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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    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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      Armstrong · 06/04/2020
      There is no way to tell until it dries and the water is off the deck. Send a picture then.
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        Christine · 06/04/2020
        So if it rains before done, do I have to wait 48 more hours to stain rest?
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          Armstrong · 06/04/2020
          Yes.
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            Christine · 06/30/2020
            One half of my deck is great. The other 1/2 is blotchy and doesn’t seem like the stain absorbed well. What should I do? Apply another coat?
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              Armstrong · 07/01/2020
              You could try this but be careful to not over apply.
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                Christine · 07/02/2020
                Do I need to do anything first? It’s been about a month since it was stained.
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                  Armstrong · 07/02/2020
                  Just lightly wash with water 48 hours prior tor remove any dirt.
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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 .
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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.