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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    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.
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    Bob S · 06/27/2018
    I just stained my mahogany deck with Armstrong-Clark amber semi-transparent stain. The deck was sanded prior. One coat was applied. It looks fine. Do you recommend a second coat a week after the first coat? We are in New Hampshire.
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2018
      No. Do a light coat next Spring for Mahogany wood.
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    Dan · 06/26/2018
    About four weeks ago, I took five days and went to Vermont to help my son recover parts of his house, purchased in August of '17, from two floods that occurred on Jan. 13 and again on Feb. 15-what has become a long and sad story. My job on this work trip, among other things, was to begin to reclaim two decks on the house, deck 1 about 120 sq ft. and deck 2 about 400 sq. ft. I power washed, stripped, sanded, cleaned, and brightened the decks and replaced all the railings with new pressure treated before returning home. I will be heading back to Vermont in about two weeks to stain. Several questions: 1. Will I need to clean and brighten again before staining? [I only have five days available to me.] 2. Given the overall age and condition of the wood, I am thinking an opaque stain-would you agree? 3. Can I go ahead and stain the new wood on the railings? 4. After staining, when can the surface be walked on? One must walk on the decks to get in the house and there are children, so figuring the best way to accomplish the job, given the drying time, will be a trick! I have attached photos of pre-prepped and post-prepped of both decks. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 06/26/2018
      You will need a solid stain to cover this as you did not remove all of the previous solid stain. The AC products do not come in solid stain colors so it will not work for you. Thanks
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    James Jennings · 06/25/2018
    I put semi-transparent redwood on my deck yesterday evening, unfortunately it rained last night, so not sure if it fully cured. This morning some of the boards had the water beading but not all. Is it too late for a second coat or will it simply take longer to cure? Should I extend the use beyond the ecommended 72 hours? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 06/25/2018
      Leave alone for now. It will most likely be fine once fully cured.
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    GregL · 06/24/2018
    Greetings. This photo was taken three days after I applied the Amber stain to my Ipe deck. Do you think this needs a second coat? I stripped the old stain and neutralized the wood before staining it. The boards on the far right are under an eave and get less direct sun and water. The other boards seem dull and show much more weathering. Your recommendations please!
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      Armstrong · 06/24/2018
      Looks good. If you want to add a light maintenance coat, it would be best to do this in the Spring.
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        Doug Temple · 06/27/2018
        Should be 1 coat.of stain/ sealer For EPI
        THIS TYPE OF WOOD IS EXTREMELY HARD..an requires the oil sealer..
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          GregL · 06/27/2018
          I used the Armstrong Clark Amber wood stain. Is this a sealer as well?
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    Angela · 06/23/2018
    Hi there! I purchased the Semi Solid Oxford Brown Stain. Deck is prepped with Cleaner & Brightener. Question: how do you suggest to apply stain between floorboards? First and then roll deck......or?
    Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 06/24/2018
      Yes, but you will need to do this right away. Do the edges and then immediately do the board top.
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        Angela · 06/24/2018
        So just do 2-3 only, at a time....correct? Thank you!
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    John Neil · 06/21/2018
    Received your order today, great turnaround, ordered this on Monday 6/18 received on Thursday 6/21 same week.
    I did not see the credit for the samples on the bill. Sample order # 00024904 $16.00, regular order #0025052 $409.98. The sample order # was in the comment section of the order.
    I will be using a spray gun to stain the cabin but i need to know what size head (orfes) I need for the spray gun.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank You
    J Neil
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      Armstrong · 06/22/2018
      Samples are credited to you sample order, typically the next business day and will post to your Credit card or Pay Pal account within 3-8 business days.

      Not sure on the tip size.
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    Patricia Burke · 06/19/2018
    Sorry. This one didn't go through originally. It is of the upper porch
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    Patricia Burke · 06/17/2018
    We cleaned and brightened a new deck (treated pine that dried for a year). Stained it today with black walnut - some areas really soaked it in and some are pretty dark. Should/can we apply another coat in a few days? Buffalo NY on Lake Erie. Does it change in appearance over the first day or two as it all cures? We wouldn't be able to do another coat till later in the week.
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2018
      Post a picture after a few days.
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        Patricia Burke · 06/18/2018
        Ok. Will get one to you tomorrow
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          Patricia Burke · 06/19/2018
          Attached are the pictures. As you can see it's a two level porch. The upper level seems a decent amount lighter than the lower level. Can we safely apply a second coat to the upper level. It was new treated wood, cleaned and brightened. I believe some sanding was done on the boards They were stained four days ago. Thank you. Tricia Burke
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            Armstrong · 06/20/2018
            It all looks good. Adding more could create issues with drying. Best to leave as is. You can always apply a light coat next year.
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    Matt W · 06/15/2018
    PS. I should have mentioned. It is an Ipe deck and I used the Amber stain on it.
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2018
      Sorry for the delay. 24-48 hours is normal.
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    Matt W · 06/15/2018
    After cleaning, brightening and staining, how long should I let it sit before moving deck furniture back on and using the deck? Is 24 hours enough time? It has been in the high 70's and it feels dry to the touch. No stain comes up on a paper towel pressed against it.
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    RON WADOWSKY · 06/08/2018
    Sorry clicked post before adding Picture, picture in this one.
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    RON WADOWSKY · 06/08/2018
    I am refinishing my deck and have completely sanded and removed the old stain. The questions I have are :
    1. I have replaced (9) 8 ft. boards with new wood, do I have to wait for these to weather? If so what will I need to do to the weathered decking?
    2. If I choose not to wait for the new would to completely weather what will be the result.


    Photo of prepped deck attached.
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    Christopher Rocque · 05/27/2018
    I built a yellow pine pt deck 8 months ago. The deck is in the sun most all of the day so Uv protection is a must. Is semi transparent adequate or should I go with the semi solid? I have black aluminum balusters so I like the look of the rustic brown. What do you recommend?
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    Peter · 05/19/2018
    Where can i buy your products in the montral area ?
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      Armstrong · 05/19/2018
      Hello Peter, Armstrong is not sold in any stores in Canada. We can ship directly to you from our website.