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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    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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        Armstrong · 08/24/2020
        Natural Oak is the color.
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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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      Armstrong · 07/21/2020
      Espresso.
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        Anna · 07/21/2020
        Thank you. I did not see any pics of the espresso in the photo album. Do you happen to know what type of wood is in these photos? We have a cedar deck and I am curious how the espresso color would look
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          Armstrong · 07/21/2020
          Looks like pine but it would very similar for cedar.
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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?
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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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      Armstrong · 07/04/2020
      Strip and brighten for prep.
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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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      Armstrong · 06/30/2020
      Post a picture. Thanks
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        Robert Reed · 07/01/2020
        Just took these today. Been almost a week since I did it.
        Thanks!
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          Armstrong · 07/01/2020
          Looks good, leave as is.
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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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          Armstrong · 06/30/2020
          Try Natural Oak or Chestnut.
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    Shannon · 06/29/2020
    Would just like my deck to be one color..
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2020
      Any of the AC colors will work.
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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.