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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    Denise Zitzmann · 04/14/2021
    I have been told by your AC staff that according to the photos of my deck I should use a stripper and the gel and booster.  Can this be applied with a pump sprayer?   Also wanted to know if I need to protect my powder coated aluminum rails and trex posts from these chemicals as well as my siding, and plants around the deck.  Will rubber boots work to protect our feet or do we need special boots for chemicals.  Please advise.  Just waiting on my samples to decide which color stain I will use.
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      Armstrong · 04/14/2021
      Yes, you can spray it with a quality pump sprayer. Any boots will work. Trex should not be harmed. Test spot the aluminum to see if a reaction occurs. Cover plants to be safe.
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    Cristian · 04/14/2021
    I'm looking to stain an outside deck.
    Mahogany will be our pick. 
    Is that going to work?
    Thank you 
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    Terry · 04/11/2021
    Built a new home and a new 30 x 10 deck out of treated material deck is exposed to all the elements in Northeast Alabama which stain is recommended?I have used Armstrong stain in the pass on a 20 year old deck with great results. 
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    David Kubiak · 04/09/2021
    I was going to clean an A-C stained deck with a product that is 5% sodium hypochloride mixed half and half with water. It claims to be safe for stained decks, but in another answer you warned against anything containing bleach. Can you comment further? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 04/09/2021
      It will damage the stain, and you will need to reapply. It is also not the best way to prep for reapplying.
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        Justin · 08/22/2021
        Can you comment on the best way to clean an AC stained deck? I have your transparent stain on a cedar deck and after just a couple months, it is appearing very dark with what looks like dirt. 
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          Armstrong · 08/23/2021
          That looks like dirt on the deck. Try warm water with a little bit of dish soap.
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            Justin · 09/26/2021
            This cleaned the deck, but also took a lot of stain off. I'm going to need to strip and apply something different.
            My stairs still look great. Why did these not turn black? They get similar sun and probably more traffic.
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              Armstrong · 09/27/2021
              No idea why the dirt did not get on the steps. Could be from trees, etc.
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    Denise Zitzmann · 04/09/2021
    I have a pool that is surrounded by a cedar deck.  Will the armstrong semi solid stain be slippery with the penetrating oils when wet with water?  Also will it hold up with the chlorine and water it will be exposed to during the summer.  I live in NE. Ohio.  Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 04/09/2021
      It is not slippery, but deck stains will be damaged from chlorine water. The chlorine will bleach or lighten the color over time.
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        Denise · 04/09/2021
        Thank you.  Will the semi solid be hotter on your bare feet than the semi transparent?  I am looking at the semi solid for a more uniform look and the sample that is closest to the current color a brown with a bit of red in it.  Woodland Brown or Mountain Cedar.  I believe that the contractor who did it last used either Sikkens or Super Deck semi solid stain.
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          Armstrong · 04/09/2021
          Darker colors tend to be hotter, not having more pigment.
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    Jenny · 04/07/2021
    We stripped, sanded and stained our deck with Semi-transparent Rustic Brown last year in April 2020. I have attached pictures of what it looked like last summer about a month after staining and how it looks now. The horizontals on the railing and benches both got two coats last year while the floor received one. We still love it, but as you can see, there are some signs of wear on the flooring areas.

    I wanted to know how to best proceed to fix the worn areas. What steps do you suggest? Do I need to do all of the flooring area or can I just fix the worn spots? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 04/07/2021
      Best to prep with the RAD Cleaner/Brightener kit and apply one coat to all floors: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit
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        Jenny · 04/07/2021
        Thank you. We have some Behr wood cleaner/brightener on hand. Will that work or is RAD preferred?

        Will I need to plan to do this process yearly with the cleaner/brightener and a top off coat?


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          Armstrong · 04/07/2021
          RAD kit is preferred. Possibly but that depends on the use and weathering.
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            Jenny · 04/07/2021
            Thank you.
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    Allison · 04/04/2021
    Can you mix the AC Amber and Mahogany stains together? All of the photos in the gallery show Amber being much darker than the swatch photo. We have the mahogany now but want to go a little less red. Thank you!
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    Dick · 03/29/2021
    Do you have a photo of driftwood gray applied to a deck?
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      Armstrong · 03/30/2021
      There are a couple in the above photos.
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    Dick · 03/29/2021
    where can I purchase AC semi transparent stain in northern NJ?
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    David Kubiak · 03/29/2021
    Can you recoat the stain in the same color and type without starting from scratch every year?
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    Mike Buscher · 03/19/2021
    I have been using AC Sierra Redwood on my deck for the last three staining projects. I would like to change to a semisolid color. My first question is can that be done over the semitransparent stain, and if so could I use either Mountain Cedar or Woodland Brown? I like the look of both of these colors would one or the other provide easier coverage?
    Thanks for your help!
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    Heriberto · 03/11/2021
    Is this stain just to be applied as is or does it come with a activator/retarder?
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      Armstrong · 03/11/2021
      You apply as is. Nothing is added.
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    Naye · 03/11/2021
    As to my question per color; is there any difference between the one labeled Ipe or not?
    We have a Ipe Brazilian wood deck; I noticed the one la else Ipe only comes in three color and the other doesn’t.

    Please advice
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      Armstrong · 03/11/2021
      For IPE there are only three colors and you cannot use the other AC colors on IPE or exotic hardwoods.
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    Bill Brunson · 03/04/2021
    I will be using KDAT pressure treated wood for my railings and stairs supports and railings. I have composite flooring. How long do I need to wait before I stain and what preparation do I need to perform? I plan to use your semi-transparent stain, driftwood color.
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    Anthony · 12/28/2020
    What should I use to treat/stain a brand new Tigerwood wetroom wall to achieve a color between natural and redwood? ***See example rendering with ideal wood color superimposed on actual bathroom image.
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      Armstrong · 12/29/2020
      Amber would give you that look but AC is not suggested for indoors due to the strong oil based odor. You can use it but the odor may linger for a week or longer.
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        Anthony · 12/29/2020
        And for reasons related to difference in climate, I should not stain and leave outside for a week before bringing inside and mounting, correct?
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    Bobby Reed · 12/10/2020
    So my wife has let the dogs out on the deck and they have peed all over it multiple times in multiple places. It has discolored the areas where they have peed at. I've tried to minimize the damage by washing the pee off with water whenever I see it still fresh on the deck. Is there anything I can do to repair the spots they have made?? I have extra stain left over so could I just re-stain some of those spots?? Thanks for any info!!

    Bobby
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      Armstrong · 12/10/2020
      Sorry but thre is not a way to spot treat this and have it blend. You would have to clean and prep all the floors to redo or spot stain those areas and have it look a little better but it will not blend fully.
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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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      Luci Lewandowski · 04/12/2021
      what color stain did you use? is it the semi-transparent? also, is it pressure treated pine or cedar? it's beautiful and just the color of gray I was looking for. Thank you, Luci
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        ncgoober · 04/12/2021
        Pressure treated and driftwood gray.  
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        Armstrong · 04/12/2021
        Armstrong Clark Driftwood Gray.
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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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      Armstrong · 10/27/2020
      It should darken up some.
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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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    Gerry izaguirre · 09/23/2020
    My deck Reno of 2020. I send cedar,golden oak and black walnut
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      Traci · 05/11/2021
      What color is this on the deck is it mixed ?
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    Luke · 09/19/2020
    Untreated pic.
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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.