Armstrong Clark Hardwood/Ipe Stain 1 Gallon

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Armstrong-Clark's stain offers the long lasting life on exotic hardwoods. Note: There are not two different versions of Amber and Mahogany Colors. Same version and they can be used on all wood types, but these colors were designed for exotic wood like Ipe and Mahogany.

Tested by professionals, Armstrong Clark outperforms all other brands on exotic wood such as:

  • IPE
  • Mahogany
  • Cumaru
  • Tigerwood
  • All Brazilian Exotic Woods

Key Features of Armstrong Clark Hardwood Stain:

  • Application can be done in direct sunlight and on hot days.
  • Applies easily by roller, brush, or airless sprayer. During spraying - going back over with a brush or roller will help give a more even appearance. After 24 hours any remaining puddles or glossy spots can be removed using a dry rag.
  • Older wood is reconditioned by deep penetrating nondrying oils.
  • Drying oils lock in the conditioning oils while pigments and water repellents lock out moisture and UV damage.
  • Armstrong wood stain is compliant with all environmental standards.
  • Does not contain any offensive odors.

Amrstrong Clark Hardwood Colors

Coverage Area for Exotic Hardwoods:

Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stain applies at 300-400 sq ft per gallon. Depending on wood porosity, actual coverage will vary.

Important

 *We do not guarantee stain colors as they will vary widely depending on the wood type, age of wood, prepping of wood, and application. Small samples are available at top

 

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Armstrong Clark Hardwood Colors are the top rated VOC compliant penetrating oil based stain for exterior exotic hardwoods. Allowed in all US States and Canada!

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    Glenn Austin · 04/08/2021
    We have a 14 year old IPE deck in direct sun that has been stained/restained many times with Sikkens Proluxe Cetol DEK translucent satin wood stain finish. The color is Natural Oak 005. Over the years the deck has developed more color variation than we like. We have also found it necessary to restain every one to two years. We are about to hire a flooring professional to sand the deck to the bare surface and want to start over. 
    We understand your product is recommended by some for IPE. Is your product better for IPE than the the Sikkens product we have been using? If so, why? What life can we expect from your product? 
    See the pictures attached and recommend a color in your line that would come closest. We would like to come as close as possible  to the look in the first picture. The color in the second which has been resanded is lighter than we like. 
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      Armstrong · 04/09/2021
      On IPE, nothing will last more than a year requiring annual prep and reapplication. The AC is better than the Sikkens DEK in that it is very easy to clean and recoat as needed. You would have to use one of the 3 hardwood colors.
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    Larry · 04/08/2021
    Looking for a recommendation for material to use on Alaskan Yellow Cedar. I have 52 outdoor benches that see the year round weather in Illinois. We have tried several different materials and nothing seems to hold up for more than a year. 
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      Armstrong · 04/09/2021
      Make sure to prep and remove all previous coating and then try the AC in one of the semi-transparent colors.
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    DANIEL GADZINSKI · 04/07/2021
    My cumaru deck is 11 years old and i have used your hardwood mahogany for the last 4 years. Very happy with results. As the deck is older do you still need the hardwood formula for penetration or could I transition to your regular deck stain. More colors available.
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      Armstrong · 04/07/2021
      Need the hardwood colors for best results.
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    Steve W. · 03/22/2021
    Hello, I am looking to put my first coat of AC Hardwood Amber on my new mahogany deck this spring. The deck was built this past fall and its ready to stain. The deck has become a more muted color, and after doing some testing, when the amber stain is applied without the RAD cleaner it becomes a beautiful golden color that perfectly matches my house. I would like to keep it this color if possible, but the restore-a-deck cleaner brings it back to its original red color (as it's supposed to). Is it possible to prep without using the RAD cleaner?
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      Armstrong · 03/22/2021
      No, you have to remove the mill glaze and oxidation so it needs to be prepped.
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    Jimmy · 03/11/2021
    Last spring I used the RAD Stain Stripper/ Brightener Kit on my Tigerwood deck and then applied the ARMSTRONG CLARK HARDWOOD/IPE STAIN Semi-Trans Mahogany color. By far the results were better than any other stain I’d previously used. My question is going into this spring, do I just clean and apply stain or do I have to strip it again?
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    Andrew W · 03/03/2021
    Hi. I bought a house with a Tiger Wood deck that was not maintained well. It does have a stain on it (in places) whereas in others, it has worn right through. The previous owners used Woodrich Exotic Hardwood Wiping Stain on the deck. The previous colour in Amaretto. How does your project compare to this in terms of quality and longevity? I'm thinking that I should clean it, strip it, sand it and then re-stain it. Is there anything else that I should think to do to help ensure the best result? Thank you for your advice.
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      Armstrong · 03/04/2021
      Strip and brighten for prep. No need to sand. Your wood type requires annual maintenance. Easy to do with the AC. Just clean and re-coat.
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    Dennis T · 01/25/2021
    I have a 3 month old mahogany deck, and wish to seal it, but also want to keep the deck as natural as possible so as to feature the color and grain variegation in the wood. What deck stain/sealant would you recommend would be best for my objectives, please?
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      Armstrong · 01/25/2021
      Amber is the lightest tinted color. It looks similar to a clean "wet look".
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        Dennis T · 01/25/2021
        Terrific, thanks for the quick and helpful reply

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    Tom Soli · 11/13/2020
    Can I mix the black walnut and mahogany stains for a custom color? It would be used on an older mahogany deck. Thanks.
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    David · 10/22/2020
    Continuing my deck restoration project: Replaced rotting cedar railings with new cedar posts, rails and spindles, just in time for snow the next day, and still snowing. So, can't stain new system until next Spring (temps too low).
    What would you recommend for staining/treating new cedar railing next Spring....stripping, cleaning, brightener?, and does A/C have a stain color to match old system color - Sikkens Semi-Transparent Teak. Incidentally, installers discourage using Sikkens on exposed railings -- too tight a seal --- and estimated 90% of railings they replace originally had Sikkens applied.
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    Shawna · 10/12/2020
    I am planning to use Armstrong Clark Hardwood/Ipe Stain 1 on my enclosed front porch where there will be high traffic with winter salt and snow and rain water tracked through. Should I put a top coat over the stained wood and if so does Armstrong carry a top coat or have a recommendation for one?
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      Armstrong · 10/12/2020
      It is not possible to top coat over the AC stains. That would lead to peeling.
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    Jeff s · 10/04/2020
    how to order the ipe hardwood samples? sample page does not specifically list ipe. Is Amber, Mahogany or Semi-Trans and Black Walnut samples for ipe?
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    Tony R · 09/13/2020
    Will this hardwood/IPE stain in mahogany come out the same color on a new pressure-treated pine deck? I love the mahogany color, but I don't want to use it if it will not show right on pine. Does anyone have any pictures of this color on pine decking?
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      Armstrong · 09/13/2020
      No, you cannot get PTP to look like an exotic hardwood deck. It will be much redder/orange on your wood type.
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        Tony R · 09/13/2020
        Thank you! I'm glad that I asked. Is there a color that you can recommend that will give a warm rich tone (similar to mahogany) to PTP?
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          Armstrong · 09/13/2020
          You cannot get PTP to look like an exotic hardwood deck like Mahogany wood. It will never stain to that nice of color and appearance. Closest would be the Chestnut color.
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    Johnny c jon · 09/06/2020
    Just finished the whole process and stain. It’s been 20 hours.

    1- if I go to wipe any boards fibers come up when wiping?

    2- can I touch up dry spots/ boards with dark then dry areas... with bit more stain?

    3- color varies a lot. Does this look good/normal? Especially photo 3 ... boards in front of door blotchy?

    please lmk your opinion

    tks very much
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      Armstrong · 09/07/2020
      1. Wood fibers do not come up.
      2. Hard to spot apply and have it blend but you can do this.
      3. That is your wood causing this. It is normal.
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    Gary · 09/02/2020
    Is there going to be a big difference using this stain on standard pressure treated wood, what are your concerns with doing so?
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    Rick · 08/29/2020
    What is the process to stain new African Mahogany outdoor patio furniture (table and chairs) the with AC mahogany stain? Thank you.
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        Rick · 08/30/2020
        Thanks for your reply. I get the waiting time and proper prep, but I was more interested in the application of applying the stain on the wood. I've done some experimentation and I found "one medium coat at room temp" and then "wipe off any excess after 2 hours" seems to give very good results (color and depth) on new mahogany with a 1-2 month wait time and "no prep" - use of brightener, etc. My application is on outdoor patio furniture (chairs and table) not a deck. I just wanted to hear your recommendations for such projects. Thanks.
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          Armstrong · 08/30/2020
          You cannot back wipe after 2 hours as that will potentially remove the curing oils before the stain dries fully leading to overall issues. You can if needed after 24 hours. Only one coat is applied to Mahogany.

          You will need to follow the full weathering and prep for the furniture as the article explains that we sent prior.
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            Rick · 08/30/2020
            Ok. But I thought I read somewhere that if you were staining an outdoor bench to wipe off any excess stain after one hour to prevent the pigment from attaching to your clothing.

            The mahogany color is perfect when I wipe after 2 hours. If I leave the stain alone for 24 hours the color is very dark in comparison. So how long do the curing oils need to do their job? 24 hours, or less? (I live in a hot and dry climate.)

            So what will happen if I don't prep? Lifespan of the stain is lessened? I will need to re-apply again? When? Thanks for your help.
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              Armstrong · 08/31/2020
              Not with the AC stains can you wipe off an hour later. You need about 12-24 hours. You have to weather and prep so the stain can soak in.
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    fran · 08/26/2020
    Sorry for the delay. Attached is a photo of the possible mold. fran
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    Johnny C Jon · 08/25/2020
    I’m about to stain using 4 inch brush. After going over it all do I wait 12 hours and emails up excess?

    If so with what material?

    And is it light wipe just to soak or to also spread stain and even it more?

    Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 08/25/2020
      Only if needed, wipe oof any excess stain that did not soak in with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside when done.
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        Johnny C Jon · 08/25/2020
        Ok so rags soaked in mineral spirits to wipe?

        and how long do I wait to see if stain soaks? 12 hours?
        tks
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    fran · 08/25/2020
    Bought a house that has a small deck in NC., (humidity) In an area of 365 square feet, there are some black spots, that were under an outdoor carpet, not all over, though. I’m pretty sure this is mold. Can I sand the mold spots out? The owner has a a can of Clark’s Mahogany Stain in the garage. fran
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    David Oleson · 08/23/2020
    Stripped, brightened, and stained ipe decking with AC Mahogany. Looks great!
    How long to weather before another coat of stain can be applied, and do I need to use brightener first?
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      Armstrong · 08/23/2020
      IPE needs to be done annually. Use the cleaner first when reapplying.
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    Jonny C Jon · 08/23/2020
    I have a question in 2 parts:

    1- I stripped/ brightened mahogany porch and there was furriness after drying so I lightly pole and hand sanded w 80 bc I didn’t like fur. I assume that’s fine yet do I need to brighten again bc I sanded some?

    2- Also, I couldn’t stain for rain and time constraints, now at 17 days. Do I brighten again? And is re-brightening the answer to both questions?
    Thanks !!
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      Armstrong · 08/23/2020
      1. Brightener again will help to open up the wood pores.
      2. Yes.
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        Johnny c jon · 08/23/2020
        Ok so regardless of wait time the fact I sanded ideally brightening again will be prudent?
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    Stuart Clutterbuck · 08/22/2020
    I have a 4 inch applicator brush. Mahogany porch Boards are 3 or so. I’ll be overlapping one board to the next as I’d imagine there’s no way not too. If I work quickly to next board I guess I’ll be fine and no streaking?

    please advise and any other tips for applying it. thanks very much
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      Armstrong · 08/23/2020
      As long as you keep a wet edge, you are okay.
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        Stuart Clutterbuck · 08/23/2020
        Meaning the edge lapping onto the next board shouldn’t dry?
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          Armstrong · 08/23/2020
          No, keep the stain wet and not dry as you process to the next board and it will not overlap.
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    Tom · 07/16/2020
    I have already purchased your stain and restore-a-deck kit for my 20 year old IPE deck. I have pressure washed the deck without any cleaner (just water) and it's looking pretty good (see photo). Would you still recommend using the cleaner and brightener before staining? Should I use both or just brighten?

    The railing/banister around my deck is slightly rough after cleaning and is giving me small splinters. I was planning to give it a light sand (by hand) to remove the splinters and roughness. Should I do the sanding before or after cleaning/brightening?

    Thanks for your advice!
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      Armstrong · 07/16/2020
      Do a light sand first and then brighten all wood after.
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        Tom · 07/16/2020
        In my case should I skip the cleaner? Sand, brighten, stain?
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          Armstrong · 07/16/2020
          You can skip it if you like.
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            Tom · 07/16/2020
            Thank you! Your responses are really helpful for people like me doing this for the first time.
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    Adam · 07/09/2020
    I have an unopened gallon of this hardwood stain that's been sitting on a shelf for about a years. Would it still be ok to use?
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      Armstrong · 07/09/2020
      If it has not frozen and was not opened, it should be okay.
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        Adam · 07/09/2020
        Thanks. Actually it was out in a non-temp controlled garage for one northeast winter, I think. Is there a way to tell from looking at it whether it's not good anymore?
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          Armstrong · 07/09/2020
          Open it up and make sure there are no clumps or skining and it mixes 100% smooth. If it does, you can use it.
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    Flores · 06/10/2020
    Can I apply one coat of Clear stain on a new mahogany deck or do I should wait few months? I would like to apply the clear stain before installing.
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    David Oleson · 06/03/2020
    What would be the shelf life of 5 gallon pail if I don't use all of it on first application?
    I am doing restoring an ipe deck, covered porch and stairs, one section at a time, and with short season in northern MN may not get to all of it this year.
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    Brandon · 05/29/2020
    do I need to put a clear coat on top of this product? also what's the best stain for teak wood?
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      Armstrong · 05/29/2020
      You cannot add a clear coat on top of a deck stain. No need as well. Use one of the 3 AC Hardwood colors for teak.
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    Simon · 05/28/2020
    Hello, have small Ipe balcony. I stripped and brightened using restore a deck, then waited 3+ days to apply stain. The next morning we had fog which caused a small amount of dew to sit on the freshly stained boards. Later that day I wiped down the excess/shiny boards after letting it sit for 24 hours. Later that night +4 hours it rained and I now have dark water stains on some of the boards. What did I do wrong? Seems like AC ipe stain doesn’t dry as quickly as some other brands I have used in the past as it still felt wet after 24 hours. I am looking to work on my front stairs which have the same ipe boards and were prepped the same way and now need some direction on how to proceed.
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      Armstrong · 05/28/2020
      It may not have fully cured. Most likely will go away once the wood dries out.
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    John · 05/22/2020
    I have approximately 320 Sq ft of Ipe deck. The information above indicates that 1 gallon will cover 300 SF - 400 SF for hardwoods. Ipe is an extremely hard wood. So based on this I should be able to 2 coats with 2 gallons. However, When I put the numbers into the deck stain calculator it says I need to have 4 gallons. Why the difference
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      Armstrong · 05/23/2020
      Only one coat for IPE. You will need 1-2 gallons.
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    Mike · 05/19/2020
    If I install new, unstained Ipe decking and let sit 3-4 months before wash/brightening/staining, as per the instructions, are there noticeable gaps in color between the boards on the sides? I believe the Trex Hideaway fasteners will leave 1/4" gap between the boards. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 05/19/2020
      No. Stain will run down to sides.
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    Peter Williams · 05/07/2020
    I have just installed an ipe deck using ipe plugs glued into counterbored holes. I had to sand the plugs and the adjacent ipe surface. As a result the surface looks different from the adjacent wood surface. Any suggestion to ensure that the whole surface looks uniform after applying your amber ipe stain?