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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    Cathy D · 07/02/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/30/2017
    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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    Deb · 05/30/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/29/2017
    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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    John Posselt · 05/29/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/29/2017
    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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    Saluda · 05/28/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/21/2017
    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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    Bob Francone · 05/21/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/16/2017
    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:

    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

    Use a deck stain pad or brush for applying, not a roller.
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    jean gottel · 05/16/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/16/2017
    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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    jean gottel · 05/16/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 05/13/2017
    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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    John Kay · 05/12/2017
    Hi,
    what's long will a transparent color normally last?
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    Armstrong · 05/05/2017
    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:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
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    Kathryn · 05/04/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 04/23/2017
    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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    Dot · 04/23/2017
    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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    Administrator · 01/29/2017
    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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    Kenneth · 01/29/2017
    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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    Administrator · 09/13/2016
    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-transparent 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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    Joe Wachs · 09/12/2016
    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.
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    Joe Wachs · 09/12/2016
    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. Thank you. JW

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    Administrator · 09/12/2016
    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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    Patrick J. · 09/11/2016
    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
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    Administrator · 08/31/2016
    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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    johny · 08/28/2016
    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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    Administrator · 08/18/2016
    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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    johny · 08/17/2016
    The siding is smooth side up. What do you recommend as for as prep during the waiting time? Thanks