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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    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.
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    Tina · 07/27/2020
    Planning to stain a 30 year old cedar shingled house. Cedar shakes are in good shape and have been cleaned. Hoping to use transparent cedar tone stain. Is that okay and can it be sprayed on the large areas with little to no trim.?
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      Armstrong · 07/27/2020
      You can spray with an airless sprayer. Also, using the semi-transparent color will give better UV protection.
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    Tom · 07/27/2020
    Hello.

    Just finished staining our 2-tier deck with Semi-solid Woodland. It took about 3 weekends from proper prep to staining. Very pleased with the result. It has been drying now for 3 days thanks to some warm weather and sunshine. We are supposed to get some heavy rain for the next 2 days and I am nervous about the effect on the new stain. Should I cover the deck where I can or do you think the stain will be OK? Like I said, it has had a solid 72 hours to dry so I believe the stain has had time to cure properly. Just don't want to ruin all the hard work. Thanks! Tom
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      Armstrong · 07/27/2020
      The rain will nor harm it and actually will help it. Leave it as is.
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        Tom · 07/27/2020
        Awesome! Thank you!
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    D. Stuart · 07/26/2020
    Greetings,

    We recently had a new pergola built using Rough Redwood Cedar. Do, I still need to use a wood clean product before staining? Also, is it necessary I sand or removed any loose wood particles?


    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/26/2020
      If rough sawn you can stain now as long as the wood is Cory and dry. No need to sand.
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        Stuart · 07/27/2020
        Would I still need to use a wood cleaner? The pergola is just a month old.
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    Janis Pace · 07/25/2020
    They just finished 1 coat (that's all I paid for!) but I'm thinking it could take another? I'll need to buy more so 2nd coat won't be immediate. PT deck with no stain for 7yrs. Back deck exposed to strong sun, front deck covered. pics attached. Do we do one more light coat or wait til spring or so?
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      Armstrong · 07/25/2020
      Do it in the Spring.
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        Janis Pace · 07/26/2020
        It also looks to me like they didn't prep it well enough.. the coverage is uneven..I'm thinking I'll need to redo full prep in spring? Should I plan to strip rather than clean, and brighten then? thanks.. love it anyway..
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    Ryan · 07/22/2020
    Using semi- trans natural oak on new cedar garage door panels. I finished applying with a brush about 5-6 hours before some heavy fog rolled in the middle of the night and left some moisture. First time all summer! Does this look like it cured in time? Water is beeding. I’m noticing some areas where I can see the direction I applied the stain with the brush, will that fade with time?
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    Judy Richter · 07/20/2020
    30 yr old redwood, cleaned sanded bare. Tested colors on scrap redwood. chose chestnut, one coat, 2 days ago. it is a very dark purplish color. Any suggestions to lighten other then sanding & starting over? I thought about lightly coating with semi transparent cedar. Any ideas will GREATLY be appreciated....thanks!
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      Armstrong · 07/20/2020
      It is not possible to lighten the color. You would have to remove and start over.
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    Jeff Willms · 07/17/2020
    i am using Semi transparent Amber and Semi transparent Black walnut. after i apply on 3 year old deck one or two coats? It was previously oil stained but no stain visible stain is the surface cleaner and brightener all I need to do after a presser wash? Do I wait 24 hours to wipe down with rags? after the 24 hours with the second coat i can walk on it to wipe it off correct otherwise how do i wipe off the far sections?
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    Kevin Bartley · 07/16/2020
    I have an IPE deck and railing that is partially covered with a roof and partially exposed to direct sun from 11:00 am till sunset. Previously stained with AC for Hardwoods 5 years ago. Have prepped with RAD Step 1 and 2. Finally a forecast with no rain but temps reaching mid-upper 90's. Using AC Stain for Hardwoods in Amber, is it OK to apply in the morning and are there any recommendations considering the high temps? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/16/2020
      You can apply in the am when cooler but we do not suggest applying when 90+.
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    ed · 07/14/2020
    CAn i use mineral spirits to clean my mahogany porch (after sanding) to prep for staining?
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    Paul · 07/14/2020
    Used semi-trans cedar on 10 year old pressure treated deck. Just power washed - no cleaner brightener or sanding .Had to postpone treatment several times due to weather. Worth the wait - came out really nice. About 2000sf 9 gallons used - roller and rag on railing & balusters. Photos of work in progress
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    RICHARD NEAL · 07/14/2020
    follow up picture from R. Neal 7-14
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    Kam · 07/14/2020
    Hi
    I have a 9 month old new deck that I just stained with the semi transparent cedar.
    I followed suggestions here cleaned the deck with RAD cleaner and brightener. The stain looked fantastic but unfortunately weather forecasting was inaccurate and it rained cats and dogs about 2hours after application and all the stain could not cure so have a few patchy spots. Can I apply a second coat to get a more even tone its 2 days now since applying Thanks
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    Richard Neal · 07/14/2020
    The wood (unknown type) on my front porch (6x24) is 30+ yr. old. I sanded off all of the layers of paint & scrubbed w/ a brightener/neutralizer. I applied (w/brush) the 1st coat of semi-transparent (chestnut) stain yesterday & was intending on applying a 2nd coat today. I have read that in some cases you recommend one coat for older wood & in other situations wet on wet. Can I apply the 2nd coat after 24 hrs.? Do I need to apply a 2nd coat as it gets very little traffic except for the front door area? Thanks -- Rick
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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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        Sharon · 07/15/2020
        I’m not very happy with how blotchy it turned out. It seems like some parts really soaked up the stain a lot more than other parts. Would it be ok to put another light coat on? It’s pretty dry.
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          Armstrong · 07/15/2020
          In the picture, it looks correct. Adding more stain is not always a good idea as if too much, it can have issues curing and drying.
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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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        Gareth M · 07/14/2020
        Applied a second coat and the color is much better
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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