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Transparent Natural Tone
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Transparent Cedar Tone
$8.00
Transparent Redwood Tone
$8.00
Semi-Trans Cedar
$8.00
Semi-Trans Rustic Brown
$8.00
Semi-Trans Sierra Redwood
$8.00
Semi-Trans Natural Oak
$8.00
Semi-Trans Chestnut
$8.00
Semi-Trans Driftwood Gray
$8.00
Amber
$8.00
Mahogany
$8.00
Semi-Trans Black Walnut
$8.00
Semi-Solid Mtn. Cedar
$8.00
Semi-Solid Sequoia
$8.00
Semi-Solid Woodland
$8.00
Semi-Solid Oxford
$8.00
Semi-Solid Espresso
$8.00

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain Color Chart

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Friday, 13 November 2020

Great for testing on your wood.

Armstrong

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Test your Armstrong Clark colors before you buy!

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    Sharon Milone · 11/30/2020
    We are using your Mountain Cedar and Oxford Brown on our house. Can you advise for stair treads if there is any difference in durability between these two stains? Thank you.
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    Ted · 11/22/2020
    Do Armstrong stains come in a spray can

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    New DIYer · 10/31/2020
    Our pine deck is 21 years old. We applied a deck resurfacer 3 years ago and the product was peeling and looking poorly. After over one week of sanding daily using a pad, belt and drum sander, we are ready to stain.

    We live in San Antonio, Texas. This 200 sq. feet deck gets morning to early afternoon sun, it has benches and two set of 3 steps, with all floor boards cut to diagonal ends. We used 50 and 40 grit sandpaper and stripping wheels improved which removed almost all of the resurfacer and.

    Would you recommend semi-transparent stain? If so, which one would look more like a golden oak color? Would it be Natural Oak or would it be Cedar? What about Amber (Under Hard or Softwood) as a possibility. What would you recommend?
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      Armstrong · 10/31/2020
      You will need to remove 100% if you want to use any of the AC stains. Once that is done, try the Amber color.
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    Rondi · 10/21/2020
    We live on the east coast of Florida, full sun, humidity and salt. Our deck and stairs are 2 years old and PT wood. Would the semi-transparent stain hold up? Looking at the driftwood stain.
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      Armstrong · 10/21/2020
      Yes, it would.
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        Rondi · 10/21/2020
        Being oil based, is it prone to mildew?
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          Armstrong · 10/21/2020
          AC stains all contain a registered mildewcide to help combatant issues where any environment is prone to mildew.
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            Rondi · 10/21/2020
            Thank you!
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              Diane Thomson · 10/31/2020
              Approximately how long will the semi-trans last on horizontal surfaces with light traffic?
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    Trina · 10/14/2020
    For ash, would I need to use the hardwoods stains?
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    Ellen · 10/07/2020
    Is the Amber stain considered semi-solid?
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    John · 10/05/2020
    We have western red cedar planks that were installed in 2019 for a deck, table, and other various small projects. We allowed it to weather over the winter and 2020 without sealing or staining. We made the mistake of sanding the deck last week with 120 grit sandpaper (and 220 grit in smaller project areas) before realizing it was the wrong thing to do before staining.

    Can you tell us if the following steps are correct to fix our wrong:
    1. re-sand with 60-80 grit paper to increase porosity of the wood
    2. brighten with Restore-A-Deck brightener
    3. stain with semi-transparent AC (cedar tone)
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      Armstrong · 10/06/2020
      Yes, correct steps but clean and then brighten after sanding and just one coat of the AC Stain.
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    Bob Watts · 09/29/2020
    I have installed a 200 sf redwood deck. The redwood is over 50 yrs old and mostly clear heart. It is a covered patio that has about 10% in the sun for a few hours a day in west Texas. I am getting ready to sand it and then will seal/stain. I would like the redwood grain to show as much as possible. Recommendations?
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      Armstrong · 09/29/2020
      Any colors in the transparent and semi-transparent that you like will work. Make sure to clean and brighten after any sanding.
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    Cristina · 09/18/2020
    I'm in Miami, FL... extreme heat and humidity. I am having ipe steps made for my raised front porch but I need to darken them to go with my house. If I put the black walnut semi transparent stain on them, and then put a coat of spar urethane to seal them, is that enough? Will they even last a couple of years before having to redo it?
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      Armstrong · 09/19/2020
      You cannot top coat a deck stain with a varnish or sealer. It will peel. IPE needs to be restained annually.
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    Denise · 09/18/2020
    We have a 45 year old cypress deck that's still in pretty good shape. We've replace a few boards, also with cypress. It was treated yearly with Cuprinol for about 25 years so it was a pretty weathered gray. It was neglected for about 5 years, then it was stained brown. That has finally faded and we've begun to clean and brighten it. Some boards have been replaced. I've been testing various stain products on the deck, from clear, to semi-transparent, to semi-solid. My hope would be to get it back to a natural weathered gray appearance, but I realize that a lot of time has passed and the wood has been neglected. Would your transparent driftwood gray provide a natural look? Another option would be to match the deck to the house (which is cedar siding with Cabot Seacoast Gray solid stain), but that would obscure the wood grain and be too matchy-matchy. I don't want to go brown again. The wood doesn't have to look perfect. I'm really stumped. The photo shows old boards next to a couple of the new ones. Thanks for any advice!
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      Armstrong · 09/19/2020
      We would suggest getting a sample of the gray to make sure it stains the wood as you want it to.
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    Ron · 09/16/2020
    I am planning to paint my Grape Stake Cedar fence with AC Transparent or semi-transparent stain. My cat jumps onto the fence every day. Is it safe for the cat to contact the fence after it has dryed?
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      Armstrong · 09/16/2020
      Once fully dried and cured, it is fine.
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    Steve · 09/15/2020
    This northern white cedar siding is 15-20 years old and has not been treated. Gutters need to be installed to prevent further backsplash from rain dripping off eaves above. Before doing that, I’d like to apply a semi-transparent or semi-solid stain. Which will homogenize the two tones of the cedar wood? Is there a treatment for restoring the lower gray wood to the wood color up highter?
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    Bill T. · 09/05/2020
    I have a strong interest in your semi-solid stain. I have a deck made up of old and new cedar and some pressure treated pine. I want to put on a stain that will hide their differences while still penetrating the wood. Both the old cedar and treated wood have been sanded and all three woods have been cleaned and brightened. I want to avoid solid stain because it will not penetrate. My two questions are: will the semi-solid be a good cover to hide the wood differences , and is there a way to get the semi-solid in driftwood?
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    Carol Harper · 09/02/2020
    Which category do the "Hardwoods & Softwoods" fit into? What is different about these three?
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      Armstrong · 09/02/2020
      The three hardwood colors are designed exotic hardwoods but can also be used on all other wood types.
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    DEL · 08/06/2020
    I used semi-solid stain in sequoia color on my decks a few years ago. Now some areas of the decks started faded exposing light grey tone of deck wood. Can I stain over the existing deck using the same stain only with cleaning but without removing the existing stain?
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    Skip · 08/01/2020
    I have about 250 LF of new (2 months old) Western Red Cedar 8' privacy fence. I used an oil-based semi-transparent stain (Ready Seal) on about 40' in a color that should have left the pickets in a natural cedar color, but turned out very orange and does not look good with our house color. Can I apply a darker Armstrong-Clark semi-solid stain over the Ready Seal I've already applied? Can I do that now, or do I have to wait the 12 months you've recommended? How about the rest of the new fencing that I've not yet stained?
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    larry · 07/31/2020
    Is the natural tone transparent stain "clear" or is there some pigmentation to it.

    We want to preserve the natural color of our new cedar deck
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    glm2p · 07/30/2020
    Can you blend stains to create your own color. I am looking at creating a blend of amber and redwood tone or amber and sierra redwood to get more red than amber.
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    Nathan · 07/27/2020
    We have some exposed columns and beams on a porch (Douglas Fir) that were previously stained with an solid stain when we built the house (they were exposed for about 1 month, then stained for about 2 years). We're looking for the darkest brown, non red tinted stain possible - should be be looking at the semi-solid espresso? Is a semi-solid appropriate for the age of the wood? The wood is still pushing sap through the previous stain. We've been sanding the beams with 50 grit and probably finish with 80 grit sandpaper to remove all of the previous stain. Is black walnut your next darkest color for Douglas Fir if the semi-solid is not appropriate? Are these going to require annual applications in a high altitude (6800')?
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      Armstrong · 07/27/2020
      You will have to remove 100% of the solid stain to be able to use the AC stains. Darkest would be the Espresso and Black Walnut. Either could be used. Just one coat. Redo every 2-3 years is normal. Nothing will top sap from leaching out of the wood.
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    Eric Hockstad · 07/25/2020
    Is the hardwood Black walnut labeled in the sample as "semi transparent Black walnut"? we have Cumaru and are looking for a darker stain. Will that work on Cumaru?
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      Armstrong · 07/26/2020
      There is only one Black Walnut formula and it is a color designed for hardwoods but can be used for other wood types as well. It will work for your wood type.
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    cesarcoco · 07/16/2020
    Can I use a painter's mitt to apply semi-transparent stain to softwood deck spindles?
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    Patti · 07/16/2020
    Quick question about samples. New P/T deck I plan to stain with semi-trans this fall. I've already ordered Chestnut and Sierra Redwood samples and applied them to scrap, but both seem too light. I was going to order Rustic Brown sample, but notice on the order form that Black Walnut is also semi-trans (yet Mahogany and Amber in the same category are not). Is that correct ... Black Walnut is the same as the six semi-trans stains you have available and will be okay for P/T? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 07/16/2020
      You can use the Black Walnut on PTP and is a semi-transparent.
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    Mike · 07/13/2020
    I am installing new Cypress T&G on a porch ceiling. Looking to introduce a mahogany tint / color. Would the Amber or Mahogany color for Hardwoods and Softwoods be recommended? I was planning on staining board prior installation - is this recommended with your product?
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    Ni B · 07/04/2020
    I'm in Toronto,Ontario my deck is 3 years old PT and I am looking to stain. Which is a stain with a wet finish look and doesn't really change the color of the deck? Does each stain type offer the same amount of protection? Also, how long can the product be stored for?
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2020
      Look at the Amber color. Once opened it is good for about 12 months.
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    fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 06/29/2020
    My wife reminded me about the sample program. We have received 6 samples. I ordered a 5 gal bucket today.

    Forgot about the program. Can it still be applied? Sample order #00033721
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      Armstrong · 06/29/2020
      The max sample credit is $15 and we issued that today. BTW, I have a summer home on Blue Lake just north of you.
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        fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 06/29/2020
        When our project is finished, I will let you know, with photos. Maybe you can come by and actually look at the finished product. Use the above email if interested. BTW also, We both love the BLT. Hope it reopens soon.
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    Neil · 06/23/2020
    Hello I am in Montreal Canada, we have a deck of 2ftx2ft squares of hard wood semi-open slats. 18 years old. I am not looking for more than protecting the wood and an enduring stain rather than one or two years. Normally I just sand and stain. After 18 years I think this must have worked, some distortion is happening and disintegration of the base wood that never got stained but overall its a great achievement. So, I think of just sanding and buying your stain. thanks for any comment.
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      Armstrong · 06/24/2020
      You will be fine with doing this as long as you remove the previous coatings first.
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    Lee S. · 06/19/2020
    We have a two year old cedar fence we are going to apply a finish to. This fence replaces one we put up in the summer of ‘89. We used Floods CWF clear. We liked the “golden” color (and it lasted).
    We are looking at using your transparent. Does it bring out the natural just sawn coloring? How long should we expect it to last?
    Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2020
      Natural looks like a wet look. For a fence. It will last about 2-4 years.
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    CaroM · 06/17/2020
    Hi, I'm looking for some advice.
    I'm planning on re-staining our deck, Can you tell what kind of wood I have In my deck and suggest what product I should buy?
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      Armstrong · 06/18/2020
      Use on of the three hardwood colors. Amber, Mahogany, or Black Walnut.
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        CaroM · 06/18/2020
        I’m looking for more protection, this deck is fully sun all day. Ive already tried to use transparent stain (Sikkens/TWP) but didn’t last 1 year after the application, just fade were the sun hits, and remains impecable under we put the furniture. Does why I ask you if you can help me recognize the type of wood in my deck, maybe I need to apply a sealer or something else. I just want my stain to last.
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          Armstrong · 06/18/2020
          Your wood type requires an annual application, nothing will last longer nor is it possible to make it last longer. You have an exotic hardwood.
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            CaroM · 06/18/2020
            Thanks. When you said exotic wood do you mean IPE?
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    David Hill · 06/08/2020
    I built a porch swing with Ipe. The original finish did not last. I want to sand and refinish it. I am concerned about it drying and sitting on it after finishing it. I would like to finish it close to the natural wood color. Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 06/08/2020
      Look at Amber color for IPE.
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        David Hill · 07/27/2020
        The swing looks amazing. Thanks for the assistance!
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    Patricia Connor · 06/07/2020
    Hi. Could you please advise as to whether your semi-solid stain is recommended for use on our railing system and on the porch floor. I was thinking of Amber on the floor and mountain Cedar on the railing. If that stain is not suitable, can you recommend another of your products please?

    Do we need to clean the porch floor with something given it has been installed for some time? The wood types and their exposure to the weather are noted below.

    The railing is cedar, all constructed last summer, stored inside and installed in late April, 2020. The railing is white cedar except for the upcoming post caps which will be red cedar (caps yet to be cut to size and bevelled - and thus not weathered yet).

    The porch floor and stair steps are made of pressure-treated pine, installed about 8 years ago. Our exposure is south. Porch is covered, steps and edges of porch (and thus railing system) are exposed to rain. We live in Ontario, Canada.

    Is it possible to have the small can samples of stain shipped to Ontario?

    Lastly, since it is on our wish list for... if anything was possible... can a stain be tinted (at a price) to more closely match an existing colour, e.g., the siding colour on our home? The Benjamin Moore Paint colours on our home are: HC 103- Cromwell Grey, and HC 104 - Copley Grey. Thank you.