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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting William Riddick:
I have an oceanfront house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (Lots of sun, salt, corrosion, etc.) I am replacing about 3000 sq. ft. of sun decks, porches, walkways, and steps. I am using high quality treated pine 2x6 deck boards. (This is C grade lumber (two steps above #1) that is commonly used for floors and trim.) My lumber supplier suggests I seal this wood immediately (on all sides) before it gets wet.

What is the best sealer for me to use? I don’t care about “staining” the wood, nor it turning gray. I simply want to prevent the wood from water absorption and “checking.”

You should not stain new wood right away. See this article:

www.defystainhelp.com/.../

After the wait and prep, look at our Defy Extreme Clear.
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Best Defy Sealer?
I have an oceanfront house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (Lots of sun, salt, corrosion, etc.) I am replacing about 3000 sq. ft. of sun decks, porches, walkways, and steps. I am using high quality treated pine 2x6 deck boards. (This is C grade lumber (two steps above #1) that is commonly used for floors and trim.) My lumber supplier suggests I seal this wood immediately (on all sides) before it gets wet.

What is the best sealer for me to use? I don’t care about “staining” the wood, nor it turning gray. I simply want to prevent the wood from water absorption and “checking.”
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Jack Morrison:
Have a log home used your synthetic stain in Teton bronze should we stay with it or can we use the extreme live in Arizona lot of sun

Yes, but you will need to prep and there is not the same color in the Extreme Line.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Have a log home used your synthetic stain in Teton bronze should we stay with it or can we use the extreme live in Arizona lot of sun
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting David Watson:
I have 9 year old Trex Select composite deck, original in saddle color. It's now bleached out very light tan and heavily black algae stained. Will Defy cleaner remove the stains? Can I then stain with Defy Extreme to change the color to driftwood gray? And then use Defy Sealer to maintain it? Thanks for any help.

The cleaner should help to remove the mold. The Defy Extreme is not designed for composite wood. FYI, you cannot use a sealer over a stain.
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Composite deck stain
I have 9 year old Trex Select composite deck, original in saddle color. It's now bleached out very light tan and heavily black algae stained. Will Defy cleaner remove the stains? Can I then stain with Defy Extreme to change the color to driftwood gray? And then use Defy Sealer to maintain it? Thanks for any help.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Michael Petersen:
I used clear tone last time. Would like something just a little darker. Deck is made out of pressure treated pine. 20 years old.

Prep well and use the Defy Extreme in Natural Pine.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
I used clear tone last time. Would like something just a little darker. Deck is made out of pressure treated pine. 20 years old.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Suzi:
I am in southeast Louisiana and have a new raised covered deck made of pressure treated pine and also new fencing made of rough sawn cedar boards. I would like a semi-solid stain in a brown that is muted -- more muddy gray-brown and not reddish. What color samples should I try?

Butternut.
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what defy stain is best?
I am in southeast Louisiana and have a new raised covered deck made of pressure treated pine and also new fencing made of rough sawn cedar boards. I would like a semi-solid stain in a brown that is muted -- more muddy gray-brown and not reddish. What color samples should I try?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Jason Shoults:
We are looking at getting some extra life out of our boarwalks here on our property. We have been replacing them recently using KDAT 2x6 boards and I was wondering what you would recommend using on these to help seal them. Thank you

Hello, use the Defy Extreme Stain for this.
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Maintenance manager
We are looking at getting some extra life out of our boarwalks here on our property. We have been replacing them recently using KDAT 2x6 boards and I was wondering what you would recommend using on these to help seal them. Thank you
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting B McCormick:
We have had a Vietnamese hardwood deck on our balcony for almost 10 years half which is away from the patio door and wall is in very badly faded and the whole balcony deck needs to be refinished what defy stain should we use

Prep first with the Defy Wood cleaner and stain with the Defy Hardwood stain.
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Mr.
We have had a Vietnamese hardwood deck on our balcony for almost 10 years half which is away from the patio door and wall is in very badly faded and the whole balcony deck needs to be refinished what defy stain should we use
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Tim Williams:
Refinishing a redwood deck. Want a semi transparent that I can custom color to match a dark brown

Defy stains are not able to be custom colored.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Refinishing a redwood deck. Want a semi transparent that I can custom color to match a dark brown
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Barry Weissglass:
Hi. I have a new dock with treated Select deck boards in brackish water in Charleston, SC. What is the best treatment for this environment? Also, is there a local outlet in the 29414 zip code area?
Thank you,
Barry Weissglass

Use the Defy Extreme Stain for this. Prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner. See this about new wood:
www.defystainhelp.com/.../

We are an online dealer. We can ship there in 3 business days.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Hi. I have a new dock with treated Select deck boards in brackish water in Charleston, SC. What is the best treatment for this environment? Also, is there a local outlet in the 29414 zip code area?
Thank you,
Barry Weissglass
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Arthur W. Macon, jr:
Can I use this no an older deck that have
Some cracks and old stan on it?

If the stain is of a different brand then you will have to remove it before using the Defy.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Can I use this no an older deck that have
Some cracks and old stan on it?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Todd McGhee:
We have a large home with cedar shake siding. We have completed a significant cleaning effort and the wood is ready for staining. Should we use the Defy Original, Defy Extreme, or other product for this application? We want the most durable and mildew resistant product available. Thanks!

Defy Extreme offer the best UV resistance and mold prevention for vertical siding. Make sure that any previous coatings are removed.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
We have a large home with cedar shake siding. We have completed a significant cleaning effort and the wood is ready for staining. Should we use the Defy Original, Defy Extreme, or other product for this application? We want the most durable and mildew resistant product available. Thanks!
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Rick Diebold:
I am looking for a deck or marine transparent/semi transparent stain in a white color

Sorry but we do not offer a white color.
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I am looking for a deck or marine transparent/sem i transparent stain in a white color
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Richard D Franklin:
Will Defy Wood Deck Cleaner remove the mill glaze from NEW PT southern pine decking without weathering/aging the boards?

Yes but use to wood brightener after as well.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Will Defy Wood Deck Cleaner remove the mill glaze from NEW PT southern pine decking without weathering/agin g the boards?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Jim Sanderson:
I believe your Defy Extreme Stain would perform best in my situation, but would like confirmation. The deck was consructed of yellow pine (not pressure treated) and is located in Saint George, Utah.

Yes that would be best. Make sure to prep first with our Deck Cleaner and Wood Brightener.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
I believe your Defy Extreme Stain would perform best in my situation, but would like confirmation. The deck was consructed of yellow pine (not pressure treated) and is located in Saint George, Utah.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Martha:
New front porch-- ceiling- putting fir tongue & groove- which Defy stain should I use? Do I finish with a spar polyurethane?
Thanks for your help!

You cannot and never should use a spar urethane on outside decking. Clean and brighten for prep and use the Defy Extreme Stain.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
New front porch-- ceiling- putting fir tongue & groove- which Defy stain should I use? Do I finish with a spar polyurethane?
Thanks for your help!
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Jeff:
Hello,

I will be installing a new redwood fence over an existing block wall. I am in southern California and the fence will be south facing. Which stain product would be best for this scenario?

The Defy Extreme Stain is your best option for this.
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new redwood deck
Hello,

I will be installing a new redwood fence over an existing block wall. I am in southern California and the fence will be south facing. Which stain product would be best for this scenario?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Jeremiah Miller:
I have a 1 year old cedar deck in Iowa that was stained with flood cwf last year after aging 2 months. I had terrible black mold on the entire deck and rail this spring/summer so I pressure washed using the cleaner and brightner. I plan on using stripper, cleaner and brightner again before restaining. The deck faces south and sees 80% sun. I am unsure why the mold was so bad and also unsure which product is best for this deck, the extreme or hardwoods version in light walnut? Thanks

The Extreme will do better when preventing mold issues.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
I have a 1 year old cedar deck in Iowa that was stained with flood cwf last year after aging 2 months. I had terrible black mold on the entire deck and rail this spring/summer so I pressure washed using the cleaner and brightner. I plan on using stripper, cleaner and brightner again before restaining. The deck faces south and sees 80% sun. I am unsure why the mold was so bad and also unsure which product is best for this deck, the extreme or hardwoods version in light walnut? Thanks
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Rachel Kaiser:
Hi!
I'm building a house in Nashville, TN and the interior will be all pine. Should I go with your interior wood stain? I see Defy also makes an "extreme" version which can also be used inside. I want the beauty of the wood to show through but also protect it from UV light and fading.
Thanks!
Rachel

Best would be the Interior product. UV is not an issue on the inside and it has a slight satin shine to it. This makes it easier for cleaning. You can use the Extreme indoors but it will tint the wood and have no shine.
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Best Stain for Pine Interior?
Hi!
I'm building a house in Nashville, TN and the interior will be all pine. Should I go with your interior wood stain? I see Defy also makes an "extreme" version which can also be used inside. I want the beauty of the wood to show through but also protect it from UV light and fading.
Thanks!
Rachel
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Jon Lambertus:
I have a new cedar plank fence and I want to protect it. I don't really want to change the color except darken it like when it rains would be acceptable.
thank you for you help choosing the right protector.
Jon

Look at the Natural Pine color in the Defy Extreme.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
I have a new cedar plank fence and I want to protect it. I don't really want to change the color except darken it like when it rains would be acceptable.
thank you for you help choosing the right protector.
Jon
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting neilgershman:
I just replaced the decking and some of the rail on my 20 year old cedar deck. I live in New York and the deck gets shade to full sun for part of the day. Should I use the extreme or hardwood stain. How long do I need to wait before I clean and brighten before I stain? Can I mix the semi-transparent with the clear to get a more translucent stain?
Thank you

Use the Defy hardwood. Wait a couple of months then plane and brighten for prep. Mixing the clear into the stain will lower the UV protection.
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Which Defy Stain is best for me
I just replaced the decking and some of the rail on my 20 year old cedar deck. I live in New York and the deck gets shade to full sun for part of the day. Should I use the extreme or hardwood stain. How long do I need to wait before I clean and brighten before I stain? Can I mix the semi-transparen t with the clear to get a more translucent stain?
Thank you
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting hconnor:
We are refinishing our cedar deck this year. We have used your cleaner and brightener and have tested the sample colors. Now we are ready to order, but I noticed you have marine grade stain and thought that this might be better. I also noticed that the extreme (non- marine) is listed as the best. Is that because the marine grade is thicker and harder to apply? Does the marine grade last longer? Does it perform better for wetter areas? Please inform me of the differences of these two stains and which you would recommend. Thank you!

Marine grade does not last longer then the Extreme. It is for docks and decks that are above water. Use the Extreme for your scenario.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
We are refinishing our cedar deck this year. We have used your cleaner and brightener and have tested the sample colors. Now we are ready to order, but I noticed you have marine grade stain and thought that this might be better. I also noticed that the extreme (non- marine) is listed as the best. Is that because the marine grade is thicker and harder to apply? Does the marine grade last longer? Does it perform better for wetter areas? Please inform me of the differences of these two stains and which you would recommend. Thank you!
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Mj:
I have a brand new kiln-dried Cedar Deck. I am trying to decide between your Extreme stain and your Harwood stain. I was reading some of the replies below and I'm a bit confused. It seems most replies recommend the Hardwood stain because it apparently penetrates deeper. However, it does not appear to have the nano-technology of Extreme stains. Which stain is going to last longer between maintenance coats? I live in Oregon where we get rain for 8 months and hot sun for 2 months. My confusion comes from a similar question/situation from a person in Medford,OR and the recommendation he received back was for the Extreme stain. Could you clarify which product is going to hold-up better against the elements over the long haul?

Use the Extreme for this one due to the additional mold resistance needed for a wet climate like yours. Just one coat the first time staining and you will need to prep with the wood cleaner and brightener to remove the mill glaze.
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Home Owner
I have a brand new kiln-dried Cedar Deck. I am trying to decide between your Extreme stain and your Harwood stain. I was reading some of the replies below and I'm a bit confused. It seems most replies recommend the Hardwood stain because it apparently penetrates deeper. However, it does not appear to have the nano-technology of Extreme stains. Which stain is going to last longer between maintenance coats? I live in Oregon where we get rain for 8 months and hot sun for 2 months. My confusion comes from a similar question/situat ion from a person in Medford,OR and the recommendation he received back was for the Extreme stain. Could you clarify which product is going to hold-up better against the elements over the long haul?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Tom:
Hi,

I am adding on to an existing un stained pressure treated pine framed deck with more pressure treated pine framing and then usuing Trex composite decking boards on top of both the old and new sections. The decking boards will be durable, but I also want to protect the pine framing. Since it is underneath the deck boards, it will never get any direct sun. I am most concerned about long term protection from water, mold and fungus. Is Extreme the best thing to use? Also, is it required to put on the cleaner and brightener before applying the stain? It's a big deck and I'm not sure if I want to go over it 3 times. Thanks for your input.

Tom

Use the Defy Extreme Clear and you should be okay in this instance to just apply since it is not going to be exposed.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting mattc:
I stained my two decks last year with a water-based acrylic stain from another company, and it is already fading on the horizontal surfaces. Can I apply Defy Extreme on top of the other stain without having to strip it off?

One deck was stained with a light cedar color, the other with a medium brown.

No you cannot.
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Best for Presseure Treated Pine Deck Framing
Hi,

I am adding on to an existing un stained pressure treated pine framed deck with more pressure treated pine framing and then usuing Trex composite decking boards on top of both the old and new sections. The decking boards will be durable, but I also want to protect the pine framing. Since it is underneath the deck boards, it will never get any direct sun. I am most concerned about long term protection from water, mold and fungus. Is Extreme the best thing to use? Also, is it required to put on the cleaner and brightener before applying the stain? It's a big deck and I'm not sure if I want to go over it 3 times. Thanks for your input.

Tom
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Applying over another water-based stain
I stained my two decks last year with a water-based acrylic stain from another company, and it is already fading on the horizontal surfaces. Can I apply Defy Extreme on top of the other stain without having to strip it off?

One deck was stained with a light cedar color, the other with a medium brown.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Dl:
We have a new cedar porch built this spring. We want to stain the cedar deck and cedar ceiling with Defy semi transparent stain. The deck will get minimal rain and sun exposure and the ceiling will get no rain or sun. Not sure if Defy Extreme or Defy Hardwood would be the right stain?

Defy Hardwood penetrates into new cedar better. We would suggest that.
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Cedar stain?
We have a new cedar porch built this spring. We want to stain the cedar deck and cedar ceiling with Defy semi transparent stain. The deck will get minimal rain and sun exposure and the ceiling will get no rain or sun. Not sure if Defy Extreme or Defy Hardwood would be the right stain?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Corinne McGarrity:
We installed a bead fir ceiling (over vinyl) on our exterior porch in winter of 2014. The ceiling is beautiful and i don't want to change the color or appearance, but we need to protect it with a sealant. The ceiling does not get any UV rays, but obviously is exposed to water and other elements since it is outside. I have heard good comments about your product. Which sealant or stain would be best for our project?

Since it does not get any UV and you do not want to change the appearance you would want to use the Defy Extreme Clear.
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Porch ceiling
We installed a bead fir ceiling (over vinyl) on our exterior porch in winter of 2014. The ceiling is beautiful and i don't want to change the color or appearance, but we need to protect it with a sealant. The ceiling does not get any UV rays, but obviously is exposed to water and other elements since it is outside. I have heard good comments about your product. Which sealant or stain would be best for our project?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Augustus:
Have a redwood deck, do not know if it is pressure treated wood. Also don't know what product/kind of prior stain/water proofer is on it currently. We're in Los Angeles, so only rarely do we have a freezing temp at night. Deck is partially shaded, partially in full sun. What products & methods should be used to clean and prep, and which of your products should be used for the final staining? Thanks for your help.

If you have an old stain then you need to remove that first. Depending on the brand of the old stain, you would need to either sand or strip it all off. You can try the Defy Stain Stripper for this. If no old coating then use the Defy Wood Cleaner. Brighten the wood when done with either with the Defy Wood Brightener. Use the Defy Extreme Stain.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Have a redwood deck, do not know if it is pressure treated wood. Also don't know what product/kind of prior stain/water proofer is on it currently. We're in Los Angeles, so only rarely do we have a freezing temp at night. Deck is partially shaded, partially in full sun. What products & methods should be used to clean and prep, and which of your products should be used for the final staining? Thanks for your help.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Ron Clough:
Last summer my son in law purchased 5 gallons of Defy Wood Dock Stain & Sealerto refinish my Cedar dock. I have approximately 3 gallons left and a porch deck that I am stripping by sanding. The deck boards are Cambara wood. Will the Wood Dock Stain work well on this material? If so should it be a one or two coat application? If not what material should be used?
Thank you,

Just one coat for this wood type.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Last summer my son in law purchased 5 gallons of Defy Wood Dock Stain & Sealerto refinish my Cedar dock. I have approximately 3 gallons left and a porch deck that I am stripping by sanding. The deck boards are Cambara wood. Will the Wood Dock Stain work well on this material? If so should it be a one or two coat application? If not what material should be used?
Thank you,
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting :
I have been using Defy Original stain on my log cabin. I would like to upgrade the stain on the next application to one of your newer stains. Do you have a recommendation?

Thanks

The Defy Extreme is the best options. What color where you using before?
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Stain Selection
I have been using Defy Original stain on my log cabin. I would like to upgrade the stain on the next application to one of your newer stains. Do you have a recommendation?

Thanks
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Marge Abel:
Hi, I have just learned about your products from the web site Buffalo-Lumber.com. I live on the central California coast where moisture and fog are typical. We have discovered black mold on the interior wood frames adjacent to the glass (which we have cleaned off and hopefully killed with a borax solution. The original finish looks like a matte or maybe a slightly satin finish.
I am intrigued with the possibility of using a synthetic resin product to refinish the wood and to prevent future mold growth. Could you please tell me which of your products would be most suitable.
THANKS!!!
Marge Abel

For you to use the Defy would would have to remove all of the old finish first. Best would be the Defy Extreme.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Hi, I have just learned about your products from the web site Buffalo-Lumber. com. I live on the central California coast where moisture and fog are typical. We have discovered black mold on the interior wood frames adjacent to the glass (which we have cleaned off and hopefully killed with a borax solution. The original finish looks like a matte or maybe a slightly satin finish.
I am intrigued with the possibility of using a synthetic resin product to refinish the wood and to prevent future mold growth. Could you please tell me which of your products would be most suitable.
THANKS!!!
Marge Abel
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Rich:
I have 20 24"x48" sections of Red Cedar purchased from Menards. Each section contains 4-48" 2x6"s. This wood has been stored inside for 6-12 months. These panels are used as the deck for lakefront piers/docks.They are removable for winter storage. The spaces between each 2x6 is 1/2". What would be the best product and application procedure?

Use the Defy Stain for Hardwoods for the new cedar. Prep before staining with the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Defy Wood Brightener. Only 1 coat for newer wood.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
I have 20 24"x48" sections of Red Cedar purchased from Menards. Each section contains 4-48" 2x6"s. This wood has been stored inside for 6-12 months. These panels are used as the deck for lakefront piers/docks.The y are removable for winter storage. The spaces between each 2x6 is 1/2". What would be the best product and application procedure?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Guirish Sardesai:
I would like to use Defy Extreme on my deck. It is a new cedar deck built last year.

Do you ship the stain to Ontario, Canada. If so, please let me know how to order. I live near Toronto.

Yes we can ship to Canada. Just order from the website.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
I would like to use Defy Extreme on my deck. It is a new cedar deck built last year.

Do you ship the stain to Ontario, Canada. If so, please let me know how to order. I live near Toronto.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Bill T:
I have a new deck which has Ipe for the floor boards, and cedar elsewhere. Some of the cedar is smooth (posts & railing), and some rough (trim around the deck). Seems I should use Hardwood Stain for the Ipe & smooth Cedar, and Extreme Stain for the rough cedar. I'd rather use one product all over the deck though. Is Extreme Stain suitable to use all over? (It does say "Best for All types of wood"). Or is Hardwood Stain much better on the Ipe? Thanks.

Use Hardwood for all wood types for this.
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Best choice for combo of woods
I have a new deck which has Ipe for the floor boards, and cedar elsewhere. Some of the cedar is smooth (posts & railing), and some rough (trim around the deck). Seems I should use Hardwood Stain for the Ipe & smooth Cedar, and Extreme Stain for the rough cedar. I'd rather use one product all over the deck though. Is Extreme Stain suitable to use all over? (It does say "Best for All types of wood"). Or is Hardwood Stain much better on the Ipe? Thanks.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting DonB:
Our barn was built over a year ago and the bare wood has undergone mild weathering. The siding is board-and-batten hemolck/pine with a rough-sawn surface. What would you recommend for surface preparation and wood stain?

Prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Defy Wood Brightener. Stain with the Defy Extreme Stain.
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Barn Stain
Our barn is in Western Pennsylvania.
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Barn Stain
Our barn was built over a year ago and the bare wood has undergone mild weathering. The siding is board-and-batte n hemolck/pine with a rough-sawn surface. What would you recommend for surface preparation and wood stain?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Defy extreme
Yes and let it season as well.
One Coat
Enter info into the calculator on right for the amount needed.

Please read this about new wood:
www.defystainhelp.com/.../
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Dear Sir / Madam
I live in Medford OR (southern Oregon). The annual weather consist of approximately 3 weeks of freezing weather and approximately three weeks of 95 plus. It rarely snows here and it’s usually gone in a day or so. The remainder of the year ranges from 38 to 85 degrees with an annual rainfall of 17 inches. I’m having a new cedar deck install next week that measures 33’ x 12’ with a new railing approximately 3‘ high, 37’ long and three steps @ 4’ each.
I’m looking for a stain or sealer recommendation that I don’t have to redo every two years. Also, I don’t want grey coloring or peeling. My questions are:
• What product do you recommend
• Do I have to clean the new wood
• Do I need to apply one or two coats
• How many gallons will I need
• What is the warranty and if there is an issue; how is it handled
Please provide me with the pros and cons of the product you recommend
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Quoting Adam Trout:
Want to know what stain I should use on a deck. Just bought the house. I'm in Santa Rosa, California. Was told the deck was built with red mangaris about 8-9 years ago. Doesn't look like it was ever maintained. Shows a lot of graying and the wood has some slight cupping in a few places.

Prep first with the Defy Wood Cleaner and Defy Wood Brightener. Stain with the Defy Extreme.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Want to know what stain I should use on a deck. Just bought the house. I'm in Santa Rosa, California. Was told the deck was built with red mangaris about 8-9 years ago. Doesn't look like it was ever maintained. Shows a lot of graying and the wood has some slight cupping in a few places.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Ryan, you do need to pressure wash off after applying the Defy Wood Cleaner. Once done you apply the Defy Wood Brightener. Stain with the Defy Extreme for this. Calculator on right will help with the correct amount.
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home owner
My name is Ryan and I have a 1000sqft dock over a lake. I'm guessing the previous home owner built the dock about 8-10 years ago. My neighbor says it was never stained and it looks like he is right from my point of view. The dock is mostly made up of 2x6 boards. I can't tell if they are treated, but I know the side boards are 2x10 and they are pressure treated. I replaced some bad boards with pressure treated, but not very many. The color is dark and you can tell the rain and sun has really done a number. (Seattle area.)

I need to know what to use. I want to be environmentally friendly especially being on a lake and I feel overwhelmed doing any more research. I was reading blogs about some other products that didn't look low VOC, but the customers complained of marks from the brush and things. I don't want to deal with that. Your cleaner suggested that I don't need to pressure wash. Any way. Maybe you can give me some info on what to buy and how much.
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re: Tropical feel
Jeff, you would want the Defy Extreme for this. Not sure on colors.
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Tropical feel
Good day to you all!
I have double sided fence 84ft by 6ft with 1' x 84 foot of lattice as well as a 16 ft by 14ft in ground pool deck. in a south facing Canadian climate. we are interested in a transparent stain representing the tones of the Caribbean. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jeff
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Joanna Wilson, please read article about new wood: www.defystainhelp.com/.../
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
New deck with a full roof being built over the next 2 weeks. Treated Pine - faces west - Houston, TX - lot of sun and heat. Will be staining all exposed wood including trim around the roof edge. I don't want it to turn gray - I would prefer to at least get a coat on it as soon as possible...
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Douglas, if you have any remaining old stain than you do need to remove with a stain stripper first and brighten when done. You should not apply the Extreme in the Driftwood Gray without removing any old stain first. You need the Defy to have a clean and unstained surface for it to work correctly.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Have a probably pressure treated pine deck and attached planter boxes, stained in a cedar red oil stain. The deck is weathered with almost NO stain left and cracked, and the planter boxes were restained recently and are quite "cedary." Would like to preserve the wood and stain the deck a gray to change the color and cover the cedar red. What do you recommend?
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re: Which stain
Phillip, Defy Extreme for this and it has very low VOC that goes away within a couple of hours as it dries.
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Which stain
I have a six year old pressure treated deck in NC (Charlotte area) that was stained with what I am assume is an oil based stain (Olympic?). I plan to strip with HD-80 and brighten before staining. The current stain is probably the original stain.

What would you recommend? Also how long does it take for any VOC to evaporate?
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
laurie, yes the use of the Defy Brightener would help. For the stain, use the Defy Extreme Stain.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Our deck is cypress and is 1 year old. When we first put it down we used Olympic transparent oil stain. It got black & some green mold very quickly. We just pressure washed it, cleaned it with sodium percarbonate (Corte Clean), and then cleaned it with a solution of Dawn detergent, 25% chlorine & 75% hot water because there was still a lot of black mold. Should we now use a deck "brightener" to make the pH better for a stain, and what stain should we use - we live near Tampa, Florida (LOTS of sun, and very humid with heavy rains in summer)?
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re: cedar-extreme or hardwood stain
For newer cedar wood in Canada, it would be best to use the Defy Stain for Hardwoods. Do not sand. Please read this about new wood: www.defystainhelp.com/.../
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
Randy, please read this about the new wood deck: www.defystainhelp.com/.../

The Defy will not work on the reed weaved chairs.
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RE: Which Defy Stain is Best for Me?
i have a new pressure treated pine deck, how long dose it need to set "weather" before i can stain? i also have some outdoor hickory furniture with flat reed weaved seats which product would be best for sealing the chairs?
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re: wood cabinent
Yes the Defy Extreme would be a good choice. After sanding it would be best to clean out the sand dust with the Defy Wood Cleaner.
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Wood cabinet
Hi,
I have a wood cabinet in my terrace that came with the house we bought 2 yrs ago. I use it for storing light gardening tools and my kids pool toys and gear. On the top I place potted plants as decoration. It was painted, and needed restoring. So I sanded it to prime and repaint, but when I saw how beautiful the wood is I decided to strip it and stain it. I already stripped it and sanded it down, it looks like a good hardwood, but I don't know what type. I started researching to get the stain and that's how I found you. It gets all the afternoon sun in Florida and also a lot of rain. I was thinking the butternut extreme? Do I still need to use brightening if I just sanded? It only comes in big size and its just a cabinet. Please, advise! Thanks a lot!
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re: Which Defy Stain is best to apply over top of weathered Flood CWF?
You cannot put Defy on top of CWF. It needs to be stripped. It is not that hard. Apply stripper, pressure wash off and apply brightener.
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Which Defy Stain is best to apply over top of weathered Flood CWF?
Used the Defy Extreme on an old pressure treated, pressure washed, mostly in the shade deck as recommended and so far I'm quite impressed! Next up I have alot of cedar siding, (real 3/4" tongue and groove), which has two very old coats of Flood CWF Oil based stain on it, (last stained over 8 years ago). The tint from the CWF is still largely on/in the wood and stripping would be a monumental task, which Defy Stain can I apply over top?
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doug, yes you should strip and brighten for the prep. The Defy Hardwood works better as it soaks deeper into the wood.
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I have 8 year old cedar deck in northern states. It does not get alot of sun. It was stained, but not happy as lots of mold buildup and fading. I have pressure washed deck but some old stain remains in patches. Should I apply striper and brightener?

Your website says that Extreme and Hardwood are both good for cedar. Which is best. As Extreme has more colour options, I would like to use it; but the Hardware stain better to use?

Thanks
Doug
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re: Cedar Siding
Defy Extreme would be best for this. Clear if you want it to gray naturally.
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Cedar Siding
I am replacing some rotted cedar shake siding on my home with new cedar shake. I will need to finish the new siding and refinish (after cleaning) all of the old siding. The siding is weathered grey, which product would be best for these applications?
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re: Log home restauration
The Defy Extreme would be best for UV protection and mold prevention. We can ship to you from our website. Sorry but no idea on the borax.

Thanks!
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Log home restauration
We have a white pine log home in eastern township in Quebec and we just sandblast it removing permashink product. We need to know what defy product should be used and where could it be shipped. We have mold and mildew problems, probably insects also and we wish to apply several borax coat (like Tim-Bor) or maybe you have better ideas. Please help us!
Jocelyn Bombardier
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re: New 12x14 cedar deck
If retaining color than go with the Defy hardwood. If want to gray than use the Defy Extreme Clear.
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New 12x14 cedar deck
I am building a new deck out of west red cedar and am wondering which stain would be best as first coat. I would like to maintain the original color if possible but my wife seems to want to let it weather to a gray tone. Defy extreme is the best but does not penetrate as much as Defy hardwood right? What is your recommendation? Thanks!
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