Armstrong Clark is a penetrating oil based stain that will soak deep into the wood grain offering protection from UV graying and water. The advantages to a penetrating deck stain is that they will not peel but rather fade over the years. The key though is proper prep before applying your AC especially if your wood is new.

New wood should not be stained right away with Armstrong Clark. A few things need to happen first:

  • Wood should dry out in the climate
  • Exposed layers of wood cells should oxidize slightly
  • Mill glaze needs to be removed
  • Prep after waiting will remove both oxidation and mill glaze

The best advice is to not stain your new wood too soon after instal but follow these steps:

  1. Install wood and let site outside for 2-4 months or more.
  2. Once wood has been exposed, use the Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit for prep.
  3. Let wood dry for 2 or more days after prep.
  4. Apply 1 coat of the Armstrong Clark Stain. Do not over apply.

To maintain your new coat of AC you will most likely need to a light coat in 12-24 months to just the floors or horizontals surfaces. In the future you will need to reapply AC every 2-3 years for most scenarios or as needed based on your particular traffic and weather.

If you have a question on prepping your need wood or deck, feel free to ask below.

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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Maya:
What stain should we use to get the most natural look for redwood but with the best UV protection?

Best to test sample colors here:
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What stain should we use to get the most natural look for redwood but with the best UV protection?
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Quoting Maya:
We had a new redwood deck built in April - it is about 2 months old. I
The deck is exposed to sun most of the day and we have very wet winters (North California -Napa area). It rained a few times and the deck has now many black water spots underneath the roof line.
1. How to remove the black water stains?
2. How long should we wait before staining?
3. What is the most natural look stain for redwood?

1. Clean and brighten the wood for the prep.
2. As the article states, wait 3 months.
3. Natural Tone.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
We had a new redwood deck built in April - it is about 2 months old. I
The deck is exposed to sun most of the day and we have very wet winters (North California -Napa area). It rained a few times and the deck has now many black water spots underneath the roof line.
1. How to remove the black water stains?
2. How long should we wait before staining?
3. What is the most natural look stain for redwood?
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Nick:
I will be installing a new Ipe deck. Can I prefinish prior to installation? The top surface was sanded at the mill. what prep do you recommend?

No. The wood needs to weather and prep. Please read the article. Thanks
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I will be installing a new Ipe deck. Can I prefinish prior to installation? The top surface was sanded at the mill. what prep do you recommend?
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Quoting scott gelhar:
How do you take the mill glaze off cedar wood. Before staining?

With the Restore A Deck Kit:
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Mill Glaze
How do you take the mill glaze off cedar wood. Before staining?
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Thomas Hayes:
can you apply to sanded decks? I had Prolux on the decks (terrible) for about a year now and I just sanded the decks and I want to know if I can apply to freshly sanded decks? Thanks Tom

Yes but final prep you should clean and brighten the wood. This will help the Armstrong to soak deeper into the wood grain.
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can you apply to sanded decks
can you apply to sanded decks? I had Prolux on the decks (terrible) for about a year now and I just sanded the decks and I want to know if I can apply to freshly sanded decks? Thanks Tom
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Quoting Catherine Wiley:
My pressure-treated pine deck was installed in 2015. Has now weathered slightly and is ready for some kind of treatment. Wood has some slight mildew in shady areas. Can I use a light bleach/dish soap solution to prepare wood for staining, or must I use Restore A Deck and Brightner kit first?
Climate = cold Wisconsin winters and sunny summers. Can you recommend which AC stain I should use? And color suggestion? I don't really want "color", just something light colored with UV protection.
Thank you.
Catherine Wiley

Best to prep with the RAD Kit for this. Try the Natural tint. There are no regulations that will force the AC to change to water based. Oil based stains are allowed in all states as long as they are VOC compliant.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Forgot to ask; AC is currently oil-based stain. What happens down the road, if you are forced to changed to water-based only stain? Would I have to strip the oil-based stain off before applying a water-based AC product?
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My pressure-treate d pine deck was installed in 2015. Has now weathered slightly and is ready for some kind of treatment. Wood has some slight mildew in shady areas. Can I use a light bleach/dish soap solution to prepare wood for staining, or must I use Restore A Deck and Brightner kit first?
Climate = cold Wisconsin winters and sunny summers. Can you recommend which AC stain I should use? And color suggestion? I don't really want "color", just something light colored with UV protection.
Thank you.
Catherine Wiley
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Victoria:
We will be putting in a new deck this summer with pressure treated pine. We live in Minnesota, hot (85-100+ degrees) humid summers and cold(-20 degrees) harsh winters. What would you recommend for a semi-transparent stain/sealer? And when to do it? I don't feel it could survive the winter untreated. Deck is in the sun most of the day.

Thank you

See here about new wood: www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

any of our semi-trans colors will work.
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New Deck in MN
We will be putting in a new deck this summer with pressure treated pine. We live in Minnesota, hot (85-100+ degrees) humid summers and cold(-20 degrees) harsh winters. What would you recommend for a semi-transparen t stain/sealer? And when to do it? I don't feel it could survive the winter untreated. Deck is in the sun most of the day.

Thank you
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Quoting Jeff K:
We just replaced our pergola with a pressure treated wood one (I believe Fir). I planned on waiting to stain but we are installing a hot tub under it and some grape vines need to be put back on the pergola as well. It would be great if I could stain soon but I understand I need to let the wood weather. Is there any option for me or just simply wait and later work around the tub? Thanks,

Best to wait.
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New Pergola
We just replaced our pergola with a pressure treated wood one (I believe Fir). I planned on waiting to stain but we are installing a hot tub under it and some grape vines need to be put back on the pergola as well. It would be great if I could stain soon but I understand I need to let the wood weather. Is there any option for me or just simply wait and later work around the tub? Thanks,
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Quoting jonlacey:
We just replaced all the top boards on our deck with new cedar boards. The deck is raised 6 1/2 foot off the ground so gets a lot of air movement under it. How long do I have to wait to clean, prep, and stain the deck. I just purchased the semi-transparent chestnut colored stain, thank you

2-4 months as the article suggests.
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new cedar deck
We just replaced all the top boards on our deck with new cedar boards. The deck is raised 6 1/2 foot off the ground so gets a lot of air movement under it. How long do I have to wait to clean, prep, and stain the deck. I just purchased the semi-transparen t chestnut colored stain, thank you
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Quoting Deck Novice:
I plan on installing new KDAT decking. Can I begin the prep process right away once installed?

For KDAT wood, wait about 2-4 weeks after install and then prep with the Restore A Deck Kit.
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New KDAT decking
I plan on installing new KDAT decking. Can I begin the prep process right away once installed?
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Quoting Alex G:
Want to buy the armstrong deck stain. I`m in Montreal. Is there a retailer in northern Vermont, New Hampshire or NY state where I can pick-it up ?

Hello, there is not but we can ship to Canada directly or any address in the US.
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Want to buy the armstrong deck stain. I`m in Montreal. Is there a retailer in northern Vermont, New Hampshire or NY state where I can pick-it up ?
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Quoting svan:
We have a new pressure-treated (pine?) deck installed in Dec 2016. It has grayed and passes the water test (i.e.. pour 1 cup of water and it absorbs / does not bead up). The deck has eastern exposure and is right next to Chesapeake Bay - so sun, moisture, occasionally snow but mostly rain & humidity. There are also a lot of oak trees so leaves in the fall and 'stringers' in the spring. Questions 1) What is the best product to use Question 2) how many gallons are needed, The deck is 240 sq ft with no railings or spindles. Question 3) suggestion for color? The color of house is a light gray/green and patio furniture is a light gray/taupe. However, the living room with full glass doors is a honey oak so a suggestion was made to stain deck in similar color for an extended indoor/outdoor look.

1. Use a semi-transparen t color.
2. About 2 gallons. Just one coat.
3. Driftwood Gray.
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New deck by Chesapeake Bay
We have a new pressure-treate d (pine?) deck installed in Dec 2016. It has grayed and passes the water test (i.e.. pour 1 cup of water and it absorbs / does not bead up). The deck has eastern exposure and is right next to Chesapeake Bay - so sun, moisture, occasionally snow but mostly rain & humidity. There are also a lot of oak trees so leaves in the fall and 'stringers' in the spring. Questions 1) What is the best product to use Question 2) how many gallons are needed, The deck is 240 sq ft with no railings or spindles. Question 3) suggestion for color? The color of house is a light gray/green and patio furniture is a light gray/taupe. However, the living room with full glass doors is a honey oak so a suggestion was made to stain deck in similar color for an extended indoor/outdoor look.
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Quoting BruceNairn:
We just replaced our pool deck boards which were 15 year old PT with western red cedar boards on April 22nd, 2017. We just purchased the RAD kit and AC semi-transparent cedar stain. How long should we wait to prep and stain/seal the new red cedar deck boards? Also it has rained every day since then is there any issue with the new boards being exposed and not sealed?

Wait 3 months and prep. it is okay if it rains on the wood in the meantime.
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New Western Red Cedar Deck Boards
We just replaced our pool deck boards which were 15 year old PT with western red cedar boards on April 22nd, 2017. We just purchased the RAD kit and AC semi-transparen t cedar stain. How long should we wait to prep and stain/seal the new red cedar deck boards? Also it has rained every day since then is there any issue with the new boards being exposed and not sealed?
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Quoting markkelly:
Hi I recently built a deck in Connecticut, 11/24/16, and it has a NW exposure and would like to treat the deck to keep the natural wood color we have now. It is a light pressure treated lumber. What do you advise

Prep with the Restore A Deck Kit. Stain with any color of the AC that you like. We offer samples for testing.
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Hi I recently built a deck in Connecticut, 11/24/16, and it has a NW exposure and would like to treat the deck to keep the natural wood color we have now. It is a light pressure treated lumber. What do you advise
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Quoting stampinvic:
Hi,
I have a new construction pressure treated wood deck (built in December 2016). Should I use soap and water to clean it, then power wash or should I use the Restore a Deck product? In your surface preparation for new wood, it says that a mixture of soap and water with mild scrubbing followed by a light power wash is sufficient. What type of soap do you recommend? Please provide your expert opinion. It is a large deck over 700 sq feet and I want the best results possible. I may also need help to figure out how much stain I should buy.
Thank you.

Use the Restore A Deck Kit. One kit should be enough. As for the stain, just one coat. One of the 5 Gallons pails should cover the 700 Sw. feet.
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Hi,
I have a new construction pressure treated wood deck (built in December 2016). Should I use soap and water to clean it, then power wash or should I use the Restore a Deck product? In your surface preparation for new wood, it says that a mixture of soap and water with mild scrubbing followed by a light power wash is sufficient. What type of soap do you recommend? Please provide your expert opinion. It is a large deck over 700 sq feet and I want the best results possible. I may also need help to figure out how much stain I should buy.
Thank you.
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Quoting Randy Boyles:
we installed new deck treated pine last July and are ready to stain, having read your sight we will need to clean and brighten first and then stain. our deck size is 448 sq ft we would like a clear stain finish. what would you recommend we purchase for this job?

The Restore A Deck Kit and the natrual tint. About 3-4 gallons.
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humming hills timber co.
we installed new deck treated pine last July and are ready to stain, having read your sight we will need to clean and brighten first and then stain. our deck size is 448 sq ft we would like a clear stain finish. what would you recommend we purchase for this job?
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Quoting john marrelli:
I built a cedar fence in September and left it untreated over the winter (Southern Ontario Climate. Do I need to wait to stain it at this point? Do I need to use the Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit for prep prior to staining?

You are good to stain after you prep with the RAD Cleaner and Brightener Kit.
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New Fence
I built a cedar fence in September and left it untreated over the winter (Southern Ontario Climate. Do I need to wait to stain it at this point? Do I need to use the Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit for prep prior to staining?
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Quoting Lars Viskochil:
I am installing a new Mahogany deck. The wood was purchased 6 months ago and has been outside covered up. I would like to stain all sides of the wood before install. If I install first I will only be able to stain the top surface. What is your recommended process?

No need to stain all sides, no advantage, and actually can be a disadvantage. Install, wait and prep is the correct way.
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New wood
I am installing a new Mahogany deck. The wood was purchased 6 months ago and has been outside covered up. I would like to stain all sides of the wood before install. If I install first I will only be able to stain the top surface. What is your recommended process?
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Quoting Amy:
We replaced our decking in August of 2016 and are now ready to stain it. I prefer the semi solid colors. Has my deck weathered enough to use a semi solid color now or do I have to wait for a full year. If I have to wait, what do you recommend I do in the meantime. Shouldn't I treat it with something now. My deck is pressure treated pine that bakes in the full sun all day. I was hoping to protect it before summer hits.

Semi-solids do have a lot more pigment. It may be needed to let the wood weather longer. Best to test first. Try a sample on the wood and make sure it soaks into the wood grain 100% and dries without any issue. Once it can do this, the wood is ready to accept the stain.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
We replaced our decking in August of 2016 and are now ready to stain it. I prefer the semi solid colors. Has my deck weathered enough to use a semi solid color now or do I have to wait for a full year. If I have to wait, what do you recommend I do in the meantime. Shouldn't I treat it with something now. My deck is pressure treated pine that bakes in the full sun all day. I was hoping to protect it before summer hits.
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Quoting Kathleen Gremban:
Our 5 month old covered Trex deck has cedar wrapped posts, cedar beams and a tongue&groove cedar ceiling underneath the roof. I am planning on using your RAD kit and a clear stain for the posts and beams. Do you think it would be OK not to stain the cedar ceiling since it is protected from the weather? Seems like a difficult job. Thanks

The ceiling will be okay if not stained.
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Cedar Posts, Beams & Ceiling
Our 5 month old covered Trex deck has cedar wrapped posts, cedar beams and a tongue&groove cedar ceiling underneath the roof. I am planning on using your RAD kit and a clear stain for the posts and beams. Do you think it would be OK not to stain the cedar ceiling since it is protected from the weather? Seems like a difficult job. Thanks
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Quoting Tom Ditzel:
I just purchased a home with a newly built covered treated deck. I live in NY so my deck is currently covered with snow. Will it be okay to stain my deck as soon as the warm weather hits or should I let it weather longer?

It needs 3 months of weathering without being covered with snow the entire 3 months. The wood should also have a moisture content of 15% or less after the weathering and prep.
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New Deck
I just purchased a home with a newly built covered treated deck. I live in NY so my deck is currently covered with snow. Will it be okay to stain my deck as soon as the warm weather hits or should I let it weather longer?
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Quoting wispwater:
I've applied your woodland brown (1 coat) with natural on top (1 coat) following instructions exactly on new deck installed over a year ago. I'd really like to have a bit of satin sheen. Is there any way to achieve that? Could I add some Waterlox Tung oil on top alone or mixed with your finish?

Armstrong cannot be top coated with a filming finish. Doing this would create many issues down the road such as peeling of the top coating, trapped moisture leading to rot, and severe mold issues if in a wet climate.
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Would like a bit of sheen...
I've applied your woodland brown (1 coat) with natural on top (1 coat) following instructions exactly on new deck installed over a year ago. I'd really like to have a bit of satin sheen. Is there any way to achieve that? Could I add some Waterlox Tung oil on top alone or mixed with your finish?
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Quoting Kelly Navarre:
We have an old 16 x 10 treated wood deck that I am going to use your stripper and ]semi solid stain on. Then I want to put a new railing of cedar and an older cedar fence that I want to match with your semi translucent stain. How should I proceed with your prep products and how long do I need to wait to stain the railing? Part of the fence is old and grey and part of it is about 8 months old. Any suggestions would really help. FYI the fence has never been treated with anything.

See this about new wood:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
We have an old 16 x 10 treated wood deck that I am going to use your stripper and ]semi solid stain on. Then I want to put a new railing of cedar and an older cedar fence that I want to match with your semi translucent stain. How should I proceed with your prep products and how long do I need to wait to stain the railing? Part of the fence is old and grey and part of it is about 8 months old. Any suggestions would really help. FYI the fence has never been treated with anything.
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Quoting Darrell W:
Hello. I recently built a redwood deck at my property in the Sierra's, at approximately 4100' elevation. It does snow several feet during the winter, and I'm worried about damage occuring from the moisture. The deck was built completed about the end of August. Have I waited long enough to apply stain, or will it be ok to do in spring even after being rained and snowed upon?

Since it needs at least 3 months of weathering, it would be best to wait until Spring to prep and stain. Rain and snow will not harm the wood.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Hello. I recently built a redwood deck at my property in the Sierra's, at approximately 4100' elevation. It does snow several feet during the winter, and I'm worried about damage occuring from the moisture. The deck was built completed about the end of August. Have I waited long enough to apply stain, or will it be ok to do in spring even after being rained and snowed upon?
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Quoting SteveDemo:
I built a new cedar deck in mid-August of this year. Is 2 months long enough to let it dry out or should I just wait until the spring before staining it?

It would be best to wait until Spring.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
I built a new cedar deck in mid-August of this year. Is 2 months long enough to let it dry out or should I just wait until the spring before staining it?
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Quoting Larry Chmiel:
When I see finished decks on the Internet the decking does not show any splitting or checking of the wood. I am building my deck now and won't finish until late fall of this year. I live in Chicago.
I will be using kiln dried pressure treated wood.
How do I prevent the wood from splitting?
Should I just build the frame now and add the decking/stain next spring or add the decking now and let it weather over the winter.
I will be using your semi-transparent stain.
Thank You

All deck wood will eventual split. This is normal and staining does not stop this. You will be fine to let it weather over the Winter.
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Quoting LARRY Robert KLEVANS:
I have a mahogany deck at my seashore home that has never been treated with brightener, stain or anything. Occasionally, I power-wash. It is 12 years old. Would like to restore, if possible. What steps should be taken to revitalize and prevent further deterioration.

Thanks,
Larry

Prep with our deck cleaner and wood brightener. Stain with the Amber or Mahogany colors after it dries for a few days.
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Mr
I have a mahogany deck at my seashore home that has never been treated with brightener, stain or anything. Occasionally, I power-wash. It is 12 years old. Would like to restore, if possible. What steps should be taken to revitalize and prevent further deterioration.

Thanks,
Larry
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Decking & Checking
When I see finished decks on the Internet the decking does not show any splitting or checking of the wood. I am building my deck now and won't finish until late fall of this year. I live in Chicago.
I will be using kiln dried pressure treated wood.
How do I prevent the wood from splitting?
Should I just build the frame now and add the decking/stain next spring or add the decking now and let it weather over the winter.
I will be using your semi-transparen t stain.
Thank You
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Quoting RichardEugene:
A deck site which highly recommends your products stated that brand new decks should not be stained right away, with the the exception of red cedar. Do you agree?

With AC stains, you still have to wait 2-3 months and prep first.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
A deck site which highly recommends your products stated that brand new decks should not be stained right away, with the the exception of red cedar. Do you agree?
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Quoting Bob Grasso:
Putting down ipe to replace old cedar. Bought Ipe Oil from the wood supplier. The product looks fab on the wood, at least thus far...one month. But boy does that oil stink! And the odor is not gone yet! I've read that your stain in mahogany would be good for my ipe. How is it on the nose?

AC is oil based, but a curing oil so the smell dissipates within a few days.
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ipe decking
Putting down ipe to replace old cedar. Bought Ipe Oil from the wood supplier. The product looks fab on the wood, at least thus far...one month. But boy does that oil stink! And the odor is not gone yet! I've read that your stain in mahogany would be good for my ipe. How is it on the nose?
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Quoting MURRAY POST:
i just built a chaise lounge chair out of cedar. what product do you recommend i use to protect my project? i planed rough cedar, all parts were sanded to 220 before assembly with titebond III and s.s. screws

It is sanded too smooth to stain now. Let it sit outside for a couple of months and then clean and brighten for prep. Once prepped use the AC in a transparent or semi-transparen t color.
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Quoting MURRAY POST:
i just built a chaise lounge chair out of cedar. what product do you recommend i use to protect my project? i planed rough cedar, all parts were sanded to 220 before assembly with titebond III and s.s. screws

i live in south fl
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i just built a chaise lounge chair out of cedar. what product do you recommend i use to protect my project? i planed rough cedar, all parts were sanded to 220 before assembly with titebond III and s.s. screws
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Quoting DC:
I live in a Chicago suburb. I had a new cedar deck built between mid-June and mid-July. It took a few weeks as the carpenter could only work on Saturdays. I would like to use your semi-transparent stain. My stainer will be available in October. Based on what I've read, that should be an adequate waiting period. Do you agree, or should I wait till next Spring?

Cleaning and applying one coat this Fall should be good.
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new cedar deck
I live in a Chicago suburb. I had a new cedar deck built between mid-June and mid-July. It took a few weeks as the carpenter could only work on Saturdays. I would like to use your semi-transparen t stain. My stainer will be available in October. Based on what I've read, that should be an adequate waiting period. Do you agree, or should I wait till next Spring?
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Quoting Rick Fals:
Installing pressure treated pine, kiln dried deck this coming week, in Charlotte NC... Do I need to wait 2 to 4 months before staining with your product?
Thanks

For kiln dried wood, we would suggest 2-4 weeks and the prep. Just the one coat.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Installing pressure treated pine, kiln dried deck this coming week, in Charlotte NC... Do I need to wait 2 to 4 months before staining with your product?
Thanks
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Quoting T. M.:
I just installed a 4 board fence. The running boards are pressure treated poplar and the posts are pressure treated pine. The poplar is rough cut. Should I wait minimum 2-3 months before I apply Armstrong Clark semi-transparent stain? Also, do I need to prep using the cleaner and brightener or will light pressure washing suffice?
Thanks for the informative web site.

If rough cut wood and dry, you can stain now without prep.
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Quoting Will Daley:
Currently having a cedar deck built on the side of our house. It should be finished mid July. If we wait 3 months to cure it will be fall and too cold (we live in Montreal, Quebec). Should we wait till next spring or simply prep and stain after one month? Also, what colour would you recommend? We like the deck in its natural state and simply want to protect and nourish the wood, not change the colour. Many thanks.

You should wait until next Spring. It is important to have tint in your stain. The color is what provides UV protection from graying. Natural is lightly tinted and will provide some UV protection, but not as much as a richer color like the semi-transparen t.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
I just installed a 4 board fence. The running boards are pressure treated poplar and the posts are pressure treated pine. The poplar is rough cut. Should I wait minimum 2-3 months before I apply Armstrong Clark semi-transparen t stain? Also, do I need to prep using the cleaner and brightener or will light pressure washing suffice?
Thanks for the informative web site.
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When to stain a new cedar deck
Currently having a cedar deck built on the side of our house. It should be finished mid July. If we wait 3 months to cure it will be fall and too cold (we live in Montreal, Quebec). Should we wait till next spring or simply prep and stain after one month? Also, what colour would you recommend? We like the deck in its natural state and simply want to protect and nourish the wood, not change the colour. Many thanks.
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Quoting :
We are restoring a 30+ year old deck, pressure treated wood. We're flipping the deck boards because the underside is in better shape. The top side of deck, stairs, and railings received Thompson Water Seal 5 years ago but the deck has never received stain. Many boards were replaced last fall. Which of your products should I use for preparation?

Use the our stain in the semi-trans or semi-solid colors.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
We are restoring a 30+ year old deck, pressure treated wood. We're flipping the deck boards because the underside is in better shape. The top side of deck, stairs, and railings received Thompson Water Seal 5 years ago but the deck has never received stain. Many boards were replaced last fall. Which of your products should I use for preparation?
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Quoting John Kazmar:
I need to apply a semitransparent stain over a cedar fence that was installed in December 2015, do I really need to clean it, it looks good? It is approx 2600 sqft, how much will I need, for proper coverage?

Is the wood rough cut or smooth like a deck board? If smooth, then yes you need to clean and brighten for the prep to remove the mill glaze. As for how much stain, you will need about 15-20 gallons.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
I need to apply a semitransparent stain over a cedar fence that was installed in December 2015, do I really need to clean it, it looks good? It is approx 2600 sqft, how much will I need, for proper coverage?
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Anthony M:
I installed a new redwood deck (heartwood) in late March and am preparing to stain. Location northern CA with direct sun all day (no arbor or shade on the wood). asking around with paint shops and contractors, general guidance has been to stain after the new wood has been in place for 4 weeks. reading on your site, you recommend 2-4 months. Having never installed a new deck before, I am concerned that constant sun will inflict damage if I wait too long. already, as the wood has settled and dried, some cracks have appeared and red hue has largely faded. Would you adjust the wait period recommendation based on my specific scenario? thanks

No you still need to wait and prep accordingly.
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new redwood deck
I installed a new redwood deck (heartwood) in late March and am preparing to stain. Location northern CA with direct sun all day (no arbor or shade on the wood). asking around with paint shops and contractors, general guidance has been to stain after the new wood has been in place for 4 weeks. reading on your site, you recommend 2-4 months. Having never installed a new deck before, I am concerned that constant sun will inflict damage if I wait too long. already, as the wood has settled and dried, some cracks have appeared and red hue has largely faded. Would you adjust the wait period recommendation based on my specific scenario? thanks
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Ray T:
I will be installing Coulson engineered vertical grain cedar siding on my house in Southern California. Mostly full sun. Its basically a dry product sawed into 4 mm cedar veneer and glued to plywood. It soaks up water readily. Can I use an AC semi-transparent stain as soon as finish the install?

Yes as long as their is no "mill glaze" on the wood. Just one coat.
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Engineered cedar siding
I will be installing Coulson engineered vertical grain cedar siding on my house in Southern California. Mostly full sun. Its basically a dry product sawed into 4 mm cedar veneer and glued to plywood. It soaks up water readily. Can I use an AC semi-transparen t stain as soon as finish the install?
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Dennis McSweeney:
I have a new "rough" redwood fence. Why do I need to wait? What is the downside of applying the stain now? I live in CA, if that matters.

If the wood is dry and rough cut then you can skip the wait. Only prep if dirty or wood has oxidized and turned gray.
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New Redwood Fence
I have a new "rough" redwood fence. Why do I need to wait? What is the downside of applying the stain now? I live in CA, if that matters.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting :
I just completed installation of a western red cedar deck. The wood was purchased from a local dealer - under cover, but outdoors. It was stacked with shims in my yard for a month while framing etc. was completed. Now complete, my question is whether to pre-treat and stain now, wait a few weeks with uncertain temps (live in upstate NY), or wait until spring

See this article:

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You should wait until Spring.
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New deck, winter on the horizon
I just completed installation of a western red cedar deck. The wood was purchased from a local dealer - under cover, but outdoors. It was stacked with shims in my yard for a month while framing etc. was completed. Now complete, my question is whether to pre-treat and stain now, wait a few weeks with uncertain temps (live in upstate NY), or wait until spring
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Amanda:
I have a new western red cedar deck. Covered. Not kiln dried, but the sawmill had the wood for approx. 3 years before our installation. Installed for 2 weeks only. The wood is still a little rough after killing and my husband wants to sand the entire deck. We're in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and winter is fast approaching. Can we sand? Can we apply stain now? Or should we wait for spring?

Might be too hard to do now with the weather and it may not take. Prep with a cleaner and wood brightener and sand lightly only if needed.
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Homeowner
I have a new western red cedar deck. Covered. Not kiln dried, but the sawmill had the wood for approx. 3 years before our installation. Installed for 2 weeks only. The wood is still a little rough after killing and my husband wants to sand the entire deck. We're in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and winter is fast approaching. Can we sand? Can we apply stain now? Or should we wait for spring?
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Char Wolff:
1) If installing a KILN DRIED western red cedar deck, do you still recommend waiting 2-4 months before prepping?
2) Would it be advisable to stain the underside and ends prior to installing, then wait the 2-4 months before prepping and staining the top?

No need to stain the undersides or ends. With kiln dried you can stain sooner. Install and weather a few weeks. You will need to prep with the RAD Kit and just one coat of the stain.
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Homeowner
1) If installing a KILN DRIED western red cedar deck, do you still recommend waiting 2-4 months before prepping?
2) Would it be advisable to stain the underside and ends prior to installing, then wait the 2-4 months before prepping and staining the top?
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Mka:
I just installed a pressure treated wooden fence this week, and would like to use AC to protect it. Does it work on pressure treated fences? Is the drying wait time also 2-4 months? I live in Central Florida.
Thanks for your response,
Mka

Yes you can use the AC on pressure treated wood. Is the fence wood smooth or rough sawn. If rough you can stain right away as long as the wood is dry. If smooth then you will need to wait 3 months and clean and brighten of the prep.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
I just installed a pressure treated wooden fence this week, and would like to use AC to protect it. Does it work on pressure treated fences? Is the drying wait time also 2-4 months? I live in Central Florida.
Thanks for your response,
Mka
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting Karen Daniels:
I am going to buy the AC Hardwood Stain for my tigerwood deck and rails. Can I apply it to a deck of new clear pine and cedar posts after waiting 2-4 months? Am wondering about the penetration of the hardwood stain vs. the regular stain for pine and cedar.

Thanks,

Karen

Yes you can apply it after prep and waiting 2-4 months. The penetration is the same.
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
I am going to buy the AC Hardwood Stain for my tigerwood deck and rails. Can I apply it to a deck of new clear pine and cedar posts after waiting 2-4 months? Am wondering about the penetration of the hardwood stain vs. the regular stain for pine and cedar.

Thanks,

Karen
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RE: New Decking and Armstrong Clark Stain
Quoting james gagon:
I have a new covered redwood deck, it has weathered for 5 months, can I sand it all, clean it then stain it ? (just not sure about sanding and acceptance of stain)

No need to sand. Just clean and brighten for the prep.
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home owner/carpenter
I have a new covered redwood deck, it has weathered for 5 months, can I sand it all, clean it then stain it ? (just not sure about sanding and acceptance of stain)
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