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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    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?
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    Daniel · 08/07/2016
    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?
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    Administrator · 07/30/2016
    John Mitchell:
    Have used your stains on two redwood decks; highly pleased with results, excellent product--thanks!
    Am currently prepping vertical siding and trim around clerestories. Very difficult to reach. Planning to use semi transparent stain, probably multiple coats because the wood is very dry (Southwest exposure). Since my next birthday is the big 80, my wife has stated emphatically this is the last time I will be allowed to monkey boy around on the roof I need something for added longevity. A friend over painted a stained finish with two part marine epoxy and was very pleased with the results. Would you recommend this added treatment over your stain. I need at least ten years--after that it will be up to whoever purchases the house from my heirs!
    Many thanks for an excellent product!
    John Mitchell

    Adding a two part epoxy over top of a wood or deck stain is a bad idea. It will blister and peel, creating a mess to fix down the road. There is not a way to make a stain last longer. Glad you love our stains!
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    John Mitchell · 07/29/2016
    Have used your stains on two redwood decks; highly pleased with results, excellent product--thanks!
    Am currently prepping vertical siding and trim around clerestories. Very difficult to reach. Planning to use semi transparent stain, probably multiple coats because the wood is very dry (Southwest exposure). Since my next birthday is the big 80, my wife has stated emphatically this is the last time I will be allowed to monkey boy around on the roof I need something for added longevity. A friend over painted a stained finish with two part marine epoxy and was very pleased with the results. Would you recommend this added treatment over your stain. I need at least ten years--after that it will be up to whoever purchases the house from my heirs!
    Many thanks for an excellent product!
    John Mitchell
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    Administrator · 07/26/2016
    peggy gusler:
    I have a 1.5 story cabin 28x 18 plus porch and deck which has not been treated for at least 7 years. the south side logs are very gray and rough. I will be refinishing this cabin alone so am wondering how long I can wait to stain after I sand the logs.

    Best to prep with the Restore a Deck Kit and pressure washing over sanding. Easier and will do a better job. Let dry for a few days and then stain.
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    peggy gusler · 07/26/2016
    I have a 1.5 story cabin 28x 18 plus porch and deck which has not been treated for at least 7 years. the south side logs are very gray and rough. I will be refinishing this cabin alone so am wondering how long I can wait to stain after I sand the logs.
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    Administrator · 07/21/2016
    Jim Lewis:
    I was considering staining beams and tongue and grove walls in 4 season room.

    Can you confirm if there are any risks to this?

    Regards,
    Jim

    No issues, but the AC does have an odor as it is oil based. Make sure it has ventilation until the odor dissipates and the stain fully cures. If indoors, it could take a few days.
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    Jim Lewis · 07/20/2016
    I was considering staining beams and tongue and grove walls in 4 season room.

    Can you confirm if there are any risks to this?

    Regards,
    Jim
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    Administrator · 07/19/2016
    James Ali:
    We have a 3 story deck with multiple platforms, landings & of course railings & spindles. There's simply way to much to strip, (oil based stain) so we've decided to try applying a lightly tinted application to the vertical faces (which still look pretty good), then strip as best as possible the flat surfaces, and then apply a deeper stain to those flat surfaces, in hopes that they all match fairly well. Does this sound like a viable option?

    They will not match and you should not apply the AC over top of a different brand. Best to strip all and start with unstained wood.
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    James Ali · 07/19/2016
    We have a 3 story deck with multiple platforms, landings & of course railings & spindles. There's simply way to much to strip, (oil based stain) so we've decided to try applying a lightly tinted application to the vertical faces (which still look pretty good), then strip as best as possible the flat surfaces, and then apply a deeper stain to those flat surfaces, in hopes that they all match fairly well. Does this sound like a viable option?
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    Administrator · 07/18/2016
    dianaw:
    We are ready to stain our IPE deck and purchased 5 gallons of stain. Seeing as this is a large item, what do you recommend as far as mixing the stain prior to use.

    You can mix with a 5 gallon paint drill mixer. You can get these for about $5 at a local hardware store.
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    Diana · 07/18/2016
    We are ready to stain our IPE deck and purchased 5 gallons of stain. Seeing as this is a large item, what do you recommend as far as mixing the stain prior to use.