Semi-transparent latex stain is similar to the transparent stain also requiring a clear coat. This stain is more versatile and forgiving on decks where their wood condition has been slightly weathered, and or has been stained previously. This stain is available in over 70 colors, giving a larger selction, and will expose a significant amount of wood grain, less than the transparent version, but more than the semi-solid. Decks receiving this type of stain should be prepped so the wood will look as good as it can be prior to staining. If the deck was stained with a solid stain, for example, and the owner wished to go to the semi- transparent stain excess sanding, and or stripping will be needed to acheive the required wood clarity. Semi- transparent stains look their best and last longest on new wood or existing wood that has been prepped in a way where wood pores are clean, exposed, and there is little to no blotchiness.
Benajmin Moore's Arbocoat semi- transparent stain is a two step process requiring a stain coat followed by a protective latex clear coat, again similar to a interior hardwood floor. The Arborcoat semi- transparent stains purpose is to give your deck a beautiful aesthetic appeal while giving it longevity with simple maintenance in years following. Unlike other stains which look good for a year and begin to break down the following, Arborcoat requires just the clear coat to be re-coated every 1-2 years depending on use, sunlight, and yearly damage. We push for this product on decks in "great" to "good" to shape so the heavy prep, sanding, and staining is done one time and one time only, and a quick clean and clear coat will be the only work and maintenance needed in years to follow.
** This product is also available in an alkyd version which has the same colors as the latex version, but in a richer and deeper tones, and does not require a clear coat. The alkyd (1 coat) finish looks best on cedars, teaks, and redwoods, but does not have the protection and easy maintenance as the Arborcoat transparent latex two coat system.
**Cedar and redwood decks are prone to tannin bleed due to the nature of the wood and may require additional prep, and yearly clear coats rather than bi-yearly to prolong the bleeding effect. Tannin bleed is a black/deep red dye that rises from within the wood.