Arborcoat stain, excellent color retention and durability

Experts say that you should be staining your deck every two years to keep the wood healthy.  There are two types of stain – oil-based and acrylic-based.  Oil penetrates the wood and protects it from within, while acrylic sits on top and protects the wood from moisture.  If you already have a stain on your deck, it is best to stick with that type of stain.  You can’t put acrylic over an oil-based stain.  It would be a disaster.

We are thrilled to stock Arborcoat, by Benjamin Moore, in our store now.  This stain is simply the best stain for your outside project.  It is ideal to be used on pressure-treated wood, cedar and redwood, although it really can be used on any wood.  It has excellent color retention and is very durable even with our harsh, different seasons.


The stain flows evenly when applying and will mask the grains of the wood without obscuring the texture.  It has been formulated to protect and beautify all types of wood decks.  It is a fast-drying stain that only needs water to clean it up.

Surface Preparation 

Can be used over previously painted and stained wood that is in good condition. If general peeling is present all previous coatings should be removed. 

Optimal performance is achieved when the product is applied to a clean, dry and absorbent wood substrate. 

New Wood: Smooth planed wood siding, trim, or deck boards must be sanded thoroughly or treated with Benjamin Moore® Brighten, Brightener & Neutralizer (317) to break the “mill glaze” and allow proper penetration and adhesion. After prep is complete, test for penetration by applying a few drops of water to the dry substrate. If the water does not quickly penetrate, repeat prep or consult your Benjamin Moore® retailer. 

Weathered Wood: Prior to staining, weathered wood must be treated with Benjamin Moore® Restore, for Gray & Weathered Wood (316), following label directions, until a sound surface is obtained (loose or damaged wood fibers removed). 

Previously Stained Surfaces: Can be used over previously painted and stained wood that is in good condition. If general peeling is present on decks all previous coatings should be removed by sanding with an On Floor machine or using Benjamin Moore® Remove, Finish Remover (315). 

Un-weathered areas such as eaves, ceilings, overhangs or protected wall areas must be washed with Benjamin Moore® Clean, Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318) and rinsed with a strong stream from a garden hose to remove surface salts that can interfere with proper adhesion. 

Mildew: Stains from mildew must be removed by cleaning with Benjamin Moore® Clean (318) prior to coating the surface. 

Caution: Refer to the 315, 316, 317 and 318 technical data and 

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Stop by and talk to John about this amazing product.


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