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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    Carolyn · 07/17/2020
    I would like to use the Amber hardwood floor on 20+ year old pressure treated deck that has only had Thompson's water sealant on it, probably 10 years ago. Decking is in pretty good shape. Do I need to do anything to prep other than clean and brighten before staining?


    Does the hardwood stain have a somewhat glossy finish?
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      Armstrong · 07/17/2020
      The AC stains do not have any gloss or shine. Clean and brighten for prep.
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    Lorraine · 07/17/2020
    Do you make a black stain?
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    C Reid · 07/15/2020
    For a new pressure treated deck do you recommend one or two coats? Also do you have any pictures on PT decking with Semi. Transparent cedar finish?
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    Julie Perez · 07/13/2020
    I had a new fence installed in February of this year, How long should I wait until i can stain it? The fence installer said 30 days the girl at Kelly Moore said 6 months
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    Laura Amodeo · 07/12/2020
    I have a brand new unfinished untreated cedar pergola coming tomorrow. I would like to stain it black. Your black walnut is not exactly black do you tint your stains? Can I get a semi-solid black?
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    Mark Glen · 07/03/2020
    Sorry, but I thought of another question that I forgot to ask in my post from a few minutes ago: If I were to want to restain the deck in say, three years, but I wanted to do a different color that was darker than the semi-transparent cedar, would I need to strip the deck again, or is there another process I would follow? Thanks!
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    Mark Glen · 07/03/2020
    Hello. I stained our deck a couple of weeks ago with your semi-transparent cedar. I am very happy with how it turned out, and I am attaching before and after photos. I also have a question. Something seems to have spilled on the deck and stained it a bit. No one in my family acknowledges spilling anything, so I don’t know what it is, but I am wondering if there is a way to remove this stain without negatively affecting the semi-transparent cedar stain? I have also attached a picture of the unwanted stain. Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 07/04/2020
      Sorry but no, you cannot remove the spilled stain without harming the AC stain.
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    Robert Reed · 06/30/2020
    I finally finished my deck and it looks really good! But the deck soaked up more of the stain than I thought it would and it definitely needs another coat. However, I ran out of stain. I ordered more last weekend. No one is using the deck till I finish it. I was wondering if I can put the 2nd coat on right away after getting more stain or if I should wait?? I want to get this finished so I can enjoy it this summer. Thanks!!
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    Michael Mann · 06/30/2020
    I have a 20 year old mahogany deck. It is silvered, and we had it pressure washed +replaced a few 1x6 planks on steps with high UV exposure that were cracking. Do I use a semi-transparent or semi solid color?
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    Jennifer Shimmon · 06/30/2020
    Trying to learn and understand difference in the transparent and semi transparent- we are just building our redwood fence. Live in Central Valley Ag belt of Ca with long HOT summers - and this is larger project - I want to protect the beautiful color as long as possible as I’m not a fan of grey - I’m looking through the gallery and think the cedar lends to yellow and I want to stay with warm tones not yellows - can you please explain transparent vs semi better and share thoughts on what you would use to prolong life of fence - we are building it ourselves and it’s a labor of love we want to preserve - thanks Jen
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      Nell · 07/27/2020
      Hi Jennifer, We just put in a deck on the Central Coast that looks a lot like your fence! Could you share what color you chose and also post a photo of the finished fence color? I'm going for the same effect as you mentioned. Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 06/30/2020
      Better UV protection with the semi-transparent colors. See here about new wood: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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        Jennifer Shimmon · 06/30/2020
        Thank you - as wood is your career do you have any thoughts or preference with what product You would use color wise - if this was your fence ? I understand I’m asking you a subjective question but you know your products best -I want to avoid yellow and preserve the wood from greying we looked through the gallery and are undecided on transparent or semi ? If semi has the better UV I’m not sure if I should consider chestnut to redwood to stay away from yellows - Don’t want to loose the beauty and movement of the wood
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    Shannon · 06/29/2020
    Would just like my deck to be one color..
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    Alan · 06/29/2020
    I am siding a camp using 1x6 eastern white pine novelty siding. Kiln dried and surfaced.
    Do I need to wait 1 year before using your semi solid or should I just confirm the moisture content is low enough? What is the recommended value?
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2020
      Yes, you need to wait a year and prep first.
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    Shannon · 06/29/2020
    Staining an older deck..like the natural oak pic but will it be darker? Using 2 coats. I wd like the coverage of semi solid but woodland brown and sequoia seem to have reddish tints looking through gallery. The deck is abt 12 yr old treated pine
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2020
      Older wood is more absorbent so they can stain darker in color.
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        Shannon · 06/29/2020
        We bleached deck which is now too light on floor..do i brighten? Can u wait a couple days to brighten after cleaning?
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          Armstrong · 06/29/2020
          Yes, you can brighten this but the stain will revive the color as well.
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            Shannon · 06/29/2020
            Oh it will? Tears of happiness here! Seriously! No one in Ohio has heard of brightener! Not one painter we have talked to. We are paying close to 2 grand to have it stained and he doesnt seem to know crap. Ok one more ques..will 2 coats of natural oak cover close to one coat of semi solid?
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              Armstrong · 06/29/2020
              No, the semi-transparent colors will not achieve the opacity of the semi-solids.
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                Shannon · 06/29/2020
                We put down nat oak and rustic brown samples 3 hrs ago. They are very similar in color? Or will that change? Ordering tomorrow
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                  Armstrong · 06/29/2020
                  Rustic is darker thenthe Natural Oak.
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    JAMES CIGALINA · 06/20/2020
    This is the after prep and dry 48 hours for some reason the photo didn’t post with the others.
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    JAMES CIGALINA · 06/20/2020
    I used the rustic brown on my deck 3 years ago it is mixed lumber of cedar and treated pine. I just completed the tests in. I used the RAD cleaner and brightener kit and the same semi rustic brown color. The one picture is 2 days after the clean and brighten (wood drying) 48 hours. And the other pictures are finished product, this deck is used quite a bit and the stairs are 3/4 of the day full sun. I live in Northwest Arkansas. The stain performed very well. I did not restrain under the deck due to it still looks very well and is full shade all day everyday.
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      Bobby Reed · 06/21/2020
      That looks good! I like the color! I live about 90 mins outside of Philadelphia in the middle of the woods. The deck gets exposed to everything, including my wife's dogs so it sees alot of action. I had heavy mold and algae on it, but using the RAD cleaned it all up. I'm hoping the mold and algae stay away now that I've stained it. I'm gonna wash the deck once a month to help keep it looking good. I might need to apply another coat of the stain too. Seems like it could use another.
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    Deborah · 06/18/2020
    We hired a painter to stain the deck, steps and handrails a few years ago. It took forever to Dry and some spots still rub off The handrails. Plus the odor was very strong when applied. What went wrong?
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2020
      Sounds like he over applied. Strip it off and then brighten the wood. Just one coat of the stain.
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    Bobby Reed · 06/17/2020
    Hi,
    I just used your semi trans Cesar stain. It looks awesome, but I have a question. I the deck and railing with the stripper/ brightener combo from RAD. Waited 2 days for it to dry. Than on the 4th day I tried to do the whole thing. I spent 12 hrs just doing the handrails and balusters but couldn't get to the deck. It's supposed to rain tonight and the next couple of days so the deck will have to wait till it clears up again. My question is, Do I have to clean the deck again with the RAD before I stain it?? No one is walking/using the deck till it's stained. Or should I wait another 2 days for it to dry from the the storms??


    Thanks so much,
    Bobby
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      JAMES CIGALINA · 06/17/2020
      Be sure to wait 48 hours after it stops racing so the wood is dried out completely
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        Bobby Rees · 06/18/2020
        Thank you!! This is such a pain to plan all of this. One day in says no rain, than the next its a downpour haha. Very frustrating
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      Armstrong · 06/17/2020
      No need to prep again.
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    brucelowrey · 06/08/2020
    Hello.

    We used AC Transparent Natural Tone Stain on an extensive treated pine deck, stairway and railing system in 2017 after waiting about six months following the deck installation in 2016. It hasn't lasted quite as long as we expected, particularly when exposed to lots of direct sunlight.

    This time we will use either the semi-transparent stain in Cedar or the Hardwood/IPE stain. In looking at the website, there appears to be at least one comment suggesting that the Hardwood/IPE stains in Amber and Mahogany are actually the same stain color. Is this the case, or are they - in fact - two different stain colors?

    Thank you for your assistance.
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      Armstrong · 06/08/2020
      Amber and Mahogany are two different colors.
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    Lauriel Sandstrom · 06/07/2020
    I would like a soft blue semi-transparent stain for the rough siding trim around my home. The Driftwood is close but I would like it a little bluer can I add some pigment to Driftwood?
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      Armstrong · 06/07/2020
      Sorry but no, that is not possible.
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    Christine · 06/04/2020
    My deck is being stained today. Almost finished and a rain came out of nowhere. Will it be OK? If I have more left to stain, do I need to wait 48 hrs again?
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    CCA · 05/29/2020
    I have just completed a retaining wall using 6x6 ground contact rated pressure treated timbers.
    1. Would the A-C semi-transparent driftwood stain be an appropriate choice to protect the wall?
    2. Would September (3 months after completion) be a good time to apply the stain?
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    Lori · 05/27/2020
    Using rustic brown on pine for patio tabletop. Can I put a polyurethane on top?
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      Dan · 06/27/2020
      You can never COAT a deck (poly or acrylic) after using a penetrating oil. All "topcoats" fail anyway; they chip, flake or just fail. Do it right: oil. There are many options if you want to put something over oil, but poly would be a disaster.
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      Armstrong · 05/27/2020
      No, you can never top coat a deck stain. It will peel.
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    Greg · 05/26/2020
    Would like to achieve a grey/brown tree bark color for my cedar deck. I’m thinking of combining the Driftwood Grey with either the Rustic Brown or Black Walnut. Will these stains mix properly? Have you ever seen someone create this tree bark color before? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 05/27/2020
      Yes, you can mix them. No, never seen anyone mix them before.
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    Istvan · 05/26/2020
    Hi! I live in Québec, Canada. I would like to stain a three-year-old treated pine wood deck, which has never been stained. I wonder what type of wood stain and preparation is recommended. I like the Cedar color in your choice of colors.
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      Armstrong · 05/26/2020
      Use this for prep: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

      Any color that you like will work.
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        Istvan · 05/27/2020
        Thank you very much for the quick reply!
        I wonder which of the two products I need for treated pine wood? The Armstrong Clark Stein or the Armstrong Clark Harwood/IPE Stein? Thanks again!
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          Armstrong · 05/27/2020
          You can use any of the colors that you like for treated pine wood.
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            Istvan · 05/28/2020
            I'm asking about the difference between Armstrong Clark Stein and Armstrong Clark Harwood/IPE Stein. Which of the two is better on treated pine wood?
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              Armstrong · 05/29/2020
              There are only colors designed for Hardwoods but they also can be used on regular wood like pine. They hardwood colors are not different formulas.
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    Mike · 05/23/2020
    I have just built a swinging bed using Alaskan White Cedar that will be on a deck outside. Beautiful wood that I would like to protect and keep as natural as possible. Do you recommend your product for this project?
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      Armstrong · 05/23/2020
      Yes but wait 3 months to weather and then prep with the RAD Cleaner and Brightener.
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        Mike Inman · 05/24/2020
        The white cedar has been kiln dry and will be under a covered porch. I would like to preserve the color it has now. Knowing that, is your advice the same?
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    Bob Gavett · 05/23/2020
    Hi folks, Are the Transparent Colors and Semi-Transparent Colors compatible with Hardwood / IPE Colors for the purpose on my blending them on site and applying them to obtain a modified color result ?
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    Lori · 05/22/2020
    I just applied the semi transparent rustic brown to an already dried out deck. It is a beautiful color and it went on evenly. The boards are still very dried out. I’d like to put an oil based clear coat on top. Is that ok to do?
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      Armstrong · 05/22/2020
      No, you cannot add a top coat over the AC.
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        Lori · 05/22/2020
        Can I add another coat of the AC rustic brown to soak into the boards? If yes, will it make it darker?
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          Armstrong · 05/22/2020
          No, more is not better. Do another coat next Spring if needed.
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    JaiMarie · 05/19/2020
    I have a cedar deck that I would like to keep as natural looking as possible. what stain do you suggest?
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      Armstrong · 05/19/2020
      The lightest tint is the natural tone.
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    Thanks · 05/16/2020
    My 8 year old desk only has 3 year old Thompsons water seal on it. Can I just sand it and then use TWP or do I have to use all the chemical stuff to strip?
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      Armstrong · 05/16/2020
      Strip and brighten for prep. Sanding will not work.
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    Daniel · 05/16/2020
    We have an untreated cedar deck and want to preserve the grey will the colour driftwood work ? We are told that any stain on cedar will turn it back to beige\brown .