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.

The Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

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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    Lwojciak · 04/20/2020
    I stained Ipe with you hardwood semi transparent sain and the Ipe in flat in sheen. Should it be semi gloss or satin? Can I apply a coating on top to make the outdoor deck have a satin sheen?
    larry
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      Armstrong · 04/20/2020
      No, you cannot have a shiny finish on a deck, it will blister and peel. You cannot apply another coating over the AC stain.
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    Mark · 04/20/2020
    Recommended airless tip size for the softwood stain application on vertical sections (Pergola)?
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      Armstrong · 04/20/2020
      It doesn't matter. Just use a wide fan tip.
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    Bob S · 04/17/2020
    Mahogany deck. Sanded to bare wood and stained three years ago with amber semi-stain. One year ago, stained again with amber semi-stain on top of existing stain (no sanding or treatment was done). Should I stain again THIS year or wait a year? If I do stain again, should I give the wood a light sanding (not down to bare wood, but to perhaps remove some of the surface) prior to applying one coat of the amber semi-stain?
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    Deb · 04/17/2020
    We have a mahogany deck 12 years old. Planning on professional sanding. We have picked the amber semi stain. Can we apply the product right away. And do we need 2 coats?
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      Armstrong · 04/17/2020
      What grit paper did they sand with?
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    Kevin · 04/13/2020
    I'd the estimated coverage per gallon for 1 or two coats? How many gallons would I need for an old cedar deck 500+ ft²?
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      Armstrong · 04/13/2020
      One coat. About 4-5 gallons for two coats on 500 sq. feet.
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    Monica · 04/11/2020
    I need to stain the floor of my deck. It’s suppose rain late afternoon. Can I go ahead and stain or should I wait.
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    DAVID · 04/10/2020
    APPLYING TO A FENCE, HOW LONG BEFORE SECOND COAT SHOULD BE APPLIED AFTER FIRST?
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    Monica · 04/10/2020
    Can I stain when the temperature is around 50 degrees?
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    Perry · 04/07/2020
    Here is the other Picture that didn’t load.
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      Armstrong · 04/07/2020
      Looks like dirt is on top of the wood. You will need to clean and reapply one coat. Use this for prep: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit
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        Perry · 04/08/2020
        So You are telling me the stain didn’t fail and this is what will need to be done every year??
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          Armstrong · 04/08/2020
          That is not a stain failure but something laying on top of the stain. No deck stain can prevent dirt buildup.
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    Perry · 04/07/2020
    I stained my deck last August. This was a new build. I live in the PNW. The cedar was Weathered and roughly sanded. What when wrong??
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    Peggy · 03/23/2020
    I have a red cedar shed, just built last week. Should I wait a month or more to stain it?
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    Peggy · 03/23/2020
    can I simply use polyurethane on a red cedar shed?
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      Armstrong · 03/23/2020
      No, it will blister, peel, attract mildew, will not provide any UV protection, and will ruin the wood.
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    MJN · 03/19/2020
    Can this product (specifically Espresso) be used on Extira exterior grade mdf?
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    Dean · 03/16/2020
    I'm re-finishing a deck (applying after appropriate prep). It says to apply when 50 degrees or warmer. Does it have to remain 50-degree plus overnight? If not, is there a minimum overnight temperature to avoid?
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      Armstrong · 03/16/2020
      It cannot drop below freezing (32) overnight.
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    David L · 03/08/2020
    After removing existing finish on my 30 year old pressure treated deck and going through the cleaning and brightening step then applying your semi solid deck stain ( if the stain is absorbed quickly ? ) how long should I wait to apply a second coat ?
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      Armstrong · 03/09/2020
      You will only need 1 coat for the semi-solid stain colors.
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    Sandy · 12/29/2019
    Used untreated kiln dried pine on exterior barn doors. Do I still have to wait since wood is kiln dried? If so, the inside facing wood will not be exposed to weather during the wait period. How will it accept the stain? Also, can I use a conditioner with your stain to even out the finish?
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      Armstrong · 12/29/2019
      Yes, wait about 1-2 months and then prep. You cannot use a conditioner. Thanks
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    Nick · 12/11/2019
    Greetings. Just ordered the semi solid Woodland stain. Haven't used an oil based stain in awhile here in FL. Am going to roll-on. Is there a particular nap roller that is best to use for applying this oil based stain? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 12/12/2019
      Do not roll it on. Use an exterior stain pad or brush for the best results. Rolling splatters and does not allow deep penetration into the wood grain.
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        Nick · 12/12/2019
        OK, thank you for the tip
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    Jason · 11/26/2019
    So, I applied the semi-transparent stain when the redwood was dry and temp about 50, 3:00pm. Not quite dry by dark, (4:30ish) then a snowstorm decides to dump 3 inches overnight. Is the process ruined or just let it dryout?
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      Armstrong · 11/26/2019
      Hard to tell until the snow dries off the wood and you can take a look.
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    Kathleen · 11/10/2019
    How do you open the gallon can that has a plastic strip?
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      Armstrong · 11/10/2019
      The plastic ring pops off first. Just pry it inwards with your finger or a pliers.
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    Susan Powers · 10/18/2019
    how long after brightener can you apply stain
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    MB · 10/15/2019
    I prepped and stained my huge deck last fall. It was old dry wood and soaked up the stain like crazy. Looks much better and have been very happy with your product. I probably should have put another coat on right then but winter came fast and it was a huge project. Anyway, I feel like it could use a second coat. What are the prep directions for a second coat after it's been sitting for a year? Thanks!
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    Christine · 10/14/2019
    I'm in NC. What temperature is too cold to stain a deck?
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    Jim · 10/13/2019
    Can Semi-transparent stain be applied if evening temperature is near 40 degrees?
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    Lynn J · 09/27/2019
    I purchased 5 gallons of Chestnut Semi-Transparent stain. The information on the stain container states, "A second coat can be applied "wet-on-wet" for extra protection ONLY IF the first coat absorbs into the wood within 60 minutes. The second coat can be applied "wet-on-dry"". However, when we spoke on the phone, you indicated that this product cannot be applied "wet-on-dry". Can you please clarify and explain why I cannot apply the stain "wet-on-dry"? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/28/2019
      AC can be applied either way as long as the wood is absorbent enough to take another coat.
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    john McIntosh · 09/26/2019
    Sorry, not enough info. I have waited 3 months, wood is dry, cleaned and brightened and I am using cedar semi transparent.
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    john McIntosh · 09/26/2019
    One last question, (btw the railings look fantastic!!!), I have new pressure treated #1 wood on my deck. I noticed in some cases you suggest no roller. Should I stay away from a roller and just use brush or pad?
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      Armstrong · 09/27/2019
      Yes, stain pad or brush. No roller.
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    john McIntosh · 09/25/2019
    Cleaned and brightened large deck and it took us 3 days to do railings and balusters. Now we will have to order more stain as 5 gallons was not nearly enough. Will we have to re-clean and brighten deck before getting new stain? It has not rained and deck looks very clean now.
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      Armstrong · 09/25/2019
      As long as you stain within 2 weeks or so of the prep, you should be fine
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    Perry · 09/22/2019
    Hello, I have applied 1 coat of stain on new cedar after buffing with 80 grit. It rained about 18 hours after staining. Can I still apply a second coat or do I really need a second coat?? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 09/23/2019
      Hello, did you follow the directions for new wood? https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      Only one coat after proper weathering and prep. Thanks
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        Perry · 09/23/2019
        Living in the pacific north west one can not wait 3-4 months. When fall hits the wood for the most part will be wet. I waited 1 month and with, which had a substantial amount of sun and rain then sanded With 80 grit to remove any mill glaze left. Will this be an Issue?? Thanks
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          Armstrong · 09/23/2019
          Yes, the stain will not soak in correctly. You have to wait and prep in the Spring. You cannot fast track weathering.
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    mike · 09/18/2019
    just used two part cleaner and brightener on my 3 year old cedar deck. Still need to sand as some old paint is still embedded in the knots. After sanding should I clean and brighten again? I have black walnut. What is the best method to apply? Pad, roller, brush? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/19/2019
      Yes, clean and brighten again. Use a stain pad or brush. Do not use a roller.
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    Cynthia A Fetzer · 09/17/2019
    How do I open the 5 gallon bucket of stain? I see the spout that comes up in the middle, but how do you mix and do I just cut the top of the spout to open, or?
    Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 09/17/2019
      You can pry open the tabs with a flat head screwdriver.