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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    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.
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    Administrator · 07/17/2016
    Don Shenberger:
    Hello,
    You state to wait a year before staining new wood, but most sites say a few weeks. What will happen if I do not wait as I only replaced two or three new boards and the rest of deck is olderthan 5 years.
    Thanks,

    We suggest 3 months for new wood. If you do not wait and you stain the new boards, you will most likely have to apply another coat to them in 9-12 months.
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    Brian Rice · 07/17/2016
    Have leftover Mahogany hardwood. Sprayed Blyogern in can (Argon gas) and sealed.

    How will I know if the stain is still good in a year or so?

    Any test to perform before using it?
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    Don Shenberger · 07/16/2016
    Hello,
    You state to wait a year before staining new wood, but most sites say a few weeks. What will happen if I do not wait as I only replaced two or three new boards and the rest of deck is olderthan 5 years.
    Thanks,
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    Administrator · 07/16/2016
    Gord0:
    You say spray using airless sprayer. Can a HVLP sprayer be used? If not why?

    Yes you can use a HVLP sprayer.
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    Gord0 · 07/15/2016
    You say spray using airless sprayer. Can a HVLP sprayer be used? If not why?
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    Administrator · 07/07/2016
    McKodiak:
    Cleaned and brightened new IPE deck on Saturday. Applied Amber stain on Monday. It did rain Tuesday early morning and I did not notice any issues until later when it dried. I did see some clumpy residue in certain areas and in others it looked like the stain faded away. From a previous post, I garner I can just rinse the residue with a hose but can I apply more stain at anytime to fix the faded areas even a free a week or two?

    Yes you can rinse with water, but the IPE will not take more stain right now. It would be better to apply a light coat later in Fall or next Spring.
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    Matthew Cody · 07/06/2016
    Cleaned and brightened new IPE deck on Saturday. Applied Amber stain on Monday. It did rain Tuesday early morning and I did not notice any issues until later when it dried. I did see some clumpy residue in certain areas and in others it looked like the stain faded away. From a previous post, I garner I can just rinse the residue with a hose but can I apply more stain at anytime to fix the faded areas even a free a week or two?
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    Administrator · 07/05/2016
    tugger:
    1.Old stains/sealers must be removed before applying AC product. Next year, you say clean/brighten/stain. Last year's product is still there so how can you apply without stripping/power wash since this would be a dry/dry application?
    2.Will power washer remove some dark areas in IPE under a grill mat (brightener did not get all of it)
    3. Can I add some extra mildewcide liquid? On Cape Cod and get heavy dews and have mildew issues.
    4.Might it be best to prophylactically flood/rinse deck 48hrs after staining to float any residual stain so dogs and I don't track it inside?
    5.New stained Maibec double dipped cedar shakes. Will splashed water from #4 above, stain these shakes or what can I do to prevent this (hate taping off)?
    6.Will use stain pad (brush for cutting in). How do you know how much is enough stain? Will pad get edges between boards or do I need to dig in there with brush, and if so, do I do this brush work before or after pad staining?
    Thanks

    1. Yes
    2. Probably not.
    3. No you cannot
    4. Sure you can do this.
    5. Doubt it would stain the siding.
    6. Apply just enough to stain the wood. You do not want to heavy coat this. Probably will need a brush to get in the grooves.
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    Brian Rice · 07/03/2016
    1.Old stains/sealers must be removed before applying AC product. Next year, you say clean/brighten/stain. Last year's product is still there so how can you apply without stripping/power wash since this would be a dry/dry application?
    2.Will power washer remove some dark areas in IPE under a grill mat (brightener did not get all of it)
    3. Can I add some extra mildewcide liquid? On Cape Cod and get heavy dews and have mildew issues.
    4.Might it be best to prophylactically flood/rinse deck 48hrs after staining to float any residual stain so dogs and I don't track it inside?
    5.New stained Maibec double dipped cedar shakes. Will splashed water from #4 above, stain these shakes or what can I do to prevent this (hate taping off)?
    6.Will use stain pad (brush for cutting in). How do you know how much is enough stain? Will pad get edges between boards or do I need to dig in there with brush, and if so, do I do this brush work before or after pad staining?
    Thanks
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    Administrator · 07/02/2016
    malcolm rpoudfoot:
    Hi,
    We just stained our IPE deck and I wanted to know how many days I should let it sit before using/putting deck furniture back on the deck? It has already been two-three dry warmer days so far. feels dry to the touch, but just don't want to chance it if you think it should sit longer,
    thanks
    Malcolm

    1-2 days is normal, just make sure it is dry to the touch.
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    malcolm rpoudfoot · 07/01/2016
    Hi,
    We just stained our IPE deck and I wanted to know how many days I should let it sit before using/putting deck furniture back on the deck? It has already been two-three dry warmer days so far. feels dry to the touch, but just don't want to chance it if you think it should sit longer,
    thanks
    Malcolm
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    Administrator · 06/30/2016
    anthony:
    I have a red cedar wood fence to stain ,my question is what is the coverage on a fence per sq ft. And how many coats for this type of wood is recommended.

    About 200 Sq. feet per gallon. Best to apply 2 coats "wet on wet". Apply the first coat and apply a second withing 20-90 minutes of the first coat.
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    anthony · 06/30/2016
    I have a red cedar wood fence to stain ,my question is what is the coverage on a fence per sq ft. And how many coats for this type of wood is recommended.
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    Administrator · 06/26/2016
    Judd:
    I walked on my deck for the first time after allowing it to set for a week which was mostly hot (80s-90s) and humid with a couple light rains. Used Mountain Cedar semisolid after stripping and brightening with RAD kit. Deck feels dry, not tacky at all but definitely have some orange-ish residue on my feet. Is this normal after a week?

    Also, I've seen many references to back wiping on the comments but I'm not familiar with the term, hoping I didn't inadvertently do that. Could you explain?

    You may have over applied slightly. You can rinse off the residue with water. Use your hose and a good nozzle to rinse. A good rain will help as well.
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    Judd · 06/25/2016
    I walked on my deck for the first time after allowing it to set for a week which was mostly hot (80s-90s) and humid with a couple light rains. Used Mountain Cedar semisolid after stripping and brightening with RAD kit. Deck feels dry, not tacky at all but definitely have some orange-ish residue on my feet. Is this normal after a week?

    Also, I've seen many references to back wiping on the comments but I'm not familiar with the term, hoping I didn't inadvertently do that. Could you explain?