Armstrong Clark Stain 5 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, 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

Thursday, 28 September 2017

I don't write product reviews. However, this stain is too good not to write one. We replaced our 34 year old deck floorboards last summer. During the past year, we researched deck stains and discovered that oil-based stains are becoming harder to find, which led us to Armstrong Clark. First of all, the option of buying samples is genius, as I would have chosen the wrong color without samples to test. After prepping the deck with the cleaner and brightener, the first difference I noticed from 34 years ago was that you no longer have to spend fifteen minutes trying to stir the thick sludge from the bottom of the can into a usable product. The Armstrong Clark stain was so easy to stir! The semi-transparent stain then went on evenly, was absorbed quickly, and dried to a rich, beautiful color. I love this stain! It has just recently been applied, so I can't write about its longevity yet, but this is a high quality product, and I am confident it will perform as described. We are thrilled with the way our deck looks, and will not hesitate to recommend it to others. A dreaded chore became a joy!

Linda

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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    S. Sullivan · 11/02/2021
    Can this product be applied directly to a deck that was previous painted, without sanding first? 
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      Armstrong · 11/02/2021
      No, all previous coatings must be removed first.
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    Brad C · 10/11/2021
    5 yr old redwood deck and just finished sanding - using RAD products next.  My question is if using the Semi Solid Sequoia product how many coats will be needed?
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    Don J · 10/06/2021
    We applied an AC semi-trans to our decks earlier this year - some sections were all-new wood, others were sanded and brightened. It looks GREAT! We’re actually very happy with the color as-is; adding more next year seems like it’d darken it too much. What’s the guidance on re-applying? Wait until the existing pigment fades, or re-coat with something transparent?
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    Aliren1 · 09/19/2021
    I would like to order some stain.. Anyone stained a new treated pine privacy fence aproximately 150 ft. front and back? Approximately how much semi transparent stain would I need? And one coat or two? 
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      Armstrong · 09/20/2021
      We would need a total sq footage of all wood added up for both sides to help with the amount needed.
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    dave · 09/16/2021
    I have a brand new treated pine deck/rails and porch/rails going in next month in Western North Carolina. Once it's complete at what point should the stain be applied. Also, will the semi-transparent be ok on a new deck and will the black walnut actually be semi transparent on the new treated pine boards and rails ?  Thanks
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    Randy F · 09/12/2021
    Also, my deck is pressure treated lumber. You mention spraying, roller or brush. Can I use staining pads with poles?
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      Armstrong · 09/12/2021
      Stain pads and brushes are best. 
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    Randy F · 09/12/2021
    I live in Northwestern Illinois. How late in the year can I apply the semi transparent stain?
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      Armstrong · 09/12/2021
      Above 50 so late October. 
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    Darlene · 08/10/2021
    Can you Ship to Canada
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    John G · 08/09/2021
    I am staining my 20-year-old pressure treated pine deck with your semi-transparent driftwood stain, after power-washing off a lot of algae and mildew. The wood is weather checked and it is soaking in very fast. I am brushing it out very thin, not filling the cracks and crevices in the weathered wood, as I did not buy enough to put it on more liberally. It looks good, but I am contemplating another coat to better soak into the defects. I would like your advice on a second coat and whether to use more semi-transparent driftwood, or go with the clear natural for the second coat, as it appears to have enough pigment as it is now. Please advise. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 08/09/2021
      You would have to use the Driftwood if you want to recoat. Not possible to add the Natural over it and it is also not clear, but tinted. If it looks good then no need to add more.
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    Sean B · 07/24/2021
    How do I stir the semi transparent product before application without removing the lid on the 5 gallon bucket?
    Home Depot offered to shake the 5 gallon bucket which I've purchased on your website. Is it ok to shake the bucket even though I've read that oil-based products should be stirred? HD says they shake all paints and stains save for polyeurothane.
    Any advice on pouring from such a large bucket? I'm new to all of these and this is the first time I've refinished a deck.
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      Armstrong · 07/24/2021
      You can shake it. The other option is to remove the lid and stir well. 
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    Lynn · 07/23/2021
    Applied semi transparent rustic brown stain, a small area was not cured enough prior to a rainfall (see photo), has a textured look. 2 questions:1. How best to fix this area?2. We applied 1 coat to most areas and can see the two coated area has more colour - can we apply another coat to the entire deck now and if so do we need to re-prep it?Or is it better to wait 9 - 12 months and if so then clean and stain?
    Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 07/24/2021
      You can apply a light coat to all wood now if you would like.
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    Mike · 07/06/2021
    When staining my deck I did one section then came back and did another section that butted up to the first section. Where I overlapped the two sections it appears darker. I have a couple questions... 1) Is this darker area due to extra stain in that area where I overlapped? 2) What is best to correct that difference in color, put a 2nd coat of stain on the entire deck, including the darker areas where I overlapped or just apply a second coat to only the areas that do not appear to have extra stain on it? 
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      Mike · 07/06/2021
      I should have mentioned this was using the Semi Trans Rustic Brown stain
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2021
      1. Yes, correct.2. It is not easy to spot fix (it will not blend well) and over-applying to all wood can create issues with curing and drying. You are best to leave as is, for now, lightly clean and apply one coat in 9-12 months.
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    Scott · 07/06/2021
    I live in TN and recently had a cedar fence built and and letting it season just a little. Can i just spray on the transparent Cedar color with a pump sprayer and follow up with a roller? 
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2021
      You can spray on then back brush with a stain pad or brush. Rollers do not work very well.
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    Angela · 06/26/2021
    Is this product considered a stain and sealer?
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    Summer · 06/16/2021
    How do I open the 5 gallon bucket?
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      Armstrong · 06/16/2021
      If you want to take the lid off fully, then pry open the tabs of the lid with a screwdriver.
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        Summer · 06/16/2021
        I was assuming I had to take it off fully to stir it. Is that not true? It’s been sitting for a few weeks since it arrived in the mail. Maybe I can just roll the can around to mix it? Tell me what’s best! I’m finally ready to stain today! 
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          Armstrong · 06/16/2021
          take off top and get a 5-gallon drill mixer to mix correctly.
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            Summer · 06/16/2021
            What if I take it to my local hardware store and have them shake it? Would that work?
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              Armstrong · 06/16/2021
              If they are willing to do that, then yes.
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                Summer · 06/16/2021
                They did!! So I’m set. Thank you so much for all your help.
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    Cathy · 05/31/2021
    Can the clear stain be used on cedar boards?
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    Patrick Folliott · 05/30/2021
    I have about 1000 sq ft to stain.  Being from Canada, oil-based stain selection is limited.  I have cleaned, pressure washed and power sanded.  Will use brightener as last step before staining.  Was thinking to mix Expresso and Oxford Brown 50-50 as Expresso seems too dark on its own. Do you foresee any issues?  West facing, lots of direct sun and weather.  Other recommendations?  Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 05/31/2021
      You can mix colors if you like. Only one coat.
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    Annette · 05/23/2021
    Sorry for all the questions. After I get my deck completely stained. Should there be any kind of finish put on top of the stain or is it complete? How long will left over stain stay good? I am adding a 10x10 deck from the old deck out to my pool. I was hoping to use the left over stain once it is built. Hopefully last question. Is 2 coats all that is necessary? Or would you recommend 3 coats
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    Annette · 05/21/2021
    After pressure washing the deck how long do I need to wait to start staining. Also I used your calculator to figure how much stain I would need my deck is 60 feet long 13feet wide the railing is 80 feet long at 3 1/2 ft tall. It’s saying I need 34 gallon would I need that much if I’m using an airless sprayer?
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      Armstrong · 05/21/2021
      48 hours after prep. 34 Gallons? Not sure you are entering this correctly. Same #s when we enter comes to 10-11 gallons. Spraying would be about the same.
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    Annette · 05/17/2021
    I have a 10 yr old deck. It has been pressure washed and the pressure treated wood looks good. Would the semi transparent natural oak be ok to use on it? Do I need to do anything else to it to prepare for the stain?
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      Armstrong · 05/17/2021
      As long as the wood is clean and free of old coatings you can use the AC stain. Any color will work.
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        Annette · 05/17/2021
        Can apply the stain with an airless sprayer? I have a lot of spindles on my railing.
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    N8 · 05/05/2021
    SemiSolid on IPE?
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      Armstrong · 05/05/2021
      No. Only the three hardwood colors of Amber, Mahogany, and Black Walnut. 
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        N8 · 05/05/2021
         don't like those colors.  Looking for medium brown like the mountain cedar which is much darker than the amber.  What mix would you recommend for a bed brown with the hardwood options?
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          Armstrong · 05/05/2021
          Sorry but for IPE, we do not have any options like that. In addition, you will never get IPE to look like MC color. It is the wood itself that will not allow it.
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    Chuck Murray · 05/04/2021
    My deck has been stained twice with Cedar Tone transparent. Can I apply an AC semi transparent over it, assuming I prep with the Rad cleaner and brighter plus power wash?
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      Armstrong · 05/04/2021
      Yes, you can do this when you are going darker in color.
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        Chuck Murray · 05/04/2021
        I was thinking of the Cedar color.   It appears slightly darker than the cedar tone?
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    GT · 04/29/2021
    This is the best stain I've used for redwood siding. I mix 50/50 Sierra Redwood and Mahogany for longer life (5 years+).  
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    PeterG · 04/28/2021
    I have a small section of deck I stain about 3 years ago with AC semi-transparent Sierra Redwood. Test of the deck is two year old new/weathered pressure treated.  I’m thinking of going with the semi-solid now. Do I have to strip off the old semi-transparent before apply the semi-solid? Or can just cleaning and brightening be ok. Will the semi-solid cover over the semi-transparent?  
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      GT · 04/29/2021
      Pressure wash, semi-dry, spray down with brightener. Totally dry. Brush on a semi solid like Mahogany. Done. I use 505/50 Sierra and Mahogany on vertical redwood siding. Love it. 9I really don't think you have to "strip" a semi-transparent.)
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        Peter M Giro · 04/29/2021
        Thank you both for the helpful replies. I decided just to keep staining the verticals with the same semi-transparent Sierra Redwood and then go with the semi-solid for the flat deck boards.  This way I only have to remove/pressure wash just a few decks steps with the old semi-transparent and not have to deal trying to remove/clean off the verticals at all. Plus the semi-solid should last longer on the heavy traffic flat deck boards/steps than the semi-transparent.  Now not sure what color of semi-solid to go with the Sierra Redwood!  Lol 
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      Armstrong · 04/29/2021
      It would be best to strip and brighten for this prep so the semi-solid can fully soak into the wood grain: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper
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    Ron · 04/27/2021
    What tempature does it have to be to spply
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    Charles · 04/25/2021
    Can unused AC semi transparent be kept in the garage over the winter in central Connecticut?
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    Jessica Cole · 03/11/2021
    I applied this to my new cedar deck last June 2020. What is this black residue and how do I fix this?
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    B Walker · 10/08/2020
    Just had a new fence installed. The 18 ft gate is redwood and the fence is cedar. When should I begin painting? Do I need to wait or can I do it immediately?
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    Michael · 10/06/2020
    Semi-Trans hardwood Stain - does this product also protect and seal the wood or do I need to purchase a sealer separately?
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      Armstrong · 10/06/2020
      All AC deck stains are sealers as well and you cannot apply a sealer over the AC stains.
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    Peter clarke · 09/23/2020
    Square ft. Coverage on new knotty pime