The Armstrong Clark Stain Photo Album

Armstrong Clark Wood Stains comes in 16 different color choices. Armstrong Clark penetrates into the wood grain while "enhancing" the natural color tones of your wood. 

Very Important: We do not guarantee final colors due to age and species of the wood, and how wood is prepared, affects the final color of an applied stain. Please use an Armstrong Clark Sample can to test for color and absorption on your wood before beginning application.

Final Armstrong Clark color will vary based on:

  • Type of Wood
  • Age of Wood
  • Prepping of Wood
  • Application method

 Armstrong Clark Stain Photo Gallery

There are over 100 pictures of all Armstrong Clark stain colors. Descriptions of stain colors are below each picture.

Colors are listed in same order as Color Chart.

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    Toni · 11/27/2019
    Maybe even the semi-solid black walnut.
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      Armstrong · 11/28/2019
      You can use the Balck Walnut color for the cedar for a darker brown color. Rustic Brown would be a medium brown.
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    Toni · 11/27/2019
    I have a cedar deck that was stained with ready seal. The ready seal has almost worn off, but the deck has not grayed. I am stripping and brightening it. I am thinking of using a Clark’s semi-transparent or should I use the stain for hardwoods? Any color suggestions if I want a medium to dark brown? The deck mostly full sun, snd I am in Texas where it gets really hot.
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    Steve · 11/14/2019
    I have a newly built deck in October with a glulam beam I believe is pressure treated pine. I would like to sand it down, then clean and brighten it. At this point should I wait and let it weather first and then sand, clean, brighten and stain in the spring or is alright to work on it now (1 month old) weather permitting? Also, any particular stain you would recommend? I want to try and keep the wood grain visible but with a hint of color - maybe the natural cedar tone or amber.
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    kirk frraser · 10/09/2019
    I have a clear yellow cedar siding. Looking for a goldy red colour. What do you recommend, amber or cedar? The yellow cedar i have is quite bright
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    aldrin · 09/30/2019
    i need to stain a massarandubba floor in a shopping mall. it has 4 floors i will do the 3rd floor. will the cleaner and the brightner affect the 2nd floor when i am washing the floors and will it affect the bricks on the 1st floor?
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      Armstrong · 09/30/2019
      The Cleaner and Brightener are for outside use. We would not suggest using them in a mall.
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    Mason · 09/26/2019
    Post pic didn’t upload
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    Mason · 09/26/2019
    Just bought a new house and deck was looking pretty rough. I think she just might have some life left in her! Just found your product and am very satisfied so far, cedar boards with Cedar semi-transparent.
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    Tim · 09/16/2019
    I have a barn that needs cleaning and staining. I think it's mostly redwood but not sure because it's so worn. I'd like the wood to show through but need long-term protection. What's the best process and product/color for reviving and protecting the wood?
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    JACM · 09/15/2019
    Debating about oxford brown or black walnut. The Oxford brown is a semi solid . Does the black walnut hold up as well as the semi solid
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      Armstrong · 09/15/2019
      You will get a little better UV protection with a semi-solid.
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    Elaine Fischer · 09/06/2019
    My 20-year-old deck looks great with a fresh maintenance coat of Driftwood gray.
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    Paula · 09/04/2019
    We have a shed its been up and weathered for one year its rough cut pine board and baton what would you suggested clean it and stain ?
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    D.D. · 09/01/2019
    We have a 25 year old log home made from standing dead Engelmann Spruce 12" logs. The north and west sides of the house are shaded and the east and south side are full sun. The logs darken and turn more reddish-gold in color (especially the south and east sides after a few of years), and we power wash the logs before restraining and
    they go back to the yellow or light yellow.

    We tired samples of Natural Tone, Cedar, and Amber on a raw piece of pine and the colors looked light yellow to light yellow with hint of reddish. However, when we tried all three samples on the logs themselves, all (even the natural tone) turned reddish, similar to the sample swatch of Cedar on this page. Why did the Natural Tone turn reddish? And which color would be best for Engelmann spruce, as I think it is a softwood? We are located in the mountains of rural Montana if that is a factor. Thank you for your help.
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      Armstrong · 09/01/2019
      Colors vary based on the wood type and age. If you have red in your wood then the Natural will enhance that tone of the wood. Any color that you like will work. That is more of a preference on your side. There is not a "best" color for any wood type.
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        D.D. · 09/01/2019
        Thanks. We decided to go with Amber. Really appreciate your quick, informative response.

        D.D.
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    Sylvia · 08/31/2019
    I have a new deck that I will stain this year. After prep what color would you suggest to color match the rest of the house? The picture is part of the over hang and house. It doesn't get much sun.
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    Chris · 08/29/2019
    Hi, I appreciate your great site! Accordingly I'm waiting until spring 2020 to RAD/clean/brighten my now 1 month old pressure treated pine deck boards. I'm anxious and want to order samples now, but first would like to narrow the options down. I really like the Mahogany color but understand the swatch is on IPE, so I imagine it may come out more orange when applied on PTP? So, do you have a color/mix recomendation for achieving the same reddish/brown as the Mahogany pictured here on your site, but on PTP boards? Is it even possible? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 08/29/2019
      Yes, more orange on pine. Look at Chestnut color.
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    M conroy · 08/27/2019
    I bought a house which has a neighbors fence on one side of the property. I think it is pressure treated pine wood. It appears to be an old fence which was never treated with any type of sealer or stain. I cleaned it with water and a stiff brush because it is a neighbors fence and I was concerned about putting chemicals on it. It looks like a new fence. I wanted to put a light stain on it and was considering either amber or semi transparent cedar. Which would you recommend? Also do I need to treat it with a brightener first?
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      Armstrong · 08/27/2019
      No need to brighten now. Use the Amber color.
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    Linda Schuler · 08/21/2019
    Last year we stained our mahogany wood deck with Mahogany stain. It needs to be stained again. Can I use a different color stain such as Amber or Black walnut. The deck is 30 years old and a southern exposure......
    sun most of the day. Thanks......Linda
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    matt jennings · 08/13/2019
    I have a barn sided with tamarack (aka larch) last year. I’m ready to stain it, I’d like to maintain the beautiful color it has now or slightly darken it. What do you recommend?
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    Kathy · 08/11/2019
    I have 2 new con-heart redwood good neighbor fences built (early July 2019). I live in Northern California. I want to preserve the wood before Winter. Questions:
    1. Is it too soon to apply stain now?
    2. I would like to maintain the natural redwood grain look. Which stain is recommended?
    3. Local retailer, Kelly-Moore, sells your product, but 5 gallon pails are not in stock. Better to order through them, or this website?
    4. Can you please confirm how much stain I should buy? Each fence is 77' x 6' and gates add an additional 200 SF. Both sides of each fence will be stained.
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    Steve · 07/23/2019
    My Brown Pressure Treated Deck is 1 year old...Parts of it are turning black...Any recommendations before I stain?
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    Kevin Spain · 07/22/2019
    Is the price the same for the transparent and semi-transparent if not which one is more expensive?
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    Kubert6636 · 07/17/2019
    Pressure treated wood with Black Walnut. Easy application, great results. Use of stain pad was a great tool for quicker completion.
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    doug a · 07/16/2019
    If i apply the black walnut to my Mahogany deck will I still see the grain? since it is an oil I would believe that I would but want to make sure. It is a second floor deck and I dont need to do any floorboards, however it is directly in the sun for a majority of the day.
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      Armstrong · 07/17/2019
      Yes, it shows the wood grain as it is a semi-transparent stain.
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    Chris Morgan · 07/11/2019
    Hi
    First cost of AC Transparent Natural Tone applied yesterday to cedar cabana. See attached photo. Stain has dried. Looks great. Can I apply a 2nd coat on dry stain or only “wet on wet”. Please advise. Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/11/2019
      You do not need another coat. More is not better.
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    Dard · 07/08/2019
    Can the hardwood colors be mixed to achieve the color we want? We are applying over new red oak porch flooring.
    Thanks.
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    Bridget · 07/05/2019
    Can we do a coat of Amber on top of the already-done natural, or do we have to start over? Will the Amber have a yellowing effect? We have used other products that made the Mahogany look yellow, which we are trying to avoid.
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    Bridget · 07/03/2019
    Second photo that didn't upload.
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    Bridget · 07/03/2019
    What is wrong with our mahogany deck? We pressure washed, used the stripper and the brightener. This is result after we used Armstrong Clark--natural. We refinish our deck every year--stripping, brightening, sanding. We always use clear, natural products vs. with color or pigment. We would rather have the natural beauty of the wood and have to treat it every year than to use a stain with color. This is the first time that we have had this outcome, regardless of the products that we have used. What happened? Do we need to do the whole thing over again? Worth noting that we followed the instructions this year and didn't sand, given that we were told last year that if we use brightener after the stripper, we should not need to sand.
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      Armstrong · 07/03/2019
      It is because you used Natural color for an exotic hardwood deck. There are three colors for hardwoods: Amber, Mahogany, and Black walnut. Natural is very lightly tinted and does not have enough pigment to work correctly for Mahogany wood. The Amber color would have given the rich wet look needed for your wood type.
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    James Northrup · 07/01/2019
    We are refinishing a covered Ipe balcony deck that faces east - very little direct sunlight. Mahogany color is too dark/ red, we want to keep the look of the ipe - so Natural or Amber ?
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2019
      Amber. Natural is not a hardwood color for IPE.
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    Jan Dial · 07/01/2019
    What is your suggestion for staining pressure treated pine wood to achieve Rustic Brown to Black Walnut color? I attempted to stain horizontal pine fencing boards with Ready Seal Dark Walnut stain, but stain comes out super light on those boards, but true to color chart on 6x6 pressure treated posts. Any advice?
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2019
      Either the Rustic Brown or the Black Walnut colors should work. Try some samples to test.
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    Barb · 06/28/2019
    My deck is made of mahogany. What would be the difference between using your semi transparent stain (probably Natural Oak) and your hardwood/IPE color. Is one better than the other for a deck made of mahogany? What about the transparency? The most long-lasting?
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2019
      The hardwood colors are designed for your wood type. Better to use one of them like Amber. They work better with UV protection and appearance.