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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    Tom Tindall · 08/08/2022
    I prepped my deck 4 days ago and it has just dried out after rain. Today is going to be 95 degrees with a late afternoon storm predicted and then 2 more solid days of rain. With the needed drying time it will be a full week before I have another chance. Should I take the chance to stain today in the extreme heat and only 4-5 hours of drying time or wait another week? 
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    Julie · 07/31/2022
    I stained my deck and it could have used a second coat, but had just enough stain to do one.  Had to order another gallon.  Weather was not conducive to apply the second coat and it's been two weeks.  Can I still apply the second coat? Just brush off the debris and apply, I hope.
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      Armstrong · 08/01/2022
      Lightly wash with water, let dry for 48 hours, and then apply a light coat of the stain.
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    Jim · 07/29/2022
    also when can I put 2nd coat on
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      Armstrong · 07/29/2022
      Apply second coat wet on wet. 
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    Jim · 07/29/2022
    i want to stain deck today but they are saying possible rain  next day is it ok to stain today
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    Antony · 07/18/2022
    I used the semi solid Armstrong clark stain 3 years ago.. it now is time to reapply. What is the process to prep the wood to reapply the same stain ? Do I just used RAD clean & brighten prior to reapply ? I hope I dont need to strip the old paint
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      Armstrong · 07/18/2022
      Yes, that is correct. Clean and brighten while pressure washing.
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    Peter Broadmore · 07/13/2022
    How long after installing a deck made from pressure-treated lumber is it safe to stain? 
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    Matt Horwood · 07/13/2022
    Finished prepping  cedar deck on Monday night and two days of dry weather since. Based on the 1-2 day instructions I am good to go after work once the direct sun is minimized...correct??

    Also after staining how long should I wait to put furniture back on deck? 24 hours?

    Been using your products for a few years (3rd application of your semi-trans) after a disaster with Arborcoat stain. Love your products!!
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      Armstrong · 07/13/2022
      You can stain now. Put furniture back once fully dry. 24 hours is normal.
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        Matt Horwood · 07/13/2022
        Ok thanks! Forgot to ask one other question.

        I have some "fuzzies" on the stair of deck as I used a light pressure washer there. I feel I should sand them off quickly. What grit sand paper should I use?
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    GMS · 07/05/2022
    How long after after prepping (Restore-a-deck, doing my annual deck work) is it ok to wait for IPE staining (we're in the midst of more rain than expected).  That is, if it rains for a week, then is bone dry for 2 days, can you still use the IPE/hardwood stain (mahogany) or do you have to re-prep with Restore-a-deck?  
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2022
      You do not have to prep again unless it has been longer than 2 weeks.
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        GMS · 07/06/2022
        THANK YOU!
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    Brett · 07/05/2022
    Used the semi-transparent redwood stain on a new bench build.  It has been 48 hours and I can still wipe pigment off the bench.  I don't want pigment on clothes, will it stop shedding pigment or do I need to seal it?
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    Jim · 06/28/2022
    How long new redwood should wait to be treated? Of what importance is the "water passing the beated look.?
    Thanks .... Jim 
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    Jim · 06/27/2022
    FYI ... The condition of the wood is excellent, very smoth and clean.
    Jim
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    Jim · 06/27/2022
    Our new redwood deck is one month old. We live in hot (90) Sacramento CA. Spilling water on the wood has stopped beading up. Is it now ok to stain the wood with AC semi-transparency stain with no beginning prep ,cleaning with chemicals?) 
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    Melanie Kay · 06/27/2022
    My deck is under a tree that I need to strip, brighten and stain.  With the infestation of tent caterpillars, my deck is getting covered in their excrement.  Will this hinder my staining project?  Should I hold off until infestation is under control?
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2022
      It would not hurt to wait until they stop. Should only be a few weeks.
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    Mary Blomdal · 06/19/2022
    Can I seal the stain with an oil base polyurethane? If so how long should I wait until I can seal it? 
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2022
      No. Never top coat or use a poly on exterior wood. It will ruin your wood. 
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        Mary Blomdal · 06/19/2022
        I was planning on using it on an interior application? 
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    Frances · 06/14/2022
    I have got semi-transparent stain and about to stain after prep. Can I use a car wash brush to stain the deck floor? or a roller followed by hand brush instead?
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2022
      Car wash brush will work.
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    Brian · 06/10/2022
    My neighbor has pine trees that drop needles on my deck often.  Are they going to get stuck to my deck or cause marks when I stain?  Should I stand guard with a leaf blower while it cures? If so for how long?
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      Armstrong · 06/11/2022
      Needles will not stick to the deck while the stain is drying. Just blow them off after the stain dries.
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    rcwalter · 06/09/2022
    I had a contractor stain my deck and he apparently did not read the instructions on the top of the can to stir well before use.  As a result the last part of the deck is several shades darker than the rest.  What is the best way to remediate this?  Will it help auto apply another coat?

    Thanks,
    Bob
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      Armstrong · 06/09/2022
      Adding more will probably not fix it. You will need to remove and start over to fix it properly.
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    Hélène · 06/08/2022
    I have just ordered the semi transparent stain for use on rough sawn cedar fence panels (20 years old). It was just power washed and I plan on using a brightener then the stain. I'm thinking to apply the stain with a roller and back brush. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, never done this before. I can use specific instructions to purchase, best rollers and brushes etc. + Any information provided can be useful to a newbie for best results. I've washed a ton of videos, most are on decks and now I'm confused. I just hope I ordered the right stain and I feel like I'm forgetting something – When I'm finish my fence (practicing) the plan next is to do my angelim pedra deck. Really wishing I can get at least a couple of days when it's not raining and no heat dome, like last year. Thanks very much.
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      Armstrong · 06/09/2022
      Stain pads and floor brushes are better than rollers. See this article for tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/best-stain-application-brushes-and-pads/
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        Hélène · 06/09/2022
        Good link, helped me make a decision. I guess I should try one of each - My confusion was from the fact that most information seemed to be applicable to horizontal decks of railings and I'm trying to do vertical on a really rough sawn cedar surface, sprayer sounded good to get into the uneven surfaces but messy and easily possible to use too much, pad is totally flat, same is a roller to a degree - I was trying to save a bit of time and effort but now I guess stain brush is on top of the list. Thanks much.
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    K Leigh · 06/07/2022
    Finished staining on the 26th- semi transparent Amber. Luckily rain started about 4 hours later. The rain has pretty much been non-stop since then. Today, the sun came out and we are noticing these spots on our deck- looks like stain didn’t soak in or was affected by the rain. Should we do spot touch ups or just apply another coat? 
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      Armstrong · 06/08/2022
      That looks like sap leaching around your knots. It is not from the rain. You can try touching up to fix it.
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    Dana · 06/05/2022
    We added redwood to our office building and the contractor stained. It’s been about 13-15 months and I the contractor said I should add another coat. It looks good but want to preserve the wood. How should we prep the wood prior to staining?
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    K Leigh · 05/27/2022
    Finished staining yesterday at 8pm. Ended up raining shortly after midnight intermittently.  Forecast is more rain. Would it make sense to do another coat once rain stops and wood dries out? 
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      Armstrong · 05/27/2022
      It should be fine with one coat.
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      K Leigh · 05/27/2022
      It’s the semi transparent amber
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    Jeff Willms · 05/25/2022
    After applying first coat a second coat can be applied after 20 minutes wet on wet correct? You have said don't over apply, what does that mean? How much is to muck? How long after do I need to wipe? Or do I need to wipe at all can I just leave it alone? Thank you Jeff 
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      Armstrong · 05/25/2022
      Only apply as much as the wood can fully take the stain to soak in. You cannot over-apply to the point it cannot fully penetrate as then it could lead to drying issues. Basically more is not better. If you back wipe, do so after an hour or two.
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    Bob W · 05/25/2022
    how long should I wait before wiping after application of AC semi-transparent stain on ipe?
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    Jack · 05/23/2022
    I cleaned and used the restore I purchased for AC. I stained the deck with the cedar stain. Do I need to apply two coats or is one sufficient ?
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      Armstrong · 05/23/2022
      That depends on how old and dried out the wood is? You do not want to over-apply.
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    Chris · 05/21/2022
    Can I stain in the AM if rain is expected later afternoon?  It says above “make sure no rain is expected the day of staining, and for 3-4 hours after application”.  Is 3-4 hours enough dry time?
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      Armstrong · 05/21/2022
      3-4 hours is pushing it. We would not suggest it.
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    John · 05/19/2022
    I applied one coat of semi solid woodland brown on the 15th. There are some dark spots will they dry and blend in. Also there are some light spots can I add a second coat. 
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      Armstrong · 05/20/2022
      Do not add more at this time. Wait 6-12 months, lightly clean and then you can recoat. In the meantime, it should even out.
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        John · 05/20/2022
        Thank you 
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          John · 05/20/2022
          Lightly clean does that mean RAD step one 
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    Sharon · 05/19/2022
    I will be re-applying your semitransparent stain on the deck two years after it's first application. Should I use the bleach water and detergent mixture mentioned on this site to clean? And after that I want to confirm I can put a second coat of stain on if the first has soaked in before 1 hour. How quickly do I need to do the second coat?
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    J cole · 05/15/2022
    I applied 1 coat of transparent cedar tone to my sanded cedar deck. The stain was fully absorbed, but some do the areas look lighter than most. Can I apply a second coat of stain to darken/even out the rest of the color? I stained the deck 1 week ago 
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      Armstrong · 05/15/2022
      Yes but make sure it is not overapplied.
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    John · 05/11/2022
    I put your semi solid woodland brown on a railing it is light on color in some areas is it ok to put a second coat on the entire railing. 10 year old deck freshly sanded 
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      John · 05/11/2022
      Ok thanks here is a picture did not have it available on the first post 
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        Armstrong · 05/12/2022
        Sanded wood will only take one coat. Adding too much stain and you may have an issue with curing.
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          John · 05/12/2022
          Great thank you 
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      Armstrong · 05/11/2022
      It may not take a 2nd coat and properly soak in and dry since you sanded. Do a test spot first and make sure it fully dries and cures.
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    Jla · 05/06/2022
    Moso bamboo decking. Here are the photos. I don’t think that they went through in my original post.