Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

 

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

 

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Aaron Long:
Hello,

How much cleaning is required if I want to recoat and also do touchups within a few days of the first coat?

Aaron

It is best to not apply another coat if the first coat has already cured. Best to wait until Spring. Clean and reapply then.
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Cedar Semi-Transparen t
Hello,

How much cleaning is required if I want to recoat and also do touchups within a few days of the first coat?

Aaron
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Quoting Gail Rankin:
The area of my deck is 384 sq ft including deck, facia,railings and posts. I will want to do 2 applications due to our Canadian winter. I assume I need 2 gallons for the first application, do I need to double that for 2 coats? Or just 1 more gallon because I only need to do 2 applications on the horizontal surface - 168 sq ft?

If applying two coats, make sure the second coat goes on "wet on wet". Meaning within 20-60 minutes of the first coat. Do the rails first. Apply first coat to the deck and then apply another coat 20 minutes later. 3 gallons should be enough for all.
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The area of my deck is 384 sq ft including deck, facia,railings and posts. I will want to do 2 applications due to our Canadian winter. I assume I need 2 gallons for the first application, do I need to double that for 2 coats? Or just 1 more gallon because I only need to do 2 applications on the horizontal surface - 168 sq ft?
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Quoting Tari stordahl:
What color stain is on the deck shown with the flower box and mountains in the background? Also type of wood. Would like to order sample.
Thanks.

Semi-trans cedar on older pine wood that was prepped and brightened.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
What color stain is on the deck shown with the flower box and mountains in the background? Also type of wood. Would like to order sample.
Thanks.
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Quoting Mike lillard:
Can you apply to a mahogany porch ceiling? Or will it just drop all over the place?

It will drip while applying but will dry. Yes, it can be applied to ceilings.
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Can you apply to a mahogany porch ceiling? Or will it just drop all over the place?
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Quoting Gil:
I noticed the website states a pump sprayer can be used but the 5 gal can (mahogany) says not to use a garden sprayer. Is a pump sprayer not recommended? Would I be better off renting an airless sprayer? My goal is an even coat and ability to easily get between boards.

Airless sprayer is better and has a more consistent flow over a pump.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I noticed the website states a pump sprayer can be used but the 5 gal can (mahogany) says not to use a garden sprayer. Is a pump sprayer not recommended? Would I be better off renting an airless sprayer? My goal is an even coat and ability to easily get between boards.
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Quoting Kris:
Questions-how long do I need to wait until I can put the stain for the first time on my deck? How often do I need to reapply the stain- every 2 years or more? We are in Chicago. Thx

See this about new wood:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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Deck application
Questions-how long do I need to wait until I can put the stain for the first time on my deck? How often do I need to reapply the stain- every 2 years or more? We are in Chicago. Thx
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Quoting D.Cardillo:
When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
Thanks

Wet on wet. Appy the first coat and the second coat will need to be applied within 20-60 minutes of the first coat.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
Thanks
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Quoting Wayne Michaelian:
I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?

Based on your sample application, we would suggest only the 1 coat for this. Seconds coats are typically only needed for dried out wood where the stain soak deep in right away.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brighte ner and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?
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Quoting Dana:
Hello,

Any suggestions on how I might be able to get this off of a pair of shorts? I accidentally touched a wet stain pad to them and don't want to wash them with other clothes in case it might transfer.

Thanks!

Sorry, but it will not come out of clothes. :(
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Stained clothes
Hello,

Any suggestions on how I might be able to get this off of a pair of shorts? I accidentally touched a wet stain pad to them and don't want to wash them with other clothes in case it might transfer.

Thanks!
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Quoting David Clayton:
Our siding was stained many many years ago using Olympic linseed oil based stain. I few now want to retain using AC stain, what prep is required?

The Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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Wood siding prep?
Our siding was stained many many years ago using Olympic linseed oil based stain. I few now want to retain using AC stain, what prep is required?
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Quoting Tom K.:
Hello. I used your rustic brown stain back in 2013. The verticals still hold the color and look great. However, as expected I need to re-do the horizontal areas. 2 questions. First, I only need to clean the area and apply a new coat. I do not need to power wash, correct? Second, if I still have stain which was left over and I resealed in 2013, will it take, as a new coat?
Thank you,
Tom

For the prep, you use the Restore A Deck and pressure washing. As for the old stain, the shelf life is 12 months if opened. It is questionable if your 3-year-old stain is still good. Check for jellying large chunks. If you see either, it has gone bad.
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New coat after 4 years
Hello. I used your rustic brown stain back in 2013. The verticals still hold the color and look great. However, as expected I need to re-do the horizontal areas. 2 questions. First, I only need to clean the area and apply a new coat. I do not need to power wash, correct? Second, if I still have stain which was left over and I resealed in 2013, will it take, as a new coat?
Thank you,
Tom
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Quoting Matt_D:
After applying Armstrong-Clark semi-solid a few weeks ago, we are happy with the stain but are noticing some residual coming off on both our feet and clothing from the deck surface. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth will easily pick up the stain.

Any tips on how to remove this residual?

Try wiping down with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate any rags in water when done and lay flat to dry.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
After applying Armstrong-Clark semi-solid a few weeks ago, we are happy with the stain but are noticing some residual coming off on both our feet and clothing from the deck surface. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth will easily pick up the stain.

Any tips on how to remove this residual?
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Quoting RDF-PE:
Installed AC on 1100 sq ft ipe deck couple of weeks ago. Everything dried ok except under a covered area where it is still a little "sticky" and leaving footprints behind. I washed with water and still have mild stickiness and footprint. Should I lightly scrub with dish soap to remove this outer layer?

Try wiping off the excess stain with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate all oil rags in water when done and lay them flat to dry.
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Sticky with shoe prints
Installed AC on 1100 sq ft ipe deck couple of weeks ago. Everything dried ok except under a covered area where it is still a little "sticky" and leaving footprints behind. I washed with water and still have mild stickiness and footprint. Should I lightly scrub with dish soap to remove this outer layer?
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Quoting Andrew Lawrence:
does armstong clark offer a complimentary cedar deck stain "end cut" stain/sealer i.e. a wax or something that ADDS to the sealing / staining of exposed "End Cuts"?

Someone thought there was such a complimentary product that also filled preexisting minor cracks in the end cuts.

Hello, AC does not make an end cut sealer nor is there a product that actually fills end cuts.
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residence
does armstong clark offer a complimentary cedar deck stain "end cut" stain/sealer i.e. a wax or something that ADDS to the sealing / staining of exposed "End Cuts"?

Someone thought there was such a complimentary product that also filled preexisting minor cracks in the end cuts.
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Quoting Paul A:
Hi,

I stained my deck with your semitransparent last summer. This year I've noticed some fading around the knots and darkening, almost black in colour on a lot of the flat sections. Almost looks like the vertical retained the nice colour but the flats have this blackish darkening going on. I'd like to clean that off and apply a second coat on the flat surfaces.

What do you suggest insofar as an approach to this?

Prep with the Restore A Deck Kit to remove the dirt and grime that has caused this before reapplying.
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Mould?
Hi,

I stained my deck with your semitransparent last summer. This year I've noticed some fading around the knots and darkening, almost black in colour on a lot of the flat sections. Almost looks like the vertical retained the nice colour but the flats have this blackish darkening going on. I'd like to clean that off and apply a second coat on the flat surfaces.

What do you suggest insofar as an approach to this?
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Quoting Lisa Pearson:
How long after staining can I put furniture, including an outdoor rug, back on my deck and resume normal use?

Once fully dry and cured. Can take 8-24 hours for most scenarios but sometimes longer based on the age of wood and temperature.
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When can I replace furniture
How long after staining can I put furniture, including an outdoor rug, back on my deck and resume normal use?
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Quoting Kevin T McFadden:
I just cleaned and brightened my cedar deck with RAD. I'm now waiting two days to dry and will then stain with A.C. Semi-transparent Cedar. The deck is four years old and I've stained it one time prior with A.C. Transparent cedar tone.

The deck is in Minnesota and is subject to a lot of sun in the summer.

My question is should I apply a second set coat during application or just apply one coat?

One coat is normal but if the first coat is soaking in deep, a second wet on wet coat can be added. The key is you want to get as much stain into the wood grain without over applying.
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Homeowner
I just cleaned and brightened my cedar deck with RAD. I'm now waiting two days to dry and will then stain with A.C. Semi-transparen t Cedar. The deck is four years old and I've stained it one time prior with A.C. Transparent cedar tone.

The deck is in Minnesota and is subject to a lot of sun in the summer.

My question is should I apply a second set coat during application or just apply one coat?
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Quoting Ruth Hill:
I have 5 pine doors that had Thompson's Water Seal applied 25 years ago. They never looked good. They are blotched, and have uneven coloring. I would like to stain them to even out the color then seal them. In addition to the doors we also have cedar (rough side out) in the family room that needs to be sealed. Can your products be used.
The deck is next!

Armstrong is a stain and seal. Prep the doors with the Restore A Deck Kit, wait a few days to dry and apply the AC. You cannot apply a sealer on top. AC is an exterior product, so would not suggest for inside wood.
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indoor pine doors
I have 5 pine doors that had Thompson's Water Seal applied 25 years ago. They never looked good. They are blotched, and have uneven coloring. I would like to stain them to even out the color then seal them. In addition to the doors we also have cedar (rough side out) in the family room that needs to be sealed. Can your products be used.
The deck is next!
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Quoting Bob P:
I have a white cedar that just went through its first winter. It used to have a lovely "yellow" cedar look. It is pretty much just whitish now. I would like to clean and prep and use one of your stains to finish it. I want to get the original cedar look back and see the grain so I dont want to use a solid color

What do you recommend?

All of the AC colors will show the grain. I would suggest trying some samples to see what color works for you:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I have a white cedar that just went through its first winter. It used to have a lovely "yellow" cedar look. It is pretty much just whitish now. I would like to clean and prep and use one of your stains to finish it. I want to get the original cedar look back and see the grain so I dont want to use a solid color

What do you recommend?
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Quoting Terri S.:
I have a new cedar fence. How long do you recommend I wait before staining? Also, do you recommend one or two coats for a new fence (I live in the Dallas area so a lot of sun exposure and heat).

Is the fence wood rough sawn cut or smooth wood?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I have a new cedar fence. How long do you recommend I wait before staining? Also, do you recommend one or two coats for a new fence (I live in the Dallas area so a lot of sun exposure and heat).
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Quoting John Mitchell:
Completed first coat last evening on a 40 year old deck previously stained with your terrific product. This morning there are clearly areas where the stain soaked inconsistently. Is it too late to apply a second coat?

It might not take if you apply another coat now. Try a test spot to see if it soaks after 30 minutes. If it does, you may be okay to apply another coat.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Completed first coat last evening on a 40 year old deck previously stained with your terrific product. This morning there are clearly areas where the stain soaked inconsistently. Is it too late to apply a second coat?
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Quoting mandydean:
I will be staining my deck this weekend/early next week with AC semi-solid stain. The boards are very dry and the deck receives full sun, so I feel sure I want to apply two coats. I will be brushing it on. It's a large deck and I'm sure I can't do the whole deck in one stretch of time. Am I better off doing what I can in 30 minutes and then going back for a second coat on that same area, instead of risking that the deck will dry before I get the second coat on? I guess I'm wondering how long the window is for that second coat.

Window is about 20-40 minutes with a wet on wet application. Do not over apply. The AC is a penetrating stain and the stain needs to soak completely into the wood grain. Applying too much stain to the point that it cannot soak in, could create drying issues.
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Second coat
I will be staining my deck this weekend/early next week with AC semi-solid stain. The boards are very dry and the deck receives full sun, so I feel sure I want to apply two coats. I will be brushing it on. It's a large deck and I'm sure I can't do the whole deck in one stretch of time. Am I better off doing what I can in 30 minutes and then going back for a second coat on that same area, instead of risking that the deck will dry before I get the second coat on? I guess I'm wondering how long the window is for that second coat.
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Quoting drjwa1957:
I'm staining a new redwood deck in San Antonio Texas, receiving full sun. What is your recommendation?

See this about new wood and decking:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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Quoting Kent:
The contractor that finished our deck power washed the deck and allowed it to dry. Then he applied (rolled)a very heavy coat of Cedar Tone transparent stain. He did not brush it or allow it to absorb and 60 minutes later rolled on a second heavy coat of Cedar Tone and again did not brush or wipe it. 5 days later there are still wet spots and orange residue. What should I do? Too late to wipe? What about the orange residue?

You have excess oil that has not been able to soak into the wood. Try washing off the excess oil with a water rinse. It will not harm the stain the stain that has already soaked into the wood grain.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
The contractor that finished our deck power washed the deck and allowed it to dry. Then he applied (rolled)a very heavy coat of Cedar Tone transparent stain. He did not brush it or allow it to absorb and 60 minutes later rolled on a second heavy coat of Cedar Tone and again did not brush or wipe it. 5 days later there are still wet spots and orange residue. What should I do? Too late to wipe? What about the orange residue?
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Quoting Michael Harrison:
I have just finished a new cedar privacy fence with board over board with one side smooth and one side rough, metal poles, smooth cedar 2x4 top cap, and four smooth cedar 2x4 rails. I plan to wait 6-12 months before applying AC. What is the best approach to apply AC? Roll it? Spray it? I own a HVLP. I just need advice for applying because of the non flat surface due to design and the poles to work around. The fence is 6' tall and 200' long. Thanks.

Spray and back brush to ensure an even application and to catch any drips/runs.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I have just finished a new cedar privacy fence with board over board with one side smooth and one side rough, metal poles, smooth cedar 2x4 top cap, and four smooth cedar 2x4 rails. I plan to wait 6-12 months before applying AC. What is the best approach to apply AC? Roll it? Spray it? I own a HVLP. I just need advice for applying because of the non flat surface due to design and the poles to work around. The fence is 6' tall and 200' long. Thanks.
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Quoting karen vanek:
is there a minimum overnight temperature after application... (ie if we put it on at 50degrees ...but the low that night is in the 30's will that work... or what is the minimum in the first 24 hours? How long must it stay dry?

It can drop below 50, but it should not drop below freezing overnight if the stain is still wet.
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is there a minimum overnight temperature after application... (ie if we put it on at 50degrees ...but the low that night is in the 30's will that work... or what is the minimum in the first 24 hours? How long must it stay dry?
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Quoting Jeremy JAM:
We have a new ipe deck, but we like your color stains other than the ipe mahogany and amber. Can we use the oxford brown or rustic brown stains on the ipe? Any issues/differences in approach from what you otherwise typically suggest if it is in fact okay to do so?

We would not suggest the semi-solid Oxford Brown but you could use the semi-transparen t Rustic Brown.
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Ipe stain choices
We have a new ipe deck, but we like your color stains other than the ipe mahogany and amber. Can we use the oxford brown or rustic brown stains on the ipe? Any issues/differen ces in approach from what you otherwise typically suggest if it is in fact okay to do so?
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Quoting tjburns919:
What type of roller and brush do you recommend? (Nap size, roller material, bristle type)?

We do not suggest rollers. Use an exterior stain pad or a brush for best application.
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Roller and brush type
What type of roller and brush do you recommend? (Nap size, roller material, bristle type)?
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Quoting RON BERNATH:
Hi,
Have used your stain on our deck and works really great, although this the 1st year.
I am using your stain on some wood lattice and because we are getting into fall weather needed some info on staining.
I have the panels inside a metal pole barn, so out of weather. It is not heated so the questions are as follows:
What would be the minimum temperature?
Is humidity a factor and if so what would be the maximum humidity affecting the stain?

Thank you,

Ron Bernath

50 degrees in minimum temp. Humidity does not matter.
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MR
Hi,
Have used your stain on our deck and works really great, although this the 1st year.
I am using your stain on some wood lattice and because we are getting into fall weather needed some info on staining.
I have the panels inside a metal pole barn, so out of weather. It is not heated so the questions are as follows:
What would be the minimum temperature?
Is humidity a factor and if so what would be the maximum humidity affecting the stain?

Thank you,

Ron Bernath
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Quoting Steve Demulling:
What temperature is best for applying and drying? Expecting high temperatures in the mid-50s next week.

Above 50 degrees will work.
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What temperature is best for applying and drying? Expecting high temperatures in the mid-50s next week.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Mary Skipworth:
I stained the deck a week ago and it has drank it up. Can I blow it off and add another coat this week?

Not a good idea to do it now as it may not soak in after it started to cure. It would be better to do next Spring. Lightly rinse to remove any dirt and apply a very light coat.
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Another coat?
I stained the deck a week ago and it has drank it up. Can I blow it off and add another coat this week?
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Quoting Deb:
Are there minimum temperature requirements for applying Armstrong semi transparent deck stain?

Do not apply below 45 F.
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Are there minimum temperature requirements for applying Armstrong semi transparent deck stain?
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Quoting Rose:
Hi! We used the Amber semi-transparent on our cedar deck 2 days ago. (Its looks great). What I'm noticing though is that where there are knots or cracks in the wood it appears as though it has drawn the stain right down and in those spots it looks much lighter. Is there any benefit in going back and applying a bit more to those areas? Or can it wait until next year's coat. We live in the Pacific Northwest so lots of rain to come! :) Thanks for your input.

It is normal for knots to be lighter in color as the density of wood is different there. No need to try and touch up those areas now.
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Hi! We used the Amber semi-transparen t on our cedar deck 2 days ago. (Its looks great). What I'm noticing though is that where there are knots or cracks in the wood it appears as though it has drawn the stain right down and in those spots it looks much lighter. Is there any benefit in going back and applying a bit more to those areas? Or can it wait until next year's coat. We live in the Pacific Northwest so lots of rain to come! :) Thanks for your input.
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Quoting va3pinner:
I just stained a pressure treated deck (In September). New wood, allowed to weather for 1 year. Cleaned with an oxy type cleaner. When I stained it, I made the mistake letting it sit for about 20 minutes, then wiping off what I thought was excess. On another area, I applied the stain, and did not wipe it off, and before 60 minutes, added another coat because the wood was soaking it up so well. The section with two coats looks much better than where I wiped the excess off. My question: Can I (two weeks later) add a second coat? Or do I need to wait until Spring? This is a great product, very easy to use with nice results, I should have paid more attention to the instructions and tips/tricks before starting. Thanks for the assistance.

Wait until Spring. Lightly wash first and reapply a coat.
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I just stained a pressure treated deck (In September). New wood, allowed to weather for 1 year. Cleaned with an oxy type cleaner. When I stained it, I made the mistake letting it sit for about 20 minutes, then wiping off what I thought was excess. On another area, I applied the stain, and did not wipe it off, and before 60 minutes, added another coat because the wood was soaking it up so well. The section with two coats looks much better than where I wiped the excess off. My question: Can I (two weeks later) add a second coat? Or do I need to wait until Spring? This is a great product, very easy to use with nice results, I should have paid more attention to the instructions and tips/tricks before starting. Thanks for the assistance.
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Quoting LeEllen:
I stripped and brightened ipe deck with RAD and waiting my two days of dry weather to apply the AC mahogany stain. I see that if the first app penetrates within 30 minutes to apply another coat. If the second coat also penetrates within 30 minutes do I apply a third coat?
Thanks,
LeEllen

No, do not apply a third coat. Over application can result in premature failure or drying issues.
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Staining ipe
I stripped and brightened ipe deck with RAD and waiting my two days of dry weather to apply the AC mahogany stain. I see that if the first app penetrates within 30 minutes to apply another coat. If the second coat also penetrates within 30 minutes do I apply a third coat?
Thanks,
LeEllen
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Quoting Jackie H:
Is Armstrong Clark Mahogany Stain a semi-transparent or semi-solid?

Semi-trans.
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Is Armstrong Clark Mahogany Stain a semi-transparen t or semi-solid?
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Quoting Rick Tomlinson:
Hello,

Can this stain be applied on cold days as well? What is the coldest temps recommended?

Thanks

45+ degrees is about the lowest to go.
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application
Hello,

Can this stain be applied on cold days as well? What is the coldest temps recommended?

Thanks
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Daniel:
Another question regarding prep for the wood. The 5 gallon car we purchased states for "new wood to wash the surface with soap and water with mild scrubbing or pressure wash". If I was to do just this with new cedar wood would I still get good results?

See this about new wood:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

Best to use a deck cleaner and a wood brightener for the prep.
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Quoting Daniel:
I have recently purchased Armstrong Clark Semi-Solid wood stain for a new cedar deck. Thus far I am pleased with its results. Do I need to apply a sealer to the wood surface after the stain has dried? Or does Armstrong Clark Semi-Soild already have a sealer included in its formula?

You cannot add a sealer on top and it does seal the wood.
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Armstrong Clark Wood Stain Question
Another question regarding prep for the wood. The 5 gallon car we purchased states for "new wood to wash the surface with soap and water with mild scrubbing or pressure wash". If I was to do just this with new cedar wood would I still get good results?
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Armstrong Clark Wood Stain Question
I have recently purchased Armstrong Clark Semi-Solid wood stain for a new cedar deck. Thus far I am pleased with its results. Do I need to apply a sealer to the wood surface after the stain has dried? Or does Armstrong Clark Semi-Soild already have a sealer included in its formula?
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Quoting John Mitchell:
Have used your stains on two redwood decks; highly pleased with results, excellent product--thanks!
Am currently prepping vertical siding and trim around clerestories. Very difficult to reach. Planning to use semi transparent stain, probably multiple coats because the wood is very dry (Southwest exposure). Since my next birthday is the big 80, my wife has stated emphatically this is the last time I will be allowed to monkey boy around on the roof I need something for added longevity. A friend over painted a stained finish with two part marine epoxy and was very pleased with the results. Would you recommend this added treatment over your stain. I need at least ten years--after that it will be up to whoever purchases the house from my heirs!
Many thanks for an excellent product!
John Mitchell

Adding a two part epoxy over top of a wood or deck stain is a bad idea. It will blister and peel, creating a mess to fix down the road. There is not a way to make a stain last longer. Glad you love our stains!
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Use on siding
Have used your stains on two redwood decks; highly pleased with results, excellent product--thanks!
Am currently prepping vertical siding and trim around clerestories. Very difficult to reach. Planning to use semi transparent stain, probably multiple coats because the wood is very dry (Southwest exposure). Since my next birthday is the big 80, my wife has stated emphatically this is the last time I will be allowed to monkey boy around on the roof I need something for added longevity. A friend over painted a stained finish with two part marine epoxy and was very pleased with the results. Would you recommend this added treatment over your stain. I need at least ten years--after that it will be up to whoever purchases the house from my heirs!
Many thanks for an excellent product!
John Mitchell
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting peggy gusler:
I have a 1.5 story cabin 28x 18 plus porch and deck which has not been treated for at least 7 years. the south side logs are very gray and rough. I will be refinishing this cabin alone so am wondering how long I can wait to stain after I sand the logs.

Best to prep with the Restore a Deck Kit and pressure washing over sanding. Easier and will do a better job. Let dry for a few days and then stain.
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Prepping
I have a 1.5 story cabin 28x 18 plus porch and deck which has not been treated for at least 7 years. the south side logs are very gray and rough. I will be refinishing this cabin alone so am wondering how long I can wait to stain after I sand the logs.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Jim Lewis:
I was considering staining beams and tongue and grove walls in 4 season room.

Can you confirm if there are any risks to this?

Regards,
Jim

No issues, but the AC does have an odor as it is oil based. Make sure it has ventilation until the odor dissipates and the stain fully cures. If indoors, it could take a few days.
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Interior Use
I was considering staining beams and tongue and grove walls in 4 season room.

Can you confirm if there are any risks to this?

Regards,
Jim
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting James Ali:
We have a 3 story deck with multiple platforms, landings & of course railings & spindles. There's simply way to much to strip, (oil based stain) so we've decided to try applying a lightly tinted application to the vertical faces (which still look pretty good), then strip as best as possible the flat surfaces, and then apply a deeper stain to those flat surfaces, in hopes that they all match fairly well. Does this sound like a viable option?

They will not match and you should not apply the AC over top of a different brand. Best to strip all and start with unstained wood.
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Owner
We have a 3 story deck with multiple platforms, landings & of course railings & spindles. There's simply way to much to strip, (oil based stain) so we've decided to try applying a lightly tinted application to the vertical faces (which still look pretty good), then strip as best as possible the flat surfaces, and then apply a deeper stain to those flat surfaces, in hopes that they all match fairly well. Does this sound like a viable option?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting dianaw:
We are ready to stain our IPE deck and purchased 5 gallons of stain. Seeing as this is a large item, what do you recommend as far as mixing the stain prior to use.

You can mix with a 5 gallon paint drill mixer. You can get these for about $5 at a local hardware store.
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Staining instructions
We are ready to stain our IPE deck and purchased 5 gallons of stain. Seeing as this is a large item, what do you recommend as far as mixing the stain prior to use.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Don Shenberger:
Hello,
You state to wait a year before staining new wood, but most sites say a few weeks. What will happen if I do not wait as I only replaced two or three new boards and the rest of deck is olderthan 5 years.
Thanks,

We suggest 3 months for new wood. If you do not wait and you stain the new boards, you will most likely have to apply another coat to them in 9-12 months.
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How do you know if stain is good still
Have leftover Mahogany hardwood. Sprayed Blyogern in can (Argon gas) and sealed.

How will I know if the stain is still good in a year or so?

Any test to perform before using it?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Hello,
You state to wait a year before staining new wood, but most sites say a few weeks. What will happen if I do not wait as I only replaced two or three new boards and the rest of deck is olderthan 5 years.
Thanks,
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Gord0:
You say spray using airless sprayer. Can a HVLP sprayer be used? If not why?

Yes you can use a HVLP sprayer.
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Spraying
You say spray using airless sprayer. Can a HVLP sprayer be used? If not why?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting McKodiak:
Cleaned and brightened new IPE deck on Saturday. Applied Amber stain on Monday. It did rain Tuesday early morning and I did not notice any issues until later when it dried. I did see some clumpy residue in certain areas and in others it looked like the stain faded away. From a previous post, I garner I can just rinse the residue with a hose but can I apply more stain at anytime to fix the faded areas even a free a week or two?

Yes you can rinse with water, but the IPE will not take more stain right now. It would be better to apply a light coat later in Fall or next Spring.
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Different issues same deck.
Cleaned and brightened new IPE deck on Saturday. Applied Amber stain on Monday. It did rain Tuesday early morning and I did not notice any issues until later when it dried. I did see some clumpy residue in certain areas and in others it looked like the stain faded away. From a previous post, I garner I can just rinse the residue with a hose but can I apply more stain at anytime to fix the faded areas even a free a week or two?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting tugger:
1.Old stains/sealers must be removed before applying AC product. Next year, you say clean/brighten/stain. Last year's product is still there so how can you apply without stripping/power wash since this would be a dry/dry application?
2.Will power washer remove some dark areas in IPE under a grill mat (brightener did not get all of it)
3. Can I add some extra mildewcide liquid? On Cape Cod and get heavy dews and have mildew issues.
4.Might it be best to prophylactically flood/rinse deck 48hrs after staining to float any residual stain so dogs and I don't track it inside?
5.New stained Maibec double dipped cedar shakes. Will splashed water from #4 above, stain these shakes or what can I do to prevent this (hate taping off)?
6.Will use stain pad (brush for cutting in). How do you know how much is enough stain? Will pad get edges between boards or do I need to dig in there with brush, and if so, do I do this brush work before or after pad staining?
Thanks

1. Yes
2. Probably not.
3. No you cannot
4. Sure you can do this.
5. Doubt it would stain the siding.
6. Apply just enough to stain the wood. You do not want to heavy coat this. Probably will need a brush to get in the grooves.
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Many Stupid Questions
1.Old stains/sealers must be removed before applying AC product. Next year, you say clean/brighten/ stain. Last year's product is still there so how can you apply without stripping/power wash since this would be a dry/dry application?
2.Will power washer remove some dark areas in IPE under a grill mat (brightener did not get all of it)
3. Can I add some extra mildewcide liquid? On Cape Cod and get heavy dews and have mildew issues.
4.Might it be best to prophylacticall y flood/rinse deck 48hrs after staining to float any residual stain so dogs and I don't track it inside?
5.New stained Maibec double dipped cedar shakes. Will splashed water from #4 above, stain these shakes or what can I do to prevent this (hate taping off)?
6.Will use stain pad (brush for cutting in). How do you know how much is enough stain? Will pad get edges between boards or do I need to dig in there with brush, and if so, do I do this brush work before or after pad staining?
Thanks
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting malcolm rpoudfoot:
Hi,
We just stained our IPE deck and I wanted to know how many days I should let it sit before using/putting deck furniture back on the deck? It has already been two-three dry warmer days so far. feels dry to the touch, but just don't want to chance it if you think it should sit longer,
thanks
Malcolm

1-2 days is normal, just make sure it is dry to the touch.
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Curing
Hi,
We just stained our IPE deck and I wanted to know how many days I should let it sit before using/putting deck furniture back on the deck? It has already been two-three dry warmer days so far. feels dry to the touch, but just don't want to chance it if you think it should sit longer,
thanks
Malcolm
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting anthony:
I have a red cedar wood fence to stain ,my question is what is the coverage on a fence per sq ft. And how many coats for this type of wood is recommended.

About 200 Sq. feet per gallon. Best to apply 2 coats "wet on wet". Apply the first coat and apply a second withing 20-90 minutes of the first coat.
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fence
I have a red cedar wood fence to stain ,my question is what is the coverage on a fence per sq ft. And how many coats for this type of wood is recommended.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Judd:
I walked on my deck for the first time after allowing it to set for a week which was mostly hot (80s-90s) and humid with a couple light rains. Used Mountain Cedar semisolid after stripping and brightening with RAD kit. Deck feels dry, not tacky at all but definitely have some orange-ish residue on my feet. Is this normal after a week?

Also, I've seen many references to back wiping on the comments but I'm not familiar with the term, hoping I didn't inadvertently do that. Could you explain?

You may have over applied slightly. You can rinse off the residue with water. Use your hose and a good nozzle to rinse. A good rain will help as well.
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Light residue
I walked on my deck for the first time after allowing it to set for a week which was mostly hot (80s-90s) and humid with a couple light rains. Used Mountain Cedar semisolid after stripping and brightening with RAD kit. Deck feels dry, not tacky at all but definitely have some orange-ish residue on my feet. Is this normal after a week?

Also, I've seen many references to back wiping on the comments but I'm not familiar with the term, hoping I didn't inadvertently do that. Could you explain?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting nestle:
In April, I had all deck boards and railings replaced. #2 pine was used. I plan on staining (semi-trans) in September, after cleaning with deck cleaner and letting dry. Since I've had so many deck issues in the past, I want to do this right the first time. Must I apply 2 coats to the floor? Must I re-apply again in one year? The deck is 13x13 with 90 posts - will one gallon be enough? Thanks in advance!

Just one coat this year and another in 12-18 months. You will need 2 maybe 3 gallons for the 1 coat.
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New Wood
In April, I had all deck boards and railings replaced. #2 pine was used. I plan on staining (semi-trans) in September, after cleaning with deck cleaner and letting dry. Since I've had so many deck issues in the past, I want to do this right the first time. Must I apply 2 coats to the floor? Must I re-apply again in one year? The deck is 13x13 with 90 posts - will one gallon be enough? Thanks in advance!
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting kiloboo:
Prepped Ipe deck using RAD stripper, brightener and power washing. let dry and applied two coats, wet on wet, with a stain pad. 12 hrs later we had light rain. Wiped up a few puddles of stain after 24 hrs. Then the heavy rain came. The next day, I flooded the deck with clean water and washed off excess oil. Deck does not feel oily, but looks very orange and is spotted. There are also some glossy spots when the sun shine on it. What happened and how do I fix it?

Leave it alone for a week or so. It should even out.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Prepped Ipe deck using RAD stripper, brightener and power washing. let dry and applied two coats, wet on wet, with a stain pad. 12 hrs later we had light rain. Wiped up a few puddles of stain after 24 hrs. Then the heavy rain came. The next day, I flooded the deck with clean water and washed off excess oil. Deck does not feel oily, but looks very orange and is spotted. There are also some glossy spots when the sun shine on it. What happened and how do I fix it?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting gwen:
I am building a cedar deck. I want to stain it with in 4 weeks after I build it. Is there any issues with doing so soon.

Please see out instructions on staining new wood:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I am building a cedar deck. I want to stain it with in 4 weeks after I build it. Is there any issues with doing so soon.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Shorsley:
In the "Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions" post, is says to "use a roller, brush, stain pad," etc., an that "if applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed area." Yet, several responses to the comments say to not use a roller to apply the stain. Can/should I use a roller to apply Armstrong Clark Stain?

Roller can be used, but are not the best way to ensure an even application. A stain pad is much better and easier.
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Clarification on using a roller
In the "Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions" post, is says to "use a roller, brush, stain pad," etc., an that "if applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed area." Yet, several responses to the comments say to not use a roller to apply the stain. Can/should I use a roller to apply Armstrong Clark Stain?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting JohnB:
We have a deck table that is weathered gray. We have left over stain and wondered if we should use it? We don't have pressure washer. Will a light sand, prepare the surface enough?

If you remove all of the great, then it should be okay.
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using on deck furniture
We have a deck table that is weathered gray. We have left over stain and wondered if we should use it? We don't have pressure washer. Will a light sand, prepare the surface enough?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Todd:
Just getting ready to stain my deck. Considering between AC Semi-Transparent Rustic Brown or Semi Solid Woodland Brown. My deck is pressure treated and nearing the 2 year mark with no treatment. Wondering if the semi transparent or semi solid is the better choice? Im concerned about the semi solid peeling in time. Also, do you recommend during staining that the AC stains are wiped with a rag while staining to remove excess or wait until stain begins to dry to wipe excess before second coat?

Thank you!

Do not back wipe the AC stains to remove excess. The semi-solids are penetrating so they do not peel.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Just getting ready to stain my deck. Considering between AC Semi-Transparen t Rustic Brown or Semi Solid Woodland Brown. My deck is pressure treated and nearing the 2 year mark with no treatment. Wondering if the semi transparent or semi solid is the better choice? Im concerned about the semi solid peeling in time. Also, do you recommend during staining that the AC stains are wiped with a rag while staining to remove excess or wait until stain begins to dry to wipe excess before second coat?

Thank you!
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Lynne Morris:
Hello,
My deck is about 15 yrs old. I kept up with the staining originally then "things" got in the way. Im ready to redo/restore. I pressured washed and it removed quite a bit of the old stain. I plan to use your 2 step prep. and then stain with the Driftwood gray. Do you recommend spraying or rolling. I've only brushed and I'm too old to do that s**t again. Also...if I order by tomorrow...how soon will it arrive?

You should strip and brighten for the prep to remove all of the old stain. Do not roll the stain. Use a stain pad applicator or stain brush for best results. Shipping time is based on where you live.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Hello,
My deck is about 15 yrs old. I kept up with the staining originally then "things" got in the way. Im ready to redo/restore. I pressured washed and it removed quite a bit of the old stain. I plan to use your 2 step prep. and then stain with the Driftwood gray. Do you recommend spraying or rolling. I've only brushed and I'm too old to do that s**t again. Also...if I order by tomorrow...how soon will it arrive?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Collin:
Should I apply with a brush or a roller? If a roller what kind of roller if a brush what kind of brush?

Do not roll. Use a stain pad or brush. We like the exterior stain pads best. They are made by Padco or Shurline.
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Brush or roller?
Should I apply with a brush or a roller? If a roller what kind of roller if a brush what kind of brush?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting dprifogl:
Hello,
We stained our fence 4 days ago and one of my helpers spilled a little stain on our vinyl siding. We thought it wiped away but apparently not. Any tips on how to remove the stain from the siding now?

Try a water based Graffiti Remover and test first to make sure there is not a reaction.
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Stain on vinyl siding
Hello,
We stained our fence 4 days ago and one of my helpers spilled a little stain on our vinyl siding. We thought it wiped away but apparently not. Any tips on how to remove the stain from the siding now?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Mary:
I want to stain my deck, and the temperature is about 55-65 degrees out during the day. It is suppose to get down to around 38-40 at night. Should I stain now or should I wait till the temps at night don"t fall below 45 degrees?

Best to not have it drop below 40 degrees at night.
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temperature
I want to stain my deck, and the temperature is about 55-65 degrees out during the day. It is suppose to get down to around 38-40 at night. Should I stain now or should I wait till the temps at night don"t fall below 45 degrees?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting john m:
Hi
Great product from last years staining.

I used a can opened less than a year ago. I may have overapplied over last years coat. I prepped using dish soap, water, bleach and scrubbed lightly to remove dirt.

The deck looks good but there are patches of pigment on surface in a few areas due my overapplcation that rubs of with a rag.

any concerns?

Rub off the excess stain and saturate those rags with water. Lay them flat to dry outside. You should be fine.
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used opened can
Hi
Great product from last years staining.

I used a can opened less than a year ago. I may have overapplied over last years coat. I prepped using dish soap, water, bleach and scrubbed lightly to remove dirt.

The deck looks good but there are patches of pigment on surface in a few areas due my overapplcation that rubs of with a rag.

any concerns?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Barrie Barnes:
I have prepped my newish cedar deck (7 months) using a water, bleach, tsp formula and scrubbing then rinsing with hose pressure. There was quite a bit of dirt, mildew, etc. that came off and it looked nice and clean when still wet. After drying it has a grey haze over most of it so I wonder if it's ok to apply my amber stain or do I need to do something more?

Hard to say if you should prep with the Restore A Deck Kits to remove the gray. The Amber color will darken as if wet with water.
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Prepping question
I have prepped my newish cedar deck (7 months) using a water, bleach, tsp formula and scrubbing then rinsing with hose pressure. There was quite a bit of dirt, mildew, etc. that came off and it looked nice and clean when still wet. After drying it has a grey haze over most of it so I wonder if it's ok to apply my amber stain or do I need to do something more?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Theresa:
Sorry, one more question....What is the shelf life of the stain opened vs un-opened.

Thanks so much for the prompt reply on the last question too!
:)
Theresa

Opened it will last less than a year. Unopened, it will last a couple of years.
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Shelf Life?
Sorry, one more question....Wha t is the shelf life of the stain opened vs un-opened.

Thanks so much for the prompt reply on the last question too!
:)
Theresa
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Theresa:
Hi There,
I see that each gallon does 150-200 sqr feet. I was wondering if that is just one coat worth or two coats?
Cheers!
Theresa

One coat. Second coat will spread farther at 250-300 sq. feet per gallon.
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How much do I require
Hi There,
I see that each gallon does 150-200 sqr feet. I was wondering if that is just one coat worth or two coats?
Cheers!
Theresa
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Stephen Rahe:
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Are you back wiping the stain? You should not back wipe. If you do then you are removing the curing oils that would prevent this, leaving the non-drying oils exposed.


Can you explain what you mean? I applied a semi-transparent stain yesterday to a 6-month cured (prepped) Western Red Cedar deck using a pad and I used the pad to "brush out" any puddles after application following these directions: armclark.com/.../...
Can you explain what you mean by "back wiping"?
You can back brush to ensure an even application while applying. Do not back wipe stain after say 30-60 minutes.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
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Are you back wiping the stain? You should not back wipe. If you do then you are removing the curing oils that would prevent this, leaving the non-drying oils exposed.
Can you explain what you mean? I applied a semi-transparen t stain yesterday to a 6-month cured (prepped) Western Red Cedar deck using a pad and I used the pad to "brush out" any puddles after application following these directions: armclark.com/.../...
Can you explain what you mean by "back wiping"?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Blair Patrick:
I applied (rolled on) Armstrong Clark Deck Stain on my deck in June of 2013. How often should I restain it?

Usually it needs a new coating every 2 or 3 years. Lightly clean and reapply.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
I applied (rolled on) Armstrong Clark Deck Stain on my deck in June of 2013. How often should I restain it?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting sannitig:
I have a pine deck with black-enamel aluminum railing. I will be using the restore-a-deck kit, then staining with semi-trans-cedar.

Do I need to protect my railing with the utmost care during any of these steps? My concern is I have to protect this railing with my life due to the restore-a-deck stuff. Please advise

Hard to say as all rails are made differently. Most of the time the RAD will not harm them if they have a smooth coating on the spindles. If powder coated, then it is more likely to have a reaction. Best to test first.
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Aluminum Rail
I have a pine deck with black-enamel aluminum railing. I will be using the restore-a-deck kit, then staining with semi-trans-cedar.

Do I need to protect my railing with the utmost care during any of these steps? My concern is I have to protect this railing with my life due to the restore-a-deck stuff. Please advise
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Darren:
Treated pine with cedar shadow box railing. 16x32. Rail is 30" I bought 6 gal semi Trans. Planning on spraying it. Should I back brush all of it or can I back roll? Think that's enough stain?

You should have enough stain for this. We would suggest using a deck staining pad to back wipe in.
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new deck and rail
Treated pine with cedar shadow box railing. 16x32. Rail is 30" I bought 6 gal semi Trans. Planning on spraying it. Should I back brush all of it or can I back roll? Think that's enough stain?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting sannitig:
I have a SPF deck that's about 3 years old now. I first stained it with Armstrong Cedar Semi-Trans and it rained (light drizzle) as I was finishing. Some of the boards lost a little colour but whatever. We're now entering the third season and the boards in the high traffic areas are a little grey and a little stained, I need to restain.

Do I just put the same stain over everything or do I restore-a-deck first, or is pressure wash good enough? I have the restore-a-deck but I really don't want go through all that work.

Picture attached


Prep with the RAD products and light pressure washing for this recoating.
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Restaining
I have a SPF deck that's about 3 years old now. I first stained it with Armstrong Cedar Semi-Trans and it rained (light drizzle) as I was finishing. Some of the boards lost a little colour but whatever. We're now entering the third season and the boards in the high traffic areas are a little grey and a little stained, I need to restain.

Do I just put the same stain over everything or do I restore-a-deck first, or is pressure wash good enough? I have the restore-a-deck but I really don't want go through all that work.

Picture attached

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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Robin:
Hi -
I had your mahogany stain applied to my iPae deck yesterday around 5 pm. It's going to rain today by 12 pm. Will I need to reapply?

Hard to say until after the rains stops and if it was washed or away or not. You will be able to tell then.
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Ipae
Hi -
I had your mahogany stain applied to my iPae deck yesterday around 5 pm. It's going to rain today by 12 pm. Will I need to reapply?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting pinkitoo2:
I will be staining a new cedar deck. do i need to sand it? Also It says to let it dry for a few days? Should I put up tarps or somthing to keep animals ect off of it. I have dogs and other critters that will run thru my back yard I am not sure how to keep it untouched for days.. with out barriers

See here about new wood decks:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

No you do not need to tarp is after the prep and waiting to dry. any dirt and you can sweep off.
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new deck
I will be staining a new cedar deck. do i need to sand it? Also It says to let it dry for a few days? Should I put up tarps or somthing to keep animals ect off of it. I have dogs and other critters that will run thru my back yard I am not sure how to keep it untouched for days.. with out barriers
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Sunil Gandhi:
I applied a single cost of semi-transparent stain to my 3-year old redwood deck after it was stripped and cleaned. The stain was applied 2 days ago. It rained a little today and I noticed that a substantial portion of the deck does not appear to bead, and also "looks" like it could use an additional coat. Can I apply an additional coat after the first coat has already dried? Or should I wait until another season?

Best to wait until Spring. Light wash first to remove and dirt.
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Second coat question
I applied a single cost of semi-transparen t stain to my 3-year old redwood deck after it was stripped and cleaned. The stain was applied 2 days ago. It rained a little today and I noticed that a substantial portion of the deck does not appear to bead, and also "looks" like it could use an additional coat. Can I apply an additional coat after the first coat has already dried? Or should I wait until another season?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Billymo71:
Hi, I live in Connecticut and I am planning on staining my mahogany deck tomorrow with your mahogany stain. However, the temperatures are supposed to be upper 40's to lower 50's tomorrow. Tomorrow night may even get down into the 30's (but I hope it will be dry before it gets that cold). Is it a big deal if I stain at these temperatures - what is the risk if it gets too cold?

The temps are borderline. If they get too cold at night and the stain is not dry, then there could be curing issues. It should not freeze or frost overnight.
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Mahogany Temp Question
Hi, I live in Connecticut and I am planning on staining my mahogany deck tomorrow with your mahogany stain. However, the temperatures are supposed to be upper 40's to lower 50's tomorrow. Tomorrow night may even get down into the 30's (but I hope it will be dry before it gets that cold). Is it a big deal if I stain at these temperatures - what is the risk if it gets too cold?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Bob Rickleffs:
After hours applying your semi-solid stain, the next day I noticed glossy spots when the sun hit the deck. I wiped them with a rag as suggested. They did not appear until the sun hit the deck. Is this common?

It is possible to get sunny spots when over applied but it does not happen from the sun. Just leave alone until fully dry. It will be fine.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
After hours applying your semi-solid stain, the next day I noticed glossy spots when the sun hit the deck. I wiped them with a rag as suggested. They did not appear until the sun hit the deck. Is this common?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Elisa D Mack:
where can I buy Armstrong Clark Stain in St Paul, MN?

There are not dealers there but we can ship to you in 2-3 days.
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
where can I buy Armstrong Clark Stain in St Paul, MN?
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Beth Julien:
Just wondering how careful I need to be about keeping stain out of pond with fish. My deck is right next to a pond. It's possible some applied stain on side of deck may drip into the pond. How toxic is the stain to fish? Thanks!

It floats on water so it will not get in the water. In general you should not get it in there.
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application near pond?
Just wondering how careful I need to be about keeping stain out of pond with fish. My deck is right next to a pond. It's possible some applied stain on side of deck may drip into the pond. How toxic is the stain to fish? Thanks!
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RE: Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions
Quoting Blue:
I am staining a older deck (no previous stain) Was cleaned and prepped well, but have bad weather.

half of deck was done in late afternoon/evening, rain came late the next day (within 24 hours), and raining solid for 5 days. Evening cool dipped to 50F last night.

I am concerned that the protective layer may have not had a chance to properly cure/seal and I don't want mold/discoloration after the winter.

Am I OK to re-visit the area I already stained with a light coat or leave it be when/if I experience failure.

The product is the Cedar-tone semi-transparent and the wood so far took 1 gallon to ~180sqft, I thought the coverage was a bit on the generous amount but the stain went on abundantly and penetrated well. My only concern is the protective/outside layers as I did not have a chance to do the second wet on wet coat.

The rain will not affect it after the 24 hours. Just leave as is.
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I am staining a older deck (no previous stain) Was cleaned and prepped well, but have bad weather.

half of deck was done in late afternoon/eveni ng, rain came late the next day (within 24 hours), and raining solid for 5 days. Evening cool dipped to 50F last night.

I am concerned that the protective layer may have not had a chance to properly cure/seal and I don't want mold/discolorat ion after the winter.

Am I OK to re-visit the area I already stained with a light coat or leave it be when/if I experience failure.

The product is the Cedar-tone semi-transparen t and the wood so far took 1 gallon to ~180sqft, I thought the coverage was a bit on the generous amount but the stain went on abundantly and penetrated well. My only concern is the protective/outs ide layers as I did not have a chance to do the second wet on wet coat.
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Quoting billodom:
I stained a large deck twice over the last two years and am preparing to stain it again this fall. The deck is constructed from treated pine, so I'm attempting to keep it well-conditioned with the oil-based stains. The deck has a "picture frame" stained in sequoia and the center is stained in cedar. Looks great! BUT, the stain leaves a residue that gets on clothes, shoes, and skin months after it should have cured. Help, please.

Are you back wiping the stain? You should not back wipe. If you do then you are removing the curing oils that would prevent this, leaving the non-drying oils exposed.
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Residue after staining
I stained a large deck twice over the last two years and am preparing to stain it again this fall. The deck is constructed from treated pine, so I'm attempting to keep it well-conditione d with the oil-based stains. The deck has a "picture frame" stained in sequoia and the center is stained in cedar. Looks great! BUT, the stain leaves a residue that gets on clothes, shoes, and skin months after it should have cured. Help, please.
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Quoting paint59:
On the Amber and Mahogany stain is there a difference between these stains since these are recommended for exotic hardwoods versus using a semi-transparent stain?

These are colors that are recommended for hardwoods. They are not different formulas.
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On the Amber and Mahogany stain is there a difference between these stains since these are recommended for exotic hardwoods versus using a semi-transparen t stain?
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Quoting James Ballard:
approximately how soon and how long before the stain dries may a second coat be applied if needed

You should apply the second coat "wet on wet" for best results. That means within 20-60 minutes of the first coat.
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approximately how soon and how long before the stain dries may a second coat be applied if needed
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Quoting Jan B.:
Thanks for your quick response! I may just do it myself next summer. How would you suggest I "lightly clean" the deck?

Soap and water to remove dirt but not the stain.
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Thanks for your quick response! I may just do it myself next summer. How would you suggest I "lightly clean" the deck?
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Quoting Jan B.:
I have an Ipe deck which was stained 2-3 years ago. It needed work, so I ordered stripper, brightener, and 2 cans of mahogany stain (for 330'). Unfortunately i was out of town when the work was done. It doesn't look good - the color of the wood is irregular and there are many streaks. About 3/5 of 1 gallon of the stain has been used. Is there any chance that adding another coat (a week later) would help? Or will I need to wait until next summer and start over? (I live in Maine, so the season is short.)

Adding more now might mean it will not absorb properly into the IPE. Best to leave alone, lightly clean and apply next year. Make sure that they do not back wipe the AC! It might have been why it is irregular.
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I have an Ipe deck which was stained 2-3 years ago. It needed work, so I ordered stripper, brightener, and 2 cans of mahogany stain (for 330'). Unfortunately i was out of town when the work was done. It doesn't look good - the color of the wood is irregular and there are many streaks. About 3/5 of 1 gallon of the stain has been used. Is there any chance that adding another coat (a week later) would help? Or will I need to wait until next summer and start over? (I live in Maine, so the season is short.)
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Quoting Kim:
When you say "wet in wet" to do a second coat, how can you put a coat on and then before its dry walk on top of the wet layer to coat again. R u meaning, stain a section, and then add another layer on that section before you move into the next section? And then should both layers be light layers

You can walk on the first coat after 20-60 minutes while it is still wet. Just take care to not step in the second coat and obviously wear shoes you are not attached to.
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When you say "wet in wet" to do a second coat, how can you put a coat on and then before its dry walk on top of the wet layer to coat again. R u meaning, stain a section, and then add another layer on that section before you move into the next section? And then should both layers be light layers
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Quoting Carolyn Guist:
If applying to an Ipe deck, do you wipe it off after applying and waiting? If so, how long to wait? Thanks.

No do not wipe off the AC. It needs to absorb and dry properly. Wiping it off will hinder the curing process and the stain.
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If applying to an Ipe deck, do you wipe it off after applying and waiting? If so, how long to wait? Thanks.
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Quoting Dan_pdx:
Can you give me the names of your dealers in the Portland OR area (ZIP 97214)? I'm looking for semi-transparent deck stain. Thanks!

We are an online dealer and can ship to you there.
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Can you give me the names of your dealers in the Portland OR area (ZIP 97214)? I'm looking for semi-transparen t deck stain. Thanks!
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Quoting DarkCanuck:
I cleaned and brightened my cedar fence (850sq') yesterday using RAD, and plan to stain it this week.

This is a new fence last year (never been stained). How many gallons/coats would you recommend? I have 1 5gal pail of semi-trans cedar that I bought already.

Apply 2 coats wet on wet application. You will need 7-10 gallons.
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I cleaned and brightened my cedar fence (850sq') yesterday using RAD, and plan to stain it this week.

This is a new fence last year (never been stained). How many gallons/coats would you recommend? I have 1 5gal pail of semi-trans cedar that I bought already.
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Quoting Boulder:
Do you have a recommended spray tip size and pressure for applying a semi-solid with an airless sprayer? Does it matter whether we back brush with a brush or with a roller?

Any tip will work but a wider fan is better. Back brush with a brush or stain pad. Do not use a roller.
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What spray tip?
Do you have a recommended spray tip size and pressure for applying a semi-solid with an airless sprayer? Does it matter whether we back brush with a brush or with a roller?
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Quoting Gary Alan:
My Ipe deck is 2 months old. Do you still recommend using cleaner?

Do you recommend sanding? If yes, before or after cleaning?

Yes on the cleaner. No need to sand.
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My Ipe deck is 2 months old. Do you still recommend using cleaner?

Do you recommend sanding? If yes, before or after cleaning?
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Quoting Rick McGinniss:
The deck was built in January, I waited until June. I'll do another light coat in September or October. Thanks!

That will work.
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The deck was built in January, I waited until June. I'll do another light coat in September or October. Thanks!
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Quoting Rick McGinniss:
I recently stained my PTP deck. It was put in last December/January. Prepwise, I washed, brightened and then buffed/lightly sanded. I checked it with a moisture meter before staining - it was at %14.

Overall it looks great but as you can see in the pictures, it looks splotchy. Some parts of each board are fully covered, others seem a bit bare. Is this normal?

Did you let the wood weather for 2-4 months before prepping? It does look good to us but you will require a light coat of stain on the flooring in the Fall.
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I recently stained my PTP deck. It was put in last December/Januar y. Prepwise, I washed, brightened and then buffed/lightly sanded. I checked it with a moisture meter before staining - it was at %14.

Overall it looks great but as you can see in the pictures, it looks splotchy. Some parts of each board are fully covered, others seem a bit bare. Is this normal?
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Quoting Matthew Svirida:
I live in western MA (lots of snow, ice, rain, sun, you name it) and have a 30 year old deck that is low to the ground and has poor ventilation. It's dry and has a lot of cracks but is structurally in very good condition with no rot. I just bought the house and the deck has a solid stain that has peeled quite a bit. I'm having a pro sand the whole deck but am torn about what to use as far as a semi trans vs. semi solid. I would rather deal with cleaning and restaining more often than deal with peeling. Seems like semi trans is the way to go?

Either is fine as both semi-solid and the semi-transparen ts in the AC are penetrating.
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I live in western MA (lots of snow, ice, rain, sun, you name it) and have a 30 year old deck that is low to the ground and has poor ventilation. It's dry and has a lot of cracks but is structurally in very good condition with no rot. I just bought the house and the deck has a solid stain that has peeled quite a bit. I'm having a pro sand the whole deck but am torn about what to use as far as a semi trans vs. semi solid. I would rather deal with cleaning and restaining more often than deal with peeling. Seems like semi trans is the way to go?
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Quoting Billymo:
Hi, unfortunately the rain did take some stain off. Can I simply give it a second coa?

A very light coat.
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Hi, unfortunately the rain did take some stain off. Can I simply give it a second coa?
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Quoting Billymo:
I stained my mahogany deck with your mahogany stain this past weekend and it looks great. Half was done on Saturday which is fine. The other half was done on Sunday. It was completed about 4 to 5 hours before the rains came. It is now Monday morning and it poured overnight and is still raining. The entire deck looks rather normal this morning, just wet from the rain. There are obviously wet boards but I did not notice any oils in any of the puddles going on. Should I be concerned about anything? Once it stops raining, should I just let it naturally dry or should I go on it and sweep the water off?

Just let it dry and see how it looks. If it looks okay then all is good.
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I stained my mahogany deck with your mahogany stain this past weekend and it looks great. Half was done on Saturday which is fine. The other half was done on Sunday. It was completed about 4 to 5 hours before the rains came. It is now Monday morning and it poured overnight and is still raining. The entire deck looks rather normal this morning, just wet from the rain. There are obviously wet boards but I did not notice any oils in any of the puddles going on. Should I be concerned about anything? Once it stops raining, should I just let it naturally dry or should I go on it and sweep the water off?
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Quoting Omar:
Hi, we just stained our new Doug Fir porch yesterday with rustic brown. We love the results and color. I did have a question. I poured some of the stain in a bucket and my friend went directly out of the can. We both used brushes to apply. My areas appear to be a little darker (out of the bucket) and you can notice where we met up. I had the stain shaken about two weeks before and stirred well before use. Do you think this shade difference will last or will it fade to be less noticeable over time. I'm thinking I had more tint in the bucket. Thanks.

It will most likely even out some but it probably be somewhat noticeable.
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Doug Fir
Hi, we just stained our new Doug Fir porch yesterday with rustic brown. We love the results and color. I did have a question. I poured some of the stain in a bucket and my friend went directly out of the can. We both used brushes to apply. My areas appear to be a little darker (out of the bucket) and you can notice where we met up. I had the stain shaken about two weeks before and stirred well before use. Do you think this shade difference will last or will it fade to be less noticeable over time. I'm thinking I had more tint in the bucket. Thanks.
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Quoting Ron Janke:
Hello,
My deck was stained with your semi transparent rustic brown wood stain last year. It looks great and still beads water. It was recommended that I apply a second coat to the flat surfaces this year.
From your website it appears that all that I need to do is pressure wash, wait two days and apply another coat. Do I need to use a cleaner? If yes what do you suggest?
Regards,
Ron Janke

Yes lightly wash with the RAD or similar deck cleaner to remove the dirt and prep for reapplying a light coat. Use the RAD and a light 2-4 oz concentration.
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Hello,
My deck was stained with your semi transparent rustic brown wood stain last year. It looks great and still beads water. It was recommended that I apply a second coat to the flat surfaces this year.
From your website it appears that all that I need to do is pressure wash, wait two days and apply another coat. Do I need to use a cleaner? If yes what do you suggest?
Regards,
Ron Janke
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Quoting Terri Kaercher:
I applied 2 coats of AC stain on a 30 yr old redwood deck. Prior to staining, I sanded, stripped and brightened the deck. My question: Should I put a 3rd coat of stain on it? The 2 coats absorbed shortly after applying. If I shoud, how long can I go between coats? Thanks and the deck looks much improved!

No. More is not better.
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I applied 2 coats of AC stain on a 30 yr old redwood deck. Prior to staining, I sanded, stripped and brightened the deck. My question: Should I put a 3rd coat of stain on it? The 2 coats absorbed shortly after applying. If I shoud, how long can I go between coats? Thanks and the deck looks much improved!
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Quoting Daphne:
Hi,

I didn't realize until too late that I was supposed to wait 2-3 months before staining new wood with AC. On the advice of the lumberyard, I waited only 1 week before staining the Easter white cedar I'm using to build a fence. Now I'm worried - what is going to happen? Should I re-stain in a few months? Next year? Naturally, the wood only took a single coat of stain. Please advise.

BTW, I live in Canada and so the fence
will be exposed to freezing temperatures and lots of snow for 4 months over the winter.

Thanks!

Is the wood rough sawn or smooth on the fence. If rough you will be fine. Smooth and you will need to clean and reapply in about a year or so.
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Hi,

I didn't realize until too late that I was supposed to wait 2-3 months before staining new wood with AC. On the advice of the lumberyard, I waited only 1 week before staining the Easter white cedar I'm using to build a fence. Now I'm worried - what is going to happen? Should I re-stain in a few months? Next year? Naturally, the wood only took a single coat of stain. Please advise.

BTW, I live in Canada and so the fence
will be exposed to freezing temperatures and lots of snow for 4 months over the winter.

Thanks!
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Quoting Jake:
Quoting opwdecks:
Quoting Jake:
Hi,

How long is the cure time after application? When can I allow traffic on the deck?

Dries in 6-12 hours normally. Curing can take 1-3 days.


Great, thanks!
Judging by previous answers on this page it seems to be a good idea to wash the deck after it cures to remove any oil that may be sitting on the surface.
Would that be a reasonable assumption?

Only if needed.
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Quoting opwdecks:
Quoting Jake:
Hi,

How long is the cure time after application? When can I allow traffic on the deck?

Dries in 6-12 hours normally. Curing can take 1-3 days.


Great, thanks!
Judging by previous answers on this page it seems to be a good idea to wash the deck after it cures to remove any oil that may be sitting on the surface.
Would that be a reasonable assumption?
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Quoting Jake:
Hi,

How long is the cure time after application? When can I allow traffic on the deck?

Dries in 6-12 hours normally. Curing can take 1-3 days.
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Mr.
Hi,

How long is the cure time after application? When can I allow traffic on the deck?
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