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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    leonard weaver · 08/02/2020
    where do you buy it
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    ArtH · 07/28/2020
    We stained our mahogany deck two years ago with Benjamin Moore Arborcoat, a Tung oil and petroleum distillates based semi translucent stain. How do we prepare the surface before applying Armstrong do you recommend cleaning and/or sanding?
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    Mike Elefante · 06/28/2020
    What is the best way to apply the Armstrong stain?
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    Janet · 06/21/2020
    I have a 10 year old mahogany floor on an enclose d screened in porch. I believe it was originally sealed with some type of polyurethane finish since it originally had a shine to it. I sanded the entire floor with 80 grit sand paper and got all the old stains and finish off. It came up beautifully after sanding. I then hand brushed the AC deck stain for hardwoods(mahogany color) on the floor, board by board. The floor is 170 square feet. I used a fraction of the gallon can. Applied it sparingly and let dry for 24 hours. There were a few wet spots after the 24 hours. Wiped all of the wet spots and the entire floor. Waited another 12 hours to dry. I am still getting stain color on the rag even though the floor looks dry. Now what do I do?
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      Armstrong · 06/21/2020
      Try wiping the excess stain off with mineral spirits and rags. Saturate any oil rags in water and lay flat to dry outside.
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        Janet · 06/21/2020
        Applied mineral spirits and wiped off with rags per your instructions. Needed to do this twice but it solved the problem. The floor (14 ft by 12 ft) is inside a screened porch, mostly covered by an 8ft by 10ft indoor/outdoor carpet from June through September. The remainder of the year the floor is bare through the winter (Philadelphia area). What do you recommend each spring for cleaning and maintenance going forward to avoid sanding? Thank you!
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          Janet · 06/22/2020
          Why soak the rags and then lay out to dry? Is this so they are safe to wash? Thanks.
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            Armstrong · 06/22/2020
            So there is not a chance of spontaneous combustion and a fire.
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              Janet · 06/22/2020
              Oh, geez. Good thing I did that. Thanks!
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          Armstrong · 06/22/2020
          Warm water with some dish soap to clean off dirt.
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    Tony Cicoria · 06/07/2020
    I have a 20 year old Mahogany deck power washed and sanded (11x35), and a new adjacent Mahogany deck (22x16), pictures attached. How would you recommend matching the color of the 2. In looking at the pictures and discussions here, Amber is a frequently recommended color. How much stain would you recommend purchasing, assuming 1 coat? The pictures are: new deck, old deck, and a picture where they are next to each other.
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      Tony Cicoria · 06/07/2020
      Thank you for the link. What color would you recommend to match the older deck with the newer one? Would you recommend sealing the wood with some type of varnish after staining? What product do you have for that?
      Thank you!
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        Armstrong · 06/08/2020
        You cannot match new and old wood exactly, the older wood will be darker. Try Amber. You can never top coat over the AC, it will peel.
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      Armstrong · 06/07/2020
      See here about new wood: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      After waiting a few months, clean and brighten all wood. one 5-gallon pail should cover all wood for the one coated needed.
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    Jesse · 05/28/2020
    I have a new mahogany (never been sealed) porch and I would like to simply enrich and prolong the natural color which product should I use? Thank you
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    Yana · 05/28/2020
    Is this available in retail stores? Haven't been able to locate via Google. Thanks!
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    Steffanie Merloni · 05/23/2020
    Hello!
    We have a Mahogany deck that is about a year old. It Hasn’t yet been treated with anything. I am planning to purchase your deck stain and restore kit for prep. My question is....the deck currently is horrible with splinters! You can’t sit on a step without slivers ending up in your pants never mind walking across it! Is this normal for mahogany? Does staining help to fix this or should the deck be sanded down?
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      Armstrong · 05/23/2020
      Sand it first and then prep.
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        steffanie · 06/06/2020
        We have sanded the deck started with 80 and finished with 100 grit. I'm hoping this was right or did I "over sand"? Do I need to now wait 3-4 weeks for the pores to reopen to do the staining as well as the "prep kit"? (I saw this as an answer to someone else's question.) Thank you!!
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          Armstrong · 06/06/2020
          You did over sand, wait, and prep. 2-4 weeks.
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    John · 05/23/2020
    I have a mahogany front door that I have stripped, sanded and have it prepared to stain. I would like to stay away from any type of finish that builds up a coating on the surface of the wood. Stripping and removing the original finish was quite the chore that I do not ever want to have to do again. Would your stain be suitable for using on my door? If so, what would I need to do in order to "refresh" the finish after a couple of years when it starts to show some wear? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 05/23/2020
      Sorry but no, the AC is not designed for doors.
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    Seth · 05/17/2020
    I have a large mahogany deck. 2/3 of the deck is brand new and the last section is existing. I’d like to use the amber color, do you think both sides will blend or will there be a drastic difference in appearance?
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    steve wilcox · 05/14/2020
    what does IPE mean. Steve w
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    Karen · 05/11/2020
    I have 2 mahogany decks that are 20 years old. I’ve power washed and need to restrain both decks. I’m not sanding down to the bare wood so I’d like a nice stain that will bring back the light FW of the mahogany. What should I get?
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      Armstrong · 05/11/2020
      Try the Amber color.
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        Bob Kohn · 05/13/2020
        transparent or semi for this older previously stained mahogany deck
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          karen bennett · 05/13/2020
          Thanks! I ordered a couple of samples, waiting for them to ship.
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    Bob · 05/08/2020
    I have just finished building a deck with new mahogany 1 x 4's. I would like to have the weathered gray look eventually but also protect the mahogany from staining and cracking. Do you make a protective finish that will allow the UV in so it weathers?
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      Armstrong · 05/09/2020
      Sorry but no.
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        Armstrong · 05/13/2020
        No, all our stains have color in them and will prevent UV graying.
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    Bill McDowell · 05/08/2020
    Outstanding results using the Amber stain on my mahogany deck. Easy to use and beautiful results. Before and After pics
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    Marc Taubman · 05/04/2020
    Hello, I have quite a bit of leftover AC stain from my redwood deck. It is Natural Oak, semi transparent. I was hoping to use it on my IPE wood dock. I am at high altitude (7500 ft) in VERY dry New Mexico. I have already cleaned and brightened with RAD products. What will be the problem with using the Oak stain over the specialized IPE stain you list. I am a bit frustrated as on your site says "no new orders" I am worried about waiting too long to stain the dock.
    Thanks!!
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      Armstrong · 05/04/2020
      Natural Oak is not designed for IPE. While it will work. It will fade a little faster than the 3 IPE stain colors.
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    Rebecca · 04/17/2020
    Hi - just doing the math. Our deck is approximately 575 sq feet. (including steps). It's two tiers top - 12'4" x 18'4" bottom - 14'2" x 23'5". Your description reads the hardwood stain covers 300+ sq feet per gallon, so 2 gallons should be plenty. But, when we put the numbers in the calculator on your site it's saying we need 12 gallons! I feel like that can't be right. Can you please clarify? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 04/17/2020
      You have to add in all the ratings and stairs, not just the floor sq footage. What is the total sq footage with all added?
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        Rebecca · 04/17/2020
        Railings are PVC and I included the stairs in the overall 575 sq ft. There are 3 that are 7'9"x2' and 3 more that are 1'x3'. Definitely not nearly enough to put us up to 12 gallons! I just want to make sure I buy enough without overbuying. Thanks.
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          Armstrong · 04/17/2020
          Your floors alone added up to 565 for me. Add in the stairs and you are at 600ish. Do you have outside edges of the floors that are wood? If so you have to add that as well.

          What type of wood is this? The coverage of 300 per gallon is for a hardwood deck only and 1 coat. If you do not have a hardwood deck then you will need much more and you will need two coats.
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            Rebecca · 04/17/2020
            Hardwood, mahogany. We have PVC around edges as well. So what would you recommend? 3 - 5 gallons?
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              Armstrong · 04/17/2020
              Yes, somewhere between 3-5 should work.
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    Rebecca · 04/16/2020
    I should add I really like a reddish hue. You can see a small spot on the left that still holds some of the color from the last time it was finished.
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    Rebecca · 04/16/2020
    Hi - We have a large mahogany deck that we pressure washed last week. We're waiting for a good stretch of weather to apply the stain. I am between the amber and mahogany colors. I saw someone posted pics of a finished deck in the amber stain below and it looks great. Do you have any pics of the mahogany color that you can post? This is our deck now, just power washed, waiting on decision for stain! Thank you.
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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.