

Richard DaSilva
Richard DaSilva

I have the same exact issue. Terrible.

TheRef
TheRef

Having used BM products at other homes with great success 5+ years without a reapplication, we decided to use this Arborcoat SemiSolid Stain on our existing home. It is being used on the screen enclosed North facing porch as well as the exposed to weather stairs. We have lived in the home 4 years this summer. The deck stain has been applied to the deck for about 3 1/2 of those 4 years. Every year this stain has been a PAIN! Every year after pressure washing the pollen (we have pollen storms in the South East) off of the deck boards the stain either had to be touched up or reapplied completely. I went back into the BM store, which is now out of business, and they told us to think about using a clear coat on the deck. The one difference between the deck of other homes and the deck today is the pressure treated wood. Today’s wood doesn’t have the arsenic content as it used to, thank you environmentalists. I don’t know if that makes a difference in the performance of the stain. However, I want to enjoy the covered porch not continuously work on it. I do believe that the next time we deal with any deck. We’ll consider the TREX deck boards now in a multitude of colors. Cost is way more but my time is worth something also.

justin
justin

Hey guess what don’t use a pressure washer. Use a deck cleaning product, a bristle deck brush and garden hose. I would not recomend the clear coat, once you use that then your stuck with it for good. People just want to slap the stain on and when it fails blame the product. No one ever wants to hear this but proper cleaning and prep is key to success with any acrylic solid stain.

Kevin
Kevin

Ive used a pressure washer on 100s of decks beforehand to get it clean. First off 9/10 people dont know the first thing as to how to use a pressure washer and how to clean it. Ive seen some wild jobs done with a pressure washer where i came in and did it myself and did it right. Good clean boards are the key to make sure stain is on and stays on

Amy
Amy

Do you have to use the top coat sealant?

justin
justin

The clear coat is optional. Talk to your dealer about your specific requirements….

justin
justin

My god the comments on this website never cease to amaze me. Latex obviously do not penetrate in the same way solvent based products do, are film forming and require more prep work end of story. Its 2018 and latex products are the future so get used to doing a bit more prep! Bubbling and peeling are a 100% indicator you did zero prep work and/or painted over a damp surface or other moisture issues. Sand your boards to 80-120 grit or use a wood brightener to open the wood pores, make sure your stuff is dry with a moisture meter, then stain. Check out the pic from “Anthony maldonado”, my dude those boards look like I hired my 5 year old niece to stain them in fact she would do a better job.

Ryan Evangelist
Ryan Evangelist

Nailed it ^

Griffith
Griffith

Seems like there are so many cons to Arborcoat . Having deck powerwashed and re-stained. Should I consider another produck??

Janet
Janet

We are very unhappy with the look of our deck after using Arborcoat. We had a very experienced painter prepare and stain our deck about a year ago. This spring it is pealing and darkening in many spots. I was not very happy with the initial look of the stain on the wood. It looked very flat and plastic appearing. I would have been ok with that but it is already showing wear after less that 18 months. Very disappointed!

Anthony maldonado
Anthony maldonado

Homeowner called me about there deck I stained back in August last year said the deck was this was a new deck on a newly built house the home allowed the deck to dry and wait before deciding to go ahead with staining the deck and all the deck boards and hand rails are peeling and it’s chipping like a latex paint.

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Mary Anne Wells
Mary Anne Wells

My can of deck stain was in the garage all winter here in Ohio, certainly exposed to some single digit temps. Can says protect from freezing. I want to use it and it looks fine, but has it been damaged?

Louise
Louise

I used arborcoat on my deck, it turned black from Mold. Sent pictures to Benjamin Moore rep, they do Not stand behind their product! Just pressure washed again and put Sherwin Williams on…. Will NEVER use Benjamin moore products again!

Sara
Sara

How do you like the SW stain? I have the BM stain right now and thinking about restaining with the SW.

Frances Chunn
Frances Chunn

Our experience with BM Arbor Coat solid stain has been horrible…excessive and unnecessary work, major expense and hugely disappointing. I will NEVER use this product again and I urge others to do research before embarking on this kind of project. It was applied to a new treated pine deck after adequate aging…that lasted less than a year. Another attempt several months later resulted in similar failure. Now we will follow the directions of this website and I expect success. A hard lesson learned! Shame on Benjamin Moore for marketing this product!

Louise
Louise

Use Sherwin Williams, it will cover the Benjamin Moore mess after pressure washing…… I will NEVER use Ben again either!

Gerard M
Gerard M

I stained my decks with Arborcoat last summer on my new decks. The wood was dried for over a year before I stained it. I primed and stained the decks as recommended. The stain is now peeling up after only 6 months and I have now even used them. I did my research and chose Arborcoat. Now I was told I have to strip my decks back to bare wood and start over. If I would have known that I would have to strip and redo my deck every using this product I would have never purchased it. I spent over 400 dollars on the stain which is twice the cost of the other products I researched. I should have used one of those at least it would have been cheaper. Benjamin Moore representative actually did nothing to resolve it only to blame it on the customer. Now it will take days and money to strip the stain off. It allot of time and money staining the deck the first time. It is going to be harder now since it has been stained.

Ed Wood
Ed Wood

I sanded my PT deck down to bare wood, it was dry and clean and the BM Arborcoat STILL chipped and peeled within 3 months!

George B
George B

I used the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat on my new deck. I let the deck season, cure and used the deck preparation cleaner recommended. The deck looked amazing the first few months after the application. After that, the deck started to get mold between the wood and stain. It looked aweful with black mold spots everywhere. I’ve talked to my stain rep where I bought the stain. The said it’s very rare but it sounds and looks like the stain flash dried before it penetrated the wood. This has been a nightmare to remove. I’ve used multiple other brands over the past 30 years and never had this issue. I’ll never use this product again. I’m over 100 hours in stripping and sanding.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Always hire a pro painter like myself. I have been staining and painting decks for over 20 years. Proper prep is very important. I love arborcoat stains. Arborcoat classic oil is my favorite. If i use waterbased solid stain i apply 1 coat of slow drying oil-based primer then apply 2 coats of stain. For oil based stains 1 to 2 coats of stain(no primer).

joni
joni

I have a mahogany deck. I was going to use Arborcoat semi/solid Do you think this is the correct choice?

Marv
Marv

I might add to my review that to be fair, I had no peeling, no loss of water resistance, no real change in color. I live on Cape Cod and left it for 2 years before reapplication. So really, just butt ugly.

Marv
Marv

I used to use Cabot Mahogany flame on my mahogany deck, which I thought was great. Then they switched to a water based formula(they have since returned to oil I believe). I went to my Benjamin Moore store, where they told me they had an identical product in oil base. The color was certainly very similar, which I wanted because I also stain my mahogany deck and rear steps, as well as the decking in my outdoor shower stall, and they needed to match. the first time I applied the stain with a natural brush, and it looked ok until it dried. Then I could see all the brush strokes. Very ugly. I thought maybe it was my brush, so the next time I used a synthetic brush. Same thing. The third time I tried a new can of stain and a better brush. Just as lousy. It’s too expensive to throw away, but I am going back to Cabot.

Chris
Chris

This test was for the 100% acrylic. Have you tested the benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Semi Solid Classic Oil Finish? I’m curious if the same peeling and bubbling happens with the oil version? I hear a lot of complaints with latex bubbling and peeling, regardless of the brand, but is it true with an oil based stain? Since it is hard to find an oil based stain in a color, Benjamin Moore has one and I’d love to know how it performed as it’s one of the few oil stains with color.
Thank you for your time.

Enid Futterman
Enid Futterman

My deck has peeled terribly after a year, and then again after sanding and a re-application. And no warning or remedy on the can. Terrible.

William Clouser
William Clouser

If you make sure the siding is dry properly and the decking waiting the 6 months to a year on pressure treated arbor coat is awesome. My son and I have had no problems with it. Do it right and it will treat you right.

Brenda
Brenda

about 6 mos after our new deck was installed we applied this product as directed on the can. It is not an easy application and you can see the brush strokes. Within a few weeks it was peeling under the deck chairs. 1 year later it has peel spots over most of the floor boards. It has performed well on railings. We are going to try and touch up the floor and then apply a sealer over it and see if that helps. I would not recommend this product to anybody.

Packersowner4
Packersowner4

Hi Brenda – I’m no expert, but my case is similar to yours. I thus thought I’d share the “tech” reply/caution below from another forum to a reader asking if they should apply a top/clear coating to fix peeling. See comment/reader #25 posting at the end of this article about “Why Deck Stains Peel”, http://www.defywoodstain.com/why-deck-stains-peel/: “Your frustration is shared by many people. Unfortunately there isn’t a deck stain on the market that will last 5 or 6 years, in spite of what the warranties claim. 2-3 years is about what the best products on the market will give you. The big question is how easy is it to do maintenance coats. Some products require the wood to be stripped or sanded every time. In our case with DEFY products, you only have to apply a single maintenance coat every 2-3 years to maintain the finish. Unfortunately for your situation, a thick clear top coat may not be the best answer. This will only form a film on the surface of the wood, and typically when you put film-forming coatings on decks, they will peel. Solid stains in general can peel as they weather. A good quality semi-transparent stain will fade as it weathers, rather than peel. This makes it easy to maintain with a simple maintenance coat. If you want to switch to a semi-transparent stain, you’ll need to allow your solid stain to weather and then either sand or strip the finish off. Once the wood is bare, you can use a semi-transparent stain hopefully with less frustration and work. The other option if you don’t want the maintenance is to replace the wood with a composite type decking material or a concrete patio, but obviously these are much more expensive up front.” BTW, while the Defy staff refer to their product in the above, I found their articles and replies to readers to be otherwise fairly objective and helpful (they referred to this website in a reply). I’ve read in other forums that in reducing harmful VOCs in paint/stain products, manufacturers haven’t yet produced a product that performs at the level of 15 or so years ago. The BM Arborcoat 640 Solid Stain my wife and I applied to our deck is lifting/peeling in varying strips of roughly 2″ wide by 4″ to 6″ long (I check by putting a dull knife in the crack). These break/peel off if stepped on etc. The vertical posts/spindles are OK (or so far, as I’ve read in reports from others), but adhesion on horizontal deck boards is apparently an issue. We, too, followed the directions, power washed the deck (which had a thin/faded layer of non-peeling, oiled-based, semi-transparent stain remaining), let it dry thoroughly, applied the BM stain using a roller followed by brush, avoided over-thick application, etc. The staff at the store selling us this product said we’d have no problem applying this stain over the remnant stain on our deck, as that selling point appears in the Technical Data… Read more »

Jim
Jim

I had my cedar deck completely rebuilt in 2014, waited one year and stained it using BM Arborcoat Semi Transparent (waterborne) after sanding, cleaning and brightening the wood. I second all the complaints about this product regarding flaking, peeling and cracking and regret ever using it in the first place. My question is, can I expect good results using RAD stripper to remove as much of the old finish as I can, sanding the rest off, and then re-staining my deck with TWP 100? I live in Washington state, and the deck gets a lot of direct sun/uv in the summer and lots of rain in the fall/winter/spring.

Kevin
Kevin

Do not apply in direct sunlight!! I apply all my stains at dusk and it cures just great after all night to dry. This is really the key to getting to last years.

Allen
Allen

Do NOT apply oil stain at dusk if you live anywhere with dew! It is a good idea to keep any type of stained surface dry for as many straight days as possible. A suspended tarp is awesome at night against dew. An angled tarp is great if rain is coming within the first week.

Dan
Dan

The colors are way off. My first light brown semi-solid looked like circus peanut candy, a cartoonish orange. Smoked oyster came out pinkish purple. Awful.

robert wright
robert wright

last year we had our deck sanded and then used arborcoat. we are not pleased. blotchy, scratched-not up to Benjamin moore standards

Barb Marshall
Barb Marshall

Bought a house last year in the Spring 2016 and deck was stained with Arborcoat. Before the summer was over, deck was showing wear and tear and so reapplied stain. This SPring 2017, power washed deck and stain came off in strips where foot traffic was heaviest. Waited for deck to dry out (no rain for 3 days prior to staining and day time temps 70-80 F). Applied the stain using a roller. It rained 9 hours later (torrential bouts for at least a couple of hours). I see some bubbling in areas on the deck as it dries out – looks like moisture got under the stain surface. . Will these bubbles go away on their own with time? Can I do something to get rid of them.

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Andrea holland
Andrea holland

This product should never be used on a deck. New deck, applied stain four months later, summer dried, stain was applied in September on dry serface No one has walked on it no shovel has touched it during winter and it now must be sanded to be removed. It may work in southern countries but not Nova Scotia.

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Andrea Holland
Andrea Holland

This product should never be used on a flat surface. My deck is 6 months old has gone through one winter and all I can do now is sand the whole deck and start again with a DIFFERENT product. The biggest disappointment to date. Never consider this stain for a deck.

Fred
Fred

This product has failed for me since 21011. I continue to resand it and retry it thinking I’ve done something wrong. I’ve pulled up deck boards and made sure all sides are coated, but it still peels. Its all peeled again. Mostly any horizontal deck surface. Perhaps the natural oils in the wood prevents the stain from adhering or soaking in? I don’t know, but I’m NEVER purchasing BM paint of any kind again.

Barb
Barb

This post is of great interest to me as we have a brand new cedar deck & are looking at Ben Moore Arbor Coat semi-transparent deck & siding –classic OIL finish (C328). We used that on our previous deck & LOVED it, however I noted that the “ingredients” on the 2 cans are somewhat different. The BM rep answered my question about that yesterday saying that the company had to adjust due to government regulations…as did all companies.
Do you have any reviews or information on the OIL (alkyd) BM semi-transparent stains? We will only use oil!!

Samuel G
Samuel G

I’m in the same boat. Just built a new cedar fence, cap/trim, really fancy. I wouldn’t dream of applying acrylic water based to new cedar. However the customer has a solid color fence in back he’d like to match. I’m considering and testing the ARBORCOAT- ALKYD- semi-solid Oxford Brown.
It’s vehicle is Linseed Oil, I guess that penetrated well. Parafinic I heard is best.
You must apply keeping a wet edge or you get overlapping. So it’s tough to put on.
Only one coat is reco’d for this reason. A second coat wouldn’t soak in and cause failure.
It is high in solids U-36% C- 56%
Alkyd Resins – not sure what this means. Maybe oil/repels water well. ????
How long did the finish last on your previous deck??? How did it weather? It seems that with high solids and lots of resins and pigments it will hold up well to UV and last pretty long. As long as the Linseed oil has a chance to soak in…. Thanks !!

Capttsea
Capttsea

Had the Semi Solid professionally installed. The contractor cleaned and sanded the deck prior to application. After 1 year deck started peeling in high traffic areas. In order to save some $$ I touched up the peeling areas with no positive results. Now in the second year and the deck is a mess. Stain peels just with a strong garden hose washing. Contractor informed me the entire deck must be sanded again before restraining. Do NOT USE THIS PRODUCT.

BILL HOLMES
BILL HOLMES

Don’t use this product. I used it my cedar deck and it looked great for a year however, then it started to peel away. I was told by BM to use their stripper that is supposed to strip it off – good luck, I even tried it neat with no result. In the end I had to have the whole deck sanded and that cost me $1800 NEVER AGAIN!!

adil
adil

This product should be recalled. Completely peeling all over my deck within 2 years of application following BM instructions to a tee. This is obviously some sick can grab but definitely realise now that the BM brand is just marketing with no substance at all.

Cjkist@yahoo.com
Cjkist@yahoo.com

This is a failed product which should not be sold. It peels Soon after application. When we approached the company with this issue they attempted to blame us for not applying the product properly. We followed all directions for application. We also recognize now similar claims / reviews from other people who have used this product.

A.J.
A.J.

Have used BM Arbor Coat Solid (railings,etc) and Translucent (decking) with 636 clear. This is BY FAR the best decking/exposed wood paint product I have ever used. I live in Plymouth, MA so our weather is all over the place…rain,snow,hot,dry and everywhere in-between. Yes, after 3-4 years it needs to be redone in heavy traffic areas but what deck doesnt?? Any horizontal wood with standing water and snow is going to show wear and tear. If you don’t want maintance you better use Trex/PVC,not wood. Some if not most of the reviews are clearly “operator error”. New wood,wet wood from power washing,etc will not hold ANY product you apply, period. New PT wood needs at least 3-4 months to dry, 5 months ideally, before ANY paint product is applied.

Brad
Brad

This product should not be sold and removed off the market. Our two year old deck is a disaster. Thanks Benjamin Moore.