Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

Current Product Test: Benjamin Moore Arborcoat

While we don’t do many whole house strip projects anymore, we have a great customer who was willing to wait over a year for Topcoat to be the wood loving restoration team on their heavenly home in the mountains.

The home is a log cabin with a pretty brutal sun and wind exposure. The existing coating is a badly weathered and failing Sikkens finish system. We are performing a low pressure chemical strip and ph balance on the home, after which we will manually sand the trim and logs to prepare the perfect test palette for Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat stain. The entire deck system will also be treated with Arborcoat, so its a great opportunity to test a couple of the Arborcoat lines under some harsh real world conditions which we will be able to follow up on and observe the products’ performance over time, from season to season.

Stay tuned for footage and information about the products and processes used on this labor intensive project.

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  1. Bill says:

    Any idea what happened to the Sikkens system that led to the failure? Water or oil? Never personally seen it fail unless there was painter error. Not to say that it wouldnt.

  2. tony curtiss says:

    Is arborcoat a material that can b used possibly on an ipe deck that is about 6 years old? Has been refinished once already and has to be stripped 4 lack of better terms any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Just trying hard to find the honest answer
    Thanks
    Tony …. Northern Illnois

  3. low pressure chemical strip? Does that mean you get to play with power washers? hehe, fun toys.

  4. Should be fun to see, have you ever contracted a media blast in a situation? I have a client who asked if I would consider coming to the mountains and stay in their vacation home and restore theirs. Was thinking of having a sub come and cobb blast it would be ready to paint when we get there.

    • Tommy,
      I haven’t done or contracted any media blast, mostly because we have so well dialed our chem strip products and processes over the years – thanks largely to guys like Ken Fenner.

  5. Thanks! I appreciate that.

  6. Look forward to that, always love seeing the details of your team at work!

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