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 · 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.
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    Al stien · 09/03/2015
    Can i store Defy stain over winter in my shed? Its not insulated.
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    opwdecks · 08/30/2015
    Jacob:
    I have a cedar deck (~1000 sqft) which I have slowly built over the period of a few years, such that the wood isn't all equally aged, but ranges from 1-3 years. To me it all looks about the same now that I've cleaned it. My question: which is the best stain for this? I saw an answer to another question in this forum that seemed to suggest the hardwood product might be preferred -- is this correct?

    Also, any advice regarding the stain colour? I was assuming the coastal cedar would be preferred, but could we try something darker such as the heritage walnut?

    Thanks!

    P.S. How long would it take to ship to Toronto, Canada?

    You want would the Defy hardwood stain and that comes in Cedar, Natural Pine, and Light Walnut colors. any color is good. Shipping takes 2-4 business days to Toronto.
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    Jacob · 08/29/2015
    I have a cedar deck (~1000 sqft) which I have slowly built over the period of a few years, such that the wood isn't all equally aged, but ranges from 1-3 years. To me it all looks about the same now that I've cleaned it. My question: which is the best stain for this? I saw an answer to another question in this forum that seemed to suggest the hardwood product might be preferred -- is this correct?

    Also, any advice regarding the stain colour? I was assuming the coastal cedar would be preferred, but could we try something darker such as the heritage walnut?

    Thanks!

    P.S. How long would it take to ship to Toronto, Canada?
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    opwdecks · 08/22/2015
    Paul J Bradley:
    Final color desired? - gray
    What kind of wood do you have? - mahogany
    New wood or old wood? - new
    Smooth wood or roughsawn? smooth
    Has the wood been stained prior? no, to be installed

    You can use the Defy extreme Clear. This would allow the wood to gray naturally and protect form water, mold etc.
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    Paul J Bradley · 08/21/2015
    Final color desired? - gray
    What kind of wood do you have? - mahogany
    New wood or old wood? - new
    Smooth wood or roughsawn? smooth
    Has the wood been stained prior? no, to be installed
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    opwdecks · 08/17/2015
    Len Sawisch:
    Have a pressure treated pine deck in Michigan, 16 x 14 railed deck plus a 4 x 16 ramp (no rails). Main deck has been solid stained many moons ago. Railings still look stained but deck is most bare. Ramp is new boards (Yellow, not green so I guess they have dried/aged). So is your stain water based to cover what I have or do I need a solid stain from a different company?

    Defy cannot be applied over a solid stain. It is semi-transparent.
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    Len Sawisch · 08/16/2015
    Have a pressure treated pine deck in Michigan, 16 x 14 railed deck plus a 4 x 16 ramp (no rails). Main deck has been solid stained many moons ago. Railings still look stained but deck is most bare. Ramp is new boards (Yellow, not green so I guess they have dried/aged). So is your stain water based to cover what I have or do I need a solid stain from a different company?
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    opwdecks · 07/23/2015
    Sarah Ward:
    I have an 800 square foot deck that's 8 months old and hasn't had anything put on it. It's a light wood, but I have no idea what kind. What do you recommend for it? Do I have to apply it every year? Thanks!

    Prep first with the Defy Wood Cleaner. Stain with the Defy Extreme Stain. Usually you have to reapply every 2 years.
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    Sarah Ward · 07/23/2015
    I have an 800 square foot deck that's 8 months old and hasn't had anything put on it. It's a light wood, but I have no idea what kind. What do you recommend for it? Do I have to apply it every year? Thanks!
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    opwdecks · 07/23/2015
    Marcia M Pierce:
    I am looking for help on Defy Extreme stain. I used it last year in conjunction with the cleaner and brightener. Most of the deck looks great, but there are some areas where it is patchy in coverage now after one year of wear. TO repair this area, should I clean/brighten again or do I need to sand the areas to increase the rate at which the wood absorbs the stain?

    Clean and brighten.
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    Marcia M Pierce · 07/22/2015
    I am looking for help on Defy Extreme stain. I used it last year in conjunction with the cleaner and brightener. Most of the deck looks great, but there are some areas where it is patchy in coverage now after one year of wear. TO repair this area, should I clean/brighten again or do I need to sand the areas to increase the rate at which the wood absorbs the stain?
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    opwdecks · 07/06/2015
    Kathleen:
    I have approx 2,000 sq' deck(includes rail & stairs). Older treated pine smooth wood been clear sealed many times. Just finished power washing & want to clear seal. Will one coat be enough? Live on lake. Deck gets gray and green every year. Live in Michigan. How much product do I need? Looking at purchasing extreme clear sealer.

    You should use two coats for this older deck. You will need about 15-20 gallons.
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    opwdecks · 07/05/2015
    Kathleen:
    I have approx 2,000 sq' deck(includes rail & stairs). Older treated pine smooth wood been clear sealed many times. Just finished power washing & want to clear seal. Will one coat be enough? Live on lake. Deck gets gray and green every year. Live in Michigan. How much product do I need? Looking at purchasing extreme clear sealer.

    You should use two coats for this older deck. You will need about 15-20 gallons.