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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    Mark Glen · 05/15/2020
    Hello. I live in Minnesota and have a 13-year old cedar deck that gets strong direct sunlight. I have tried several stains on the deck over the years, but none have have been very good after two winters, but maybe that is to be expected. I am planning to try your stain this year and am trying to decide between the transparent and semi-transparent stains. Is a semi-transparent stain more likely to peel than a transparent stain? Also, which of those two stain types would make preparation for restaining easier in the coming years? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 05/16/2020
      A semi-transparent is not more likely to peel. Both are easy to clean and recoat. The semi-transparent will have better UV protection. Make sure to remove all previous coating first.
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    jennifer · 05/11/2020
    We have a treated pine deck and railing. My husband has stained it one time and I plan to strip and clean before restaining as it was not done correctly first time and was peeling right away.

    My question is, which stain is best for treated pine in Northern Michigan weather? Solid or semi transparent? Looking for a darker wood look.
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      Armstrong · 05/12/2020
      Semi-transparent. Make sure to remove the old stain but stripping and possibly sanding as well.
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    Anne · 05/11/2020
    Would rustic brown go with the Oxford Brown? My hope is that applying a semi-solid to deck rails would last longer and not peel. Is that correct?
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      Armstrong · 05/11/2020
      It would not last any longer to the railings. The colors are not the same.
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        Anne · 05/11/2020
        The semi-solid does not last longer than the semi-transparent? I was going for a 2-tone look and hoping the colors would complement each other.
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          Armstrong · 05/11/2020
          No, not on railings. They will last the same.
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    Theresa B · 05/07/2020
    I have a redwood patio table that I stripped and sanded all the old stain off of and now I want to stain/protect it. What product do you recommend and recommendations on color?
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    Jim Lammering · 05/03/2020
    10 year old deck. Tried numerous products before. The 3 step process took us 5 days to do it correctly but it was well worth it. No other stain has been able to achieve these results. The decks look almost new. Thank you for this product.
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    Alex · 04/29/2020
    For pressure treated deck, other than the issue of semi-solid vs semi-transparent, how does the black walnut color compare with oxford brown? Which one is darker vs lighter, either have any warm/red undertones, different depths of brown, etc? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 04/30/2020
      Black Walnut is darker while Oxford has some reddish tones:
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    David Rothenberg · 04/27/2020
    deckstainhelp.com suggested that I use your semi-solid stain on my deck. I will strip/brighten to remove/prep the old semi-transparent stain and then plan to use your product on my lower quality mahogany deck. Here is a picture of my deck that I stained last year and the color just didn't hold. I live in NY. Was hoping you concur. What is your best guess for closet color to the Redwood I used from Wolman F&P ?? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 04/27/2020
      For mahogany wood you would need one of the 3 hardwood colors. Look at the Mahogany color. Semi-solids will not work for hardwoods. Wood is too dense.
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    Lverraneault · 04/26/2020
    Can I use the semi solid Expresso on a Mahogany deck?
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      david · 05/11/2020
      I asked the same question and the response was "no"...
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      Armstrong · 04/27/2020
      No. No semi solids for hardwood decks.
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    B.S. · 04/24/2020
    Here is finished siding,and decking is going to be matched to dark stain for sidind.Continued from last post
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    B.S · 04/24/2020
    Cedar siding brand new,need the color to match the darker brown,which shade of brow do you think would work? My deck is a lighter solid cedar look and will be matching whatever brown on siding to the deck,with your water based stain as am not going to sand it all the way down
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      Armstrong · 04/27/2020
      Rustic Brown would be closest in color.
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    Shaun · 04/24/2020
    How much better is the semi solid versus the semi transparent for Arizona sun? Which is easiest to maintain?
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      Armstrong · 04/24/2020
      Maintenance is the same but you will get slightly better UV protection with the semi-solid.
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    Mary · 04/23/2020
    We have a 15 year old redwood deck in Colorado (lots of sun) that will be power washed and sanded to remove any previous product. We want to use a gray stain but are unsure how your Driftwood would look on redwood. Your thoughts?
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      Armstrong · 04/23/2020
      it would be fine for older redwood.
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        Mary · 04/23/2020
        Will it show a lot of the wood grain or only some of it? We have a gray composite deck on the other side of the house and I'm trying to get as close to that look as possible. I'm unsure between a semi-transparent and a semi solid. Thanks for your quick response!
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          Armstrong · 04/23/2020
          The gray only comes in a semi-transparent color.
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    Linda · 04/20/2020
    Thank you. I neglected to mention that we added onto an already existing deck that has redwood stain. We are powerwashing but will need to cover that color on the old part. Any color suggestions, given that?
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      Armstrong · 04/20/2020
      You cannot apply the AC stain over a different brand of stain. You would have to remove it by stripping and or sanding.
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    Linda · 04/20/2020
    Hello! What kind of your stain would you recommend for a beach cottage deck near the Atlantic Ocean in Connecticut (Long Island Sound really)? It is pressure-treated lumber and I only need to stain the walking area - rails are poly. Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 04/20/2020
      Any of the semi-transparent or semi-solid colors will work best.
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    Joe Toth · 04/15/2020
    What color stain should I use on this Mahogany deck. I live in NJ and I’m told you are top of the line stain. Enclosed is the oof my deck. I will need 2 5 gallons..
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    Kathie · 04/13/2020
    Can you use the IPE’s on pressure treated decks?
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      Armstrong · 04/14/2020
      You can use the hardwood colors on other wood types. They will not look the same on PTP as they will on IPE wood.
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    Leigh · 04/11/2020
    How long would I expect natural tone to last on a fence?
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      Armstrong · 04/12/2020
      2-3 years. Semi-transparent colors will last 3-6 years.
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    Kevin · 04/02/2020
    Also, I am located in New Jersey.
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    Kevin · 04/02/2020
    I have a Cedar swing set that I need to restain. What is the best color you would reccomend? It is in the sun all day long.
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      Armstrong · 04/02/2020
      Any color you like will work. That is your preference.
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    Lisa · 03/31/2020
    My deck is 15-18 years old. We had it resanded and stained about 8 years ago. We have been maintaining it; however, living in the northeast we've endured many harsh winters. The person that is going to be powerwashing and staining my deck said that they have to use a solid stain. Which product would I order from you?
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      Armstrong · 03/31/2020
      Sorry but Armstrong Clark does not come in a solid stain.
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    irene · 03/31/2020
    I have a new deck and wonder how often do you have to restain using 2 coats of transparent cedar tone?
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    Steve · 03/27/2020
    Can your Stain be used on a Salt water dock?
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    Jason · 03/22/2020
    I have a 4 month old dock pressure treated pine. Full sun in Georgia. If I put semi trans rustic brown on now. After the 1 yr mark...when I would need to reapply, could I clean and the coat over with the semi solid expresso? I'm aiming to get as much uv protection as I can without going to a full solid and hoping to keep the maintenance ease of a semi trans stain. Also, if I can go with the semi solid espresso after the 1 year mark and it is time to reapply in 2 or 3 years can I just clean and reapply the expresso again? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 03/23/2020
      If you are switching from Rustic Brown to Espresso it would be best to strip and brighten for prep. Very easy to do. When recoating with the same color down the road, you would clean and brighten for the prep.
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    Kathi · 03/20/2020
    Do you have a recommendation for an additive or product that works well with or over your oil based wood stains for the stairs coming off the deck.
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      Armstrong · 03/21/2020
      Not sure what you mean? You cannot apply a sealer or coating over the AC stains or any deck stain for that matter.
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        Kathi · 03/21/2020
        I’m wanting to put non-skid on stairs. Is it ok to apply a non-skid product over the oiled wood? We had added sand to paint on our last house for a ramp, but this product is different and we are starting with new cedar so want to do it right.
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          Armstrong · 03/21/2020
          You cannot add a non-skid additive into the AC stains nor can a paint or stain of a different type be applied over the AC stains.
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    Larry Chmiel · 03/19/2020
    I plan on using Sierra Redwood for my deck. What color would you recommend for the skirt, (lattice) that would compliment the Sierra Redwood?
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      Armstrong · 03/19/2020
      Use the same Sierra Redwood color as you use for the deck.
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        Dick West · 03/19/2020
        Agree. We used Sierra on both deck and skirt (vertical T & G). Looks nice and lots of compliments
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    Corinne · 03/16/2020
    For a multi toned deck, would semi-transparent cedar and amber go well together or do they have a different finish/sheen? We have a mixed pressure treated pine / cedar deck. Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 03/16/2020
      You would not get much of a two-toned look between Amber and Semi-Cedar as they are too close in color. You would need a darker contrast or semi-solid color.
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        Corinne · 03/16/2020
        Thank you! Is there a difference in their sheens?
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          Armstrong · 03/16/2020
          AC stains do not have a shine as they are penetrating matte coatings.
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    Colleen · 03/15/2020
    No pics of Semi-Solid Espresso?
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    Fran · 03/08/2020
    I have used your deck stain in semi solid oxford brown since 2014. We need to touch up stain this spring. I was told by someone at your company that I can apply a transparent natural tone over the oxford brown semi solid stain to help with the over oxidizing...what I mean is deck is low to ground so stain does not oxidize completely and gets on shoes, etc. How soon after touching up semi solid can I apply transparent stain?
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    Michael · 02/26/2020
    What is the best for kiln water pressure treated deck that is newly installed? I would also like to tint it from the green or make it greener.
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    D · 02/19/2020
    Follow up question : would the “transparent natural tone” that you sell, maintain the color of the redwood or do I need to order the “redwood tone”? I will appreciate your help.
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      Armstrong · 02/20/2020
      Natural is tinted so yes it will have UV protection but take into consideration that this is the lightest tint. Darker or richer colors and tones will always provide longer UV protection.