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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    Anthony fossa · 05/31/2015
    I stained my ice deck over 10 days ago with your mohagany stain. Prepped with your deck restoration kit. I rolled on the stained and then brushed in by hand and had no puddles. The next day stain was still quite wet but no puddling or shiny spots. After 10 days od dry 70 degree temps with winds fairly moderate most od the time the deck is stil oily to the touch and when my dogs walk on they bring in oily paw prints to our tile floors. How can I remove the oily finish without removing the stain finish? I tried toweling it down bit that doesn't even work. Still a greasy film.
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    Administrator · 05/29/2015
    Clint:
    How long do I need to wait before I can stain a new cedar deck?

    Please read this:
    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    Clint · 05/29/2015
    How long do I need to wait before I can stain a new cedar deck?
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    Administrator · 05/25/2015
    kortyl:
    Question. Just did the power washing..then used your 2-step process of cleaner and brightner. Deck is clean, and ready to stain (7 year old 20x20 ipe deck which has never been treated or stained before) with the AC mahogany stain. If I stain tmrw which is a tuesday, how many full days before it rains am I good for? I see rain in the forecast possibly for thursday.

    2. Do I apply and wipe, or just apply stain and let dry?
    thx

    AC can take a rain within 4-12 hours of application for most decks. Just stain and let dry. Do not wipe.
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    kevin ortyl · 05/25/2015
    Question. Just did the power washing..then used your 2-step process of cleaner and brightner. Deck is clean, and ready to stain (7 year old 20x20 ipe deck which has never been treated or stained before) with the AC mahogany stain. If I stain tmrw which is a tuesday, how many full days before it rains am I good for? I see rain in the forecast possibly for thursday.

    2. Do I apply and wipe, or just apply stain and let dry?
    thx
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    Administrator · 05/21/2015
    Jason"][quote name="opwdecks"][quote name="Jason:
    I prepped and stained my deck last year. The floor boards have lightened up a bit this year and seem to be releasing pigment. My fear is the pigment from the stain will get in the house. I am retreating my deck this year, but would like to eliminate the pigment getting on everything. Any suggestions?[/quote]
    I am not sure what you mean about releasing pigment.[/quote]

    The color in the stain. Mine is rustic brown, and it seems to rub off on everything.

    If it is rubbing off then it never was able to soak into the wood and cure properly. This could be related do over applying. I would prep again with the Restore A Deck products and apply just one coat. Do not over apply and do not back wipe. It will soak in and cure.
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    Jason · 05/20/2015
    opwdecks"][quote name="Jason:
    I prepped and stained my deck last year. The floor boards have lightened up a bit this year and seem to be releasing pigment. My fear is the pigment from the stain will get in the house. I am retreating my deck this year, but would like to eliminate the pigment getting on everything. Any suggestions?[/quote]
    I am not sure what you mean about releasing pigment.


    The color in the stain. Mine is rustic brown, and it seems to rub off on everything.
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    Administrator · 05/20/2015
    Jason:
    I prepped and stained my deck last year. The floor boards have lightened up a bit this year and seem to be releasing pigment. My fear is the pigment from the stain will get in the house. I am retreating my deck this year, but would like to eliminate the pigment getting on everything. Any suggestions?

    I am not sure what you mean about releasing pigment.
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    Jason · 05/19/2015
    I prepped and stained my deck last year. The floor boards have lightened up a bit this year and seem to be releasing pigment. My fear is the pigment from the stain will get in the house. I am retreating my deck this year, but would like to eliminate the pigment getting on everything. Any suggestions?
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    Administrator · 05/19/2015
    Gary Stinton:
    I used your stain and it looks great. I did all the prep work that was recommended. The problem I have is that it dose not want to dry on the surface. It has been over a week since application and it looks dry but when the sun shines on it the stain comes to the surface. I'm afraid of tracking it into the house and I don't think my wife would like that. What can I do. Please help.

    You may have over applied and the oil was not able to penetrate fully. Try saturating with water. The oil should rise up from the surface and then rinse off. Oil floats on water so we are trying to rinse off the excess oil.
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    Gary Stinton · 05/19/2015
    I used your stain and it looks great. I did all the prep work that was recommended. The problem I have is that it dose not want to dry on the surface. It has been over a week since application and it looks dry but when the sun shines on it the stain comes to the surface. I'm afraid of tracking it into the house and I don't think my wife would like that. What can I do. Please help.
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    Administrator · 05/13/2015
    Kevin Ortyl:
    If I stain my IPE deck year because it's already May and I would like to enjoy it (it's a 400sf deck in MA), can I next year sand out the overlaps and re-stain? Thoughts on how to proceed?
    Thank you for advice.

    You cannot spot sand over laps and then restain and have it dry evenly. You will need to strip it and lightly pressure wash next year for the prep to get it to look even.
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    Kevin Ortyl · 05/13/2015
    If I stain my IPE deck year because it's already May and I would like to enjoy it (it's a 400sf deck in MA), can I next year sand out the overlaps and re-stain? Thoughts on how to proceed?
    Thank you for advice.
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    Administrator · 05/13/2015
    Kevin Ortyl:
    I just powerwashed my 6 year old IPE deck. I did nothing to it these past 6 years. It silvered. I now would like to "bring it back" per se to the original look, or look when it's wet. I power washed it the other day with just 1800psi water, no cleaner. Some slight "overlapping", but it is now clean. Think I want to use the AC Mahogany stain. Will this hide or highlight the overlapping marks I see now in the raw deck? Hope it will hide somewhat. thank you

    You cannot hide overlaps with a stain. It will most likely enhance or stay the same.
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    Kevin Ortyl · 05/13/2015
    I just powerwashed my 6 year old IPE deck. I did nothing to it these past 6 years. It silvered. I now would like to "bring it back" per se to the original look, or look when it's wet. I power washed it the other day with just 1800psi water, no cleaner. Some slight "overlapping", but it is now clean. Think I want to use the AC Mahogany stain. Will this hide or highlight the overlapping marks I see now in the raw deck? Hope it will hide somewhat. thank you
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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.