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, the age of the wood, the 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.

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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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    Vicki · 09/21/2020
    I am so happy I found your website. I have an Exotic Brazilian Wood Deck. It was a beautiful rich luxurious color when we installed it, and remained so for many years. I would like to restore it to its original appearance. I like both your semi-transparent Chestnut and your Sierra Redwood shown on your website. I do like a light sheen or wet look. What do you recommend to restore it’s original luxurious color with a little sheen? Thank you, Vicki
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      Armstrong · 09/21/2020
      You will need one of the three hardwood colors fro your wood type: Amber, Mahogany, or Black Walnut. The other colors will not work for hardwoods. AC stains all come in a non-shine (no gloss) formula. Adding any coating to a deck that has a sheen/gloss will result in peeling.
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    Cindy · 09/11/2020
    What do I do about a color stain that is too dark after one coat? Can I send my unopened stain back for another color?
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    linda · 09/10/2020
    My deck is about twenty years old and about 2400 square feet. I have been sanding it and the cedar turns a gray shade after a while. I want to see the grain. Will the deck return to the cedar color with a semi transparent cedar stain or am I better off using the driftwood color?
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    Debbie · 09/03/2020
    Do you have to use the 3 hardwood options only for a hardwood? Like Massaranduba? Or do your semi transparent stains work for hardwoods?
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      Armstrong · 09/03/2020
      Yes, only the hardwood colors for your wood type.
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    Adeke · 09/03/2020
    Hi,
    New mahogany decking -
    Do you have a product that is basically like a clear coat?
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    Chloe · 08/28/2020
    I have a new cedar fence -- 170 sq. feet. It's rough sided and I want to stain & protect one side. How long should I wait before staining? Is there any prep I need to do before applying AC? i assume one gallon will do for 170 sq. feet for one coat, but on a new fence, does one typically use one coat or do I need two coats? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 08/29/2020
      If rough sawn wood you can stain now. About 1-2 gallons for the two coats applied wet on wet.
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    mark · 08/26/2020
    I am installing a tigerwood deck, but would like to mute the color to a silver grey, such as your drift wood stain. Would this work on such a boisterous color? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 08/26/2020
      Sorry but no, that will not work for an exotic hardwood.
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        Mark Roberts · 08/26/2020
        Thanks. Could I go the other way and deepen the color with Mahogany? Maybe end up with a nice Cabernet?
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          Armstrong · 08/26/2020
          You can only use one of the 3 hardwood colors for this. Mahogany would work.
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    Larry Pitts · 08/19/2020
    I'm considering using Natural Oak stain on cedar siding. I find I like the color better when thinned with mineral spirits. Comments?
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      Armstrong · 08/20/2020
      Not a good idea as it will reduce the ability to protect your deck.
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    Eric · 08/19/2020
    We have a cedar deck with full sun half the day and shade half the day. Pretty hot and humid in summer too with a pretty harsh winter. Any recommendations for stain type? We would like a darker color. Also what sealant would you recommend?
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    Karl · 08/17/2020
    can you custom blend semi solid colors? Im looking for something in between the woodland brown and the amber, I tried the semi trans cedar and like it, i just need more of a solid color to cover existing old stain.
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      Armstrong · 08/17/2020
      We do not custom blend colors but you can mix two colors together on your own. Also, you cannot apply the AC over a different brand of stain. You will have to remove that first.
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    Terry S · 08/09/2020
    Can you provide any examples or even photos of blending stain colors together?
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      Armstrong · 08/09/2020
      Sorry but no, we do not have examples of blended colors. You can get samples from out site and test on your end.
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    Gil Sanchez · 08/03/2020
    I have a redwood deck which I want to stain, which of your stains would you recommend?
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      Armstrong · 08/04/2020
      Any color that you like would work well for your wood. Most use the semi-transparent colors.
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    Marci · 08/02/2020
    Previous owner used Thomsons water seal over stain that was fading/peeling. Color is now very patchy but still seems to be sealed (water beads on deck when wet). A contractor suggested I could apply Armstrong Clark over the water seal without stripping? Can you confirm and if so, how should I prep it? I just want to add color so it's got a more uniform look.
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      Mike Stebbins · 08/02/2020
      Thomspon's is mostly wax. Stain will not penetrate thru it. You'll have to strip the Thompson's off chemically. Sanding just mixes the wax into the sanded surface giving really spotty results with any new stain.
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      Armstrong · 08/02/2020
      No you cannot do this. You to must be stripped and then brightened.
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    Debbie · 07/25/2020
    Is there any way to get Massaranduba wood the color of your Rustic Brown? The previous owner did not treat the wood at all, and it has greyed a LOT. I've been using a belt sander to bring the wood back to it's natural color, which is a deep red, but I want it more brown vs red. Any suggestions?
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    Lee Schilling · 07/17/2020
    If I use AC in black walnut on IPE deck, what would be prep (other than cleaning) before reapplying next year? would it need to be stripped?
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      Armstrong · 07/17/2020
      Deck cleaner and pressure washing for prep.
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    Dorothy · 05/20/2020
    Do You ship 5 gallon of rustic brown to Ontario Canada? And is shipping free too?
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      Armstrong · 05/20/2020
      Shipping is not free to Canada. For the cost, add to cart and enter your shipping info for the total cost to ship there.
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    Debra Osse · 05/18/2020
    Do you have any suggestions as far as a brand of wood putty / filler that can be used prior to staining? I used some putty that claimed to be able to be painted or stained, but the stain took very poorly to it and it looks awful. Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 05/18/2020
      No, a wood filler will not work on a deck or exterior wood and will never stain to blend.
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        Debra Osse · 05/18/2020
        Oh no....do you have any suggestions short of replacing the entire board? If I put some stain on it quite heavy, it seems to cover it, but I suppose if I left it on really thick in that one area it would dry glossy??
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          Armstrong · 05/19/2020
          No, that will not work. You would have to leave it as is or replace the board.
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    Paul Ryan · 05/17/2020
    Do you have anymore pictures of driftwood? Only saw 3 images in the gallery.
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    Carol Moates · 05/16/2020
    What is the best stain for an old deck.. 26 years old?
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      Armstrong · 05/16/2020
      Look at one of the semi-solid colors.
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    JW · 05/12/2020
    It rained so the pix looks a bit splotchier than it really is. No chipping just fading.
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    Cindy · 05/12/2020
    Will the sample colors be the same as shown on a pressure treated deck?
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      Armstrong · 05/12/2020
      Colors always vary based on wood type and the age of the wood.
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    JW · 05/12/2020
    purchased a house with a redwood upper and lower deck. Last stained in 2017 with SuperDeck canyon brown oil - holding up okay but fading in certain areas on upper deck. Upper deck is in direct California afternoon sun most of the day. Lower deck is in the shade with minimal fading.

    Do I need to use cleaner or stripper? And what’s the best color match, I was thinking semi-transparent rustic brown. I tested natural oak and rustic brown on the existing deck faded parts and they looked pretty similar. Please lmk what you recommend. Highly appreciated. Thx
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      Armstrong · 05/12/2020
      Strip and brighten for the prep. As for color, that would be up to you. Rustic Brown is darker.
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    Dorothy · 05/08/2020
    Can you use over pressure treated spruce?
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    Paul · 05/05/2020
    I've watched YouTube videos on applying oil stain. They recommend wiping excess stain off with a rag after 5 minutes on the wood so a sticky film doesn't form which can attract dirt and build-up. Should that be done with your product?
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      Armstrong · 05/05/2020
      No, not with AC. You can do after 1-2 hours but not 5 minutes.
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    JJ · 04/30/2020
    I'm working with a 15 year old cedar fence. 1100 square feet and Pressure washed. One coat of semi trans Cedar looks good on a test board. Should I plan on two, and if so how many gallons total?
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      Armstrong · 04/30/2020
      Two coats wet on wet. About 10 gallons for 2 coats. If doing both sides make sure to double your sq. footage.
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    Steve · 04/24/2020
    3 hours after applying stain it began to rain. Now the wood looks lighter then when it was first applied. Should I re-coat it?
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      Armstrong · 04/24/2020
      No need.
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        Steven Pottman · 04/24/2020
        What about the color disparities. The horizontal boards have lost some pigment. I used semi trans chestnut.
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          Armstrong · 04/24/2020
          Wait until the rain dries off the wood and send a picture or two.
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    Ryszard · 04/20/2020
    640 total sq footage.
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      Armstrong · 04/20/2020
      About 6-7 gallons for the two coats.
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    Ryszard · 04/20/2020
    How many gallons of Semi-Transparent Cedar stain I need to cover 320 sf pine fence on both sides?
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      Armstrong · 04/20/2020
      For a fence figure Lenght x Height x 2 for total sq footage. Let us know what that comes to.
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    Debra Osse · 04/05/2020
    Of your semi-solid stains, could you tell me which ones have no red tint at all in their color scheme? Thank you!
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    Mike K · 03/31/2020
    Had new front stairs put in . IPE. Would like to keep it as natural as possible. Which stain would you suggest?