Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stains & Finishes Review

Translucent, Semi-Transparent, and Semi-Solid Stains in Classic Oil Finish

Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat classic oil finishes are excellent for many types of wood, including redwood, mahogany, cedar, teak, and pressure treated woods. Not only do translucent and semi-transparent classic oil finishes offer superior protection for decking, siding, fences, and a host of other wood surfaces, but they protect without hiding the beauty and texture of the wood. You’ll see less of the wood grain with the semi-solid oil finish, but this more pigmented finish provides even more durability

ARBORCOAT classic oil finishes are manufactured from a unique alkyd formula that enhances the wood's natural beauty in various opacities. The alkyd finishes penetrate deep into the wood, providing a mildew-resistant coating and UV protection. Each classic oil finish covers 200 to 350 sq. ft. per gallon and cleans up using a solvent.

Solid Exterior Stains to Enhance Durability

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Latex Stain is their lineup's most durable exterior wood stain finish, and the Ultra Flat Waterborne Solid Siding and Fence Stain also offer superior protection. Both of these are available in any of Benjamin Moore's 75 stain colors, so you have many options from which to choose.

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi-Solid stain is available in 75 colors

The solid exterior stains have excellent color retention and are fade, scuff, and mildew resistant. As the stain dries, typically in 1-3 hours, its distinctive formulation allows the modified acrylic resins to penetrate deeply into the wood's structure and form strong bonds. After applying the stain, simple soap-and-water cleanup is all that's required. All of our solid stains are appropriate for composite decks

Here is the lowdown on all of our premium quality Arborcoat exterior stains:

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Translucent Classic Oil Finish

Our premium-quality translucent deck and siding stain is formulated to penetrate deeper to enhance durability and offer a water-repellant coating. The trans-oxide pigments included in this weather-tested resin provide the ultimate UV protection, scuff, and mildew resistance.

Arborcoat Translucent Classic Oil Finish comes in six colors: Natural, Redwood, Teak, Cedar Mahogany, and Silver Gray, and they may be applied to either soft or hardwoods. New Wood: Smooth planed wood siding, trim, or deck boards must be sanded or treated with Benjamin Moore Brighten to remove the "mill glaze" and allow penetration and adhesion.

New Wood: Smooth planed wood siding, trim, or deck boards must be sanded or treated with Benjamin Moore Brighten to remove the "mill glaze" and allow penetration and adhesion.

Weathered Wood: Before applying the deck stain, complete sanding or treat weathered wood with Benjamin Moore Restore until the wood surface is free of loose or damaged wood fibers.

  • Sheen: Flat
  • Cleanup: Solvent
  • Resin Type: Alkyd
  • Recommended Use: Exterior
  • MPI Rating: 13, 33
  • VOC Level: 340.0

Arborcoat Semi-Transparent Classic Oil Finish

The Arborcoat semi-transparent stain provides excellent UV protection and a longer time between recoats while resisting blistering, peeling, stains, and scuffs. You can expect to get 3-4 years between recoats on the sunny sides of your home and 5-6 years on shady sides. This semi-transparent stain comes in 75 available colors, all of which allow the wood grain pattern and texture of the wood to show through.

  • Sheen: Flat
  • Cleanup: Solvent
  • Resin Type: Alkyd
  • Recommended Use: Exterior
  • MPI Rating: 13, 33
  • VOC Level: 550.0

Arborcoat Semi-Solid Classic Oil Finish

Next is the Arborcoat semi-solid stain that is more pigmented and has more opacity, meaning you'll see less of the wood's grain. However, depending on the exposure, it has greater longevity, with 5 to 6 years between recoats.

  • Sheen: Flat
  • Cleanup: Solvent
  • Resin Type: Alkyd
  • Recommended Use: Exterior
  • MPI Rating: 13, 33
  • VOC Level: 550.0

Arborcoat Solid Latex Exterior Stain

Benjamin Moore Paints developed the Gennex waterborne color technology several years ago, and today this low VOC system continues to get rave reviews.

The Arborcoat solid color stain requires three coats: one coat of oil-based primer and two coats of stain. The result is opaque while still revealing some of the texture of the wood. Arborcoat Solid Latex Stain is ideal for cedar, pressure-treated, and redwoods and can be used on composite decks.

  • Sheen: Matte
  • Coverage: 300 to 400 sq. ft.
  • Cleanup: Soap and water
  • Resin Type: 100% Acrylic Latex
  • Recommended Use: Exterior
  • MPI Rating: 16
  • VOC Level: 95.0

Arborcoat Ultra Flat Waterborne Solid Siding and Fence Stain

Here is an Arborcoat ultra flat solid stain available in any Benjamin Moore solid color. It offers superior protection and durability and is easy to touch up. However, it would be best if you did not walk on this finish, eliminating it from being used as a wood decking stain.

Third-party testing results show ARBORCOAT'S resilience to cracking, peeling, and fading when applied to pressure-treated southern yellow pine. The performance is made possible through ARBORCOAT'S waterborne formulation, allowing the modified acrylic resins to penetrate deeply into the wood's cellular structure and form strong bonds.

  • Sheen: Ultra-flat
  • Coverage: 200 to 400 sq. ft.
  • Cleanup: Soap and water
  • Resin Type: 100% Acrylic Latex
  • Recommended Use: Exterior
  • MPI Rating: 16
  • VOC Level: 72.0

Benjamin Moore Fresh Start All-Purpose Oil Based Primer

Our premium quality oil-based alkyd primer has a low VOC and provides excellent adhesion, sealing, and stain blocking. It is formulated to suppress most stains, including crayon, graffiti, grease marks, tannin bleeding, water stains, asphalt, creosote, rust, and smoke stains. You can use Fresh Start with oil or water-based paints and stains and recoat on the same day.

See the Technical Data Sheet (TDS) for additional information on these products.

Porch deck and railings painted in Benjamin Silver Gray ES-70, with ARBORCOAT Exterior Stain, Translucent

Where Can I Find a Ring’s End Retailer for Benjamin Moore Exterior Paints and Stains?

Ring's End carries a wide selection of Benjamin Moore exterior paints and stains in-store and online. Our Paint & Design Showrooms have full-time designers offering complimentary in-store color consultations. Visit a paint store near you to get started today!

Ring's End carries many exterior stain options for siding and decking. Your environment and aesthetic preferences will be your guide. It's essential to protect your home, no matter what kind of finish you select for your home's exterior. Exterior oil-based finishes are beautiful and penetrate wood deeply and effectively for greater durability and longevity.

Ring's End has the products and expertise to help you figure out what you need to keep your house beautiful and in the best condition for years to come. Visit any one of our 20 paint locations to learn more about how to refresh and maintain your exterior!

We also offer e-design assistance to homeowners. Show us your home through the FaceTime app, and one of our designers can discuss color recommendations with you virtually. Visit our Design Services page to schedule your complimentary appointment.