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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    Jeff · 11/01/2021
    Hi there. We just had a screened in porch built in June. The porch has vinyl windows/screens (EZBREEZE) installed. It is fresh pressure treated wood as of June. Due to the windows, using a pressure washer is not an option. Can I apply directly to pressure treated pine that has been installed now for 3 months? moisture content is below 12%.
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      Armstrong · 11/01/2021
      Not without prep. You will need to clean and brighten.
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    Bill Whetsel · 10/31/2021
    Cedar deck using Armstrong Clarke semi transparent cedar stain. 
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    helen · 10/19/2021
    Hi, we followed all the instructions, weathered our kiln dried, T&G, fir decking for just over a year and the dark walnut stain we applied is much lighter and redder in color than the samples we applied.  Is it ok to put a second coat on it after the first has cured?  If so, how long should we wait?Thanks,Helen
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      Armstrong · 10/19/2021
      Yes, you can apply another very light coat now.
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    Nancy · 10/17/2021
    Can your stains be used to refinish kitchen cabinets? If so what prep do I need to do first?  Any application advise?
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    Garrett L Dietz · 10/12/2021
    A few years ago I did my entire home using A-C stains: cedar siding, cedar soffits, redwood trim and hemlock windows. Beautiful and much better than the Penofin I used many years before. Lat week I re-did my mahogany doors with the hardwood stain - see the picture - absolutely beautiful.
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    pam · 10/03/2021
    We built a new pine ptw deck last year in the spring and waited a year before using your total process to clean and stain in May. We live in the woods and have over 2000 SQ feet of decks all stained using your product. We were away  the month of August and Sept. and returned to acorns all over the place, which is normal, however the newest deck that was done in May has polka dots all over it from where the acorns sat. We have tried several methods to get the sports off, lightened them  but they are still very much there. Btw, the spots are only on the most new deck stained in May. All the other decks have acorns but do not have the residue on the wood that the new deck has. Any ideas?
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      Armstrong · 10/03/2021
      Only way to remove the organic stain spots is to prep and recoat the deck. Might want to want until Spring. 
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    John · 10/03/2021
    what is the best color to keep or enrich the look of IPE?
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      Armstrong · 10/03/2021
      Amber.
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        John · 10/04/2021
        Thank you.  I read that stains with Red Pigment will last a bit longer.  I would imagine Mahogany has a lot of Red, but Amber does not have Red in it.  Will the Amber last the same as the Mahogany?  I also read some people mix colors.  Thank you.
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          Armstrong · 10/04/2021
          About the same in durability.
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    Freda · 09/26/2021
    Building a trex deck with clam color trex floor.We have Grey brick, grey shakes white trim. What color should my balusters and railings be?
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      Armstrong · 09/26/2021
      Any color that you like will work.
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    Chris · 09/11/2021
    We are going to install a new mahogany front porch. Should I allow it to weather first or stain directly? Also, should I first apply a weather sealer before staining?
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    Steve McNiel · 09/08/2021
    Hello....New rough cut cedar fence built last week. How long do I need to wait before staining. This is light cedar not western red cedar.
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      Armstrong · 09/09/2021
      You can stain it right away since it is rough sawn cut.
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    Mark Glen · 07/25/2021
    Hello.  Last summer I prepped (used both Restore-A-Deck products) and then stained our cedar deck with semi-transparent cedar tone.  I'm very happy with the results (picture attached), but I have two questions: 1) If I want to use the Armstrong Clark Semi-Solid Mountain Cedar next year, do I need to strip the deck, or can I just clean it with the water-bleach-soap solution mentioned elsewhere and then apply this over the old semi-transparent stain? 2) If I wanted to use the Black Walnut Semi-Transparent Stain, could I theoretically apply this over the semi-transparent cedar tone after cleaning with the water-bleach-soap solution (and after testing for what it would look like)?  Thank you! 
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      Armstrong · 07/25/2021
      1. Strip and then brighten for best results.
      2. You should strip as well.
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    Barb and David · 07/10/2021
    I’m sure this has been answered, but I cannot find the answer. We live north of Toronto in Ontario. Our PT deck is 6 years old and has been stained twice with a C2 acrylic stain in Tupelo Honey (yellowish brown), that has not held up either time and is grossly over priced for the quality. Do we have to strip the existing stain off the deck as it’s already worn off in many areas and is really hard to do as their are uprights and a pergola to do as well,  or which of your products do you recommend before we sand and stain again?TIA,Barb
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      Armstrong · 07/11/2021
      Yes, you would have to fully remove the current stain before using the AC stains. Once it is removed, you can use any of the AC colors that you like.
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    Ann · 07/01/2021
    I bought some used acacia wood deck tiles that are about three years old. They had a semi-solid type stain on them that was worn off in some areas. I've cleaned and thoroughly sanded them. I live in Santa Barbara, CA, and my deck area is will be in part sun and part shade.  Is there any other prep that I need to do? Should I use one of the semi-transparent colors on them or one of the hardwood/IPE colors? 
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    gertrud · 07/01/2021
    is " black walnut" a Semi- Transparent color and can it be used on 2 year old pressure treated wood? Thank you.
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    Jim Cesario painting · 06/29/2021
    So I'm trying to match superdeck color valley. What do think is closest or a mix that could be closer. Thanks 
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2021
      We are not very familiar with their colors. Maybe Cedar Semi-transparent would be closest.
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    Chris N · 06/13/2021
    Hello, Last year I stripped, sanded and stained my deck with Rustic brown. I believe the deck is douglas fir. What do you suggest for annual maintenance? I live in the Pacific Northwest and so the decks took a beating over the winter. Seems to me a light cleaning and an additional coat in the same color makes sense,right?
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2021
      Use the RAD Cleaner kits and then apply one light coat of the Rustic Brown.
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    Kathy · 06/12/2021
    I have an IPE wood deck and used Timber Ox Green stain - color Russet. This stain is no longer available. What does Armstrong Clark make that is comparable ?
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2021
      Remove the current stain first and then try the AC in Mahogany color.
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    Molly · 06/11/2021
    Do you have any pics of semi-transparent chestnut on redwood?
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    Kevin · 06/07/2021
    I stripped multiple film layers of what appeared to be Sikkens DEK coatings (or similar acrylic/alkyd/urethane) that were put on by the previous owner of a 15 year old cedar deck. There are some spots that didn't come off 100% and I plan to sand those down with an orbital sander. Some boards have rotted and I will replace them.

    Would you recommend AC for my deck if I can fully remove the prior stains? I've seen your comments not to use AC if you currently have a solid stain. Does that advice apply to all decks with film finishes?
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      Armstrong · 06/07/2021
      You do have to remove the old stain before using the AC. Post a picture when you are done with the prep and we will let you know if the prep is good to stain.
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    Amy · 06/06/2021
    I just posted this question but Incorrect year - it’s April 2021 it was installed!  
    I had a redwood fence installed in April 2019 in Northern California (non-pressure treated redwood). How long do you recommend I wait before staining? Also, I would like to find a a semi-transparent stain that is a pure brown tint with as little as possible redness coming thru - what color would you recommend? And the longer I wait to stain does that reduce the redness?
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      Armstrong · 06/07/2021
      Since it is rough sawn you can stain it now. Look at Rustic Brown color or Black Walnut. You cannot reduce the redness of which is in your wood type. 
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        Amy · 06/07/2021
        Ok thank you - is there any stain color that will look less “red”? Or is one option not staining at all 
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    Amy · 06/06/2021
    I had a redwood fence installed in April 2019 in Northern California (non-pressure treated redwood).  How long do you recommend I wait before staining?  Also, I would like to find a a semi-transparent stain that is a pure brown tint with as little as possible redness coming thru - what color would you recommend?  And the longer I wait to stain does that reduce the redness?
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    Jen · 06/03/2021
    Our deck is approximately 16 years old and overall in fairly good shape.  We have sanded the floor and have one board that needs to be replaced.  Because the deck receives several hours of hot afternoon sun, I am considering the semi-solid AC stain however it states not to be used on "new" deck.  If I am replacing only one board with a new board, do I need to stain everything except that one board for the first year?  
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2021
      Yes, as it will not take into the new wood and have curing issues.
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        Jen · 06/03/2021
        thank you
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    CC · 05/19/2021
    how long can I wait to stain after prepping with cleaner and brightener
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      Armstrong · 05/19/2021
      48 hours after prep. Stain within 2 weeks.
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    Bernice Harvey · 05/18/2021
    Hi,     I’m about to power wash and stain a new deck that’s about 1year and3 months old.  Can you give me some guidance on your driftwood color?   Is it a black gray or blue gray?   And, do you offer a sample palette so customers could try your colors before making a final decision?Thank youBernice Harveyberniceharvey@gmail.com
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    CC · 05/18/2021
    what is the difference between armstrong clark cedar tone and TWP 1501
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      Armstrong · 05/18/2021
      Completely different brands. You would have to ask TWP about their stains.
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    Amanda · 05/18/2021
    We need to redo our new deck due to a bad job. The ceiling is blotchy and not right, the natural color (not your product) came out a bright yellow. We are not sure what happened- completed by a professional, not us. Anyway, your product comes highly recommended, but can you recommend the process for using it. Do we have entire deck and ceiling sanded down and test your colors? Do we need to do anything else beyond sanding? Our floor is actually composite, so it is railing and ceiling and posts. Since rough posts and beam can't be sanded can we do anything about those (maybe apply another color over to make more brown?) It looks like you may have a sample kit? 
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      Armstrong · 05/18/2021
      Hello,
      You will need to fully remove the Cabot first. Sand and or strip as needed. Once removed, make sure to clean and brighten the wood. If this wood is new, you will need to let all wood weather for 3 months before cleaning and brightening the wood. We sell samples, not sample kits.
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        Amanda · 05/18/2021
        Thanks- is planing wood okay too? 
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          Armstrong · 05/18/2021
          I guess but that seems harder.
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    Sean · 05/17/2021
    Redoing cedar deck about 10 years old re-stained about 3.5 years ago. Need cleaner/re-vitalizer whatever is recommended.   Also, not sure if i should be buying transparent stain or solid, attached are pictures would like the darkest without any hints of red. Please look at the railing for color reference it was a little wet when I took the pics. 
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      Armstrong · 05/17/2021
      Hello,
      You have a solid stain on there now. This cannot be stripped off and the AC stains cannot be used over this as they do not come in solid colors. 
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    DPM · 05/13/2021
    Full sun southern exposure, Alexandria Va, 1 yr old pressure treated pine deck that needs its first treatment. I love how our deck has oxidized to a beautiful soft gray. Would the natural tone allow the wood to oxidize, but still protect it, and approximately how often would we need to reapply?  We are also considering the driftwood color, ordered a sample and hoping it is not too blue. 
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      Armstrong · 05/13/2021
      Natural Tone is tinted and AC does not come in a Clear. You can use the Driftwood Gray.
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    Dave · 05/09/2021
    I have a new cedar tongue and groove fence put up around my house. One side is smooth the other side is more rough. Looking for a stain, interested in either transparent cedar tone or semitransparent cedar.Does the semi last longer than the transparent or are do they last roughly the same time? I have cedar shake on the front of my house that has something similar to redwood stain and want a different stain for my fence. Which stain would you recommend out of those two? I'm looking for something that would brighten the wood up, almost like what it looks like when the wood is wet with more natural tones. I guess that would be the transparent cedar tone?? Just worried about the lifespan and ease of re application. 
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      Armstrong · 05/09/2021
      Cedar semi will last longer.