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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    Patty · 11/29/2020
    We recently stained our deck (new redwood - con common) and now a milky/waxy residue is forming. What is this and how do we rectify it?
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      Armstrong · 11/30/2020
      Did you use the AC stain and it so, did you follow new wood advice: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      We would need to see some pictures.
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    Josh · 11/19/2020
    What's the lowest temp recommended for staining?
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    Rod · 11/15/2020
    What temperature does it have to be when applying to rough sawn? How long does it need to be at that temperature to cure before putting it outside in the cold (35-45 degrees)?
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      Armstrong · 11/15/2020
      50 plus degrees. Should be at that temp for 4-6 hours and cannot drop below freezing the first night after applying.
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    Suzanne D · 11/14/2020
    We want to stain it in our garage.
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    Suzanne D · 11/14/2020
    The daytime temperatures are only in the 40s F now. Can we apply stain at that temperature? It is new wood that we have sanded and want to sand it in our garage.
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    Shawn · 11/11/2020
    Just reapplied Armstrong Clark mahogany to my front porch floor (which is not mahogany but one of the wood species often substituted for mahogany). All good there. But I decided to also apply it to my oak front door threshold trying to make it better match the porch floor. Big mistake. Compared to the porch floor, the oak threshold is screaming orange. What are my options? If my only option is to strip it off and go with another color stain, how long do I have to wait before I can strip off the new stain from the oak threshold? (I imagine if I tried to do it before it cures it will just make a mess). In the alternative, could I wait for some period and then put a darker color Armstrong Clark stain over the mahogany one on the oak threshold? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 11/11/2020
      You will have to remove it and you cannot top coat it. As for stripping, you can do that now or later, it will not matter. Your biggest issue will be trying to prevent the stripper from getting on the floor which we assume is right below. This would not be easy to prevent. Extremely well tarped and taped off would need to be done.

      You may want to remove the door to strip. Make sure to brighten after. https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper
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    4wdave · 10/25/2020
    2 years ago I applied 2 coats Behr Redwood color semi-transparent stain to a new redwood deck. I applied it to all 6 sides of each plank before assembling the deck planks. After 6 months the stain began peeling off the horizontal surfaces and getting mildew. I complained to Home Depot and Behr sent me replacement deck prep and stain. I sanded off the peeling stain, used the deck prep, and carefully brushed on. 6 months later, same problem. I've given up on Behr stain. My brother-in-law is very happy with the Armstrong Clark stain, so that's what I'll use. I've sanded off the peeling stain from the horizontal surfaces. My question is, what do I need to do to prep for new stain? And what should I do about the vertical surfaces with good Behr water-based stain?
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      Armstrong · 10/26/2020
      You would have to fully remove all the Beher before using the AC. Strip and sand to remove from the verticals. Brighenere after. Clean and brighten the floors for final prep after the sanding. Just one coat of the AC after all is is prepped and free of the Behr.
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    William · 10/22/2020
    I applied your Oak semi-transparent stain/sealer this past summer to my outdoor deck and I would like to know if it will hurt anything if I use a soft bristle brush to lightly scrub the deck using water only to remove dirt and grime before winter sets in?
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      Armstrong · 10/23/2020
      If you scrub too hard you may remove some of the stain. Best to just do alight water rinse.
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    Andrew · 10/22/2020
    Got first coat on. Didn't cover old section to my liking. Been 4 days, rain beads water, today nice sponge moped deck to remove standing water. OK to do second coat?
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      Armstrong · 10/22/2020
      Do a test board and make sure it does and cures correctly after a few days.
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    Trina · 10/21/2020
    I just purchased the Black Walnut sample from opw and love it. We're going to be stripping Sikkens off of Ash beams. I plan to strip with Restore a deck Stripper/Brightener Kit. Will the Restore a deck remove all the stain or will I need to sand after? I want to get to bare wood color so it matches additional beams going in. About how often will ash need reapplication if it gets full afternoon sun exposure and rain exposure?
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      Armstrong · 10/21/2020
      We would need to see some pictures.
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        Trina · 10/29/2020
        Sorry it took so long. Here are is a photo of the installed beams. We have more we're adding that are still bare wood. I want to address these first while the weather is still warm.
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          Armstrong · 10/29/2020
          Use the Stripper with both additives. If needed, spot sand and stubborn stain that does not come off. Brightener last.
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            Trina · 10/29/2020
            Thank you! How often do you estimate they’ll need reapplication?
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    Kim calderone · 10/20/2020
    Does the wood need prepping if it’s brand new cedar?
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    Shannon Parham · 10/18/2020
    I would like to use your semi-transparent rustic brown stain on our newly installed eastern red cedar screened porch. We installed cedar w the rough side showing. We haven’t installed the screens or the trim yet as I was going to stain before installing the screen. Now that I realize I will need to order the stain, I want to know if I can go ahead and install the screen and trim work and then stain all of the new wood at one time. Will it be difficult to stain around the screen or where the cedar trim meets the cedar siding to cause lap marks or darkening?

    I also want to confirm that it is okay to stain the cedar now without waiting months.

    Thank you,
    Shannon Parham
    Jackson, MS
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    Wanda · 10/16/2020
    We live in the foothills of Western North Carolina. We have a covered cedar porch that is over 20 years old that has only had Sikkens on it which has been sanded but in the knots stain would not come off. Should we also strip it or would just cleaning it with the RAD cleaner and brightener be sufficient? Also what stain would you recommend in a semi- transparent? How do you calculate how much stain you need?
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    Dan Ferguson · 10/09/2020
    New deck built in June. Water is still beading. I can stain now or will need to wait to spring. What do you suggest?
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    Jeff · 10/08/2020
    How long do I have to wait after I clean and wash down the deck before staining. Does it need to be completely dry throughout the board or is a little moisture ok?
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      Armstrong · 10/09/2020
      48 hours after prep. Has to be totally dry.
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    Yoram · 10/08/2020
    Hi, I am about to install new Redwood deck boards and rail. I will probably be done just a few weeks before it starts raining and the temperature drops to 57° day / 35° F at night. Should I wait till after the winter to stain with your Semi-Transparent Redoood Sierra?
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    william Pottinger · 10/08/2020
    What airless spray gun tip size is recommended for applying the semi-transparent product? I'm trying to decide between .011 and .013.
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      Armstrong · 10/08/2020
      Either is fine but we like the wider fan spray.
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    Inna Ponizhaylo · 10/03/2020
    If the new deck after weathering been freshly sanded, does is still needs to be cleaned with the cleaner?
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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.