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, 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

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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    Eric Thompson · 11/01/2019
    How do I track the shipment of my order?
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      Armstrong · 11/01/2019
      When it ships an email is sent from UPS.
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    Heather · 10/21/2019
    I know it has to be above 49F to stain. It's getting to that for several hours during the day, but is dropping below at night. How will that effect the stain? Should I wait until spring early summer for more consistent temps?
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      Armstrong · 10/21/2019
      It can drop below that at night but not below freezing. It will take longer to dry and cure with low temps.
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    Larry · 09/04/2019
    Do your Standard and Hardwood stain lines have similar penetration properties or is the Ipe line a deeper penetrating product? I will be using your stain on 30 yr old 1x6 redwood siding that has been cleaned and prepped. The siding is very dry on certain exposures and I'm sure will drink it up. I'm looking to get as much goodness as deep as possible but do not need to penetrate a hardwood like Ipe. Can I use your Standard line? Thanks - Larry
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      Armstrong · 09/04/2019
      They penetrate the same. The Hardwood colors are colors designed for Ipe or Hardwood but can be used on other wood types. You can use any color you like for the Redwood.
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    Mike · 09/03/2019
    I just had 317ft of 6ft cedar fence installed about a month ago out here in Colorado. I am wondering how many gallons of semi transparent stain I’ll need? I plan on staining both sides. I had ordered some samples and just ordered another one to help decide on which tone to go with. Thank you for your time!
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      Armstrong · 09/04/2019
      For about 3800 total sq feet and 1 coat of the AC, you will need about 20-25 gallons. If you do two coats, about 35-40 gallons.
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        Mike · 09/04/2019
        Would you recommend 1 or 2 coats the first year or 1 first yr and 2nd next year? I live at 5300ft in dry colorado with sun exposure. Thanks!
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          Armstrong · 09/04/2019
          Is the wood smooth or rough sawn cut?
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            Mike · 09/04/2019
            It was considered their premium cedar pickets and I would say smooth
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              Armstrong · 09/04/2019
              Just one coat is all you need then.
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                Mike · 09/06/2019
                Is it best to brush on, roll or airless sprayer? Thanks
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                  Armstrong · 09/06/2019
                  Brush or stain pad is best. You can spray and then back wipe any drips.
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    David · 08/07/2019
    If your deck was done in your Semi-solid stains how do you get the deck ready to redo the stain when it is time to redo your deck? I am trying to decide which stain to buy a semi-transparent or a semi-solid stain and how easy it would be to clean the deck to reapply the stain.
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      Armstrong · 08/08/2019
      You clean and brighten the wood for reapplication. No difference in prep between the semi-solid and semi-transparent colors.
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    Veronica · 07/17/2019
    What semi transparent stain color is best for a mahogany porch? I would like it to look as true to mahogany as possible...
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      Armstrong · 07/18/2019
      Any color you want will work. Lightest hardwood color would be Amber.
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    Josh Lawrence · 07/16/2019
    Are you familiar with the juice box sprayer? If so, do you think it would apply the semi transparent stain to a Cedar fence well?
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      Armstrong · 07/17/2019
      Not sure if it will work or not. The AC is too thick for a pump sprayer but will work with an airless sprayer.
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    C.. Miller · 07/06/2019
    Are there any Armstrong Stain dealer around the Toronto Canada area
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    Matt · 07/03/2019
    Hi...

    I will be cleaning/brightening my cedar deck soon and reapplying the same semi-trans stain color I did 2 years ago.

    Is there a maximum amount of time between clean/brighten and actual staining that I should be aware of? I know I will need to let it dry after brightening...but just curious how long I have before I should get onto the actual staining after that first step?

    thanks!
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    Chad · 07/02/2019
    I want to stain my newly install patio ceiling. It is made of cedar tongue and groove. Is there a recommended stain for this? Also, do any of these stains aid in termite prevention? Thank you for your help.
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      Armstrong · 07/02/2019
      No, a stain will not help with termites but your wood should hinder this on its own. Use any color of the AC that you like. Maybe Natural?
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    Bob · 07/01/2019
    Any dealer in upstate NY? I am slightly concerned as I am restaining a deck that in the past I used the Olympic Maximum stain Brick Red. Will your mahoganybe close? It looks very red on your color swatches above
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    John · 06/14/2019
    Can you use a Wagner sprayer to apply your transparent stain on a deck?
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    aldrin martis · 06/12/2019
    hi for the deck of massaranduba in the Caribbean which stain is better the semi transparent Amber or the transparent natural tone?

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    Dawn · 06/07/2019
    How long will it take to ship 5 gallon pails to southern Ontario Canada?
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    Brad · 05/21/2019
    So if I have a table and chairs on my deck I should use semi-solid?
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      Armstrong · 05/22/2019
      Not sure what you are asking? Use a semi-solid on the table or chairs or use a semi-solid on deck because of table and chairs? Doesn't matter what you use on the deck. It is not suggested to use semi-solids on furniture.
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    Vay · 04/25/2019
    I have a new pressure treated pine wood deck, it will be between 3-5 months in May and ready for staining. Which type of stain is recommended? Transparent, semi transparent, semi solid or solid? I know another coat will be needed after a year of the first coat, can I use the leftover stain? Or do I need a different type? Does additional coat in the future of (ex. Semi transparent) changes the color of the deck? Any guidance is appreciated, thank you!
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      Armstrong · 04/25/2019
      Semi-transparent. One coat the first year. Use the same type and color when redoing. No, color is not changed.
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    Terry · 04/24/2019
    Previous stain is 3 years old and needs to be stripped that is why I am planning on sanding, to get to bare wood. After sanding I plan on blowing with pressure, then applying stain. Will that be fine or do I need to pressure wash? Problem is, this is a rental house not in the same town in which we live, and we can only do all the work on a weekend. I fear that after pressure washing the deck it will not dry in time to apply stain.
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      Armstrong · 04/24/2019
      After sanding, you should use a deck cleaner and pressure washer to open the wood grain. Do not use sandpaper that is finer than 80 grit.
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    James Warwick · 04/22/2019
    how long to arrive in pa near Philadelphia
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    carlb · 04/13/2019
    Is there a calculator to help determine how much stain and RAD is needed? I have 435 sq. ft. of deck, 246 sq, ft. of railing (2x4 with 1x1 balusters) and 408 sq. ft. of lattice with trim on top and bottom.
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      Armstrong · 04/13/2019
      For 1100 sq feet, you will need 2 RAD Kits. About 6-8 gallons of the stain.
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    Debbie Devereaux · 04/07/2019
    we just installed a new treated pine deck last fall we are not sure what to do, I see that you said not to sand them, so I just want to use the brightener kit with power washer and than stain? Since it is a brand new deck do I use the semi stain? Thank you so much for your help
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    david · 03/27/2019
    I flipped all my boards over about 3 yrs. ago.
    I ran them thru a plane to get a nice uniform surface.
    Then I sanded all of them.
    Never applied any stain to them.
    I plan to power wash where the shaded area has some mildew and sand the whole deck again.
    My wife has selected the Expresso solid stain.
    Will my prep be sufficient?
    thx

    david
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      Armstrong · 03/27/2019
      No. Do not sand as that will hinder the stain penetration. Use this kit while pressure washing: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

      Just one coat of the semi-solid stain.
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        david · 03/27/2019
        Thank you for the reply.
        Will do as suggested.
        david
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          david · 03/27/2019
          One more ...
          I have about 3 boards and two steps that I did not plane or sand
          Those items still have a 15 year old stain on them.
          How should I handle this?
          thx
          david
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            Armstrong · 03/27/2019
            Depends on the type of stain that it is. Best to post a picture.
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              david · 03/27/2019
              I went out there and looked at it.
              Kind of hard to tell the difference between the bare weathered wood and the few that still had stain.
              I ordered your deck restorer/cleaner and I will keep you posted after using that.
              thx
              david
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    mike dempsey · 03/20/2019
    going to be using this on a pergola. it is pressure treated pine, in south FL. size is 14'x17' free standing. i think 5 gallons is overkill, but what do you guys think

    thanks

    mike
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      Armstrong · 03/20/2019
      Hard to say how much you will need without a sq footage of wood to be covered. 5-gallons will be enough but you may only need 2-4.
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        Michael Dempsey · 03/20/2019
        Ok thanks... I'll just get 5 to be safe and for later when it's time to refinish
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    glenn · 09/28/2018
    what is the difference of hardwood stain vs hardwood ipe. my deck is mahogany? which one is best?
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    Petera1 · 09/13/2018
    What is the best way to mix stain in 5 gallon pail, an then transfere to work bucket, thanks for your help
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      Armstrong · 09/13/2018
      Use a 5-gallon paddle mixer that attaches to your drill.
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    Theresa · 08/27/2018
    Thank you for your fast response. It is much appreciated. Now, for a few more questions: I like the Driftwood color but, if in later years I tire of it does all of the Driftwood have to be removed totally before a re-stain?
    And, the golden tone of the transparent stain is lovely. Would two coats be better than one?
    Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 08/27/2018
      Yes, you will have to strip off the Driftwood if switching colors. Very easy to do. As for how many coats to apply, that would vary based on the wood type and the age of the wood.
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    George Seward · 08/11/2018
    I brushed on the Armstrong Semi Transparent stain on my cedar fence, 4 or5 years ago and overall it still looks good. However, there are places on some of the parallel boards and lower areas where my lawn people have hit their weed eaters have hit the boards that need an application. Is it possible to just reapply some of the remaining product that I have on hand to these places versus start over with stripping the entire fence and re staining it?
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    Rick Tomeson · 08/09/2018
    What nap thickness do you recommend for rolling on semi-solid stain? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 08/09/2018
      Use a deck stain pad or brush for best results, not a roller.
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        Rick Tomeson · 08/09/2018
        I've tried a pad and the wood is too rough and keeps snagging. Not practical for my application.

        A brush is a lot more labor intensive. How much worse are we talking with roller? I may not need to achieve best results. Can you provide some detail on the difference in the results between the brush and the roller? That will help me make the best choice. Thanks.
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          Armstrong · 08/10/2018
          A roller splatters and does not apply as evenly as a stain pad or a brush. You can do it but it may have some uneven application with a roller.
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    Jeff · 07/04/2018
    We just put down Kiln dried pine, and see you need to wait 1-2 months before staining to get the natural weather. Would you also refrain from putting up sun shades, furniture, pots, etc.. to allow the sun to hit the deck to naturally weather, or will that not be an issue? Basically can we use deck as intended during the 1-2 months of weathering?

    Deck is 13x22, would 5 gallons be sufficient? Also it'd be great if you did an ivory color to pair with the semi-transparent cedar color for a 2-tone effect, any plans on that in the future?
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2018
      You can use it while it seasons. 5-gallons will be enough. No new colors on the horizon.
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    L · 06/12/2018
    Hello,
    I purchased a 5 gallon of Armstrong Clark stain (black walnut). Before I purchased it, I used the calculator on your website to figure out how much stain we will need to cover our soft wood deck. The result was 4 gallon. For some reason, however, we only used less than 2\3 of this 5 gallon bucket. As recommended, we applied one coat only and followed the recommendation not to overapply. Now we are confused, why there is such a discrepancy between how much we used and the calculator recommendation? Were we supposed to do two coats? And most important, how should we store this stain now for it to last as long as possible? Again, it's an open 5 gallon bucket more than 2\3 full. Shall we leave it in the same bucket or better put it in some smaller containers? Where should we keep it - inside or outside? Outside would be preferred, of course, but we live in ontario with temperatures below 0 Celcius in winters. If we follow your recommendations, what is the longest possible storage life of this stain?
    Thank you
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    Dave Fagar · 06/10/2018
    I have a log cabin that was either lightly painted, or stained with a driftwood color, blueish grey. I am looking for a stain that I can use over this color, like black walnut. Will your stain adhere properly and give me coverage ?
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      Armstrong · 06/10/2018
      Hello,

      No, the AC cannot be applied over a stain of a different brand. It will need to be removed first.