Best Stain for a 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 of 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.

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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    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.
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    steve wilcox · 07/07/2018
    good morning, just received my Mahogany hardwood & softwood containers and after reading applications, I have a question. I thought I was told that I could or should apply a second coat wet on wet on my mahogany wood deck. But after reading the instructions for Hardwood application, it reads; Only apply Mahogany and Amber colors. Hardwoods have a limited ability to absorb wood stain. Sparingly apply single thin coat with brush , pad or roller or sponge mop...…..HOW EXACTLY SHOULD I PROCEED and how long will a single coat protect my deck before I have to apply the next coat?? I had plan on using a roller to apply the stain, is that acceptable?? thanks, in advance/Steve
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      Armstrong · 07/07/2018
      Just one coat for exotic hardwoods. Use an exterior stain pad over a roller. Much easier.
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    steve wilcox · 07/02/2018
    I figured it out, Armstrong Clark!!! thanks
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    steve wilcox · 07/01/2018
    one more question.....do you have any dealers in the RI or Ma areas..thanks, steve
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      Armstrong · 07/02/2018
      We do not but can ship to you from our website.
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    steve wilcox · 07/01/2018
    I have a 16x20 15 year old mahogany deck and i've stained it 4 to 5 times with behr products.
    what stain and color should I use to bring back its color and also last longer than 1-2 years. thanks, steve
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      Armstrong · 07/02/2018
      Make sure to remove the Behr fully first. Stain with the AC in the Mahogany color.
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        steve wilcox · 07/02/2018
        what do you mean by AC in the mahogany color??
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    Minh · 04/23/2018
    Many of your competitors' products advertise the % UV protection. What is the % UV on your product?
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      Administrator · 04/23/2018
      % is based on solid content, not UV protection. The AC is close to 60-70% solids.
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    Rob · 04/10/2018
    If you are using Ipe as a wood siding, is there any need to stain the interior portion of the wood?
    Are there any dealers in the Tampa or Orlando area?
    In hot and humid Florida conditions, what would the recommendations for the reapplication of the stain? Would I possibly have to reapply in less than a year? I have west sun exposure.
    For the restore-a-deck clean & brighten, do you have to have a dry 2 days in between its application and applying the stain or just ensure that it is dry at the time of application? I am concerned that it would rain sometime in most 48 hour periods here.
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    Armstrong · 08/30/2017
    donnabaer:
    We have a large wrap around mahogany deck that is 15 years old- 1 section needed to be replaced. we replaced all the cedar balusters with horizontal cabling and mahogany posts. Want the color to look uniform- is the Black Walnut darker color a good option to even out the differences in color?

    It will help but it is not possible for the new wood and older wood to match exactly. Darker colors will help to blend better.
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    donnabaer · 08/29/2017
    We have a large wrap around mahogany deck that is 15 years old- 1 section needed to be replaced. we replaced all the cedar balusters with horizontal cabling and mahogany posts. Want the color to look uniform- is the Black Walnut darker color a good option to even out the differences in color?
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    Armstrong · 08/01/2017
    Mike lillard at work:
    I have a mahogany plank ceiling over my a covered patio. It was stained like 15-20 years ago. Wood is dirty and rough but solid since no water has touched it.

    Should I use the semi-transparent stain for hardwood?

    Since it is upside down will it penetrate adequately?

    Thanks
    Mike

    You will need to prep first with the Restore A Deck Kits. The Hardwood colors will be the correct product to use. It will soak in but watch for drips during application.
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    Mike lillard at work · 07/31/2017
    I have a mahogany plank ceiling over my a covered patio. It was stained like 15-20 years ago. Wood is dirty and rough but solid since no water has touched it.

    Should I use the semi-transparent stain for hardwood?

    Since it is upside down will it penetrate adequately?

    Thanks
    Mike
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    Armstrong · 06/08/2017
    Daria:
    Was is the best way to prep an old mahogany deck before applying your product?

    Hello, this does depend on the current condition. Is there a stain or just dirt and grime? If the latter, use the Restore A Deck Kit.
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    Daria · 06/08/2017
    Was is the best way to prep an old mahogany deck before applying your product?
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    Armstrong · 06/07/2017
    Reta Andrews:
    I have a 15 year old mahogany deck that shows greying. I am looking to stain my deck. When it was originally installed Sisten stain was used. As it was applied after the deck was fully installed it peeled at the ends and was a mess. If I use your stain will this happen and what product of yours is best suited to avoid this. I live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Thank you.

    The Armstrong is a penetrating stain so now it does not peel. Make sure prep first. Thanks!
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    Reta Andrews · 06/07/2017
    I have a 15 year old mahogany deck that shows greying. I am looking to stain my deck. When it was originally installed Sisten stain was used. As it was applied after the deck was fully installed it peeled at the ends and was a mess. If I use your stain will this happen and what product of yours is best suited to avoid this. I live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Thank you.
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    Armstrong · 05/29/2017
    Minh Nguyen:
    I am going to build a new fence out of Fijian Mahogany. From what I read, I should wait a month before applying any stain. My problem is where the fence will be, they will get wet daily from the sprinkler system. I won't want to put up the fence and let it sit for a month with the sprinkler hitting it. Should I just get the wood, store it in my garage for a month, and the put it up and stain it in the same day? Or can I just buy the wood, install it immediately, and stain it immediately?

    Hello,

    New wood needs to weather outside after being built for 3 months and then cleaned and brightened for the prep. Thanks.
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    Minh Nguyen · 05/29/2017
    I am going to build a new fence out of Fijian Mahogany. From what I read, I should wait a month before applying any stain. My problem is where the fence will be, they will get wet daily from the sprinkler system. I won't want to put up the fence and let it sit for a month with the sprinkler hitting it. Should I just get the wood, store it in my garage for a month, and the put it up and stain it in the same day? Or can I just buy the wood, install it immediately, and stain it immediately?
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    Armstrong · 04/28/2017
    Mr Rite Way:
    Hello where could I find Armstrong mahogany oil based stain in the Cincinnati Ohio tri-state area
    Rite Way Painting
    James


    #painter without a compass

    There are not any dealers there. We can ship to you. Takes about 2 business days.
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    Rite Way Painting llc · 04/27/2017
    Hello where could I find Armstrong mahogany oil based stain in the Cincinnati Ohio tri-state area
    Rite Way Painting
    James


    #painter without a compass
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    Administrator · 01/17/2017
    Jennifer J Stabile:
    Where can I buy your stains for Ipe deck in South Florida and which color stain will keep that red tint that is so rich in color?
    Please email
    Jennifer Stabile
    Hollywood Florida

    There are no dealers there but we can ship to you from our website. Use the Mahogany color.
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    Jennifer J Stabile · 01/16/2017
    Where can I buy your stains for Ipe deck in South Florida and which color stain will keep that red tint that is so rich in color?
    Please email
    Jennifer Stabile
    Hollywood Florida
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    Administrator · 09/23/2016
    james arado:
    what is best stain for tigrwood

    We have two colors that we suggest for your wood type. Amber or Mahogany.
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    james arado · 09/23/2016
    what is best stain for tigrwood
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    Administrator · 08/30/2016
    G DiCicco:
    I have a Cumaru deck that I installed last year and treated with Deckwise Ipe Oil. This year I sanded, washed and retreated the deck again with Ipe Oil and after 3 months, I am not happy with the color retention (I was also unhappy with the fading and color retention the first time). I plan to restain the deck again in early October ahead of the winter. Do I need to use the stripper before I switch to your stain or do could I get away with the cleaner and brightner? I have some mold spots to remove, but most of my problem is due to fading.

    Best to remove the IPE Oil fully so use the stripper.