The most important step in any exterior wood restoration or maintenance project is to prep the surface properly prior to staining. Armstrong Clark Wood Stains are quality formulated wood coatings with five generations worth of experience that will give your deck lasting beauty and protection.

To ensure you get the expected results from any of the Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stain products it is essential that the wood surface is cleaned and prepped prior to staining.

The exterior wood surface being refinished needs to be free of any dirt, grime, gray wood fibers, and any old deck stain or sealer. Even new wood needs to be cleaned to remove mill glaze and contaminants. For newer or grayed out wood we highly recommend using Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner. This two-step powder system is specially designed to clean and prepare wood for new stain.

 

Armstrong Clark Prepping Instructions

For wood surfaces that have any old deck stains or sealers on them, we recommend the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. This product is designed to break down and soften transparent and semi-transparent wood stains so they can be washed away.

This process of cleaning or stripping the wood will ensure that the Armstrong Clark Wood Stain will penetrate the wood and perform properly. Use the simple to follow step-by-step instructions for either RAD product for properly prepping the wood surface.

Applying a new coat of Armstrong Clark Stain (maintenance coat) over an old coat is made easy. Prior to applying a maintenance coat of any Armstrong Clark Stain, it is still important to clean the wood surface. It is not necessary however to remove the old Armstrong Clark stain, simply clean the surface using the RAD Wood Cleaner and any old Armstrong Stain that remains will bond with the new stain coat.

Following either the RAD Cleaner or RAD Stain Stripper is step two of the system. The RAD step two is a Wood Brightener that will counteract the causticity of the cleaner or stripper and will correct the pH level of the wood making it more acidic. This opens the pores of the wood and allows it to accept as much new stain as possible.

Once the exterior wood surface is ready following the prepping instructions allow 1-2 days for the wood surface to dry. With proper prepping you can expect the most from your new Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stain. It will enhance the wood’s beauty and give you extended use for many years to come.

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    Administrator · 05/11/2014
    Mark:
    I just finished staining my new redwood deck with A/C transparent redwood stain by mistake. I meant to use A/C semi-sierra redwood. It gets a lot of sun and faces West. What is the best option for re-staining? Can I apply the Sierra semi-redwood over the existing transparent redwood, or should I strip the transparent redwood and start over with the semi-sierra redwood? Alternatively, I could wait 12 months when it is time to reapply and start over. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Wait 12 months and apply the SR would be best and the easiest.
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    Mark · 05/10/2014
    I just finished staining my new redwood deck with A/C transparent redwood stain by mistake. I meant to use A/C semi-sierra redwood. It gets a lot of sun and faces West. What is the best option for re-staining? Can I apply the Sierra semi-redwood over the existing transparent redwood, or should I strip the transparent redwood and start over with the semi-sierra redwood? Alternatively, I could wait 12 months when it is time to reapply and start over. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Administrator · 04/11/2014
    You can pre stain with Armstrong. Wood needs to be installed first, weathered for 2-3 months, than prepped with the Restore A Deck Kit. You only need to stain the exposed wood and there is not advantage to staining all sides before install.
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    Ed Schinnerer · 04/10/2014
    What would be the proper preparation for new cedar decking boards that are to be stained on all sides before installation?
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    Administrator · 03/30/2014
    Bob, it would be best to use the RAD Stripper followed by the RAD Brightener. You do not need the cleaner if you are stripping.
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    Bob · 03/29/2014
    I stained my Ipe deck 2 years ago with a different product. The stain has faded but is not completely gone. I used the Restore-A-Deck kit prior to the first staining 2 years ago. I would like to use the Armstrong product but don't know if I can just use the RAD cleaner product I used the last time or if I have to strip it with the RAD stripping product. If I do need to strip it, after I use the Brightener, do I also need to use the RAD cleaner and brightener?
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    Administrator · 03/21/2014
    g. march,

    Use the Restore A Deck Stripper, light pressure washing, followed by the brightener to achieve a consistent prep for the AC stain.
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    g · 03/20/2014
    I stained my cedar fence 4 years ago and some parts are grey whereas other parts still look good. Based on this information which one of the cleaners/strippers would you suggest.
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    Administrator · 03/12/2014
    Dan, either would work and best to get the two colors to test first to see what looks good for you. Best to remove the IPE Oil first with the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper.
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    Dan Laurent · 03/12/2014
    I have a new Ipe deck, built last fall. It was treated with Ipe Oil in late September, with the plan to re-apply a stain in the Springtime. The color is nice, but disappointingly "flat". I know these stains are not shiney, like Sikkens stuff, but I expected a bit more natural wood grain visible. I am thinking of switching to Armstrong Clark stain, either in Amber or mahogany. I really don't want to darken the wood, just show it's natural rich Ipe hues.

    Could you advise on which of your 2 colors would be preferable, and also how best to prep the wood after the Ipe oil treatment to best show the AC stain. I also plan to order samples of the 2 AC stains.

    Many Thanks!