Benjamin Moore now offers Arborcoat waterborne wood exterior stains. The line consists of five products: Transparent, Semi Transparent, Protective Clear Coat, Semi Solid or Solid. Transparent, Semi Transparent and Protective Clear Coat are options that promise exceptional protection while allowing the natural color and texture of the wood to show through. Distinguishing the two minimally opaque stain finishes is a unique composition of both water dispersible alkyds with acrylic resins. Thanks to the alkyds, the stain is able to deeply penetrate the wood; it’s the acrylic resins that contribute to the durability over time. As for the acrylic Protective Clear Coat, it is especially effective and recommended as a final deck finish atop either of the two transparent stains, ensuring added defense against foot traffic and the punishing elements of the outdoors. In fact, an annual application of the Protective Clear Coat is optimum, providing paint contractors with the opportunity for ongoing maintenance for a client. For those wanting to completely mask the wood grain but retain the textural qualities, there is a choice of Arborcoat Semi Solid or Solid finishes. These are acrylic formulations, with performance properties that are equally superior protection as their aforementioned siblings. Semi Solid is available in 75 popular colors; Solid in any color.
Arborcoat stains help repel UV rays, are water and mildew resistant, and help prevent scuffing. When tinted, the low odor stains feature Benjamin Moore’s Gennex waterborne colorant, adding no further VOCs to a low VOC count of less than 100 grams per liter. All Arborcoat stains have been formulated for decks or siding; they are easy to apply with roller or spray plus back brush; and, recoating can be rapidly completed, increasing productivity and bottom line results for a contractor.