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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    Linda Ostman · 09/21/2014
    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?
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    davyrand · 09/21/2014
    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.
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    opwdecks · 08/24/2014
    Raf:
    Hi,
    Reading the deck staining forums (mainly DeckStainHelp) I saw that for cedar decks the Defy hardwood stain is recommended over the Extreme. What would be your suggestion?
    I am in BC, west coast fog and rain, deck gets only partial and minimal sun exposure though lots of humidity in the shadows of the trees. Cedar planks 2x6, never treated build last summer.
    Appreciate the response at your earliest convenience.

    Best,
    Raf

    Yes the Defy Hardwood works best for cedar wood.
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    Raf · 08/23/2014
    Hi,
    Reading the deck staining forums (mainly DeckStainHelp) I saw that for cedar decks the Defy hardwood stain is recommended over the Extreme. What would be your suggestion?
    I am in BC, west coast fog and rain, deck gets only partial and minimal sun exposure though lots of humidity in the shadows of the trees. Cedar planks 2x6, never treated build last summer.
    Appreciate the response at your earliest convenience.

    Best,
    Raf
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    opwdecks · 07/31/2014
    David Hacker:
    When applying multiple coats of Defy Extreme Stain, how long should I wait between coats?

    20-60 minutes.
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    David Hacker · 07/31/2014
    When applying multiple coats of Defy Extreme Stain, how long should I wait between coats?
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    Lisa · 07/31/2014
    Can you tell me what the shelf life of Olympic semi transparent stain is? Thank you
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    opwdecks · 07/26/2014
    mike aussendorf:
    that should have been Behr oil stain on boat dock
    Prepping is a good question. How dangerous is stripper to marine enviorment
    could not find msds sheet on product

    You would need to strip and brighten with the Defy stain Stripper and Defy Wood Brightener. Both products are biodegradable. Stain with Defy Marine Stain.
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    mike aussendorf · 07/25/2014
    that should have been Behr oil stain on boat dock
    Prepping is a good question. How dangerous is stripper to marine enviorment
    could not find msds sheet on product
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    mike aussendorf · 07/25/2014
    old Behr oil based stain on boat
    need to remove safely wo environmental harm
    stain w Marine Stain?
    send pic if I could
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    opwdecks · 07/17/2014
    Gail:
    light and natural color desired for PT pine deck. Deck is 4.5 yrs old, smooth wood, previously stained twice with Australian Timber Oil (neutral color) and is fading and mildewing in many places. Want something that will last longer and not mildew. Deck is in full sun most of day, but we have high humidity here. (Piedmont/Foothills of NC)

    For prep use the Defy Stain Stripper and pressure washing. Use the Defy Wood Birghtener when done. Stain with teh Defy Extreme Stain fo max UV and mildew protection.
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    opwdecks · 07/17/2014
    David Hacker:
    Which stain would you recommend -
    Final color desired? Grey
    What kind of wood do you have? PT Pine
    New wood or old wood? 1-3 years old
    Smooth wood or roughsawn? smooth
    Has the wood been stained prior? never been stained
    Additional info? Western PA, full sun, I will clean prior to staining, currently only a couple of areas that have mold.

    Prep with the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Defy Wood Brightener. Stain with the Defy Extreme in the Driftwood Gray.
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    Gail · 07/16/2014
    light and natural color desired for PT pine deck. Deck is 4.5 yrs old, smooth wood, previously stained twice with Australian Timber Oil (neutral color) and is fading and mildewing in many places. Want something that will last longer and not mildew. Deck is in full sun most of day, but we have high humidity here. (Piedmont/Foothills of NC)
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    David Hacker · 07/16/2014
    Which stain would you recommend -
    Final color desired? Grey
    What kind of wood do you have? PT Pine
    New wood or old wood? 1-3 years old
    Smooth wood or roughsawn? smooth
    Has the wood been stained prior? never been stained
    Additional info? Western PA, full sun, I will clean prior to staining, currently only a couple of areas that have mold.
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    opwdecks · 07/12/2014
    Barry Scott:
    Hello, I have a brand new cedar deck. Should I use the extreme cedar tone or the hardwood stain cedar tone?

    Thank you,

    Barry

    Defy Hardwood Stain. Only 1 coat and use Defy Wood Cleaner for prep.
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    Barry Scott · 07/11/2014
    Hello, I have a brand new cedar deck. Should I use the extreme cedar tone or the hardwood stain cedar tone?

    Thank you,

    Barry
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    opwdecks · 06/27/2014
    Linda Ostman:
    In Dallas, TX, I have a new PT pine deck, fence & retaining wall, completed end of July 2013. I can't decide which Defy product would be better for me to use and want your opinion.
    Also, will it hurt to wait now until Sept. or Oct. to stain it, as it has become too hot here, I think? Thank you!

    You can wait if you want. Make sure to prep all wood with the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Wood Brightener first. Stain with the Extreme for all wood.
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    opwdecks · 06/27/2014
    Tracy Winn:
    I live in California. I have a new redwood deck. I used Cabot's #19460 (low VOC) Jarrah Brown Timber Oil on the deck and within 6 months the product was failing, just easily wearing/scratching off. (I have pictures if it is helpful.) What product would you recommend to best match Jarrah Brown color and to keep maintenance down to at least every couple of years? What kind of deck prep must be done to apply the Defy product now on top of failing Cabot's Jarrah Brown Timber Oil on top of year old redwood?

    You cannot put Defy or and brand of stain on top of the Cabot. Your first process will to remove the Cabot and that will take some stripping and sanding to remove. You will need to use a wood brightener as well after it is removed. Once removed look at the Butternut in the Extreme.
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    opwdecks · 06/27/2014
    Jennifer Wilkinson:
    I am having a Redwood pergola built in my backyard. We live in Los Angeles about 2 miles from the beach. I want a semi-transparent stain and I like the butternut color, but could be lighter if necessary. The wood material is redwood that is smooth. It has not been stained prior to this. It will have full sun exposure all day. Please let me know which stain you recommend and the application process.
    Thank you!
    Jennifer

    I would use the extreme version for this. Maybe Butternut or Light Walnut. Might want to get a couple of samples from the website to test first.
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    Tracy Winn · 06/26/2014
    I live in California. I have a new redwood deck. I used Cabot's #19460 (low VOC) Jarrah Brown Timber Oil on the deck and within 6 months the product was failing, just easily wearing/scratching off. (I have pictures if it is helpful.) What product would you recommend to best match Jarrah Brown color and to keep maintenance down to at least every couple of years? What kind of deck prep must be done to apply the Defy product now on top of failing Cabot's Jarrah Brown Timber Oil on top of year old redwood?
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    Linda Ostman · 06/26/2014
    In Dallas, TX, I have a new PT pine deck, fence & retaining wall, completed end of July 2013. I can't decide which Defy product would be better for me to use and want your opinion.
    Also, will it hurt to wait now until Sept. or Oct. to stain it, as it has become too hot here, I think? Thank you!
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    Jennifer Wilkinson · 06/26/2014
    I am having a Redwood pergola built in my backyard. We live in Los Angeles about 2 miles from the beach. I want a semi-transparent stain and I like the butternut color, but could be lighter if necessary. The wood material is redwood that is smooth. It has not been stained prior to this. It will have full sun exposure all day. Please let me know which stain you recommend and the application process.
    Thank you!
    Jennifer
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    opwdecks · 06/15/2014
    JZ:
    With proper storage, what is the shelf life of extreme stain once opened?

    About a year.
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    JZ · 06/14/2014
    With proper storage, what is the shelf life of extreme stain once opened?
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    opwdecks · 05/09/2014
    Anthony DiGiovanni:
    Dear Defy Extreme Stain:
    I appreciate all your testimonial information. To help compare with other products, I wanted to see what you believe is your warranty for life expectancy on your product.
    Thank You,
    Anthony DiGiovanni

    2-3 years on horizontals, 3-6 for verticals.
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    Anthony DiGiovanni · 05/08/2014
    Dear Defy Extreme Stain:
    I appreciate all your testimonial information. To help compare with other products, I wanted to see what you believe is your warranty for life expectancy on your product.
    Thank You,
    Anthony DiGiovanni
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    opwdecks · 05/07/2014
    Shannan McCann:
    We built a large deck and pergola with pressure-treated wood in Sept 2013. We were told to let it dry until spring before staining and have done nothing to it. It will get hot direct southern Texas sun and the boards have already begun to warp. We want to do as little as possible as we will be doing it ourselves but want to do it right the first time. What products do you recommend to prepare the wood (if any) and stain this deck?

    Prep first with the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Defy Wood Brightener. Once prepped, stain with the Defy Extreme Stain.
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    Shannan McCann · 05/07/2014
    We built a large deck and pergola with pressure-treated wood in Sept 2013. We were told to let it dry until spring before staining and have done nothing to it. It will get hot direct southern Texas sun and the boards have already begun to warp. We want to do as little as possible as we will be doing it ourselves but want to do it right the first time. What products do you recommend to prepare the wood (if any) and stain this deck?
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    opwdecks · 04/04/2014
    Aaron,

    There is not a light brown. Cedartone is yellow/orange and Butternut is a medium to darker brown. You would need to prep first with the Defy Wood Cleaner and Wood brightener. One of each of those. About 4 gallons of the Defy Extreme Stain.
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    Aaron · 04/04/2014
    Final color desired? Light Brown (b/w butternut and cedar tone)
    What kind of wood do you have? pressure treated
    New wood or old wood? new (installed summer of 2013, never stained)
    Smooth wood or rough sawn? smooth
    Has the wood been stained prior? no
    Additional info? would love to use a product that is both a stain and a protectant/waterproofer. It's roughly 24' X 14' one foot off ground with steps from back door down to deck. How much stain/protectant would I need as well?