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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    David Speis · 08/12/2022
    I need a quart sized container for some replacement boards on my deck.  Do you sell that size?
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      Armstrong · 08/12/2022
      We do not. Gallon is smallest. 
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    Dawn Bishop · 07/19/2022
    As a furniture restorer, I have had a lot of experience with staining, including deck staining. I have tried many stain formulas and by far Armstrong surpasses in consistency, durability and color. I have a 30 year old, large pressure treated deck. After two separate applications of solid oil stain to hide the previous owners stain color, I had had it with the constant mildew, chipping, scraping, etc. I considered demolishing the deck and installing Trex, but frankly, I love “real” wood. So, I figured I would try one more time to bring this deck back to life with a little structural alteration, glass-blasting, cleaning with Armstrong cleaner and staining. I couldn’t believe the final product. I highly recommend the cleaner and brightener (don’t skip-its an easy process) as despite the results after blasting, the cleaner/brightener made it look like new wood. I combined (50/50) of Driftwood (semi) and Rustic brown (semi) to come up with a color that resembled a pergola already in place. The result was a very natural aged barn look. I also highly recommend mixing a combined color several times during the application process so it stays consistent. I can’t recommend this stain enough! Thank you
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    micke001 · 07/15/2022
    What about the use of patio rugs. After staining, when is it okay to put them down?
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      Armstrong · 07/16/2022
      When fully dry. 24-48 hours should be okay.
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    Lori O · 06/30/2022
    Rustic brown deck. Turned out beautifully!
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    Sharyn acampora · 06/30/2022
    I put new kiln fired floor decking. The railing are old they have cabot Australian timber oil jarrah brown. Last year I covered de king with transparent cedar tone. Color was off. I cleaned ( not stripped)and brighten using your product. I want to re stain using semi trans. Chestnut. 
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      Armstrong · 06/30/2022
      Please reply back with some pictures so we can see your prep.
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    Frances · 06/28/2022
    We are very happy with the result of the stain - semi transparent chestnut - on our deck. We applied just one coat as instructed. Color initially was a bit darker but after a few days I think it finally set. 
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    Allison Reid · 06/23/2022
    I currently have water based a semi- Solid from Sherwin Williams on deck. We have pressure washed the entire deck. I have also used an orbital sander with 60 paper on the entire deck. I am afraid to use any cleaners on the deck because we have an asphalt driveway , and I have older plants all the way around the deck. I am afraid a cleaner or brightener will harm them. Can I use AC Semi Solid Oil with the prep work I have already done?  
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      Armstrong · 06/23/2022
      Post pics of your prep.
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        Allison R Reid · 06/23/2022
        Here are the pics of the prep work.
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          Armstrong · 06/23/2022
          You still have old stain that has not been removed. Best to strip and brighten with the RAD stripper kit with both additives while pressure washing. 
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    sherri · 05/13/2022
    We have aged cedar shingles. All the colors the contractor provided have a lot of red. What are our options. The previous stain is TPW Cedar it looks more brown.
    They are recommending an oil base stain.
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      Armstrong · 05/13/2022
      The color options are above in the color chart. You will need to strip off the TWP first. Then you can use any color that you like. 
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    Terri · 04/30/2022
    Are semi transparent natural oak and hardwood amber close in color on pressure treated lumber? We’ve used (and liked) the amber before, but understand the semi transparent lasts longer. Any advise? 
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      Armstrong · 05/01/2022
      Amber has the same UV protection as any of the other semi-transparent colors.
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    Greg · 04/29/2022
    How will your semi-transparent stain hold up on Iron wood? 
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    Simon · 04/28/2022
    I have a redwood deck and I am trying to achieve this look. Which stain color will be the closest match? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 04/28/2022
      Look at Amber color.
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        Simon · 04/28/2022
        Thank you! Ordered a sample. 
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    Ray · 04/05/2022
    My 750 sq ft PT deck was built about 12-14 years ago, and been stained most recently with TWP semi-transparent Dark Oak. The wood is in good condition, and was last stained 5+ years ago. I'm planning to stain it with AC semi-solid Mountain Cedar or Woodlawn Brown.
    Can you offer any advice or suggestions? 
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    Nancy · 04/01/2022
    Any pictures of cedar decking stained in Oxford Brown or Espresso?
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    Carolyn Pendry · 03/28/2022
    I have an existing redwood deck, semi transparent in rustic brown. New deck now adjoins. I would like to even out the contrast to be somewhere in the middle. What is involved? What do you suggest? I love your product!
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    Darlene Polito · 03/20/2022
    I stained my deck 2 years ago with semi transparent cedar and it needs refreshing. I was thinking of using a darker semi solid. Can I go to the darkest espresso over the cedar colour? I would love to see some examples of the espresso semi solid but noticed that it is not represented in your photo album. Could you add some pics of the espresso?
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      Armstrong · 03/20/2022
      For prep, you should use the RAD Stripper and Brightener. 
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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.