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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    opwdecks · 11/07/2016
    Perry D:
    I have a new western red cedar deck just two months old in New Hampshire. It's November now and the cedar is beginning to gray with some mildew or other black tints showing. Should I leave it until spring to apply a first coat, or clean, brighten and stain now on a warm day? Also, is the hardwood stain the best choice? Thanks-

    Best to wait until Spring at this point. Use the Defy Hardwood after the prep.
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    Perry D · 11/07/2016
    I have a new western red cedar deck just two months old in New Hampshire. It's November now and the cedar is beginning to gray with some mildew or other black tints showing. Should I leave it until spring to apply a first coat, or clean, brighten and stain now on a warm day? Also, is the hardwood stain the best choice? Thanks-
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    opwdecks · 09/04/2016
    Kristian Barrowman:
    Would one or two coats be required for the Marine finish?

    Two coats applied wet on wet. The Marine stain is not a denser formula or have a filming coating. It is a penetrating stain that is more flexible for conditions near water.
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    Kristian Barrowman · 09/03/2016
    Would one or two coats be required for the Marine finish?
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    Kristian Barrowman · 09/03/2016
    I've got a large wooden pressure treated bridge and a large deck in a forested area over a brook. The bridge and deck are 3 years old and have not been finished. I've cleaned and brightened the wood and I'm curious if the Marine Seal would be more durable for this harsh environment. It's very damp and shaded all the time on the bridge and with only partial sun on the deck. I would assume the Marine grade finish uses a slightly denser formulation of epoxy resin and would therefore be more durable?
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    opwdecks · 08/18/2016
    Gary Watkins:
    Built a dock (in SC) a little less than 1yr ago and need to protect it. Questions: Which of your products would you recommend (nothing has been done to date to the pressure treated wood) and how much of the product would I need? Walkway is 330 feet (4' in width), the pier-head is 14'X20' and the floating dock is 10'X30'. Any help you could provide is much appreciated.
    Prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner and then the Defy Wood Brightener. Stain with 2 coats of the Defy Extreme Stain. You seem too have about 1800 sq. feet:

    15-20 Gallons of the stain for two coats
    2-3 Defy Wood Cleaners 2#
    2 Defy Wood Brightener Gallons
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    Gary Watkins · 08/18/2016
    Built a dock (in SC) a little less than 1yr ago and need to protect it. Questions: Which of your products would you recommend (nothing has been done to date to the pressure treated wood) and how much of the product would I need? Walkway is 330 feet (4' in width), the pier-head is 14'X20' and the floating dock is 10'X30'. Any help you could provide is much appreciated.
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    opwdecks · 08/02/2016
    DvR:
    I would like to apply a maintenance coat of the Defy Extreme Light Walnut to a screen porch that I originally applied Defy Extreme Light Walnut stain to about 4 years ago. Is applying a wood brightener the only recommended step prior to applying the maintenance coat?

    Best to prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner.
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    DvR · 08/01/2016
    I would like to apply a maintenance coat of the Defy Extreme Light Walnut to a screen porch that I originally applied Defy Extreme Light Walnut stain to about 4 years ago. Is applying a wood brightener the only recommended step prior to applying the maintenance coat?
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    opwdecks · 07/15/2016
    bob boett:
    I need a dock stain that EPA would approve. No permits are required, however once people inquire, people show up. Water is on a run off pond that flows into a river. Recommendation???

    http://www.defystain.com/defy-marine-seal-for-wood.html
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    bob boett · 07/14/2016
    I need a dock stain that EPA would approve. No permits are required, however once people inquire, people show up. Water is on a run off pond that flows into a river. Recommendation???
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    opwdecks · 07/12/2016
    Glen:
    I have sanded down a previously-stained 16-year-old cedar deck to bare wood - looks and smells like new. I want the new color to be grey - planning to use the Defy Extreme stain in driftwood grey. I am fine with having the wood grey out naturally over time. Q's:
    - Since I sanded, do I still need to use the Wood Cleaner?
    - Since I'm fine with grey overall, can I skip the Wood Brightener?
    - How often is re-application needed?

    Thanks

    Just use the cleaner and you will be fine. Reapply every 2-3 years.
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    Glen · 07/12/2016
    I have sanded down a previously-stained 16-year-old cedar deck to bare wood - looks and smells like new. I want the new color to be grey - planning to use the Defy Extreme stain in driftwood grey. I am fine with having the wood grey out naturally over time. Q's:
    - Since I sanded, do I still need to use the Wood Cleaner?
    - Since I'm fine with grey overall, can I skip the Wood Brightener?
    - How often is re-application needed?

    Thanks
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    opwdecks · 06/28/2016
    Evelyn Linville:
    I am wanting to preserve the color and protect a cedar chicken coop. I used some aged wood and new to get color variation. None of the wood has been previously stained or treated. I would like to keep the wood from greying and keep the color. I live in the Dallas Texas area. What product would you suggest? I am trying to stay away from oils due to sensitivities of chickens.
    Thank you

    Use Defy Extreme in Natural Pine tint.
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    Evelyn Linville · 06/28/2016
    I am wanting to preserve the color and protect a cedar chicken coop. I used some aged wood and new to get color variation. None of the wood has been previously stained or treated. I would like to keep the wood from greying and keep the color. I live in the Dallas Texas area. What product would you suggest? I am trying to stay away from oils due to sensitivities of chickens.
    Thank you
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    opwdecks · 06/24/2016
    Larry Kelly:
    I have a pressure treated deck that is 10 years old. I had an original treatment on deck when built. Had to remove because of mildew/mold. Used Olmpic Deck cleaner and power washer to clean deck. Thinking of applying Defy Extreme on deck. Do I need to specifically use Defy Cleaner or is my approach alright?
    Wr Larry

    It would be best to use the Defy Cleaner.
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    Larry Kelly · 06/24/2016
    I have a pressure treated deck that is 10 years old. I had an original treatment on deck when built. Had to remove because of mildew/mold. Used Olmpic Deck cleaner and power washer to clean deck. Thinking of applying Defy Extreme on deck. Do I need to speciifcally use Defy Cleaner or is my approach alright?
    Wr Larry
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    opwdecks · 06/13/2016
    Johnna Matthews:
    Can Defy Extreme Wood Stain be used successfully on composite decks?
    Thanks!

    You can use the Defy Composite Sealer for composite. The Defy Extreme Stains are for wood.
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    Johnna Matthews · 06/12/2016
    Can Defy Extreme Wood Stain be used successfully on composite decks?
    Thanks!
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    opwdecks · 06/02/2016
    Jim bob:
    I am building a rough cut cedar pergola and would like to keep the original color as much as possible. I live in North Carolina which product will be the best for my application ?

    Thank You

    The Defy Extreme Stain. Natural Pine is the lightest tint.
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    Jim bob · 06/02/2016
    I am building a rough cut cedar pergola and would like to keep the original color as much as possible. I live in North Carolina which product will be the best for my application ?

    Thank You
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    opwdecks · 04/17/2016
    roxann carpenter:
    I am looking for a good produce to protect and preserve the life of our deck. It is just being built--pressure-treated pine. I want a natural finish--no color. Which product would you suggest and how often would I have to re-apply?
    Live in Ft. Wayne, IN.

    Our Defy Extreme Clear will work for this. Being that it has no color, it will need to be reapplied annually. For longer results you will need one of our colored tints. They will last 2-3 times longer.

    See this about new wood:

    http://www.defystainhelp.com/prep-new-wood-for-defy-stains/
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    roxann carpenter · 04/17/2016
    I am looking for a good produce to protect and preserve the life of our deck. It is just being built--pressure-treated pine. I want a natural finish--no color. Which product would you suggest and how often would I have to re-apply?
    Live in Ft. Wayne, IN.
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    opwdecks · 03/28/2016
    anthony lugo:
    3 yr old deck -treated pine ? -lowes -painted with Sherwood Williams deck paint - would I need to strip all paint or use cleanser and or pressure treat ?

    Hello, the Defy Stain Stripper will not remove a paint and yes you would need t remove all the paint. More then likely your best way to remove the paint is by sanding the deck. After sanding it will help the Defy stain to absorb deeper if you use the Defy Wood Cleaner and Defy Wood Brightener.
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    anthony lugo · 03/28/2016
    3 yr old deck -treated pine ? -lowes -painted with Sherwood Williams deck paint - would I need to strip all paint or use cleanser and or pressure treat ?
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    opwdecks · 09/16/2015
    BobJW:
    I am refinishing porch furniture of white oak. I have cleaned, stripped, brightened, and sanded(80-120 grit) the furniture and almost all the old stain and graying is gone. It sits on a porch with only partial direct sun.
    Which DEFY product is best for my white oak furniture? How should I apply it (1 or 2 coats)? How long will it last? And what maintenance steps will I need to take?

    Use the Defy Hardwood stain for this. Just one coat and reapply every 12-24 months for an american hardwood. Lightly clean and reapply as needed.
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    BobJW · 09/16/2015
    I am refinishing porch furniture of white oak. I have cleaned, stripped, brightened, and sanded(80-120 grit) the furniture and almost all the old stain and graying is gone. It sits on a porch with only partial direct sun.
    Which DEFY product is best for my white oak furniture? How should I apply it (1 or 2 coats)? How long will it last? And what maintenance steps will I need to take?
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    opwdecks · 09/15/2015
    Tanya Wilson:
    Hi, I have an above ground salt water pool. Should I use Defy Marine on both horizontal(skirting) and vertical boards? Decking is 1 year old pressure treated cedar which has not been treated yet. I live in New Brinswick, Canada. So 5 months of hot direct sun and 7 months of a lot of snow.

    Yes that would be your best option for this.
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    Tanya Wilson · 09/15/2015
    Hi, I have an above ground salt water pool. Should I use Defy Marine on both horizontal(skirting) and vertical boards? Decking is 1 year old pressure treated cedar which has not been treated yet. I live in New Brinswick, Canada. So 5 months of hot direct sun and 7 months of a lot of snow.
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    opwdecks · 09/04/2015
    Al stien:
    Can i store Defy stain over winter in my shed? Its not insulated.

    Not if it will drop below 40f degrees.