Best Stain for an Ipe or Mahogany Deck with Armstrong Clark Hardwood Finish.

Not many exotic hardwoods offer the color or stunning grain pattern of mahogany. A mahogany deck makes a simple outdoor living space an object of interest and beauty. Even though mahogany is naturally resistant to rot, it still requires a water repellent finish to ward off the harmful effects of Mother Nature.

A mahogany deck does seem to hold stain more evenly than other exotics. However, the key is to use the best stain for a mahogany deck, otherwise, you risk jeopardizing the wood’s appearance. Stay away from stains that form a film on the surface. These film-forming stains fail to protect dense hardwood. They are prone to wearing and peeling.

Armstrong Clark IPE Deck Stain

The best stain for a mahogany deck is one that deeply penetrates the wood’s surface. A stain like Armstrong Clark is specifically designed for exotic hardwoods like mahogany. It is formulated to soak into the wood’s dense pores to help condition and shield against weathering. The heavily bodied oils natural resist moisture and block out harmful UV rays. Armstrong deck stain holds color longer on exotic woods than any other stain on the market.

In addition to excellent water repellency and protection, Armstrong oil based stain comes in a semi-transparent mahogany color. This wonderfully enhances the natural look of mahogany making it a thing of beauty. Armstrong mahogany color deck stain will enrich your deck’s appearance and provide long-lasting protection. There is no other way to better protect the investment of a mahogany deck.

Your best bang for your buck when it comes to weather guarding your mahogany deck is applying Armstrong stain in their new mahogany color. It conditions the wood, locks out moisture, and ensures your mahogany deck will give you years of enjoyment and added value.

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    Diane · 10/18/2019
    Hi
    i have a brand new mahogany deck. Do you recommend using this product right away? I would like a stain/treatment that preserves the original beauty of the wood.
    Diane
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    Steve · 09/01/2019
    I recently power washed and applied AUS Timber Oil. Come to discover the current formulation is water based. The surface scuffs up easily (scooting in a chair to the table marks the surface).

    How can AC help my situation? Thank you.
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    daniel poggi · 08/28/2019
    I have a new deck ipe coated on all 4 sides with linseed oil. when can I apply your ipe mahogany stain?
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    Brian · 08/26/2019
    I just stripped, pressure washed and applied Pennofin on my IPE deck. A friend of mine with an IPE deck started using Armstrong Clark this year and I really like the results. I was going to apply another coat of Pennofin but was curious if I could add a coat of Armstrong Clark over the 2 week old Pennofin, or would I have to strip and start over if I wanted to use this product?
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      Armstrong · 08/27/2019
      You cannot apply the AC over the Penofin. Strip and start over. The Penofin will only last about 6 months so might just want to wait until it fails. Also, you cannot apply 2 coats of stain to IPE, it will not soak in.
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    Steve · 08/15/2019
    I am looking for the best way to refinish a mahogany deck. It was originally coated with Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck Sealer. One corner section has been sanded and refinished with Messmer's UV Plus. Would I have to sand to remove everything and get an even baseline, or would the chemical stripper/brightener be sufficient? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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      Armstrong · 08/15/2019
      Strip and pressure wash. Then brighten should work.
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    Joel · 07/25/2019
    I'm commenting and sharing because when I was researching a new oil/stain product for my deck/labor of love, I really couldn't find enough photos on the internet of what the stains would look like on seasoned Ipe. Good luck to all.
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    Joel · 07/25/2019
    I spoke with Jake Clark on the phone several times prior to purchasing and he was very helpful and answered all my questions. I basically changed my mind a few days before beginning the staining. I didn't strip/brighten as recommended on this website because I had already pressure-washed about 3 weeks before. I would have stained sooner but the weather here in Samammish, Washington, suprised us with a spell of rain. I built this ipe deck eleven years ago and we have always used Penofin Transparent Rosewood oil. We wanted a lighter color to allow the natural grain of the ipe to show. This time we used the Armstrong Clark Hardwood stain in Amber and I couldn't be more pleased. The Penofin oil left the top & bottom baluster rails splotchy. The Armstrong Clark Amber stain gave the entire railing system a much smoother look. If I had stripped and brightened, the color may have been more yellow, but all in all I couldn't be happier with the results. We hand-brushed the whole thing, (because I like to get stain deep into the spacing between the boards), and used the same product on the cedar fascia. It's very easy to apply, My wife, who shared the job with me, says it has never looked better. I agree. Thank you for your great product, Jake!
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    Veronica · 07/17/2019
    is it any variety of armstrong clark stain or is there a specific one for exotic hardwoods? i have a mahogany porch. Thanks
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    Davd · 07/12/2019
    Thank you. I will load a picture this weekend once the porch dries out, rain yesterday.
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    Davd · 07/11/2019
    Thank you for all your help. Yesterday the mahogany porch was finished with one coat of Amber and it looks great. However, there are sections that look like they could use a second coat (mainly ones that had the most sun exposure and foot traffic), while others have absorbed as much stain as they can, and some excess was resting on top. I have wiped this excess off. What do you recommend for the wood that looks like it needs more stain? Is a second coat ok in this situation? If so, can I wait a week to apply? We have some bad weather coming.....
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      Armstrong · 07/11/2019
      You have to be very careful of not over applying. Send a picture of the lighter spots.
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    Davd · 06/28/2019
    Thank you, will do. The wood will need to dry for a few days after brightening & rinsing. What's the longest can we wait to stain? Is a week too long if it rains, for example?
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    Davd · 06/27/2019
    one more try
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2019
      Light sand is fine to remove the rest. Brightener and rinse after.
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    Davd · 06/27/2019
    hmm tried twice, not working - one more time
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2019
      Nothing. It does work so either your file size is too large or possibly a timeout with your internet connection.
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    davd · 06/27/2019
    pic attached
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2019
      Please try pic again. Make sure file size is less than 3mb.
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    Davd · 06/27/2019
    Here is a pic of the results from the RAD stripper/brightener with the additives you recommended. It worked pretty well.

    Contractor stripped, brightened, and dried for 2.5 days - had asked him to strip, sand THEN brighten as you had recommended below on 6/11.

    Contractor wants to sand with 80 grit random orbital sander to remove remaining material and smooth. He recommends not brightening again so water does not come into contact with porch after sanding. Rather, stain immediately after sanding to prevent raised grain, warping and possible discoloration.

    Would you agree with his process? Or would you brighten after sanding again, dry, then stain as previously recommended?
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2019
      Water will not harm wood after sanding and actually helps to "swell" the wood pores so the AC can soak in better. Use the brightener and rinse well if he sands.
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    Davd · 06/18/2019
    Thank you. Last one, can they both be mixed into the stripper at the same time, or two different applications?
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    Davd · 06/18/2019
    Thank you. I trust there are directions for each on the bottle, but do I need both, and can they be used at the same time, and in the same mixure with the RAD stripper? Can you confirm from the picture that this is a water based poly or something else? Is there any type of test that can be done to be sure?
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2019
      You will need both for this removal. It is a clear poly of some sort. Not sure if oil or water based. The good news it is not too thick.
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    Davd · 06/18/2019
    Thank you for the previous response. I am being told that the original finish may be a water based polyurethane, as it's flaking off. On your website, it states that the RAD stripper will not remove polyurethane. How can I be sure? And what is the procedure to remove this type of finish if the RAD stripper will not work?
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2019
      Can you reply with a picture of the current coating?
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    Davd · 06/11/2019
    I have a covered mahogany porch (approx. 400 sq ft) that was protected 15 years ago but has not been treated since. It’s in pretty good shape considering but some sections have lost the stain and are grey from sun exposure. Additionally, a few large scratches need to be sanded out. I understand that sanding is not recommended as it can clog the pores in the wood and reduce absorption of the stain.

    If sanding is mandatory given the circumstances, should I sand the entire surface for consistency or just
    the sections that need it? What grit would you recommend?

    What is the proper order prep for mahogany if sanding is required? Power wash, strip, sand, brighten, stain? Do I power wash between each step?

    The original treatment was transparent and shows the natural wood. Confirming Amber is the closest match given the three choices for hardwoods?

    Will 1 gallon of AC cover 400 square feet with one coat?

    Can the RAD package https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper be purchased in less than 5 gallon quantities?


    Thank you in advance...
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      Armstrong · 06/11/2019
      Do not spot sand. 60-80 grit. Strip and brighten for prep. No need for cleaner. Sand after the stripping if needed before the brightener. Amber is the lighted tint. 2 gallons will likely be needed. RAD prep products only come in one size.
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    Linda Rieger · 06/10/2019
    I purchased a home with a mahogany deck that is 15 years old. Prior owners never treated the deck or stained it. I like the grayed out color however, it is looking very dry and surface is cracking. Located facing west in Denver, so intense sun hits it most of the day. Will using restore a deck cleaner prior to transparent staining be sufficient? Color is not as important as preserving the wood.
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      Armstrong · 06/10/2019
      Yes, that is correct for the prep before applying the stain.
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    Dennis Burek · 04/30/2019
    Background and Question,

    I have a very large wrap around mahogany deck under a covered porch roof. In addition i have 4 front 10 ft wide steps that gets continuous sun and snow. And lastly I have 150 ft of rails with 144 individual spindles.

    It was last cleaned and stained three years ago. It was stained with Australian timbre oil.

    I plan to use your mahogany stain after cleaning and brightening with a power washer. I plan to use restore a deck.

    1. will your stain be harmonious with the old timbre oil if i clean down to the bare wood? Apply with a brush or pad?

    2. How do I clean and stain the 144 spindles which over the last three years have turned almost black due to the weather?. This will be a laborious task and I don't want to do it again in two years


    Thank you.

    DB
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      Armstrong · 04/30/2019
      1, You should strip and brighten so all of the Cabot is removed, then you are good to use the AC.
      2. Strip and brighten the spindles. Apply and pressure wash off. It is not that hard.
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    aldrin · 02/14/2019
    Hi i bought the rad kit the stain i bought is the mahogany
    which stain that you sell be be better apply for massaranduba decking
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    Jen · 11/26/2018
    What stain works best on pine?
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    Barry Bezner · 10/23/2018
    I need one gallon of rustic brown stain but can’t seam to order
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    mcunn-me.com · 09/06/2018
    I'm looking forward to receiving my 5 gallons of your semi-transparent stain tomorrow for my mahogany rear deck (which gets full sun exposure late morning to evening and was quite gray and moldy in spots) and my front covered porch (which is mostly protected from the sun and in better condition). They were last stained about 3 years ago, maybe more, using Penofin. It was no longer available at my local store so I picked up Benjamin Moore Restore and Brighten to get started on researching on stain and I was happy to find your website. The Restore and Brighten worked reasonably well on my back deck using a brush and hose spray, though I did find I needed to hand scrub a few boards/small sections to remove "film" or some green mold. I found the front porch much more difficult. I finished the first section last night after starting late afternoon and was disappointed to see the dried results this morning - quite patchy. I worked on the second section earlier this afternoon and found that I needed 3 steps while working on Restore - hard brushing to agitate as per instructions, a hand scrub to remove more film, and then a spot hand scrubbing again! Any thoughts? The instructions weren't clear as to when to apply Brighten but I did apply when finished rinsing all the Restore each day; I did so while the deck was still wet - sprayed, brushed and then rinsed. Was a second application of Restore a better (and less physical) alternative to all that hand scrubbing. If so, presumably before applying Brighten. I do know that I have to wait and let the deck/porch dry before I stain. Your advice will be most appreciated. Thanks, Michael
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    Ian · 08/27/2018
    I am going to sand my mahogany deck prior to staining as the deck stripper didn't get all of the film type sealer off. do you recommend anything after sanding besides blowing off prior to oil application?
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      Armstrong · 08/28/2018
      Lightly clean and brighten the wood after sanding to help the AC stain soak in deeper.
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    mark kitson · 08/01/2018
    I have a large IPE deck 14 months old. It has been treated twice with Pen-o-fin Hardwood stain. What surface preparation is required prior to applying Armstrong-Clark Hardwood stain?
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    daryl boardman · 07/17/2018
    I have used other stains that darken my mahogany deck from a nice natural tone to a dark brown after recoating. To prevent this I tend want to lighter color. Will the lighter/natural color fade more or look more worn than if I go with the mahogany color? Based on past experience I want the stain not to darken with recoating.
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    steve wilcox · 07/07/2018
    Thank-you for that quick response, now how long should I expect that application to last before I have to do it AGAIN!! I live in New England where we experience the four seasons...thanks/steve
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      Armstrong · 07/08/2018
      Exotic hardwoods like Mahogany require a recoat every 1-2 years. Nothing will last longer.