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 · 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!
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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.