Armstrong Clark Stain 1 Gallon

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$42.99
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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, 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

Friday, 30 August 2019

The best!!Easy to use one single coat will protect your entire cedar deck

Luis

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
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    Jeff · 06/18/2021
    I applied the stain and then it rained shortly after and splattered some of the stain on the vinyl siding of the house. Will mineral spirits help clean it all off once the deck is dry enough to walk on? I’m guessing the stain will be dry by time I can clean it off the siding
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2021
      Try a graffti remover cleaner like goof off but test spot first to make sure there is not any reaction with the vinyl.
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        Jeff Wyman · 06/20/2021
        Thanks for the recommendation. I tried dawn spray soap first. And it works amazingly well! It’s dawn heavy duty professional strength degreaser. Keep in mind for anyone else who ever needs to clean off vinyl siding or powder coated aluminum railings.
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    Whewitt · 06/12/2021
    Chair
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    Jack P · 06/12/2021
    Would you recommend a mildewcide brand as an additive as we're worried that we need extra protection. Also, can you tell me how much to add on a per gallon basis? Thanks!
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    Stephen · 06/11/2021
    For the Rustic Semi-transparent stain: 150-200 sq feet (Softwoods) 300+ (Hardwoods)Is cedar considered a softwood or hardwood?
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    Wil · 06/10/2021
    Can this product be shipped toBritish Columbia Canada , and will Canada allow entry??
    Can you tell what the cost of shipping 2 gallons might be ?
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      Armstrong · 06/10/2021
      Yes, and for shipping costs. add to cart and enter your shipping address for the total cost.
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    Steve · 06/07/2021
    I lightly power-washed my cedar deck to preserve the wood grain, but there's just some residual stain here and there. Can I just keep it there and stain over it. Looks like I'll need 2 coats of the semi-transparent.
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      Armstrong · 06/08/2021
      If a different brand of stain you will need to remove it as much as possible if not 100%.
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        Steve · 06/08/2021
        The stain was Armstrong-Clark Rustic Brown, semi-transparent, and the new stain is Armstrong-Clark Driftwood, semi-transparent. In a test, two coats of the Driftwood seems to cover most of the Rustic Brown residue. Do you think that's ok from a performance standpoint?
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          Armstrong · 06/08/2021
          Yes.
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            Steve · 06/08/2021
            Thanks. Here is the test. See attached. Do you have any additional comments?
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    Morgan · 06/03/2021
    Is there a sealant you recommend after using this? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2021
      It is not possible to apply a sealer over a deck stain, it will peel. No need as well.
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        Morgan · 06/03/2021
        Oh man. Good to know. Thank you!! Ordering our stain through you guys so wanted to make sure we have everything we need. Sealant is only for paint or water based stains then or ? Thank you again for your timely response and knowledge. 
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          Armstrong · 06/03/2021
          No stain or paint can have a sealer applied on top. They will all peel.
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    Vikki · 05/28/2021
    Which stain is best for high traffic areas?
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      Armstrong · 05/28/2021
      Any of them AC colors. They will all wear the same.
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    Michael Roland · 05/25/2021
    Follow up to the stupid question about opening cans.  Never mind - I figured out that the plastic ring comes off.
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    Michael Roland · 05/25/2021
    How do you open the gallon cans of stain?
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      Armstrong · 05/25/2021
      Pry off the white ring inwards and then use a screwdriver to take off the ring.
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    Paul Mackie · 05/25/2021
    50 vocs on a mineral spirit clean-up product?
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    Monica · 05/18/2021
    If I am sanding the entire deck, do I need to do anything else before applying a semi-transparent stain?  And is the second coat recommended to be applied while the first is still “wet”?
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    CL · 05/15/2021
    Hello, I currently have the semi transparent cedar stain on my deck, but it has faded quite a bit. It is not peeling at all - however I was looking to change the color to the natural oak (since not quite as reddish) What steps do I need to take to do so?Thanks
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    Matt · 05/08/2021
    I've got another unrelated question, so I'm posting it separately from my question below. My mother in law tried rolling on a semi solid maintenance coat after washing with oxy/dish soap. She's afraid she over applied because it didn't soak in well. Should she do anything or just let it keep drying? 
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    Matt · 05/08/2021
    I've got a myriad of products on my deck (back is Valspar - which I think is acrylic, front is Cabot - which I think is oil, and side is unknown - probably another oil based). I'd like to go to only AC, will stripping be sufficient, or will I need to sand the Valspar? If I'm going to sand one portion, should probably sand it all? Thanks. 
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      Armstrong · 05/08/2021
      You will probably have to sand to get it all off.
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    Wendy · 05/03/2021
    HelloWe have used Transparent Cedar on our deck (and fence).  We restrain it every two years, even three years.  On the off summers, we use a non bleach deck cleaner product which restores it pretty well.
    Last summer we inadvertently applied Semi Transparent Cedar.  Just this weekend, we used Oxyclean and dish soap in place of a commercial product to clean the deck and it came out much more patchy than before. Some areas look much more "bleached" than we expected, and the stain is still quite evident in other areas.  We would like to apply just one coat of stain to correct the uneven look.
    However, we ultimately would like to go back to the Transparent Cedar stain. Our question is - can we we put the Transparent Cedar over the Semi Transparent stain. Or do we need to apply one coat of the Semi Transparent for now and then wait to do the whole deck and clean/strip it properly before starting over with the Transparent Cedar?
    Thanks.
    Wendy
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      Armstrong · 05/03/2021
      To go back to Transparent Cedar you will need to strip and brighten for prep. If you apply one coat now, you will need to do the semi-transparent cedar.
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    Chris · 04/30/2021
    If I buy 2 1-gallon pails, do they need to be mixed together if I am using them on the same deck?
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    Mark L · 04/28/2021
    Hello.  It has been 24 hours since I stained my deck.  I went with Oxford Brown solid as I had to repair some of the boards and felt anything lighter/semi-transparent wouldn't match given the new wood/old wood construction.  I applied the wood stain using a staining brush during the day yesterday and the temperature was in the low 70's.  I used a brush to make sure I didn't over apply stain, frequently going back and forth over each board.  This morning there looked to be a few wet spots still so I went over them with rags per guidance on side of can (not quite 24 hours...more like 20).  After wiping off the excess it got pretty hot and the deck dried out nicely.  Afraid to walk on it just yet, I rubbed my fingers over several of the boards.  Even though the wood looks very dry, I was getting some stain off onto my fingers.  My fingers were not wet, but it was obvious the stain was coming off on them.  For prep on the older boards I power washed, gently, the cedar wood.  Then I washed the boards with a deck prep solution and scrubbed with a deck brush.  I then let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.  I also sanded the floor boards with 120 grit sand paper to help get off some of the older production.  I they used a blower to get all the dust off.  I waited 48 hours after cleaning to allow for maximum dryness before applying the stain.
    We are expecting some rain tomorrow.  If I am still getting some of the stain off on my hands/shoes what would you recommend as far as next steps?  Cleaning with some light detergent & water and a deck brush followed by a good rinse?  I want to be clear that the wood is dry to the touch but my fingers are picking up some of the pigment.  The product on my fingers is not wet, but not dusty like if I didn't get the sawdust off the wood after sanding up well enough.  This pigment comes off easily with just some soap & water, not staying on my hands.  Thanks for your help.
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      Armstrong · 04/28/2021
      FYI, sanding close the pores of the grain and is not always a good idea. If you sand, never more than 60-80 grit. Too fine and the stain can have issues soaking into the wood.
      The stain can take several days to fully cure when it cannot fully soak in. The rain tomorrow will not harm anything and will probably help. Just leave it alone since it has only been 24 hours. It will cure in time.
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    Paul · 04/27/2021
    Hi - how long should I expect a newly stained deck to "off gas" so to speak?  I did the whole process of restore-a- deck strip/brightener/power wash dried for 5 days, stained it and I have to say I am extremely pleased! The deck looks amazing, the stain went on so smooth and uniform. One coat of the semi solid was perfect. 
    The deck looks and feels dry to the touch but it's been almost 2 weeks now and the smell that wafts into the house from the open windows is still rather pronounced.  Is this normal?
    Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 04/27/2021
      A good rain and it should dissipate.
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        Paul · 04/27/2021
        good to know! Thanks.  
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    Brigitte · 04/25/2021
    I bought a sample of the semi-solid in Sequoia to use on an old cedar swingset. The area I tested looked amazing but when I looked into buying a gallon, the semi-solid stain description states it is not for playground equipment or furniture. Why is that? Does the color rub off on clothing or is it toxic? Is there an equivalent color in another appropriate stain here? I'm so bummed. Thanks in advance for your insight!
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      Armstrong · 04/26/2021
      It is possible to have rub off with the semi-solid colors so it is not suggested for furniture or playsets. Any of the other AC colors will work. Sierra Redwood would be closest..
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    John · 04/24/2021
    I have a three year old pine deck that was stained with Armstrong Clark semi-trans.  I would like to use the Armstrong Clark semi solid next time.  Do I need to strip/brighten or clean/brighten?  Do you think semi-solid is good choice for gulf coast of Florida with humidity and full sun?
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      Armstrong · 04/25/2021
      Strip and brighten would be best. It will work great in FL.
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    Jennifer Sparks · 04/24/2021
    How long after application will slight rain not bother stain, small chance of rain day after we plan on staining. We used same stain 2 years ago and have already used cleaner and brightener. 
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      Armstrong · 04/24/2021
      About 4-6 hours after applying. 
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        Jennifer Sparks · 04/25/2021
        Thank you, how long should I wait after rain before application? Does wood need an entire day to dry out prior to applying? 
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          Armstrong · 04/25/2021
          48 hours after rain or prep to apply.
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    Steve · 04/11/2021
    I've made 4 test samples.  They are lumber yard douglas fir.  I used the cleaner, but not the brightener.  I do plan on using the brightener with the actual project.  I used 2 coats of the stain, with the 2nd coat applied while the 1st coat was still wet.  I allowed them to dry a couple days.  It's been raining the last 2 days here and I placed the samples out in the rain and they didn't really bead up. I believe seeing somewhere that you use parafin in the stain.  Is it okay to add a coat of mineral oil/parafin mixture over the stain, after the initial 2 coats of color, as an added sealer?
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      Armstrong · 04/11/2021
      You can never apply a coating or sealer over a deck stain, it will peel. Alos, you do not want the stain to bead water as the wood needs to breathe. That is a misconception. AC sheds water and is still breathable.
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        Steve · 04/11/2021
        Thanks for the information.  You learn something every day.
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    Tom · 04/07/2021
    Is it appropriate for rough textured cedar siding?
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    Sally L. · 04/05/2021
    We just finished staining our cedar benches with semi-transparent cedar stain and realize it is a little too reddish. Any recommendation on how the color can be toned down a bit? Yes, we made a mistake not getting sample to try it out first! :( Also is there such thing as a stain that gives you a glossy finish?
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      Armstrong · 04/05/2021
      You cannot tone down the color but you can remove and start over with a different color. https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper

      No, on the glossy finish. That will lead to peeling issues on exterior wood.
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    jg · 04/03/2021
    Can I use a stain on a teak table and chairs?
    If yes, what stain do you recommend?
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      Armstrong · 04/04/2021
      Yes, try Amber color. One light coat.
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    Ellen · 03/31/2021
    Can I use Black Walnut on new mahogany decking? In the future would I be able to paint over it with a water-base paint, like a latex porch or floor paint?
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      Armstrong · 03/31/2021
      See this for new wood tips: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      You cannot paint over it.
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    Eugene · 03/31/2021
    redwood

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    D · 02/27/2021
    Do you have any photos of grey driftwood color on cedar. I am ready to order for my deck(I got your sample) but I have another small protect and I would like to see how the hay look in the cedar.
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    D · 02/27/2021
    Is the semi trans driftwood grey recommended to be used in cedar outdoor furniture? Do you carry any white stain for furniture?
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      Armstrong · 02/27/2021
      You can use the gray for cedar wood. We do not have a white color.