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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    Jon · 05/10/2021
    Is the hardwood (mahogany) deck stain recommended for UV protection on new IPE outdoor furniture? Can we apply the stain immediately on the new wood or should we wait a few months before applying the stain?  We are trying to minimize the graying. Appreciate your assistance.
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    Shannon · 05/05/2021
    Is there anything to do for ipe that seems discolored from moss or mold before staining?  This sofa normally has cushions on it and where they had moss is the lighter spots in the bend/seat of the sofa.  They'll be covered by the cushions later so not a big deal, but I thought I'd check.  The sofa has just been cleaned and brightened with restore-a-deck but the spots remained.
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    Shannon · 05/04/2021
    Does the IPE stain work better on drier wood?  I've cleaned and brightened the wood and the day I stain there will have been no rain for 24 hours and no rain expected for 12 hours after, but it's still quite damp and humid out, the wood won't be as dry as it could be.  My other option is wait a week and hope for a longer stretch of drier weather, which I will do if it means more lasting results.
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      Armstrong · 05/04/2021
      You cannot apply the AC to damp wood. You need at least 48 hours after prep, maybe longer.
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        Shannon · 05/04/2021
        48+ hours dry time?  Will do.  
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    John Mathy · 04/26/2021
    Three years ago I used the AC amber hardwood stain on my Cumaru deck.  I would like to change the color to mahogany.  Do I need to clean, strip, and brighten?
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    Cheri Jensen · 04/24/2021
    I have a deck built of Jarrah timbers.  It is facing due West and some areas at the front of the deck have lost almost all the previous stain which was a semi-solid.  Is the IPE deck stain the best choice for this wood?  Or is there something else   you would recommend?  Also - since there are large areas in the most sun exposed section that are almost bare and other areas that still retain a lot of the previous stain, would you recommend sanding to remove the previous  stain ?  I know you say not to sand, but this instance seems like it might be necessary.  Thanks for your opinion and guidance. 
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      Armstrong · 04/25/2021
      Yes, remove all the previous coating by stripping and or sanding. Use one of the AC 3 hardwood colors.
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    Estelle · 04/05/2021
    This is my mahogany deck after I spent yesterday stripping, power washing, and then brightening. I can definitely tell the old mahogany red stain is gone, at least mostly, but I can’t tell if it’s supposed to look uneven like this. Would the unevenness in color tone show if I start staining, or should I try to strip a second time until I get a uniform natural wood color everywhere?
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      Armstrong · 04/06/2021
      Does it look even when wet with water? If not, give it another strip and brighten.
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    mike · 04/04/2021
    I have a old mahogany deck. I power washed it, now sanding it with a 80 grit sand paper because its rough from the power washer.Next I'll use a leaf blower to get most of the dust off. then I'll use a deck cleaner then a brighter.Going to use a lambs wool pad to apply the stain.I still have a lot of work left to do to get ready for the stain but wondering how long it will take to receive the 5 gallon stain in the mail to Boston Massachusetts?Any other tips on refinishing the deck?
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      Armstrong · 04/04/2021
      3-4 business days to arrive. Lambs wool does not work that well. Try a stain pad or brush.
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        Mike · 04/04/2021
        Thanks for the information about receiving your product. I’ll be ordering it soon.Also thanks about the information about the lambs wool I’ll get a stain pad.Its hard to measure this deck but do you think 5 gallons of stain will be enough?
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          Armstrong · 04/04/2021
          Hard to say. Should be if that is all the wood.
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            Mike · 04/04/2021
            Plus the pool landing and steps.i think I’ll get a extra gallon just to be sure I have enough.
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              Mike · 05/10/2021
              Been raining a lot here and haven't had a chance to stain the deck.What the best way to mix up a 5 gallon container of stain?
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                Armstrong · 05/10/2021
                Use a paddle mixer that fits on your drill. They are about $5 from local hardware stores.
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                  mike · 05/12/2021
                  Finally have 2 beautiful days to put the stain on the deck. I had poop dropping on the deck so I washed it then dryed it with a hair dryer.Stain was still there so I sanded the spots now it a lighter shade where I sanded compared to the other pieces of wood is it going to effect the stain? Will it blend it or will I noticed where I sanded.Thank you
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                    Armstrong · 05/12/2021
                    Spot sanding can lead to the stain looking blotchy in those areas.
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                      mike · 05/12/2021
                      if I used a brighter in those areas than used a hair dryer to dry it. could I still apply the deck stain tomorrow? FREAKIN BIRDS!
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                        Armstrong · 05/12/2021
                        You cannot spot apply brightener to even out the sanding spots. It will stain lighter no matter what in any areas that you power sanded. Only natural weathering for a few months and a full re prep would even out the porosity of the wood so it stains evenly.
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                          mike · 05/12/2021
                          Thank you for replying so quickly to my questions. I appreciate it.
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    Estelle · 04/02/2021
    I have a mahogany deck that has been stained three years ago with Benjamin Moore Arborcoar. I’d like to switch to AC.

    The wood feels fairly rough to the touch. Should I strip, then sand, then brighten before staining? Or should I sand, clean, then brighten? Or sand, strip, brighten, and stain?

    (I’m a bit uncertain if sanding without stripping would be sufficient).
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      Armstrong · 04/02/2021
      Send some pictures.
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        Estelle · 04/02/2021
        And another (only one posted earlier).
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        Estelle · 04/02/2021
        Here are some shots of the deck.
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          Armstrong · 04/02/2021
          Do not sand. Just strip and brighten for the prep. https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper
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            Estelle · 04/03/2021
            One point of clarification: when you say “Do not sand”, is it because it’s unnecessary (to get a smooth wood feel), or is it because sanding can do more damage than good?
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              Armstrong · 04/03/2021
              Sanding can reduce stain penetration. We do not suggest it unless needed to remove old coatings that cannot be stripped or to help with severely rough/splintered decks. If you sand, use no more than 60-80 grit and use the Brightener after.
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            Estelle · 04/02/2021
            Thank you! I'm glad I asked :)
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    Steven Downing · 03/16/2021
    Have mahogany decks - front porch, wrap around and the main deck (18 yrs old). I used a semi-solid stain once (bad decision), it peeled and was a PIA to clean off. Prior to and post to the semi-solid stain, I used Cabots Australian Timber Oil. Recent formulation of Cabots oil product is water soluble. Looking for a true oil based product (amber tint) that stands up to use for 3+yrs. 1100 sqft of deck surface – lots of work. Thank you
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      Armstrong · 03/17/2021
      AC is oil based.
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        STEVEN Bishop DOWNING · 04/27/2021
        Is it a solid stain or a penetrating/preserving oil based product? thank you
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          Armstrong · 04/28/2021
          AC does not come in a solid stain. The hardwood colors are semi-transparent.
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    Russ · 03/16/2021
    Just stripped, brightened and stained my deck last year with Armstrong products. Want to stain again this spring. Do I need to strip and brighten again or can I just stain?

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    kim · 02/07/2021
    Is it necessary to seal as a second step after using the Armstrong Clar
    k Stain?
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      Armstrong · 02/07/2021
      No, you can never apply a sealer over a deck stain.
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        Kimberly A Poirier · 02/07/2021
        Ok, thanks ...what would your opinion be on a product that is a stain and seal in one ? I have louvered Mahogany Shutters throughout each window of our home...

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          Armstrong · 02/07/2021
          All exterior deck and wood stains are sealers as well. They are never two different products that require both.
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    Joe D · 10/04/2020
    We sanded down the front porch of our 100-plus year old house and found beautiful mahogany. The porch is covered but gets wet. What is the best approach to stain/seal? Thanks!
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    Alex Batkhan · 09/10/2020
    I have a deck with 1 year old Ipe Oil (DeskWise) application. I'd like to switch to AC Mahogany stain this year. Do I need to clean and brighten my deck before AC stain application if my deck color looks not very much faded
    yet?
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    Michael & Lorraine W · 09/03/2020
    Best stain for ipe front porch.
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    Michael & Lorraine W · 09/03/2020
    What’s the best stain for pie deck
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    Randy Bitonte · 08/26/2020
    Similar to the previous question about a mahogany deck that was installed about 9 months ago. Prior to your treatment and stain suggestions, what sanding grit do you recommend to eliminate most of the splinter issues that this deck has ?
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      Armstrong · 08/26/2020
      60-80 and then clean and brighten.
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        Carla English · 09/01/2020
        Why do you have to clean and brighten after sanding? I just spent the entire day sanding our mahogany decking with 40 and 80 grit using a palm sander. Why would I need to clean and brighten? I was planning on staining tomorrow.
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          Armstrong · 09/02/2020
          You use the prep products to open the pores of the wood after sanding so the stain can absorb in better.
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            Carla English · 09/02/2020
            One more question...We used your stain on our back deck this summer and love it. One thing that attracted me to your product is that we won't have to do all the prep work to recoat when the stain begins to wear off or fade. Now we are doing the front deck which is mahogany. I have a can of TWP which is highly recommended but I see in their instructions that before recoat, we would have to go through this entire prep thing again (sanding, and then applying 1/2 bleach 1/2 water). Why is it that your stain for mahogany will not require all of the prep before re-coating? What makes your product different?
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              Armstrong · 09/02/2020
              You always have to prep when recoating with a deck cleaner and a wood brightener. You do not need to sand or strip.
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    Mike · 08/22/2020
    I have a new mahogany deck that was installed about 9 months ago but hasn't been treated with any stain or other product. What is the best approach for preparing the deck? Also, I am assuming that the mahogany color will provide the most natural looking color for mahogany, correct? Lastly, 1 coat of stain or two?
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    David · 08/21/2020
    do you need to brighten wood if you sand deck bare
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      Armstrong · 08/22/2020
      Yes, that helps the stain to soak in better.
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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.