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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    Don Dippold · 09/18/2018
    I have prepped with cleaner and brighter, sanded rough spots and finally started applying stain today. I have gotten through about half of the job and it has now started to rain. Most of the work has fully dried for over an hour, but what steps do I need to take now once it finishes raining? Do I need to clean again or can I just pick up on the unfinished area after it dries out? The parts that I have done turned out great with Rustic Brown I will say. This stain is amazing the way it covers and hides mistakes.
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      You should be okay to just finish as long as the rain did not harm the RB stain.
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    Christian · 09/18/2018
    I cleaned my deck and applied brightener 24 hours ago (Monday). There is no rain in the forecast until Friday. Do I need to wait a full 48 hours before applying stain or can I go ahead and apply today (Tuesday)?
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      48 hours is correct.
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        Christian · 09/18/2018
        It's 24 hours at least until the rain is supposed to set in after doing it tomorrow. That should be enough time for it to cure?

        Thanks!
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    Mark · 09/17/2018
    I missed the instruction to not use transparent stain on hardwood. I used the natural transparent on tigerwood and after 24hrs of drying there is a waxy residue on the surface. Will this harden with more drying time and not be a problem or do I have more work to do?
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      Try wiping it off with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate all oil rags in water and lay flat to dry outside when done.
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        Mark · 09/18/2018
        Thanks for the reply. Will do.o
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    Mar · 09/12/2018
    After the initial application when does one need to re-do the transparent stain vs semi-transparent stain?
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      Armstrong · 09/12/2018
      Every 18-24 months for transparent and every 24-30 months for semi-transparent.
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        Mar · 09/12/2018
        Thanks so much!
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    Kenneth Hodges · 09/06/2018
    When can a stained deck with semi transparent AC be walk on.thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2018
      Depends on the wood, temps, coats applied. Typically 12-48 hours. Just make sure it is fully dry to the touch.
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    LN · 09/05/2018
    Thanks for your quick response. After the two coats are applied how long will the stain last? Can I re-apply ever couple of years or do I need to prep the wood again: Remove stain, power wash, brighten, etc....
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      Armstrong · 09/05/2018
      Redo every 2-3 years. You always have to prep when redoing. Clean and brighten for prep. Do not have to strip.
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    LN · 09/05/2018
    How much stain is needed for 800 square feet for total surface area?
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      Armstrong · 09/05/2018
      Apply two coats wet on wet. You will need about 6-8 gallons.
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    LN · 09/05/2018
    Do I need to use two coats of stain for a 10 year old pressure treated deck?
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    Ed · 08/31/2018
    Hello. I made a tabletop for my fire bowl with clear vertical grain cedar that I stained with Armstrong semi-trans cedar. Some of the boards look splotchy (see photos). I prepped by sanding from 120 to 220 and cleaning with a tack cloth. I stained with a brush and wiped off after about a minute.

    Did I do anything that I shouldn't have (for future reference)? Would applying a second coat help?

    Lastly, do I need to put any kind of finish on top to protect from water stains? (I'm thinking not since Armstrong is meant for decks and fences!)
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      Armstrong · 08/31/2018
      You sanded the wood at a grit that is way to fine. The AC stain cannot penetrate properly. Sand at 60-80 grit next time. The AC cannot be top coated.
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    Lee · 08/30/2018
    Can your semi solid stain be used on pressure treated woods?
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    ROBERT P. SCHMITT · 08/28/2018
    My deck is 12 years old. Never been stained but power washed maybe twice. Used restore a deck cleaner and brightener, let deck dry for 48 hours. Applied one coat of driftwood semi-transparent stain. Stain soaked in within a few minutes. Deck is too big to apply 2 coats using wet-on-wet method. Should I put another coat on now or wait until next year?
    BTW your stain looks great on the deck.
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      Armstrong · 08/29/2018
      Best to wait a year. Lightly wash for the prep.
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    Rita · 08/28/2018
    Hello. Is it ok to apply the second coat days after the 1st? And is it generally advisable to do two coats on an older deck? Or can i reapply in the spring if it needs a 2nd coat by first brightening the deck after the winter?
    I have a large deck 15x50 and was wondering whether I can do a coat with 5 gal and check the coverage before ordering the 2nd bucket if needed. Would prefer not to sit on a $200 bucket of stain if I can get away with less. Assuming 2nd application will take a lot less? Maybe order 2 more gallons for the 2nd coat?
    Thank you. First time staining a deck here. :)
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      Armstrong · 08/28/2018
      For the two coats, you would need about 8 Gallons. Around 5 for the first and 3 for the second. it is best to do this wet on wet. If you wait until Spring, you will need more than three gallons for another coat. you would have to clean and brighten for the prep in the Spring, not brighten the wood.
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        Rita · 08/28/2018
        Awesome customer service! Such a quick reply! Many thanks. Keep it going.
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    Rich · 08/25/2018
    I have a new ipe wood deck and want to use the tone closest to its natural color. I am thinking a transparent oil but not sure which tone
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    Randy · 08/20/2018
    We are going to apply your hardwood black walnut stain on new Ipe (decking and rails). How long do we let the wood age before applying?
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    Scott Slinde · 08/20/2018
    How much will a five gallon of your chestnut stain cover on three double sided cedar plank fence around 75 feet long each and approximately Six feet in height
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      Armstrong · 08/20/2018
      A 5-gallon will cover about 750 sq feet for one coat.
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    Rich D · 08/18/2018
    Can't seem to get close with the color (semi-trans) on sapele. Can this product be tinted or blended with other AC
    color variations?
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      Armstrong · 08/19/2018
      The AC cannot be custom tinted but you can mix colors of the AC together.
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    Jim · 08/16/2018
    how long to dry
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      Armstrong · 08/16/2018
      4-24 hours is normal and varies based on temps and UV exposure.
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    John · 08/12/2018
    Should add mid 70 to 80 temp
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    John · 08/12/2018
    Hi what are the cure times? Ac semi transparent. After 24hrs deck still has oder and feels damp... Not wet. I had wanted to apply second coat for protection. Is 24hrs enough cure time? Should I wait longer? No issues with it adhering to itself?
    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 08/12/2018
      Depends on the wood type and age. Could be 1-7 days to fully cure. Adding more is not always needed nor will it make it last longer. Might want to leave as is for now and do a light coat in the Spring after a light water wash.
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    chiwara · 08/12/2018
    Hello. I applied driftwood stain to the stairs this afternoon and unfortunately, rained at night. When I got home, all the steps were wet so I wiped with a cloth. The areas that I started first must have been dried before the rain but most of them weren't since I could see mixed rain and stain on the cloth. I put plastic over after wiped off the water since it might rain again tonight.

    What should I do next? I'm assuming I need to reapply the stain once it all dries up but do I need to clean and brighten again or can I just apply the stain?
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      Armstrong · 08/12/2018
      Wait until the rain stops and the stain dries and cures before assessing if anything needs to be done or not. It may be fine.
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        chiwara · 08/12/2018
        Thank you for your timely reply. After removing the plastic cover this morning, some areas were still wet. I wiped them off again and took a photo. I think I need to stain again bottom few steps. I will wait for few more days but could you please tell me if I can just apply stain or need to clean / brighter again?
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    Seth · 08/07/2018
    Just completed applying oxford brown semi-solid stain on 2 yr. old PT wood. Stain is fantastic, easy to apply and looks beautiful. I had a couple of boards where either I applied too much stain or the wood would not absorb and there is a bubbly section of stain (see pic). Would sanding and then reapplying fix this or try to remove with mineral spirits?
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      Armstrong · 08/08/2018
      Just wipe off with rags and mineral spirits the excess stain Saturate all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside.
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    Dave · 07/30/2018
    I have a cedar deck that I have stained unsuccessfully 3 times now. Nothing will stick to it. I have stripped it once again. Your amberstrong-clark amber was recommended to me. I am afraid to stain it again. Why does this stain stick while the others don’t? Is it an oil? BTW I am going to sand it first.
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      Armstrong · 07/30/2018
      The AC is a penetrating oil. As long as you prep correctly and apply correctly, it will soak into the wood grain. For the prep, you should remove all old coatings fully. After the sanding, clean and brighten the wood for final prep. This will allow the stain to soak into the wood better.
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    Kent Bragdon · 07/21/2018
    I have about 4 out of 5 gallons of your rustic brown stain left over. can i cover the top of the stain with some plastic wrap top keep it away from the air and store in original container?

    Thanks
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    Paul · 07/20/2018
    Hi there. We live up in Ottawa Canada and I’ve had your stain on my deck for about 2 years now. I cleaned, brightened and restrained all the flat portions which were directly exposed to sun. My question is the main reason why I restrained was because on some parts of my deck it discoloured almost black, i used an amber semi. Do you have any idea why that was and what would you suggest a normal care tips? I broom farily often and spray, too. Would you suggest a stiffer bristled brush instead of a broom to get in the grains? Our deck is cedar. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 07/20/2018
      Do you have pollen in the area? That is a known feeder or mildew. If the pollen lands on top of the stain, mildew may grow on top of the AC. The other option is just dirt landing on the deck from trees above.
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        Paul · 07/20/2018
        We have pollen but I’m not sure if it’s any more than usual. What would be a way to lessen or prevent the darkening?
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          Armstrong · 07/20/2018
          Try washing with soapy (dish sopay) water and a car wash brush every month.
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    Ed K · 07/05/2018
    Not a question, more of a review and some pics that hopefully might be helpful to others with mahogany.

    I have a mahogany front porch and before using the product (Hardwood Stain) I was looking for some pics to help me choose my color. Understanding that mahogany can mean a few different species, I looked for a while to find some pics to help me choose. I couldn't find any so perhaps this will be helpful to someone. I used the Hardwood Amber stain product.

    Process:
    My porch is 14 years old and we only bought the house last summer. Located 4 blocks from the beach in NJ, so coastal salt-air environment. Porch is covered but western facing so gets strong late day sun. I was uncertain what finish was on the deck from the prior owner. But it appeared to be an oil based stain, and it was quite dark in color.

    I rinsed the porch and then I used OxiClean applied with a pump sprayer. Srubbed and rinsed.
    Then I used a deck stripper. I used the Benjamin Moore Remove product, simply because I could find it easily. Scrubbed quite a bit.

    Finally I used a deck brightener container oxalic acid to lighten the wood and neutralize after the stripper. Again applied with a pump sprayer. Srubbed but much less effort than the stripper.

    A few small areas where still a bit dark so I sanded lightly with 80 grit on those spots.

    I called the number on Armstrong Clark's website and spoke to Mr. Clark himself. Very nice and helpful guy. A true gentleman. I ordered the Hardwood Amber stain product on-line and it was delivered as promised and on time. My porch is approximately 440 square feet but I ordered 2 gallons just to be sure.

    I applied the product using a stain brush under the railings and for cutting in near the siding. The main areas I applied using as lambs wool applicator attached to a paint pole. The one gallon JUST made it for the porch. I did my best to work so that any area I cut in with the brush was not dry when I moved to the lambs wool applicator.
    Overall staining was quite easy. Certainly much less effort than the wood prep process. I was careful not to let the product pool up anywhere.

    As directed, I did not wipe off the stain as I applied. I waited about 12 hours (directions say 24 hours but I did not have the luxury of waiting and it appeared to have been fully absorbed by the wood at 12 hours). Then I went back with clean rags and wiped off any excess. This part wasn't fun, but not because of any issues with the product...it is just a "down on your hands and knees" job. Used multiple rags for this.

    We then stayed off the porch for 48 hours. I then wiped off the decking one last time with one rag just to be sure there was no residual excess product left on the surface. Not much at all came up. Finally at about 60 hours post application we returned the furniture to the porch and began to use it normally.

    Overall, I am extremely pleased thus far with the Armstrong Clark hardwood stain. Restoring a deck or porch is a lot of work. So you hold your breath and hope for a good result after some real effort. In my case, the results are fantastic so far and the color is terrific on my porch and unlike the darker color from before really shows the grain.

    We will see how the product holds up over time in a rough salt-air environment, but given the apparent quality thus far I am optimistic.

    Picture are Before and after in order:
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    Bruce Mechem · 07/04/2018
    In 2016 I stained my PT deck with Cedar railings with one coat Rustic Brown. It's been 2 years and I would like to restain (7/2018). I completed light pressure washing today. Is there anything else I should do before adding an additional coat?

    This is great stuff! mold., mildew, dirt came right off. MUCH different process than when it was just bare wood.

    Thanks
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    Rich Balter · 07/01/2018
    If my older Redwood deck was washed and cleaned on a Weds, and coated on a Friday would the deck surface be dry enough to place some rolling planter trays on Sat. Afternoon.
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    Randall Nichols · 07/01/2018
    I'm just about to begin staining my cleaned and brightened PT deck with Oxford Brown semi-solid. I had thought I should be planning on a wet-on-wet double coating, but the can's instructions say that does not apply to the semi-solid. Is that correct--one coat only for the Oxford?. It looks great and applies like a dream! Labor-saving is great, but I want a good finish. Many thanks.

    Randall
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2018
      Just do the one coat for semi-solids unless the wood is very dried out. If too much stain is applied it will not absorb fully.
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    Lopaka · 06/30/2018
    How long after staining can furniture be placed on the deck again?
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2018
      Typically a day or two. Just make sure the stain is fully dry and cured.
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    dawneprater · 06/30/2018
    I LOVE your product! I have put 1 coat on and it looks beautiful, but was wondering if I need a 2nd coat now. Redwood new 2017, sanded due to using product that did not hold up, cleaned & brightened and 1 coat of sierra redwood.
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2018
      Looks great! Just one coat for new wood. You can do a light coat next year if needed.