Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon

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$40.99
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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.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain Color Chart

Reviews

Monday, 03 June 2019

It lasted 5 YEARS on my deck. After stripping, brightening and sanding I applied 1 coat which looks like a natural redwood color. My redwood/cedar deck is 40 years old so it absorbed the stain instantly but looked great for many years. I like only needing to refinish my deck every 5 years. Before switching to Armstrong it was every 2-3 years - Great product!

David Bongo

Friday, 22 March 2019

Great stain!

JamesFemSI

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Armstrong Clark is the top rated VOC compliant penetrating oil based stain. Allowed in all US States and Canada!

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    John · 06/16/2019
    I have a new deck using sienna treated wood. Looking to go darker and hide the knots. Can I use a semi-solid ?
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    Bob · 06/10/2019
    The posts and rails seemed to have come out better than deck. As it dried it appears I could use a 2nd coat on the deck floor. How long should I wait, and what prep will be needed? I thoroughly cleaned and stripped deck using the stripper and brightener and hand sanded as the pressure washer raised the grain.
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      Armstrong · 06/10/2019
      You should be able to do a light coat now. Make sure to not over apply.
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        Bob · 06/10/2019
        Unfortunately I ran out of stain, so I wouldn’t be doing a 2nd coat until I get some more
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    Bob · 06/10/2019
    I have just a few post caps to do and ran out of stain, Will a sample be exact same as the gallons I had? I have mahogany wood and used your mahogany stain.
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      Armstrong · 06/10/2019
      A sample will not cover much sq footage.
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    Char Myron · 05/30/2019
    Would this be the best product for redoing Trex?
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    Robert · 05/28/2019
    I have a 15 year old Pau Lupe deck. Full sun in souther California. What do you recommend as a stain?
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    Lisa · 05/26/2019
    Is the semi transparent stain ok to use on outdoor cedar furniture? It has never been stained before.
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    Mindy · 05/20/2019
    Hi,

    I built a deck with rough sawn cedar and used Thompson Water Sealant Cedar on it and it pulled REALLY orange. I plan to strip it and use something different. The color I would like to match is Miniwax Red Oak, but that's pulling black on the rough sawn wood. Which of your products do you recommend?
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    Alexis · 05/19/2019
    I have a cedar deck..... can I use the “natural tone “ transparent or “natural oak” semi-transparent stains or should I stay with a “cedar” stain?

    Also, do the semi-transparent stains need to be removed before re-coating?


    Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 05/20/2019
      You can use any color that you like. The semi-transparent will last longer from UV protection. All AC colors can be cleaned and recoated as needed.
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    Richard Green · 04/23/2019
    I previously painted my deck with Sherwin Williams Deckscapes advanced waterborne formula exterior deck stain. Can I use your Armstrong Clark semi solid stain over it?
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      Armstrong · 04/23/2019
      No. The SW will need to come off fully first.
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    Jason · 04/17/2019
    Hi, I am planning on applying a semi solid stain tomorrow with a pad and brush. The instructions say to wipe any puddling after 24 hours. I know many people suggest to wipe as you go without other stains manufacturers. Is this not recommended?
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      Armstrong · 04/17/2019
      Do not wipe as you go with the AC. It could create issues with curing. Apply one coat. Wait 24 hours and if needed, wipe any access off then. Saturate any oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside.
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    Rowley · 04/17/2019
    How thick is the stain? Is it thick enough to cover a rough surface without sanding.
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      Armstrong · 04/17/2019
      Ac is a penetrating stain. It does not cover or dry on top of the surface.
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    David · 04/03/2019
    I am planning to stain a 2 year old pressure treated deck. What stain colour do you recommend to closely match the brown pressure treated colour, thanks
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    Jason · 03/13/2019
    I am planning to stain my deck using semi-transparent stain. It appears that 2 coats (wet on wet) is typically recommended. What does wet on wet really mean? as the deck is pretty large so by the time I am done the part that is started with will probably already be close to dry. Does this matter? How long is the drying time?
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    Anna Sharova · 10/12/2018
    We have a 20 (!!) year old deck that somehow survived a bad Deckover job. I rescued it from the failed coating before it could actually rot, stripped, planed, and sanded. It is in surprisingly decent shape. Second floor deck that gets a good bit of sun, with most of it having limited cover.

    What would you recommend in terms of stain? And what works best with fillers (like Dap plastic wood?) We're replacing some of the boards but trying to minimize and restore as much as possible. Also dead set on oil so Armstrong is at the very top of our options. We like the look of the grain and re-coating/maintenance is not an issue for us. Also debating between a lighter color for temperature and a darker color for drama. Any ideas are welcome!!! (Picture does not show complete restoration - we got rid of every spec of deckover in the end.)
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      Armstrong · 10/13/2018
      FYI, wood filler will not work on exterior wood. It will not "stain" to blend with the deck stain and will look terrible. It also will not survive a cold Winter. In short, never us a wood filler.

      As for the stain, the AC will work well. Use a semi-transparent color.
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    Mark Hartman · 09/25/2018
    I have a 12-year-old ipe deck that I just finished stripping and neutralizing. I used Penofin stain last time, and though I believe I may have applied it too liberally, it also darkened the ipe considerably. This time around I want to avoid darkening the wood; just want to knock out the graying, close the grain and provide some UV protection. Is the transparent Natural Tone the best bet, applied with roller then almost immediately toweled off?
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    Kevin · 09/19/2018
    I stripped and belt sanded a nice old mahogany porch and purchased the AC transparent natural tone wanting the wood to show its true beauty. These are pictures when I applied to a couple of the steps on my porch. I must say for natural tone, this appears rather dark. To me that was ALOT of work to see these results hoping that natural tone would allow the wood to speak. Any suggestions?
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      Armstrong · 09/19/2018
      The AC Natural enhances the natural grain of the wood like a wet look and the color is based on your wood type. This is normal for all wood types. It is not possible to make it lighter and have UV protection from graying.
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    Blake · 09/16/2018
    I'm installing a new redwood deck and fence within the next few weeks. I live in Southern California and the deck will see sun only in the AM, fence will see sun all day. Should I leave the wood untreated for a few months and then prep with RAD and then stain. I like the look of the semi-trans cedar. Just want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong.
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    Nic H · 09/14/2018
    My cedar deck was built in Jan February March, people say to wait a year to stain it but it is already discolouring. I was planning on washing it with dish soap and bleach and staining before the winter. What are your thoughts?
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    David · 08/16/2018
    Will the semi-solid color stain do the best job of minimizing the grain in PT decking versus the semit transparent type stains?
    and--
    will a semi solid stain last longer / provide more protection than semi transparent type stains?
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      Armstrong · 08/16/2018
      The semi-solids will give slightly better UV protection and will hide the grain a little better as well over a semi-transparent color.
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    Linda · 08/15/2018
    I stripped, cleaned and brightened deck (Behr all in one product). What is your opinion on my next process? Do you think the deck is ready for stain? What stain would you recommend? Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 08/15/2018
      It should be okay to stain the flooring. Use the AC in a sem-transparent or semi-solid color.
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        Linda · 08/16/2018
        Thank you. What color would you recommend that would match the vertical wood?
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          Armstrong · 08/16/2018
          Chestnut or Rustic Brown. It is not possible to match that exactly though.
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    Alex Castro · 08/02/2018
    When applying the stain with a spray gun to my deck, can we "back brush" with a pad? Do we have to back brush with a brush or roller?
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      Armstrong · 08/02/2018
      Spray on your first coat and then back brush your second coat with a stain pad.
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    Alex Castro · 08/02/2018
    I have a few questions:

    1) I have a deck that is approximately 5-6 years old. The floor is pressure treated pine. The pickets and railings appear to be redwood. I've pressure washed and stripped using RAD. How many coats will I need?

    2) I've pressure washed and stripped using RAD. I haven't had a chance to use the brightener (it's a DIY home project) yet. The wood definitely looks better than the weathered grey look it had before. After the pressure the pine had a yellow tint (most of the stain was already gone before the pressure wash step). Then, after I applied the stripper (then washed it off with the pressure washer), the pine wood changed to a silvery color (the redwood didn't seem to do this). Not quite the same grey that existed before pressure washing, but no longer the yellow tint. Is it normal for the stripper to change the color of the wood before applying the brightener?

    We tested the two Armstrong Clark stains we were trying to pick from and found the Rustic Brown looked excellent after a day or so. We're excited to finish the project, but wanted to know if we're doing anything wrong before applying the stain.
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    Sue · 07/19/2018
    Also pressure washed.
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      Armstrong · 08/02/2018
      1. Two coats applied wet on wet.
      2. The stripper raises the pH balance, darkening the wood. The brightener lowers it back to neutral.
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    Sue · 07/19/2018
    I stripped sanded and cleaned/brightened deck (Behr all in one). Does this look good to go for staining? I just ordered your Rustic Brown semi. It would be stained w/n two weeks of the prep. Thanks in advance!
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      Armstrong · 07/19/2018
      In the picture, there is still a good amount of old stain that has not come out of the wood grain. You might want to strip and pressure wash again. Shoot for 95% removal of old stain.
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    Rosy · 07/11/2018
    I want to order some protection for my deck, we used cedar tone pressure treated pine so there is a color, I want to enhance the color because it faded a little in the year since we built it. What color of transparent stain would you recommend?
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    Terry · 07/11/2018
    Stained last spring, new cedar deck, using Armstrong-Clark. High traffic areas show wear to the stain. How can I combat this? I am ordering to stain again this fall. Used cedar-semi-transparent.
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    Tony · 06/28/2018
    I just cleaned my mildewy and algae loaded railings, and new (one year old unstained) deck boards. I’m almost done applying Thompson’s semi transparent natural cedar to the railings, and was going to put it on the deck until I started doing some research. I”m sold on the penetrating stains vs. the Thompson’s for ease of reapplication and other reasons mentioned on this site. I’m okay with the railing being a different color if it compliments, was thinking of doing that in the first place, looking at semitransparent cedar here. What would be recommended for the following?

    Deck Location State: New Jersey
    Shade in AM, Full sun afternoon into evening.
    Wood Type: Pressure treated pine
    Mold or Mildew Issues: No
    Previous Coating? New wood, no previous coating. One year old and cleaned last week.
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2018
      Hi Tony, the Armstrong Clark semi-transparent Cedar would very well for this. It is a full penetrating stain that can be easily maintained as needed with a clean and recoat.
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    David · 05/28/2018
    If I apply transparent stain over an earlier application of transparent stain, will I still have to strip the old stain if it's not immediately porous, or can I just let the transparent settle where it will in the gaps of the old transparent stain?
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      Armstrong · 05/28/2018
      if you are using the same color and the same brand as last time, you use the Cleaner and Brightener Kit. If the new coating is a different brand and or color, you use the Stripper and Brightener Kit.
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    Mike · 05/24/2018
    Hi, I'm working on refinishing a deck that currently has peeling paint (applied by previous owner). I'll be stripping the paint and using RAD cleaner/brightener on the wood. For 220 sq ft, how much stain should I get?

    Also, would the leftover stain be suitable for outdoor furniture application (on pine, for example)?

    Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 05/24/2018
      2-3 gallons. It is not suggested for furniture.
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        Mike · 05/24/2018
        Thanks for the reply. What would be the best way to determine number of coats required (1 or 2)?
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          Armstrong · 05/24/2018
          The 2-3 gallons was for two coats applied wet on wet. If older wood and very porous, this is the way to go.
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    PM · 05/03/2018
    Hello,

    Fence:
    About 900 sq/ft of aged redwood fence. Will strip, brighten then I'd like to apply the Woodland Brown via an airless sprayer and finish with a brush. Will utilize power washer to rinse the strip/brightener.


    Deck:
    Four year old deck with semi trans stain; will also strip, brighten then I'd like to mix the cedar and redwood tones together (transparent) and apply via a pad. Deck is estimated at 500 sq/ft with railings included. Will utilize power washer to rinse the strip/brightener.

    Suggestions with gallons for fence and deck and/or method(s) is much appreciated. Cart is ready to trigger.


    Cheers!
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      Armstrong · 05/03/2018
      Hello,

      Does the fence include both sides for 900 Sq feet? If so, you will need 5-7 gallons for the fence. Just one coat.

      The deck will need 2 coats applied wet on wet. About 4-5 gallons.