Armstrong Clark Stain 5 Gallon

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Armstrong-Clark Company Wood Stains

Armstrong's deck and siding wood stain has nondrying conditioning oils that separate from the drying side of the formula. These oils penetrate deep into the deck or siding wood fiber where the wood's natural oils used to be. This process rejuvenates the wood. The drying oils stay at the surface, lock in the conditioning oils and create a dry to the touch barrier. Armstrong's deck and siding wood stain formulas also contain vegetable oils, transparent oxide pigments, water repellents, mildewcide and solvent.

Quality is what Armstrong-Clark brings to you. Backed by five generations of oil based coatings experience, coupled with modern technology, Armstrong-Clark can meet and exceed your need for oil based wood coatings.

  • Can be applied in direct sunlight and heat of day. If the first coat penetrates within 30 minutes a second coat can be applied for extra protection.
  • Easily applied by brush, roller, garden sprayer or airless spray equipment.
    When spraying - back-rolling or brushing will help even out appearance. If there are any puddles or glossy spots after 24 hours, remove with dry rag.
  • Non-drying oils penetrate deep to recondition older wood.
  • Drying oils, pigments and water repellents protect against water and UV damage and lock in the nondrying oils.
  • Complies with all government environmental standards.
  • No offensive odor.

Armstrong-Clark Wood Deck Stain applies at about 150-200 feet per gallon. Actual coverage varies depending on wood porosity.

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Excellent deck stain, easy application, great absorption, quick dry and a lovely final look. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. We get many compliments, and friends loved the pics that I posted on Facebook. I'm on my second time using this, after 4 years. Oh, btw, I'm a retired industrial wood coatings engineer.

Larry Weader

Friday, 05 May 2017

Easily applied with great UV protection.

The Sealer Store

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    Reiko Layman · 10/07/2022
    Armstrong-Clark now makes a fire retardant stain. Does this site sell it? Is it recommended for horizontal red cedar siding in Texas? 
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    DEE · 09/14/2022
    We recently pressure washed/cleaned and brightened our 30-year old cabin (top current picture is after cleaning, bottom picture was after its last staining). Looking for a weather resistant stain that protects against harsh winter weather and water and will need an insect repellant added as well. With the inconsistencies in the wood, we are thinking semi-solid? What is the very best product or method you recommend? Looking at the AC semi solid but wondering if that’s enough and in what color that would get us close to what we had before? Should an additional top coat be purchased too? We are at around 3,300 ft in the mountains.  
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      The Sealer Store · 09/14/2022
      A semi-solid color will work very well here. You can never top coat over a deck stain, it would peel if you did. No need as well.
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        DEE · 09/22/2022
        Thank you! One additional question. We will need to add an insect repellant to the wood to protect against termites. What product(s) do you recommend? In additional, do we need to add anything for mold and mildew or is the stain alone sufficient? 
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    Mac · 08/04/2022
    Can Armstrong be used over "Ready Seal " stain?
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    ScubaCamper · 01/12/2022
    When using an airless sprayer, which tip is recommended?
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    Terry · 10/18/2021
    I live near Chicago and would like to use Armstrong Clark oil based semi gloss stain,  can to refer me to a dealer in the area or directed me for on line orders? 
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      The Sealer Store · 10/18/2021
      Armstong Clark does not come in a semi gloss. Only the above colors and only in a non shiny finish. 
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    Patrick · 08/28/2021
    I stained my ipe deck 4 months ago with Armstrong-Clark.  Looks great and holding up great, but there are spots that need reapplying as your store indicated may need to be done.  My question is there any prep that needs to be done before I reapply?
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      The Sealer Store · 08/28/2021
      Use the Restore A Deck Cleaner for prep when reapplying.
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    Steve · 04/20/2021
    I applied this stain to a new deck 3 yrs ago. I'm ready for a fresh coating. Anything to do different from the initial stain procedure of clean/brighten/stain? Also, the underside of my elevated deck is still looking pretty great. My deck is water proofed so the living area underneath is always dry. I'm worried another coat on it will make it much darker than the decking and railing that are worn from direct sunlight.  Should I leave it as is ?
    One final question - any tips for removing BBQ stains from decking? 
    Thanks! Steve.
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      The Sealer Store · 04/21/2021
      Same prep as last time. Leave underneath alone. BBQ stains will come out with cleaner if on surface but if deep in the wood nothing will get it out. 
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    Chad · 04/11/2021
    I am going to order some stain but have a question about the deck cleaner. Our deck is almost a year old and is pine. Do you recommend the cleaner and brightener or is just the cleaner fine? 
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    Jack · 03/31/2021
    Which AC stain color is closest to Cabot ATO Honey Teak stain?
    I'm not happy with Cabot ATO durability on my cedar deck (last < 2 yrs) in Toronto Canada.
    Planning to strip the old Cabot ATO stain and try out AC stain, but would like to keep similar stain color (or slightly darker) as Cabot ATO Honey Teak. Thanks.
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    John Matthews · 03/10/2021
    We have a PTL (micro pro sienna) deck 3 1/2 years old. We have prepared and coated twice with transparent natural.
    We will clean with a bleach solution per instructions. Can we now use natural oak to give more UV protection without sanding or more prep? Is natural oak very dark?
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      The Sealer Store · 03/10/2021
      Strip and brighten for prep with this and you will be okay to switch:

      Color varies on the wood type and age. Hard to say how dark it will be on your wood.
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    David Platz · 09/08/2020
    Can you apply Semi Solid Stain with a garden sprayer? Or is the stain too thick
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      The Sealer Store · 09/08/2020
      The AC stains cannot be sprayed with a pimp sprayer. Too thick. Airless sprayer would work.
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    Mike · 07/29/2020
    Hi, just built my pergola using smooth cedar. I want to enjoy the cedar look and planing to use a Simi-transparent stain.....any stain suggestions and how long do I wait to stain ?
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    Lori · 05/13/2020
    I started staining my aged wolmanized posts and new cedar fence pickets with Cabot semi-transparent oil-based in Cordovan Brown. It is all turning out blotchy and uneven, sometimes shiny in places. I would like to know if AC will produce a more even, uniform cover. Also, will it be more long lasting than the Cabot. Or, would you recommend TWP as an alternative? Of the one you would recommend, which color would be the closest to the Cabot Cordovan Brown? I am close to your Rochester location. could I pick it up in person, or should I order through this website? Thank you, Lori
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      The Sealer Store · 05/14/2020
      You cannot use any of our products over the Cabot so you will have to remove it first. Also not sure what colors are similar as we do not use or sell the Cabot. We are no in Rochester but Bloomfield Hills. You can pick up there if you like.
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    Arthur L. · 07/15/2019
    Hello, I am from Northern Ontario. I am just finishing up my new deck with western red cedar, what stain should I use, and how long should I wait before staining. Thanks.
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    Zelda · 07/01/2019
    We have a very old deck (at least 22 years old). I scrubbed the dirt and mildew off; it looks so much better. I'm ready to use stain but I have no idea what kind of wood I'm dealing with. Does that matter?
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    Greg Campbell · 05/27/2019
    We installed new pressure treated southern pine framework and deck stairs when we redid our decks 1 1/2 years ago. Our decks face south. 1) What prep work do we need to do? 2) Which stain would be the best to apply? 3) How often on average will we need to re-stain; we live between Buffalo and Rochester, NY?
    We also have a north facing, 35 yr old pressure treated, covered porch that has solid stain on it. We want to stain it with whichever stain we use on the south deck framing and stairs. 4) What do we use to strip it? 5) Would we use deck brightener and cleaner, too?
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      The Sealer Store · 05/27/2019
      -Clean and brighten for prep:
      -Use the AC stain.
      -You cannot use any of our stains over a solid stain. It would have to be power sanded first.
      -You cannot strip a solid stain. Sand to remove.
      -After the sanding, clean and brighten for the final prep.
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    ChrisB · 04/25/2019
    I have some leftover stain from last year that I have put back in the can and resealed. Can I use it again this year?
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      The Sealer Store · 04/25/2019
      The shelf life on an opened pail is 12 months. Hard to say if it is good or not.
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    Derek White · 04/21/2019
    Hi. I have a cedar deck that I have stained to years in a row with the transparent cedar tone. Unfortunately every spring the deck looks terrible again. Living in canada on the west coast I get alot of rain and mildew especially since we are situated on a green belt. The deck is also south facing so it gets a lot of sun in the warm months.

    Would I have more luck with the semi transparent. The deck itself is 2 years old, and is properly prepped each time prior to staining with the cleaner and brightener. Looks great after the initial staining but I feel it shouldnt look this bad every spring.
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      The Sealer Store · 04/22/2019
      Strip and brighten for the prep and try the Armstrong Clark.
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        Derek White · 04/23/2019
        As stated I have already exclusively used Armstrong Clark transparent cedar tone.

        Would the semi transparent cedar tone offer more protection and would I need to use a stripper before applying it over the transparent stain, or could i get away with a cleaner and brightener and sanding.
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          The Sealer Store · 04/23/2019
          The ST will give better UV protection. Strip and brighten.
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    Craig · 03/30/2019
    What stain type would be best for older cedar shake roof? We live at 5500' elevation and was going to use wash safe cedar wash a few days prior to staining.
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    Judy Riffee · 10/02/2018
    Is there greater UV protection from the Hardwood/IPE stains applied to pine siding or a semi-solid stain? Also, which of the two types gives better mildew protection?
    Assuming you can see grain better through the Hardwood stain, is the color tone of the Amber most similar to the Mountain Cedar of SS?
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      The Sealer Store · 10/02/2018
      Semi-solids give the best UV protection. Same for mildew resistance. Amber is not the same color as the MC.
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