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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    Pieter van der Mersch · 11/06/2022
    I have redwood siding with 3 coats of Sikens Cetol.  What prep-work should I do to stain with your product?
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      Armstrong · 11/07/2022
      It has to come all off. Post pics for advice.
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        Pieter vanderMersch · 11/07/2022
        Thanks for the quick response.  Please provide suggestions on options to remove the Sikens.
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          Armstrong · 11/07/2022
          Post pics of your siding for advice on this.
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    Scott · 09/30/2022
    What is the lowest temperature that your stain can be applied on vertical wood siding? And what is the lowest overnight allowable temperature while drying?
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      Armstrong · 09/30/2022
      50s for applying. Cannot drop below 40s at night.
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    Rich · 09/29/2022
    Deck has been prepped and has dried for around 40hrs. Temperatures running between low 50s and upper 60s under mostly cloudy skies. Rain is expected around 12hrs after I finish staining. Am I good to go or should I wait?
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    Joanne · 09/27/2022
    I know that I’ve seen the answer to this question before, but I can’t find it in the thread.
    70% chance of rain tomorrow beginning at 5:00 a.m. But, today is ideal conditions for staining. Is it okay to stain today if I quit by 3:00? Or, is that too risky?
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      Armstrong · 09/27/2022
      It should be fine but depends on the temps and how much sun you have after finishing.
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    Ed Lau · 09/27/2022
    I'm sad that this cedar table top that I made and stained was water marks on it. The water was able to penetrate the cover that I had on it. Is it possible to restore the original look? I imagine I'd have to clean and re-stain again?
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      Armstrong · 09/27/2022
      You would have to sand off the coating and the water stains fully.
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        Ed Lau · 09/27/2022
        Thanks. Would RAD cleaner and brightener also work?
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    Denis Poggio · 09/22/2022
    Can your solid base stain be applied over  semi transparent stain?
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      Armstrong · 09/22/2022
      As long as it is clean and the old stain is not peeling.
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    John balderston · 09/20/2022
    stained our new redwood pergola boards before installation.  Pergola has been up 2 months in dry weather (90-100 degrees some days.  After light rain our concrete pavers under pergola are badly stained.  Any tips on stain removal from pavers and  how to keep this from happening next time it rains.
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      Armstrong · 09/20/2022
      Sounds like you did not follow new wood directions: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      You will need to strip it off and brighen the wood: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper

      Let it weather properly, clean and brighten after, and then apply one coat of the AC Stains.

      Try a graffiti remover for cleaning the pavers.
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        John balderston · 09/20/2022
        I've been using your stain for years w/o a problem.  Kiln dried redwood, sanded w/80 grit to clean, stained with paint pad and wiped dry immediately.  Let sit 2-3 days before install. Wood is dry to the touch and rag is clean and stain free when wood is wiped. Tried to attach a picture from iphone but site would not accept it.
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          Armstrong · 09/20/2022
          You did not weather and prep as directed. Does not matter if kiln dried, still has to weather and be prepped correctly. Also, you cannot back-wipe AC stains right away as that remove the curing oils before they have a chance to separate and dry. This leaves your stain "upside down" with only the non-drying oils and this is why it ran off. 
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            John balderston · 09/20/2022
            What do you suggest I do now?  Light pressure wash to remove oils?
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              Armstrong · 09/20/2022
              Hi. Our first response answered this. Thanks 
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    Joanne · 09/16/2022
    Night time temps are beginning to dip below 50 degrees, with day time temps in the 70s. Once the morning dew has dried and we get a satisfactory reading from the moisture meter, is it still okay to apply the semi-transparent stain (assuming all prep work is complete): We’re hoping to get a protective coating on the new deck before winter.
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    joe hudson · 09/15/2022
    It appears I may exceed the two weeks by a day or two because of rain. Is that a deal breaker and if so do I need to re-apply both cleaner and brightener?
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      Armstrong · 09/16/2022
      You are most likley fine to stain as long as clean and dry.
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    donna baer · 09/10/2022
    hello- our contractor just finished staining our mahogany deck with AC amber and it looks flat/blotchy. any suggestions? Do we need a 2nd coat?
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      Armstrong · 09/11/2022
      It may not be able to take another coat. It is not supposed to have a shine.
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        Donna Baer · 09/15/2022
        not worried about a shine- bit it looks like it was never done. the contractor said he's guys 'brush stained and wiped' and perhaps it did not soak in enpough. He is willing to redo it- but does it need to be sanded or power washed before he re-does it or should he first just try a 2nd coat? 
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          Jeff willms · 09/16/2022
          I just used ac amber as well I brushed it on and left it then came back the next day,24 hours later,  and wiped the whole deck down and it turned out great. I'm guessing your contractor didn't do it correctly wiping it off right away,  this stain needs time to soak in and penetrate the wood before wiping any excess off.
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          Armstrong · 09/15/2022
          Clean it first and then apply a coating. 
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            Donna baer · 09/28/2022
            To clean it, should I sand or power wash? Then use brightener, then restrain and let it soak in for 24 hours before wiping?? Thanks So much. 
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              Armstrong · 09/28/2022
              Light pressure wash, not need for brightener. 
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    Erika · 09/06/2022
    Our deck project was to take a neglected deck that either had a brown solid stain or paint on it and restore it and switch to a semi-transparent stain. We sanded the deck to remove the old stain/paint, replaced the rotten boards with reclaimed wood from the third tier of the deck we tore down, replaced the rotten handrails with new wooden posts/handrails and metal balusters, let the new wood age, then prepped all wood using Restore-A-Deck (RAD) Stain Stripper followed by RAD Wood Brightener following product instructions. Once the wood was dry for 2 days (confirmed wood moisture was at or below 10% using a moisture meter) we applied a single coat of Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Cedar deck stain to the walking surfaces using a stain applicator pad (double coat on the handrails and posts). We are thrilled with the results, but for anyone out there wondering if I would switch from a solid stain/paint to semi-transparent ever again the answer is a resounding no due to how labor intensive the prep was! If only it were as easy as the RAD prep system and staining were...
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    SCOTT · 09/01/2022
    I want to stain the posts & rails on my new deck a BLACK color before i install the stainless steel cables through the posts.  I currently have a brown semi-trransparent stain on the deck boards.  What is the best product to use?
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    Robert · 08/30/2022
    Can I think the semi solid with linseed oil or paint thinner for spraying
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    Mary ann · 08/27/2022
    Just stained deck yesterday with Semi transparent and random rain hit for 5 min. Stain had set for about 2 hrs. Some white spotting occured this am. Suggestions?
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      Armstrong · 08/28/2022
      Send some pics after the rain fully dries off.
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    Bill · 08/24/2022
    I have just installed a new deck using #1 dry pressure treated pine.  Do I need to sand this prior to staining?
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    Russell · 08/18/2022
    Do I need to wait 24 hrs after washing if I live in a dry climate, use a moister meter and get a reading of 10-12 percent?
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      Armstrong · 08/19/2022
      48 hours after prep to let the wood dry.
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    Joanne · 08/15/2022
    Is your amber color (listed under ‘hardwoods and softwoods’ in your brochure)  a semi-transparent stain? We’re looking to stain our new western red cedar deck with it.
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    Peter Gannon · 08/15/2022
    I have a gallon of Redwood Tone stain that is four years old but has never been opened. Can I use it to restain a deck that was was originally stained with Redwood Tone? Thanks 
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      Armstrong · 08/16/2022
      Shelf life is 3 years if unopened so it may have gone bad. Open it and mix thoroughly. If no clumping, gelling, or skinning, then it should be okay to use.
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    Tim Legler · 08/14/2022
    What Graco X5 tip should I use for semi-transparent stain? 
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      Armstrong · 08/14/2022
      Any fan tip should work with an airless sprayer.
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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