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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    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
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    Administrator · 08/17/2016
    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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    johny · 08/16/2016
    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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    Administrator · 07/17/2016
    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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    Jimmy · 07/16/2016
    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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    Administrator · 07/07/2016
    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:

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples

    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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    Eleanor Sisson · 07/06/2016
    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
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    Administrator · 06/25/2016
    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:
    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
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    Jim Crosbie · 06/25/2016
    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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    Administrator · 06/24/2016
    Krishna Ramanathan:
    Is it possible to send samples of Cedar semi and Cedar tone?

    Thanks

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
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    Krishna Ramanathan · 06/23/2016
    Is it possible to send samples of Cedar semi and Cedar tone?

    Thanks
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    Administrator · 06/16/2016
    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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    Jack Ferraiolo · 06/16/2016
    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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    Administrator · 06/05/2016
    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:

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
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    Kat · 06/04/2016
    Where can I see the different colors of stain offered by Armstrong?
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    Administrator · 05/29/2016
    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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    Sam · 05/29/2016
    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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    Administrator · 05/10/2016
    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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    Mary · 05/10/2016
    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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    Administrator · 10/07/2015
    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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    Dave McKinnon · 10/06/2015
    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??