Best Stain Armstrong Clark Stain for a Tigerwood Deck

Tigerwood originates from several different types of exotic Brazilian hardwoods. It offers one of the most unique grain patterns you will ever see. It gets its name from its orange hue and dark vein stripping which give it a tiger-like appearance. Tigerwood is very popular for interior and exterior applications. It is a beautiful species of wood for an exterior deck. Although Tigerwood is naturally oily and water resistant, it still needs to have a protective finish to slow weathering.

The best stain for a Tigerwood deck is one that will penetrate deep and allow the wood pores to absorb the stain. Like most exotic hardwoods, it is very dense in nature and will not absorb an inferior stain. Once the Tigerwood begins to dry out it loses its natural oils, which can cause rapid deterioration. Using a conditioning oil stain like Armstrong Clark is really the best option.

Armstrong oil based deck stains are an excellent choice for a Tigerwood deck. The stain utilizes both nondrying and drying oils that separate once applied. The nondrying or conditioning oils, dive into the wood and replace the diminishing natural oils, which helps to revitalize the nature of the wood. Furthermore, the drying side of the stain formula remains at the surface and forms a protective barrier locking in the conditioning oils.

Armstrong stain comes in a wide variety of colors. What seems to look best on a Tigerwood deck is either Amber or Mahogany. Either of these two colors will enhance the natural beauty of the Tigerwood and create a gorgeous finish. Using the best stain for a Tigerwood deck will also create a weather-resistant shield helping to preserve the wood. Refinishing the wood should be done every one to two years depending on climate, sun exposure, foot traffic, etc.

To keep a Tigerwood deck looking good, clean and re-stain it with the same color of Armstrong oil based deck stain when needed. Keeping your Tigerwood deck coated with the best stain will ensure it remains structurally sound and appears new all year long.

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    Sarah · 09/24/2020
    We ordered two samples and applied them to our tiger woods deck. Three days later it rained for the first time. My husband wiped the test patches with a paper towel and some of the stain came off. Is this typical? We’ve had a LOT of trouble with other products completely fading/coming off and we don’t want to go down that road again.
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      Armstrong · 09/24/2020
      It was not fully cured yet. Once cured, it does not wipe off.
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        Sarah · 09/24/2020
        Thank you for your reply. How long does it take to cure?
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    Ben · 05/22/2020
    Hello, looking for guidance on if/how to re stain and finish deck. Been in house 6yrs, deck already in place. Have not stained or finished since moving in. Generally 3 levels of wear: max exposure, mid exposure, and no exposure (covered deck part).
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      Armstrong · 05/22/2020
      Strip and brighten all wood and then use a hardwood stain color.
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        Ben · 05/22/2020
        Thank you — are these products you carry?
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    Joe Busk · 05/17/2020
    Hey all,
    I built my Tigerwood deck 5 years ago and love it. I’ve used a few different companies like (I.e deckwyse, Messmer and so on) and I can never get that rich red look like when I first installed it like in pictures I posted . I would like to try your product but wanna know first if there is anyway to achieve that? Any suggestions??
    thanks

    Joe
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      Armstrong · 05/17/2020
      Strip and brighten for prep and try the Mahogany color.
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        Joe Busk · 05/17/2020
        Would amber give me more of the color of the first 2 pictures??
        thanks
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          Armstrong · 05/17/2020
          Yes.
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            Joe Busk · 05/17/2020
            Tha is for all your help. One last question. Do you have any pictures of a Tigerwood deck with amber stain on it?? Couldn’t find any on your website or anywhere on web
            Thanks
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    Paul · 05/04/2020
    My tigerwood deck is approximately seven years old. I have used an ipe oil on it every one-two years. The finished deck looks great, but the oil stays sticky for a couple of weeks after application. Dirt gets stuck to it, and now my deck has deeply seated dirt that I can't remove even with power washing. I want to switch to Armstrong stain, but want to get my deck thoroughly clean first. How would you recommend I clean my deck? Thanks!
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    Deborah Renfrow · 04/30/2020
    I have a tiger wood deck 12'X16'. It was not cleaned for 2 years. Three years ago it was cleaned and Penofin was applied. Approx 1/3 of deck is silver and then it gets gradually more color as it is partially covered. I just pressure washed it, and, wonder it putting using penofin clear will bring the color out on the silver weathered part. Or, should I use the Armstrong Amber or Mahogany on all of it. Amber sounds like a light color and Mahogany sounds like a darker brown. Help! Kind Regards
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      Armstrong · 05/01/2020
      Use the Amber for an enhanced wet look to the wood.
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    Matt Werneke · 02/26/2020
    I made a Tigerwood swim platform for my boat and it needs staining. I have been using teak oil but it dosn't last very long. Will your product last longer? What is the cleaning/recoat method.
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      Armstrong · 02/26/2020
      If it is constantly submerged in water then no, nothing will last very long. It will last longer than the teak oil though. Prep with the Restore A Deck Cleaner: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-wood-cleaner
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        Matt werneke · 02/26/2020
        It gets wet but out of water 75% of the time. How about a film forming stain like Sikkens Marine is what I’m familiar with. Thanks for the reply.
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          Armstrong · 02/26/2020
          A film-forming stain will not work. It will blister and peel.
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    Terry Tripp · 05/12/2019
    I have been using the Armstrong mahogany stain on my Tigerwood decks for six years, now. I love this stain. It’s beautiful and long-lasting and I will continue to use it. I re-stain every two years or so. My only concern is that it takes a good week to dry, with a couple of wipings (after 24 hours) required. My front deck is covered and the stain only really needs to be touched up a bit. Is it OK to thin the stain so I can put just a thin coating on? If so, with what? Thank you.
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    MarkD · 10/27/2018
    How long should I wait to stain a new Tigerwood deck that gets full sun? Additionally, what type of prep do you recommend?
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    Donna Stinnett · 09/23/2018
    I would like to know if it is a good idea to seal a recently oiled tigerwood deck with a varnish to keep that beautiful stained wet look ?
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      Armstrong · 09/23/2018
      No, you cannot use a varnish on exterior wood as it will blister and peel. It will ruin the wood.
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    aldrin · 09/06/2018
    Ah ok. my last question is you advise to use a semi solid stain which the best for the protection, eg the mahogany, but you don't have the mahogany in the semi solid stain colors, which one can i use then
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      Armstrong · 09/07/2018
      Mahogany does not come in a semi-solid. Semi-solids will not work for exotic hardwoods as the wood is too dense.
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    Armstrong · 09/06/2018
    There is no difference.
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    aldrin · 09/06/2018
    the IPE stain cst $ 234.99 and the Armstrong stain $209.99
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2018
      No, it is the same price of $234.99 if you pick those colors.
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    aldrin · 09/06/2018
    Hi i ve a masaranduba hardwooden floor i live next to the beach which stain can i use for muy deck the IPE stain or the normal Armstrong stain and which color match the best with the massaranduba color?
    what is the difference between these 2 stains?
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      Armstrong · 09/06/2018
      There are not different formulas but rather 3 colors that are designed for Exotic Hardwoods. Amber, Mahogany, and Black Walnut. You can use any of these colors for your wood type.
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    Jytte · 02/09/2018
    We have retained our tiger wood deck three times with a stain for tiger wood purchased from the company we bought it from. Every time we restained it, the color became darker and darker until now its dark brown almost black in some places. Doesn't look good. Should we start all over and strip off the stain? If so, what is the best way to do this? Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 02/10/2018
      Yes, you need to remove the previous coatings. What brand was it? The brand and type will determine how best to remove. You can also post a picture here.
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        Jytte · 02/13/2018
        The brand is In-Wood Exterior Wood Stain. Thank you.
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          Armstrong · 02/13/2018
          Prep by using this kit and pressure washing: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper

          Once removed, you will be ready to apply the AC stain.
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            Jytte · 02/26/2018
            Our deck is just over 1,000 sq. ft. and we just got a quote for $4,500 to redo it just the way you are recommending. That's very expensive. Do we have to redo the deck this way every 2-3 years or what do you recommend?
            Thanks,
            Jytte
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              Armstrong · 02/26/2018
              You will need to redo every 2-3 years. Might want to shop around. Call Deck Restoration Contractors for quotes, not painters.
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                Jytte · 02/26/2018
                I was afraid you were going to say that! Is there a different way of maintaining a tiger wood deck? Can you let it go grey and just treat it with colored oil or do you have another suggestion?
                Really appreciate your input!
                Jytte
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                  Armstrong · 02/27/2018
                  No easier way to treat the wood. Just clean and redo with the AC stain as needed.
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    Armstrong · 08/13/2017
    Douglas:
    Which is better for a tigerwood deck in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC with lots of rain and snow? ARMSTRONG CLARK HARDWOOD/IPE STAIN or ARMSTRONG CLARK STAIN? Thank you.

    Use the Hardwood colors:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/wood-and-decking-stains/hardwood-and-ipe-stain

    There are three colors designed for hardwoods. Amber, Mahogany, and Black Walnut.
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    Douglas · 08/12/2017
    Which is better for a tigerwood deck in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC with lots of rain and snow? ARMSTRONG CLARK HARDWOOD/IPE STAIN or ARMSTRONG CLARK STAIN? Thank you.
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    Armstrong · 07/08/2017
    El McRae:
    We have new indoor Tigerwood banister, unfinished. What can we use to bring out the beautiful wood that is appropriate for a banister used everyday. It is not in any sun. Thank you.

    I am sorry but the Armstrong is for exterior use.
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    El McRae · 07/07/2017
    We have new indoor Tigerwood banister, unfinished. What can we use to bring out the beautiful wood that is appropriate for a banister used everyday. It is not in any sun. Thank you.
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    Armstrong · 04/23/2017
    Charles Sanders:
    Can I get a sample of both colors and is there a store that carries this product in Colorado Springs Colorado?

    There are not any dealers there. You can order the samples here:

    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/samples
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    Charles Sanders · 04/23/2017
    Can I get a sample of both colors and is there a store that carries this product in Colorado Springs Colorado?
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    Administrator · 09/08/2015
    Paul Thomas:
    I have a tigerwood deck that is about four years old. I have used Penofin-hardwood, but it is too labor-intensive to rub off and does not last in the sun. I would like to switch to Armstrong-Clark hardwood stain that doesn't have to be rubbed off. Would I have to use a stripper, or would a cleaner and brightener be enough preparation for the Armstrong-Clark stain?

    Strip and brighten would be best to make sure that all the Penofin is removed.
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    Paul Thomas · 09/07/2015
    I have a tigerwood deck that is about four years old. I have used Penofin-hardwood, but it is too labor-intensive to rub off and does not last in the sun. I would like to switch to Armstrong-Clark hardwood stain that doesn't have to be rubbed off. Would I have to use a stripper, or would a cleaner and brightener be enough preparation for the Armstrong-Clark stain?
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    Administrator · 07/23/2015
    Seve:
    I live in SC and my tigerwood deck is ~5 years old. I have re-coated each year with Mess..UV plus and with in three months it turns blackish looking (dirty). I try to clean and does not look any better. Can I put a mold inhibitor (Wet and Forget) on first let dry and then apply the amber stain and then re coat with a mold inhibitor after stain has dried. The deck gets a lot of morning and early afternoon sun until ~3pm or 4pm in summer and less in winter. What other recommendations could you help with

    No you cannot do these steps. Start by removing all of the Messmers with the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper and pressure washing. Wait 2 days and apply the Armstrong Amber stain. Once fully dried, you can apply wet and forget on top.
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    Seve · 07/23/2015
    I live in SC and my tigerwood deck is ~5 years old. I have re-coated each year with Mess..UV plus and with in three months it turns blackish looking (dirty). I try to clean and does not look any better. Can I put a mold inhibitor (Wet and Forget) on first let dry and then apply the amber stain and then re coat with a mold inhibitor after stain has dried. The deck gets a lot of morning and early afternoon sun until ~3pm or 4pm in summer and less in winter. What other recommendations could you help with
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    Administrator · 06/12/2015
    researchmaniac:
    do you carry an oil-based semi-transparent product that will let natural beauty of wood show through? Your recommendations for this will add a color to this deck instead of keeping it "natural" unless I am interpreing article.

    All AC colors will show the grain of the wood but enhance the grain based on the tint you choose. Best to try some samples.
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    researchmaniac · 06/11/2015
    do you carry an oil-based semi-transparent product that will let natural beauty of wood show through? Your recommendations for this will add a color to this deck instead of keeping it "natural" unless I am interpreing article.
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    Administrator · 04/26/2015
    Steve E:
    Thanks for the info you provided to my previous question. When staining Tigerwood, is one coat sufficient since annual recoating is required?

    Yes only one coat for exotic woods like Tigerwood.
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    Steve E · 04/26/2015
    Thanks for the info you provided to my previous question. When staining Tigerwood, is one coat sufficient since annual recoating is required?
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    Armstrong · 09/17/2014
    Mark Bettilyon:
    Just installed a tiger-wood deck. What product would you recommend to help bring out the beautiful colors in the wood? And where can i buy it in Utah? On line order also works.

    Use the Armstrong Clark in the Amber color. Online only.
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    Mark Bettilyon · 09/16/2014
    Just installed a tiger-wood deck. What product would you recommend to help bring out the beautiful colors in the wood? And where can i buy it in Utah? On line order also works.