The Armstrong Clark Stain Photo Album

Armstrong Clark Wood Stains comes in 16 different color choices. Armstrong Clark penetrates into the wood grain while "enhancing" the natural color tones of your wood. 

Very Important: We do not guarantee final colors due to age and species of the wood, and how wood is prepared, affects the final color of an applied stain. Please use an Armstrong Clark Sample can to test for color and absorption on your wood before beginning application.

Final Armstrong Clark color will vary based on:

  • Type of Wood
  • Age of Wood
  • Prepping of Wood
  • Application method

 Armstrong Clark Stain Photo Gallery

There are over 100 pictures of all Armstrong Clark stain colors. Descriptions of stain colors are below each picture.

Colors are listed in same order as Color Chart.

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If you have used the Armstrong Clark Stains, we would love to see your photos!

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    mark · 11/23/2020
    what stain is this? It looks like Driftwood but other pics on your site have it as very grey. thanks
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      Armstrong · 11/23/2020
      Looks like Driftwood, one coat on new wood.
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    Nick Webb · 11/23/2020
    I am rebuilding a 25-year-old ipe deck, about 1,000 sq ft. All the framing is being replaced, so I will be relaying the ipe over new framing. The ipe is sound, but some is warped, cupped, etc, so will all need to be sanded once it is laid. I plan to use your Mahogany stain. Should I use either or both of your Restore-A-Deck cleaning and prep products before applying the stain, or will the sanding be enough?
    Thank you.
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    pam · 11/11/2020
    I am doing a renovation of a cedar home with pressure treated pine 6 yr old deck in front. I am trying to match using a semi transparent stain on the newly replaced cedar exterior (see top cedar)to the decking below. It does not have to be a perfect match but in the shade range. Additionally, in the exterior of house there is a new ptp deck that is 6 months old that i would like to blend. I am thinking the cedar semi transparent

    but would like your thoughts.
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      Armstrong · 11/11/2020
      Sure the semi-cedar would work but see her about the new wood: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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        Pamela · 11/11/2020
        Yes, I will wait until next spring to do the new cedar siding on the house. I didn't mention that the new deck in the back connects to an older (15) yr old deck that is in good shape and was previously using a CWF product to maintain. I will be prepping per your directions in advance of the stain. My question, as you have indicated in other comments the challenges of matching new deck and older deck stain colors, and if I remember you said that new decking will always be lighter, would trying a test of a combination of two colors on the new decking allow us to potentially get closer to a match ? I know you do not do this in house but my contractor could do and we could test small area. I am thinking semi Cedar and Natural oak on new decking?
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          Armstrong · 11/11/2020
          Sorry, but there is not a way to match new and older wood. Does not matter if using the same color for all or attempting to use two different colors.
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    ncgoober · 11/07/2020
    The stripper worked very well. The stain was very consistent.

    First two pictures was halfway through project.

    The last two is completed. You may notice three lighter stained boards because they were brand new treated 2x6's that replaced some rotted boards (the deck is 25+ years old). The new ones were super saturated with the traditional green wood treatment. I imagine I will have to re-stain those once those boards dry out. However, I was surprised on how well the stain still penetrated those new boards
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    NewDYI · 11/01/2020
    What is your turn around time from ordering products to arrival at address?
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      Armstrong · 11/01/2020
      Depends on where you live but 3-5 days is normal.
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    4wdave · 10/30/2020
    Deck location: Paso Robles, CA
    Full sun, faces NW
    Wood type: con heart redwood
    Mold or mildew:
    Reason for previous stain failure: in 2018 Behr semi-transparent redwood stain applied to all six surfaces before deck planks installed. Then a second coat once planks were down. Stain began peeling and mildew formed within 6 months. When I complained to Home Depot, they sent me replacement deck prep and stain. I applied it again per instructions and within 6 months, the same thing happened. The vertical surfaces still look great, but I've sanded the peeling stain off of the deck planks.
    I think I need to use a darker stain to cover the parts of the redwood stain that did not sand out.
    (I tried uploading photos, but it says file size too big -- even though I shrunk it to 3MB)
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      Armstrong · 10/30/2020
      You cannot apply any other brand like AC over the Behr. It will have to fully be removed first. Please upload photos. Reduce size and it will work.
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        4wdave · 10/30/2020
        Here is the deck after sanding as much off as I could -- just the horizontal surfaces
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          Armstrong · 10/31/2020
          You will need to remove all if you want to use the AC. 100%.
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    Jess · 10/27/2020
    Hi! We used Rustic Brown on our new, but weathered cedar deck. I was expecting it to be more brown, but it’s more of an orange at the moment. I know it depends on the wood itself, but will it get darker or more brown when we do the maintenance coat in the spring?
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    Sue · 10/10/2020
    We have a new mahogany deck. They are going to light sand and then apply stain. Which stain type / color would you suggest?
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    Nancy · 10/01/2020
    Looking for a picture of Black Walnut on Mahogany.
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    Donald Box · 09/23/2020
    would you show us Woodland brown on a deck?
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      Kristina · 10/10/2020
      Order some samples and apply a small amount in a corner. All wood is different and it will really show you what you're looking for. The sample cost is then applied to your stain purchase up to $15. I got the 5 gallon pail since my cumaru hardwood deck and railings are massive. It came quickly in a box the size of bucket. I then poured stain into a gallon bucket to carry around and use. I've used a tall white tube sock on my hand over a plastic glove for the railings and a deck pad on a pole that also has a side pad attached for the cracks in between the boards from Home Depot. I'll post photos. Today was the first time we have had rain where I am since I stained part of the deck and railings. The boards look great and water is beading like I wanted it to. I have a cumaru deck that had been neglected by the prior owner. I had it professionally cleaned since some of the products I tried just weren't working.
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      Armstrong · 09/23/2020
      There are pictures in the photo album. https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/armstrong-clark-photo-album
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    Luke · 09/19/2020
    Douglas fir deck. Untreated and one coat of cedar semi trans.
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    Ron · 09/06/2020
    What is the best application method for a Grape Stake Cedar fence? Also, would you recommend Natural tone or Cedar tone Transparent color? It is one year old with no finish on it. Note that the posts and beams are rough sawn cedar and are lighter.
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      Armstrong · 09/07/2020
      Use a stain pad or brush. Either color would be fine, up to you.
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    Becky · 09/05/2020
    Can someone tell me the color of this stain? I assume it is an oak!
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2020
      Sorry, but we do not know what AC color this is.
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    Jared Grimshaw · 08/24/2020
    Semi Trans Rustic Brown
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    Jared · 08/24/2020
    Semi transparent Rustic Brown 2 coats on untreated Douglas Fir.
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      Jared Grimshaw · 09/04/2020
      Beautiful Utah Autumn evening on my new deck. Armstrong Clark is amazing.
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      Jared Grimshaw · 08/25/2020
      One coat is a beautiful brown with zero red tones on untreated pine. As soon as you add more than one coat, a deep red/brown tone develops. I purtchased rustic brown because I wanted to stay away from anything red. Oddly enough, I'm not disappointed. Even with the red it is beautiful.
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    Kristina · 08/21/2020
    I recently moved to a home and had the neglected Cumaru deck totally restored and cleaned. It is now ready for oil. I love the natural color of the wood when wet. What would be the best oil to keep it as natural as possible but also with the least maintenance. I have lots of trees and shade. Thanks !!
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    Mirela · 08/21/2020
    Hi,
    I would like to understand if I use one of the semi-transparent colors to stain my garage door, would I have to add any type of varnish after staining? Also, is Amber a semi-transparent stain? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 08/21/2020
      You cannot topcoat the AC will a sealer or varnish.
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        Mirela · 08/21/2020
        Thank you! I am interested in Amber, but I am not very clear if it's a semi-transparent or a semi-solid
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    Robert Reed · 08/06/2020
    Hi,
    I used the semi trans Cedar stain on my deck and I have to say I love it! Looks really good! But I have a question. I have these white stains or something in a couple places on my deck. I don't know what they are or why they are there. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is and how to get rid of it.
    Thank you so much!


    Robert
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      Armstrong · 08/07/2020
      That is sap leaching from the wood. Nothing will prevent it. You would have to sand to remove and then stain the board again.
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    KaraL · 08/02/2020
    I have been sanding off the Behr Deckover product. My deck is pressure treated pine.

    A few spots if pigmentation remain as well as areas within cracks that I simply cannot get into. How does this affect the color that I choose?

    What steps should I take for cleaning and prepping?

    My apologies for the picture. I can’t take a picture now because it is raining. The tinted boards have yet to be sanded.
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    Canadian Ladybug · 08/01/2020
    Live in Canada and have been struggling with deck product issues since we installed our new deck about 5 years ago. Decided to try Armstrong Clarke because of the good reviews. It cost a pretty penny with the exchange rates right now and shipping to Canada but it was worth every penny. So impressed by how this product went on and how great it looks.
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      Jennifer Marko · 08/24/2020
      Looks great! What stain did you put on your deck and what type of wood is it?
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    Tim · 07/26/2020
    I just had a redwood deck installed about 3 weeks ago. Moisture content at the surface is 0%-18% depending on the board and time of day. Is it safe to stain now with redwood tone, or should it wait longer? What happens if it is stained and still contains too much moisture?
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    Harold Gowing · 07/26/2020
    The attached picture is from your own web site, can you tell me what type of decking material it is and what stain was used.thank You
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      Armstrong · 07/26/2020
      Cedar semi transparent stain on clear cedar wood with no knots.
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    Harold Gowing · 07/26/2020
    We have two sections of deck, one section of cedar deck that was 17 years old and has been replaced with new cedar in July 2020, the adjoining section of deck is only 10 years old which will remain in place and has been sanded (see photo) What additional type of prep work do you recommend for the new cedar and the old cedar deck?
    How long should we wait before staining the new? and the old deck?
    We would like the finish stain on the new and old sections of deck to match as much as possible and will order samples to to make our decision. We want some natural wood grain to show as much as possible and were planing on using your semi transparent cedar or cedar tone, natural oak, rustic brown, or your hardwoods and softwoods Amber stain, which stain would you recommend that would best achieve this?
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    Kpowell · 07/25/2020
    How many square fee does 5 gallons cover
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      Armstrong · 07/25/2020
      Each 1 gallon covers about 150-250 sq feet.
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    Anna · 07/21/2020
    Thank you
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    Anna · 07/21/2020
    Any pictures of your newer color semi solid espresso?
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    Jeremy · 07/21/2020
    Staining a new pine deck with static Brown this week to find out there a 30% chance it's going to rain. I just finished sanding the deck and will I need to resand after the rain? The deck was black and the chair said it was from metal shavings, they've been sanded off but don't want to have to sand again before staining, thoughts?


    Project: 254sqft new pine deck x 2
    With hogwire railings.
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    Julie · 07/17/2020
    What does this brighten and prep consist of? I have a 6 month old fence that I would like to stain rustic brown but it has a yellow color to the wood can I brighten it? Will that take away the yellow color?