Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi Transparent Deck Siding Stain 638


  • UPC: 023906107772
  • MPN: 6380601
  • Brand: Benjamin Moore
  • Manufacturer: Benjamin Moore
  • Manufacturer’s Product Number: 6380601
SKU: 638 Category:


ARBORCOAT is powered by the same patented Gennex waterborne colorant technology developed by Benjamin Moore over the past decade. It is a system that not merely has yielded award-winning low- and zero-VOC interior paints (Aura and Natura, respectively), but has dispelled every argument that performance is sacrificed or compromised by going “green.” In fact, in divining the new Gennex formulations, Benjamin Moore has defined a new generation of paint, creating unparalleled ultimate performance coatings. Now, leapfrogging into the future, it’s doing the same for the stain category, delivering a low odor/ low-VOC product that’s well below the strictest VOC regulations yet astonishingly superior in performance to conventional stains.

Product Description

A premium quality waterborne alkyd/ acrylic semi-transparent stain formulated to penetrate and protect wood, resist abrasion, and beautify wood decking, siding, fencing, shingles and furniture. Its colors are semi transparent, allowing the color and the grain pattern of the wood to show through. As a complete system for decks the ARBORCOAT stain must be top coated with ARBORCOAT Waterborne Protective Clear Coat (636).  We have provided you with the Arborcoat Color Guide.  Each color has a sample of what it would look like with semi-transparent and semi-solid so please look at the left one for the Arborcoar Semi Transparent color.  Please remember that all colors will look different through a computer monitor and even more different on different types of wood.  For any questions on color please call us at our toll free number: 1 (800) 457-1332.


  • Provides protection and color without obscuring the grain or texture of the wood
  • Added life and durability are given to the finish by UV blocking pigments ground in a weather tested vehicle
  • May be applied to new, pressure treated lumber
  • Formulated to penetrate, protect, and beautify wooden decking and furniture
  • Provides mildew resistant coating
  • A water repellent coating
  • May be applied to new, pressure treated lumber. Ideal for softwoods like cedar and pine Scuff resistant

Colors Available: GENNEX® Tint Bases: Clear Tint Base (06), Yellow Tint Base (12), Red Tint Base (20)

Gloss: Flat

Clean Up: Water

Recommended Use: Exterior

Recommended For: Residential or commercial applications where a premium quality finish is desired. For exterior use on wood decking, fencing, siding, shakes, and furniture.

Additional Information:

Resin type: Alkyd/Acrylic Blend
Do not apply when air and surface temperatures are below 40° F (4.4° C).
Not recommended for use on previously painted or stained wood unless previous coating has been completely removed.
Not recommended for hardwood.
Do not apply at a rate less that 200 Sq Ft. Per Gallon.
The in can color may be drastically different than the final dried color.

How to Prepare Exterior Wood for Staining

Whether you are doing the job yourself
or hiring a contractor to do the work, you should have a thorough understanding of the staining process. The following information offers some guidelines for preparing your home’s exterior wood surfaces for staining.

The best time to stain your home’s exterior, deck siding, or outdoor furniture is when temperatures are moderate (above 50°F, but below 95°F), the humidity is low to average, and there is no rain in the immediate forecast. Ideally, you should have three to four consecutive dry days prior to beginning any exterior staining project.

Tools for the Job 
Benjamin Moore offers a complete line of brushes and rollers designed to work with wood stains. Alkyd or oil-based stains should be applied with natural-bristle brushes. Synthetic-bristle brushes are ideal for latex or waterborne wood stains. The following is a list of tools and supplies for exterior staining projects.

  • Stain brushes or pad applicators
  • Benjamin Moore rollers and roller covers
  • Stain mitt
  • Sprayer
  • Caulk
  • Gloves
  • Hose or power washer
  • Paint scraper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire brush

Surface Preparation
To achieve the best results, be sure to take the time to properly prepare the surface to be stained. As with paint, proper preparation is the key to a successful staining job that will last. See the following categories to find which best describes the condition of your wood, and how to prepare it for staining.

  • New wood – “mill glaze” is found on new, smooth planed wood, and interferes with the adhesion and penetration of stain. Use Benjamin Moore BRIGHTEN Brightener and Neutralizer (317) to remove the mill glaze found on all new wood.
  • Unfinished wood – Use Benjamin Moore CLEAN Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318) to prepare wood for staining. CLEAN removes mold and mildew.
  • Maintained finished wood – Use Benjamin Moore CLEAN Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318) to keep stained surfaces looking crisp as well as to prepare for regular maintenance touch-ups.
  • Mildewed/neglected wood – Use Benjamin Moore RESTORE Wood Restorer (316) to remove dead wood fibers and for cleaning. Please note that Benjamin Moore RESTORE darkens tannin-rich woods such as cedar and redwood. UseBenjamin Moore BRIGHTEN Brightener and Neutralizer (317) to reverse the darkening effect.
  • Worn/stained wood – Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315) to remove existing oil and/or latex finishes as well as to remove opaque solid color stains and water sealers from wood prior to refinishing or restoration. Use Benjamin Moore BRIGHTEN Brightener and Neutralizer (317) to neutralize Benjamin Moore REMOVE residue.
  • Tannin-rich woods (cedar, redwood) – Use Benjamin Moore Alkyd Primer (366) to control tannin bleeding when using solid color stains, particularly under lighter colors.

Watch Videos on preparing your deck for staining, selecting the right stain, applying deck stain, and maintaining your deck.

Technical Data Sheet (TDS) | Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) | Arborcoat Product Guide | Arborcoat Color Guide | 11 Keys To Staining Your Deck Like a Pro

Additional information


Pint, Gallon, Five Gallon


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