Best Semi-Solid Deck Stain

Deck stains come in different transparency levels. The more transparent or the less opaque a stain is, the more the natural wood grain shows through. This category is referred to as the semi-transparent deck stains.

The more opaque less transparent deck stains are commonly called the semi-solid deck stains. So basically the transparency scale in order starting with the least opaque would be clear sealer, semi-transparent stain, semi-solid stain, and solid stains.

All stains are designed to be water repellent but not all will protect against graying UV rays. Pigment in the stain is what provides UV protection. With that said, a clear sealer would provide zero UV protection while a solid stain would provide the most. Ultraviolet rays are what cause a wood deck to turn gray. Because of this, many deck owners stay away from clear sealers.

The solid deck stains completely mask the beauty of the wood and are much harder to maintain. Therefore, the semi-transparent and semi-solid deck stains are the popular choices. They are easier to maintain, provide adequate water and UV protection, and do not hide the wood but rather enhance its appearance. For those looking for an enhanced look with exceptional UV protection, the semi-solid stains are the ticket.

The best semi-solid deck stain is going to be an oil based penetrating formula. A reputable deck stain like Armstrong Clark is a popular choice. They offer several semi-solid deck stain colors such as Mountain Cedar, Sequoia, Woodland, and Oxford Brown.

This stain is a unique blend of both nondrying and drying oils. These oils separate to perform specific tasks. The nondrying side of the formula penetrates the pores to replace the wood’s lessening natural oils. The drying oils provide a surface barrier to trap in the conditioning oils and keep out moisture. This process revitalizes the wood while providing protection. Using the best semi-solid deck stain available will ensure you get much use from your deck while keeping it looking great.

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    Administrator · 08/05/2014
    Charles Jacques:
    Hello, building a brand new western red cedar deck and I am finding it is very soft. I understand the AC stain has non drying but also drying oils.

    1. Will the surface drying layer provide protection against dings and scratches?

    2.Must the drying layer be removed before re-applying the product?

    No it is not possible for a deck stain to prevent dings and scratches. It can be cleaned and reapplied as needed without removing.
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    Charles Jacques · 08/05/2014
    Hello, building a brand new western red cedar deck and I am finding it is very soft. I understand the AC stain has non drying but also drying oils.

    1. Will the surface drying layer provide protection against dings and scratches?

    2.Must the drying layer be removed before re-applying the product?
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    Administrator · 08/01/2014
    George Smilow:
    I recently mostly stripped 20 years of numerous coats of oil based dark color Cabot semi solid stain off my cedar deck.

    There are many areas where the dark residue remains plus the rails are opaque.

    Do you have a product that will cover both the deck and rails? I read alot of positive comments about your products and would like to use if possible.

    Thank you for your help

    The AC is not a covering stain. You definitely cannot use it on a solid stain. You could probably blend it with the deck floor.
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    George Smilow · 07/31/2014
    I recently mostly stripped 20 years of numerous coats of oil based dark color Cabot semi solid stain off my cedar deck.

    There are many areas where the dark residue remains plus the rails are opaque.

    Do you have a product that will cover both the deck and rails? I read alot of positive comments about your products and would like to use if possible.

    Thank you for your help
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    Administrator · 07/22/2014
    Mikedpzz:
    What would be the best Armstrong/ Clark stain for a cedar deck?

    Any of the AC colors will work for cedar wood.
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    Administrator · 07/22/2014
    Kristy:
    Is this semi transparent or semi solid?

    Mahogany is a semi-trans.
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    Kristy · 07/22/2014
    Is this semi transparent or semi solid?
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    Mikedpzz · 07/18/2014
    What would be the best Armstrong/ Clark stain for a cedar deck?
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    Administrator · 07/18/2014
    Mike DP:
    What type & color of your stain do you recommend for cedar decking approximately 5 yrs old?

    Thanks,
    Mike in upstate NY

    Semi-trans or Semi-solid colors.
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    Administrator · 07/18/2014
    Mike Chornopesky:
    I see you have a phone number to call from Canada. But in the shipping section you say you only ship to the contiguous 48 states. Is there a way to get your products in Canada?

    We ship form our website.
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    Mike Chornopesky · 07/17/2014
    I see you have a phone number to call from Canada. But in the shipping section you say you only ship to the contiguous 48 states. Is there a way to get your products in Canada?
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    Mike DP · 07/13/2014
    What type & color of your stain do you recommend for cedar decking approximately 5 yrs old?

    Thanks,
    Mike in upstate NY
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    Administrator · 07/03/2014
    Dan Decker:
    We have powerwashed and scrubbed with deck wash,and want to stain our previously red colored deck a deep brown in the Armstrong semi solid. Is this possible? Also see previous unanswered question. Thanks

    You need to remove all of the old stain first. You should not apply AC on top of a different brand.
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    Dan Decker · 07/02/2014
    We have powerwashed and scrubbed with deck wash,and want to stain our previously red colored deck a deep brown in the Armstrong semi solid. Is this possible? Also see previous unanswered question. Thanks
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    Dan Decker · 06/29/2014
    Deck is uneven redwood stained, have powerwashed, scrubbed with special deck wash, most of the stain is gone, none of the stain is gone from rails, can we use darkest stain color to cover this and move away from the redwood?
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    Administrator · 06/29/2014
    peter lederman:
    have a large neglected pressure treated wood deck....needs penetration and some covering (not transparent) which of your products would you recommend...and what colors are available in that product and can i get samples

    Samples are on this link:

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples

    Use one of the semi-solid colors.
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    peter lederman · 06/28/2014
    have a large neglected pressure treated wood deck....needs penetration and some covering (not transparent) which of your products would you recommend...and what colors are available in that product and can i get samples
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    Administrator · 05/27/2014
    tim scholz:
    does semi solid stain come in cedar tone

    Mountain Cedar in the semi-solid.
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    tim scholz · 05/27/2014
    does semi solid stain come in cedar tone
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    Administrator · 05/15/2014
    majorguns:
    Do the semi-solid stains have more of a tendency to peel over time compared to the semi-transparents?

    Can you re-stain over a semi-solid with a semi-transparent when the time comes?

    No they do not film so no more tendency to peel. Cannot put a semi-trans on top of a semi solid.
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    Marco Romano · 05/14/2014
    Do the semi-solid stains have more of a tendency to peel over time compared to the semi-transparents?

    Can you re-stain over a semi-solid with a semi-transparent when the time comes?
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    krohn · 04/17/2014
    After appling Armstrong clark semi-solid stain to a deck does one need to apply a sealer?
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    Administrator · 03/15/2014
    Dale Davidson:
    Where can I purchase Armstrong Deck Stain

    From our website. Thanks!
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    Dale Davidson · 03/14/2014
    Where can I purchase Armstrong Deck Stain