AC Contest BUTTONThe Armstrong Clark2019 Spring/Summer Restoration Contest is closed! 

Excellent job to all and we appreciate you entering our Armstrong Clark staining contest for 2019! 

We will contact the winners via their orders.

First Place

Mike Checko

First Place = $500 + Weber Grill ($500 Value) + 5 Gallon Pail of Armstrong Clark Stain

Second Place


Second Place = $350 + 3 Gallons of Armstrong Clark Stain

Third Place

John B

Third Place = $200 + 2 Gallons of Armstrong Clark Stain

4th (NEW): Honorable Mention:

$100 + 2 gallons to Ed Sallie 

Sorry for all that did not win the prizes. We were extremely impressed with all the feedback and entries this year!

Enter our Armstrong Clark Stain Summer Stain Contest!

Armstrong Clark Stain Contest Details

  • All Armstrong Clark Stain and Prep products must be purchased first from this online retail site ( between May 1st - Sept. 14th, 2019.
  • Deadline for entry is Sept. 30th, 2019.
  • The winner will be decided by October 15th by our team.

Contestant winners will receive

  • First Place = $500 + Weber Grill ($500 Value) + 5 Gallon Pail of Armstrong Clark Stain of your choice!
  • Second Place = $350  + 3 Gallons of Armstrong Clark Stain of your choice!
  • Third Place:= $200  + 2 Gallons of Armstrong Clark Stain of your choice!

*Total winnings will be $2000 in payouts and prizes.

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by Sept. 30th, 2019.
  2. In the comment section below, post a short description of your deck/wood staining project, the products used to prep, and the Armstrong Clark Stain and Color used. Example of wood projects that can be entered: Decks, Fences, Wood Side Homes, Log Cabins, etc.
  3. Add 2 before prepping pictures of the wood that was restored (no more/less). You can still enter if you do not have the before pictures. Decks, wood fences, wood homes, etc are allowed.
  4. 2 after staining pictures must be included (no more/less).
  5. If having trouble uploading the pictures, please make your picture(s) size smaller (below 1 MB).

Any questions or issues posting, please ask in the comment area.

We look forward to all Armstrong Clark Stain entries!

*Disclaimer: All products must be purchased from The contest is not open to products purchased from other online dealers or from physical retail stores.

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    Tom · 08/24/2019
    I used Armstrong Clark mahogany semi transparent stain on my back deck, back door entrance, side deck entrance, front porch and railings. The wood is red meranti. The result in just beautiful.
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    Stever · 08/21/2019
    I am planning on staining my deck on Friday. Daytime high will be 71 degrees and overnight low will be 43 degrees.

    Should be OK?
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    Dlguess · 08/19/2019
    After months of research reading all the reviews and testimonies of which stain to use and what to use for cleaning and prepping deck I decided to choose Armstrong Clark Clark semi solid stain I decide to do my porch before I tackle my large deck I ordered a sample I use the restore a deck cleaner and brightener I had to sand and strip off old paint the deck is over 10 years old I followed all the directions on the stain and restore a deck products the stain applied smoothly and I was very impressed with the results I will order again for my larger deck of the new color stain espresso semi-solid
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    Kubert6636 · 08/13/2019
    Contest entry: NE Pennsylvania family pool deck & pavilion project. We used the suggested cleaning chemicals to prepare the virgin wood. Applied black walnut stain per directions on website using brush and paint pad tools.
    The stain went on very well and results were fabulous!
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    guy · 08/03/2019
    cedar fence , dark walnut Armstrong Clark
    first time ive used this material
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    Matt Horwood · 07/30/2019
    I have a 4 year old cedar deck that was originally stained with BM semi trans (please never use)...came across Armstrong Clark in my internet travels 2 years ago, got the BM stain of the deck in a very painful process, then RAD cleaner/brightener, and finally applied my fist coat of the Natural Oak semi trans and loved it. From that point on I have never looked back. Onto current day, the current project was a to re-apply the same stain after the 2 year mark as I get a lot of rain/snow in my neck of the woods. As always came to the site to ask a few questions, did the cleaner/brighter combo again...waited for things to dry and just finished applying one coat of semi trans Natural Oak again yesterday. Looks back to the great state it did a couple years ago. Love the stain...and the service you guys provide! Keep it up please :)

    First two are pics are before prep and second two are after stain.
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    Leslie Smith · 07/28/2019
    ARMSTRONG CLARK STAIN Redwood tone is not just for decks. We are using it on our fence and so is our neighbor. We will have the pretty fences in the neighborhood thanks to ARMSTRONG CLARK and the muscle that is building these fences.
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      Armstrong · 07/29/2019
      We would love to see some pictures.
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    Kit · 07/28/2019
    Pine deck is 1 year old. Cleaned with Restore a Deck cleaner and brightener. Applied Armstrong Clark semi transparent chestnut and it Looks great! It rained 3 days after applying and had no issues with it. Awesome product.
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    kced · 07/27/2019
    We have a weather beaten redwood deck that is 20+ years old. Over the past 6 years during our ownership it has been restained with another brand of semi transparent oil stain multiple times. The finished color was uneven, the oil was very sticky and the product would fail after one season. This time I pressure washed the deck and cleaned with a deck cleaner. I used Armstrong Clark semi-solid oil stain in its new Espresso color. The product went on beautifully and evenly. The deck color is even, consistent, rich and shows a hint of the natural grain. We couldn’t be more pleased with this excellent product.
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    John B · 07/27/2019
    New screened porch and deck installed with exotic hardwood. Prepped the deck by sanding to clean up the wood as well as bringing out the figure. I have had some experience finishing an IPE deck in the past with another product, but after doing some research on A&C I decided to try the Amber hardwood stain. The finished project really brought out the beauty of the wood and exceeded my expectations.
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    Valerie Friedrich · 07/27/2019
    Well, this is a 15 year old deck... not taken care of very well. I used restore a deck stripper, cleaner and brightener.. and was shocked! Then I used a 5 gallon bucket of Armstrong Clark semi solid mountain cedar on the 900 sq ft of deck. All this was done by getting wonderful advise from this forum- I am so grateful! Am loving the deck now...
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    Brian M · 07/20/2019
    10 year old Tigerwood deck. Hasn't had any work done to it in 7 years and was badly worn. I was skeptical about achieving very good results, but was pleasantly surprised. Used the Restore-A-Deck stripper and Booster with pressure washer. Then used Restore-A-Deck brightener. Applied the Armstrong Mahogany Hardwood stain and was very pleased with the results. I will follow the process of annually using the Restore-A-Deck cleaner and re-stain with Armstrong Hardwood stain every year as recommended for these Brazilian hardwoods.
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    Joanna K Street · 07/09/2019
    New pressure-treated pine fence; stain is Armstrong Clark's semi-transparent Rustic Brown. Previous fence was leveled by hurricane Irma. I researched and researched for the best semi-transparent stain for the Southeast US (humidity, weather, high heat index) and Armstrong Clark kept popping up. The product used for the stain prep was Behr Premium 1-gal. All-In-One Wood Cleaner. GREAT product! I had no issues applying this stain in 80% humidity with the outside temperature ranging from 85° - 95°. I highly recommend Armstrong Clark, especially if you live in South Florida.
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      Joanna K Street · 07/11/2019
      PS I was referring to the stain when I said "great product!". The way I wrote it, it looked like I was referring to the preparation product.
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    MIkeVeach · 07/07/2019
    Very very happy and impressed . Renewed a 17 year old IPE wood porch deck
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    MIkeVeach · 07/07/2019
    17 year old partially covered porch IPE wood deck. Initially we finished with popular high end oil/stain product . Over time sun and age killed the finish and left all surface dark grey. We power washed. hand scrubbed and machine scrubbed with little success . We researched and found that Armstrong Clark product was high rated. I called their tech dept and they were very willing to help and spend time discussing my circumstances. I then ordered sample . Tried sample and very impressed after rain, cold and hot New England spring. We ordered the step three refinish products . After seeing it a long time contractors fiesta response was “ did I sand it”. The raw wood finish was beautiful after 17 years of neglect. Since we used the hardwood mahogany finish we’ve received rave compliments from everybody who’s seen it. Almost everybody asks us if we installed new decking before the finish work. By far best product I’ve used. Makes me and my wife look like professionals. Front porch is beautiful .
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    leaf · 07/06/2019
    Additional after photo
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    leaf · 07/06/2019
    10 year old weathered cedar deck exposed to the sun and ocean salt air (as well as a picnic table). It was brushed and new nails added where the planks had warped. Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Cedar was used with a foam deck brush and back-brushed by hand to prevent pooling of pigments. Pleased with the results. Rain water now pools and beads on the surface and it was popular with visiting family.
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    Kristin · 07/03/2019
    New deck- pressure treated pine, prep and stain 11 months after build. Prepped with Restore a deck cleaner and brightener per manufacturers instructions. Natural Oak semi-transparent stain applied with Lambskin Pads - went on smooth and easy. Deck looks great!
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    Declan · 07/01/2019
    Used the stain to restore a treehouse in Minnesota
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    sgolick · 06/29/2019
    My 20 year old cedar deck needed some TLC. I sanded it, replaced the stringers (with new pressure treated), stairs (with new cedar), and railing (with glass and aluminum). All wood sanded to 80 grit. Used Armstrong Clarke Amber stain. Easy to apply and looks great!

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    Bob Zakaras · 06/29/2019
    Deck landing and steps. Restore a Deck Cleaner and Restorer 2 step process. By hand no power washing. AC semi transparent stain Sierra Redwood. Brush on.