Armstrong Clark Wood Deck Stain Review 2019 4.4/5 (46)

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Update 2019 for Armstrong Clark Wood Stain Reviews

Here at DeckStainHelp.com we take pride in the fact that we have become the Internet’s number one reference for all things exterior wood and deck restoration related. Our customers who have used Armstrong Clark wood deck stain continue to be satisfied by the appearance and longevity of their deck stain projects. If you have used Armstrong Clark wood deck stain, we appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.

New this year for Armstrong Clark is the Espresso Semi-Solid color, a rich deep brown tone that promises excellent UV resistance.


Armstrong Clark Deck Stain Review

Armstrong Clark Deck Stain Review

Important Note: This is our 3rd Review of Armstrong Clark Stain.

Armstrong Clark Wood Deck Stain is a highly regarded oil based stain formulated with 5 generations of stain industry experience. Armstrong Clark is available in several formulas: Transparent, semi-transparent, and semi-solid colors.

Armstrong Clark Deck Stains are uniquely blended with drying and non-drying oils that isolate from each other during application. The non-drying oils penetrate the wood fibers and help rejuvenate and condition lost natural oils while the drying oils cure on the surface to lock in the conditioning oils and form a barrier of weather protection at the surface.

Armstrong Clark Stain Review

Armstrong Clark Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

– The initial appearance of Armstrong Clark was a rich deep finish with naturally enhanced wood grain showing through the semi-solid formula. Our choice of the Cedar Semi-Transparent color had a rich cedar tone.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

– Upon our 2-year inspection, Armstrong Clark Wood Deck Stain produced above-average UV resistance. Being a semi-transparent Cedar color we projected better than average UV shielding and it did not disappoint. It would seem to us that the transparent colors would deliver slightly less UV shielding due to less pigment in the formula, while the semi-solid colors of the AC would have slightly better UV protection when in full sun.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

– No peeling was detected at the 2-year point. There was a slight wearing on the high traffic areas, around the furniture, and on the stairs.

Cost Per Square Foot: 9

– Armstrong Clark Deck Stain can be purchased for $38.99-$45.99 depending on the opacity of the formula. In our test experience, Armstrong Clark had one of the best spread rates of any stain. We used a total of 3.5 gallons on our 600 square foot deck applied in one coat.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8

– At 2 years we noticed some slight mold growth on top of the Armstrong Clark stain in some shaded areas. We did not detect any mildew spores within the stain as the mildew spores could be wiped away using a wet towel.

Ease of Application: 9

– The Armstrong Clark Deck Stain was super easy to apply and extremely user-friendly. Upon the manufacturer’s claims of being able to apply in direct sunlight, we tested our application on a 90-degree day in full sun. We were surprised the stain did not dry too quickly and applied evenly in those conditions, avoiding potential issues with Applying a Deck Stain in Full Sun. There were no excess dripping issues on the railings even though we applied using a pump sprayer and back wiped with a stain brush. The semi-transparent stain applied well using this method.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8.5

– Our 2-year test of Armstrong Clark Stain in Semi-Trans Cedar color did show signs of slight darkening from its original color. We figured this was likely due to a higher solid content of the formula. The AC is over 70% solids, containing both linseed and paraffin oils.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 8.5

– Because Armstrong Clark Wood Deck Stain penetrates well and did not overly darken it would be easy to recoat. A simple cleaning with a wood deck cleaner to remove dirt, grime, and mold spores would be plenty sufficient prior to reapplying.

Overall Score Armstrong Clark Stain at 2 Year Period: 8.5

– Armstrong Clark Wood Stain held up well at our 2-year test mark. Easy to apply and terrific coverage rates, raise Armstrong Clark to a high level. No peeling and only a slight darkening color shift were more than acceptable. Easy to maintain and prep prior to recoating. Armstrong Clark is definitely one of our top choices for a professional durable finish that lasts and is easy to work with in the future.

Product Information:

More InfoArmstrong Clark Stains
Cost: $40.99 per Gallon, $219.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solid – Oil-Based
Available Colors: Transparent Natural, Transparent Cedar, Transparent Redwood, Semi-Trans Cedar, Semi-Trans Rustic Brown, Semi-Trans Sierra Redwood, Semi-Trans Amber, Semi-Trans Mahogany, Semi-Solid Mountain Cedar, Semi-Solid Woodland Brown, Semi-Solid Oxford Brown, Semi-Solid Sequoia, Semi-Transparent Chestnut, Semi-Trans Natural Oak, Semi-Trans Black Walnut for Hardwoods
Application Temperature: 50-110 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-250 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-72 Hours, Depending on UV exposure and air temps
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: Under 50 VOCs. Compliant in All 50 States and Los Angeles Counties
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Armstrong Clark

Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 600
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
 Semi-Transparent Cedar

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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Aline Q
Aline Q

Extremely impressed with this stain. After a backbreaking job of sanding and brightening the cupped pressure treated 7’x28’ front porch and four 5’ wide steps, I was praying the finished product would be worth it. I wasn’t disappointed. A complete transformation. Very easy to apply, and huge bonus not having to time application to avoid the sun. Used two coats applied only about 20 mins apart but dries enough in that time to not have worries about leaving shoe imprints on previously coated surfaces. Finish was rich and smooth. After almost a year signs of wear are minimal, and only on steps used to drag bicycles and scooters up and down in addition to very heavy foot traffic.
Will recoat steps this summer and that’s it. Highly recommend,

Joe
Joe

New deck, weathered a few months. With a moisture meter, I found 10-15% pretty uniform across the whole deck. I want to get it stained before winter with Armstrong Clark semi trans. I’ve read that this is acceptable moisture content for application of stain. Any suggestions

Jerry cox
Jerry cox

Interested in the Armstrong Clark semi solid or semi transparent .which is best for walking out padio door and on out into the yard ? This is a 50 x12 deck cleaned never stained, 2years old treated lumber and covered .

Kat
Kat

I didn’t realize to use a deck cleaner and instead deeply pressure washed my deck. Some AC semi-transparent stain remains in some corners & a number of deck boards. What should I do to further prep my deck for a darker AC semi-transparent stain and what timelines should I expect if a “prep” product is recommended. Will I need a pressure washer again? Hoping to finish this project within a week. Thanks for your help.

Chris
Chris

I did one coat of my AC Natural Oak semi-trans. I might have a weather window in the next two weeks to do another coat and would love to get the horizontals a touch darker. Would a sweep and/or light rinse be adequate prep before applying?  What do you recommend?

If I’m not able to do a second coat, will my stain keep/store until Spring? I have a 5 gallon pail.  Would it be wise to transfer it to smaller gallon containers so there is less air and perhaps a better seal?
Thanks so much for the assistance.

-Chris

johnny
johnny

Hello,
We live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have not stained our 9 year old cedar deck and fence for a few years. We recently strpped and brightened it and are ready to stain. Our last stain was 5 years ago with Defy. Our deck is a west exposure with 1/2 day of full sun. Our summers are not that hot and our winters are very cold, some winters get a lot of snow, but not every winter. After reading the reviews on your website, we have narrowed the choices to three stains: TWP 200; Armstrong; and Restore-a-Deck. What do you recommend for the deck and fence? Thank you. Johnny

Jane
Jane

Michigan, PT pine, Sherwin semi-trans penetrating has been stripped with RAD step 1.
Next day, dampened, brightened with RAD step 2.
Now raining. Rain predicted for next 5 days.

1. What prep steps do I need to take to finish once rain quits?

We are going with AC. Probably the semi-solid.
2. AC product sheet states “not for seating areas”. We have 6ft planter bench with place to sit…. what should be done here?

3. Can semi-solid be “touched up” year after year?

Thank you.

Erin Salisbury
Erin Salisbury

This company has the Best Customer Service! They take their time, listen to you and give you really helpful feedback. When I spoke to a representative there, he educated me on the process and which and whether the stains from Armstrong would be the best option. I highly recommend their stains. It’s so rare these days to find that kind of guidance and good intentions.

Thom Nash
Thom Nash

I am looking to stain a new cedar deck in the Pacific NW. Does this product apply well on new wood?

Renee
Renee

I am building a brand new deck with Western Red Cedar. I love the natural color of cedar and would like to keep that as long as possible. I do NOT want it to turn gray. So here are my questions:

1. If I use a transparent stain, will it protect against graying?
2. Your testing on all the deck stains was done on pressure treated pine. How do those tests apply to cedar?
3. The supports of my deck will be pressure treated pine – how close will the colors end up looking with the stain applied to pine and cedar.
4. How many years will AC stain really last before I have to reapply it?

Kevin
Kevin

I am thinking of using Armstrong Clark to restain my 17year old cedar deck. I have previously used Defy water-based stain but was not happy with the results or the sun restrictions for application. I will be replacing some deck boards in some sections. Is there any special treatment that I need to do prior to starting this project

Mike Herbst
Mike Herbst

Good morning –

The attached pictures illustrates my concerns but it’s not with stain. I strongly believe it came out the way it did because of the hired hand. I watched as they sprayed using an electric paint/stain sprayer and the guy was going across the pickets instead of up and down. I also had a lot of stain left over indicative of him not using enough. I’m not positive but don’t believe he mixed the 5 gallon pails of stain either. Yeah, I apparently didn’t due my homework in choosing the right professional. I prepped the fence as instructed. It was a brutally hot and humid day when they sprayed. What do you think? Are my reasons for the splotchy and unsightly finish due to the pro?

The staining was done just over a month ago. Can I re-stain now or should I wait? Since I paid a lot of money to hire this company I’m asking them to come back and fix. What advice should I give them besides what I identified to already be the issues with their work above.

Thank you.

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Mike
Mike

After reading a whole combination of reviews including those here on deckstain help I went with Armstrong Clark Mahogany for my 18-year-old mahogany deck. I went to the company website and ordered a sample can to test for color. Liked it and the way it went on so ordered a 5lb can. Stripped old Cabots stain (which actually worked quite well but wanted to try something else to see if it would last longer and also because AC is said to be able to just put on a fresh coat each year with little preparation) using RAD stripper and brightener. Then decided I wanted to sand it down to smooth out some areas and flatten some boards which had slightly curled over 18 years. Brightened again after sanding. (not sure if that was necessary but it looked awesome after I did it. Applied Armstong Clark with a combination of brush and pad. Went on very smooth (I recommend Cabots stain pad over the Amazon highly-rated Shurline pad, WAAAY better). I started at 6 am but as always the cutting and brush work took way longer than anticipated so I was still working at noon when it was scorching sun and over 92 degrees. Saw zero difference in application ability from 70 degrees in shade to 92 degrees and full sun. Thought it was going to dry much darker than I hoped as it darkened within minutes but actually settled into a very nice color with individual mahogany boards keeping their own character. Pouring rain today and very happy to see water beading as if the deck was made of plastic. This with only one thin coat. Will update this review in one year when I see how it holds up from a weathering standpoint. My deck is almost full sun from sunrise to sunset.

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Yev
Yev

I’m going to be staining my PT pine deck which I just sanded off all the Behr solid stain off of with Armstrong Clark Rustic Brown semi-transparent. I have 2 questions regarding application:

1. It seems that standard applicator pads are 9″ wide, while my deck boards are 6″ wide. Won’t this create a dark line on every other board? I plan on backbrushing, but since the boards are staggered and if I use a 9″ pad – I won’t be able to cover the entire length of 2 adjacent boards at one time. What is the best approach here?

2. If I want to have the color as dark as possible – I can do a second application after 20 minutes correct? Is it okay to walk on the already applied areas after 20 minutes?

Mike
Mike

Go on Amazon and order the Cabots stain pad. I had one of those and one of the 9 inch Shur Line pads. The Cabots was 6 inches, thicker, did not drip (the Shur Line dripped like crazy) and lasted twice as long.

Frantz Edouard
Frantz Edouard

I have a large rooftop deck about 2 years old (1 sealed one year ago with a clear coat). Wood had mild graying in exposed areas. Waterproofing is also pretty much gone in exposed areas. We get tons of sun and rooftop deck gets little relief during exposure to sun.

I would like to apply a semi-solid dark coat. Something like slate. What would be my steps to prep for that stain? I’m willing to go solid as well. Preferably on the stairs at least. Is solid a wise choice for a rooftop deck? I get LOTS of sunlight.

Jeffrey Trausch
Jeffrey Trausch

Getting ready to stain my smaller 12×12 deck. New stain (Ready Seal Natural Cedar 112) put on last May 2018 after sanding, power wash. Deck people said it would have to be done again this year of which it does. I’m going to power wash and stain with the same now. That going to be all I need to do? Just faded. Wood good. Thanks

Jan Mancelita
Jan Mancelita

I’ve been using Cabot timber oil to stain my deck, and if I switch to Armstrong-Clark, can i just directly apply the AC on the surface, or do I need to remove the original stain?

Nick
Nick

What application mentioned should I use for the semi-solid Armstrong Clark on a prepped old pine deck?

2 full coats? 2 coats wet on wet?

Chris
Chris

After much deck prep, re-doing of deck prep, and research (and recommendations from this site) I am close to purchasing a 5-gallon pail of Armstrong Clark semi transparent Natural oak stain for my almost two year old cedar deck (After RAD cleaning and brightening and some spot stripping). We’ve had quite the problem with mildew/black mold spots being in a wet and shady spot. We know that this might be exacerbated by the deck being close to the ground and semi-limited ventilation underneath and are working to improve drainage/grading to help.

That being said, is there anything we can do additionally to prevent the mold/mildew spots from coming back with our AC stain application? Should I be adding more mildew-cide or is what is already in the stain adequate? I have sometimes heard people mention Borate as well. Worth it? Lastly, we are hoping that a little bit darker stain like the Natural oak will make the mildew/mold spots less apparent if it is just a reality for us. Is that unrealistic? If it is surface mold (hopefully), what/if any kind of light cleaning might remove it if/when it comes back after stain application. Thank you (again).

Karen
Karen

I like this brand of stain very much. If the cost isn’t too different from your supplier, I suggest you buy 5 one gallon pails. You have to shake and stir before you pour, and we had a lot of trouble with the 5-gallon pail (the spout is tiny.) We managed to spill a lot, and I don’t think we even managed to stir it very well after all that trouble–it settles quickly.

When I looked at the price, 5 one gallon pails was not too different, and I wish I had ordered that and will in the future.

Andrew
Andrew

My deck is 5-6 years old and previous owners applied a semi solid or solid Behr stain. I have removed it with a Behr stripper, pressure washer, and lots of power sanding. I am planning to use the semi-transparent rustic brown stain. Several questions:
1. I have already purchased the Behr cleaner/brightener that I am planning to use next – will this be an acceptable cleaner/brightener to neutralize the stripper and prep for the Armstrong stain?
2. Due to the trim detail on my railings, some of the previous solid stain is very difficult to remove. I understand that it is best to remove all previous stain before applying the semi-transparent but what will be the result if I am not able to? Just some splotchy spots where the stain is still there?
3. I am planning to apply with an airless sprayer – Should I plan to order/go through more stain?

jeff collins
jeff collins

where can i buy??

Michael M
Michael M

Just finished with AC Black Walnut. I like the final product very much and this is one of the best stains I have ever used. As a pro painter several years ago I had the opportunity to be in several different kinds of stain. This product is easy to use and yields great results when applied over properly prepared surfaces. As the home owner we are thrilled with the end result. Some before and after pics.

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Michael M
Michael M

Getting ready to Stain a 10×11 entry deck with AC semi-trans stain. Deck is new wood 6 months old. It is in a carport so it has limited exposure to rain. I have just today sanded the deck with 80 grit. The wood is clean, white and bright. How necessary is it to now was and brighten with something like Restore-a-deck cleaner and brightener, provided I have swept and used a yard blower to remove all dust? ?
Thanks
Michael

g32ecs
g32ecs

How many gallons do I need for Semi Transparent – Cedar for 330sq ft? I want a lighter colour, so 1 coat.

Scott
Scott

There are several different Armstrong products. Translucent semi-translucent etc… what is the best to use for decks?

Bill Hancock
Bill Hancock

Thank you for a marvelous site and all your work and valuable information!
I am in southern Ontario Canada.
About a year ago I replaced my 15 year old green pressure treated deck boards (never did anything to it but sweep it off).
The new boards are brown pressure treated and I would like to stain them rather than letting them go grey.
It looks like oil penetrating stain is the way to go with the least maintenance, so I have ordered some semi transparent samples from Armstrong Clark. I also ordered the RAD cleaner and brightener.
I am really nervous about the job (time, money and ongoing maintenance) and want to know your opinion on if it is a good idea to stain the pressure treated deck in the first place, and if my choice of Armstrong Clark semi transparent is the best one?
Thanks a million!

Judy
Judy

Our deck in San Jose California is redwood. In 2013 we had it power-washed and stained with Cabot semi-solid stain (Redwood color). We loved the look and due to our laziness, did not decide until this year (2019) to have it treated again. The deck has spots of bare wood on the stairs, and appears somewhat faded. There are no dark marks on the wood. We thought that it just needs to be power-washed and stained again with another coat (or two) of semi-solid stain. We want the same semi-solid look and a similar color. We have been told that is not an option. Recommendations have been so far: (1)sanding the entire deck and then applying our choice of semi-solid or semi-transparent stain (2) power washing and then applying a solid (not semi) stain as that was the only method that would work. We were told that you cannot apply a semi-solid stain to a previously applied semi-solid stain and that our only choice was a solid stain. The Cabot product does not have good reviews any longer. The Armstrong product is highly recommended.
We want to use it but need to know from a reliable source (your website) that we can power-wash the deck and have the semi-solid Armstrong stain applied over the old Cabot semi-solid stain.
Thank you in advance.

Chris Chatel- Smith
Chris Chatel- Smith

Where can I buy this product

Ray
Ray

Hi l am going to use the driftwood semi transprent on a weathered and prepped new pt deck.i was wondering if it can be tinted a little to get a darker gray color. Thanks.

Chris
Chris

I have a semi-new deck, installed last summer, that has completely grayed. I know a light sanding could bring some of the brown coloring back, but it sounds like this shouldn’t be done. Is this correct? When the deck gets wet from rain the brown coloring is still apparent, though lighter than original. From the reviews I am reading I would probably be using the Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Rustic Brown.

Debbie Devereaux
Debbie Devereaux

We put in a new pine treated deck last aug, we no want to stain I have been reading up as much as possible, but one says I don’t have to sand it and other says I do. Please help me out I am going crazy on what to do. Thank you

Sarah
Sarah

Hello! I have a deck of 8 yrs that the previous owner painted with indoor latex paint. I finally got most of it removed with a pressure washer, and will be sanding it down this week to remove the little tiny bits that did not come off and prepare for staining. Its about 600 sq ft.

My questions are :

Do i need to clean and brighten it before I put on the stain? Ill probably be purchasing one of your semi solid options.

How many coats do you think..two? I live in Ontario, and most of the deck has full sun, with part of it being covered.

Thanks!

mark lovejoy
mark lovejoy

Does it work for cedar? I see that the tests were done on pressure treated pine.

Stu
Stu

The Armstrong Clarke stain is easy to apply but leaves an oily residue that ends up being tracked on to our hardwood floors—nasty! Also after two years the sun turns the linseed oils in the stain almost black and we now have to strip our decks, railings and vertical boards. We would not recommend this product again.

RICHARD BOWIE
RICHARD BOWIE

WHICH COLOR WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR A TIGER WOOD DECK THAT HAS COMPLETE, STRONG AFTERNOON SUN EXPOSURE. IT’S RELATIVELY NEW (6 MONTHS) WITH A COAT OF PENFIN STAIN. THANKS

Carla
Carla

Where are dealers for Armstrong Clarke Clark Stain in Edmonton?

Barbara
Barbara

Is there a way to clean my redwood clear heart deck using a low psi pressure washer in between times when it is stained? It will be stained with an oil-based stain-either TWP 1500 series or Anderson Clark semi-transparent wood stain. The prep will be stripping, brightening and some sanding. I don’t want to harm the wood or the stain.

Thank you!

Barbara
Barbara

My clear heart redwood deck is being stripped, brightened and sanded in some areas with additional cleaning and brightening after the sanding. It will then be stained with an oil-based semi-transparent stain-either TWP 1500 series or Anderson Clark semi-transparent wood stain. I live in California with many trees surrounding the deck and pine needles falling on the deck-not to mention the pollen. Is there a safe way to use a very low psi pressure washer to clean the deck in between the times when it is again prepped and stained? I need an efficient way to clean it without harming the redwood and the stain.Thank you!

Barbara

Jake
Jake

I just purchased AC semi-transparant Chestnut. two questions, I assume the wood needs to be completely dry, for example, it’s supposed to rain on Friday in southeast VA. I will probably have to wait until Sunday for complete dry? Secondly, how soon after application can it be walked on and rained on?
Thanks!

Deborah Eizenga
Deborah Eizenga

It’s year 4 for my deck and it’s showing wear and tear. I feel this product is a great product! So easy to use, can apply in the sun and looks fabulous when finished.

Jean-Claude Alten
Jean-Claude Alten

Hello, what is your preferred oil-base semi-transparent stain? Armstrong Clark Deck Stain? Do you prefer it to Sikkens?
Regards,
JC Alten

Bridget
Bridget

Hi there. We have a Mahogany deck that we sand and finish every year. We end up trying a new product every year because pretty much every product that we try fails in some way. We used TWP last year and halfway through the summer, it was as if we hadn’t put anything on the deck. We did all of the steps–cleaner, brightener, etc. We do live on the water in Massachusetts, and the deck is in full sun. We are looking for a transparent product that won’t leave black gunk as the product starts to break down, and that has some staying power. We expect that we will continue to have to sand and treat every year, but we would hope that whatever we use would last for more than 2 or 3 months. Also, ideally, we would like a product that has some sheen to it vs. flat without any sheen, which seems to be the case with most products. Back in 2008, we had a product that was so beautiful–a clear product with no yellowing that left a sheen like an interior hardwood floor. I suspect that whatever it was that we used was no longer available due to emissions/EPA reg’s. Can you help–what product should we try this year?

Rrezart Beqa
Rrezart Beqa

Hi,
I installed my cedar fence about 3 months ago. I’m thinking of using Clark’s semitransparent cedar color. 1.What is the best way to apply? If using a brush and rags — what’s the best brush to use? If spraying what’s the best sprayer for this stain?
2. I have about 250 linear feet, 6 foot high horizontal fence — how many gallons do you think I would need?
3. Do I need to clean the wood before applying the stain, or is it okay because it’s only been up for 3 months?

By the way, wonderful website!

Thank you!

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Vince
Vince

Installing a new cedar fence in Washington, DC and thinking of using semitransparent Armstrong Clark Wood Deck Stain. Do you suggest 1 or 2 coats?

Olivia
Olivia

My husband and I have a Cumaru deck and Cumaru floor in a screened porch of a house at Lake Norman (western Piedmont NC). The Cumaru had been beautiful when new; the contractor had used Ipe Oil on it originally. After two years, it was time to treat the Cumaru deck. After much research, particularly impressed with your site, my husband and I cleaned, brightened, and stained our deck. It was a lot of work, and immediately we were disappointed. The semi-transparent Mahogany Armstrong Clark stain made the wood look cheaper with the color change and had no reflectivity. It looked as it needed oil and looked nothing like, or not as beautiful as the original Cumaru. We could compare easily by looking into the porch.

It’s time to redo the deck, and again, we’re researching what to use. Based on your reviews, Armstrong Clark seems the best. Is there anything we can do to revive the wood, make it look alive, and not so dried out as it appeared when we finished the job first? This time, we also need to treat the Cumaru in the screened porch. I’ve been tempted to try applying linseed oil, to provide the wood some oil.

I was unsuccessful in uploading a photo of the Cumaru in our screened porch (now 5 years after original installation, no treatment since). Attached is a photo of a section of the deck, two years after the mahogany stain. It was much smoother when completed but just as dry looking as in the photo.

Please advise. Thank you. We appreciate the research and replies to the posts so much.

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Dawn
Dawn

Sorry, forgot to mention it is what is called sienna brown pressure treated wood

Dawn
Dawn

Hello. I wish to stain my deck, it is 1 yr old pressure treated lumber. I live in Ontario Canada. I love the look of the wood when it is wet, can you recommend a stain? Also please let me know how to properly prep the wood for best results? Thank you 😊

Don F Brady
Don F Brady

I am looking for a concrete stain.Most of the reviews are not very promising.

Don Nelson
Don Nelson

Great Web Site
Question- I just purchased a house in Minnesota and they had a large deck just built in July of 18.
The floor boards are a treated pine and the railing is cedar. Should I be staining the cedar railing before winter to avoid it turning brown or Black? Temps are in the 50s. Sounds like the treated part I should wait until next summer.

Joseph Moreno
Joseph Moreno

1 year old redwood, cleaned and brightened. Armstrong and clark amber color. Thanks for all your help

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lori smith
lori smith

cedar fence rough. built about 11 months ago. no stain or anything applied yet. bare. Live in Fresno, Ca. Can you give me your best guess on the color of pic 1 taken from Armstrong Clark website? Guessing its either natural oak, rusted brown, or cedar. I cannot get samples because I’m facing a fine from my HOA and no time .Have to order blindly. The pic looks like smooth cedar and I’m assuming a higher grade wood than mine lol. Anyway, I’m not that picky, I just rather have the medium color like pic 1 or pic 2. Pic 2 is not from Armstrong Clark. Its just an example of a close match to what I would like to achieve. I do not like a fence that looks orange or yellow, but I also rather it look close to pic 1 or 2. Can you give me your best guess? If I use the AC, I only need 1 coat correct, because its the first time applying anything? If I did choose to do a second coat, how long would I need to wait, 1 or more days? Awesome site. I bet you get tired of repeated questions. unamused

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