Need Help applying or prepping for your Defy Stains?

DEFY wood and deck stain products are formulated with premium quality synthetic resins that resist mold and mildew growth, are easy to apply and are environmentally friendly.

We are here to help you achieve the best possible results with these Defy Stains:

  • Defy Extreme Stain (Most Popular Defy Stain)
  • Defy Epoxy Stain (Second Most Popular)
  • Defy Stains for Hardwood Decking such as IPE and Mahogany
  • Defy Original Synthetic Wood Finish

 

To help us give you some advice, please answer these stain application questions

  1. info buttonFinal color desired?
  2. What kind of wood do you have?
  3. New wood or old wood?
  4. Smooth wood or roughsawn?
  5. Has the wood been stained prior?
  6. Additional info?

 

In addition please ask any questions you may have on prepping for Defy Stains:

  • Defy Wood Cleaner
  • Defy Stain Stripper - When to use this over the cleaner?
  • Defy Wood Brightener

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    D · 07/19/2020
    Hello Defy,

    I have a few of questions:

    1) I need to stain five 6x6 posts about 8ft in height and one support beam about 20ft in length. How much stain would I need? Is 1 gallon sufficient?
    2) Since these are vertical posts, would you recommend a pump or stain by hand?
    3) What would you recommend to do with wood checking with respect to staining?
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      thesealerstore · 07/19/2020
      1. We would need a total sq footage of all wood that is being stained added up.
      2. By hand.
      3. There is not anything you can do about checking. Just leave as is.
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    Prakash · 07/02/2020
    Hi, I have put 2 layers of Defy Extreme cedar stain a few weeks ago and the color is too light. How can I make it darker now that its already dried? Can i sand it a bit and apply another layer of it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Prakash
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      thesealerstore · 07/03/2020
      No, not now as it will not take. Best o wait until the Spring of next year. Prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner first.
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    Oakland Hills_JC · 07/02/2020
    We have outdoor teak furniture that is 3 months old - starting to loose a bit of its luster.
    Furniture is exposed to sunlight 4hr/day and we have a lot of moisture as we live in the hills in Oakland CA.
    We want to protect the teak from mold and also reduce the garying and being back a little of the golden color. What do you suggest?
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    Polly · 06/23/2020
    I have pressure treated wood on my deck-never been stained before-3 years of weathering.....I notice in your prep directions for using defy extreme you do not mention sanding the deck as part of the prep steps. Is this true and if so why not? TU
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    Ann · 06/09/2020
    We have an EZ Log garden shed that we put up in 2016. It is made of kiln-dried spruce that I treated with a water based wood preservative before putting it together. We have never painted or stained it. It has turned a bit grey (from UV I presume) and I would like to stain it. I think your Defy Extreme stain would be a good choice. I am trying to decide between the Natural Pine and the Cedar colors. Any advice?
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      thesealerstore · 06/10/2020
      Any color you like will work. Make sure to prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner and then the Brightener.
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    DC in BC · 06/01/2020
    I will be installing a new Western Red Cedar fence in a few weeks. I'm assuming the fence boards are rough so I can stain immediately without prep. Is the 2x4 cedar frame also considered "rough"? Should I apply 1 or 2 coats to the fence and is it required to spray both sides? Looking to use defy extreme butternut.
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    Prakash · 05/30/2020
    Final color desired? Cedar
    What kind of wood do you have? Pressure treated wood
    New wood or old wood? New wood
    Smooth wood or roughsawn? rough
    Has the wood been stained prior? Nope
    Additional info? I had bought Defy Extreme Cedar Tone and applied it yesterday in 2 coats. While the handrails have come in a nice dark shade, the floor looks very light. On the handrails, I was able to wait for 15 mins before 2nd coat while on the floors, it was about 5 mins. I also had to put in wood filler in a couple of holes and that shows very prominently after the stain. So, how can I make the floor darker to match the handrails and hide the filler spots?

    Thanks in advance,
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      thesealerstore · 05/30/2020
      Wood filler does not work on exterior wood not will it stain to blend with the Defy stain. There is not a way to fix the filler spots. As for darkening the floor, you will not be able to add another coat at this point as it will not be able to fully soak into the wood.
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    Amanda · 05/25/2020
    1. Cedar tone
    2. One deck with cedar, another deck with pressure treated wood.
    3. Old wood.
    4. Smooth.
    5. Yes, we’ve used your stain for years.
    6. We usually pressure wash our decks, let them dry fully, then apply defy extreme stain to them. However, it seems to only last a year in the high traffic areas. Is that normal? Is there anything we can do to extend this? Should we strip off all old stain before applying new stain? Thank you.
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      thesealerstore · 05/25/2020
      Strip it off down the bare wood this time and see if that helps with the longevity. Apply two coats wet on wet.
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    Anna · 04/08/2020
    Can I use this on Trek deck?
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    Jon · 09/21/2019
    Hi, I have ~800 square feet of new cedar deck. Maybe 825 with steps. How much of the defy extreme would you recommend in order to cover it all?
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    Mary · 08/24/2019
    Do you have a product that can be applied to a composite Deck? We have an original Trex decking and it has really faded.
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      thesealerstore · 08/24/2019
      Not that will enhance or stain the composite. There is a Defy Composite Sealer but it will not enhance the appearance.
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    Ike L · 05/16/2019
    Hello I am looking at your product to use on a brand new 800 square-foot mahogany deck. I was wondering what product and how much of the product you would recommend. My supplier of the wood has also suggested doing the sides the bottom and the top to reduce any swelling or shrinking. Your thoughts?
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    Vic · 05/13/2019
    Will Defy Stripper remove Thompson Water Seal oil base?
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    Brandon · 05/02/2019
    Stained with defy extreme 4 years ago. Some areas show greater wear than others as to be expected. Do I need to do a full strip then recoat? Or can I just use brightener then stain?
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      thesealerstore · 05/13/2019
      Sorry for the delay. Do a full strip and then brighten.
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    Whit · 01/19/2019
    What is the annual recommended maintenance of a properly stain deck?
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    Bill · 07/09/2018
    I have Defy semi transparent stain that I bought awhile ago. I have a 7 year old pressure treated smooth cedar fence that I want to use the stain on. The fence was never previously stained and has weathered accordingly. How many times do I apply your wood cleaner and how many times do I apply the brighener before applying the stain?
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      thesealerstore · 07/10/2018
      Just once each. Apply the cleaner and pressure wash off. Once done, apply the brightener and rinse this after 15 minutes.
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    Margie · 05/07/2018
    Then can we use butternut on the IPE?
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      thesealerstore · 05/07/2018
      That only comes in the Extreme version and that is not suggested for IPE wood.
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    Margie · 05/07/2018
    We’ve got an IPE deck that was stained with the hardwood Defy year before last. Now have an adjoining pressure treated deck that’s aged six months. Plan to use butternut color. Can we use the hardwood stain on the pressure treated? It would be easier to get the five gallon. Thanks.
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      opwdecks · 05/07/2018
      Yes but the Defy Hardwood does not come in Butternut color.
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        Margie · 06/05/2018
        The butternut test ended up a bit too red toned. So the light walnut hardwood is going on both. Thanks!
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    thesealerstore · 09/17/2017
    Connie Miller:
    Need to finish new Pine exterior timber frame queen trusses and corbels. Smooth, no prior stain or treatment. Want to keep as natural wood look as possible, What do you recommend? What preliminary steps? What life expectancy in Smoky mountains with significant sun exposure on one side and shade on the other?

    See this about new wood:
    https://www.defystainhelp.com/prep-new-wood-for-defy-stains/

    Use the Defy Extreme Stain:
    https://www.defystain.com/wood-restoration/wood-and-deck-stains/defy-extreme.html
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    Connie Miller · 09/17/2017
    Need to finish new Pine exterior timber frame queen trusses and corbels. Smooth, no prior stain or treatment. Want to keep as natural wood look as possible, What do you recommend? What preliminary steps? What life expectancy in Smoky mountains with significant sun exposure on one side and shade on the other?
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    opwdecks · 08/02/2017
    skerbow:
    2 years ago, re-stained older pressure treated deck with oil-based Olympic stain. Want to now use water-based Defy Extreme. Will using Defy Wood Cleaner and Brightener be best?

    No. Use Defy Stain Stripper and then the Defy Brightener.
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    Steve Kerbow · 08/02/2017
    2 years ago, re-stained older pressure treated deck with oil-based Olympic stain. Want to now use water-based Defy Extreme. Will using Defy Wood Cleaner and Brightener be best?
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    thesealerstore · 07/17/2017
    Joe Suing:
    Question about the number of coats. If doing two coats what do you mean by wet ti wet? If that deals with time, what is best?

    See this for tips on wet on wet application:
    https://www.defystainhelp.com/what-is-wet-on-wet-stain-application/
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    Joe Suing · 07/17/2017
    Question about the number of coats. If doing two coats what do you mean by wet ti wet? If that deals with time, what is best?
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    thesealerstore · 06/29/2017
    Gerry Catry:
    Water was beading well on the deck boards the next day in bright sun.

    Lightly swept off the beads and there were white outlined blotches where the beads were sitting.

    In about an hour, the blotches disappeared as the deck dried.

    From one angle I can still see a bit of a white haze around the knots.

    Almost 48 hours since staining and it looks great.

    Very happy the blotches cleared up - to say the least!

    Any idea what the white haze around the knots would be?

    Thank you!

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    On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 6:28 AM, www.defystain.com
    wrote:
    # RE: Defy Staining Tips and Advice — thesealerstore — June 27, 2017 06:28AM
    Quoting Gerry Catry:
    Two coats on cedar deck, wet on wet. Beautiful day, light breeze. Stain has only been on for 7 hours and unexpected rain is now threatening. Any chance it damages the

    Knots can stain lighter in color. This is due to the density of the wood there.
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    Gerry Catry · 06/28/2017
    Water was beading well on the deck boards the next day in bright sun.

    Lightly swept off the beads and there were white outlined blotches where the beads were sitting.

    In about an hour, the blotches disappeared as the deck dried.

    From one angle I can still see a bit of a white haze around the knots.

    Almost 48 hours since staining and it looks great.

    Very happy the blotches cleared up - to say the least!

    Any idea what the white haze around the knots would be?

    Thank you!

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    On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 6:28 AM, www.defystain.com
    wrote:
    # RE: Defy Staining Tips and Advice — thesealerstore — June 27, 2017 06:28AM
    Quoting Gerry Catry:
    Two coats on cedar deck, wet on wet. Beautiful day, light breeze. Stain has only been on for 7 hours and unexpected rain is now threatening. Any chance it damages the
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    thesealerstore · 06/27/2017
    Gerry Catry:
    So the rain did hit early after two coats on cedar deck. If it stays blotchy, what can I do to fix it?

    Strip it all off and start over. Hopefully, it does not dry blotchy.
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    Gerry Catry · 06/27/2017
    So the rain did hit early after two coats on cedar deck. If it stays blotchy, what can I do to fix it?
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    thesealerstore · 06/27/2017
    Gerry Catry:
    Two coats on cedar deck, wet on wet. Beautiful day, light breeze. Stain has only been on for 7 hours and unexpected rain is now threatening. Any chance it damages the finish?

    Hard to say until the rain water dries. If it looks even and not blotchy, you are okay.
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    Gerry Catry · 06/26/2017
    Two coats on cedar deck, wet on wet. Beautiful day, light breeze. Stain has only been on for 7 hours and unexpected rain is now threatening. Any chance it damages the finish?