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 · 04/03/2016
    Blair Patrick:
    I applied (rolled on) Armstrong Clark Deck Stain on my deck in June of 2013. How often should I restain it?

    Usually it needs a new coating every 2 or 3 years. Lightly clean and reapply.
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    Blair Patrick · 04/03/2016
    I applied (rolled on) Armstrong Clark Deck Stain on my deck in June of 2013. How often should I restain it?
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    Administrator · 03/30/2016
    sannitig:
    I have a pine deck with black-enamel aluminum railing. I will be using the restore-a-deck kit, then staining with semi-trans-cedar.

    Do I need to protect my railing with the utmost care during any of these steps? My concern is I have to protect this railing with my life due to the restore-a-deck stuff. Please advise

    Hard to say as all rails are made differently. Most of the time the RAD will not harm them if they have a smooth coating on the spindles. If powder coated, then it is more likely to have a reaction. Best to test first.
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    Dan Sanniti · 03/29/2016
    I have a pine deck with black-enamel aluminum railing. I will be using the restore-a-deck kit, then staining with semi-trans-cedar.

    Do I need to protect my railing with the utmost care during any of these steps? My concern is I have to protect this railing with my life due to the restore-a-deck stuff. Please advise
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    Administrator · 03/29/2016
    Darren:
    Treated pine with cedar shadow box railing. 16x32. Rail is 30" I bought 6 gal semi Trans. Planning on spraying it. Should I back brush all of it or can I back roll? Think that's enough stain?

    You should have enough stain for this. We would suggest using a deck staining pad to back wipe in.
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    darren painter · 03/29/2016
    Treated pine with cedar shadow box railing. 16x32. Rail is 30" I bought 6 gal semi Trans. Planning on spraying it. Should I back brush all of it or can I back roll? Think that's enough stain?
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    Administrator · 02/29/2016
    sannitig:
    I have a SPF deck that's about 3 years old now. I first stained it with Armstrong Cedar Semi-Trans and it rained (light drizzle) as I was finishing. Some of the boards lost a little colour but whatever. We're now entering the third season and the boards in the high traffic areas are a little grey and a little stained, I need to restain.

    Do I just put the same stain over everything or do I restore-a-deck first, or is pressure wash good enough? I have the restore-a-deck but I really don't want go through all that work.

    Picture attached

    [img]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxHYKkVyyjK_SlRKVUtaNXFhXzQ/view?usp=sharing[/img]

    Prep with the RAD products and light pressure washing for this recoating.
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    Dan Sanniti · 02/29/2016
    I have a SPF deck that's about 3 years old now. I first stained it with Armstrong Cedar Semi-Trans and it rained (light drizzle) as I was finishing. Some of the boards lost a little colour but whatever. We're now entering the third season and the boards in the high traffic areas are a little grey and a little stained, I need to restain.

    Do I just put the same stain over everything or do I restore-a-deck first, or is pressure wash good enough? I have the restore-a-deck but I really don't want go through all that work.

    Picture attached

    [img]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxHYKkVyyjK_SlRKVUtaNXFhXzQ/view?usp=sharing[/img]
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    Administrator · 02/21/2016
    Robin:
    Hi -
    I had your mahogany stain applied to my iPae deck yesterday around 5 pm. It's going to rain today by 12 pm. Will I need to reapply?

    Hard to say until after the rains stops and if it was washed or away or not. You will be able to tell then.
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    Robin · 02/21/2016
    Hi -
    I had your mahogany stain applied to my iPae deck yesterday around 5 pm. It's going to rain today by 12 pm. Will I need to reapply?
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    Administrator · 01/11/2016
    pinkitoo2:
    I will be staining a new cedar deck. do i need to sand it? Also It says to let it dry for a few days? Should I put up tarps or somthing to keep animals ect off of it. I have dogs and other critters that will run thru my back yard I am not sure how to keep it untouched for days.. with out barriers

    See here about new wood decks:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

    No you do not need to tarp is after the prep and waiting to dry. any dirt and you can sweep off.
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    theresa oconnor · 01/11/2016
    I will be staining a new cedar deck. do i need to sand it? Also It says to let it dry for a few days? Should I put up tarps or somthing to keep animals ect off of it. I have dogs and other critters that will run thru my back yard I am not sure how to keep it untouched for days.. with out barriers
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    Administrator · 11/09/2015
    Sunil Gandhi:
    I applied a single cost of semi-transparent stain to my 3-year old redwood deck after it was stripped and cleaned. The stain was applied 2 days ago. It rained a little today and I noticed that a substantial portion of the deck does not appear to bead, and also "looks" like it could use an additional coat. Can I apply an additional coat after the first coat has already dried? Or should I wait until another season?

    Best to wait until Spring. Light wash first to remove and dirt.
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    Sunil Gandhi · 11/08/2015
    I applied a single cost of semi-transparent stain to my 3-year old redwood deck after it was stripped and cleaned. The stain was applied 2 days ago. It rained a little today and I noticed that a substantial portion of the deck does not appear to bead, and also "looks" like it could use an additional coat. Can I apply an additional coat after the first coat has already dried? Or should I wait until another season?
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    Administrator · 10/16/2015
    Billymo71:
    Hi, I live in Connecticut and I am planning on staining my mahogany deck tomorrow with your mahogany stain. However, the temperatures are supposed to be upper 40's to lower 50's tomorrow. Tomorrow night may even get down into the 30's (but I hope it will be dry before it gets that cold). Is it a big deal if I stain at these temperatures - what is the risk if it gets too cold?

    The temps are borderline. If they get too cold at night and the stain is not dry, then there could be curing issues. It should not freeze or frost overnight.
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    William Morrison · 10/16/2015
    Hi, I live in Connecticut and I am planning on staining my mahogany deck tomorrow with your mahogany stain. However, the temperatures are supposed to be upper 40's to lower 50's tomorrow. Tomorrow night may even get down into the 30's (but I hope it will be dry before it gets that cold). Is it a big deal if I stain at these temperatures - what is the risk if it gets too cold?
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    Administrator · 10/07/2015
    Bob Rickleffs:
    After hours applying your semi-solid stain, the next day I noticed glossy spots when the sun hit the deck. I wiped them with a rag as suggested. They did not appear until the sun hit the deck. Is this common?

    It is possible to get sunny spots when over applied but it does not happen from the sun. Just leave alone until fully dry. It will be fine.
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    Bob Rickleffs · 10/06/2015
    After hours applying your semi-solid stain, the next day I noticed glossy spots when the sun hit the deck. I wiped them with a rag as suggested. They did not appear until the sun hit the deck. Is this common?
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    Administrator · 09/27/2015
    Elisa D Mack:
    where can I buy Armstrong Clark Stain in St Paul, MN?

    There are not dealers there but we can ship to you in 2-3 days.
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    Elisa D Mack · 09/26/2015
    where can I buy Armstrong Clark Stain in St Paul, MN?
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    Administrator · 09/17/2015
    Beth Julien:
    Just wondering how careful I need to be about keeping stain out of pond with fish. My deck is right next to a pond. It's possible some applied stain on side of deck may drip into the pond. How toxic is the stain to fish? Thanks!

    It floats on water so it will not get in the water. In general you should not get it in there.
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    Beth Julien · 09/17/2015
    Just wondering how careful I need to be about keeping stain out of pond with fish. My deck is right next to a pond. It's possible some applied stain on side of deck may drip into the pond. How toxic is the stain to fish? Thanks!
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    Administrator · 09/14/2015
    Blue:
    I am staining a older deck (no previous stain) Was cleaned and prepped well, but have bad weather.

    half of deck was done in late afternoon/evening, rain came late the next day (within 24 hours), and raining solid for 5 days. Evening cool dipped to 50F last night.

    I am concerned that the protective layer may have not had a chance to properly cure/seal and I don't want mold/discoloration after the winter.

    Am I OK to re-visit the area I already stained with a light coat or leave it be when/if I experience failure.

    The product is the Cedar-tone semi-transparent and the wood so far took 1 gallon to ~180sqft, I thought the coverage was a bit on the generous amount but the stain went on abundantly and penetrated well. My only concern is the protective/outside layers as I did not have a chance to do the second wet on wet coat.

    The rain will not affect it after the 24 hours. Just leave as is.
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    Blue · 09/14/2015
    I am staining a older deck (no previous stain) Was cleaned and prepped well, but have bad weather.

    half of deck was done in late afternoon/evening, rain came late the next day (within 24 hours), and raining solid for 5 days. Evening cool dipped to 50F last night.

    I am concerned that the protective layer may have not had a chance to properly cure/seal and I don't want mold/discoloration after the winter.

    Am I OK to re-visit the area I already stained with a light coat or leave it be when/if I experience failure.

    The product is the Cedar-tone semi-transparent and the wood so far took 1 gallon to ~180sqft, I thought the coverage was a bit on the generous amount but the stain went on abundantly and penetrated well. My only concern is the protective/outside layers as I did not have a chance to do the second wet on wet coat.
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    Administrator · 09/14/2015
    billodom:
    I stained a large deck twice over the last two years and am preparing to stain it again this fall. The deck is constructed from treated pine, so I'm attempting to keep it well-conditioned with the oil-based stains. The deck has a "picture frame" stained in sequoia and the center is stained in cedar. Looks great! BUT, the stain leaves a residue that gets on clothes, shoes, and skin months after it should have cured. Help, please.

    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.
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    William Odom · 09/13/2015
    I stained a large deck twice over the last two years and am preparing to stain it again this fall. The deck is constructed from treated pine, so I'm attempting to keep it well-conditioned with the oil-based stains. The deck has a "picture frame" stained in sequoia and the center is stained in cedar. Looks great! BUT, the stain leaves a residue that gets on clothes, shoes, and skin months after it should have cured. Help, please.
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    Administrator · 09/11/2015
    paint59:
    On the Amber and Mahogany stain is there a difference between these stains since these are recommended for exotic hardwoods versus using a semi-transparent stain?

    These are colors that are recommended for hardwoods. They are not different formulas.
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    Cheryl Gordon · 09/11/2015
    On the Amber and Mahogany stain is there a difference between these stains since these are recommended for exotic hardwoods versus using a semi-transparent stain?
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    Administrator · 09/11/2015
    James Ballard:
    approximately how soon and how long before the stain dries may a second coat be applied if needed

    You should apply the second coat "wet on wet" for best results. That means within 20-60 minutes of the first coat.
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    James Ballard · 09/11/2015
    approximately how soon and how long before the stain dries may a second coat be applied if needed