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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    Kent · 03/14/2017
    The contractor that finished our deck power washed the deck and allowed it to dry. Then he applied (rolled)a very heavy coat of Cedar Tone transparent stain. He did not brush it or allow it to absorb and 60 minutes later rolled on a second heavy coat of Cedar Tone and again did not brush or wipe it. 5 days later there are still wet spots and orange residue. What should I do? Too late to wipe? What about the orange residue?
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    Administrator · 01/07/2017
    Michael Harrison:
    I have just finished a new cedar privacy fence with board over board with one side smooth and one side rough, metal poles, smooth cedar 2x4 top cap, and four smooth cedar 2x4 rails. I plan to wait 6-12 months before applying AC. What is the best approach to apply AC? Roll it? Spray it? I own a HVLP. I just need advice for applying because of the non flat surface due to design and the poles to work around. The fence is 6' tall and 200' long. Thanks.

    Spray and back brush to ensure an even application and to catch any drips/runs.
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    Michael Harrison · 01/06/2017
    I have just finished a new cedar privacy fence with board over board with one side smooth and one side rough, metal poles, smooth cedar 2x4 top cap, and four smooth cedar 2x4 rails. I plan to wait 6-12 months before applying AC. What is the best approach to apply AC? Roll it? Spray it? I own a HVLP. I just need advice for applying because of the non flat surface due to design and the poles to work around. The fence is 6' tall and 200' long. Thanks.
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    Administrator · 11/13/2016
    karen vanek:
    is there a minimum overnight temperature after application... (ie if we put it on at 50degrees ...but the low that night is in the 30's will that work... or what is the minimum in the first 24 hours? How long must it stay dry?

    It can drop below 50, but it should not drop below freezing overnight if the stain is still wet.
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    karen vanek · 11/13/2016
    is there a minimum overnight temperature after application... (ie if we put it on at 50degrees ...but the low that night is in the 30's will that work... or what is the minimum in the first 24 hours? How long must it stay dry?
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    Administrator · 11/06/2016
    Jeremy JAM:
    We have a new ipe deck, but we like your color stains other than the ipe mahogany and amber. Can we use the oxford brown or rustic brown stains on the ipe? Any issues/differences in approach from what you otherwise typically suggest if it is in fact okay to do so?

    We would not suggest the semi-solid Oxford Brown but you could use the semi-transparent Rustic Brown.
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    Jeremy JAM · 11/05/2016
    We have a new ipe deck, but we like your color stains other than the ipe mahogany and amber. Can we use the oxford brown or rustic brown stains on the ipe? Any issues/differences in approach from what you otherwise typically suggest if it is in fact okay to do so?
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    Administrator · 10/30/2016
    tjburns919:
    What type of roller and brush do you recommend? (Nap size, roller material, bristle type)?

    We do not suggest rollers. Use an exterior stain pad or a brush for best application.
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    Terry · 10/30/2016
    What type of roller and brush do you recommend? (Nap size, roller material, bristle type)?
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    Administrator · 10/13/2016
    RON BERNATH:
    Hi,
    Have used your stain on our deck and works really great, although this the 1st year.
    I am using your stain on some wood lattice and because we are getting into fall weather needed some info on staining.
    I have the panels inside a metal pole barn, so out of weather. It is not heated so the questions are as follows:
    What would be the minimum temperature?
    Is humidity a factor and if so what would be the maximum humidity affecting the stain?

    Thank you,

    Ron Bernath

    50 degrees in minimum temp. Humidity does not matter.
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    RON BERNATH · 10/13/2016
    Hi,
    Have used your stain on our deck and works really great, although this the 1st year.
    I am using your stain on some wood lattice and because we are getting into fall weather needed some info on staining.
    I have the panels inside a metal pole barn, so out of weather. It is not heated so the questions are as follows:
    What would be the minimum temperature?
    Is humidity a factor and if so what would be the maximum humidity affecting the stain?

    Thank you,

    Ron Bernath
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    Administrator · 10/02/2016
    Steve Demulling:
    What temperature is best for applying and drying? Expecting high temperatures in the mid-50s next week.

    Above 50 degrees will work.
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    Steve Demulling · 10/02/2016
    What temperature is best for applying and drying? Expecting high temperatures in the mid-50s next week.
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    Administrator · 09/22/2016
    Mary Skipworth:
    I stained the deck a week ago and it has drank it up. Can I blow it off and add another coat this week?

    Not a good idea to do it now as it may not soak in after it started to cure. It would be better to do next Spring. Lightly rinse to remove any dirt and apply a very light coat.
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    Mary Skipworth · 09/22/2016
    I stained the deck a week ago and it has drank it up. Can I blow it off and add another coat this week?
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    Armstrong · 09/16/2016
    Deb:
    Are there minimum temperature requirements for applying Armstrong semi transparent deck stain?

    Do not apply below 45 F.
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    Deb · 09/15/2016
    Are there minimum temperature requirements for applying Armstrong semi transparent deck stain?
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    Armstrong · 09/12/2016
    Rose:
    Hi! We used the Amber semi-transparent on our cedar deck 2 days ago. (Its looks great). What I'm noticing though is that where there are knots or cracks in the wood it appears as though it has drawn the stain right down and in those spots it looks much lighter. Is there any benefit in going back and applying a bit more to those areas? Or can it wait until next year's coat. We live in the Pacific Northwest so lots of rain to come! :) Thanks for your input.

    It is normal for knots to be lighter in color as the density of wood is different there. No need to try and touch up those areas now.
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    Rose · 09/12/2016
    Hi! We used the Amber semi-transparent on our cedar deck 2 days ago. (Its looks great). What I'm noticing though is that where there are knots or cracks in the wood it appears as though it has drawn the stain right down and in those spots it looks much lighter. Is there any benefit in going back and applying a bit more to those areas? Or can it wait until next year's coat. We live in the Pacific Northwest so lots of rain to come! :) Thanks for your input.
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    Administrator · 09/12/2016
    va3pinner:
    I just stained a pressure treated deck (In September). New wood, allowed to weather for 1 year. Cleaned with an oxy type cleaner. When I stained it, I made the mistake letting it sit for about 20 minutes, then wiping off what I thought was excess. On another area, I applied the stain, and did not wipe it off, and before 60 minutes, added another coat because the wood was soaking it up so well. The section with two coats looks much better than where I wiped the excess off. My question: Can I (two weeks later) add a second coat? Or do I need to wait until Spring? This is a great product, very easy to use with nice results, I should have paid more attention to the instructions and tips/tricks before starting. Thanks for the assistance.

    Wait until Spring. Lightly wash first and reapply a coat.
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    Bruce Mechem · 09/11/2016
    I just stained a pressure treated deck (In September). New wood, allowed to weather for 1 year. Cleaned with an oxy type cleaner. When I stained it, I made the mistake letting it sit for about 20 minutes, then wiping off what I thought was excess. On another area, I applied the stain, and did not wipe it off, and before 60 minutes, added another coat because the wood was soaking it up so well. The section with two coats looks much better than where I wiped the excess off. My question: Can I (two weeks later) add a second coat? Or do I need to wait until Spring? This is a great product, very easy to use with nice results, I should have paid more attention to the instructions and tips/tricks before starting. Thanks for the assistance.
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    Armstrong · 09/06/2016
    LeEllen:
    I stripped and brightened ipe deck with RAD and waiting my two days of dry weather to apply the AC mahogany stain. I see that if the first app penetrates within 30 minutes to apply another coat. If the second coat also penetrates within 30 minutes do I apply a third coat?
    Thanks,
    LeEllen

    No, do not apply a third coat. Over application can result in premature failure or drying issues.
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    LeEllen · 09/06/2016
    I stripped and brightened ipe deck with RAD and waiting my two days of dry weather to apply the AC mahogany stain. I see that if the first app penetrates within 30 minutes to apply another coat. If the second coat also penetrates within 30 minutes do I apply a third coat?
    Thanks,
    LeEllen
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    Administrator · 08/29/2016
    Jackie H:
    Is Armstrong Clark Mahogany Stain a semi-transparent or semi-solid?

    Semi-trans.
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    Jackie H · 08/28/2016
    Is Armstrong Clark Mahogany Stain a semi-transparent or semi-solid?
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    Administrator · 08/22/2016
    Rick Tomlinson:
    Hello,

    Can this stain be applied on cold days as well? What is the coldest temps recommended?

    Thanks

    45+ degrees is about the lowest to go.
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    Rick Tomlinson · 08/21/2016
    Hello,

    Can this stain be applied on cold days as well? What is the coldest temps recommended?

    Thanks
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    Administrator · 08/08/2016
    Daniel:
    Another question regarding prep for the wood. The 5 gallon car we purchased states for "new wood to wash the surface with soap and water with mild scrubbing or pressure wash". If I was to do just this with new cedar wood would I still get good results?

    See this about new wood:

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

    Best to use a deck cleaner and a wood brightener for the prep.
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    Administrator · 08/08/2016
    Daniel:
    I have recently purchased Armstrong Clark Semi-Solid wood stain for a new cedar deck. Thus far I am pleased with its results. Do I need to apply a sealer to the wood surface after the stain has dried? Or does Armstrong Clark Semi-Soild already have a sealer included in its formula?

    You cannot add a sealer on top and it does seal the wood.
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    Daniel · 08/07/2016
    Another question regarding prep for the wood. The 5 gallon car we purchased states for "new wood to wash the surface with soap and water with mild scrubbing or pressure wash". If I was to do just this with new cedar wood would I still get good results?