Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Stain Disappointing
Painted our front porch with BM Arborcoat this weekend and very disappointed. First applied Exterior Alkyd Primer (366) because it was new cedar. About 6 hrs later, applied first coat of Arborcoat solid stain and within 24 hrs it was bubbling and peeling. It had rained earlier in the week. Is that our problem? Should we have waited longer for the primer to dry (Tech sheet said 4 hrs)?
Welcome to the forum Turquoise. What level is it bubbling down to? Is it going to the primer or the bare wood? It sounds like a wood moisture issue, either from the rain you mentioned or maybe it was still a little green. All is not lost. Whatever moisture is in the wood will create it own escape valve, the blisters. Let it fail and let the blisters do what they will, don't break them. At least not yet. It will dry itself out and some spot priming and another coat should do the trick. As to how long that will be, you have to keep your eye on it and monitor the changes. There is really not much else you can do at this point. Sorry for your troubles, seems like you did your homework and still had a backfire. Welcome to the world of painting.