Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon

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Armstrong-Clark's deck and siding wood stain makes use of conditioning oils that part from the drying oils in the formula. The nondrying oils penetrate into the wood and take the place of the wood's diminishing natural oils. This process revives and restores wood.

The drying oils stay on the wood surface and lock in the conditioning oils to produce a barrier that is dry to the touch. Armstrong's deck and siding wood stain contain vegetable oils in addition to transparent pigments, solvents, mildewcides and water repellents.

  • Application can be done in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first coat of stain penetrates within 30 minutes an additional coat may be applied for extra protection.
  • Applies easily by roller, brush, garden sprayer or airless sprayer. During spraying - going back over with a brush or roller will help give a more even appearance. After 24 hours any remaining puddles or glossy spots can be removed using a dry rag.
  • Older wood is reconditioned by deep penetrating nondrying oils.
  • Drying oils lock in the conditioning oils while pigments and water repellents lock out moisture and UV damage.
  • Armstrong wood stain is compliant with all environmental standards.
  • Does not contain any offensive odors.

Coverage Area

Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stain applies at 150-200 sq ft per gallon. Depending on wood porosity, actual coverage will vary.

Important

*We do not guarantee stain colors as they will vary widely depending on the wood type, age of wood, prepping of wood, and application. Small samples are available at top.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting cody1234dog:
I have 400 sq ft of deck only. no railings. would 2 gallons be adequate. Deck in good condition, just need stain.

3 gallons.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting cody1234dog:
how many gallons do I need for a 10'x40' deck?

If you have railings, steps, etc, you will need to add that into the sq. footage. For 400 sq. feet you will need about 3-4 gallons.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
I have 400 sq ft of deck only. no railings. would 2 gallons be adequate. Deck in good condition, just need stain.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting withersa:
I'm looking for something as close to a clear as possible. I have T&G cedar paneling that will get very little sunlight if any (under a covered porch roof), and I love the natural look with the grain and color variations. However, every sample stain I've tried covers up the color variation and makes it uniform in color, even very light tinted stains. Will the Natural do the same?

Final color varies by wood type. The AC does not cover color but enhances the grain.
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How much "color" is in the Natural Tone Transparent
I'm looking for something as close to a clear as possible. I have T&G cedar paneling that will get very little sunlight if any (under a covered porch roof), and I love the natural look with the grain and color variations. However, every sample stain I've tried covers up the color variation and makes it uniform in color, even very light tinted stains. Will the Natural do the same?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Jon Thompson:
I've just install new cedar deck and am needing answers regarding prep and staining. We ordered 4 gallons of AC stain last week but I've seen many different opinions about this process. Some say prep/stain new cedar right away and others say wait. I'm also questioning whether to use only sodium percarbonate or only oxalic acid as the prep.

See this about new wood: www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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New cedar deck
I've just install new cedar deck and am needing answers regarding prep and staining. We ordered 4 gallons of AC stain last week but I've seen many different opinions about this process. Some say prep/stain new cedar right away and others say wait. I'm also questioning whether to use only sodium percarbonate or only oxalic acid as the prep.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Sonja Jones:
I am refinishing an older deck that has been stripped, sanded, and washed. It measures 5 x 10 and has railings on only two sides. I'd like to stain it with the Armstrong semi-transparent. Should I apply two coats? And...if so, would one gallon of the product be enough for two coat coverage? I have to mail order the product, so I want to be sure I have enough before starting.

Just put one coat on since you sanded. 1 gallon should be enough.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
I am refinishing an older deck that has been stripped, sanded, and washed. It measures 5 x 10 and has railings on only two sides. I'd like to stain it with the Armstrong semi-transparen t. Should I apply two coats? And...if so, would one gallon of the product be enough for two coat coverage? I have to mail order the product, so I want to be sure I have enough before starting.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Craig Dinger:
hi do you make a solid color stain. do you need to use a primer, if so what do you recommend

Sorry but the AC does not come in a solid stain.
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hi do you make a solid color stain. do you need to use a primer, if so what do you recommend
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting BruceNairn:
Is there a certain colour that you could recommend in the semi-transparent stain which works best with new brown coloured pressure treated deck boards and lumber?

Any of the colors will work. Really depends on what color you like that will enhance the grain to what you are looking for in the end?
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Best Colour for Brown Pressure Treated Wood
Is there a certain colour that you could recommend in the semi-transparen t stain which works best with new brown coloured pressure treated deck boards and lumber?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting DanaH50:
I've been told that you can apply the semi transparent stain with a garden sprayer. Could you tell me what brand and model of you recommend? I have seen conflicting information that you can and cannot apply with a garden sprayer. I would like to apply mine this way because of a large amount of lattice I need to stain.
Thank you

You can but you need a good sprayer. Chapin 1949.
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Garden Sprayer
I've been told that you can apply the semi transparent stain with a garden sprayer. Could you tell me what brand and model of you recommend? I have seen conflicting information that you can and cannot apply with a garden sprayer. I would like to apply mine this way because of a large amount of lattice I need to stain.
Thank you
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting mapleview:
Could you give me a ballpark on the cost of shipping 3 gallons of stain and 4 gallons please?
My thanks,
Dana

This depends on your address and zip code. Please add to cart and enter your shipping info to see.
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Shipping cost
Could you give me a ballpark on the cost of shipping 3 gallons of stain and 4 gallons please?
My thanks,
Dana
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting james mcdonald:
is there a mold or mildew additive in Armstrong Clark semi-transparent stain for decks/fences?

i see that all your oil deck stains should not be thinned....Can boiled linseed oil be added?

my 18 year old wood deck is around 18" off the ground....it is made of treated 2x6 (never been coated with any deck finish). i plan on removing all boards,running through my thickness planer and giving a quick sanding with 100 grit before applying your finish....do you see any complications?
thank you and i look forward to hearing back. james

Quoting james mcdonald:
is there a mold or mildew additive in Armstrong Clark semi-transparent stain for decks/fences?

i see that all your oil deck stains should not be thinned....Can boiled linseed oil be added?

my 18 year old wood deck is around 18" off the ground....it is made of treated 2x6 (never been coated with any deck finish). i plan on removing all boards,running through my thickness planer and giving a quick sanding with 100 grit before applying your finish....do you see any complications?
thank you and i look forward to hearing back. james

Yes on the additive for mildew.
No, you cannot add linseed oil and there would be no benefit.

After your prep, you should clean and brighten for the final prep.
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is there a mold or mildew additive in Armstrong Clark semi-transparen t stain for decks/fences?

i see that all your oil deck stains should not be thinned....Can boiled linseed oil be added?

my 18 year old wood deck is around 18" off the ground....it is made of treated 2x6 (never been coated with any deck finish). i plan on removing all boards,running through my thickness planer and giving a quick sanding with 100 grit before applying your finish....do you see any complications?
thank you and i look forward to hearing back. james
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Kirsten Edey:
On my cedar porch floor, will the clear Natural color be invisible (meaning, the floor will look exactly as it did before)? Or will it appear oiled (meaning, a darker "wet" look, with the grain being more visible)?
No need to worry about UV, so I don't need much pigmentation. But I want the vibrancy that occurs when the wood is wet with oil or water. Thank you!

Natural is tinted and not clear so it will enhance the grain similar to as if wet with water. We sell online.
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retail distributors?
I'm hoping to by locally to save time and shipping fees, but I can't seem to find any info on that. Surely you aren't limited solely to online sales? Thanks,
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"Natural" color in transparent
On my cedar porch floor, will the clear Natural color be invisible (meaning, the floor will look exactly as it did before)? Or will it appear oiled (meaning, a darker "wet" look, with the grain being more visible)?
No need to worry about UV, so I don't need much pigmentation. But I want the vibrancy that occurs when the wood is wet with oil or water. Thank you!
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Rob Dyson:

Using the Natural means you will most likely have to prep and reapply every 12-18 months. Semi-trans will last closer to 2+ years. We would highly suggest trying some samples from our site.

I will try the samples....I can get back to the natural colour of the wood with the cleaner and prep even waiting until spring? I am in Toronto Canada and will have winter to deal with. Thanks again.

For the most part, you will be able to restore the natural wood color.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Using the Natural means you will most likely have to prep and reapply every 12-18 months. Semi-trans will last closer to 2+ years. We would highly suggest trying some samples from our site.

I will try the samples....I can get back to the natural colour of the wood with the cleaner and prep even waiting until spring? I am in Toronto Canada and will have winter to deal with. Thanks again.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Rob Dyson:
Hi,

I have just finished installing a cedar deck and skirt boards and have learned through your Q&As that I should wait until the spring to apply the finish. I really want to preserve the look of the cedar and am concerned that I will not be able to get that look back through the cleaning and prepping process in the spring. Also I was thinking about using the transparent natural but you have indicated that it is not as U/V resistant as a semi. Would that mean I would have to prep and reapply more frequently than using a tinted semi? Also, I know you cannot guarantee the final finish but if I went with a tinted semi what would give me the closest to natural cedar look the cedar of the western red cedar? Deck boards I have used have a lot of red, white and golden hues. Thanks

Using the Natural means you will most likely have to prep and reapply every 12-18 months. Semi-trans will last closer to 2+ years. We would highly suggest trying some samples from our site.
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Cedar Deck Stains
Hi,

I have just finished installing a cedar deck and skirt boards and have learned through your Q&As that I should wait until the spring to apply the finish. I really want to preserve the look of the cedar and am concerned that I will not be able to get that look back through the cleaning and prepping process in the spring. Also I was thinking about using the transparent natural but you have indicated that it is not as U/V resistant as a semi. Would that mean I would have to prep and reapply more frequently than using a tinted semi? Also, I know you cannot guarantee the final finish but if I went with a tinted semi what would give me the closest to natural cedar look the cedar of the western red cedar? Deck boards I have used have a lot of red, white and golden hues. Thanks
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Glenn Kahn:
We have a roof top deck in Chicago with cedar wood planters and caminets painted with driftwood semi transparent. It has been about 3 summers and I am thinking about applying a coat on top. Is any prep required or can I apply directly over the the stained wood? Thank you.

Yes it does need to be prepped:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
We have a roof top deck in Chicago with cedar wood planters and caminets painted with driftwood semi transparent. It has been about 3 summers and I am thinking about applying a coat on top. Is any prep required or can I apply directly over the the stained wood? Thank you.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Dean:
Is this product safe for a cedar shake roof?

Does the Natural tone offer UV protection?

Natural being the lightest has the least amount of UV protection. You can use this on cedar shake roofs. Best to use a semi-transparen t color.
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Cedar shake roof
Is this product safe for a cedar shake roof?

Does the Natural tone offer UV protection?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Clive Cobbett:
Hello there,
Can I get semi-solid mahogany colour deck stain?

Thanks, Clive.

The Mahogany only comes in the semi-transparen t and we do not custom mix or blend.
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Question...?
Hello there,
Can I get semi-solid mahogany colour deck stain?

Thanks, Clive.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Jimmy:
I am sanding my old pt deck down to remove the weathered layer/dirt, etc. Is it necessary, then, to utilize a pressure washer in the cleaning/brightening stage? Or can I just use a hose with a pressured nozzle (nothing like a pressure washer, of course).

You can use the hose and pressure nozzle, but a pressure washer is much faster.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
I am sanding my old pt deck down to remove the weathered layer/dirt, etc. Is it necessary, then, to utilize a pressure washer in the cleaning/bright ening stage? Or can I just use a hose with a pressured nozzle (nothing like a pressure washer, of course).
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Jimmy:
Hello, I have a 16 year old pressure treated pine deck. I am currently sanding off the top layer so I can get to the good wood. Plan to use the Restore clean/brighten kit before staining.

1. Must ALL of the gray on the wood be removed, or will the cleaner/brightener take care of any small spots that I may have missed. Between the spindles is difficult to get to.

2. I've read some comments on another site that even after curing the color "wiped off on our clothes". A replier questioned whether there was any "back wiping" which would remove the curing oils. Can you comment and recommend THE BEST way to apply your stain?

3. The newly sanded pt deck has a greenish hue as one would expect. We are not picky on the color.......which would you recommend that would give a nice finish?

1. Remove as much as you can. Shoot for 95%.
2. Apply evenly and let dry/cure into the wood without back wiping. It will fully dry.
3. Any color that you like will work.

It does not include railings. Best to times the height of railings by the length and then add that to the floor sq. footage.
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coverage
Also, I have about 185 sq. ft. of actual deck floor....not counting the railings or spindles. Does your coverage rate include the railings or must I add that to the 185? If not, with 3ft railings is there a way to approximate the additional square footage with this deck?
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pt wood
Hello, I have a 16 year old pressure treated pine deck. I am currently sanding off the top layer so I can get to the good wood. Plan to use the Restore clean/brighten kit before staining.

1. Must ALL of the gray on the wood be removed, or will the cleaner/brighte ner take care of any small spots that I may have missed. Between the spindles is difficult to get to.

2. I've read some comments on another site that even after curing the color "wiped off on our clothes". A replier questioned whether there was any "back wiping" which would remove the curing oils. Can you comment and recommend THE BEST way to apply your stain?

3. The newly sanded pt deck has a greenish hue as one would expect. We are not picky on the color.......whi ch would you recommend that would give a nice finish?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting David Waterhouse:
How much would 2 gallons of cedar tone deck stain cost shipped to Victoria, British Columba, V8X 4G3?

Regards.
David

Please add products to cart. At checkout, the total cost with shipping and province taxes will update once you enter your fully shipping info. There is no additional costs after that. Brokerage will be included and not duty.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
How much would 2 gallons of cedar tone deck stain cost shipped to Victoria, British Columba, V8X 4G3?

Regards.
David
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Glenn Burkhardt:
Do you have any better color charts than the one available on www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./ ?

The "rustic brown" looks purple. And the "sierra redwood" looks unnaturally red.

Se have samples to test on this link:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Do you have any better color charts than the one available on www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./ ?

The "rustic brown" looks purple. And the "sierra redwood" looks unnaturally red.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Raymond Yamasaki:
Hello, I want to order the Armstrong Deck Stain in Rustic Brown however, I would like to lighten the color so what other stain can I purchase to mix it with to accomplish this? Also, I don't want to make it yellow or orange in color but keep it brown color. Purchase Natural Tone as well and mix it 1:1 ratio? I am staining western red cedar (new wood).

Thank you.

regards,
Raymond

Yes you would want to mix Natural into it to lighten. As for ratio, hard to say as we do not know how much you want to lighten it? Best to test some ratios first.
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Armstrong Deck Stain
Hello, I want to order the Armstrong Deck Stain in Rustic Brown however, I would like to lighten the color so what other stain can I purchase to mix it with to accomplish this? Also, I don't want to make it yellow or orange in color but keep it brown color. Purchase Natural Tone as well and mix it 1:1 ratio? I am staining western red cedar (new wood).

Thank you.

regards,
Raymond
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Quoting Joe Shanahan:
Hello,
I'm hoping to purchase one of your stains for a cedar deck in Nova Scotia Canada.

Do you know how long it would take for shipping?

Thanks
Joe

4-6 business days. We ship Purolator o Canada.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon
Hello,
I'm hoping to purchase one of your stains for a cedar deck in Nova Scotia Canada.

Do you know how long it would take for shipping?

Thanks
Joe
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Would this be the proper stain to coat new tongue and groove 1x4" covered front porch, would you recommend coating all sides before installation?
The product we have is Blue Star 100% certified Malaysian Hardwood tongue and groove 1x4" x8' boards, we are replacing existing mahogany tongue and groove floor on the porch
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Quoting JenDougherty:
Hello, I ordered 2 samples under order #00025861; I'm not sure if this is eligible for a discount or not. Thanks.

Not on single gallons but on a 5 gallon pail it is.
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Discount for samples?
Hello, I ordered 2 samples under order #00025861; I'm not sure if this is eligible for a discount or not. Thanks.
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Quoting Joan. Cronin:
new 1 day old cedar deck. Want to keep,the natural color but concerned about uv protection. In Omaha ... Harsh sun and winters. what do you recommend? Can you buy in Omaha.
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See here about new wood:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

Only online for your area and you might want to get a few samples to test from our site.
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new 1 day old cedar deck. Want to keep,the natural color but concerned about uv protection. In Omaha ... Harsh sun and winters. what do you recommend? Can you buy in Omaha.
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Quoting Bill G.:
Hi, I have a deck that is 8yrs. old, and has been stained approx. 3 times. I just had an addition, and need something that would cover both stained & not stained, and turn out to be the same color. Can you help ?

AC cannot be applied over a stain of a different brand. You would have to strip or sand off the old coatings.
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color coverage
Hi, I have a deck that is 8yrs. old, and has been stained approx. 3 times. I just had an addition, and need something that would cover both stained & not stained, and turn out to be the same color. Can you help ?
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Quoting Yves:
Hi,
I just finish installing my new western red cedar deck. I'll have to wait about 3 months to apply a stain to the wood. That takes me to beginning of October. Should i stain it before winter or just wait in spring?

Either would be fine.
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New cedar deck
Hi,
I just finish installing my new western red cedar deck. I'll have to wait about 3 months to apply a stain to the wood. That takes me to beginning of October. Should i stain it before winter or just wait in spring?
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Quoting G Egeland:
We are just installing a new cedar deck here in Seattle, Washington. Two questions:
1. We want to highlight the grain and tone of the wood as much as possible. What color would you recommend?
2. We want to wait 3 months for the deck to 'season', but that pushes us into the beginning of the rainy season. Would you recommend shortening the 'seasoning' time or waiting to stain until spring? Non-rainy periods become few and far between beginning in mid-September.

Any color is fine. Highly suggest you order a few samples from our site to test first. You cannot shorten the waiting period of new wood.
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New Cedar Deck
We are just installing a new cedar deck here in Seattle, Washington. Two questions:
1. We want to highlight the grain and tone of the wood as much as possible. What color would you recommend?
2. We want to wait 3 months for the deck to 'season', but that pushes us into the beginning of the rainy season. Would you recommend shortening the 'seasoning' time or waiting to stain until spring? Non-rainy periods become few and far between beginning in mid-September.
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Quoting sonia:
I have 10 year old pressure treated deck what product would you recommend to stain with. thanks for your help sonia

Look at one of our semi-solid colors for the best UV protection for this deck.

Thanks!
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stain
I have 10 year old pressure treated deck what product would you recommend to stain with. thanks for your help sonia
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Quoting Jake:

Amber is the same as the Super Cedar, just renamed.

Thanks! So just for clarification, what is the reason for the additional cost for semi-transp. amber over semi-transp. cedar? Colorwise, they look similar. I understand the amber is formulated for hard woods, but does this mean it will perform better on a standard deck? Should I go with semi-transp. cedar since my deck is NOT made of exotic hardwood? Thanks for your help!
Amber can be used on all wood types and there is only one version of it.
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Amber is the same as the Super Cedar, just renamed.

Thanks! So just for clarification, what is the reason for the additional cost for semi-transp. amber over semi-transp. cedar? Colorwise, they look similar. I understand the amber is formulated for hard woods, but does this mean it will perform better on a standard deck? Should I go with semi-transp. cedar since my deck is NOT made of exotic hardwood? Thanks for your help!
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Quoting Jake:
About 4-5 years ago, I stained my deck using a color called "transparent super cedar", which is no longer offered. I'd like to re-stain this Spring and was hoping to order the same color. Doing a quick google search, someone mentioned that super cedar is now the amber color? I'd like to purchase whichever color is the closest match and not sure whether to go with a transparent or semi-transparent color since the super cedar did have a nice rich tone that makes me think it was more of a semi. Thanks!

Amber is the same as the Super Cedar, just renamed.
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Transparent Super Cedar???
About 4-5 years ago, I stained my deck using a color called "transparent super cedar", which is no longer offered. I'd like to re-stain this Spring and was hoping to order the same color. Doing a quick google search, someone mentioned that super cedar is now the amber color? I'd like to purchase whichever color is the closest match and not sure whether to go with a transparent or semi-transparen t color since the super cedar did have a nice rich tone that makes me think it was more of a semi. Thanks!
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Quoting DaveO:
i live in Virginia, have a 7 year old pine deck than has twice been treated with Cabot's Australian Timber Oil- Mahogany Flame. That is no longer available in my state. I want to re-stain the deck floor boards & hand rails, but not the pickets (they don't need it), so I want something that will match. do you think that I could mix 2 of your colors to match what I have? I plan to pressure wash the deck but not strip it.

The closest color to the Mahogany Flame is the AC mahogany. No need to nix colors. You will need to remove the Cabot first before using the AC.
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i live in Virginia, have a 7 year old pine deck than has twice been treated with Cabot's Australian Timber Oil- Mahogany Flame. That is no longer available in my state. I want to re-stain the deck floor boards & hand rails, but not the pickets (they don't need it), so I want something that will match. do you think that I could mix 2 of your colors to match what I have? I plan to pressure wash the deck but not strip it.
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Quoting whunt:
I have a new "heart redwood" deck. 1) Please confirm that the right stain would be your regular stain rather than the "Hardwood/IPE" stain.
2)The deck was installed around Oct 1 and it will be freezing and snowing here in Colorado mountains very soon. Should I wait until spring to apply? 3)Should I pretreat? Thanks

Yes on the regular AC and yes you should wait 3 months and prep with the Restore A Deck Kit first.
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I have a new "heart redwood" deck. 1) Please confirm that the right stain would be your regular stain rather than the "Hardwood/IPE" stain.
2)The deck was installed around Oct 1 and it will be freezing and snowing here in Colorado mountains very soon. Should I wait until spring to apply? 3)Should I pretreat? Thanks
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You can apply the AC to the unfinished (not primed) wood.
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Quoting TheSealerStore:

After install you should let the wood weather untouched for 3 months. After weathering you will need to prep with the Restore A Deck Kit. Not sure what you mean about "primed"? If you mean a primer paint then you cannot use the Armstrong.


By primed yes, I meant primed with an oil based wood primer. This was applied to the tongue, groove, and underside of the boards but not the top face that I would like to stain. None of the primed faces will be visible once the wood is installed - does that still make it unsuitable for staining?
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Quoting anelson86:
I will be installing T&G fir flooring (non-PT) on a covered front porch and would like to stain it. Prior to staining I plan to use a floor sander to provide a smooth surface. What sort of preparation is recommended before using an AC stain? This will be new wood that has been primed on the back and all sides prior to installation. It may also be worth noting, I have now had this wood stacked on the porch for about 1 month.

After install you should let the wood weather untouched for 3 months. After weathering you will need to prep with the Restore A Deck Kit. Not sure what you mean about "primed"? If you mean a primer paint then you cannot use the Armstrong.
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T&G Fir Flooring
I will be installing T&G fir flooring (non-PT) on a covered front porch and would like to stain it. Prior to staining I plan to use a floor sander to provide a smooth surface. What sort of preparation is recommended before using an AC stain? This will be new wood that has been primed on the back and all sides prior to installation. It may also be worth noting, I have now had this wood stacked on the porch for about 1 month.
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Quoting Kim:
I have a new pressure-treated pine deck that is 4 weeks old. When can I apply a deck stain?

Wait about 3 months and you need to prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit.
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When to apply?
I have a new pressure-treate d pine deck that is 4 weeks old. When can I apply a deck stain?
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I am sorry, I didn't realize that when you scroll all the way down it gives you an idea of what the colors are. I previously sent an email for some samples. Please disregard.
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Quoting Dewey:
Hi,

I recently bought a townhouse with an 18-year-old deck, probably made of pressure-treated pine. Looks like it was never stained or sealed.

It's not in great shape, but I think I can get some more years out of it if I take care of it properly. I plan to pressure-wash it as a first step.

It's on the east side of a one-story building, so it gets sun for about half the day, maybe a little more. Located in the Northeast US (plenty of cloudy days, and long winters.) Would a transparent stain be appropriate, or should I go semi-transparen t?

Also, if I started out with Natural Tone, could I put one of your other shades over it later on if I wanted to?

Thanks!

You should use the Restore A Deck Kit when pressure washing as it is heavily grayed. Definitely use a semi-transparen t or semi-solid color for this. It is really dried out and needs the protection.
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half-day sun, and switching colors?
Hi,

I recently bought a townhouse with an 18-year-old deck, probably made of pressure-treate d pine. Looks like it was never stained or sealed.

It's not in great shape, but I think I can get some more years out of it if I take care of it properly. I plan to pressure-wash it as a first step.

It's on the east side of a one-story building, so it gets sun for about half the day, maybe a little more. Located in the Northeast US (plenty of cloudy days, and long winters.) Would a transparent stain be appropriate, or should I go semi-transparent?

Also, if I started out with Natural Tone, could I put one of your other shades over it later on if I wanted to?

Thanks!
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Quoting Mrs Mac:
We will be putting up bamboo fencing around our property. It is recommended that an Oil-based, UV resistant sealant be applied to the bamboo prior installation. Which stain is the better choice? I read in the comments that the Amber has 3 times the trans oxides for better UV protection. Is that true for bamboo?

AC is not suggested for bamboo.
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Bamboo
We will be putting up bamboo fencing around our property. It is recommended that an Oil-based, UV resistant sealant be applied to the bamboo prior installation. Which stain is the better choice? I read in the comments that the Amber has 3 times the trans oxides for better UV protection. Is that true for bamboo?
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Quoting Deborah Schinnerer:
I have new cedar deck stained with cedar semitransparent. Should I clean it to keep it looking nice and when does it need to be restrained? We are on Michigan lakeshore.

New wood should be restained 1-2 years after the first application then every 2 years moving forward.
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cleaning & restaining
I have new cedar deck stained with cedar semitransparent . Should I clean it to keep it looking nice and when does it need to be restrained? We are on Michigan lakeshore.
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Quoting Betty:
I can't tell the difference between the woodland brown and sequoia colors. Do you have any pics of decks with these colors? I'm looking for a deep brown with reddish undertones. I can't test out first as my deck needs to be painted soon- next week. Thanks.

We do not have pics. They are both reddish colors but in the scenario neither are mostly brown with a hint of red. Probably the Sequoia would be closest.
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Semi-solid stain colors
I can't tell the difference between the woodland brown and sequoia colors. Do you have any pics of decks with these colors? I'm looking for a deep brown with reddish undertones. I can't test out first as my deck needs to be painted soon- next week. Thanks.
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Quoting Anne:
Our deck is about 20 years old, made of pressure treated pine, has been stained several years ago but now is almost gone. Do we need to strip it, or will Armstrong Clark cover even the areas that still have stain?

Yes you need to strip and brighten the wood for prep before applying the AC.
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Our deck is about 20 years old, made of pressure treated pine, has been stained several years ago but now is almost gone. Do we need to strip it, or will Armstrong Clark cover even the areas that still have stain?
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Mickey, try wiping off the excess stain with some mineral spirits and rags. Make sure to saturate the rags with water when done to avoid accidental spontaneous combustion form the mineral spirits/stain.
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Owner
About 3weeks back I had my deck stained with your semi-solid Sequoia. It is not drying in some places. It is not peeling, but there is a thin coat of oil in places which are under an overhang.parts that are not shaded are dry.it is pretty even except for the shine in places. What can I do to get rid of this shine? I touched it and some of the oil and stain was on my finger! The deck had been pressure washed about one month before being stained. The weather has been around 40 deg but it's supposed to warm upto 60 deg in CA. Thanks.
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re: Amber Semi-Transparen t Stain
5 gallons pails ship free while 5 single gallons do not.

The Amber has 3 times the trans oxides for better UV protection. This is why it costs more to manufacturer.
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Amber Semi-Transparen t Stain
5 one gallon cans cost $219.99. One 5 gallon can costs $224.00. Huh? Also, can you tell me why an extra charge of $25.00 is added to this stain? I'm sure I read the reason on your web site; but I don't remember it. Thanks
Dorine
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You can use the semi-solids for foot traffic.
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I want to use Woodland Brown on my pressure treated pine covered porch floor. But I've read elsewhere that semi-solid stains aren't recommended for foot traffic areas. Are the darker tones (semi-solid) a different formula than the lighter tones (semi-transpare nt)? Are either OK for foot traffic areas?

Thanks!
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Yes but you do need to wait for new wood to weather for 2-3 months and prepped with a cleaner and brightener before applying the stain.
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We just installed a new douglas fir porch on a 1840's house. Is this the appropriate stain for that type of flooring? I'd like to use the driftwood grey color to mimic the typical grey paint of an old porch.
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Molly, every 2 years is normal for the semi-transparen t and semi-solid colors. The transparent colors will need a coating every 12-24 months.
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Ms.
How often will I need to reapply this product to a cedar deck at 7000 ft elevation with winter snow in Central California? Are there any retailers selling this in Central or Southern California? Thanks in advance for your response.
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lee, I would not use the semi-solids on a hardwood deck as it may not penetrate properly. I would stay with the hardwood stain.
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I have a 15 year old mohagany deck that I am stripping and restaining. I need to replace a number of boards with new mohagany so when I stain it I am assuming it will not look uniform. I was thinking of using a semi solid to make it more uniform. Can the non hardwood stain be used on a mohagany deck? Also, I understand that the new boards will need to age a bit before staining? Also, any other recommendations ?
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Sorry but we personally do not have any dealers there. One of the 5 gallon pails should be enough for this.
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2 questions:
We are presently at our vacation home in McKenzie Bridge, OR, east of Eugene and west of Bend, OR. Do you retail in Oregon and, if so, what is closest store to 97413 zip?

We have a deck of about 825 sq. ft. We used your semi-solid Mtn Cedar on our fence in southern CA in April and we really like this product. Please advise how many gallons you recommend for this deck area, applying it horizontally.
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You can use this on wood chairs.
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angela
Hi, I'm going to use this on my new deck. Can I also use it on some old chairs that we use outdoors or will it rub off on peoples clothing?
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Owner
Do you have any retailers in Rhode Island? What would you recommend to prepare the surface on pressure treated wood, in good condition, previously stained with Wolman's F&P oil-based stain?
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Jason, your wood should weather for a few months then be cleaned and brightened for the prep. I would look at the semi-transparen t or semi-solid colors of the AC.
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new deck
I have a new 12x12 redwood deck - I want to keep it's natural color but live in UT with wind, rain, sun and snow so know it needs to be protected. What is the best product you offer that doesn't need to be applied every year and is easy to apply in one day?
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re: Will your product work for me?
If the wood is free of the Cabot then you should be ready to stain with the AC.
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Will your product work for me?
Hi, my family and I are restoring an old farm house and we put a new covered porch of yellow tongue and groove pine on two years ago. We stained it with Cabot Australian Tung oil. Long story short, our painter was fixing some mildew spots on the upper part of the porch and sprayed bleach on the stained wood and ruined the finish. I bleached/pressu re washed the rest of that finish off (we weren't super happy with it anyway) and want to put down a new stain. Can I apply your product over the cleaned wood? I really do not want to use a stripper due to the risk to the new house paint. I like what has been written about your product and would like to use it. Any help would be really appreciated.

Thanks,

Kenn
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