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Arborcoat Ups and Downs

By on August 17, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments

Joshua from Allbright painting is always doing interesting projects when he is not traveling around the states providing educational seminars to paint contractors. His latest one was teaming up with Benjamin Moore to create the worlds largest YoYo. He wrote about the experience here. This is another great example of the evolution of the relationship building between contractors and manufacturers.

Do a search for opinions on Arborcoat and you will find a love/hate relationship and a variety of user experiences. Consumer Reports recently rated it the top solid stain, even with a few negative reviews on their own site.

One of the most commented on posts here at BP is the Benjamin Arborcoat one. In one of the comments Scott says,

Sometimes, folks who have issues with any product are really victimized by something going wrong in the prep, or incompatibility with previous coatings, or lack of maintenance.

Paul Schmidt of Schmidt Painting agrees, noting:

I’ve been using Arborcoat solid stain since it first came out and absolutely love it. It just plain sticks to about any surface I put it on. As far as the semi-transparent? I’m not sold on it yet. Some people feel it has a “plasticky” look to it, and your prep has to be spot on perfect. Not all of my customers want to pay for the prep it requires, and there are other products out there that are more forgiving.

John from Shearer Painting explains how to properly prepare a deck here.  He, like many other professionals, is a Certified Stain Contractor.

Scott has also written extensively on it over at Topcoat Review and his column in American Painting Magazine. We are fortunate to  have experts like Josh, Scott , John and others that write about these products and spend their time informing painters and homeowners on how to properly use these products to avoid some of the failures we have read about.

Paul Schmidt prepping

Paul Schmidt prepping

It can literally make or break us. Whenever a product is “love/hate”, we remind everyone to sample products carefully and prepare surfaces properly. As researchers ourselves, we know the value of reporting both the best of times and the worst of times when it comes to product. Product is no messing around for serious paint contractors. It drives the system, and has to be controlled and predictable.

If a product can’t perform under generally accepted industry standards, then it can stay sitting on the shelf. Feel free to share your experiences with Arborcoat, both good and bad.

That is how we help each other.

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Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Editor at Blogging Painters at Partners in Sites
Chris Haught is the editor of Blogging Painters, the leading resource for paint contractors. Chris also works with contractors to improve their website and social media presence. When not blogging about the painting industry, she works in the educational sector as a media and technology mentor.
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  1. The solid stain is a nice product no better than most solid stains we use. The big issue with Arborcoat was and is there waterborne decking stains way to many problems. As for he prep work that’s goes without saying with almost any product.

  2. howard vince says:

    I used the oil base ext arborcoat product with horrible results. Don’t even think about using it. It attracts mildew like you wouldn’t believe. It has been years and I am still upset about it. BM gave me the usual corporate response: will give you more product.

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