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    Jeff · 09/15/2015
    Hello,

    I will be installing a new redwood fence over an existing block wall. I am in southern California and the fence will be south facing. Which stain product would be best for this scenario?
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    opwdecks · 09/13/2015
    Jeremiah Miller:
    I have a 1 year old cedar deck in Iowa that was stained with flood cwf last year after aging 2 months. I had terrible black mold on the entire deck and rail this spring/summer so I pressure washed using the cleaner and brightner. I plan on using stripper, cleaner and brightner again before restaining. The deck faces south and sees 80% sun. I am unsure why the mold was so bad and also unsure which product is best for this deck, the extreme or hardwoods version in light walnut? Thanks

    The Extreme will do better when preventing mold issues.
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    Jeremiah Miller · 09/13/2015
    I have a 1 year old cedar deck in Iowa that was stained with flood cwf last year after aging 2 months. I had terrible black mold on the entire deck and rail this spring/summer so I pressure washed using the cleaner and brightner. I plan on using stripper, cleaner and brightner again before restaining. The deck faces south and sees 80% sun. I am unsure why the mold was so bad and also unsure which product is best for this deck, the extreme or hardwoods version in light walnut? Thanks
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    opwdecks · 08/20/2015
    Rachel Kaiser:
    Hi!
    I'm building a house in Nashville, TN and the interior will be all pine. Should I go with your interior wood stain? I see Defy also makes an "extreme" version which can also be used inside. I want the beauty of the wood to show through but also protect it from UV light and fading.
    Thanks!
    Rachel

    Best would be the Interior product. UV is not an issue on the inside and it has a slight satin shine to it. This makes it easier for cleaning. You can use the Extreme indoors but it will tint the wood and have no shine.
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    Rachel Kaiser · 08/19/2015
    Hi!
    I'm building a house in Nashville, TN and the interior will be all pine. Should I go with your interior wood stain? I see Defy also makes an "extreme" version which can also be used inside. I want the beauty of the wood to show through but also protect it from UV light and fading.
    Thanks!
    Rachel
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    opwdecks · 08/13/2015
    Jon Lambertus:
    I have a new cedar plank fence and I want to protect it. I don't really want to change the color except darken it like when it rains would be acceptable.
    thank you for you help choosing the right protector.
    Jon

    Look at the Natural Pine color in the Defy Extreme.
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    Jon Lambertus · 08/13/2015
    I have a new cedar plank fence and I want to protect it. I don't really want to change the color except darken it like when it rains would be acceptable.
    thank you for you help choosing the right protector.
    Jon
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    opwdecks · 08/03/2015
    neilgershman:
    I just replaced the decking and some of the rail on my 20 year old cedar deck. I live in New York and the deck gets shade to full sun for part of the day. Should I use the extreme or hardwood stain. How long do I need to wait before I clean and brighten before I stain? Can I mix the semi-transparent with the clear to get a more translucent stain?
    Thank you

    Use the Defy hardwood. Wait a couple of months then plane and brighten for prep. Mixing the clear into the stain will lower the UV protection.
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    Neil Gershman · 08/02/2015
    I just replaced the decking and some of the rail on my 20 year old cedar deck. I live in New York and the deck gets shade to full sun for part of the day. Should I use the extreme or hardwood stain. How long do I need to wait before I clean and brighten before I stain? Can I mix the semi-transparent with the clear to get a more translucent stain?
    Thank you
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    opwdecks · 07/08/2015
    hconnor:
    We are refinishing our cedar deck this year. We have used your cleaner and brightener and have tested the sample colors. Now we are ready to order, but I noticed you have marine grade stain and thought that this might be better. I also noticed that the extreme (non- marine) is listed as the best. Is that because the marine grade is thicker and harder to apply? Does the marine grade last longer? Does it perform better for wetter areas? Please inform me of the differences of these two stains and which you would recommend. Thank you!

    Marine grade does not last longer then the Extreme. It is for docks and decks that are above water. Use the Extreme for your scenario.
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    Heather Connor · 07/08/2015
    We are refinishing our cedar deck this year. We have used your cleaner and brightener and have tested the sample colors. Now we are ready to order, but I noticed you have marine grade stain and thought that this might be better. I also noticed that the extreme (non- marine) is listed as the best. Is that because the marine grade is thicker and harder to apply? Does the marine grade last longer? Does it perform better for wetter areas? Please inform me of the differences of these two stains and which you would recommend. Thank you!
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    opwdecks · 06/10/2015
    Mj:
    I have a brand new kiln-dried Cedar Deck. I am trying to decide between your Extreme stain and your Harwood stain. I was reading some of the replies below and I'm a bit confused. It seems most replies recommend the Hardwood stain because it apparently penetrates deeper. However, it does not appear to have the nano-technology of Extreme stains. Which stain is going to last longer between maintenance coats? I live in Oregon where we get rain for 8 months and hot sun for 2 months. My confusion comes from a similar question/situation from a person in Medford,OR and the recommendation he received back was for the Extreme stain. Could you clarify which product is going to hold-up better against the elements over the long haul?

    Use the Extreme for this one due to the additional mold resistance needed for a wet climate like yours. Just one coat the first time staining and you will need to prep with the wood cleaner and brightener to remove the mill glaze.
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    Mj · 06/09/2015
    I have a brand new kiln-dried Cedar Deck. I am trying to decide between your Extreme stain and your Harwood stain. I was reading some of the replies below and I'm a bit confused. It seems most replies recommend the Hardwood stain because it apparently penetrates deeper. However, it does not appear to have the nano-technology of Extreme stains. Which stain is going to last longer between maintenance coats? I live in Oregon where we get rain for 8 months and hot sun for 2 months. My confusion comes from a similar question/situation from a person in Medford,OR and the recommendation he received back was for the Extreme stain. Could you clarify which product is going to hold-up better against the elements over the long haul?
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    opwdecks · 05/31/2015
    Tom:
    Hi,

    I am adding on to an existing un stained pressure treated pine framed deck with more pressure treated pine framing and then usuing Trex composite decking boards on top of both the old and new sections. The decking boards will be durable, but I also want to protect the pine framing. Since it is underneath the deck boards, it will never get any direct sun. I am most concerned about long term protection from water, mold and fungus. Is Extreme the best thing to use? Also, is it required to put on the cleaner and brightener before applying the stain? It's a big deck and I'm not sure if I want to go over it 3 times. Thanks for your input.

    Tom

    Use the Defy Extreme Clear and you should be okay in this instance to just apply since it is not going to be exposed.
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    opwdecks · 05/31/2015
    mattc:
    I stained my two decks last year with a water-based acrylic stain from another company, and it is already fading on the horizontal surfaces. Can I apply Defy Extreme on top of the other stain without having to strip it off?

    One deck was stained with a light cedar color, the other with a medium brown.

    No you cannot.
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    Tom · 05/30/2015
    Hi,

    I am adding on to an existing un stained pressure treated pine framed deck with more pressure treated pine framing and then usuing Trex composite decking boards on top of both the old and new sections. The decking boards will be durable, but I also want to protect the pine framing. Since it is underneath the deck boards, it will never get any direct sun. I am most concerned about long term protection from water, mold and fungus. Is Extreme the best thing to use? Also, is it required to put on the cleaner and brightener before applying the stain? It's a big deck and I'm not sure if I want to go over it 3 times. Thanks for your input.

    Tom
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    mattc · 05/01/2015
    I stained my two decks last year with a water-based acrylic stain from another company, and it is already fading on the horizontal surfaces. Can I apply Defy Extreme on top of the other stain without having to strip it off?

    One deck was stained with a light cedar color, the other with a medium brown.
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    opwdecks · 04/16/2015
    Dl:
    We have a new cedar porch built this spring. We want to stain the cedar deck and cedar ceiling with Defy semi transparent stain. The deck will get minimal rain and sun exposure and the ceiling will get no rain or sun. Not sure if Defy Extreme or Defy Hardwood would be the right stain?

    Defy Hardwood penetrates into new cedar better. We would suggest that.
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    Dl · 04/15/2015
    We have a new cedar porch built this spring. We want to stain the cedar deck and cedar ceiling with Defy semi transparent stain. The deck will get minimal rain and sun exposure and the ceiling will get no rain or sun. Not sure if Defy Extreme or Defy Hardwood would be the right stain?
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    opwdecks · 04/12/2015
    Corinne McGarrity:
    We installed a bead fir ceiling (over vinyl) on our exterior porch in winter of 2014. The ceiling is beautiful and i don't want to change the color or appearance, but we need to protect it with a sealant. The ceiling does not get any UV rays, but obviously is exposed to water and other elements since it is outside. I have heard good comments about your product. Which sealant or stain would be best for our project?

    Since it does not get any UV and you do not want to change the appearance you would want to use the Defy Extreme Clear.
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    Corinne McGarrity · 04/12/2015
    We installed a bead fir ceiling (over vinyl) on our exterior porch in winter of 2014. The ceiling is beautiful and i don't want to change the color or appearance, but we need to protect it with a sealant. The ceiling does not get any UV rays, but obviously is exposed to water and other elements since it is outside. I have heard good comments about your product. Which sealant or stain would be best for our project?
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    opwdecks · 09/30/2014
    Augustus:
    Have a redwood deck, do not know if it is pressure treated wood. Also don't know what product/kind of prior stain/water proofer is on it currently. We're in Los Angeles, so only rarely do we have a freezing temp at night. Deck is partially shaded, partially in full sun. What products & methods should be used to clean and prep, and which of your products should be used for the final staining? Thanks for your help.

    If you have an old stain then you need to remove that first. Depending on the brand of the old stain, you would need to either sand or strip it all off. You can try the Defy Stain Stripper for this. If no old coating then use the Defy Wood Cleaner. Brighten the wood when done with either with the Defy Wood Brightener. Use the Defy Extreme Stain.
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    Augustus · 09/29/2014
    Have a redwood deck, do not know if it is pressure treated wood. Also don't know what product/kind of prior stain/water proofer is on it currently. We're in Los Angeles, so only rarely do we have a freezing temp at night. Deck is partially shaded, partially in full sun. What products & methods should be used to clean and prep, and which of your products should be used for the final staining? Thanks for your help.
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    opwdecks · 09/25/2014
    Ron Clough:
    Last summer my son in law purchased 5 gallons of Defy Wood Dock Stain & Sealerto refinish my Cedar dock. I have approximately 3 gallons left and a porch deck that I am stripping by sanding. The deck boards are Cambara wood. Will the Wood Dock Stain work well on this material? If so should it be a one or two coat application? If not what material should be used?
    Thank you,

    Just one coat for this wood type.
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    Ron Clough · 09/25/2014
    Last summer my son in law purchased 5 gallons of Defy Wood Dock Stain & Sealerto refinish my Cedar dock. I have approximately 3 gallons left and a porch deck that I am stripping by sanding. The deck boards are Cambara wood. Will the Wood Dock Stain work well on this material? If so should it be a one or two coat application? If not what material should be used?
    Thank you,
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    opwdecks · 09/22/2014
    drjacobs14@yahoo.com:
    I have been using Defy Original stain on my log cabin. I would like to upgrade the stain on the next application to one of your newer stains. Do you have a recommendation?

    Thanks

    The Defy Extreme is the best options. What color where you using before?
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    Daniel Jacobs · 09/21/2014
    I have been using Defy Original stain on my log cabin. I would like to upgrade the stain on the next application to one of your newer stains. Do you have a recommendation?

    Thanks
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    opwdecks · 08/28/2014
    Marge Abel:
    Hi, I have just learned about your products from the web site Buffalo-Lumber.com. I live on the central California coast where moisture and fog are typical. We have discovered black mold on the interior wood frames adjacent to the glass (which we have cleaned off and hopefully killed with a borax solution. The original finish looks like a matte or maybe a slightly satin finish.
    I am intrigued with the possibility of using a synthetic resin product to refinish the wood and to prevent future mold growth. Could you please tell me which of your products would be most suitable.
    THANKS!!!
    Marge Abel

    For you to use the Defy would would have to remove all of the old finish first. Best would be the Defy Extreme.
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    Marge Abel · 08/27/2014
    Hi, I have just learned about your products from the web site Buffalo-Lumber.com. I live on the central California coast where moisture and fog are typical. We have discovered black mold on the interior wood frames adjacent to the glass (which we have cleaned off and hopefully killed with a borax solution. The original finish looks like a matte or maybe a slightly satin finish.
    I am intrigued with the possibility of using a synthetic resin product to refinish the wood and to prevent future mold growth. Could you please tell me which of your products would be most suitable.
    THANKS!!!
    Marge Abel
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    opwdecks · 07/31/2014
    Rich:
    I have 20 24"x48" sections of Red Cedar purchased from Menards. Each section contains 4-48" 2x6"s. This wood has been stored inside for 6-12 months. These panels are used as the deck for lakefront piers/docks.They are removable for winter storage. The spaces between each 2x6 is 1/2". What would be the best product and application procedure?

    Use the Defy Stain for Hardwoods for the new cedar. Prep before staining with the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Defy Wood Brightener. Only 1 coat for newer wood.