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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    Peter · 11/25/2018
    I prepped my patio and was waiting 48 hours (tomorrow) to stain. A cold front is coming through and the temperature tomorrow will be between 40 and 58 F. The next night it will drop to mid 30s briefly overnight. Should I hold off on this project?
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      Armstrong · 11/26/2018
      Wait until it warms up some more. Temps in the mid-30s at night is a little too cold.
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    patrick · 11/19/2018
    how long will the transparent last. i want to preserve a clear redwood deck
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      Armstrong · 11/20/2018
      Armstrong Clark does not come in clear as a true clear (no tint) will not provide any UV protection from graying. You must have a tinted stain for UV protection.
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        Patrick · 11/20/2018
        Thank you. What is the lightest tint I can use on clear redwood that will supply us protection from graying and how long will it last.
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          Armstrong · 11/20/2018
          Natural tone is the lightest tint and will need a recoat every 12-18 months for a horizontal surface. 2-3 years for vertical surfaces.
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    Sandy · 11/04/2018
    I made a table top from Ipe scrap pieces. I sanded it with 80 grit to even out the wood and followed that with a 220 grit sanding. Will Armstrong Clark stain that I ordered from you (Amber)adhere to the to the Ipe after the 220 sanding or do I have to resand using the 80 grit for adhesion? Table is for outside patio with roof..
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      Armstrong · 11/05/2018
      It will not soak in at 220 grit properly. Never more than 80.
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    Karl · 11/03/2018
    What solvent is best for clean up of airless sprayer?
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    Caleb · 11/01/2018
    I'm interested in refurbishing a couple of redwood play structures. They will be exposed to strong sunlight (and heat) and will be sprayed daily by a nearby sprinkler. I was thinking of using the semi-transparent redwood stain. Is that a good choice? If so, how long would you estimate that it would last before needing refinishing again?
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      Armstrong · 11/02/2018
      Yes, the Sierra Redwood would be a good choice. Redo every 2-3 years is normal.
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    Jack · 10/23/2018
    Is it ok to apply with temp at mid 50s but perhaps dropping to mid 40s at night.

    Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 10/24/2018
      As long as it does not drop below freezing at night.
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    Pat · 10/12/2018
    What is the minimum temperature to safely apply oil based semi transparent stain
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    Tracy Bradford · 10/07/2018
    I have a cedar fence I am restaining. Just finished stripping old 10yr old stain. Will apply the brightener next and then stain. There is 160 linear feet at 6ft. I have 2 5 gal Semi-Solid AC stain ready to apply by brush. If I determine that a 2nd coat will be needed\wanted. How long do I have to make that decision and apply the 2nd coat. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 10/07/2018
      You are using the semi-solid. Just one coat is all you will need for this vertical fence. Back wipe any drips or runs within 20-40 minutes. Post a picture when done if you have a chance.
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    Dave · 10/06/2018
    I am looking to stain a 12x24 redwood pergola. It’s built from large roughsawn timbers e.g. 8x8 post 4x6 joists, etc. It’s 18 mo’s old. Just pressure washed. How long will Armstrong last on this before need a new coat? Vertical surfaces go longer than decks? Thanks!
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    Tom Shannon · 10/05/2018
    I am applying the translucent cedar tone over new white cedar using a staining pad. If I apply the 2nd coat after 30 minutes when the first coat is absorbed, how long should I wait before wiping the excess off from the second coat? I saw the instructions above, but they seemed to speak to excess from the first coat.
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    Michael Sampson · 09/24/2018
    I am building a deck using cedar. I won't be done until end of October or early November. Would it be best to wait until spring to stain? Live in northern MN.
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    Don Dippold · 09/18/2018
    I have prepped with cleaner and brighter, sanded rough spots and finally started applying stain today. I have gotten through about half of the job and it has now started to rain. Most of the work has fully dried for over an hour, but what steps do I need to take now once it finishes raining? Do I need to clean again or can I just pick up on the unfinished area after it dries out? The parts that I have done turned out great with Rustic Brown I will say. This stain is amazing the way it covers and hides mistakes.
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      You should be okay to just finish as long as the rain did not harm the RB stain.
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    Christian · 09/18/2018
    I cleaned my deck and applied brightener 24 hours ago (Monday). There is no rain in the forecast until Friday. Do I need to wait a full 48 hours before applying stain or can I go ahead and apply today (Tuesday)?
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      48 hours is correct.
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        Christian · 09/18/2018
        It's 24 hours at least until the rain is supposed to set in after doing it tomorrow. That should be enough time for it to cure?

        Thanks!
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    Mark · 09/17/2018
    I missed the instruction to not use transparent stain on hardwood. I used the natural transparent on tigerwood and after 24hrs of drying there is a waxy residue on the surface. Will this harden with more drying time and not be a problem or do I have more work to do?
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      Try wiping it off with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate all oil rags in water and lay flat to dry outside when done.
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        Mark · 09/18/2018
        Thanks for the reply. Will do.o
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    Mar · 09/12/2018
    After the initial application when does one need to re-do the transparent stain vs semi-transparent stain?
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      Armstrong · 09/12/2018
      Every 18-24 months for transparent and every 24-30 months for semi-transparent.
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        Mar · 09/12/2018
        Thanks so much!
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    Kenneth Hodges · 09/06/2018
    When can a stained deck with semi transparent AC be walk on.thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2018
      Depends on the wood, temps, coats applied. Typically 12-48 hours. Just make sure it is fully dry to the touch.
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    LN · 09/05/2018
    Thanks for your quick response. After the two coats are applied how long will the stain last? Can I re-apply ever couple of years or do I need to prep the wood again: Remove stain, power wash, brighten, etc....
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      Armstrong · 09/05/2018
      Redo every 2-3 years. You always have to prep when redoing. Clean and brighten for prep. Do not have to strip.
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    LN · 09/05/2018
    How much stain is needed for 800 square feet for total surface area?
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      Armstrong · 09/05/2018
      Apply two coats wet on wet. You will need about 6-8 gallons.
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    LN · 09/05/2018
    Do I need to use two coats of stain for a 10 year old pressure treated deck?
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    Ed · 08/31/2018
    Hello. I made a tabletop for my fire bowl with clear vertical grain cedar that I stained with Armstrong semi-trans cedar. Some of the boards look splotchy (see photos). I prepped by sanding from 120 to 220 and cleaning with a tack cloth. I stained with a brush and wiped off after about a minute.

    Did I do anything that I shouldn't have (for future reference)? Would applying a second coat help?

    Lastly, do I need to put any kind of finish on top to protect from water stains? (I'm thinking not since Armstrong is meant for decks and fences!)
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      Armstrong · 08/31/2018
      You sanded the wood at a grit that is way to fine. The AC stain cannot penetrate properly. Sand at 60-80 grit next time. The AC cannot be top coated.
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    Lee · 08/30/2018
    Can your semi solid stain be used on pressure treated woods?
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    ROBERT P. SCHMITT · 08/28/2018
    My deck is 12 years old. Never been stained but power washed maybe twice. Used restore a deck cleaner and brightener, let deck dry for 48 hours. Applied one coat of driftwood semi-transparent stain. Stain soaked in within a few minutes. Deck is too big to apply 2 coats using wet-on-wet method. Should I put another coat on now or wait until next year?
    BTW your stain looks great on the deck.
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      Armstrong · 08/29/2018
      Best to wait a year. Lightly wash for the prep.
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    Rita · 08/28/2018
    Hello. Is it ok to apply the second coat days after the 1st? And is it generally advisable to do two coats on an older deck? Or can i reapply in the spring if it needs a 2nd coat by first brightening the deck after the winter?
    I have a large deck 15x50 and was wondering whether I can do a coat with 5 gal and check the coverage before ordering the 2nd bucket if needed. Would prefer not to sit on a $200 bucket of stain if I can get away with less. Assuming 2nd application will take a lot less? Maybe order 2 more gallons for the 2nd coat?
    Thank you. First time staining a deck here. :)
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      Armstrong · 08/28/2018
      For the two coats, you would need about 8 Gallons. Around 5 for the first and 3 for the second. it is best to do this wet on wet. If you wait until Spring, you will need more than three gallons for another coat. you would have to clean and brighten for the prep in the Spring, not brighten the wood.
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        Rita · 08/28/2018
        Awesome customer service! Such a quick reply! Many thanks. Keep it going.
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    Rich · 08/25/2018
    I have a new ipe wood deck and want to use the tone closest to its natural color. I am thinking a transparent oil but not sure which tone
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    Randy · 08/20/2018
    We are going to apply your hardwood black walnut stain on new Ipe (decking and rails). How long do we let the wood age before applying?
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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.