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 · 06/08/2016
    nestle:
    In April, I had all deck boards and railings replaced. #2 pine was used. I plan on staining (semi-trans) in September, after cleaning with deck cleaner and letting dry. Since I've had so many deck issues in the past, I want to do this right the first time. Must I apply 2 coats to the floor? Must I re-apply again in one year? The deck is 13x13 with 90 posts - will one gallon be enough? Thanks in advance!

    Just one coat this year and another in 12-18 months. You will need 2 maybe 3 gallons for the 1 coat.
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    Nancy Fetters · 06/08/2016
    In April, I had all deck boards and railings replaced. #2 pine was used. I plan on staining (semi-trans) in September, after cleaning with deck cleaner and letting dry. Since I've had so many deck issues in the past, I want to do this right the first time. Must I apply 2 coats to the floor? Must I re-apply again in one year? The deck is 13x13 with 90 posts - will one gallon be enough? Thanks in advance!
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    Administrator · 06/07/2016
    kiloboo:
    Prepped Ipe deck using RAD stripper, brightener and power washing. let dry and applied two coats, wet on wet, with a stain pad. 12 hrs later we had light rain. Wiped up a few puddles of stain after 24 hrs. Then the heavy rain came. The next day, I flooded the deck with clean water and washed off excess oil. Deck does not feel oily, but looks very orange and is spotted. There are also some glossy spots when the sun shine on it. What happened and how do I fix it?

    Leave it alone for a week or so. It should even out.
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    Doreen Reed · 06/07/2016
    Prepped Ipe deck using RAD stripper, brightener and power washing. let dry and applied two coats, wet on wet, with a stain pad. 12 hrs later we had light rain. Wiped up a few puddles of stain after 24 hrs. Then the heavy rain came. The next day, I flooded the deck with clean water and washed off excess oil. Deck does not feel oily, but looks very orange and is spotted. There are also some glossy spots when the sun shine on it. What happened and how do I fix it?
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    Administrator · 06/01/2016
    gwen:
    I am building a cedar deck. I want to stain it with in 4 weeks after I build it. Is there any issues with doing so soon.

    Please see out instructions on staining new wood:

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    gwen · 06/01/2016
    I am building a cedar deck. I want to stain it with in 4 weeks after I build it. Is there any issues with doing so soon.
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    Administrator · 05/31/2016
    Shorsley:
    In the "Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions" post, is says to "use a roller, brush, stain pad," etc., an that "if applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed area." Yet, several responses to the comments say to not use a roller to apply the stain. Can/should I use a roller to apply Armstrong Clark Stain?

    Roller can be used, but are not the best way to ensure an even application. A stain pad is much better and easier.
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    Stephanie Horsley · 05/31/2016
    In the "Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions" post, is says to "use a roller, brush, stain pad," etc., an that "if applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed area." Yet, several responses to the comments say to not use a roller to apply the stain. Can/should I use a roller to apply Armstrong Clark Stain?
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    Administrator · 05/29/2016
    JohnB:
    We have a deck table that is weathered gray. We have left over stain and wondered if we should use it? We don't have pressure washer. Will a light sand, prepare the surface enough?

    If you remove all of the great, then it should be okay.
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    JohnB · 05/28/2016
    We have a deck table that is weathered gray. We have left over stain and wondered if we should use it? We don't have pressure washer. Will a light sand, prepare the surface enough?
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    Administrator · 05/25/2016
    Todd:
    Just getting ready to stain my deck. Considering between AC Semi-Transparent Rustic Brown or Semi Solid Woodland Brown. My deck is pressure treated and nearing the 2 year mark with no treatment. Wondering if the semi transparent or semi solid is the better choice? Im concerned about the semi solid peeling in time. Also, do you recommend during staining that the AC stains are wiped with a rag while staining to remove excess or wait until stain begins to dry to wipe excess before second coat?

    Thank you!

    Do not back wipe the AC stains to remove excess. The semi-solids are penetrating so they do not peel.
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    Todd · 05/24/2016
    Just getting ready to stain my deck. Considering between AC Semi-Transparent Rustic Brown or Semi Solid Woodland Brown. My deck is pressure treated and nearing the 2 year mark with no treatment. Wondering if the semi transparent or semi solid is the better choice? Im concerned about the semi solid peeling in time. Also, do you recommend during staining that the AC stains are wiped with a rag while staining to remove excess or wait until stain begins to dry to wipe excess before second coat?

    Thank you!
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    Administrator · 05/23/2016
    Lynne Morris:
    Hello,
    My deck is about 15 yrs old. I kept up with the staining originally then "things" got in the way. Im ready to redo/restore. I pressured washed and it removed quite a bit of the old stain. I plan to use your 2 step prep. and then stain with the Driftwood gray. Do you recommend spraying or rolling. I've only brushed and I'm too old to do that s**t again. Also...if I order by tomorrow...how soon will it arrive?

    You should strip and brighten for the prep to remove all of the old stain. Do not roll the stain. Use a stain pad applicator or stain brush for best results. Shipping time is based on where you live.
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    Lynne Morris · 05/23/2016
    Hello,
    My deck is about 15 yrs old. I kept up with the staining originally then "things" got in the way. Im ready to redo/restore. I pressured washed and it removed quite a bit of the old stain. I plan to use your 2 step prep. and then stain with the Driftwood gray. Do you recommend spraying or rolling. I've only brushed and I'm too old to do that s**t again. Also...if I order by tomorrow...how soon will it arrive?
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    Administrator · 05/20/2016
    Collin:
    Should I apply with a brush or a roller? If a roller what kind of roller if a brush what kind of brush?

    Do not roll. Use a stain pad or brush. We like the exterior stain pads best. They are made by Padco or Shurline.
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    Collin · 05/19/2016
    Should I apply with a brush or a roller? If a roller what kind of roller if a brush what kind of brush?
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    Administrator · 05/18/2016
    dprifogl:
    Hello,
    We stained our fence 4 days ago and one of my helpers spilled a little stain on our vinyl siding. We thought it wiped away but apparently not. Any tips on how to remove the stain from the siding now?

    Try a water based Graffiti Remover and test first to make sure there is not a reaction.
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    Danielle Downing · 05/18/2016
    Hello,
    We stained our fence 4 days ago and one of my helpers spilled a little stain on our vinyl siding. We thought it wiped away but apparently not. Any tips on how to remove the stain from the siding now?
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    Administrator · 05/17/2016
    Mary:
    I want to stain my deck, and the temperature is about 55-65 degrees out during the day. It is suppose to get down to around 38-40 at night. Should I stain now or should I wait till the temps at night don"t fall below 45 degrees?

    Best to not have it drop below 40 degrees at night.
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    Mary · 05/17/2016
    I want to stain my deck, and the temperature is about 55-65 degrees out during the day. It is suppose to get down to around 38-40 at night. Should I stain now or should I wait till the temps at night don"t fall below 45 degrees?
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    Administrator · 05/12/2016
    john m:
    Hi
    Great product from last years staining.

    I used a can opened less than a year ago. I may have overapplied over last years coat. I prepped using dish soap, water, bleach and scrubbed lightly to remove dirt.

    The deck looks good but there are patches of pigment on surface in a few areas due my overapplcation that rubs of with a rag.

    any concerns?

    Rub off the excess stain and saturate those rags with water. Lay them flat to dry outside. You should be fine.
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    john m · 05/11/2016
    Hi
    Great product from last years staining.

    I used a can opened less than a year ago. I may have overapplied over last years coat. I prepped using dish soap, water, bleach and scrubbed lightly to remove dirt.

    The deck looks good but there are patches of pigment on surface in a few areas due my overapplcation that rubs of with a rag.

    any concerns?
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    Administrator · 05/02/2016
    Barrie Barnes:
    I have prepped my newish cedar deck (7 months) using a water, bleach, tsp formula and scrubbing then rinsing with hose pressure. There was quite a bit of dirt, mildew, etc. that came off and it looked nice and clean when still wet. After drying it has a grey haze over most of it so I wonder if it's ok to apply my amber stain or do I need to do something more?

    Hard to say if you should prep with the Restore A Deck Kits to remove the gray. The Amber color will darken as if wet with water.
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    Barrie Barnes · 05/01/2016
    I have prepped my newish cedar deck (7 months) using a water, bleach, tsp formula and scrubbing then rinsing with hose pressure. There was quite a bit of dirt, mildew, etc. that came off and it looked nice and clean when still wet. After drying it has a grey haze over most of it so I wonder if it's ok to apply my amber stain or do I need to do something more?
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    Administrator · 04/26/2016
    Theresa:
    Sorry, one more question....What is the shelf life of the stain opened vs un-opened.

    Thanks so much for the prompt reply on the last question too!
    :)
    Theresa

    Opened it will last less than a year. Unopened, it will last a couple of years.
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    Theresa · 04/26/2016
    Sorry, one more question....What is the shelf life of the stain opened vs un-opened.

    Thanks so much for the prompt reply on the last question too!
    :)
    Theresa
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    Administrator · 04/26/2016
    Theresa:
    Hi There,
    I see that each gallon does 150-200 sqr feet. I was wondering if that is just one coat worth or two coats?
    Cheers!
    Theresa

    One coat. Second coat will spread farther at 250-300 sq. feet per gallon.
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    Theresa · 04/26/2016
    Hi There,
    I see that each gallon does 150-200 sqr feet. I was wondering if that is just one coat worth or two coats?
    Cheers!
    Theresa
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    Administrator · 04/12/2016
    Stephen Rahe:
    [quote]
    Are you back wiping the stain? You should not back wipe. If you do then you are removing the curing oils that would prevent this, leaving the non-drying oils exposed.[/quote]

    Can you explain what you mean? I applied a semi-transparent stain yesterday to a 6-month cured (prepped) Western Red Cedar deck using a pad and I used the pad to "brush out" any puddles after application following these directions: http://www.armclark.com/downloads/2016/ProdDataSemiTrans.pdf
    Can you explain what you mean by "back wiping"?

    You can back brush to ensure an even application while applying. Do not back wipe stain after say 30-60 minutes.
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    Stephen Rahe · 04/12/2016
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    Are you back wiping the stain? You should not back wipe. If you do then you are removing the curing oils that would prevent this, leaving the non-drying oils exposed.


    Can you explain what you mean? I applied a semi-transparent stain yesterday to a 6-month cured (prepped) Western Red Cedar deck using a pad and I used the pad to "brush out" any puddles after application following these directions: http://www.armclark.com/downloads/2016/ProdDataSemiTrans.pdf
    Can you explain what you mean by "back wiping"?