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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    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?
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    opwdecks · 03/29/2014
    You can use a pump sprayer or a airless sprayer to apply the Defy Stains. You will need to back brush to ensure even application.
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    Jeff · 03/28/2014
    Can a sprayer be used to apply the sealer?
    Thanks
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    opwdecks · 02/12/2014
    Sebastian, the Defy Extreme Clear will offer some UV protection but not nearly as much as one of the tinted colors. The lightest tint is the Natural Pine. You can order samples form the site to test.
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    Sebastian Kleiner · 02/12/2014
    I am hoping to coat 30 cedar benches with the best penetrating water based stain - the cedar is smooth, new with now prior treatment, ideally I want no tint and just have the color of the cedar show but am not sure if this will grey to quickly and I would be better going with a cedar tone tint- can you advise?
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    opwdecks · 01/27/2014
    Patt, you must have a tint in the stain if you want it to last when it comes to IPE. You will not be able to keep the natural color. Best to use the Defy Hardwood stain in one of the 3 colors. We have samples on the site to test.
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    Patt Moore · 01/27/2014
    Hi,
    I just had a ipe deck built and the contractor gave me the choice of leaving as is and it will turn to grey or putting on teak oil which I thought was too dark. I love how it looks now and would love to find something to keep it looking that way as close as possible. What do you suggest? (I live in Southern California a couple of miles from the ocean.)
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    opwdecks · 10/30/2013
    Doug, please read this about new wood: http://www.defystainhelp.com/prep-new-wood-for-defy-stains/

    The Extreme in the Driftwood Gray would work once the wood has seasoned.
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    Doug · 10/30/2013
    I recently had a new deck installed. It has 2-levels and sits under a lot of Live Oak shade in Florida. In the past, we had problems with mildew. Looking for a driftwood gray tint, but would really like to see the wood grain as well. Also, is it okay to apply right away on new decking? Thanks for any suggestions.
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    opwdecks · 10/07/2013
    Jon, sure that sounds like a good plan.
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    Jon · 10/07/2013
    Wondering if this sounds like a good plan of attack for a failed PTP deck that has full sun and is only 100 feet from the ocean. 1) Strip with Defy Deck Stripper, 2) Power wash to rinse off stripper and remove failed stain, 3)Treat with Defy Deck Brightener, 3) Sand rough wood with 80 grit paper, 4) Apply Rustoleum Deck Restorer to horizontal decking per customer's request, 5) Apply 2 coats of Defy Extreme Stain on all railings and spindles to provide maximum UV protection.
    Thanks,
    Jon in Groton CT
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    thesealerstore · 08/27/2013
    You cannot but a stain color on top of the UV clear without removing it first. It will not penetrate into the wood to color it. If it was a stain color of the epoxy and you wanted to switch to the same color in extreme it would be okay.
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    Keith Arnett · 08/26/2013
    Thanks for your reply. So, to clarify further, I cannot put the new Defy Extreme product over the Defy Epoxy without first stripping the Defy Epoxy.

    According to another page on your website, I should be able to apply another coat of Defy Epoxy directly over the previous coat of Defy Epoxy:

    "This professional deck stain will give you years of protection for your deck and is easy to maintain. On horizontal surfaces simply apply a single maintenance coat every 2-3 years and 3-5 years for the vertical surfaces. No need to strip the deck every time."

    Can you please confirm this? I would like to avoid a costly and hard to rectify mistake. It is too bad that the Defy Extreme cannot be applied over the Defy Epoxy.

    Thanks,

    Keith
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    thesealerstore · 08/26/2013
    The Extreme is the Epoxy but improved with the zinc oxide nano particles.

    You would need to strip off the Clear UV so the Defy Extreme can properly penetrate into the wood and stain it.