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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    Mike · 07/30/2021
    I just prepped and cleaned my treated pine deck and then it rained. Can I just let the deck dry again then stain away?
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    Greg · 07/25/2021
    Used brush to apply AC rustic brown semi-trans “maintenance coat” on PT pine deck (original coat was applied last July). Deck was cleaned and nice and dry before applying stain. Three days later, after mid/upper 80s temps with some humidity but no rain, I can see a little residue on a smooth white cloth if I rub the deck hard. It’s not as dark as the stain - it’s very faint. I guess it could even be surface dirt that accumulated over three days since staining. Or maybe even oil residue combined with a little surface dirt. The deck is not glossy and has no puddles or wet spots. The stain seemed to penetrate well - everything looked dry an hour after applying.
    This is the second time I’ve used the same stain, so I’m confident I’m not over-applying based on the results I got the first time I used it (I used less than 3 gallons this time to cover 780 sq ft). What am I seeing? Is it “normal”? Will it go away completely with time - a few more days or a week? Should I wipe it down or just let it be?
    Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 07/26/2021
      It probably has not fully cured yet. Give it more time or feel free to wipe down the floors with rags and mineral spirits. If you do this, soak all rags in water when you are done.
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        Greg · 07/26/2021
        I assume it’s ok to put furniture back on it and walk on it while I wait for full cure?
        If I decide to wipe with rags, will turpentine work or does it have to be mineral spirits?
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          Armstrong · 07/26/2021
          Yes on furniture. Turpentine should work as well. 
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            Greg · 07/26/2021
            Thanks. How many days after staining with one coat is “normal” for full cure? I assume a little residue like I’m seeing after 3 days isn’t unusual?
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              Armstrong · 07/26/2021
              It can take up to a week as it varies based on the amount of coats, wood porosity, etc.
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    Sean B · 07/21/2021
    First question: I did a deck cleaner followed immediately by deck brightener. It's been a few weeks and it's rained. Is it still ok to apply stain if only a few weeks have passed? Will I need to clean/brighten one more time before staining?

    Second question: I've seen a few videos on Youtube that recommend using an applicator pad, not a roller. Can I use an applicator pad for deck boards with the AC product? Will that give me good/great results? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 07/21/2021
      You should lightly clean the deck again since it has been more than 2 weeks. Do not use a roller, use a stain pad or brush for best results.
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        Sean B · 07/21/2021
        Thanks for the speedy answers! If I "lightly clean" does this mean taking a lint free cloth over it or rinsing with a garden hose, then let it dry prior to stain application?
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          Armstrong · 07/21/2021
          No, give it a light pressure wash.
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    Eva Antoinette Kadar · 07/15/2021
    Forgot to post the photos...
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    Eva · 07/15/2021
    Yesterday I posted my good looking deck after 24 hours of application. Now it is about 55 hours, and it seems that the areas that were heavily treated with Armstrong transparent Redwood tone stain, start to burn from inside??? The nuts in the wood became dark black and some can be scraped out, as carbon. Should I spray water on it or call the fire department? Thank you very much.
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      Armstrong · 07/16/2021
      It is not possible for it to burn but applying water to it will not harm the stain.
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        Eva · 07/16/2021
        Thank you very much for the good advice. On day 3, the black nuts in the wood, turned into light gray, and I assume as time passes, it will blend in more with the wood color. I did not spray water on it, as you assured me that it will not start to burn. Thanks again!
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    Eva · 07/14/2021
    I used many times the redwood tone transparent stain with great success. This year I hired a company to do it for me. They used the RAD cleaner, brightener and transparent redwood tone stain. They used brushes for application, in a very thorough manner. After 24 hours the wood is still greasy to touch. Should they apply a second coat? I am asking this because when I used to do it, I always needed a second coat. Would it help or harm if the second coat was added. Until now they used 5 gallons of stain on a 1000 square feet area. I still have 2 gallons left. The railings are dry to touch. Thank you in advance for your advice. 
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      Armstrong · 07/14/2021
      More is not always better. Just let it dry out. You can always add a light coat in 12-24 months if needed.
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    Lynn · 07/13/2021
    I plan to brush on semi transparent rustic brown, how to do so to avoid over applying. I see many comments that say stain is still picking up after application even after weeks. What do you suggest to ensure applying the ‘just right’ amount?
    Any best brush to use for deck (not doing side rails)?Thank you
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      Armstrong · 07/14/2021
      AC is very easy to apply and doe not get overlap lines. Just use an exterior stain pad for the floors and a brush as needed. Apply only as much as the wood allows the stain to fully soak in. More is not better when it comes to penetrating deck stains.
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    QuinnB · 07/13/2021
    I have a 20+ year old IPE deck thats not been treated, only pressure washed every 3-4 years.  The railings and spindles are cracked and split.  Our deck guy recommended Armstrong Clark Mahogany positive dry. Is there a product called positive dry?  He also recommended sanding the rails and posts, should I do that before or after the cleaning, prepping, and pressure washing?  
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    Moe Ron · 07/12/2021
    I have some cedar Muskoka chairs. Is it OK to use the stain on the furniture? 
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      Armstrong · 07/12/2021
      Yes, but not the semi-solid colors.
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    Simon · 07/12/2021
    Can I apply semi-solid stain on top of the semi-transparent stain application? If so do i need to strip off the older stain first?
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      Armstrong · 07/12/2021
      Strip and then brighten would be best so the semi-solid can fully soak into the wood grain.
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    Jonathan Libber · 07/06/2021
    I prepped my deck by using deck cleaner followed by brightener.  It is going to be close to 100 degrees F tomorrow.  Do I still need to wait two days before I apply the stain?  If I need to wait the full two days, were are expecting a lot of rain at that point.  And right after the rain, I will be unavailable for about two weeks.  Can I apply the stain three weeks after the prep, or do I need to redo some of the prep?
    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/07/2021
      Yes, you should wait 48 hours after prep. You should redo prep if longer than two weeks. Light wash and brighten.
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        Lynn · 07/07/2021
        Curious, why redo prep after two weeks, why wouldn’t 3 or 4 weeks be okay? My deck is 500 sq feet and to light wash and brighten properly ( in 5 sections, keeping it wet for a 20 minute wait, then thorough rinse) it would take 6 hours to complete. Is this the same process you are referring to when  suggesting. ‘light wash and brighten’?
        Fingers crossed that my stain order arrives next week :)
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          Armstrong · 07/07/2021
          The wood will get dirty again the exposed wood cells will oxidize. You can redo the wash and brighten this deck in an hour if needed. Do it all at once, not in 5 sections.
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    Lynn · 07/05/2021
    Oops only one photo sent, here is the colour request for matching semi transparent stain that I have on railings. At this time, I would stain deck floor only. Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2021
      Amber color. 
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        lynn · 07/05/2021
        Oh, I wasn’t considering Amber because it wasn’t on the semi transparent list. But I can see the colour is similar. The deck is 30 years plus in some areas. In the choice of Amber were you also considering the wear on the deck and how a semi transparent would look verses a semi solid?Appreciate your input. Already spent tons of hours preparing it want to get it right. 
        Also, I live in Canada and would have it shipped, anyway to estimate shipping cost through purolator?
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          Armstrong · 07/05/2021
          Amber would give you the closest look to your rails. For shipping costs, add products to cart and enter your full address. 
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            Lynn · 07/06/2021
            Thank you!In your opinion which semi transparent colour would compliment the side railings rather than match, i was thinking rustic brown?
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              Armstrong · 07/06/2021
              Sure Rustic Brown would work. Natural Oak as well.
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    Lynn · 07/05/2021
    Sanded and stripped still needs brightener on deck floor, want to use AC semi transparent on floor, railings still in good shape. What would you suggest as best match with railings, know it won’t be perfect. Don’t want to use previous product. Thank you!
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    Griffin · 07/05/2021
    We finished using the first can of mahogany stain, the second can was not as well stirred and the 2nd half of the deck has a line with the second can not as dark.  Can you use a paint brush to lessen the visibility of the line?
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2021
      No, you would have to redo all to even it out.
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    Jack P · 06/30/2021
    Applied coat of Cedar semi-transparent 2 weeks ago. Because we ran out of stain we didn't apply a prompt 2nd coat. Is it now too late to apply a second coat?
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      Armstrong · 06/30/2021
      You can apply another coat now as long as the wood is still pourpus.
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    Josh · 06/30/2021
    Hi, I stained a large cedar gate a year ago on the north side of my house. I live in Oregon so things on the north side can become mossy/moldy/etc. due to the rain and lack of constant sunlight. The gate has acquired some light mold on the face but the stain looks good still. What would you suggest I use to clean the mold off but still retain the stain?
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      Armstrong · 06/30/2021
      Soapy water or a product called Wet and Forget. No bleach or anything too harsh.
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        Josh · 06/30/2021
        Thank you for not only the incredibly quick answer but that you do this every single day (looking at the time stamps). That is excellent customer service. 
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    Dan · 06/29/2021
    Considering the use of AC Deck Stain on 1"x 8' x 8' on natural black bamboo fencing in about a year.  The fencing will be installed this month without any treatments.  Any guidance on using AC Deck Stain annually or bi-annually for the care and maintenance of bamboo?   Gratefully. 
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2021
      I am sorry but a penetrating stain like AC will not work on bamboo.
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    Stephen · 06/24/2021
    Hi, I just finished staining my deck with your semi-transparent stain. How long do I need to wait until I can put furniture back on it and use it. Temperature was about 75 degrees  in the late afternoon.Thanks.
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    thomas J kroner · 06/23/2021
    best way to stir a 5 gallon bucket?
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      Armstrong · 06/23/2021
      Remove the lid and use a 5 gallon paddle mixer on your drill.
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    Keith · 06/21/2021
    I applied the AC Hardwood Mahogany stain on an covered Ipe dec, that had never been stained previously.  After 2 1/2 days the stain still rubs off when I wipe my fingers across it.  Any ideas?
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      Armstrong · 06/21/2021
      Over applied and has not cured yet. Try wiping it down with rags and mineral spirits. Soak any oil rags in water when done. Layh flat to dry outside.
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    Ivan · 06/20/2021
    I have a hardwood deck of which I applied AC Amber last year, however it has since faded, and so if I want to reapply the exact same stain do I just need to clean prior to re-staining?
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    Meg · 06/19/2021
    How soon after the stain dries can we put on an outdoor rug? 
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    Phillip · 06/18/2021
    What's method would work for putting on a second coat using a brush?  Do two or three boards and then go back to the first one.  Would stepping or kneeling on one of the boards just stained ruin the finish?
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2021
      You can step on your first coat 20-60 minutes after being applied. Do not step in your second coat.
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    Meg · 06/18/2021
    I have a 20 year old deck that had an old seconds stain on that has worn off. The deck is solid. I pressure washed and sanded and cleaned The deck before applying a sample of semi transparent natural oak, I waited half an hour and apply the second coat just in a 1 ft.² area. It is very flat there is no shine to it. Is that how it is supposed to look? 
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2021
      Flat with no shine.
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        Meg · 06/18/2021
        Anything I can add on top of the stain to make it a have a little sheen? 
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          Armstrong · 06/18/2021
          No, doing that means it will peel. You can never have a shiny coating for a deck surface.
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    Tom · 06/13/2021
    How long should I wait prior to applying a 2nd coat of the Ntaural Oak semi transparent stain ?
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2021
      20-60 minutes after the first coat is best.
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    George LoMedico · 06/04/2021
    I used IPE oil on my deck last year. I am looking to use your stain do I just use cleaner or do I need to strip it.
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    RICHARD · 06/03/2021
    What can cause a slippery surface after preping, brightening and staining 
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2021
      Over application or improper prep.
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    Sharon · 06/01/2021
    I have prepped my deck with restore a deck product in order to restain this summer.  It’s been 3 years since I stained it with AC. Some areas of the deck are almost bare wood while others have residual stain on them.  How can I get an even look with this years AC cedar stain application? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 06/01/2021
      Strip and brighten for prep with the RAD Stripper kit
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    Marylou · 05/19/2021
    Do you have water based stain? Are the prices in Canadian dollars?
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    Kim calderone · 05/16/2021
    I just applied the Sierra red stain on our deck and am very happy with the results. Stain didn’t dry within 30 minutes, so I didn’t apply a second coat. We live in a very high maintenance, damp area surrounded by trees that stain our deck and concrete requiring yearly power washing. should I apply another coat of stain and, if so, when is the optimal time to do it?Kim Calderone
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      Armstrong · 05/17/2021
      No need to apply another coat now. Just apply as needed next year or the year after.