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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    RobertMerk · 05/20/2015
    help! while finishing staining my deck fencing (verticals only) + pergola it began raining. we covered the most recently stained areas with plastic and tarps as best we could. it seemed like the stained had been drying incredibly fast all day. but will the rain ruin the finish? it looks like the water is beading up on stained wood vs. sinking into it. what should i do next? it's supposed to be dry for the next several days.
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    opwdecks · 05/19/2015
    Mike T:
    I previously used the Cedar Marine Seal on a dock and loved the result! I know am building a small fence with cedar pickets over PT horizontal beams. If I buy the Defy Hardwood to use because of the cedar, will it also be OK on the PT support beams? Or should I just get the Extreme instead? Also, how long would you recommend waiting to stain this project given the two types of wood.
    Thanks!

    You can use the Hardwood version the the PTP post but the Defy extreme would be you best option for this vertical wood. If the wood is rough sawn and dry, you can stain right away.
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    Mike T · 05/19/2015
    I previously used the Cedar Marine Seal on a dock and loved the result! I know am building a small fence with cedar pickets over PT horizontal beams. If I buy the Defy Hardwood to use because of the cedar, will it also be OK on the PT support beams? Or should I just get the Extreme instead? Also, how long would you recommend waiting to stain this project given the two types of wood.
    Thanks!
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    opwdecks · 05/07/2015
    james lohrentz:
    can I apply Defy Extreme semi transparent cedar toned stain over a 3 year old coat of the same that is about 20% worn off on a western red cedar deck floor? What do I need to do for prep?

    Prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner and pressure washing. Thanks!
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    james lohrentz · 05/07/2015
    can I apply Defy Extreme semi transparent cedar toned stain over a 3 year old coat of the same that is about 20% worn off on a western red cedar deck floor? What do I need to do for prep?
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    opwdecks · 05/07/2015
    michael carton:
    Hello, I have a 4ftx40ft pier that was stained with your marine stain. The deck is solid douglas fir and was brand new last year. It has faded a bit over winter and I would like to brighten up the stain with a re-application. I would like to avoid buying 5 gallons. Can I use another one of your products sold in a 1 gallon container? Can I just wash and stain over the marine?

    You can was and stain over with the Defy Extreme.
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    michael carton · 05/07/2015
    Hello, I have a 4ftx40ft pier that was stained with your marine stain. The deck is solid douglas fir and was brand new last year. It has faded a bit over winter and I would like to brighten up the stain with a re-application. I would like to avoid buying 5 gallons. Can I use another one of your products sold in a 1 gallon container? Can I just wash and stain over the marine?
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    opwdecks · 05/04/2015
    Rob Merk:
    I have a 7 year old rough hewn cedar deck walls and pergola that has never been stained. It has weathered to a dark grey color. I want to have a rich dark walnut color. Do I have to do anything other than powerwash with water prior to staining? Do I need 2 coats of semi-transparent stain?

    Yes you should use the Defy Wood Cleaner while pressure washing. Brighten when done with the Defy Wood Brightener. The darkest color is the Butternut. Two coats would be best. We have samples of the stain colors on the site for you test first if desired.
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    Rob Merk · 05/03/2015
    I have a 7 year old rough hewn cedar deck walls and pergola that has never been stained. It has weathered to a dark grey color. I want to have a rich dark walnut color. Do I have to do anything other than powerwash with water prior to staining? Do I need 2 coats of semi-transparent stain?
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    opwdecks · 04/17/2015
    Don Bittner:
    I have a solid mahogany front door. It is surrounded with thermopane windows across the top and along the sides which are framed by mahogany trim. It was originally coated with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. The exterior finish is badly worn and the wood shows bare areas with a gray color. The door faces east and is under an overhang that extends out 6 feet. The inside of the door that is protected from the elements is in very nice condition.

    What is the best way to refinish the door, door frame and sidelights?

    Sorry but Defy is not for this type of application.
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    Don Bittner · 04/16/2015
    I have a solid mahogany front door. It is surrounded with thermopane windows across the top and along the sides which are framed by mahogany trim. It was originally coated with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. The exterior finish is badly worn and the wood shows bare areas with a gray color. The door faces east and is under an overhang that extends out 6 feet. The inside of the door that is protected from the elements is in very nice condition.

    What is the best way to refinish the door, door frame and sidelights?
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    opwdecks · 04/03/2015
    Hector:
    Hello,
    I've installed a new Redwood fence. I want to protect it from the SUN and Water, but not change the color. Will Defy Wood Cleaner protect it from these 2 elements?
    Thanks
    Hector

    Defy Wood Cleaner cleans. It is not a stain or sealer. For UV protection you would need the Defy Extreme Stain. Clear will give you 1-2 years of UV protection and having a tint in the stain will make it last 3-6 years.
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    Hector · 04/03/2015
    Hello,
    I've installed a new Redwood fence. I want to protect it from the SUN and Water, but not change the color. Will Defy Wood Cleaner protect it from these 2 elements?
    Thanks
    Hector
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    opwdecks · 03/18/2015
    james lohrentz:
    I have western red cedar deck floor which I stained with defy extreme cedar toned 3 years ago. It is still about 80% effective, but has worn off a bit especially on boards where some of the grain is harder. I'd like to re-apply but don't know if I should strip first or just clean. What happens if I just clean and re-apply with the same color?

    You can do either but since some of the wood is bare, you may get uneven spots if you do not strip it down. Either way you will need to apply the brightener
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    james lohrentz · 03/17/2015
    I have western red cedar deck floor which I stained with defy extreme cedar toned 3 years ago. It is still about 80% effective, but has worn off a bit especially on boards where some of the grain is harder. I'd like to re-apply but don't know if I should strip first or just clean. What happens if I just clean and re-apply with the same color?
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    opwdecks · 01/25/2015
    Gary Novitski:
    I am getting ready to stain my deck it is new pressure treated and I wanted to match the Ipe which I am using for the railing as close as I can which color of Defy Extreme Stain would look best. Also can I use a commercial paint sprayer to apply. Thanks

    It is not possible to match the look of IPE when using PTP wood. Closest would probably be the Light Walnut color but I would highly suggest getting a few samples to test. Look at the Butternut as well. Samples are on our site. Yes you can use a paint sprayer but you will need to back wipe.
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    Gary Novitski · 01/24/2015
    I am getting ready to stain my deck it is new pressure treated and I wanted to match the Ipe which I am using for the railing as close as I can which color of Defy Extreme Stain would look best. Also can I use a commercial paint sprayer to apply. Thanks
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    opwdecks · 12/11/2014
    James Coldren:
    I just installed a tigerwood deck in indianapolis in sept 2014, how and what do I wanna protect this wood with and keep the rich color; a stain, an oil, a clear coat. I've read some blogs online and your product along with a few others are mentioned, but I want it done right? Your professional option is appreciated

    Thank you

    You need a sain for UV protection. Use the Defy Hardwood Stain for this. It comes in three colors that will enhance the natural colors of the Tigerwood while still showing the grain of the wood.
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    James Coldren · 12/10/2014
    I just installed a tigerwood deck in indianapolis in sept 2014, how and what do I wanna protect this wood with and keep the rich color; a stain, an oil, a clear coat. I've read some blogs online and your product along with a few others are mentioned, but I want it done right? Your professional option is appreciated

    Thank you
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    opwdecks · 10/15/2014
    Gail:
    Can I use the stripper on a lake dock?

    Yes. Make sure to use brightener after the stripper.
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    Gail · 10/14/2014
    Can I use the stripper on a lake dock?
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    opwdecks · 10/02/2014
    Michael Briggs:
    One coat or two? Defy says to do two wet on wet coats on general, but I've read that you should only do one coat on new wood. So I'm assuming I should just do one rather than the wet on wet thing?

    Thanks, mike

    Only one coat on new wood.
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    opwdecks · 10/02/2014
    Walter Padovani:
    I have a summer home on Cape Cod Ma. All Red Cedar natural / clear coated. Been almost 10 years since it was cleaned and clear coat/stain.

    I would like as much information on your products available. I plan to wash it this fall and seal it in the spring. If possible I would like some samples to test. My cedar is very dark in place with good amount of mold biuld up.

    Needs a wash / brightener cleaner / final sealer clear coat.

    Thank You Walter

    You can order samples form our site to test. As for info, please see our help site: http://www.defystainhelp.com/
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    Walter Padovani · 10/01/2014
    I have a summer home on Cape Cod Ma. All Red Cedar natural / clear coated. Been almost 10 years since it was cleaned and clear coat/stain.

    I would like as much information on your products available. I plan to wash it this fall and seal it in the spring. If possible I would like some samples to test. My cedar is very dark in place with good amount of mold biuld up.

    Needs a wash / brightener cleaner / final sealer clear coat.

    Thank You Walter
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    Michael Briggs · 10/01/2014
    One coat or two? Defy says to do two wet on wet coats on general, but I've read that you should only do one coat on new wood. So I'm assuming I should just do one rather than the wet on wet thing?

    Thanks, mike
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    Michael Briggs · 09/28/2014
    Thanks!

    opwdecks"][quote name="Michael Briggs:
    Final color: redwood or cedar
    2. Cedar (shed, new construction)
    3. New
    4. Roughsawn
    5.no

    Would the Extreme or Hardwood again be more appropriate? Since it's roughsawn, do I need to wait months before staining? Do I still need to use the cleaner and brightener? Or can I just stain it?[/quote]
    Since it is rough sawn you can stain now with no prep. Use the Extreme.
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    opwdecks · 09/28/2014
    Michael Briggs:
    Final color: redwood or cedar
    2. Cedar (shed, new construction)
    3. New
    4. Roughsawn
    5.no

    Would the Extreme or Hardwood again be more appropriate? Since it's roughsawn, do I need to wait months before staining? Do I still need to use the cleaner and brightener? Or can I just stain it?

    Since it is rough sawn you can stain now with no prep. Use the Extreme.
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    Michael Briggs · 09/27/2014
    Final color: redwood or cedar
    2. Cedar (shed, new construction)
    3. New
    4. Roughsawn
    5.no

    Would the Extreme or Hardwood again be more appropriate? Since it's roughsawn, do I need to wait months before staining? Do I still need to use the cleaner and brightener? Or can I just stain it?
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    opwdecks · 09/21/2014
    Linda Ostman:
    In Dallas: New deck & fence completed August 2013 using PT Pine; never cleaned or treated in any way. Want Medium/Dark color. Do I need to Clean AND use brightener before applying Defy Extreme Stain?

    Yes you need to clean and brighten first for prep. Maybe the Butternut color for you?
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    opwdecks · 09/21/2014
    davyrand:
    I will be refinishing stripped and pressure washed previously oil stained rough sawn cedar lap siding and smooth cedar decking. For stripping the wood I used a bleach based product (the only thing that took off the black ) then pressure wash followed by scrubbing with an oxalic acid product. My color choice is Cedar Tone. Does the old cedar tone oil stain need to be completely removed? In areas exposed to the sun the old stain is gone but shaded areas still have some stain left after cleaning.
    Also, How long after opening the can is the product still usable. I was thinking of a 5 gallon can but probably wont finish the job this fall, so would need to store over winter. Would it be better to buy 1 gallon cans? If I buy 1 gallon cans what is the shelf life unopened? Thanks.

    Yes you need to remove all of the old stain first before using Defy. You need a stripper, not a bleach for this. Shelf life of unopened cans are a couple of years of longer. For an opened container, it really depends on how well it is closed. Maybe a year or longer. do not allow it to freeze.