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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    Ray · 10/18/2017
    I have a 5 gal can of stain (semi-trans cedar) that was delivered ~ 2 weeks ago which I will be using this weekend to stain a fence. What is the best way to mix the stain thoroughly as instructed above? Thanks! Ray
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      Armstrong · 10/18/2017
      Use a 5-gallon paint drill mixer. These are about $5 and can be found at local hardware stores.
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    Ray · 10/10/2017
    Simple Q: What type of solvent should be used to clean the sprayer/brushes? Mineral spirits, turpentine, acetone?
    Thanks!
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    halezh · 10/04/2017
    Hello,

    How much time the stain (Mahogany) can be saved in original can after opening and potential using of about half of 5gl. Are there special instructions to preserve the remaining stain for future applications?

    Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 10/04/2017
      Open pails will last less than 12 months. You may be able to extend if you make sure that the lid is 100% sealed.
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    Tina Conelly · 09/28/2017
    I had my 12 yr old redwoid decks cleaned, power washed, and lightly sanded, then one cost of semitransparent Armstrong oil stain was applied. Areas in the shade have still not completely dried. It has been almost a week. Can these areas be wiped with rags or does something else need to be done? At this point, we cannit walk on the deck. Thanks for any advice
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      Armstrong · 09/29/2017
      Yes, you can wipe off the excess stain. Make sure to take any oily rags and saturate them in water when you are done.
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    Armstrong · 09/17/2017
    Nina Speart:
    I followed the directions and had my deck professionally cleaned and brightened 4 weeks ago. When I was rolling on the first coat it did not look as if it was soaking into the wood quickly and did look dark. Here and there I did roll over a 2nd time immediately. The deck was pretty beat up and had not been cleaned and stained for 8 years previous to this. Upon drying, areas definitely look light and friends have commented that it does not look like a deck that was just stained. The bannister areas are beautiful and areas where there was not a lot of foot traffic ,,,but the rest looks "thin" in color. Do I have to wait till next year in the spring to do it again, or can I apply a 2nd coat now? If I can do a 2nd coat now how would I lightly clean it since I would guess I would not power wash it again

    Best to add the cart in the Spring. Lightly wash for the prep.
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    Armstrong · 09/17/2017
    Tom Shannon:
    I am interested in using this product on a new deck I'm building constructed of eastern cedar STK 4S4 material (the structure is PT). One question, should I apply some sealer or stain to the bottom of the decking boards before installing them? If yes, what product do you recommend?

    See this about new wood:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

    No need to stain the bottoms.
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    Tom Shannon · 09/17/2017
    I am interested in using this product on a new deck I'm building constructed of eastern cedar STK 4S4 material (the structure is PT). One question, should I apply some sealer or stain to the bottom of the decking boards before installing them? If yes, what product do you recommend?
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    Nina Speart · 09/17/2017
    I followed the directions and had my deck professionally cleaned and brightened 4 weeks ago. When I was rolling on the first coat it did not look as if it was soaking into the wood quickly and did look dark. Here and there I did roll over a 2nd time immediately. The deck was pretty beat up and had not been cleaned and stained for 8 years previous to this. Upon drying, areas definitely look light and friends have commented that it does not look like a deck that was just stained. The bannister areas are beautiful and areas where there was not a lot of foot traffic ,,,but the rest looks "thin" in color. Do I have to wait till next year in the spring to do it again, or can I apply a 2nd coat now? If I can do a 2nd coat now how would I lightly clean it since I would guess I would not power wash it again
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    Armstrong · 09/04/2017
    Shizuka:
    After using the 2 step cleaning and brightening and thoroughly washing it off, we noticed some white residue on our new cedar deck (we let it weather for 3 months). We stained with semi transparent redwood and the next day it wasn't fully dry but have noticed some fibrous residue that can be scrubbed off. Should we leave it to cure or wipe the whole deck with something?

    At this point it is best to leave it alone and let if fully cure.
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    Shizuka · 09/04/2017
    After using the 2 step cleaning and brightening and thoroughly washing it off, we noticed some white residue on our new cedar deck (we let it weather for 3 months). We stained with semi transparent redwood and the next day it wasn't fully dry but have noticed some fibrous residue that can be scrubbed off. Should we leave it to cure or wipe the whole deck with something?
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    Armstrong · 09/01/2017
    Alan R:
    Deck was in rough shape, first coat went on and soaked right into the wood quickly. It got dark right when finished with 1st coat. Is it too late to apply a second coat the next day? The 5 gallon container says, do not over apply - I'm not sure if that is what this refers to. Is a 2nd coat for a beat up deck suggested? I power washed, then sanded, then cleaned.

    Leave it alone and do not apply another coat this year. If needed, lightly clean in the spring and apply a light coat then.
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    Alan R · 08/31/2017
    Deck was in rough shape, first coat went on and soaked right into the wood quickly. It got dark right when finished with 1st coat. Is it too late to apply a second coat the next day? The 5 gallon container says, do not over apply - I'm not sure if that is what this refers to. Is a 2nd coat for a beat up deck suggested? I power washed, then sanded, then cleaned.
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    Armstrong · 08/26/2017
    Guy Wixon:
    Deck built in August. Don't think I can wait too long to stain. Will sanding help speed up the prep of the wood? What grit?

    No. See this about new wood and prep:

    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    Guy Wixon · 08/25/2017
    Deck built in August. Don't think I can wait too long to stain. Will sanding help speed up the prep of the wood? What grit?
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    Armstrong · 08/09/2017
    Aaron Long:
    Hello,

    How much cleaning is required if I want to recoat and also do touchups within a few days of the first coat?

    Aaron

    It is best to not apply another coat if the first coat has already cured. Best to wait until Spring. Clean and reapply then.
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    Aaron Long · 08/09/2017
    Hello,

    How much cleaning is required if I want to recoat and also do touchups within a few days of the first coat?

    Aaron
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    Armstrong · 08/02/2017
    Gail Rankin:
    The area of my deck is 384 sq ft including deck, facia,railings and posts. I will want to do 2 applications due to our Canadian winter. I assume I need 2 gallons for the first application, do I need to double that for 2 coats? Or just 1 more gallon because I only need to do 2 applications on the horizontal surface - 168 sq ft?

    If applying two coats, make sure the second coat goes on "wet on wet". Meaning within 20-60 minutes of the first coat. Do the rails first. Apply first coat to the deck and then apply another coat 20 minutes later. 3 gallons should be enough for all.
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    Gail Rankin · 08/01/2017
    The area of my deck is 384 sq ft including deck, facia,railings and posts. I will want to do 2 applications due to our Canadian winter. I assume I need 2 gallons for the first application, do I need to double that for 2 coats? Or just 1 more gallon because I only need to do 2 applications on the horizontal surface - 168 sq ft?
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    Armstrong · 07/31/2017
    Tari stordahl:
    What color stain is on the deck shown with the flower box and mountains in the background? Also type of wood. Would like to order sample.
    Thanks.

    Semi-trans cedar on older pine wood that was prepped and brightened.
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    Tari stordahl · 07/30/2017
    What color stain is on the deck shown with the flower box and mountains in the background? Also type of wood. Would like to order sample.
    Thanks.
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    Armstrong · 07/30/2017
    Mike lillard:
    Can you apply to a mahogany porch ceiling? Or will it just drop all over the place?

    It will drip while applying but will dry. Yes, it can be applied to ceilings.
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    Mike lillard · 07/30/2017
    Can you apply to a mahogany porch ceiling? Or will it just drop all over the place?
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    Armstrong · 07/25/2017
    Gil:
    I noticed the website states a pump sprayer can be used but the 5 gal can (mahogany) says not to use a garden sprayer. Is a pump sprayer not recommended? Would I be better off renting an airless sprayer? My goal is an even coat and ability to easily get between boards.

    Airless sprayer is better and has a more consistent flow over a pump.
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    Gil · 07/24/2017
    I noticed the website states a pump sprayer can be used but the 5 gal can (mahogany) says not to use a garden sprayer. Is a pump sprayer not recommended? Would I be better off renting an airless sprayer? My goal is an even coat and ability to easily get between boards.
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    Armstrong · 07/21/2017
    Kris:
    Questions-how long do I need to wait until I can put the stain for the first time on my deck? How often do I need to reapply the stain- every 2 years or more? We are in Chicago. Thx

    See this about new wood:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    Kris · 07/21/2017
    Questions-how long do I need to wait until I can put the stain for the first time on my deck? How often do I need to reapply the stain- every 2 years or more? We are in Chicago. Thx
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    Armstrong · 07/18/2017
    D.Cardillo:
    When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
    Thanks

    Wet on wet. Appy the first coat and the second coat will need to be applied within 20-60 minutes of the first coat.
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    D.Cardillo · 07/18/2017
    When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
    Thanks
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    Armstrong · 07/15/2017
    Wayne Michaelian:
    I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?

    Based on your sample application, we would suggest only the 1 coat for this. Seconds coats are typically only needed for dried out wood where the stain soak deep in right away.
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    Wayne Michaelian · 07/14/2017
    I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?