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.

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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting 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.
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transparent vs semi-transparen t stains
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-transparen t stain. Your transparent Redwood tone seems, from the photos, as dark as the semi-transparen t Cedar tone. I like the rich appearance of the Redwood tone but need the UV protection. What is your suggestion?
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Quoting 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.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
I just sanded my redwood deck down to the bare wood. How many coats of semi-transparen t 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.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting 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:
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Quoting 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-transparen t cedar color on clear cedar wood. No knots in the wood.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
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
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
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!
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Robert Salley:
Can you mix a Transparent stain with Semi-Transparent stain?

Yes you can.
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Combining Stain
Can you mix a Transparent stain with Semi-Transparen t stain?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
When is it safe to let my cat walk in the deck after painting with AC semi transparent stain?
I worry about her licking her paws and cleaning her eyes. Thank you
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Deb:
I live in Calgary, Canada, so ordering samples are cost prohibitive and we aren't super fussy on our color - just looking for a normal wood look on our 1 year old ptp deck - we have a full south exposure & lots of sun in Calgary - I was leaning to the Natural Oak, but have not found any reviews on what the color may turn out as - the cedar/amber look quite yellow-red. Any advice would be great. Thank you.

The Natural Oak is a medium brown color. Very nice.
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Natural Oak
I live in Calgary, Canada, so ordering samples are cost prohibitive and we aren't super fussy on our color - just looking for a normal wood look on our 1 year old ptp deck - we have a full south exposure & lots of sun in Calgary - I was leaning to the Natural Oak, but have not found any reviews on what the color may turn out as - the cedar/amber look quite yellow-red. Any advice would be great. Thank you.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting John Posselt:
How well will your semi-trans cedar tone work on old redwood siding. we are talking almost 40 years old.Thanks, John

Just fine as long as you prep correctly.
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redwood siding
How well will your semi-trans cedar tone work on old redwood siding. we are talking almost 40 years old.Thanks, John
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Saluda:
I have stripped and cleaned my ipe deck.
I want to finish it so that it looks like it does now while
it is wet. The rich warm natural colors come through.
I don't want to lose that.
Should i use your clear natural oil?

We have 3 colors designed for IPE. The Amber color is the closest one to a wet look.
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Existing Ipe deck
I have stripped and cleaned my ipe deck.
I want to finish it so that it looks like it does now while
it is wet. The rich warm natural colors come through.
I don't want to lose that.
Should i use your clear natural oil?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Bob Francone:
We just finished staining the redwood stairs with Armstrong Clark natural tone.
The stain brought out the red color that I do not like.
After drying can we use the driftwood to mask the red color?
I am so disappointed, it ruined a beautiful stairway.
Any suggestions?

You cannot apply the Driftwood over the newly applied Natural. It will not soak in. Best to remove and start over.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
We just finished staining the redwood stairs with Armstrong Clark natural tone.
The stain brought out the red color that I do not like.
After drying can we use the driftwood to mask the red color?
I am so disappointed, it ruined a beautiful stairway.
Any suggestions?
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Quoting jean gottel:
Do we need to use the cleaner and brightener even though no stain was ever used? Was going to use your suggestion of bleach, water and dish soap. Also what do you suggest to apply if a roller what kind as there are so many out there...thank you

Best to not prep with bleach but the Restore a Deck Kits. Yes, you have to prep wood before applying. If new wood, see this:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

Use a deck stain pad or brush for applying, not a roller.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Do we need to use the cleaner and brightener even though no stain was ever used? Was going to use your suggestion of bleach, water and dish soap. Also what do you suggest to apply if a roller what kind as there are so many out there...thank you
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting jean gottel:
We have a walkway that has never been treated. Just power washed and replaced some worn boards. Was going to use something that would fill in the cracks but after reading about the peeling problems and researching we are leaning towards the Ac semi solid. Will it even out the color of the new and old boards or what do you recommend?

It will help to blend the new and old wood but the new wood will still be slightly lighter in color. Make sure to prep first with a deck cleaner and a wood brightener.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
We have a walkway that has never been treated. Just power washed and replaced some worn boards. Was going to use something that would fill in the cracks but after reading about the peeling problems and researching we are leaning towards the Ac semi solid. Will it even out the color of the new and old boards or what do you recommend?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting John Kay:
Hi,
what's long will a transparent color normally last?

Transaprents have less pigment and tend last about 18-24 months on a horizontal surface before another coat will be needed.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Hi,
what's long will a transparent color normally last?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Kathryn:
I am building a new Ipe deck which will be oiled to maintain the rich color. I have an existing cedar deck that I would like to stain a similar color as the oiled Ipe. The decks are completely separate and are 30 feet away from each other, but I would like a similar hue. Do you have a stain recommendation?

Not easy to match cedar wood and Ipe. Look at Chestnut color for the cedar and Amber for the IPE. We do have samples for you to test colors:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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Stain Color for Cedar to Match Oiled Ipe
I am building a new Ipe deck which will be oiled to maintain the rich color. I have an existing cedar deck that I would like to stain a similar color as the oiled Ipe. The decks are completely separate and are 30 feet away from each other, but I would like a similar hue. Do you have a stain recommendation?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Dot:
We just power washed our deck from peeling using Sherwin Williams a couple of years ago. Reddish brown stain was used. What color would I use to try to match. It cleaned up pretty good but still patches of that color.

Hello, you cannot apply the AC over the SW stain. Strip and pressure wash until all the SW is removed. Use the wood brightener after the neutralize.
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Old pressure treated pine deck
We just power washed our deck from peeling using Sherwin Williams a couple of years ago. Reddish brown stain was used. What color would I use to try to match. It cleaned up pretty good but still patches of that color.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Kenneth:
Three years ago I stained my deck with AC semi transparent Driftwood Grey. I am planning on doing the deck again this year and will clean Brighten and pressure wash the whole thing first. Should I do one coat or two and will two provide a better long lasting coverage
Just do 1 coat since you already have a base coat when you did the deck 3 years ago.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Three years ago I stained my deck with AC semi transparent Driftwood Grey. I am planning on doing the deck again this year and will clean Brighten and pressure wash the whole thing first. Should I do one coat or two and will two provide a better long lasting coverage
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Joe Wachs:
My plan is to apply Armstrong-Clark Amber Semi-Transparent onto an old deck I've had difficulty stripping 100%. Will the Semi-Transparent Amber cover these inconsistencies. I don't want solid. I'm willing to use RAD stripper/brightener, but don't want to over do it.

No it is not possible to cover this when using a semi-transparen t stain or even a semi-solid. All the old stain and dark black/mold will show through. Best to try to prep again with the Rad Stripper Kit. Make sure that you use a pressure washer as well.
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Amber Tone
My plan is to apply Armstrong-Clark Amber Semi-Transparen t onto an old deck I've had difficulty stripping 100%. Will the Semi-Transparen t Amber cover these inconsistencies . I don't want solid. I'm willing to use RAD stripper/bright ener, but don't want to over do it.
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Amber Tone
My plan is to apply Armstrong-Clark Amber Semi-Transparen t onto an old deck I've had difficulty stripping 100%. Will the Semi-Transparen t Amber cover these inconsistencies . I don't want solid. Thank you. JW

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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Patrick J.:
I will be staining my 3 month old cedar deck with Cedartone Transparent as after receiving the samples, I prefer the look over the semi-transparent Cedar. Given that the Transparent has less UV protection, if I am not satisfied with the longevity and look of the stain of the stain next year and wish to re-stain with the semi-transparent, would I have to use the RAD stripper or would the RAD cleaner and brighter be sufficient before re-staining with the Semi-transparent cedar? Thanks. Patrick

Cleaner and Brightener would be sufficient prep.
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Transparent vs. Semi-Transparen t
I will be staining my 3 month old cedar deck with Cedartone Transparent as after receiving the samples, I prefer the look over the semi-transparen t Cedar. Given that the Transparent has less UV protection, if I am not satisfied with the longevity and look of the stain of the stain next year and wish to re-stain with the semi-transparen t, would I have to use the RAD stripper or would the RAD cleaner and brighter be sufficient before re-staining with the Semi-transparen t cedar? Thanks. Patrick
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting johny:
I have stained some extra pcs of new smooth siding with armstrong samples, it is soaking in in some spots very deep, and others spots very little, is it possible to clear prime siding to have a more consistant look? Thanks!

No it is not possible to prime the wood before apply the penetrating AC stains.
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new cedar siding
I have stained some extra pcs of new smooth siding with armstrong samples, it is soaking in in some spots very deep, and others spots very little, is it possible to clear prime siding to have a more consistant look? Thanks!
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting johny:
The siding is smooth side up. What do you recommend as for as prep during the waiting time? Thanks

You do not prep until after the waiting period is over. Use the Restore a Deck Kits.
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re; new cedar siding
The siding is smooth side up. What do you recommend as for as prep during the waiting time? Thanks
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting johny:
I have installed new cedar siding, and planning to stain it, should I wait to stain it just like directed for a new deck? Thanks

Is the siding smooth like a deck board or rough sawn? If smooth, than yes you should wait a few months and prep first.
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new cedar siding
I have installed new cedar siding, and planning to stain it, should I wait to stain it just like directed for a new deck? Thanks
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Jimmy:
If I buy 5 gallons and only use 2 gallons...... how long will the remaining 3 gallons last if stored at 50-60 degrees F ? I know that I will be restraining in a few years and it would be more cost effective.

Depends on how well you close the lid and if there is any evaporation or not. We cannot guarantee that it will last. Typically shelf life after opening is less than a year.
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storage
If I buy 5 gallons and only use 2 gallons...... how long will the remaining 3 gallons last if stored at 50-60 degrees F ? I know that I will be restraining in a few years and it would be more cost effective.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Eleanor Sisson:
I want to purchase a 5 gallon quantity of Armstrong Clark, semi-transparent, natural color, exterior wood stain.
1. How can I obtain a color sample?
2. How can I order the 5 gallon supply from my location--British Columbia, Canada?
3. What is the cost?
Regards,
Eleanor

You can order samples here:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

We can ship to Canada for all products. For total cost, please add products to cart and enter your shipping info.
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Armstrong Clark semi-transparen t exterior wood stain, natural tone
I want to purchase a 5 gallon quantity of Armstrong Clark, semi-transparen t, natural color, exterior wood stain.
1. How can I obtain a color sample?
2. How can I order the 5 gallon supply from my location--Briti sh Columbia, Canada?
3. What is the cost?
Regards,
Eleanor
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Jim Crosbie:
Hi,
Do you have a cold chart available for your semi solid stains? Is it possible to get one? Thank you,
Jim Crosbie

We offer samples for testing to determine the best color for your wood:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Hi,
Do you have a cold chart available for your semi solid stains? Is it possible to get one? Thank you,
Jim Crosbie
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Krishna Ramanathan:
Is it possible to send samples of Cedar semi and Cedar tone?

Thanks

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Is it possible to send samples of Cedar semi and Cedar tone?

Thanks
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Jack Ferraiolo:
Last year I used your Amber stain for my IPE deck. I started cleaning the deck this year with a power washer and realized how dark the wood became. Could I use natural stain instead?

You will have less UV protection with the Natural tint as it is very light in color. You can use it.
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Color stain
Last year I used your Amber stain for my IPE deck. I started cleaning the deck this year with a power washer and realized how dark the wood became. Could I use natural stain instead?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Kat:
Where can I see the different colors of stain offered by Armstrong?

The color charts are on each product page for the single gallons and the 5 gallons. We also have samples that you can test:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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Colors?
Where can I see the different colors of stain offered by Armstrong?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Sam:
Can I use the amber stain on a redwood deck or is the amber stain only for exotic wood? Does amber stain come in semi transparent or just transparent?

Amber can be used on any wood type. It is a semi-trans.
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Redwood deck, Amber stain
Can I use the amber stain on a redwood deck or is the amber stain only for exotic wood? Does amber stain come in semi transparent or just transparent?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Mary:
Is your product safe for the environment? Meaning if my pets get on the deck before it totally cures, is it toxic?

It is oil based so you do not want to have your pets walking on the deck until fully dry. Once dry, there will not be any issues.
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pet safe
Is your product safe for the environment? Meaning if my pets get on the deck before it totally cures, is it toxic?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Dave McKinnon:
Hello I have a new redwood fence on the central California Coast. What do you reocommend for weather protection? Do I use a redwood stain on redwood, or go with a natural tone? I do not want it too dark. your thoughts??

You can use any of the colors that you want but the lighter colors will have less UV protection from graying then the darker colors.
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Redwood Fence
Hello I have a new redwood fence on the central California Coast. What do you reocommend for weather protection? Do I use a redwood stain on redwood, or go with a natural tone? I do not want it too dark. your thoughts??
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Estaban:
I've read to wait for a few months before my new cedar deck is ready to stain. Is this true? Trying to maintain original raw cedar color...what's the most transparent, penetrating natural color? I'm afraid of stain flaking (like a topcoat) after a year or so like I've seen on other decks.

Yes you need to wait and prep:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

Natural is the lightest but the lighter the tint, the quicker it will fade from UV. None of the AC colors will film or peel as they are penetrating stains.
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New cedar, when to stain?
I've read to wait for a few months before my new cedar deck is ready to stain. Is this true? Trying to maintain original raw cedar color...what's the most transparent, penetrating natural color? I'm afraid of stain flaking (like a topcoat) after a year or so like I've seen on other decks.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Bunny Rab:
Does stain color vary from lot to lot? I don't want to purchase too much, but if I come up short and have to order more, I'd want the color to match.

It should not vary. All batches are mixed at same ratios.
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Color from lot to lot
Does stain color vary from lot to lot? I don't want to purchase too much, but if I come up short and have to order more, I'd want the color to match.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Marvin Barnett:
We ordered from you and tried the hardwood semi transparent mahogany on our IPE decking. The product works beautifully but we are not comfortable with the colouring. I'd like to get the other sample colours to try before we apply your product on the extent of our ~2000sf of decking.

You can order samples here;

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
We ordered from you and tried the hardwood semi transparent mahogany on our IPE decking. The product works beautifully but we are not comfortable with the colouring. I'd like to get the other sample colours to try before we apply your product on the extent of our ~2000sf of decking.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting nancy:
what color would be closest to Benjamin moore's arborcoat translucent mahogany

I am sorry but we are not familiar with any of the Arborcoat colors. Best to get some samples from our website:
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what color would be closest to Benjamin moore's arborcoat translucent mahogany
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting robert orr:
How can I order color help samples? I am interested in your line of semi solid stain.

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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samples of semi solid
How can I order color help samples? I am interested in your line of semi solid stain.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Lisa T:
Hi there, I have a customer that needs a rough idea of what the color "driftwood grey" would look like. Do you have any pictures of the grey stain (semi-transparent) on cedar decking??

Thank you!

We do not but do have samples for you to test.
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Customer Service
Hi there, I have a customer that needs a rough idea of what the color "driftwood grey" would look like. Do you have any pictures of the grey stain (semi-transpare nt) on cedar decking??

Thank you!
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Lauren:
I am in western Pennsylvania and we are preparing to paint our brand new deck (built August 14) with a brown floor and white railings. I am planning on ordering a sample and am torn between the transparent cedar, the semi cedar or a darker color like the rustic or woodland brown. Is the transparent cedar a very light color as in not a lot different than the unpainted wood? Do you have a recommendation for a good color with the white railings for PT decks?

Any of those colors will work but lighter colors like Cedar Tone will fade faster then darker colors. If you want a brown floor then look at the Rustic Brown. Woodland brown is red. Maybe Oxford Brown will work.
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Color
I am in western Pennsylvania and we are preparing to paint our brand new deck (built August 14) with a brown floor and white railings. I am planning on ordering a sample and am torn between the transparent cedar, the semi cedar or a darker color like the rustic or woodland brown. Is the transparent cedar a very light color as in not a lot different than the unpainted wood? Do you have a recommendation for a good color with the white railings for PT decks?
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Quoting lynncallow:
I just stained a new clear cedar deck with Armstrong Clark Natural colored stain. I had waited one year after installation to apply and cleaned and brightened with "Restore-a Deck" before. Looks good. Still a bit oily after 3 days of drying. I will rinse with water as you suggest. After reading some entries below, I would like to change to Amber stain next year for more UV protection. After cleaning and brightening next year, can I just use the Amber color over the existing Natural? THANK YOU

Yes you will be able to do that.
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Changing color-same product
I just stained a new clear cedar deck with Armstrong Clark Natural colored stain. I had waited one year after installation to apply and cleaned and brightened with "Restore-a Deck" before. Looks good. Still a bit oily after 3 days of drying. I will rinse with water as you suggest. After reading some entries below, I would like to change to Amber stain next year for more UV protection. After cleaning and brightening next year, can I just use the Amber color over the existing Natural? THANK YOU
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Quoting Lori McClary:
Quoting opwdecks:
Quoting Lori McClary:
We have a Pressure Treated Pine Deck built May 2012, waited until fall to seal. It was recommended (Lowes) to clean first, using Olympic Deck Cleaner, it ruined the deck. Raised all fibers. Waited until spring and had whole deck sanded. Used Thompson's Honey Gold semi transparent stain/sealer spring and fall of 2013. Looked good for that year, by end of last season its a mess! Just pressure washed and fibers raised again in some places. What is next step and I hope you're oil based semi transparent is the answer.Would like to stay in the honey gold tones. We are in Northeast Ohio, full sun. Also, this deck leads to our swimming pool.

Remove all of the Thompsons first then stain with the AC in amber. It is a penetrating oil based stain. Semi-Trans.

Should it be sanded down first?

After stripping off the Thompsons you can lightly sand to remove any leftover stain and raised wood grain. Brighten the wood and rinse the deck with water when you are done.
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Quoting opwdecks:
Quoting Lori McClary:
We have a Pressure Treated Pine Deck built May 2012, waited until fall to seal. It was recommended (Lowes) to clean first, using Olympic Deck Cleaner, it ruined the deck. Raised all fibers. Waited until spring and had whole deck sanded. Used Thompson's Honey Gold semi transparent stain/sealer spring and fall of 2013. Looked good for that year, by end of last season its a mess! Just pressure washed and fibers raised again in some places. What is next step and I hope you're oil based semi transparent is the answer.Would like to stay in the honey gold tones. We are in Northeast Ohio, full sun. Also, this deck leads to our swimming pool.

Remove all of the Thompsons first then stain with the AC in amber. It is a penetrating oil based stain. Semi-Trans.

Should it be sanded down first?
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Quoting Dan m:
Just installed a new cedar deck and really like the look when its wet, what stain would you suggest. How much area would a gallon cover as well. Thanks

Please read this about new wood:
www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

Use the amber color. About 200 Sq. feet per gallon
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Cedar Wet look
Just installed a new cedar deck and really like the look when its wet, what stain would you suggest. How much area would a gallon cover as well. Thanks
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Quoting barbara may:
Trying to salvage a split rail pool fence- have to replace 4 rails, but need to brighten the old ones...needs color, but not sure of color

We have samples for you test if you would like. In top menu.
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Trying to salvage a split rail pool fence- have to replace 4 rails, but need to brighten the old ones...needs color, but not sure of color
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Quoting Lori McClary:
We have a Pressure Treated Pine Deck built May 2012, waited until fall to seal. It was recommended (Lowes) to clean first, using Olympic Deck Cleaner, it ruined the deck. Raised all fibers. Waited until spring and had whole deck sanded. Used Thompson's Honey Gold semi transparent stain/sealer spring and fall of 2013. Looked good for that year, by end of last season its a mess! Just pressure washed and fibers raised again in some places. What is next step and I hope you're oil based semi transparent is the answer.Would like to stay in the honey gold tones. We are in Northeast Ohio, full sun. Also, this deck leads to our swimming pool.

Remove all of the Thompsons first then stain with the AC in amber. It is a penetrating oil based stain. Semi-Trans.
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Quoting Patrick Miller:
Quoting Patrick Miller:
Does Armstrong stain dry completely or does it stay tacky for awhile? IPE Oil stays tacky and collects dirt as it is drying.
I forgot I have a Tigerwood deck

Quoting Patrick Miller:
Quoting Patrick Miller:
Does Armstrong stain dry completely or does it stay tacky for awhile? IPE Oil stays tacky and collects dirt as it is drying.
I forgot I have a Tigerwood deck

It fully dries. Just one light coat in Tigerwood.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Patrick Miller:
Does Armstrong stain dry completely or does it stay tacky for awhile? IPE Oil stays tacky and collects dirt as it is drying.
I forgot I have a Tigerwood deck
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Does Armstrong stain dry completely or does it stay tacky for awhile? IPE Oil stays tacky and collects dirt as it is drying.
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Armstrong advice
We have a Pressure Treated Pine Deck built May 2012, waited until fall to seal. It was recommended (Lowes) to clean first, using Olympic Deck Cleaner, it ruined the deck. Raised all fibers. Waited until spring and had whole deck sanded. Used Thompson's Honey Gold semi transparent stain/sealer spring and fall of 2013. Looked good for that year, by end of last season its a mess! Just pressure washed and fibers raised again in some places. What is next step and I hope you're oil based semi transparent is the answer.Would like to stay in the honey gold tones. We are in Northeast Ohio, full sun. Also, this deck leads to our swimming pool.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Rick Kyle:
I am searching for a color chart. I need a sealer to match Sikkens product cetol crd 078 cedartone. Are you in a position to help me out?

Best to get samples of the stain to test as a color chart will not show a true color since all wood will come out different.
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contractor
I am searching for a color chart. I need a sealer to match Sikkens product cetol crd 078 cedartone. Are you in a position to help me out?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Tracey:
I live in Wisconsin and have a pressured treated pine deck. I'm looking for a semi solid stain that is a rich dark brown color with no red hue. The deck is 4 years old and hasn't ever been stained. What stain color due you suggest for a dark rich brown results.

Oxford Brown is a dark brown. You can order a sample from the site if you would like.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
I live in Wisconsin and have a pressured treated pine deck. I'm looking for a semi solid stain that is a rich dark brown color with no red hue. The deck is 4 years old and hasn't ever been stained. What stain color due you suggest for a dark rich brown results.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Patrick:
How does the mahogany stain do on regular PTP deck? I have a 8 month old deck that I need to clean and stain. Any color recommendations? We like a darker brown so maybe mahogany or rustic brown?

Mahogany color is not dark brown on PTP but more red. Rustic Brown is more of a brown.
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mahogony stain
How does the mahogany stain do on regular PTP deck? I have a 8 month old deck that I need to clean and stain. Any color recommendations ? We like a darker brown so maybe mahogany or rustic brown?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Kelli:
Hi,
I live on cape cod MA and have PT deck. Which would you recommend semi transparent or semi solid?

Either would work but if in full sun, the semi-solid will work better.
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Which stain
Hi,
I live on cape cod MA and have PT deck. Which would you recommend semi transparent or semi solid?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting John Boyle:
do you have a green stain for my previously green stained house? The house is in Florida on the coast? If not would a gray go over the old green if most was pressure cleaned off?

No and no. You need to remove all of the old stain first.
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home owner
do you have a green stain for my previously green stained house? The house is in Florida on the coast? If not would a gray go over the old green if most was pressure cleaned off?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Denise:
I live in central NC. My deck is pressure treated pine - about 3 years old. It is stained with Behr - but peeling now. I am stripping it with Behr stripper today. Do I need to use any other product before staining with Armstrong Clark stain?

As long as the Behr is removed you can use the AC.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
I live in central NC. My deck is pressure treated pine - about 3 years old. It is stained with Behr - but peeling now. I am stripping it with Behr stripper today. Do I need to use any other product before staining with Armstrong Clark stain?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Jeremy:
Can I get the Armstrong Clark Hardwood Formula in the Semi-Transparent Sierra Redwood Color?

Sorry but no.
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IPE/Brazilian Hardwood Deck
Can I get the Armstrong Clark Hardwood Formula in the Semi-Transparen t Sierra Redwood Color?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting RobertWayne:
Can two colors of stain be mixed or is it not recommended ? I was thinking about mixing some samples together to adjust the colors.

Yes you can mix colors.
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Mix 2 Colors ?
Can two colors of stain be mixed or is it not recommended ? I was thinking about mixing some samples together to adjust the colors.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Carol Madden:
I live 40 miles north of San Diego and inland 10 miles in a very sunny dry climate. I am building a deck with a redwood surface and railing. I would like to use a semitransparent or semisolid stain due to concerns about sun damage and dry conditions- can you recommend which one would be best and if your stain would be available in my area and where. My zip-code is 92084.
Thank you for your assistance.
Carol

We are an online dealer for AC and can ship it there. As for new wood, let it season for 2-3 months, prep first with the RA Kit we sell, stain with 1 coat of the AC. Either semi-solid or semi-transparen t.
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new redwood deck in southern CAxn7v4
I live 40 miles north of San Diego and inland 10 miles in a very sunny dry climate. I am building a deck with a redwood surface and railing. I would like to use a semitransparent or semisolid stain due to concerns about sun damage and dry conditions- can you recommend which one would be best and if your stain would be available in my area and where. My zip-code is 92084.
Thank you for your assistance.
Carol
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Ruth:
I am wondering where you ship from - I live in the state of Iowa and wonder how long it would take for order to arrive.

We are in Michigan and it takes 2-3 business days to ship to IA.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
I am wondering where you ship from - I live in the state of Iowa and wonder how long it would take for order to arrive.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Neil S.:
How long do I have to wait to stain new pressure treated decking, assuming wood moisture levels are at the recommended point? If there is a wait involved, will a light power washing suffice as prep?
Thanks!

2-3 months and prep with the Restore A Deck Kit while prepping.
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PT
How long do I have to wait to stain new pressure treated decking, assuming wood moisture levels are at the recommended point? If there is a wait involved, will a light power washing suffice as prep?
Thanks!
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting 5stardeckandfence:
Is your semi transparent stain available in black?

Sorry but no.
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5 Star Deck & Fence
Is your semi transparent stain available in black?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Tammy Grode:
Thanks for your prompt response...do we have to wait 2-3 months to use Armstrong Clark stain if the cedar is rough hewn?

No you do not need to wait if rough sawn wood.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Thanks for your prompt response...do we have to wait 2-3 months to use Armstrong Clark stain if the cedar is rough hewn?
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Tammy Grode:
how long do i wait before staining new cedar when using Armstrong Clark stain

2-3 months and prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit. Only 1 coat on new wood.
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Color for cedar
how long do i wait before staining new cedar when using Armstrong Clark stain
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Merrybeth:
We have a south facing cedar deck, almost two years old. Our home is a taupe color with chocolate brown accents and soft white trim.
We have black metal posts on the deck, and want to paint the top rail white, and the flooring the lightest color you have that would blend with taupe. Any suggestions? I wish you had photos with the colors, there is no way to determine which color I should even try.

Best to order some samples to test the color first. You can get them in the menu above. Maybe Natural color.
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wife and motherr and nana
We have a south facing cedar deck, almost two years old. Our home is a taupe color with chocolate brown accents and soft white trim.
We have black metal posts on the deck, and want to paint the top rail white, and the flooring the lightest color you have that would blend with taupe. Any suggestions? I wish you had photos with the colors, there is no way to determine which color I should even try.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Any color will work but each will enhance to grain. Best to get some samples from the site to test. Make sure to clean the wood after the sanding.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
I have a three year old redwood deck. I just removed the old stain by sanding. What type of AC semi-transparen t stain would you recommend to retain as natural of a look as possible? Also; Deck is located in Denver, CO and has full sun exposure.

Thanks,
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
Quoting Kathleen McCann:
I need to know if I can tint an original stain with another color to match my house.

No, AC is not tintable.
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RE: Armstrong Stain Color Help
I need to know if I can tint an original stain with another color to match my house.
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