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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    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.
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    David Clayton · 08/03/2014
    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.


    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
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    Administrator · 07/22/2014
    Nak:
    My cedar deck was built last fall. I left it to dry till this summer then I sanded out some of the dog scratches and then used the RAD products to prep the deck. I used the Armstrong Clark Cedar Semi-Transparent stain using a brush for the first coat. The deck is 19'x33' with wrap around stairs so I was only able to get one coat on in a day. Then we've had rain for the last week and a bit. Is there anything special I need to do to apply the 2nd coat? Do you recommend a 2nd coat?

    I would not do a second coat now but rather another coat next Spring.
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    Patrick Nakoneshny · 07/22/2014
    My cedar deck was built last fall. I left it to dry till this summer then I sanded out some of the dog scratches and then used the RAD products to prep the deck. I used the Armstrong Clark Cedar Semi-Transparent stain using a brush for the first coat. The deck is 19'x33' with wrap around stairs so I was only able to get one coat on in a day. Then we've had rain for the last week and a bit. Is there anything special I need to do to apply the 2nd coat? Do you recommend a 2nd coat?
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    Administrator · 07/20/2014
    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?

    Just make sure it is clean and apply a very light coat.
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    David Clayton · 07/20/2014
    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?
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    Administrator · 07/15/2014
    David Clayton"][quote name="opwdecks"][quote name="David Clayton:
    Stain arrives today. The deck has been cleaned, brightened and dry for 3 days but the weather forcast is for rain on and off over the next week. How important is it to have dry days after staining? If I wait for a longer dry spell will I have to clean or brighten again? If it dies dry while applying the stain, can I use a tarp to cover the deck during periods of rain?[/quote]
    It can rain on the AC within 4-6 hours after application.[/quote]

    4 - 6 hours? That is good news but the instructions above say to make sure it is dry for several days after application.

    You will be fine per the owner of AC, Jake Clark. If worried, give it 8-12 hours.
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    David Clayton · 07/15/2014
    opwdecks"][quote name="David Clayton:
    Stain arrives today. The deck has been cleaned, brightened and dry for 3 days but the weather forcast is for rain on and off over the next week. How important is it to have dry days after staining? If I wait for a longer dry spell will I have to clean or brighten again? If it dies dry while applying the stain, can I use a tarp to cover the deck during periods of rain?[/quote]
    It can rain on the AC within 4-6 hours after application.


    4 - 6 hours? That is good news but the instructions above say to make sure it is dry for several days after application.
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    Administrator · 07/15/2014
    David Clayton:
    Stain arrives today. The deck has been cleaned, brightened and dry for 3 days but the weather forcast is for rain on and off over the next week. How important is it to have dry days after staining? If I wait for a longer dry spell will I have to clean or brighten again? If it dies dry while applying the stain, can I use a tarp to cover the deck during periods of rain?

    It can rain on the AC within 4-6 hours after application.
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    David Clayton · 07/15/2014
    Stain arrives today. The deck has been cleaned, brightened and dry for 3 days but the weather forcast is for rain on and off over the next week. How important is it to have dry days after staining? If I wait for a longer dry spell will I have to clean or brighten again? If it dies dry while applying the stain, can I use a tarp to cover the deck during periods of rain?
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    Administrator · 07/13/2014
    David Clayton:
    Can we use AC stain on a new bamboo fence? If so, what prep would be required?

    No on bamboo
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    David Clayton · 07/13/2014
    Can we use AC stain on a new bamboo fence? If so, what prep would be required?
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    Administrator · 07/13/2014
    Mark Midwest:
    Hi, using a pad was incredible! It was fast easy and gave a great even finish. One caution, I ended up using a 3 inch brush to do the edges before using the pad. Deck is approx. 18 ft long. I would do three edges along the whole length, then come back and do the top with the pad. I alternated this al the way across the deck. (I was doing this at night under the lights. May have to adjust if doing in the hot sun.)
    One other thing, after using the brightened, I ended up going the extra step of sanding the entire deck. It would have been ok without, but by sanding it came out so smooth. If you have the time I recommend it.
    Finish looks gorgeous!

    Thanks Mark!
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    Mark Midwest · 07/12/2014
    Hi, using a pad was incredible! It was fast easy and gave a great even finish. One caution, I ended up using a 3 inch brush to do the edges before using the pad. Deck is approx. 18 ft long. I would do three edges along the whole length, then come back and do the top with the pad. I alternated this al the way across the deck. (I was doing this at night under the lights. May have to adjust if doing in the hot sun.)
    One other thing, after using the brightened, I ended up going the extra step of sanding the entire deck. It would have been ok without, but by sanding it came out so smooth. If you have the time I recommend it.
    Finish looks gorgeous!
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    Administrator · 07/11/2014
    David Clayton:
    I read that AC stains may be used on hot days in full sun. We have a forecast for over 90 deg F. Is this ok? I am concerned about high rates of evaporation before the oils can soak in and possible difficulties in application to keep a wet edge

    Yes you can use it in full sun and in the heat.
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    Administrator · 07/11/2014
    Tanya:
    What's best to use for applying AC semi-transparent cedar stain - brush or pad? I don't mind extra time or labor as long as I have the best result.

    Stain pads are best.