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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    Rich Bolterstein · 05/15/2013

    I bought a home with a 20+ year old deck. Most of the material is in decent shape but I did have to replace some boards. As you would expect, the new and the old wood look quite different, even after a good cleaning.

    Will your semi-transparent stain result in an even color between the new and old decking? One of my neighbors calls my deck the '88' after a piano keyboard. I want that image to be gone once I finish staining.

    Please advise,

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    Jayne · 05/15/2013
    We had olympic semi transparent stain on our pressure treated wood pool deck. We live in SC. We have stripped it and are trying to find the right stain. We had problems with the last stain being too slippery with wet feet (kids falling). What is the best stain choice and do we need to add anti skid to prevent slipping?
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    opwdecks · 05/06/2013
    Novice, best the use the Defy Stain Stain for Hardwoods for this cedar deck in NJ.
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    Novice · 05/05/2013
    After power washing and sanding a 18 year old cedar deck which product do you recommend for staining? The deck faces west getting the afternoon sun and I am located in Southern NJ.
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    opwdecks · 05/03/2013
    Yes that is the correct way to prep and stain. You could spray and back wipe the drips for the lattice.
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    Richard Scott · 05/02/2013
    I have a new western red cedar deck - built last fall and want to apply stain for the 1st time, I am looking for a lighter natural cedar color,(not orange)the wood is mostly smooth and has some lattice work. Located in Ottawa, Cda,getting morning sun, and afternoon shade.

    Planning to use Defy Stain for Hardwoods(natural pine), prepped with Cleaner & Brightener one week earlier, vertical surfaces first, is this the right approach? and do you have any tips for staining the lattice work? (I am worried about running on this area)
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    opwdecks · 04/25/2013
    Rain does not wash away the brightener and will not hurt the prepping process.
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    Heacock · 04/25/2013
    We would like to stain our deck over a weekend - it is 560 square fees and we plan on cleaning and brightening on Thursday - but there is a chance for rain on Friday - will this wash away the brightener or can we still stain it after 48 hours of drying out from the rain? We will probably never get a full 4 days without rain so I'm trying to get the best result. Please help
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    opwdecks · 04/23/2013
    Please read this article about new decks:
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    Mandy · 04/23/2013
    new build MQC pressure treated. 20x20 covered porch with 12x12 open deck. Which stain and how long should we wait to stain. Is there a way I can find a date on the wood to see how long it has been at a yard? I don't want to rush the process, but we just want to know the right steps to take.
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    opwdecks · 04/18/2013
    Jill, I would use the Defy Stain for Hardwoods for this porch and railings.
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    Jill · 04/18/2013
    Planning on staining a wrap around porch and deck. Some of the deck is covered and other areas are not. The floor is all Mahogany the rail are cedar. The home is in New jersey the wood is old wood but smooth. The deck has been stained a few times with Defy original the rails hold up very well but not the flooring especially on the areas not covered. Please advice on what stain you would recommend I'd like to begin the staining early next month. I believe the color was a coastal cedar. THANKS

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    opwdecks · 04/16/2013
    Yes the Defy Extreme would work for you. Make sure to use the Defy Wood Cleaner after you are done sanding. This will remove any sand dust and help the Defy to penetrate better.

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    phillytim · 04/16/2013
    I have a North-facing, shady deck. I tried an oil based stain (Cabot) with terrible results. The entire deck turned black from mildew despite proper cleaning prior to application. I am currently sanding/removing the old stain. My deck is constructed of Eco-Life wood. I desire a redwood color, but want to know if Defy Extreme is the right choice, given our high humidity and shady deck in Delaware.
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    opwdecks · 03/23/2013
    I would use the Extreme Stain for this.
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    Terry Powers · 03/21/2013
    The T1-11 siding I had milled is Okoume faced plywood. Which stain should be use? Extreme Stain or Hardwood Stain?
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    opwdecks · 03/16/2013
    Yes staining would be good but you should allow the wood to weather for a few months then prep the wood. Please read this about the process for new wood:
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    Terry Powers · 03/14/2013
    We have had new smooth high grade plywood milled to match 1950's T1-11 grooved siding and want to know if staining it is a good option. It is a 1950's modern house in Palm springs so we have to consider the desert climate as well. We want a look like a lot of the cedar siding and ipe wood you see on contemporary homes these days. What would you recommend?
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    opwdecks · 03/04/2013
    Butternut may be your best option for the color. You can get samples from us here:

    Defy stain Samples ([url]defy-stain-samples.html[/url])

    2 coats "wet on wet". You can spray but you would need to back brush the second coat.
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    Zofia Lavoie · 03/04/2013
    Exterior Western red cedar rough siding, brand new with new douglas fir trusses/posts. I am interested in a semitransparent light brown stain - not orange or red. How many coats? Sprayed or brushed? Where can I buy the product. I am in Connecticut, building in Vermont. I'd like to try it on a piece of siding & see if I like the product.
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    opwdecks · 02/23/2013
    Yes you would need to remove the solid stain but solid stains cannot be stripped. You would need to sand that off, then clean and brighten wood after. Once the wood is prepped you would stain with the Defy Extreme Wood Stain.
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    ramona lamascla · 02/22/2013
    final color reddish tone,pressure treated wood approx. 4yrs oldsmooth. it was stained solid stain 2 years ago. it need a cleanup but i want to do it right and long lasting.since defy products werent used prior i am assuming i have to strip clean then stain. is that right.