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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    Joe · 05/14/2020
    I'm getting ready to use apply your semi solid stain my deck and I want to make sure apply it correctly using a brush or pad.
    1. when apply the stain do i apply in in only one direction of can i brush back brush it to even out the quantity of the stain and the let it dry ?
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      Armstrong · 05/14/2020
      Just apply it evenly with a deck stain pad going with the board directions. Do not back brush.
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    Jeremy Berger · 05/14/2020
    Applying Armstrong on IPE - Just want to confirm I have the right steps (nervous)

    1- Strip with Restore a Deck
    2- Brighten with Retstore adeck
    3- Stain with a Stain brush with grain on wood - Where I'm confused - After 24 hrs do I wipe off any excess stain or let it cure/oils penetrate longer? Or do I leave it for 48 hrs before doing anything??
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      Armstrong · 05/14/2020
      Steps are correct. Just apply one coat and let it dry. If needed, after 24 hours you can wipe off excess stain. Saturate any oil rags in water and lay flat to dry outside and away from the house.
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    Mike Lewis · 05/12/2020
    I put one coat of semi natural on a 180 square foot deck made of plywood (1 1/8” thick). Should I put another coat on after it dries?
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    FP · 05/07/2020
    how many coats are required on an IPE Deck for best results? 1 or 2? If the answer is 2, how much time between the first and second coat?
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    WB · 05/07/2020
    I stained a 1500 sq/ft section one afternoon and the remaining 500 sq/ft the next morning, all in great weather. I'm having trouble getting the two sections to blend nicely, IE; I can clearly see where one ended and has an overlap...any suggestions to have a better finished look?
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    scott · 05/06/2020
    Just ordered Armstrong Clark for IPE in Amber. Have about 400 sq ft of deck mostly 5/4" deck boards. What is the best application method ..brush, or cloth? I don't want to use a roller because I like to get between the boards. If brush ..is natural fiber the way to go and do you have a specific brush that served you well? If cloth or pad, what type , specifically one that will not leave fibers behind.

    After application am I suppose to wipe excess (like other stains)?

    Just one coat or do you recommend two coats?


    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 05/06/2020
      Stain pad or brush. It does not matter on the fibers. Do not back wipe right away. You can after 1-2 hours if needed. One coat for hardwoods.
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    mathew · 05/05/2020
    how can i tell if i need another coat once its dried? I was not present during application so I'm not sure if it took more than 30 mins to soak in or not. Is there another "test" i can do?

    Used the semi-trans cedar stain.
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      Armstrong · 05/06/2020
      It is more visual. If it looks good then leave it alone. More is not always better.
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    Dave · 05/02/2020
    How much AC Hardwood Amber will I need for 75’ mahogany 2x4” top and bottom railings with mahogany balusters as fill (posts are painted)?
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    Evan Prentiss · 04/30/2020
    Planning on staining my fence over the weekend. Saw here to wait 48 hours after rain fall in order to apply. Seems self explanatory, but my sprinklers hit the fence in the morning. Should I turn them off for two days?
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    PL · 04/28/2020
    Hello, we had 2 of our decks stained with AC semi-solid about 3 years ago and ever since there's been residue on our shoes after walking on it. Decks are basically unusable.

    What is the normal cause of this? Bad prep, application, or something else? It was applied by a sprayer and 2 coats.. How to fix as well?
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      Armstrong · 04/28/2020
      Over applied. Best to lightly clean and apply one coat of Stain with Natural Tint. It should look in the residue.
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        PL · 04/28/2020
        Stain with Natural Tint. Does that mean no color? Also should it be water or oil based? A product recommendation would be appreciated. Apologies, I'm not entirely stain "literate." Also, when you say lightly clean, would you be able to specify the method and what to clean with?
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          Armstrong · 04/28/2020
          Natural is lightly tinted. AC is only oil-based. Use AC in Natural. Other brands will not work over the AC. Lightly clean with a pressure washer and soap.
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    Tom · 04/28/2020
    2 part question: 1. Did the covered part of the deck yesterday and it looks great. Used 3" bristle brush then wiped off all excess right after. I worked to eliminate any glossy areas, 24 hours later when I wipe is still get some on a soft cotton cloth (See Pic). Is some of that normal or should I continue to wipe down all boards? 2. Thoughts about brush vs. roller if I am going to wipe down each board anyway? I thought I could speed the process up a bit.
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      Armstrong · 04/28/2020
      You are not supposed to back wipe it right away. By doing this you remove the curing oils from the no drying oils and that is an issue with drying. You might want to contact the number on the container for more help.
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        Tom Feiten · 04/28/2020
        Thanks somehow I got turned on this process I called the company on the can and they advised to reapply a light coat and wait 24 hours.
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    Allen M · 04/27/2020
    Will buy airless sprayer, either 1/2 hp or 5/8 hp, to put Rustic Brown semi-transparent on a fence. From what I've read, tip sizes of 15/1k inch or 17/1k inch COULD work, but the smaller tip may be too small for this stain. You know your stains best -- what do you recommend? I'd like to be sure because the 1/2 hp sprayer I'm considering won't support 15/1k tips, while the bigger sprayer will but is $65 more.
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    Tom Feiten · 04/27/2020
    the deck is cleaned and ready to go but it did rain yesterday, the deck will get full sun this morning with a high of 6 and I put a fan on it and I dried it with a towel when I woke. It already looks dry, assume I can start staining today??
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      Armstrong · 04/27/2020
      48 hours after a rain is needed.
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        Tom Feiten · 04/27/2020
        Living in Knoxville .... heck it might be August before I see 2 days without rain :).
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        Thomas P Feiten · 04/27/2020
        forgot to mention its ironwoods super dense. Does that make a difference? seems bone dry.
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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