Armstrong Clark Stain 5 Gallon

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$259.99
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Stain Color:

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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    Michiyo · 09/24/2022
    Hello using all Armstrong Clark can you go from semi-transparent to semi-solid then back to semi-transparent? We plan to do our first stain on our fence with semi-transparent rustic oak but may change our minds down the road.

    It’s a friendly neighbor rough sawn cedar wood fence 14 months old never stained, the same on both sides.

    Any issues to keep in mind if going from semi-transparent then semi-solid then to semi-transparent? Thank you~
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      Armstrong · 09/24/2022
      You will have to strip and brighten when switching otherwise no issue.
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    Steve · 07/15/2022
    Can I get small samples to check for color variations? I have been using super deck on my cedar siding. I'd like to just add clear and not change color other than a little darkening.
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    tyler christiansen · 07/12/2022
    Hi, two questions.
    1) can semi solid stain be recoated just like the semi-transparent (that is, without stripping or sanding)?
    2) In your opinion, which of your colors work best with a red brick house (see pic). Deck surface will be PT pine
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      Armstrong · 07/12/2022
      1. Yes but you do have to clean for prep.
      2. Any color you like will work!
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    Marty · 06/28/2022
    I am installing pressure treated pine decking.  I have a few questions:

    1. Can I use any end coat preservative on my end cuts when I install?  Will the end cut preservative interfere with my AC stain when I apply it later when the wood dries out?

    2. Is a 12% moisture content the correct amount for best staining?

    3. If I order sample stains and try them out on the wet pressure treated wood will the color be the same when I apply the stain to the dry pressure treated decking at a later date?
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      Armstrong · 06/28/2022
      1. No need for an end cut sealer and yes, it could hinder the AC's stain absorption.
      2. Yes, but read this about new wood as it really has nothing to do with moisture content: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
      3. No, it will be lightly darker when the wood is more absorbent.
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        Marty · 06/28/2022
        Thanks for the info.

        Why is there no need for an end cut sealer?  Once I install the decking I will not be able to seal/stain them with the AC stain I choose.

        I had read your guide for staining.  The first bullet mentions that the wood needs to dry out.  What am i not understanding?
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          Armstrong · 06/28/2022
          There is no advantage to using it and honestly is kind of a gimmick. You only have to stain and protect the exposed wood after installation and weathering. 

          Yes you have to weather and prep, it is explained in this  article: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

          Moisture % is not the reason for weathering. It is all about the porosity of the new wood.
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            Marty · 06/28/2022
            I have done a lot of research before coming up with a choice for decking material and sealant/stain.  I am no expert and basically only know what I read on the internet.  Everyone else that I have read says that best practice is to seal the cut ends of wood during installation.  As AC is my sealant/stain of choice I am going to take your advice and not worry about the ends that are butted up to each other and use AC to seal the cut ends that are exposed.

            I assume it is good to wait till my moisture meter read ~ 12% before doing anything.

            Thanks for your advice. (I hope you are correct :))
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              Armstrong · 06/28/2022
              We sell over 100,000 gallons a year for the past ten years and no one buys an end grain sealer. We used to carry one and were lucky to sell 10 pints total in a year.

              It is not needed.
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    larry roberts · 06/26/2022
    want to buy semisoiid deck finish woodland brown  wont come up on computer
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      Armstrong · 06/26/2022
      It is in the stain color choices at the bottom. Scroll down.
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    Ken Carson · 06/22/2022
    How long should stain dry before putting furniture back?
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      Armstrong · 06/22/2022
      24-48 hours. Just make sure it is fully dry to the touch.
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    Terry · 06/01/2022
    Hello , I’m wondering the recommended process for a 7 year old pine pressure treated fence that I initially used a cidercide oil on the first 2 years then one year used Thompson clear water seal. I was informed these are film forming seals and that penetrating seals would not work. Can you shed some light on my dilemma and would your stains that come highly recommended would work ? Thanks 
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    Terry · 05/31/2022
    Hello, I initially used cedarcide cedar oil then used Thompson water seal clear. I was told these were film forming sealers. Can I use this product with success? Fence is about 7 years old and in good condition, I haven’t cleaned since last year and only used Thompson once
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    Karen A VanDerburgh · 05/29/2022
    I just found this product. I made the mistake of using a waterbased cabot semi solid stain and I hate it. I plan on steam cleaning the deck. I have area's that have never been stained and 4 years old. Then I plan on sanding the decks. The the restore a deck products. Then the use your oil based semi transparent in chestnut. I understand it will not peel. Am I heading in the right direction? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 05/29/2022
      As long as you are able to sand/remove the current stain off, your steps will work. 
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    Selina · 05/16/2022
    What stain coulour compliments a taupe house
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    Gina · 05/08/2022
    Really silly question but this is my first time ever staining a large deck that will require a 5 gallon bucket. Do you dip your brush right into the bucket or attempt to poor it into a smaller container?
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      Armstrong · 05/09/2022
      Either is fine, just make sure to properly stir it first.
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    Jack · 04/11/2022
    Last year I applied AC Transparent Natural Tone. Can I apply semi transparent cedar this year over the top ?
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    Gregory Langston · 04/02/2022
    I plan on staining approx. 1200 square feet of pine shiplap siding this spring.  I have used Amber semi-transparent for my IPE deck and would like to match that color on the pine.  Which stain and color would you recommend?  The attached photo is the color scheme I and looking for.
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      Armstrong · 04/03/2022
      It is not possible to get cedar to match IPE wood. Closest would probably be the Chestnut color but it will not look like IPE when stained.
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    Bill · 03/29/2022
    Hi: I stripped and stained my PT deck last June (one coat)with your product. Now late March and looks very good no loss of finish like the two previous water based stains. Very satisfied. Anyway I have enough leftover stain to put another coat on to deepen the color can that be done by just prepping with a cleaner/brightened then applying? Thanks… Bill
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    Tom Tindall · 03/23/2022
    I need 6 gals of stain for my job. If I order a 5 gal can and a 1 gal can, will it still be free shipping and shipped together?
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      Armstrong · 03/23/2022
      No, only 5-gallon pails ship free. Single gallons do not and cannot fit into the same box as a 5-gallon pail.
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    Gilbert · 03/16/2022
    is there a direct number i can call for customer service?
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      Armstrong · 03/17/2022
      866-856-3325 during open hours.
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    Jonah Johnson · 02/15/2022
    How soon can I apply after pressure washing?
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    Jonah Johnson · 02/10/2022
    How should I prep a deck with new lumber, the deck is 6 months old 
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    Bankston Lewis · 01/24/2022
    My question: I have just installed a Tongue and Groove Sapele front porch floor on a historic home here in Eastern North Carolina . It has gotten wet/the homeowner let snow sit on the edges and the wood is hinting at trying to buckle…. Also, some purple black “stuff” is running on the edges a little bit. 

    My question is, being that this is a new porch system can I go ahead and install your hardwood deck stain? I’m trying to prevent any more damage or abnormalities from occurring to this fine porch 
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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.