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 · 05/13/2015
    Richard Bresky:
    I have an area of 875 Sq Ft to cover. It has been a previous coating which I will remove as much as possible bu power washing. How many gallons of stain would this project require? Should I apply one heavy coat or 2 light coats?

    2 light coats. You will 6-9 gallons depending on how dried out the wood is.
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    Richard Bresky · 05/13/2015
    I have an area of 875 Sq Ft to cover. It has been a previous coating which I will remove as much as possible bu power washing. How many gallons of stain would this project require? Should I apply one heavy coat or 2 light coats?
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    Administrator · 05/13/2015
    Bob M:
    Hello,
    I have a 16'X16' cabin with T1-11 siding that has not been treated and is about 8 months old. I want to use a solid stain.
    I know I will need to clean prior to staining, but would like to know if I will need any primer and/or how many coats to expect to use.
    Thanks

    We do not sell a solid stain. You cannot use a primer with our products.
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    Bob M · 05/12/2015
    Hello,
    I have a 16'X16' cabin with T1-11 siding that has not been treated and is about 8 months old. I want to use a solid stain.
    I know I will need to clean prior to staining, but would like to know if I will need any primer and/or how many coats to expect to use.
    Thanks
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    Administrator · 05/05/2015
    patrick.sanseverr:
    Should I seal my deck after using Armstrong clar mohagany stain and if so what do you recommend?

    No you cannot put a sealer on top of the AC. No need.
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    Patrick Sansevere · 05/04/2015
    Should I seal my deck after using Armstrong clar mohagany stain and if so what do you recommend?
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    Administrator · 05/04/2015
    David:
    Hello - I used AC on my western red cedar deck 2 years ago and a maintenance coat is needed. If I am using the same AC stain, can I wash with soapy water, let dry and just reapply over what residual old AC stain there is left? Thanks!

    Yes as long as the wood is clean.
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    David · 05/04/2015
    Hello - I used AC on my western red cedar deck 2 years ago and a maintenance coat is needed. If I am using the same AC stain, can I wash with soapy water, let dry and just reapply over what residual old AC stain there is left? Thanks!
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    Administrator · 04/18/2015
    Wanda:
    My deck was stained professionally using Armstrong Clark Sierra Redwood stain. It has been 5 days and the oils are still seeping from the wood making it impossible to walk on the deck in the midday sun. The wood had been treated in previous years with other products but the new application initially looked like a puddle of mud. Is there a product I can use to inhibit this seepage. The stain was rolled on by the contractor and not wiped up afterward.

    Did they remove the previous products first? AC is a penetrating oil based stain that needs to soak into the wood. If it cannot due to improper prep or extreme over application, then it will have problems and will need to be removed and started over.
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    Wanda · 04/17/2015
    My deck was stained professionally using Armstrong Clark Sierra Redwood stain. It has been 5 days and the oils are still seeping from the wood making it impossible to walk on the deck in the midday sun. The wood had been treated in previous years with other products but the new application initially looked like a puddle of mud. Is there a product I can use to inhibit this seepage. The stain was rolled on by the contractor and not wiped up afterward.
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    Administrator · 02/01/2015
    Jesse:
    I applied transparent red to western red cedar fence and pergola. Looks amazing. I applied in Oct (5 months ago) , and i did not use nearly as much as I had calculated. Infact only half. The fence still looks great. When should I reapply? What do I need to do before I reapply? Simple wash or rad again? There was no way to apply more and I know my calculation was right. Why would I have only used half? Poor absorption.

    Glad it looks great! Absorption rate into the wood is dependent on the wood type, age of wood, and application method. Smooth new wood is much less absorbent then older/dried out wood. I would reapply as needed. Look for signs of color fading. Vertical areas will hold color much longer then a horizontal area. For prep, you can clean with soapy water or a diluted version of the RAD if the AC is still intact and has not worn.
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    Jesse · 01/31/2015
    I applied transparent red to western red cedar fence and pergola. Looks amazing. I applied in Oct (5 months ago) , and i did not use nearly as much as I had calculated. Infact only half. The fence still looks great. When should I reapply? What do I need to do before I reapply? Simple wash or rad again? There was no way to apply more and I know my calculation was right. Why would I have only used half? Poor absorption.
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    Administrator · 10/27/2014
    BJ:
    1) for 5 gallon can: should I get it shaken in a paint store, or should i be able to mix well enuf at home with just a stir stick
    2)i read you can't store oil-based in plastic. But is it ok to pour stain into a plastic bucket while I'm applying it?
    3)how soon can it rain after I apply stain? Above it says "several days" but somewhere else I read 12 hrs.

    1. Use a 5 gallon paint stirrer that fits on a drill. You can get these for about $5.
    2. Yes that is fine.
    3. AC can take a rain after 12 hours.
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    BJ · 10/25/2014
    1) for 5 gallon can: should I get it shaken in a paint store, or should i be able to mix well enuf at home with just a stir stick
    2)i read you can't store oil-based in plastic. But is it ok to pour stain into a plastic bucket while I'm applying it?
    3)how soon can it rain after I apply stain? Above it says "several days" but somewhere else I read 12 hrs.
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    Administrator · 10/09/2014
    Nathan:
    I just bought both RAD kit and semi trans Sierra redwood for my new PT deck. Based on the instructions I read here, my understanding is that the deck needs to be cleaned and prepped first using RAD, then it can be stained a couple of days later with semi trans stain. However, the contractor I am hiring for this job told me since this is a new deck, there is no need for any prep work before staining and RAD should not be used for new decks. He is not familiar with AC and feels reluctant to use RAD to clean and prep first and then stain. Is there a number he can call to talk with some one so that he can be convinced to follow the AC staining instructions? Thanks!

    All new wood needs to be prepped before using a stain. This opens the wood grain by removing the mill glaze and allowing the stain to absorb deeper. Phone number is at top.
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    Nathan · 10/09/2014
    I just bought both RAD kit and semi trans Sierra redwood for my new PT deck. Based on the instructions I read here, my understanding is that the deck needs to be cleaned and prepped first using RAD, then it can be stained a couple of days later with semi trans stain. However, the contractor I am hiring for this job told me since this is a new deck, there is no need for any prep work before staining and RAD should not be used for new decks. He is not familiar with AC and feels reluctant to use RAD to clean and prep first and then stain. Is there a number he can call to talk with some one so that he can be convinced to follow the AC staining instructions? Thanks!
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    Administrator · 10/06/2014
    Deane Cooper:
    My new hardwood deck was recently sealed with a product called Superdeck, which quickly faded. I am going to re-seal it with your hardwood mahogany stain. My question is about the prep, is sanding the existing sealer off the deck acceptable for prep in lieu of stripping it?
    Thank you

    You should not sand but strip. Much easier and it will allow the AC to penetrate deeper.
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    Deane Cooper · 10/06/2014
    My new hardwood deck was recently sealed with a product called Superdeck, which quickly faded. I am going to re-seal it with your hardwood mahogany stain. My question is about the prep, is sanding the existing sealer off the deck acceptable for prep in lieu of stripping it?
    Thank you
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    Administrator · 10/05/2014
    Janice:
    We are building a new covered and screened-in deck with pressure treated pine. Contractor wants we to stain the new deck immediately. He says if we wait a even a few months, the wood will crack. Is your product recommended for new pressure treated pine? We live in Georgia.

    For new wood you need to wait 3 months and prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit for the prep.
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    Administrator · 10/05/2014
    Andy Gauthier:
    Will a new deck generally require two coats?

    Only one coat.
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    Andy Gauthier · 10/05/2014
    Will a new deck generally require two coats?
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    Janice · 10/04/2014
    We are building a new covered and screened-in deck with pressure treated pine. Contractor wants we to stain the new deck immediately. He says if we wait a even a few months, the wood will crack. Is your product recommended for new pressure treated pine? We live in Georgia.
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    Armstrong · 10/02/2014
    Carol.bent:
    e are in the process of building a new home in British Columbia. There are several Douglas Fir posts and beams both inside and out. I am looking at the semi-transparent stain in rustic brown or sierra redwood. Would this be a good product for both the interior and the exterior timbers? Would the semi-solid be better? Also, can you describe how each of those colors would likely look on the fir timbers?
    Thank you
    Carol

    Best to order samples to test the color on your wood as it will vary. You can use this on both inside and outside but it is oil based and will have a odor indoors that will linger for a few days or so.
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    Carol Bent · 10/01/2014
    e are in the process of building a new home in British Columbia. There are several Douglas Fir posts and beams both inside and out. I am looking at the semi-transparent stain in rustic brown or sierra redwood. Would this be a good product for both the interior and the exterior timbers? Would the semi-solid be better? Also, can you describe how each of those colors would likely look on the fir timbers?
    Thank you
    Carol
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    Administrator · 09/30/2014
    Mike McGuire:
    Is there a formula to calculate how much stain is needed for the spindle's. 2"x2"x40".

    For railings, just do linear feet x height.
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    Mike McGuire · 09/29/2014
    Is there a formula to calculate how much stain is needed for the spindle's. 2"x2"x40".
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    Administrator · 09/22/2014
    Anne:
    It has been 24 hours since I applied the hardwood stain. Although it looks dry, lightly wiping the surface with a rag causes an oily stain to come off. I'd like to let my cat outside as soon as possible but don't want to ruin the finish (or harm the cat). Should I wait longer or wipe down the entire (covered) porch with a rag? Thanks for your help!

    Wait a little longer and let it continue to absorb. You can wipe after another 24 hours if needed.
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    Anne · 09/21/2014
    It has been 24 hours since I applied the hardwood stain. Although it looks dry, lightly wiping the surface with a rag causes an oily stain to come off. I'd like to let my cat outside as soon as possible but don't want to ruin the finish (or harm the cat). Should I wait longer or wipe down the entire (covered) porch with a rag? Thanks for your help!
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    Armstrong · 09/21/2014
    727lawrence:
    I've never used a 5 gal container before, and want to avoid making a mess trying to pour from it. Can you provide instructions for the best way to do this? I assume that I should take the entire top off and not use that hole in the top?

    You can do it either way. You will need to stir and mix well first before suing and many find that removing the top makes this easier.
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    LAWRENCE SHEPPARD · 09/20/2014
    I've never used a 5 gal container before, and want to avoid making a mess trying to pour from it. Can you provide instructions for the best way to do this? I assume that I should take the entire top off and not use that hole in the top?