How We Tested Benjamin Moore Arborcoat
August 2011: The initial application of Arborcoat on our log cabin restoration project is nearly complete. Meticulous preparation of all wood surfaces set the perfect palette on which to apply the stain system. We are filing away our stain application process notes and footage and will be watching the weathering patterns on the log cabin, which is set in a full sun exposure mountainous location. We will return in the spring to apply a maintenance coat of the clear component of the Arborcoat system. We are using Arborcoat on other residential projects as well, and will be compiling a full review in the future.
We have heard lots of different types of feedback from other users of Arborcoat, and it seems that the critical points in considering use of this line of stains is to understand the different types of products that are in the Arborcoat line, and to select the one that is best suited to your application. Then, follow the instructions for use…particularly as regard surface preparation and maintenance requirements.
Arborcoat is designed for use on decks and siding, and these are two of the harshest exterior surfaces to apply finish to. So, this is no place to take a shortcut. Arborcoat is a new type of technology for these applications, so it is critical to use the product as it was designed to be used, and it is especially important not to take any shortcuts in the prep. It seems to be human nature when paying a higher price for a premium product, to expect the product to take care of everything. This is not reality. The user is still the biggest variable standing between product success and failure.
[Click here to view our Demo Video on How to Apply Arborcoat]
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