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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    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.
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    Kathleen · 07/05/2015
    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.
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    opwdecks · 07/02/2015
    edwardoswald:
    for a maintenance coat - is it 1 coat or a wet on wet coat.

    also what prep do I need to do: just wash or do I need to clean and brighten also

    Just one coat and wash to remove dirt.
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    Edward Oswald · 07/01/2015
    for a maintenance coat - is it 1 coat or a wet on wet coat.

    also what prep do I need to do: just wash or do I need to clean and brighten also
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    opwdecks · 06/22/2015
    Rob1986:
    Hi

    I have just installed a brand new red western cedar deck.

    I am looking for a product that gives me lasting protection but I also want to simply keep the natural wet look of the wood.

    I looked at the Cedar Tone you have but my understanding is that this will actually add a slight amount of color (ie, will not look as it does now without any product during a rainfall or whenever wet).

    So, I was wondering what is the difference between the following:

    DEFY EXTREME in the 'clear color'

    or

    DEFY EXTREME CLEAR

    Are the two actually the same product?

    Is there a benefit to using the Cedar Tone vs Clear?

    For the result I want (no tint) just wet look, which do you recommend?

    Is one product better than the other?

    They are the same. Clear will last 1 year or so. Tinted like the Cedartone or Natural Pine will last 2-3 times longer. Clear does not give a wet look. Natural Pine would give the closest to a wet look appearance. We have sample that you can get to test colors:
    http://www.defystain.com/defy-stain-samples.html
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    Rob1986 · 06/21/2015
    Hi

    I have just installed a brand new red western cedar deck.

    I am looking for a product that gives me lasting protection but I also want to simply keep the natural wet look of the wood.

    I looked at the Cedar Tone you have but my understanding is that this will actually add a slight amount of color (ie, will not look as it does now without any product during a rainfall or whenever wet).

    So, I was wondering what is the difference between the following:

    DEFY EXTREME in the 'clear color'

    or

    DEFY EXTREME CLEAR

    Are the two actually the same product?

    Is there a benefit to using the Cedar Tone vs Clear?

    For the result I want (no tint) just wet look, which do you recommend?

    Is one product better than the other?
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    opwdecks · 06/19/2015
    m morton:
    Hi,
    Do you have tint that can be added to your clear ?
    ThanksExtreme stain

    You cannot add tint to the clear. You can add a gallon of the Defy Extreme Stain in one of the pretinted colors.
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    m morton · 06/19/2015
    Hi,
    Do you have tint that can be added to your clear ?
    ThanksExtreme stain
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    michael morton · 06/19/2015
    Hi,
    Do you have a stain that can be added to Defy Extreme stain clear? I have two gallons of clear and would like to add a color to them rather than buy a colored stain.
    Thanks
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    opwdecks · 06/10/2015
    Ed O:
    I am looking for a high quality stain that can be applied to a dock while it is in water.... two floating docks and one fixed dock.

    You would want the Defy Marine Stain:
    http://www.defystain.com/defy-marine-seal-for-wood.html
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    Ed O · 06/10/2015
    I am looking for a high quality stain that can be applied to a dock while it is in water.... two floating docks and one fixed dock.
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    opwdecks · 05/25/2015
    Anita Acton:
    Walnut colour desired, cedar deck, old wood (10 to 25 yrs)
    Smooth , has been sealed/stained approx. every 2 to 3 years with various water based products. Deck has been pressure washed to remove old stain and will be using Thompsons cleaner/brightener.
    Part of deck is around a salt water pool.

    Try the Defy Extreme or Butternut or Light Walnut. All of the old stain will need to be removed.
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    Anita Acton · 05/25/2015
    Walnut colour desired, cedar deck, old wood (10 to 25 yrs)
    Smooth , has been sealed/stained approx. every 2 to 3 years with various water based products. Deck has been pressure washed to remove old stain and will be using Thompsons cleaner/brightener.
    Part of deck is around a salt water pool.
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    opwdecks · 05/23/2015
    Jim Coldren:
    Regarding response to my last use trion and response that I should have used a color to make tigerwood pop....so the deck will just be gray unless I add color? I mean there is no color in the weathered areas, in the areas where it was shaded and less weathered the clear did make it pop...So what is my fix? Power wash, clean, brighten and restrain?

    If gray still then you did not clean fully to remove the oxidized wood cells. You would need to strip off the clear and brighten. You cannot apply the stain over the clear as it will not soak in.
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    Jim Coldren · 05/22/2015
    Regarding response to my last use trion and response that I should have used a color to make tigerwood pop....so the deck will just be gray unless I add color? I mean there is no color in the weathered areas, in the areas where it was shaded and less weathered the clear did make it pop...So what is my fix? Power wash, clean, brighten and restrain?
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    opwdecks · 05/22/2015
    Jim Coldren:
    I have a tigerwood deck that I wanted to bring color out and seal. I used the defy cleaner Brightener. And finish with the extreme crystal clear. My deck still is gray?? Just a little shinier. Very disappointed. What did I do wrong? Help

    Clear does not add any enhancement. You should have used the Defy Hardwood stain with one of the colors to really make the Tigerwood "pop" in color.
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    Jim Coldren · 05/21/2015
    I have a tigerwood deck that I wanted to bring color out and seal. I used the defy cleaner Brightener. And finish with the extreme crystal clear. My deck still is gray?? Just a little shinier. Very disappointed. What did I do wrong? Help
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    opwdecks · 05/20/2015
    RobertMerk:
    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.

    Let it dry out and see how it looks. If it looks good and dries fine then no worries.
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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!