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Transparent Natural Tone
$8.00
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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Thursday, 22 June 2017

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    Michael · 07/02/2019
    I have a 10 Year Brazilian Mahogany covered deck. Do you recommend power washing? Also would you use the “mahogany” stain or another rec?
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    Marc-Eric Smith · 06/30/2019
    Hi my customer's deck was done last year with Armstrong-Clark wood stain (Cedar semi-transparent). The fences and flowers pots still look good but the deck's color is fade out. Do I need to do the preparation kit 1 and 2 and than stain again and will it last more than a year?
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2019
      Yes, prep again and apply one coat. Typically lasts about 2 years.
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    Marcus Mere · 06/27/2019
    Do you still need to use wood conditioner prior to staining for pine?
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      Armstrong · 06/28/2019
      You always have to prep before applying a stain. How to prep depends on the current condition.
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    Brenda · 06/16/2019
    The wood is pressure treated.
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    Brenda · 06/16/2019
    Hi...we are looking for advice. We live in Illinois with harsh winters. Our deck is about 20 years old, but boards have been replaced and it is in great condition. My husband has sanded down the deck and we are ready to stain. There are places where you can still see the old stain, so we are thinking about a semi-solid. Is that a good decision and will your product hold up in tough Chicago winters?
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      Armstrong · 06/16/2019
      The old coating will need to come off. Feel free to send a picture.
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    roman · 06/02/2019
    I had my cedar deck stained with chestnut semi transparent. The railing are old wood and boxes are new. Both were allowed to season for 4 months before staining. We knew that the colors would be slightly off, but didn't imagine that they would be this different. The boxes really look orangish like a cedar tone. The thought process now is to go over the boxes with a darker stain like rustic brown or sierra redwood. Again, we know that they won't match perfectly but the boxes don't really look like the chestnut. Thoughts? I ordered a couple of samples to try them out on a scrap piece.
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      Armstrong · 06/02/2019
      You could try the Rustic Brown to "brown" the color.
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    Timothy · 06/02/2019
    I bought color samples and planning on purchasing 10 one gallon cans will I be able to get credit for samples purchase when not getting 5 gallon pails?
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    Jim Morrell · 05/24/2019
    I have a new deck 1067 sqft including stairs, wood is combo of larch and fir not treated. Only the top and sides of each board will be done with Armstrong semi trans stain the underside and some old some new joists will be done with another water based stain that I have left from another job. Will five gal. be enough of AC to do it with two coats? Also, will the all in one deck cleaner/ brightener on the market do for the prep. like Behr that says will remove mill glaze? Will the cedar color be close to the color chart on that type of wood? Thanks
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    Suzanne · 05/19/2019
    Before ordering multiple samples I would like to narrow down the options. We are wanting to stain a south facing older cedar deck, but since the wood siding on the house is greenish grey ( Maibec, gargoyle) we want to avoid reds. I like the rustic brown but in one of the responses to comments you mention that it has red tones. Can you suggest 2-3 options please?
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      Armstrong · 05/19/2019
      Rustic Brown does not typically show red tomes on most wood types. Look at that as one. Also, try Natural Oak and Black Walnut for other brown colors.
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    Linda · 05/11/2019
    Pine pressure treated wood deck in NE Georgia. Which stains are best for our hot summer after I strip the deck?
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      Armstrong · 05/11/2019
      Any of the Ac colors will work. Your preference on the color. Most use semi-transparent colors.
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    Cyndy · 05/10/2019
    Hi,

    1. Are the 3 stain for hardwoods & softwoods a semi solid? I have PT pine = soft, would the color vary lighter or darker on my wood, Amber is very nice.
    2. I’m all about UV protection in semi-solids but LOVE the rustic brown
    Any advise? Nothing too red or orange please. Thank you, Yes I have looked at every picture and I will order samples, just need a starting point.
    I know 2 very different questions.
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      Armstrong · 05/11/2019
      1. The hardwood stains are semi-transparent.
      2. If you want a semi-solid brown color, try the Espresso.
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    Rod · 04/06/2019
    Trying to match an HOA mandated color from the Home Depot titled Tugboat. It is a medium brown with a touch of green. Any thoughts? I'd love to purchase a high quality stain such as yours.
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      Armstrong · 04/07/2019
      Sorry but no. AC cannot be color matched and we do not have a brown with a green tint.
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    Nancy · 10/15/2018
    We purchased four samples and then placed our order in last month. We did not receive a credit on any samples. Can you credit our charge card? We used rustic brown on 5 year old cedar previously stained with the Armstrong Clark transparent. The previous coat only lasted two years. We are hoping rustic brown keeps the grey away longer. The greying is really only dirt which power washes off.
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      Armstrong · 10/15/2018
      Max credit is $15 and we issued that today for you. Thanks!
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    Monika · 09/24/2018
    Hi, I ,like the look of the new wood we have put down for our deck. It is just a light cedar pressure treated lumber. to preserve that look show I use the transparent natural tone? Thanks
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    Rick · 09/03/2018
    This is the deck right after a rain.Its been stripped and washed. Do you have anything that I can use to create the same look (without it raining)?
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      Armstrong · 09/03/2018
      Look at Natural Tone or Cedar Tone.
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    Derek · 08/26/2018
    I'd like to get as close to possible to black for a PT deck skirt/apron. Would the semi-solid black walnut get me there? Would I need at least 2 coats? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 08/26/2018
      It would be the closest but it is not a straight "black" color. Color will also vary based on the age of the wood. How many coats varies on the age as well.
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    Lucas · 08/26/2018
    We want to stain our redwood deck with AC semi-transparent. How would you mix your Sierra Redwood color to be less red. My neighbor did his deck with it and its too red for what we are looking for. Looking for more of the Redwood Tone (shown in transparent color) look, but we want pigment for UV protection. Also, just to make sure, the Hardwood/IPE colors are Semi-Transparent right? Not Semi-solid or Clear?
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      Armstrong · 08/26/2018
      You cannot lessen the tone of the SR and still have the semi-transparent UV protection. If you tone it down to the color of the Transparent Redwood, you will have the UV protection of the Transparent Redwood. The Hardwood color can be used on all wood types but have the UV protection of a semi-transparent.
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        Lucas · 08/26/2018
        So the Hardwood/IPE Transparent stains have the same (or more?) UV protection but less pigment than the Semi-Transparents? And do the Transparents for Hardwood/IPE have the same water and mildew protection?
        Thanks.

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          Armstrong · 08/27/2018
          No. They are semi-transparent in color and pigment. You are reading more into this then there is.
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            Lucas · 08/27/2018
            Oh. Hardwood Transparent = Semi-Transparent. Got it. I should have known that.
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    Derek · 08/17/2018
    I have a new cedar deck that I will stain in Sept after 3 months of weathering. It has already greyed, which I like, significantly due to full south exposure. If I apply a clear sealer, is this enough to protect the cedar? Will cedar continue to grey due to the UV light hitting the wood through the sealer indefinitely or will there be a time when the greying eventually stops? Is it best to just use a semi-transparent driftwood stain instead of a clear sealer?

    I have sienna PT steps running down from the deck to the ground. To keep both the cedar and PT wood consistent in colour, do you agree that it would be best to use a semi-transparent driftwood stain instead of a clear sealer for everything?

    Also, does the driftwood as shown in your sample section above look that white washed?
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      Armstrong · 08/18/2018
      Armstrong does not come in a Clear. Best to try some samples to test the Driftwood Gray color on your wood. Different wood types will stain slightly different.
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        Derek · 08/23/2018
        Will the semi-transparent stains looked different depending on how weathered the cedar is? That is, more weathered and gray will look different than new cedar?
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          Armstrong · 08/23/2018
          Final color always varies based on the wood type and age. The prep will remove the gray on older wood.
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    Cindi · 08/12/2018
    I have a porch made of pressure treated pine that is about 15 years old. It was previously stained several times with Thompson's Waterseal cedar finish. I have stripped and cleaned the deck part of the porch but I am leaving the railing and pickets as is (see photos). They are still in good condition and would be way to much work to strip. I would like to find a color for the deck that matches fairly closely the rails and pickets. I would like to order some samples but I'm not sure where to even start and with them being $8 each do not want to order more than I need to. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 08/13/2018
      Look at Rustic Brown and Oxford Brown.
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        Cindi · 08/13/2018
        Those colors appear very brown. The stain I'm trying to match has a lot of orange in it. So if I order several samples I will only get credit on the 5 gallon purchase for $15 even if I buy 4 samples at $32?
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    pat · 08/06/2018
    what is the most popular/most sold color in the semi-transparent stain?
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    Toni · 07/19/2018
    We area looking for color options for IPE, but we haven't built the project yet. So we are wondering can we order some small wood pieces that have been stained in different colors?
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      Armstrong · 07/19/2018
      We sell samples of the stain, not the wood pieces.
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    Mark · 07/13/2018
    Where can I buy product in Oregon?
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      Armstrong · 07/13/2018
      Hello,

      We are an online dealer for the AC and can ship this directly to you in 4-5 business days.
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    Dara · 06/21/2018
    A PS question:
    which of your stain colors do you suggest I sample to get these looks on a clear redwood fence?
    thabk you!!!
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    Dara · 06/21/2018
    Hello,
    a few questions:
    any retailers local to Los Angeles?

    Which of your stains best for a clear redwood fence that could get Lots of sun, and on occasion heavy rain? and can I stain right away, or do I need for the wood to weather. If so, for how long?

    thank you!
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    Cathy · 06/19/2018
    We live in Iowa cold winters, hot sun and humidity, how many years will the semi transparent last before we have to stain it again. We have pine log siding on our house that is 10years old. We powerwashed and bleached it. Now ready to restain.
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2018
      For exterior pine logs, about 3-6 years. Longevity is directly related to UV exposure. All previous coatings must be removed first.
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        Cathy · 06/19/2018
        Yes we have done already removed all layers. When we restain with Armstrong semi- translucent how many years will it last before we have to re-stain
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          Armstrong · 06/20/2018
          For exterior pine logs, about 3-6 years. Longevity is directly related to UV exposure.
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    Guest · 06/12/2018
    are custom mixed colors available?
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    Mohan · 06/12/2018
    Hi, we are looking for darker stain for the Alaskan yellow cedar( AYC) So far with other brands, AYC seems difficult to stain. It’s causing uneven red hue with bloched appreance.. Can we use the stain in interiors around the bathroom. Thanks
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      Armstrong · 06/12/2018
      Sorry but no, this will not work for interior wood.
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        Marique · 07/08/2018
        I just saw this thread and wanted to ask clarification for my project which is currently unfinished white pine paneling and I want it to match my covered deck ceiling. I hoped that because of it being "non-toxic" and having "low VOC's" that it would be able to be used on interior surfaces...or is it not recommended for my situation either?
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          Armstrong · 07/09/2018
          You can use it on the deck ceiling but it is not suggested for any interior wood that is in the house.
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    Larry · 06/02/2018
    I really like the look of the semi solid oxford brown- a new cedar fence installed 6 weeks ago fencing running horizontal. Any concerns with this color south facing and east facing in Denver, CO suburbs. Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2018
      No issues with this. It will look great!
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    Doug D · 05/28/2018
    We have just replaced the top of our dock in Georgia with pressure treated pine. The old top was drained with Armstrong’s driftwood color and was very hot in summer. Are there colors that will protect the dock but be less hot under foot?
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      Armstrong · 05/28/2018
      Lighter tints seem to retain less heat but if in full sun all day, it can still get hot under foot.