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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    Nathan · 10/09/2014
    I just bought both RAD kit and semi trans Sierra redwood for my new PT deck. Based on the instructions I read here, my understanding is that the deck needs to be cleaned and prepped first using RAD, then it can be stained a couple of days later with semi trans stain. However, the contractor I am hiring for this job told me since this is a new deck, there is no need for any prep work before staining and RAD should not be used for new decks. He is not familiar with AC and feels reluctant to use RAD to clean and prep first and then stain. Is there a number he can call to talk with some one so that he can be convinced to follow the AC staining instructions? Thanks!
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    Administrator · 10/06/2014
    Deane Cooper:
    My new hardwood deck was recently sealed with a product called Superdeck, which quickly faded. I am going to re-seal it with your hardwood mahogany stain. My question is about the prep, is sanding the existing sealer off the deck acceptable for prep in lieu of stripping it?
    Thank you

    You should not sand but strip. Much easier and it will allow the AC to penetrate deeper.
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    Deane Cooper · 10/06/2014
    My new hardwood deck was recently sealed with a product called Superdeck, which quickly faded. I am going to re-seal it with your hardwood mahogany stain. My question is about the prep, is sanding the existing sealer off the deck acceptable for prep in lieu of stripping it?
    Thank you
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    Administrator · 10/05/2014
    Janice:
    We are building a new covered and screened-in deck with pressure treated pine. Contractor wants we to stain the new deck immediately. He says if we wait a even a few months, the wood will crack. Is your product recommended for new pressure treated pine? We live in Georgia.

    For new wood you need to wait 3 months and prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit for the prep.
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    Administrator · 10/05/2014
    Andy Gauthier:
    Will a new deck generally require two coats?

    Only one coat.
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    Andy Gauthier · 10/05/2014
    Will a new deck generally require two coats?
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    Janice · 10/04/2014
    We are building a new covered and screened-in deck with pressure treated pine. Contractor wants we to stain the new deck immediately. He says if we wait a even a few months, the wood will crack. Is your product recommended for new pressure treated pine? We live in Georgia.
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    Armstrong · 10/02/2014
    Carol.bent:
    e are in the process of building a new home in British Columbia. There are several Douglas Fir posts and beams both inside and out. I am looking at the semi-transparent stain in rustic brown or sierra redwood. Would this be a good product for both the interior and the exterior timbers? Would the semi-solid be better? Also, can you describe how each of those colors would likely look on the fir timbers?
    Thank you
    Carol

    Best to order samples to test the color on your wood as it will vary. You can use this on both inside and outside but it is oil based and will have a odor indoors that will linger for a few days or so.
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    Carol Bent · 10/01/2014
    e are in the process of building a new home in British Columbia. There are several Douglas Fir posts and beams both inside and out. I am looking at the semi-transparent stain in rustic brown or sierra redwood. Would this be a good product for both the interior and the exterior timbers? Would the semi-solid be better? Also, can you describe how each of those colors would likely look on the fir timbers?
    Thank you
    Carol
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    Administrator · 09/30/2014
    Mike McGuire:
    Is there a formula to calculate how much stain is needed for the spindle's. 2"x2"x40".

    For railings, just do linear feet x height.
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    Mike McGuire · 09/29/2014
    Is there a formula to calculate how much stain is needed for the spindle's. 2"x2"x40".
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    Administrator · 09/22/2014
    Anne:
    It has been 24 hours since I applied the hardwood stain. Although it looks dry, lightly wiping the surface with a rag causes an oily stain to come off. I'd like to let my cat outside as soon as possible but don't want to ruin the finish (or harm the cat). Should I wait longer or wipe down the entire (covered) porch with a rag? Thanks for your help!

    Wait a little longer and let it continue to absorb. You can wipe after another 24 hours if needed.
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    Anne · 09/21/2014
    It has been 24 hours since I applied the hardwood stain. Although it looks dry, lightly wiping the surface with a rag causes an oily stain to come off. I'd like to let my cat outside as soon as possible but don't want to ruin the finish (or harm the cat). Should I wait longer or wipe down the entire (covered) porch with a rag? Thanks for your help!
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    Armstrong · 09/21/2014
    727lawrence:
    I've never used a 5 gal container before, and want to avoid making a mess trying to pour from it. Can you provide instructions for the best way to do this? I assume that I should take the entire top off and not use that hole in the top?

    You can do it either way. You will need to stir and mix well first before suing and many find that removing the top makes this easier.
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    LAWRENCE SHEPPARD · 09/20/2014
    I've never used a 5 gal container before, and want to avoid making a mess trying to pour from it. Can you provide instructions for the best way to do this? I assume that I should take the entire top off and not use that hole in the top?
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    Armstrong · 09/17/2014
    Larryc6:
    I stained my new deck (PTP) with Amber stain. After it dried I noticed there are three or four boards with white residue looking streaks. What can I do to remove these? Should I apply more stain?
    Thanks, Larry C

    Not sure what the white is so hard to say. Do a test on one board and see if that works.
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    Larry Cammack · 09/16/2014
    I stained my new deck (PTP) with Amber stain. After it dried I noticed there are three or four boards with white residue looking streaks. What can I do to remove these? Should I apply more stain?
    Thanks, Larry C
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    Administrator · 09/09/2014
    Paul:
    I need to stain a 200 aq ft new deck with Armstrong Clark natural tone . How many gallons do I need? We want the natural wood color to be preserved. Are choosing the right one?

    One gallon should be enough.
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    Paul · 09/09/2014
    I need to stain a 200 aq ft new deck with Armstrong Clark natural tone . How many gallons do I need? We want the natural wood color to be preserved. Are choosing the right one?
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    Administrator · 09/07/2014
    Anne:
    How much semi-transparent hardwood stain will I need for 400 sf of mahogany porch flooring? I will be using the RAD stripper and brightener first to remove old Penofin from the 5-year-old wood.

    1-2 gallons.
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    Anne · 09/06/2014
    How much semi-transparent hardwood stain will I need for 400 sf of mahogany porch flooring? I will be using the RAD stripper and brightener first to remove old Penofin from the 5-year-old wood.
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    Administrator · 08/27/2014
    Mike Chornopesky:
    I ordered and received AC semi-transparent rustic brown for my new PT deck. I tested it on some pieces of scrap wood. It looks great but after 48 hours there's still an oily residue on the surface. This is not "puddles or glossy areas". There's nothing that's visible to the naked eye but if I run a finger or a rag across the wood I pick up an oily brown residue. Does this ever go away?

    Your scraps of wood probably were not weathered for a few months and prepped first with the RAD Kit as all new wood should be. In addtion a good rain will wash away the excess oil.
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    Administrator · 08/27/2014
    Shawn Schofield:
    I have a new 650 sq ft cedar deck. The deck is now 7 weeks old and I live in Toronto. Should I stain now, wait a bit longer or leave it until the spring. I'm worried that if I do nothing, the harsh Canadian winter will damage the wood. Also, what prep should I do before staining. I'm thinking I'll use AC semi-trans cedar stain. Thanks!

    New wood should weather for about 3 months. Prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit. Only one coat of the AC.
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    Shawn Schofield · 08/26/2014
    I have a new 650 sq ft cedar deck. The deck is now 7 weeks old and I live in Toronto. Should I stain now, wait a bit longer or leave it until the spring. I'm worried that if I do nothing, the harsh Canadian winter will damage the wood. Also, what prep should I do before staining. I'm thinking I'll use AC semi-trans cedar stain. Thanks!
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    Mike Chornopesky · 08/08/2014
    I ordered and received AC semi-transparent rustic brown for my new PT deck. I tested it on some pieces of scrap wood. It looks great but after 48 hours there's still an oily residue on the surface. This is not "puddles or glossy areas". There's nothing that's visible to the naked eye but if I run a finger or a rag across the wood I pick up an oily brown residue. Does this ever go away?
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    Administrator · 08/08/2014
    Lionel:
    I have an old deck, do I need to apply a second coat after the first coat dried?

    If you do a second coat it is best to apply it wet on wet.
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    Lionel · 08/08/2014
    I have an old deck, do I need to apply a second coat after the first coat dried?
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    Administrator · 08/06/2014
    Amanda Mercier:
    Hello. We used the semi solid sequoia on our large deck this past weekend. Is this product ok to use on wooden benches we are using to create railing/seating? Thanks!

    Yes you can use it on benches as long as it is unfinished wood.
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    Amanda Mercier · 08/06/2014
    Hello. We used the semi solid sequoia on our large deck this past weekend. Is this product ok to use on wooden benches we are using to create railing/seating? Thanks!
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    Administrator · 08/03/2014
    David Clayton"][quote name="opwdecks"][quote name="David Clayton:
    We have applied one coat of semi transparent rustic brown and it looks great. We are thinking to apply a 2nd coat but will not be able to do so for about a week. Will any prep be required other than simply brushing off the deck and making sure it is dry?[/quote]
    Just make sure it is clean and apply a very light coat.[/quote]

    When you say clean, do you mean generally clean, free of dirt etc or do you mean another cleaning during the RAD cleaner or brightened?

    Thanks

    Rinse with water should be okay. No cleaners or RAD.