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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    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.
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    Kit · 06/03/2019
    What semi transparent color will look good on treated pine for my deck?
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    Guest · 06/03/2019
    Do you have any photos of a deck done in semi trans chestnut
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    Jason B · 06/02/2019
    *Pets = parts
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    Jason B · 06/02/2019
    I’m installing a cedar ceiling on my outdoor patio. 3 sides of the patio are bricks, and the floor is painted cool decking.

    after I install the cedar and wait 3-4 months and then use the RAD to prep for staining, will either pets of the RAD damage, streak or otherwise alter the brick or cool deck?

    is the RAD sprayed in and rinsed off?
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      Armstrong · 06/02/2019
      It should not harm either. Apply the RAD, pressure wash off, then rinse.
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    M Alexiades · 05/21/2019
    I am going to be refinishing this 10 year old cedar fence that was previously stained a brown color. Would one of your semi--transparent colors work for such a project?
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    Tim · 05/19/2019
    Building new garage with cedar ruff cut vertical channel siding ,rustic brown sample seems to match stain on house the best .

    Would this be good stain to use? I am planning on using on house later when needed it is also cedar ruff cut vertical siding previously stained with Olympic no longer available
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      Armstrong · 05/19/2019
      Yes, the Rustic Brown is a great color.
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    Kathy palacio · 05/18/2019
    Sierra redwood semi transparent on 2.5 yr old deck. First stain application. Looks beautiful!
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    Scott · 05/13/2019
    I intend to use your semi transparent stain on 1,000 sq ft of redwood deck. I’ve pressure washed and will sand before application. Any favorite color recommendations for redwood?


    The house siding is rough sawn cedar stained red. I want to strip it and stain it the original brown. I’d like to try a chemical stripper before I resort to cob blasting, Any recommendations for a chemical stripper?

    Thank you

    Scott
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      Armstrong · 05/13/2019
      All previous stain must be removed from deck and house. What brand and type of stain is on the house?
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        Scott · 05/13/2019
        I understand about removing the existing stain. This is an estate property and no one to ask about previous coatings. I removed a large number of old stain cans from the property. It would appear from the old cans the siding top coat is likely Olympic Oil on the rough sawn cedar. The neighbors tell me it was originally a medium brown. No indication what brand the brown might be so best guess is Olympic Oil over another oil based product.

        I see my options in order of preference as strip and return cedar to the original appearance via pressure washing, chemical stripping, sanding, or cob blasting (or some of all of the above).

        Attempt to use a solid stain or paint to achieve the desired color.

        Replace the siding with new cedar.

        This is not my primary residence, but I will be there this week to see how resistant the stain is to removal.

        The amount of work involved in removing the stain isn’t a deterrent so long as it can be done with a good outcome. When I refinish my log home, I sand it eves and all with a palm sander. Unfortunately the rough sawn doesn’t lend itself to that approach.

        Suggestions welcome. I am sitting down to order some deck stain samples.
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    Kathy Jo · 05/06/2019
    My deck is around 15 years old. Two years ago, I used a product called Deck Over. Worst mistake ever. Peeled in about 7 months. (I live in Central Illinois). So I stripped and sanded every inch of this 400 ft deck. Applied Thompson's stain and sealer, and the same thing happened. I am about at my wits end. Would this stuff work on my deck?
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      Armstrong · 05/06/2019
      It will once you fully remove the Thompsons. Thanks!
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        Kathy Jo Goeken · 05/06/2019
        What product would you recommend? My deck is pressure treated pine.
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          Armstrong · 05/06/2019
          Any color that you like in the Armstrong Clark will work well for you.
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    Adrian · 04/24/2019
    I have a new deck that was built in August and not yet stained. It is pressure treated pine. What prep needs to be done and I am looking at the cedar colors. Would transparent be better to use or can I go with semi transparent?
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    George · 04/20/2019
    I have a small cedar deck but some of the surrounding rails are pine. If I use semi-transparent mountain cedar will the colors look similar on the two different woods?
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    THOMAS LUCIANO. · 04/14/2019
    I HAVE BEEN USING ARMSTRONG CLARK HARDWOOD STAIN FOR OVER 10 YEARS MAHOGANY COLOR, IT IS THE BEST STAIN BY FAR, BEFOR I WENT THROUGH AS MANY AS 7 INCLUDING TIMBER OIL, ARBORCOAT THE WORST, PENOFIN NOT FAR BEHIND ARBORCOAT,SANDING AFTER EACH, NOW MY QUESTION IS I AM INSTALLING A NEW FRONT PORCH MOSTLY COVERED EXCEPT FOR STAIRS, CAN I USE A SEMI TRANSPARENT, OR SHOULD I STICK WITH THE ONE MADE FOR HARDWOOD,THANK YOU
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    Ed S. · 04/11/2019
    I have rough cut posts and beams on my newly built porch. They've been in the Southern Arizona sun at 4700' elevation for a 8 weeks now and the wood is very dry on the surface but a couple of posts drip sap. Can these be stained now to protect from the sun or should they be seasoned longer?
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    April · 04/08/2019
    I plan to use one of your semi-transparent stains on my deck. Coverage is only 150-200 sf? This is significantly less than most stains. Is this correct?

    Also, can I use the black walnut on pressure treated wood?
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      Armstrong · 04/08/2019
      That is correct and is an average amount for most brands of stain. Our coverages are more realistic and true than many other brands "suggestions". Yes, you can use Black Walnut for treated pine.
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    JAMES CIGALINA · 03/29/2019
    This is some outdoor furniture that is at least 18 years old it’s been outside the entire time did the strip/brighten had to do some light sanding on areas that had hidden poly the used the hardwood/IPE Black Walnut