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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    Armstrong · 05/02/2017
    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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    markkelly · 05/02/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 04/24/2017
    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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    Vicki Durecki · 04/24/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 04/23/2017
    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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    Randy Boyles · 04/23/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 04/16/2017
    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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    john marrelli · 04/15/2017
    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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    Administrator · 04/12/2017
    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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    Lars Viskochil · 04/12/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 04/03/2017
    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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    Amy · 04/03/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 03/28/2017
    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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    Kathleen Gremban · 03/28/2017
    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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    Armstrong · 03/15/2017
    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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    Tom Ditzel · 03/15/2017
    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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    Administrator · 12/26/2016
    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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    wispwater · 12/23/2016
    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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    Administrator · 10/24/2016
    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:

    http://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    Kelly Navarre · 10/23/2016
    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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    Administrator · 10/21/2016
    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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    Darrell W · 10/20/2016
    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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    Administrator · 10/02/2016
    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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    Steve Demulling · 10/02/2016
    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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    Administrator · 09/04/2016
    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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    Administrator · 09/04/2016
    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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    LARRY Robert KLEVANS · 09/03/2016
    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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    Larry Chmiel · 09/03/2016
    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
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    Armstrong · 09/01/2016
    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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    RichardEugene · 09/01/2016
    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?