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.

The Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

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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    Susan Powers · 10/18/2019
    how long after brightener can you apply stain
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    MB · 10/15/2019
    I prepped and stained my huge deck last fall. It was old dry wood and soaked up the stain like crazy. Looks much better and have been very happy with your product. I probably should have put another coat on right then but winter came fast and it was a huge project. Anyway, I feel like it could use a second coat. What are the prep directions for a second coat after it's been sitting for a year? Thanks!
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    Christine · 10/14/2019
    I'm in NC. What temperature is too cold to stain a deck?
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    Jim · 10/13/2019
    Can Semi-transparent stain be applied if evening temperature is near 40 degrees?
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    Lynn J · 09/27/2019
    I purchased 5 gallons of Chestnut Semi-Transparent stain. The information on the stain container states, "A second coat can be applied "wet-on-wet" for extra protection ONLY IF the first coat absorbs into the wood within 60 minutes. The second coat can be applied "wet-on-dry"". However, when we spoke on the phone, you indicated that this product cannot be applied "wet-on-dry". Can you please clarify and explain why I cannot apply the stain "wet-on-dry"? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/28/2019
      AC can be applied either way as long as the wood is absorbent enough to take another coat.
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    john McIntosh · 09/26/2019
    Sorry, not enough info. I have waited 3 months, wood is dry, cleaned and brightened and I am using cedar semi transparent.
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    john McIntosh · 09/26/2019
    One last question, (btw the railings look fantastic!!!), I have new pressure treated #1 wood on my deck. I noticed in some cases you suggest no roller. Should I stay away from a roller and just use brush or pad?
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      Armstrong · 09/27/2019
      Yes, stain pad or brush. No roller.
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    john McIntosh · 09/25/2019
    Cleaned and brightened large deck and it took us 3 days to do railings and balusters. Now we will have to order more stain as 5 gallons was not nearly enough. Will we have to re-clean and brighten deck before getting new stain? It has not rained and deck looks very clean now.
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      Armstrong · 09/25/2019
      As long as you stain within 2 weeks or so of the prep, you should be fine
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    Perry · 09/22/2019
    Hello, I have applied 1 coat of stain on new cedar after buffing with 80 grit. It rained about 18 hours after staining. Can I still apply a second coat or do I really need a second coat?? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 09/23/2019
      Hello, did you follow the directions for new wood? https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      Only one coat after proper weathering and prep. Thanks
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        Perry · 09/23/2019
        Living in the pacific north west one can not wait 3-4 months. When fall hits the wood for the most part will be wet. I waited 1 month and with, which had a substantial amount of sun and rain then sanded With 80 grit to remove any mill glaze left. Will this be an Issue?? Thanks
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          Armstrong · 09/23/2019
          Yes, the stain will not soak in correctly. You have to wait and prep in the Spring. You cannot fast track weathering.
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    mike · 09/18/2019
    just used two part cleaner and brightener on my 3 year old cedar deck. Still need to sand as some old paint is still embedded in the knots. After sanding should I clean and brighten again? I have black walnut. What is the best method to apply? Pad, roller, brush? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/19/2019
      Yes, clean and brighten again. Use a stain pad or brush. Do not use a roller.
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    Cynthia A Fetzer · 09/17/2019
    How do I open the 5 gallon bucket of stain? I see the spout that comes up in the middle, but how do you mix and do I just cut the top of the spout to open, or?
    Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 09/17/2019
      You can pry open the tabs with a flat head screwdriver.
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    Bert Foisy · 09/16/2019
    What are the repercussions of over applying the stain? I went heavy on my application. New Douglas Fir. It seems to have absorbed into the wood, and is now dry to the touch. It looks good. Just wondering, as the can says specifically NOT to over apply. How does one know if it is over applied? My application is also on a Pergola, so no foot traffic to be concerned for rub-off.

    Thanks in advance.

    Bert
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      Armstrong · 09/17/2019
      Over applied means, it would not have dried correctly or absorbed fully into the wood. It would be shiny and sticky.
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        Bert · 09/22/2019
        Perfect, just as I thought.


        Bert
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    Daniel Logevall · 09/14/2019
    I just applied your amber stain to my new mahogany deck (looks amazing!) and I’m wondering how often I need to re-apply and what I need to do ore-wise before doing so. I want to take good care of it.
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      Armstrong · 09/15/2019
      With mahogany wood, you should apply annually.
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    Pritesh · 09/12/2019
    We have pine wood deck and we used the Mahogany color stain from Armstrong Clark.
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    Pritesh · 09/12/2019
    Hi, we waited to get our deck dry for more than 48 hours and applied the 1st coat on Tuesday (9/10) and 2nd coat yesterday (9/11). We were done by 3 pm. Today morning (9/12) the stain felt slightly tacky when I walked on it. I wiped off all of small puddles. But it is supposed to rain today. Will it be ok? Or I need to prepare for more work after it dries off again? Thanks a lot for your help.
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    Cheryl · 09/11/2019
    Your product is awesome!
    Natural Oak semi transparent
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      Lori · 10/05/2019
      Looks great! What type of wood is this? I’m hoping for this look on my cedar gazebo.
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    Elaine Fischer · 09/06/2019
    My deck rails have some cracks/splits. I'd like to sand off the old paint and coat with AC stain (Driftwood, same as my deck). Will that protect the cracks?
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2019
      AC does not fill cracks but it can help reduce the cracks from getting worse.
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    Mark · 09/04/2019
    I finished cleaning my deck Monday night so was going to stain Thursday morning. They are now calling for rain Thursday. Should I stain the deck today(Wednesday) or wait until 48 hours after the rain?

    thanks
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    Diane · 08/21/2019
    I was reading on line DIYs and experienced woodworker stating a cloth works best for applying stain. I bought a brush but now thinking I will use the cloths instead what is your recommendation.
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      Armstrong · 08/22/2019
      No, do not use a cloth. Use a brush or stain pad.
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    Vince B · 08/20/2019
    I installed a new cedar deck in October last year. Waited until June this year to stain it. I power washed, then used restore a deck cleaner and brightener. I applied one coat of AC Rustic Brown Semitransparent. Below are my photos. Turned out super blotchy with grain not absorbing the stain and an orange/cedar color. Two questions: 1. did I do something wrong ie powerwashing or staining too early and 2. how soon can I re-stain to get a more even and darker appearance? Assuming of course this is not how Rustic Brown should have turned out. How would you fix it?
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      Armstrong · 08/21/2019
      The random dark spot(s) is oxidation that was not removed fully during your prep and therefore stained darker. You would have to strip it off at this point and possibly even sand to remove this oxidation. The lighter color is the way it is supposed to look
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        Vince B · 08/22/2019
        There was zero oxidation. Wood was brighter and cleaner than I have ever seen wood. After further research I learned that RAD changed the instructions on their brightener to include a disclaimer to rinse for 30 minutes! I certainly didn’t do that as it would have flooded my basement. My packaging does not have this disclaimer. I assume the brightener may have reacted with the stain to separate some of the pigments. If that is the case do I still need to strip or just clean it next year and reapply?
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          Armstrong · 08/23/2019
          All wood oxidizes afters sitting for many months like yours so yes, it is oxidation that was not removed fully and we have seen it before. It has nothng do to with rinsing the brightener or not and no, the brightener does not separate pigment. It is the grain of your wood causing the darker spots and the darker spots is where the oxidation as not removed. You would have to remove to get the wood even in porosity.
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            Vince B · 08/23/2019
            Got it. Thanks. I was confusing oxidation with graying. Appreciate your expertise.
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    Steven Frazier · 08/02/2019
    I recently had my deck boards and railing replaced with treated wood. Total surface area I calculated around 815 sq ft. I was planning to stain and seal using a sprayer and wondered if this sprayer would qualify for your semi-transparent stains: REXBETI Ultimate-750 Paint Sprayer, 500 Watt High Power HVLP Home Electric Spray Gun.
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      Armstrong · 08/02/2019
      It should but we have never tried this sprayer before. The AC will work well with airless and most powered sprayers but does not work well with pump sprayers.
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    Richard · 07/21/2019
    Did one coat of semi-transparent Rustic Brown and it soaked in quite quickly in most places (dry in a few hours). Would you recommend a second coat? Or is it too late and will need to wait until next year?
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      Armstrong · 07/22/2019
      Wait until Fall or Spring to add a second coat. Lightly clean off any dirt first.
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    Dawn · 07/12/2019
    How long after rain do we have to wait to stain??
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      Armstrong · 07/12/2019
      48 hours.
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        Dawn · 07/12/2019
        Thank you and how long after staining before rain... just in case
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    Dawn · 07/11/2019
    We used Rad cleaner and brightener and the wood came up gorgeous. It rained a wee bit today, Thursday, can we start stain8g on saturday?
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    Donna Bruneau · 07/05/2019
    Just finished doing one coat but need to order more stain. Arriving only a week. Will this be ok ?
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    john McIntosh · 07/04/2019
    Hi, Have new #1 5/4 deck boards. Been 4 weeks since installation. Getting worried as the sun on the deck is incredibly hot. We line on the beach in North Carolina and days that are not really hot and humid are rare. Should I continue to hold off staining the deck until fall?
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    Boogie · 07/03/2019
    What is the solid content percentage of the semi-transparent stains?
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    Andrew · 06/30/2019
    My deck is 5-6 years old and previous owners applied a semi solid or solid Behr stain. I have removed it with a Behr stripper, pressure washer, and lots of power sanding. I am planning to use the semi-transparent rustic brown stain. Several questions:
    1. I have already purchased the Behr cleaner/brightener that I am planning to use next - will this be an acceptable cleaner/brightener to neutralize the stripper and prep for the Armstrong stain?
    2. Due to the trim detail on my railings, some of the previous solid stain is very difficult to remove. I understand that it is best to remove all previous stain before applying the semi-transparent but what will be the result if I am not able to? Just some splotchy spots where the stain is still there?
    3. I am planning to apply with an airless sprayer - Should I plan to order/go through more stain?
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2019
      1. No on the Behr prep. Best to return it.
      2. It will not look good nor will it soak in and adhere.
      3. If you spray, make sure to back brush to ensure an even application. About the same amount of stain.
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    Tobelyn · 06/28/2019
    My deck is very dry and hasn’t had anything on it in years. I’ve pressure washed it and brightened it. I bought a sample of your semi-solid stain and I loved it. The problem is it took forever to completely dry. After four days, I could still wipe off color with a paper towel. After about a week, the paper towels finally wiped clean. Is this normal? I know I followed all the instructions correctly and I didn’t apply the stain too thick. I only used one coat on the spot I tested. When it did dry, it looked really nice. Im sending a picture of the bare deck.
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2019
      The semi-solids have a lot of pigment and the drying/curing can take time based on the wood age and the weather.
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    Bob · 06/26/2019
    What should I use for a light cleaning between years that I restain?