Upon reviewing Armstrong Clark Stain tests show this high solids pigmented finish contains both heavy and light bodied oils. The heavy oils offer water shedding properties while the light-bodied oils combined with solvents penetrate deep into the wood pores for maximum protection and conditioning. Armstrong Clark Stain can be used on old or new pressure treated wood surfaces such as shakes, siding, decks, fences, and log cabins. Basically, anywhere water repellency, color retention, and wood rejuvenation are desired Armstrong Clark Stain can help. Offered in 10 different colors, Armstrong Clark semi-transparent stain will naturally highlight the wood grain while enhancing its natural beauty.


This oil-based deck stain is a mixture of both drying and non-drying oils. This gives Armstrong Clark Stain two layers of protection all in one formula. The non-drying oils in the formula isolate from the drying oils. Armstrong Clark Stain’s non-drying oils penetrate into the wood cells to replace the wood’s lost natural oils. This rejuvenates and conditions the wood making it more flexible and pliable. As this happens, the drying oils remain on the wood’s surface and become dry to the touch. This not only forms a barrier of protection from UV and water but also locks in the non-drying oils so they can perform as expected.

The unique drying and non-drying oil blend of Armstrong Clark Stain is a high-tech innovation backed by 5 generations of coatings experience. The formula has only a slight linseed oil odor and can be applied in direct sunlight on a hot day without flash drying. One to two coats can be applied as needed. Armstrong Clark Stain can be applied using a brush, roller, stain pad, and a pump or airless sprayer. Tools must be cleaned with paint thinner or mineral spirits. Back brushing any excess stain will ensure a more even finish. Clean with a wood cleaner every 2-3 years and reapply as needed. Armstrong Clark Stain is an excellent stain with high scores in all categories. Use it to stain and protect your exterior surfaces with a professional grade finish that lasts.

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    Viva · 07/10/2020
    I have a small cabin made of untreated pine wood.
    I am in canada.
    I am looking for a stain which will offer durability/ weathrability for years to come.
    what is the best product you suggest?....how long armstrong stain will last ?
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    Matthew · 06/18/2020
    Two questions. 1. I have a new, unfinished pressure treated deck that was completed six months ago. How many coats of stain do you recommend for the first time? 2. I had to have one deck board replaced the other day due to damage. Do I have to wait another six months to stain the deck due to one board being replaced? That would put me into December and then I would have to wait until next spring.
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2020
      One coat. If you stain the one new board now you will have to do another coat on that board in 6-9 months. Make sure to clean and brighten all wood first.
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    TONY BERARDI · 05/25/2020
    HI, I had new white cedar shakes put on the house last year, ready to stain, should I use the semi- transparent stain ? After the stain is put on will the shakes turn gray ?
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      Armstrong · 05/26/2020
      Use the semi-transparent stain. It does not turn the shakes gray unless you pick the Driftwood gray color.
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    Patricia Zinni · 05/12/2020
    Hi, if my cedar deck is fully sanded, do I still need to clean and brightened before applying the stain?
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    David · 09/16/2019
    I live in Canada how long does it take to ship to Hamilton, Ontario and if I was to select Natural Cedar tone would this look good with existing pressure treated wood? Does your product peel? I am tired of the frustration of peeling latex stains so would like to try oil based and see the difference as I have a lot of sun hitting out deck during the day I am hoping oil with weather better? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/17/2019
      Shipping takes about 2-3 business days. Any color that you like will look good. It is a penetrating stain, does not peel. All your previous coatings must be removed first.
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    Michelle · 08/19/2019
    Any idea roughly how much it would cost (including purolator fees) to have a 1 gallon container of semi-transparent stain shipped to Ottawa (Canada)?
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      Armstrong · 08/20/2019
      Best to add to cart and enter your full shipping address to see the total charges and taxes.
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    vicki · 07/28/2019
    is special preparation needed before applying this product to a newly built pressure treated lumber deck
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    Bill Saumier · 09/25/2018
    Is this stain safe to use on a children's wood balance beam?

    Are there any concerns with children getting any residue on their hands after the product dries?
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    joe zistler · 08/28/2018
    do you have a paraffin oil based stain?
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      Armstrong · 08/28/2018
      The AC is a blend of paraffin and curing oils.
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    Silvio · 07/08/2018
    I want to stain old barn wood. I want low gloss and UV protection. What do you suggest.
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      Armstrong · 07/08/2018
      Sorry but our products do not come in a gloss. Only penetrating with no gloss.