Defy Hardwood Stain 1 Gallon

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DEFY-ColorTipsDEFAULTIf you're looking for the best stain for cedar decks in a water-based product, then look no further. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is a synthetic, semi-transparent finish specifically formulated for use on cedar, mahogany, redwood, and other dense or difficult to penetrate woods.

Project_buttonDEFY Hardwood Stain also works well on composite woods. It is a VOC-compliant stain that penetrates wood pores to block out water and provide long lasting protection from weather damage.

DEFY Deck Stain Uses
DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods can be used on interior or exterior smooth hardwood surfaces including: wood siding, decks, outdoor wood furniture, and other hardwood surfaces. For more porous surfaces such as pressure treated lumber, pine and cedar log siding, or rough sawn lumber, use DEFY Extreme Wood Stain. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is available in Cedar Tone, Light Walnut, and Natural Pine. Finding a cedar stain or redwood deck stain product that actually works is difficult, as most deck stains have trouble penetrating oil-rich or dense wood types. This product was specifically designed with smaller resins to penetrate better which helps eliminate surface buildup and peeling. Other products out there claim to be the best stain for cedar decks but there is only one DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods.

Easy Maintenance
DEFY deck stains will give you years of protection for your deck and are easy to maintain. When the surfaces begin to look weathered and worn, which should normally be every 2-3 years and 3-5 years for the vertical surfaces, simply reapply a light maintenance coat. No need to strip the deck every time. It may be beneficial to use DEFY Wood Brightener to clean and brighten the surface before the maintenance coat. DEFY deck stains contain powerful sunscreens to block damaging UV rays. Ultra violet rays cause wood to turn gray and become susceptible to water penetration and decay. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods contains synthetic resins that do not attract mildew and algae like other natural resin stains (oil-based products) do. Additionally, DEFY deck stains are water repellent.

Product Data Sheet

Defy Stain Tips and Help

Gallon Sizes: 1's & 5's
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-150 sq. feet (100 for 2 coats)
Coats Required: 2 Coats. "Wet on Wet"
Temperature: 45-95 F
Application Tools: Pad, Sprayer, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
Cleanup: Water & Soap
State VOC Limits: Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data


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    opwdecks · 03/23/2012
    Defy does not use paint resins like other water based stain manufacturers. They use a completely different resin that is substantially smaller. This allows for better penetration into the wood. In general, the better it penetrates the better the performance.

    Unfortunately nothing lasts more then a season on exotic hardwood such as Tigerwood. This is due to the density of the your wood, not the stain.

    When choosing an exotic hardwood stain you want to look for deep penetration and the ease of reapplication. Defy products can be cleaned and re coated as needed.
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    Scott Miller · 03/23/2012
    We are installing a new Tigerwood deck. We have read that water based stains/sealers don't penetrate these dense woods enough and therefore don't last. Can you explain why Defy is better than others and best way to apply on new wood and how often to reapply? We are in Northern California. Thank you
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    opwdecks · 01/30/2012
    A 400 square foot deck would need 3-4 gallons of the Defy Stain for 2 coats. More if you have steps and railings.

    All new wood should dry for 1-2 months. You would then clean and brighten the wood to prep for the stain.
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    Carl Cunningham · 01/30/2012
    I am having a cedar deck installed next week.
    How much product do I need for 400 sq ft.?
    Does the wood need "cure" time before applying?
    Suggested prep?
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    opwdecks · 01/24/2012
    Yes the Defy Hardwood Stain is the correct stain for exotic hardwoods such as IPE.
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    John · 01/24/2012
    Should I use this stain on my IPE deck?
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    opwdecks · 06/02/2011
    You would need to use the Defy stains Stripper to remove the Super Deck and the brighten with the Defy Wood Brightener.

    The Defy cedar color is very close in color.
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    Jane Anderson · 06/02/2011
    On our Redwood decks I have used Superdeck in the past in color - Cedar (1019). What products and preparation would I need to use/do before using Defy Hardwod Stain? And would Defy Cedartone be equivalent to Superdeck Cedar (1019)? Thanks.