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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    John · 07/10/2020
    i have a 1200sqft cedar deck that was previously coated with a water based product. i stripped it all off, then applied a brightener/ neutralizer that i scrubbed on then rinsed. I then coated the deck with rustic brown, the end result is that it came out super blotchy and the homeowner isn't happy. Is there a specific reason this happened? should i apply a second light coat?
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      Armstrong · 07/11/2020
      hard to say as it could be due to the prep or application. Post a picture.
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        John · 07/12/2020
        Here's one they sent me
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          Armstrong · 07/12/2020
          It looks like the stain did not take as the old coating was not fully removed. You would have to remove all and start over making sure that all old stain is removed fully.
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    sharon · 07/08/2020
    Hi, I am working on a 2 year old deck. After letting the cedar boards weather for nearly a year, husband put down three (!) coats of stain....which failed and started peeling pretty quickly. I have stripped, power washed, and sanded down the deck with 80 grit sand paper. There is no stain left on the boards. I have a few questions:
    1) Do I need to use a brightener?
    2) If I use a brightener, do I have to sand it again?
    3) I've tested on a scrap of the same wood although I used 120grit to sand that. It's been about 18 hours and there is still oil coming off on my finger when I touch it (using transparent cedar). Could this be because of the sandpaper?
    3) I have to wait until next week to apply the stain in order to get a few dry days. How long before I can lay down an outdoor carpet and put furniture on it?
    Thank you
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      Armstrong · 07/08/2020
      1. Clean and brighten would be best.
      2. No.
      3. Because you over sanded.
      4. A few days or until dry.

      Just one coat of stain.
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    DFC · 07/08/2020
    is it also ok to apply light 2nd coat where it appears thin?
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      Armstrong · 07/08/2020
      You cannot spot apply. You would have to lightly coat all.
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    DFC · 07/08/2020
    at what point is it ok to wipe off any excess stain that hasn't fully penetrated that I have applied on a mahogany deck. It's been 12 hours .
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      Armstrong · 07/08/2020
      You can do this not. Make sure to saturate any oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside.
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    Gareth M · 07/05/2020
    Older PT decking, sanded to remove existing grey stain. One coat of driftwood grey applied . Color has a green tone. Any advice?
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2020
      The stain is highlighting the natural tones of your wood. A couple of things, it does not look like you fully sanded off the prior coating as it showing through. Also, after sanding you should walls clean and brighten the wood for final prep. That should help with the final color as well.
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    Ron · 07/05/2020
    Our deck is at least 25 years old and has never been stained, but I cleaned it 6 years ago. I've just oxy-cleaned twice (see photos) power washing after each application and plan to apply deck and fence brightener via sprayer today (then power wash) followed by waiting 48 hours and then applying Armstrong Cedar tone stain. I bought a 5 gallon pail and 3 one gallon cans of Cedar tone 6 years ago, but never got around to doing until this year (yes, now know 8 gallons is way excess for 375 ft2 deck).

    I had the 5 gallon unopened pail shaken at a paint store 3 days ago and was was planning to use, but concerned by reading the article that it is no longer good (it was unopened and stored in garage in MI for 6 years). Is it still good to use as the metal 5 gallon pail has been sealed for the 6 years and sounds like it is still full and nothing evaporated? Secondly, the deck wood is so old I expect it to absorb easily and was planning to apply 2 coats, but on reading this article it sounds like I should only apply 1. Can I apply 2 coats or should I only apply one? If I can apply two coats, how should I do (wait how long between coats?) I have bought a "deck boss" brush to apply the Cedar tone stain. Is this an acceptable brush to use to apply Armstrong stain?

    Thank you in advance for your guidance.
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      Ron · 07/08/2020
      I opened the new sealed 5 gallon can of cedar tone (approx 6 years old in storage) and it was filled to within 1/2" of top of can and there was no clumping observed when stirred. It stirred and flowed well so went ahead and applied one coat of stain to two small areas (see photos). Stained seemed to go on well and after 2 hours seemed to have mostly soaked in. 24 hours after application, there is a slight oily film to the touch on the surface and still a fairly strong oily smell. Is the slight oily film and strong odor normal or was the stain bad because of the long storage time? How long does it take for there to be no residue to touch/rubbing on the surface and for the oil smell to disappear? I'm reluctant to stain the rest of our deck given the fairly strong oily odor and whether this is due to bad stain (but it has only been 24 hours since application and temperature is 90 F with fairly high humidity in Michigan).

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        Armstrong · 07/08/2020
        That is normal and because it has not fully cured and dried yet. It will go away with time.
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2020
      The only way to know if the stain is still good as to open it and make sure it is not clumping or skinning. If it mixed 100% smooth, then you should be okay. Apply 2 coats wet on wet. The second goes on 30 minutes after the first. The brush should be fine.
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    Tom · 07/04/2020
    Typo in my previous post. Should have read I DO plan to follow prep steps....
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    Tom · 07/04/2020
    I meant I DO plan to follow the prep steps religiously
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    Tom · 07/04/2020
    I am considering using the Armstrong Clark semi solid stain on a very old deck because of better color. Does this stain have a tendency to peel off after a few years? I don’t plan to follow the prep steps religiously. Any tips on avoiding a peeling disaster?
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2020
      No, it does not peel as it is a penetrating stain. Just one coat.
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    Dave R · 06/30/2020
    Hi - In many of the Q&A responses you mention "do not back brush". Can you please explain what that is?
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      Armstrong · 06/30/2020
      Do not back "wipe" off excess stain right away. You can after 4-8 hours if needed.
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        Dave R · 06/30/2020
        Ok but its ok while applying to go back over some wet spots or streaking with the brush?
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          Armstrong · 06/30/2020
          To ensure an even application, yes.
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    Paul Lebow · 06/25/2020
    BTW - 10 yr old deck has been power washed only 3 weeks ago - did a very good job - wood smooth and not damaged at all. Will use semi-trans
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    Paul Lebow · 06/25/2020
    Its 5pm here - pouring rain thundershower on my pine pressure-treated deck (2000sf). Can I stain tomorrow or must I wait a full 24 hours?
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    Heather G. · 06/24/2020
    What is the clean up process for rollers and brushes? Paint thinner? Thanks.
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    Joe P · 06/22/2020
    Was wondering if you would recommend doing one or two coats of semi transparent stain. Put one coat down already. Wood soaked it up really well. Some areas look lighter than others despite being evenly applied.
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      Armstrong · 06/23/2020
      Post a picture.
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        Joe P · 06/23/2020
        Some areas appear lighter than others..
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          Armstrong · 06/23/2020
          New wood or older wood?
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            Joe P · 06/23/2020
            Old wood. Had not been treated many years before I bought the house.
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              Armstrong · 06/23/2020
              Do one very light coat then.
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                Heather G. · 06/24/2020
                Is that one more very light coat on old wood? I have the same question as I have a mix of old and new. Also, one of my oldest boards ended up bleeding out pine sap which I can't believe as it is so old. Did I put on too much stain?
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                  Armstrong · 06/24/2020
                  Yes, one more light coat. Sap can happen even if on old wood.
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                Joe P · 06/23/2020
                Thank you for the info.
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                  Greg · 06/26/2020
                  So for the light second coat you recommended for Heather G and Joe P - is that after the first coat is completely dry, or while it’s still wet? How long after first coat?
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                    Armstrong · 06/26/2020
                    Wet on wet. 20-60 minutes after first coat.
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                      Greg · 06/26/2020
                      I assume 20-60 minutes is not long enough after staining an area to walk on it, so if you’re doing wet on wet - you have to do an area small enough to reach without walking on it after the first coat. Is that correct?
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                        Armstrong · 06/27/2020
                        You can walk on the first coat, just do not step in the second coat.
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    Heather G. · 06/22/2020
    So...a Saharan dust storm is making its way to NC this weekend. Health advisories are being posted. I can wear a mask. BUT...will dust settle on my deck?? To stain or not to stain, that is the question!
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    William · 06/22/2020
    Your instructions say to apply the stain on a day that no rain is expected and for 3-4 hours after application. I find that information to be a bit confusing, so I ask how much dry time do I need after applying the semi-transparent stain before rain will not affect the application?
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      Armstrong · 06/23/2020
      3-4 hours after applying is correct.
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    Heather G. · 06/22/2020
    What does IPE mean? "IPE needs to be redone annually"
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      Armstrong · 06/22/2020
      IPE is a wood type. A hardwood from Brazil.
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    Greg · 06/21/2020
    I’m planning on using your semi-trans stain, and I see that it can be applied on hot days in direct sunlight. Does humidity matter? I live in the mid-Atlantic region (Maryland) where it can get humid in the summer months.

    I assume it’s better to stain later in the day, after any morning dew has “burned off”?
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      Armstrong · 06/22/2020
      Humidity does not matter. Wood cannot be damp from dew.
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    Greg · 06/20/2020
    Hi, I have a PT pine deck that’s 20+ years old. One year ago I sanded the entire deck because many boards were splintered, and I replaced several boards too. After waiting a full year for the new boards to season, I’m ready to stain but because of my job I have to hire someone to prep so I can stain by a certain date. A couple of companies I’ve contacted use a cleaning solution that contains sodium hypochlorite. Questions:

    (1) I realize sodium hypochlorite may not be the best thing to use on wood on a repeated basis, but I assume it will be ok to use just this one time (since that’s what I’m finding local companies use), as long as it’s followed with RAD brightener. Would you agree?

    (2) Even though most of the boards are old, I sanded them down so I assume just one coat for now (after prep), followed by a maintenance coat in 12-18 months or so. I’m using Armstrong-Clark semi-trans.

    Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 06/20/2020
      1. It should be fine.
      2. Just one coat.
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    Laurie · 06/16/2020
    Hello. I believe I have a mahogany deck and I used the rad stripper and brightener and then tested the hardwood amber stain sample I received. I love it. I only had enough sample to do 2 stairs and since this was a sample I had to wait awhile to get my 5 gallon bucket. Now the remainder of the deck is stripped, brightened and sanded, (RAD didn’t quite bust through the old stains). I want to stain tomorrow as I’ve waited 48 hours since prep. Looking back to my original 2 steps the color has drastically faded. Is this because my deck is super dry and is thirsty? How many coats would you recommend?
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      Armstrong · 06/17/2020
      Yes, the wood is dried out but this color is normal as it cures. Just one coat this year and another next year. Clean first before recoating.
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        Laurie · 06/17/2020
        Great, thanks for the reply. The deck hasn’t been stained in maybe 3 years as I was trying to bleed out an old semi transparent stain. This is it stripped, brightened and sanded. I’ll give it 1 coat today.
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    Julie · 06/16/2020
    Thank you
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    Julie · 06/16/2020
    Also, how long can you keep a can of stain? I like getting the 5 gallon bucket however, I won't need that much, just wanted to see how long it will last in a cool dry basement.
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      Armstrong · 06/16/2020
      Opened, about 12 months. A few years if unopened.
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    Julie · 06/16/2020
    I have the 5 gallon bucket of stain, how often does it need to be stirred? I have noticed a couple of clumps when pouring it out.
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    Ted Larsen · 06/15/2020
    Hi, A few days ago I coated my mahogany back stairs with Hardwood/IPE Amber stain. Prior to staining, I did the 2-step stripping (to remove old stain) and brightening process and let it dry a couple days. I waited 24 hours before wiping away a few glossy areas and initially the results looked great. A few hours later it rained pretty hard and now the stairs have a mottled look that hasn't gone away. As I said, I wiped the excess product off the stairs but after the storm I noticed beads of water with oil floating on top. The mottling appeared after everything dried up. What are my options for evening out the stain? Can I just reapply a light coat on the stairs?
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      Armstrong · 06/15/2020
      Try a light coat to just one step and see how it looks after it dries before recoating all of them.
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        Ted Larsen · 06/16/2020
        Thanks. I tried a thin coat on one of the stair treads and it darkened the board but you can still see the mottling. Why would this happen after a 24 hour cure? The instructions say it can handle rain after 3 - 4 hours after application.

        In any case, what are my options? Should I try sanding to even things out then re-staining?
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          Armstrong · 06/16/2020
          Not sure, maybe wood was wet there and had trouble curing? Best to try and sand and reapply.
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    Shelly · 06/14/2020
    My redwood deck is one year old and we used clear Armstrong last year on the new deck. It hasn’t had that much wear/use. Do you still recommend the RAD cleaning prior to the Armstrong coat? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 06/15/2020
      Yes, you always have to prep before staining.
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    Mike Poniatowski · 06/14/2020
    I have a Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint or Stain Sprayer. It is not airless. I am preparing to seal my deck with Armstrong Clark Semi transparent sealer. Can I use my sprayer or would I be better off not using it? Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2020
      If it sprays fine then no issues. Never tested this sprayer to know for sure if it will work.
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    Tony · 06/14/2020
    Applying your stain for hardwoods to 15 year old ipe deck.. last stained 5 years ago. Stripped and cleaned. 1 coat or 2?
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    Ted Larsen · 06/10/2020
    Hi, I followed the instructions and coated my mahogany porch with Hardwood/IPE stain yesterday. The results look good and the oils have almost all been completely absorbed so there will be minimal cleanup. This was new (weathered for 6 months) mahogany. Prior to coating I did the 2-step prep cleaner and brightener. In hindsight, I should have sanded prior to staining as the surface is rough in places with many small splinters and is not barefoot friendly. What are my options at this point? I don't want to go through the entire process again. Can I wait a few days and lightly sand to remove splinters? If not, what are my options. Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 06/10/2020
      Yes try that but very light as you do not want to remove the stain.
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    ken · 06/08/2020
    can i stain deck if temperature in is the 50's?
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    Donna · 06/08/2020
    Hi, I purchased the RAD cleaner brightener and your semi transparent stain. Just a couple of questions before I begin: 1) Do I need to clean and brighten the spindles and railing/posts? 2) Do I begin with the railings and spindles before proceeding to the actual deck. This is my first deck staining attempt.