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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    Keith · 06/21/2021
    I applied the AC Hardwood Mahogany stain on an covered Ipe dec, that had never been stained previously.  After 2 1/2 days the stain still rubs off when I wipe my fingers across it.  Any ideas?
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      Armstrong · 06/21/2021
      Over applied and has not cured yet. Try wiping it down with rags and mineral spirits. Soak any oil rags in water when done. Layh flat to dry outside.
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    Ivan · 06/20/2021
    I have a hardwood deck of which I applied AC Amber last year, however it has since faded, and so if I want to reapply the exact same stain do I just need to clean prior to re-staining?
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    Meg · 06/19/2021
    How soon after the stain dries can we put on an outdoor rug? 
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    Phillip · 06/18/2021
    What's method would work for putting on a second coat using a brush?  Do two or three boards and then go back to the first one.  Would stepping or kneeling on one of the boards just stained ruin the finish?
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2021
      You can step on your first coat 20-60 minutes after being applied. Do not step in your second coat.
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    Meg · 06/18/2021
    I have a 20 year old deck that had an old seconds stain on that has worn off. The deck is solid. I pressure washed and sanded and cleaned The deck before applying a sample of semi transparent natural oak, I waited half an hour and apply the second coat just in a 1 ft.² area. It is very flat there is no shine to it. Is that how it is supposed to look? 
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2021
      Flat with no shine.
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        Meg · 06/18/2021
        Anything I can add on top of the stain to make it a have a little sheen? 
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          Armstrong · 06/18/2021
          No, doing that means it will peel. You can never have a shiny coating for a deck surface.
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    Tom · 06/13/2021
    How long should I wait prior to applying a 2nd coat of the Ntaural Oak semi transparent stain ?
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2021
      20-60 minutes after the first coat is best.
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    Glenn in Vancouver · 06/09/2021
    We stained our cedar deck in AC Semi transparent oil.  After 6 weeks, there is still a very minimal color lift onto white socks, shoes.  Our deck completely covered, so no rain has rinsed the deck.  Should we use mineral spirits or Dawn to rinse the deck?
    Glenn in Vancouver
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      Armstrong · 06/09/2021
      Try giving a good rinse with a pressure washer from 1-2 feet away after lightly mopping on some warm water with dish soap. Just water rinse.
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    Ivan · 06/07/2021
    I have a 5+ year old hardwood/IPE deck that I sanded (to remove a previous semi-solid stain) and cleaned last October.  I followed the staining prep instructions to the best of my knowledge and experience, and then applied the stain.  Rainy season was short but strong in California this past winter however the stain (I used AC hardwood stain Amber) came off in parts where the rain directly hit, and black spots appeared).  I applied the stain with an applicator pad and made sure to remove excess stain during the drying period.  Any ideas of what could have gone wrong during the prep or staining stage?
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      Armstrong · 06/07/2021
      You cannot back wipe the AC stain right away as that removes the curing oils. If you do this, it needs to be done 1-2 hours after applying. This is most likely what happened.
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        Ivan · 06/07/2021
        I carefully removed the excess oil in specific areas with a rag, but this doesn't explain why the whole area exposed to heavy rain removed the stain and produced the black spots (mildew?).  Sounds more like I missed a step or didn't properly prep the deck prior to staining?
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          Armstrong · 06/07/2021
          That could happen if it rained before it had a chance to fully cure. 
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            Ivan · 06/07/2021
            Yes, I made sure to perform the cleaning and staining in Mid October and California rainy season started in December, so plenty of time to dry/cure.  We had 3-4 days of heavy rain I wonder if that did it?
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              Armstrong · 06/07/2021
              Possibly but there is only one reason rain can wash off stain, and that is if the curing oils were removed by wiping or it was over applied to point that it could not fully dry.
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                Ivan · 06/14/2021
                Sounds like perhaps it was overapplied since i carefully removed certain areas that were puddling.  If I want to re-apply the same stain do I need to strip and clean?
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    George LoMedico · 06/04/2021
    I used IPE oil on my deck last year. I am looking to use your stain do I just use cleaner or do I need to strip it.
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    RICHARD · 06/03/2021
    What can cause a slippery surface after preping, brightening and staining 
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2021
      Over application or improper prep.
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    Sharon · 06/01/2021
    I have prepped my deck with restore a deck product in order to restain this summer.  It’s been 3 years since I stained it with AC. Some areas of the deck are almost bare wood while others have residual stain on them.  How can I get an even look with this years AC cedar stain application? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 06/01/2021
      Strip and brighten for prep with the RAD Stripper kit
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    Marylou · 05/19/2021
    Do you have water based stain? Are the prices in Canadian dollars?
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    Kim calderone · 05/16/2021
    I just applied the Sierra red stain on our deck and am very happy with the results. Stain didn’t dry within 30 minutes, so I didn’t apply a second coat. We live in a very high maintenance, damp area surrounded by trees that stain our deck and concrete requiring yearly power washing. should I apply another coat of stain and, if so, when is the optimal time to do it?Kim Calderone
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      Armstrong · 05/17/2021
      No need to apply another coat now. Just apply as needed next year or the year after.
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    Kp · 05/16/2021
    Our ipe deck was last stained about 5 years ago and all of the old TWP stain had worn or was washed off. The wood is atleast 15 years old. We cleaned, brightened, let it dry 72 hours, then stained it in amber. The color dried blotchy. I am guessing that we had some "fur/fuzzies" on the deck that wasn't noticeable while it was unfinished, they only showed up a few hours after the stain was drying. We have the 2nd 5 gallon bucket on order to finish the other half of the deck and plan on using a defurring tool to the unfinished portion to prevent the blotchiness.
    Is there a way to correct this on the sections that were already stained? The color also dried much darker than the samples, which is fine, but unexpected, is that normal for older wood? (2nd picture). Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 05/16/2021
      Try a test board with a very light coat to see who it dries and evens out the color. If good, then do the same to all.
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    Jordan · 05/10/2021
    Just had our new redwood deck stained with Chestnut. It’s been 3 days since staining was completed (railings on Wednesday, boards on Thursday and it’s now Sunday PM) We’re in coastal California and it’s been in the high 60’s/low 70’s. We stained roughly 850 square feet and 144 feet of railing. Sun exposure varies throughout, so some boards don’t get any sun while others get hours. We’re still getting transfer to feet and hands on several of the boards, but others are fully cured. Should we continue to wait, or should we do something (wipe or spray down?) to the boards that are transferring?
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      Armstrong · 05/10/2021
      Did you weather and prep your new wood? https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
      You can wipe off the excess stain now with rags and mineral spirits. Make sure to saturate all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside when done.
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        Jordan · 05/10/2021
        Yes, deck was fully cured prior to staining and was professionally sanded. If we don’t wipe down, will it eventually dry, or will we need to wipe it to take the excess off?
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          Armstrong · 05/10/2021
          Sanding is actually not a good idea prior to deck staining is it smooths the wood to smooth, hindering the stains ability to fully soak in. 
          Wiping will not harm it and will help it to cure
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            Jordan · 05/16/2021
            Updating to inform that the company who stained came back and wiped everything down and it was nearly cured the next day. Problem solved. Also curious about the recommendation NOT to sand, as several of our local contractors and deck staining experts said sanding is the way to go, especially on new wood (instead of pressure washing). 
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              Armstrong · 05/16/2021
              Sanding closes the pores of the wood. 
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    SDWAH · 05/06/2021
    I WANT TO USE THE RUSTIC BROWN SEMI-TRANSPARENT STAIN (POSSIBLY THE OXFORD SEMI-SOLID, TOO) ON MY DECK. I’M ADJOINING A TREX LIGHT BROWN DECK. MY QUESTION IS...CAN I USE THE STAIN ON THE TREX DECK as well, SO THE COLORS ARE THE SAME?
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      Armstrong · 05/06/2021
      Sorry but no, the stains are not designed for composite wood.
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    Andrew · 05/01/2021
    I prepped and stained a pressure treated pine picnic table and benches with Semi Transparent amber stain following the directions. It has been 5 days without rain the color still transfers to a cloth when wiping the table.
    Do I need to wash the table to prevent color transfer to clothing? What can I do to keep the color from getting on clothes?
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      Armstrong · 05/02/2021
      Yes, give the wood a good wash down to see if that helps. 
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    Post · 04/25/2021
    Used transparent cedar tone on deck and it looks great.  can a second coat be applied in some areas 4-6 days after first coat.  In other words, can you apply this product wet on dry?  
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      Armstrong · 04/25/2021
      This varies on who porous the wood is. More is not always better and can lead to curing issues. Test a spot or board and see who it dries before applying to all wood.
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    Kam · 04/18/2021
    I have semi transparent cedar paint left in the can about half can left. What do I do with it. Will it last another year?
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    Mike · 04/12/2021
    I just stained my treated pine deck with the semi solid and the stain soaked in more on some of the deck boards so it kinda looks uneven. Can I put another coat on just those boards or should I just wait until it's time to restain the entire deck?
    Also what do ya'll recommend for preparing the wood to restain when its time.
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    Jeff · 04/05/2021
    I have had my stain sitting in the can since September do I have to shake it or is stirring it enough before I use it?
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      Armstrong · 04/05/2021
      Shake or get a paint mixer that attaches to your drill. You can get those at any hardware store.
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    Paul · 04/05/2021
    I seem to be reading conflicting info around this website. After stripping and brightening/cleaning, do I have to wait 1-2 DAYS or only 1-2 HOURS? The page I'm writing this on says days, but I've read elsewhere on this site that one benefit of Armstrong Clark is that you don't have to wait days. Which is it? Specifically for a strippped/cleaned pressure treated deck and a semi-solid stain.

    Thanks
    Paul

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      Armstrong · 04/05/2021
      After stripping and brightening you always have to wait 48 hours to stain. There is nothing on this site that says you can stain 1-2 hours after prep while using the AC stain. Maybe you were looking at a different stain brand?
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        Ben · 04/26/2021
        The site under Staining instructions says 1-2 days after prep...not 48 hours.  So am I ok just waiting 24 hours?
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        Paul · 04/05/2021
        Hi - my apologies, you're correct, it's not stated anywhere on this website. The source of my confusion is that I've already purchased (from this website) the "restore a deck" stripper and brightener products, in conjunction with 3 samples of Armstrong Clark stain.

        Printed in the instructions on the packaging for the "restore a deck" brightener product it says "wait 2-4 hours before applying "Restore-A-Deck" stain"

        Apparently that's a different brand stain all together! I hadn't noticed that.

        Are these stripping and cleaning products designed for a different brand wood stain?


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          Armstrong · 04/05/2021
          The prep products can be used for prepping for any brand of stain.
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            Paul · 04/11/2021
            Prep work done (RAD stripped and brightener with power washing) and it looks great already! Unfortunately now the weather says we have 5 full days of rain ahead.. does the rain have to stop for a certain number of days before staining can begin?
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    skris · 04/03/2021
    We're getting ready to stain our redwood deck with semi-transparent light oak. Noticing that there are several holes on the wood, and some hollows where the wood chips feel loose and can be picked off. What is the best way to clean and prep these holes/hollows? Is it necessary to fill the holes?
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      Armstrong · 04/03/2021
      Wood filler will not work on a deck and will not stain to blend. You may need to replace those boards if they are really bad, otherwise just leave as is. It is not a big deal unless the wood is rotting.
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    Alex · 03/21/2021
    I have an outdoor dining table with IPE wood top. I will be treating it for the first time since purchase. Do I need to prep first? Also, will the Armstrong IPE Stain keep the original color of the wood the same? I don't want the wood color to change too much. Is there a transparent stain I can use? Finally, do I need to stain the underside of the table as well since its exposed?
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      Armstrong · 03/22/2021
      See this about new wood: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      Teh color will change based on the tint you choose. See our hardwood colors here: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/wood-and-decking-stains/hardwood-and-ipe-stain

      Staining the underside or not is up to you.
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    Greg H · 03/11/2021
    so I waited almost a year before applying stain to deck (in Florida). Wood has obviously shrunk since install. Whats the best way to get stain down the edges? I used a staining pad but can't get pad far enough down the crevices to cover. The edges are pretty glaringly uncovered in many locations. Any advice?
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      Armstrong · 03/11/2021
      Using a thin brush is your only option.
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    Naye · 03/11/2021
    Does a clear coat or sealer need to be applied after stain?
    Are there only three colors available in this brand?
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    Virginia · 02/21/2021
    They applied the stain over a primer now the stain doesn't seem to penetrate and is very uneven.
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      Virginia · 02/22/2021
      Thanks.
      Can I paint over it? What prep is necessary?
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        Virginia · 02/22/2021
        Can we just wipe off the excess and let it dry over a month or so?
        Willif come off when I walk on it?
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          Armstrong · 02/22/2021
          No, that will not work. You have to remove all down to the bare wood to fix this. No other way.
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        Armstrong · 02/22/2021
        You cannot paint over it, it will not take. You have to remove it to fix.
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      Armstrong · 02/22/2021
      You cannot apply a stain like AC over a primer. They will have to sand all stain and primer off to fix this.
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    Kathryn · 02/08/2021
    What formula to use on Jensen Jarrah furniture?

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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?