Arborcoat Oil Stain Review

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5.6 Total Score
  • Initial color looks good
  • Easy to apply
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Manufacturer Description: Arborcoat Oil Stain offer a variety of opacities in an array of captivating colors that let you express your own unique style. These finishes are designed to enhance the appearance of your deck, siding, or outdoor wood furniture with outstanding color retention. All Arborcoat Oil finishes are easy to apply and offer superior protection while enriching the texture and grain of exterior wood surfaces.

5.6 Total Score
Arborcoat Oil Stain Review

Product applies easily and the initial color looks great. It doesn’t seem to absorb in to the wood very well, definitively nowhere near how other oil based stains are absorbed. 14 month weathering test showed a pretty significant loss of color and darkening from mildew growth was beginning to occur.

5.6Expert Score
Ease of Application
8
Ease of Penetration
4
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
6.5
Initial Appearance
8
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
6
Resistance to Peeling
7
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
5
Darkening
6
Ease of Cleanup
3
Eco-Friendliness
2.5
5User's score
Ease of Application
7
Ease of Penetration
6.4
Odor (Strong Odor=0
5
No Odor=10)
6.1
Initial Appearance
5.2
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
4.8
Resistance to Peeling
3.7
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
5
Darkening
4.1
Ease of Cleanup
2.7
PROS
  • Initial color looks good
  • Easy to apply
CONS
  • Doesn't absorb well
  • Signficant color loss after 14 months
  • Mildew growth beginning to occur after 14 months
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  1. 3.3
    Ease of Application
    100
    Ease of Penetration
    100
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    60
    No Odor=10)
    100
    Initial Appearance
    100
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    100
    Resistance to Peeling
    10
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    50
    Darkening
    20
    Ease of Cleanup
    20

    Buyer beware!
    Oil-based stain: Horrible and pervasive mold growth after 17 months, even in sunny and dry areas. It literally ruined my brand new, beautiful rough-hewn sided barn. Please be very careful using this product! I now need to somehow remove the mold (praying it hasn’t penetrated deeply into the wood) without damaging the siding (hand-scrubbing, no pressure washing) and re-stain my barn after less than 2 years. So disappointed in this product.

    + PROS: Easy to apply. Looked beautiful, but only after initial application and during first year
    - CONS: Oil-based stain: Horrible and pervasive mold growth after 17 months.
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  2. 0.15
    Ease of Application
    0
    Ease of Penetration
    0
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    0
    No Odor=10)
    10
    Initial Appearance
    0
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    0
    Resistance to Peeling
    0
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    0
    Darkening
    0
    Ease of Cleanup
    20

    On cedar deck that was cleaned and power washed and sanded. Disappointed in the color look. Has a murky appearance not happy.

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  3. 3.45
    Ease of Application
    50
    Ease of Penetration
    90
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    30
    No Odor=10)
    90
    Initial Appearance
    100
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    50
    Resistance to Peeling
    80
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    70
    Darkening
    60
    Ease of Cleanup
    70

    It worked for me!

    + PROS: Works
    - CONS: Smells
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  4. 0.8
    Ease of Application
    100
    Ease of Penetration
    20
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    20
    No Odor=10)
    20
    Initial Appearance
    0
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    0
    Resistance to Peeling
    0
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    0
    Darkening
    0
    Ease of Cleanup
    0

    Initial review by Editor is right about it laying on the board like thin paint. We bought some in the greyish-white color (forgot it’s name) and tested it on some boards. Put on with a brush as advised. Application was easy, but it’s very watery. It streaked and acted like thin paint. Didn’t soak into the wood. Wood was one year old PT pine, so was aged over a year. Returned it.

    Can’t vouch for any of the other choices in the list since we didn’t use it.

    + PROS: Applied fine with brush. No problem there. Didn't notice a strong odor.
    - CONS: Streaked. Didn't soak into wood. Didn't clean brush up - just threw it away.
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