Armstrong Clark Stain Color Help

Armstrong stain offers a wide variety of color choices in an oil based semi-transparent penetrating formula. It should be noted that with any brand of wood stain, colors cannot be guaranteed. Colors and tones can vary depending on the wood type, age of the wood, condition of the wood, wood prep, and stain application.

Armstrong stain colors currently include Natural Tone, Cedar Tone, Redwood Tone, Cedar Semi, Sierra Redwood, Rustic Brown, Mountain Cedar, Sequoia, Woodland Brown, Oxford Brown, Mahogany, Amber, and Driftwood Gray.

As a general rule, the lighter the color, the more transparency it will have. This means that more of the wood’s natural grains will show through, which can have an influence on the final appearance. Darker colors will reflect more of the actual stain color but will still allow some of the wood grain to show through because it is a semi-transparent finish.

It is also worth mentioning that the darker the color the more resistant it is to UV fading. Darker colors have more pigment, which is what resists harmful UV rays. Lighter colors, will still provide adequate sun protection but not as much as the darker stain tones.

To be exactly sure how a certain Armstrong color will look on your wood surface, you can order a color sample. Apply the Armstrong color sample in an inconspicuous spot. Allow the stain to dry for several days to see the finished result. Order as many Armstrong color help samples as you would like. It is a good way to find the right color for your wood surface. There is nothing worse than staining a whole wood structure only to decide you do not care for the color.

With so many factors determining how a particular Armstrong color will look in its final appearance, it is wise to use the color help samples to find the tone you like. You should only need the Armstrong color help initially. Once the deck is stained you can keep it maintained with the same color unless you decide to change colors at some point.

Armstrong Clark Stain Colors Horizontal small

Ask a Question or Post a Picture...
You are guest ( Sign Up ? )
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    christine · 10/15/2017
    HI, can you tell me what is the color stain of the lower right photo next to the center photo please? also, what kind of wood? Thanks!!
    • We will reply to your comment shortly
      Armstrong · 10/16/2017
      Cedar Semi on aged PTP wood.
      • We will reply to your comment shortly
        christine · 10/16/2017
        Ok does it look darker than center because of the wood used? I love it! Thanks!
        • We will reply to your comment shortly
          Armstrong · 10/16/2017
          Yes. Final colors vary based on wood type, age of the wood, and application.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    chris · 10/15/2017
    hi, what is the color of the deck to the bottom right next to the center photo? Thanks!!
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 09/14/2017
    Russ Bateson:
    Do you have a semi-solid white?

    No we do not.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Russ Bateson · 09/14/2017
    Do you have a semi-solid white?
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 09/06/2017
    Connie carter:
    Would like to get a sample of driftwood how can I do that. Live in Washington state Everett area.
    Thank you
    Connie

    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Connie carter · 09/05/2017
    Would like to get a sample of driftwood how can I do that. Live in Washington state Everett area.
    Thank you
    Connie
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 08/30/2017
    Pat Tobias:
    Can I get a sample of Driftwood stain semi transparent. Thank, Pat

    On this link: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/wood-and-decking-stains
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Pat Tobias · 08/30/2017
    Can I get a sample of Driftwood stain semi transparent. Thank, Pat
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 08/28/2017
    Lydia:
    Please send a sample of the Driftwood Stain. Our deck is 24x24 and we originally applied a Woodsman product that peeled only a few months after it was applied. We've since removed the handrails and sanded the entire deck surface only to begin again. I have done some research on Armstrong-Clark products and I am convinced this product is suited for our application. I would like to see a sample please. Thank you.

    You can order samples on this link:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Lydia · 08/28/2017
    Please send a sample of the Driftwood Stain. Our deck is 24x24 and we originally applied a Woodsman product that peeled only a few months after it was applied. We've since removed the handrails and sanded the entire deck surface only to begin again. I have done some research on Armstrong-Clark products and I am convinced this product is suited for our application. I would like to see a sample please. Thank you.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 08/27/2017
    paul peterson:
    I used cabots semi-solid stain on a test board and after it dried you could mar the surface by rubbing a piece of wood on it or remove most of it by rubbing it a few times with SCOTCH BRITE. After 1 coat and 24 hr. drying the surface feels dry or "thirsty" like the stain needed more oil binder in it. I read that your stain is top quality and I am trying to get some to try out. Will it have the faults that cabots has?

    Armstrong is a penetrating stain that when prepped and applied correctly, does not film on top of the wood where you could scratch it off.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 08/27/2017
    Jennie:
    Can I mix semi transparent and semi solid stain?

    Yes you can do this.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Jennie · 08/26/2017
    Can I mix semi transparent and semi solid stain?
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    paul peterson · 08/26/2017
    I used cabots semi-solid stain on a test board and after it dried you could mar the surface by rubbing a piece of wood on it or remove most of it by rubbing it a few times with SCOTCH BRITE. After 1 coat and 24 hr. drying the surface feels dry or "thirsty" like the stain needed more oil binder in it. I read that your stain is top quality and I am trying to get some to try out. Will it have the faults that cabots has?
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 08/08/2017
    Tim T:
    I need to stain redwood to look like ipe that is just sealed with penofin, not stained so mulitcolored boards. medium tone ipe would work.

    Remove the Penofin first if on the redwood with this:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper

    Try the Chestnut color.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Tim T · 08/07/2017
    I need to stain redwood to look like ipe that is just sealed with penofin, not stained so mulitcolored boards. medium tone ipe would work.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/30/2017
    Tari stordahl:
    Installing Western red cedar deck next weekend and wood was kiln dried/was stored indoors at deck store.
    Should we wait until next spring to stain or can we do this fall. Confused by a few comments.
    Also would like to stain cut ends during installation, is this ok?
    How soon can stain be delivered to Mn? Thank you.

    For Kiln dried, install, wait 2-4 weeks and prep first with the Restore A Deck Cleaning Kit. Takes 2-3 days to ship to MN. Do not stain end cuts. No need.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Tari stordahl · 07/30/2017
    Installing Western red cedar deck next weekend and wood was kiln dried/was stored indoors at deck store.
    Should we wait until next spring to stain or can we do this fall. Confused by a few comments.
    Also would like to stain cut ends during installation, is this ok?
    How soon can stain be delivered to Mn? Thank you.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/29/2017
    Carla Crawley:
    What is the best wood protectant to use on a deck made from pressure treated pine. The deck is old wood and it has been cleaned.

    Use the AC in a semi-transparent or semi-solid color.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Carla Crawley · 07/28/2017
    What is the best wood protectant to use on a deck made from pressure treated pine. The deck is old wood and it has been cleaned.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/10/2017
    Tom Bonli:
    I am re-staining a south facing, tight knot,Western Red Cedar deck that was previously stained with a Sikkens product 2 years ago. The previous stain did not stand up well at all to our harsh climate (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - 52.13N;106.67W). I'll strip and brighten the deck with RAD before applying AC stain but have a question about your transparent vs semi-transparent stain. Your transparent Redwood tone seems, from the photos, as dark as the semi-transparent Cedar tone. I like the rich appearance of the Redwood tone but need the UV protection. What is your suggestion?

    The semi-trans will have better UV protection.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Tom Bonli · 07/10/2017
    I am re-staining a south facing, tight knot,Western Red Cedar deck that was previously stained with a Sikkens product 2 years ago. The previous stain did not stand up well at all to our harsh climate (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - 52.13N;106.67W). I'll strip and brighten the deck with RAD before applying AC stain but have a question about your transparent vs semi-transparent stain. Your transparent Redwood tone seems, from the photos, as dark as the semi-transparent Cedar tone. I like the rich appearance of the Redwood tone but need the UV protection. What is your suggestion?
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/08/2017
    Merle:
    I just sanded my redwood deck down to the bare wood. How many coats of semi-transparent or semi-solid should I apply. I'm in the Pacific NW with lots of rain in the winter and sun in the summer. Part of the deck is exposed, part under cover.

    Just one coat is needed.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Merle · 07/07/2017
    I just sanded my redwood deck down to the bare wood. How many coats of semi-transparent or semi-solid should I apply. I'm in the Pacific NW with lots of rain in the winter and sun in the summer. Part of the deck is exposed, part under cover.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/07/2017
    Cindy S:
    We adding a new deck and are trying to somewhat match the stain color of the new pressure treated wood for our existing deck. Can you advise if your semi transparent cedar or sierra redwood would be the best bet? Also, for the old deck, we've flipped the boards and sanded. Is it still necessary (or helpful) to use the brightener to restore Ph as it is basically fresh wood? Thanks!

    It would be best to try some samples for the colors. Also, see this about new wood:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/07/2017
    Henry:
    Can you tell me the stain that was used on the deck in the Center of the picture above, behind the Armstrong-Clark Advantage logo? Thanks

    Semi-transparent cedar color on clear cedar wood. No knots in the wood.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Henry · 07/07/2017
    Can you tell me the stain that was used on the deck in the Center of the picture above, behind the Armstrong-Clark Advantage logo? Thanks
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Cindy S · 07/06/2017
    We adding a new deck and are trying to somewhat match the stain color of the new pressure treated wood for our existing deck. Can you advise if your semi transparent cedar or sierra redwood would be the best bet? Also, for the old deck, we've flipped the boards and sanded. Is it still necessary (or helpful) to use the brightener to restore Ph as it is basically fresh wood? Thanks!
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Armstrong · 07/06/2017
    Robert Salley:
    Can you mix a Transparent stain with Semi-Transparent stain?

    Yes you can.
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    Robert Salley · 07/06/2017
    Can you mix a Transparent stain with Semi-Transparent stain?