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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    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.
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    David Clayton · 07/10/2014
    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
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    Tanya · 07/10/2014
    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.
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    Administrator · 07/10/2014
    wayne martin:
    Deck is 20 yrs old. Was treated with Behr water based Semi Transparent 3-4 yrs ago. Have cleaned all areas, sanded some molded areas and added new wood planks where needed. Added new top railing. Can I apply your product over all the above?
    800 sq ft deck with 1.5 x 1.5" railing, about how much would I need to purchase?

    Only of all of the acrylic is removed. Need a total sq. footage including the floor, rails, steps, etc to give an idea on the amount.
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    wayne martin · 07/09/2014
    Deck is 20 yrs old. Was treated with Behr water based Semi Transparent 3-4 yrs ago. Have cleaned all areas, sanded some molded areas and added new wood planks where needed. Added new top railing. Can I apply your product over all the above?
    800 sq ft deck with 1.5 x 1.5" railing, about how much would I need to purchase?
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    Administrator · 07/08/2014
    Tanya:
    I'm bringing AC stain to Canada, and I want to buy some extra stain to use it next summer. Would it still be good next year, or is it better to buy only as much as needed right now?

    Yes you can store for a year if unopened.
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    Tanya · 07/08/2014
    I'm bringing AC stain to Canada, and I want to buy some extra stain to use it next summer. Would it still be good next year, or is it better to buy only as much as needed right now?
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    Administrator · 07/07/2014
    Mark Midwest:
    Hi, all prep work has been done with Restore a deck products; now we're getting rain, not sure how long it will last, maybe a couple of days.
    1. Should I cover deck with a tarp? (It is already wet)
    2. If rain goes on for a couple of days, will I need to rebrighten?
    3. Once rain stops, still wait 2 days or should I allow more time?
    I am putting the AC semi- solid Sequoia on 200 sq.ft.
    4. What's better, roll and brush out or pad?
    Thanks

    Just leave alone and let dry. Rain does not affect anything. Once rain stops than wait 48 hours prior to staining. Use a stain pad.
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    Mark Midwest · 07/07/2014
    Hi, all prep work has been done with Restore a deck products; now we're getting rain, not sure how long it will last, maybe a couple of days.
    1. Should I cover deck with a tarp? (It is already wet)
    2. If rain goes on for a couple of days, will I need to rebrighten?
    3. Once rain stops, still wait 2 days or should I allow more time?
    I am putting the AC semi- solid Sequoia on 200 sq.ft.
    4. What's better, roll and brush out or pad?
    Thanks
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    Administrator · 06/29/2014
    David Clayton:
    We will use either a semi-transparent or a tone AC stain on our deck and are willing to reapply in 1 or two years if necessary. It has been a lot of work to strip the former stain, clean and brighten prior to application of a new stain and do not want to have to do all that again. What prep would be required to reapply each of these types in e.g. 1 years time? Will stripping be necessary or will a simple cleaning or brightening be enough?

    Just cleaning and brightening will be enough for reapplications in the future.
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    David Clayton · 06/29/2014
    We will use either a semi-transparent or a tone AC stain on our deck and are willing to reapply in 1 or two years if necessary. It has been a lot of work to strip the former stain, clean and brighten prior to application of a new stain and do not want to have to do all that again. What prep would be required to reapply each of these types in e.g. 1 years time? Will stripping be necessary or will a simple cleaning or brightening be enough?
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    Administrator · 06/28/2014
    KENNETH PAYNE:
    if i still have some deep prexisting stain will your stain cover where to buy Utica NY

    No AC is not a covering stain but penetrating. Best to remove as much as possible of the old stain.
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    KENNETH PAYNE · 06/27/2014
    if i still have some deep prexisting stain will your stain cover where to buy Utica NY
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    Administrator · 06/25/2014
    David Clayton"][quote name="opwdecks"][quote name="Tim Topor:
    Two years ago I completely sanded my deck to remove the previous coating and coated with Sikkens Certol SRD Semi-Transparent alkyd/oil based stain. By the end of the first NYS winter the stain was failing and significantly more after this winter.
    I have re-sanded all loose stain and it's down to bare wood over 2/3 of the area or better.
    Can I apply the Armstrong Clark semi-Transparent stain over areas where the existing stain is in good condition.[/quote]
    No you should use the Restore A Deck Stain stripper and pressure washing to remove the rest of the stain and use the brightener when it is all gone for the prep.[/quote]


    So in a situation like this, if you strip you can simply brighten and skip the cleaning step?

    Yes that is correct.
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    David Clayton · 06/24/2014
    opwdecks"][quote name="Tim Topor:
    Two years ago I completely sanded my deck to remove the previous coating and coated with Sikkens Certol SRD Semi-Transparent alkyd/oil based stain. By the end of the first NYS winter the stain was failing and significantly more after this winter.
    I have re-sanded all loose stain and it's down to bare wood over 2/3 of the area or better.
    Can I apply the Armstrong Clark semi-Transparent stain over areas where the existing stain is in good condition.[/quote]
    No you should use the Restore A Deck Stain stripper and pressure washing to remove the rest of the stain and use the brightener when it is all gone for the prep.



    So in a situation like this, if you strip you can simply brighten and skip the cleaning step?
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    Administrator · 06/24/2014
    Tim Topor:
    Two years ago I completely sanded my deck to remove the previous coating and coated with Sikkens Certol SRD Semi-Transparent alkyd/oil based stain. By the end of the first NYS winter the stain was failing and significantly more after this winter.
    I have re-sanded all loose stain and it's down to bare wood over 2/3 of the area or better.
    Can I apply the Armstrong Clark semi-Transparent stain over areas where the existing stain is in good condition.

    No you should use the Restore A Deck Stain stripper and pressure washing to remove the rest of the stain and use the brightener when it is all gone for the prep.