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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    Michael Lawton · 09/28/2020
    I have cleaned my Armstrong previously stain deck with bleach solution as per CA instructions, brightened with RAD and stained after 48 hour dry time.


    I am four board lengths away from being done and have been on hold due to rain. I have a 24 hour dry time window and am concerned that this does not meet the 48 hour period. I have to go out of town and the temperatures are dropping.

    i want thoughts on staining 24 hours after rain.
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      Armstrong · 09/28/2020
      Probably not dry enough.
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        Michael Lawton · 09/28/2020
        I can wait until I have a 48 hour dry period. Temperatures will be high in mid60’s and lows at night in mid forties. I can apply on sunny day. Need one hour to finish. You’d thoughts.
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    Susan Powers · 09/25/2020
    I stained my railings with your semi-transparent stain. Unfortunately I later found drips of stain on the composite deck boards under the railing. How can I best remove these stain spots from the composite (trex) deck boards?
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    Tom · 09/25/2020
    I applied a semi-solid stain (one coat) 4 days ago. Although it looks like it soaked in and seems dry, a bit of stain comes off if I run a rag over it. So I wiped my entire deck with a rag and tried to take off the "excess" stain.
    Is this normal? And how long before it will completely set? Or did we do something wrong and need to start over again (we sanded an existing deck prior to application).
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      Armstrong · 09/25/2020
      You can take a rag and mineral spirits to wipe off the excess stain that has not soaked in. Saturate all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside.
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        Tom · 09/25/2020
        Sorry for the additional question... can you use paint thinner or does it have to be mineral spirits? I just don't want to strip the stain off the wood
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        Tom · 09/25/2020
        Thanks for such a quick response. Can you clarify "Saturate all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside"? Is this part of what I need to do for the deck? I appreciate it.
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          Armstrong · 09/25/2020
          After you are down wiping it down you do this to avoid spontaneous combustion.
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    DBrown · 09/25/2020
    My new deck has been aging for 3 months and has been cleaned and dried for 2 days but my moisture meter is giving me 13.2%-16.2% readings. Should I continue to let the wood dry before applying this stain or is that an acceptable range?
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    Lynn · 09/19/2020
    Any special instructions using deck stain on shingles?
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    Bruce · 09/10/2020
    I used your stain this spring, with the RAD cleaning system. Now at the end of the summer the deck is looking dark almost dirty. How would you recomend cleaning it
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      Armstrong · 09/10/2020
      Warm water with a little bit of dish soap. Lightly clean with a car wash brush.
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    john Bink · 09/06/2020
    I bought a 5 gallon can of your transparent natural tone to use on my pressure treated stairs and walls....Great product by the way,best exterior sealer/stain I have ever used....I just sealed it beginning of September, did not want to go too heavy so just did 1 coat, can I seal again in the spring if I clean it well? Also I have 2 1/2 gallons left what is best way to store it? Plastic gallon cans or metal ? figured smaller cans would have less air than leaving it in 5 gallon pail it came in....And if I need to purchase more in the spring can I just get a gallon and mix it in with what I have left over from this year? Thanks so much your website and product are great !!!!
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2020
      You can stain again in spring. Store in plastic or metal, just make sure it is closed fully. You can mix together.
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    Christine · 09/05/2020
    After staining my deck, how do I maintain it and clean the mold off?
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    Jamie Clegg · 09/03/2020
    When installing a new IPE deck, should I not stain before assembly? In other words. Finish deck, wait several months, RAD clean and brighten and only stain exposed surfaces. Don't worry about the unexposed sides and end cuts? No problem with cupping or checking at ends?
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    Tom R · 09/02/2020
    We are restoring old wooden garage doors. the doors were previously stained and painted over multiple times. Due to the texture of the surface, it is quite difficult to sand it back completely. The stain we tried is Nature Oak. It looks a bit patchy. Not sure because we didn't mix the sample well, didn't use the right technique or something. Can you give some tips? also Nature Oak turned out a lot darker than expected (we also tried nature tone which is similar in darkness) Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/02/2020
      The color and the patchiness is due to the age of the wood and how you are prepping. The only way to get it even would be to sand it all evenly to 80-100 Grit. The AC cannot be applied over old coatings/paint so you will need to remove it all.
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        Tom R · 09/02/2020
        Thank you so much for the quick reply! Regarding staining wood after sanding, is there any difference between staining freshly sanded wood vs staining wood that was sanded weeks ago? Specially exterior wood like my garage door? The stained squares in pic were sanded multiple weeks ago.
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      Tom R · 09/02/2020
      this may be a better picture for the color of the door (lots of different types of wood used).
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    Joani B · 08/29/2020
    We plan on staining our deck with the Driftwood stain. It is an old deck, we have power-washed, and are doing a bit of sanding in places. We have many plants, furniture, and a grill on this deck. We were hoping to do the staining in sections. Is there any downfall to doing a section, waiting for it to dry and cure, and then continuing on a different section in a few days or a week later?
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      Armstrong · 08/30/2020
      Do all at once so it blends evenly is the proper way.
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    Roger · 08/24/2020
    i have just sanded deck and will be applying your transparent neutral. Can or should I give it a wet on wet second coat
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    Dakota · 08/21/2020
    Also that light spot is sunshine
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    Dakota · 08/21/2020
    We are wondering if we should do another coat of the driftwood- it soaked in very quickly. We are about 18 hours out.
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      Armstrong · 08/21/2020
      Maybe but make sure the second coat soaks in fully. Do a test spot and see how it dries in a few hours or so.
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    Linda Garnett · 08/18/2020
    When using semi transparent or semi solid, why is a second coat recommended if the stain has a protective barrier?
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      Armstrong · 08/18/2020
      I am not sure what you mean? Seconds coats are needed for older and more absorbent wood to achieve proper uniformity and protection and would be applied wet on wet. It has nothing to do with a "protective" barrier.
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        Linda Garnett · 08/18/2020
        Thanks for the prompt response. How long do I wait after the first coat before applying the second coat?

        Deck is 12 x12 with a 3 x 15 walkway. Don't have a sprayer - can I use a brush or roller?
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          Armstrong · 08/18/2020
          Wet on wet. 20-60 minutes after the first coat. Use a stain pad or brush, not a roller. About 2 gallons for 2 coats. The semi-solids will only need one coat.
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            Linda Garnett · 08/24/2020
            I have a gallon of Behr Wood Cleaner Brightener, Conditioner. Can I use this instead of RAD? How long do I wait before applying stain?
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              Armstrong · 08/24/2020
              No, the Behr is not a good prep. Wait 48 hours after prep to stain.
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                Linda Garnett · 08/27/2020
                I'm ready to start staining the deck. The old paint and stain has been sanded off using 60 grit. Do I have to use the complete 2 step RAD or can I use just the brightner? I'm going to order the semi-solid stain. Will one gallon be enough - deck is 12 x 12, walkway 3 x 15, 4 steps.
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                  Armstrong · 08/27/2020
                  Use both RAD steps if you have them as the stain will soak in better.
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                    Linda Garnett · 09/07/2020
                    Unfortunately my forecast does not have three straight days of sun. Can I clean and brighten o. day, then have rain, wait just one dry day and then apply the stain? Will it be okay if it rains the next day?

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                      Armstrong · 09/07/2020
                      No, 48 hours after prep or rain is needed.
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    Tom · 08/17/2020
    Should I tape off my metal balusters? I’ve got the semi-transparent rustic brown with black balusters. I’m considering spraying the stain which will have a lot of overspray- but I may brush/roll it.
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    Louis Tseng · 08/14/2020
    I have a new IPE deck installed. I would like to use airless sprayer because of the size of deck (1300sf), to be more efficient. Your instructions advice spray and buff with pad. However, you also advice NOT to use spray on IPE with AC hardwood in the Q&A section. Can I spray thin coat and buff with pad?
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    fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/11/2020
    Good afternoon. I stained our deck boards 52 hrs after a rainstorm, last week. I had previously stained the balusters.
    I used Transp. Nat. Tone 1 coat, as recommended. The deck boards in the far left of the pictures soaked in the stain rapidly, within 20-30 min., and appeared dry. They were. The rest of the deck was the same for the entire process. My question is should I wait until spring to put a second coat down, as I have seen in other posts, or now?

    The balusters and rails appear more the color I had hoped for. It is much lighter and I stirred often. See enclosed pics, before and after.

    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 08/11/2020
      We would apply another coat now.
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        fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/12/2020
        Thanks. Will do.
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          fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/12/2020
          Is it due to the color difference, that it dried so quickly, or some other reason? Also would the pigments penetrate the wood so deep I can't see them?
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            Armstrong · 08/12/2020
            It looks like a combo of not prepping as well as you could and not getting enough stain on.
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              fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/13/2020
              Thanks. However, if you look at my thread in the Prepping Instructions, I asked the question about my prep and included the before and after pictures and was told it looked good. I asked about sanding since I wasn't sure. The response was not necessary.

              What further could I have done?
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    CS · 08/11/2020
    How long will a solid deck stain last in the Pacific Northwest on a southern exposure? Is 5-7 years accurate?
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      Armstrong · 08/11/2020
      Armstrong does not come in a solid stain and no stain will last more than a few years on a deck.
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    Robert · 08/09/2020
    I have the 5 gallon stain container that has a metal top. I presume that has to be removed to stir it well. I can’t find a device even online to remove the lid. Any recommendations?
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      Armstrong · 08/09/2020
      Pry up the tabs with a screwdriver.
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    EN · 08/07/2020
    I’ve previously used your semi-transparent cedar colored wood stain on my cedar fence and loved it. I’m currently building a covered patio in my back yard, and though the posts will get wrapped in cedar, there are 2 fairly massive glulam beams (see attached picture) that I also want to stain.

    I believe they are fir, which I’ve been told can be a little blotchy when staining. My question is, can I use a wood conditioner after sanding and before applying your stain? If so, is there one you recommend?

    Follow up question: The very ends of the beams (the part with the curves cut in) are going to be outside of the cover / exposed to the elements. Is there a wax or some other type of seal you would recommend for these areas (especially the end cuts)? I’m hoping to avoid a sheen of any kind...

    Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 08/07/2020
      Hello,

      We did respond to you this AM via email with this:

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      No, you cannot use a wood conditioner first and yes, fir can stain blotchy sometimes. We do not have any wax or end cut sealers. Not sure what would work of if even needed.

      Thanks
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        EN · 08/07/2020
        Ok thanks for letting me know. Would you not recommend your stain for fir glulams or....?
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          Armstrong · 08/07/2020
          It will work but not sure if it will be blotchy on the fir or not.
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    Mmilitana · 08/06/2020
    What type of roller should I use on rough cut lumber? What type on normal smooth pressure treated boards? Is it better to use a sprayer on either? If so what tip? I’m using natural tone.
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      Armstrong · 08/06/2020
      Use an exterior stain pad or brush for both areas. Rollers do not work very well.
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    robr · 08/04/2020
    I have stripped and brightened IPE deck. dried for a few days. when I applied my samples that I ordered, I am at 48 hours plus drying and if I wipe it with a white rag color comes off. It won't fully dry. 100% positive I didn't over apply. I have concerns about using the product now. Do you recommend apply by brush or pad? I used brush, it looks great, it just wont dry fully, color continues to run from the samples.
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      Armstrong · 08/05/2020
      Just one coat on IPE and yes it will dry and cure, just takes time-based on weather and temps. You can also wipe off any excess stain 24 hours after applying to help speed up the curing process.
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    Kevin Bartley · 08/04/2020
    I have an Ipe deck that is partially covered and partially exposed to the weather. Entire deck has been cleaned and brightened with RAD Step 1 and RAD Step 2. Due to high temperatures and constant rain it has now been 4 weeks since Step 2 on the main part of the deck. Using AC for Hardwoods Amber to stain Ipe. Should I perform Step 2 prior to staining?

    I was able to stain railing and trim within 2 weeks of previous Step 2 but have noticed now with all the rain that it is spotted with water marks. How can I fix it and what can prevent it in the future? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 08/04/2020
      Do a light cleaning and brightener for the prep again before applying to the floors. Not sure what you mean about the watermarks. Can you post a picture?
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    Andy · 08/04/2020
    We're in Philadelphia.
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    Andy · 08/04/2020
    Our deck is pressure treated pine, at least 15 years old, and may have never been stained. It was coated with a lot of dirt and algae, so we brushed it with oxi-clean and detergent and then pressure washed it. One coat of AC semi-transparent natural oak stain soaked in fast and was basically dry within about a half hour. We didn't have enough to do a second coat then, so we ordered more. It's been about a week. If we get enough dry days in a row to have the wood dry out from rain, should we put a second coat on now? We could wait until next year, but then there would be more cleaning to do than if we do it now. It looks good but we just want to make sure it's well protected.
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    FDRoosevelt · 07/31/2020
    We stained a new cedar deck (4 months old) with AC semi-transparent cedar. Unfortunately we forgot the AC instructions to not wipe and used rags to remove any liquid stain soon after application. Deck looks great but now we're concerned about durability of the finish and protection of the wood. It's been 3+ days since application. How may we address this? Apply a second coat now, after 3 days? Wait until next season and apply a maintenance coat?
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      Armstrong · 07/31/2020
      Since it is new wood it will most likely not be able to take another coat now. Best to just wait until next year. Prep again and stain.
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    Jeff Willms · 07/28/2020
    1)How long does the stain have to sit before wiping off?
    2)Do I just do a spot large enough so I can reach the entire spot to wipe off then move and stain another section wipe and continue until done or stain the whole deck, 1000sqft then go back to the beginning and start wiping it off?
    3) does it need to be wiped off?
    4) I am doing two colors dark and lighter which one do I put down first?
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      Armstrong · 07/28/2020
      AC is not a wiping "off" stain. You would only do this if after 24 hours if there is excess that has not cured or dried. You cannot do two different colors on the same wood or boards. There would be no reason as the darker will dominate and could create issues if you do two different colors on the same board.
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        Jeff · 07/28/2020
        Maybe I was unclear with the two different colors. I have two boards wide perimeter and two boards down the center creating four distinct sections. I am doing the boarder and the center dividing boards one color and inside on the four sections the other color. Like the photo shows. This is my deck after I built it two years ago before stain, just washed off with water. I am wanting it to have a similar look after using AC.
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    Greg M. · 07/28/2020
    Stained PT deck yesterday with Rustic Brown semi-trans - love the color. Stain went on well on a sunny day in the low 90’s. Started around 10 AM yesterday, finished around 5:30 PM. No wet spots at all this morning. Questions:

    (1) is it safe to walk on now? It’s been 18-24 hrs.


    (2) When I take a dry white rag and rub a small spot on the surface, I see a VERY faint brown spot on the rag. I assume this is normal and will go away with time?


    (3) Chance of rain later today (24+ hours after staining). Do I need to do anything before it rains, like wipe it down with a dry rag? Again: no wetness at all this morning, and it’s hot and sunny again.

    Thanks,

    Greg M.
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      Armstrong · 07/28/2020
      1. As long as it is dry to the touch.
      2. Yes, it has not cured fully yet.
      3. No, Rain actually will help it to cure and remove any excess stain.
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        Greg M. · 07/31/2020
        Four days since staining, I assume it’s ok to put furniture back on deck?
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          Armstrong · 08/01/2020
          As long as it is cured and dry, yes.
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            Greg M. · 08/01/2020
            It’s definitely dry since it’s been four days since staining. How do I tell if it’s cured?


            Is there a “standard” amount of time to wait after staining before putting furniture back?

            Thanks.
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              Armstrong · 08/01/2020
              You should be fine to put furniture on now.
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    Tina · 07/27/2020
    Thank you.