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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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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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    Heidi · 07/29/2021
    We are building a new house and have rough cut cedar wrapped around some posts we want to stain. Do we need to do any prep on them prior to staining?
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      Armstrong · 07/29/2021
      No need if rough sawn cut as long as it clean and dry. 
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    John · 07/23/2021
    Hello. Two questions if I may: 1/ What size (fl oz) are the samples? 2/ Does an open gallon container of the stain, if properly sealed, last or will it become unusable in 6 - 9 months? I have a couple of small pieces to stain that probably require only a quart of stain, although i intend to reapply in the future. Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/23/2021
      1. 2-3 oz.2. Shelf life is about 12 months after being opened and properly resealed.
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    Lynn · 07/20/2021
    I applied one coat of rustic brown semi transparent stain yesterday in sunny 80 degree conditions, looked fantastic. Stain had soaked into wood, and then 6-8 hours later thunderstorm rolled in. This morning all looks good with water beaded but wondering should I remove standing water puddles in some manner? Supposed to rain again later in day too. Thank you!Lynn
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    Brooks · 07/10/2021
    I have log cabin with wrap around porch - approximately 1800 sq ft.  It is 16 years old - was initially stained/sealed with Cabot ATO - I have restained a couple of times since then with different product.  In all areas where the deck receive little to no sun, the original ATO still look decent but needs recoating.  Can I use your product on top of the ATO or should I completely strip and start over.  Looking for direction.
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      Armstrong · 07/11/2021
      You will need to fully remove the prior coatings first.
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    Jason S. · 07/05/2021
    We have a an IPE deck and we have used Cabot Timber Oil in the past.  We are looking for an oil that it closest in color to the honey teak of Cabot.  What would you suggest?   Also, will this oil last longer / penetrate deeper than Cabot?
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2021
      Amber would be closest. Your wood type (IPE) requires annual application due to the extreme density of the wood. Nothing will last longer
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    Rhonda · 07/04/2021
    We just built a rough cut pine barn we are up in the air on what type of stain to use solid or transparent  and would we need 2 applications 
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2021
      Two coats applied wet on wet. Any color that you like will work.
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    Nancy McCurry · 06/28/2021
    We have a 7 year old tigerwood deck that we are refinishing and we live in Colorado. Should we use the Semi-transparent stain? We like the look of the wood when it is wet so is Amber a good choice?
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    Jorge · 06/19/2021
    I have replaced all my deck boards and rails using treated lumber (pine) throughout the past few months.I ordered a few samples and  I  like the Oxford Brown stain.Now I am ready to stain my deck. How many coats of stain should I plan on putting on my deck for this initial staining?
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    Shannon · 06/19/2021
    Our painter stained our cedar fence with semi transparent natural oak and it is beautiful. However, some of the stain dripped onto the concrete pavers in the courtyard leaving large oil stains. What method and/or product works best to remove them? Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 06/20/2021
      Use a graffiti remover cleaner and pressure washing.
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    Lee · 05/31/2021
    I have a 20 plus year cedar deck and I used the Cabot cleaner and brightener on it. I have decided not to use their product to stain it. I would like a rich cedar/oak color without it being too brown or orange. I also don't want it too light or too dark. What color and type of stain do you suggest would be best on it. I would like something that would last longer and was trending toward the semi-transparent but was unsure of the amber color on cedar and if it was a semi-transparent stain. The Natural looked too light and  so did some of the cedar. I'm not sure if there is a difference between the cedar transparent and semi-transparent cedar. Since I won't be staining immediately as I'm trying to figure out the color would I need to re-apply brightener or cleaner before staining. 
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      Armstrong · 05/31/2021
      Best to get samples to see how it looks on your wood as all will vary based on the wood and the age of the wood.
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        Lee · 06/01/2021
        Do you have any suggestions of which sample color I should order?
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          Armstrong · 06/01/2021
          Try Natural Oak, Rustic Brown, Amber, etc.
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    Musher · 05/15/2021
    I live in eastern Ontario and have a white cedar deck. I am seeking advice on stains with durability as I have 4 very active Siberian Huskies that leap on and off the deck, causing previous years stain to wear off in high traffic areas and requiring re-application every spring. Thanks. 
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      Armstrong · 05/16/2021
      You will need to fully remove the current stain. Once done, use the AC in a semi-transparent color.
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    JP · 05/08/2021
    Stripped & brightened using RADs products. 3 year old cedar deck. Some boards have black that doesn’t budge as you can see on top rail & lower rail.  What causes this? Also cedar tone or semi transparent cedar, which do you recommend for good cedar look?
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      Armstrong · 05/09/2021
      Looks like deep internal discoloration. Not sure what the cause is. The Cedar Semi would give better UV protection.
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    Jacqueline · 05/05/2021
    Can you use the transparent stain on a hardwood deck?
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      Armstrong · 05/05/2021
      No. Only the 3 Hardwood colors of Amber, Mahogany, and Black Walnut. 
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    Laura · 04/26/2021
    What stain would you recommend using for a douglas fir deck that we would like to have the appearance of weathered wood? We live in a beach environment
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    Teresa Hull · 04/24/2021
    Can I use the darker Black Walnut to better blend a older Mahogany porch planking with new planking on a bottom stair tread?
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      Armstrong · 04/25/2021
      New and old wood will not blend the first time stain, does not matter the color. The new wood is less absorbent so it will stain lighter.
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    Dan Daquila · 04/23/2021
    Which of the sample stains are for IPE? Thank you!
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      Armstrong · 04/23/2021
      Mahogany, Amber and Black Walnut are colors that can be used on IPE. They can also be used on other wood types.
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    Louis Marini · 04/21/2021
    If I strip my redwood furniture can I use semi transparent stain and will it rub off 
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    Tim Currin · 04/21/2021
    Do you ship to Colorado?
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    Rob V · 04/16/2021
    HelloThree questions about semi-transparent natural oak stain.Does a new deck require sanding?Apply stain with brush or roller? Wipe surface after stain applied? Thanks Rob
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    Flo · 04/13/2021
    Hello. I have our contractor stain a floating deck and fence. We used Sierra Redwood but we wanted the floating deck to have a darker hue due to high traffi. So the supplier (Devine Paint in Napa, CA) added some pigment to darken the Sierra Redwood. The problem is that the pigment was added to all ALL the Sierra Redwood order. So the contractor applied the dark version to the fence as well. While fence still looks good, that was not the intention. I wanted the original Sierra Redwood without the added darkener on the fence. Is there a way to lighten it after it was applied? Or will it fade a little over time?
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      Armstrong · 04/13/2021
      It is not possible to lighten, it will fade slightly over time.
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    Harry · 03/29/2021
    Hi there. I have an IPE deck that I need to re-stain as it is southern facing, but has a roof, so only part of the deck is constantly exposed to the sun - the other part is in the shade. Two questions: Would you recommend more than one coat for the parts of the IPE deck exposed to the sun? Also, is there a type of stain (transparent, semi-transparent, hardwoods & softwoods, semi-solid) you would recommend for an IPE deck that is part sun (1/3) part shade?

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      Armstrong · 03/29/2021
      You can only apply one coat to hardwoods. You will need one of the 3 hardwood colors for this. Amber, Mahognay, or Black Walnut.
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    Kevin · 03/28/2021
    Do you ship to Canada?
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    Jessica Epstein · 03/24/2021
    What is the best stain for mahogany in your line. My deck was stained with a regular stain abs it looks terrible, didn’t take. Having it redone need to order samples.
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      Armstrong · 03/24/2021
      Hello, you will need one of the three hardwood colors: Amber, Mahogany, Black Walnut
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        Jessica Epstein · 03/24/2021
        How many coats are needed. My deck was stained with the wrong stain . You can see that it didn’t get into the wood.
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          Armstrong · 03/24/2021
          The current stain will need to be removed 100% first. Just one coat of stain. Use this kit for prep:

          https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper
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    Lou · 03/18/2021
    It is time to re-stain my deck and redwood furniture--black walnut was used on the deck and railings--and sequoia on the furniture and yes it does rub off--if i reuse those same colors how do i avoid the rub off, is there a clear i can put on or do i stripe the furniture back down--Thanks
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      Armstrong · 03/18/2021
      You should never use a semi-solid color on furniture. Best to strip it down and use a semi-transparent or transparent color. You cannot apply a coating over teh AC.
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    Andrew · 03/15/2021
    A description of the transparent stains says 'Not recommended higher elevations'. What qualifies as a high elevation there? I live at ~4500 feet.
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      Armstrong · 03/15/2021
      Sorry, but where are you seeing this? Elevation does not matter.
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        Andrew · 03/15/2021
        In the small picture under Description and Reviews.
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          Armstrong · 03/15/2021
          Sorry. Misunderstood. Higher UV or elevation leads to quicker fading. You can still use the transparent colors but they will fade faster than a semi-transparent will.
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            Andrew · 03/16/2021
            I see. Would it be feasible to do a 1:1 mix of transparent:semi-transparent to get more UV protection than transparent but less pigment than the semi-transparent?
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    Maribeth · 03/13/2021
    I stained my cedar deck last spring. With winter I always have a wear path by spring. Do I need to do the entire restore a deck process again this spring before I stunning again. Also. New cedar fence last storing. I would like to keep it looking that color or close and not grey. What would be the best stain and what is the best process.
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      Armstrong · 03/13/2021
      Yes, clean and brighten the deck for prep. Samd with the fence. Natural color is the lightest tint.
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    Earl Rideau · 03/07/2021
    Is either Amber or Black Walnut considered a semi-solid color?
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      Armstrong · 03/07/2021
      Hi Earl,

      We already said below in our reply that they were not.
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    Earl Rideau · 03/07/2021
    My question is not regarding the wood (IPE) but the Amber and Black Walnut stains. I don't know which category they fall under (e.g. 3 mos. or 12 mos.) ?
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      Armstrong · 03/07/2021
      12 months is only for semi-solid colors. Amber and Black Walnut are not semi-solids.
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    Earl Rideau · 03/07/2021
    What is the waiting time to prep and stain a new IPE deck in either Amber or Black Walnut?
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      Armstrong · 03/07/2021
      See here about new wood: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      Does not matter the wood type.
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    Marshall Lovein · 03/01/2021
    I am trying to stain the king plank on a Chris Craft boat, which is mahogany. It needs to be the cedar tone in the end and will have 10-15 coats of clear gloss varnish on top. Will your stain be this color when applied to Mahogany, and take marine varnish on top. Thanks for the help.
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      Armstrong · 03/01/2021
      You cannot clear coat with a varnish over the AC stains, it will peel. It is also not possible to make mahogany wood look like cedar wood in color.