Ask Questions on Defy Stains

by Defy Help

Update on Asking Questions for Defy Stains 2020

We love hearing from our customers who have used the Defy Stains or have questions on prepping and application. We appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.


DEFY wood and deck stains contain advanced quality synthetic resins that resist mold and mildew growth, are easy to apply and environmentally friendly. How your Defy stands up to the elements varies though. A stain’s longevity is directly related to the preparation of the wood and how the stain is applied. At DefyStainHelp.com, we want everyone to have to best possible results when using the products we sell.

Please give us some details about your wood restoration project.

  • Structure? Examples: Decking, Fencing, Wood Siding, Dock
  • Wood Type? Examples: Redwood, Cedar, Treated Pine, Exotic Hardwood
  • When was Wood Installed?
  • The last Brand of Stain used if any?
  • Additional Info if Needed

Please respond to these questions in the comment area below so we may offer some advice and help.

Thanks

TWP Stain Help Staff

 
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Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell

What is the shelf life of Defy Semi-Transparent Stain. Would the balance of a 5 gallon bucket still be good in 2 years to do a recoat?

Thanks

Marcin
Marcin

Hello,

I started stripping the stain from my deck (PT wood) and I run out of stripper half way through the job sad There was a lot of stain on the deck.

Shall I use the brightener on the stripped part of the deck (I started stripping yesterday), or can I wait 4 days for the stripper to be shipped and continue where I finished?

Thank you!
Marcin

Marv Thiem
Marv Thiem

I have 1100 sf of 20 year old original Trex composite weathered gray decking. I would like to coat it with a different color that would cover the imperfections and give the deck a new look. What would you recommend?

Jim
Jim

I used Deck Stain for Hardwood on a deck and railings. Can Defy Extreme be applied over it? It has held up very well but I applied Extreme to the same type of wood (Eastern White Cedar) on the walls of a shed and it looks brilliant. I would like that appearance on the deck.

Doug Nelms
Doug Nelms

If staining with Defy Extreme solid stain over old Defy semi-transparent (mostly worn off, some areas not as weathered), does all the old stain need to be removed before staining? (will I need stripper in case the cleaner doesn’t remove all the old stain?)

Patrick
Patrick

Hi, What is the difference between Defy extreme semi-transparent in Crystal clear and Defy extreme Clear in Crystal Clear?
We have a house with cedar siding. Some semi-transparent stain have been put several years ago but nothing since then. The wood has now different brown/dark hue that we’d like to keep which is why we are looking at a crystal clear stain with no color on it although we know that it will darken the wood a bit.
Which one would you recommend us? I have attached pics.
Thanks a lot
Patrick

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Jim
Jim

I want to spray a wood shed with Defy Extreme. If Defy gets on firewood (through the air gaps in the walls) will it effect a metal chimney or cast iron stove?

Michael Connolly
Michael Connolly

Hi. Last fall I applied Defy Cleaner, Brightener and Stain to my 3-year old cedar deck. I applied it during a warm week with no rain. By this spring, much of stain had been washed out in those areas exposed to rain and snow. I am quite disappointed as it was a big job and I thought it would be years before it would have to be redone.

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What do I do now to restore the deck?

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Jim
Jim

can I mix a stain left over from staining 2 years ago with the same kind of stain for maintence coating now?

Robert Larue Moon
Robert Larue Moon

We built a new pressure treated pine deck, summer, 2020. How long do we wait to treat it. We’re in north central PA. Which stain do you recommend? THANK YOU

Louise Michels
Louise Michels

How to remove a dried spot of stain on glass and vinyl?

Marilyn Stutzman
Marilyn Stutzman

My question is about the cleaner and brightener products. The deck railing has metal balusters and there is a concrete patio and veneer stone wall below. Will these products damage any these surfaces?

Joe Samnik
Joe Samnik

Water stops beading on my wooden deck about one month after application of Defy stain. Does this mean that the wood is not being protected?

Richard Schilling
Richard Schilling

I have some older brightener powder from 2016. I see that you now sell it as a liquid concentrate. Is the powder still good, or better to go with the newer formulation? Stored in cool basement.

Annette Merwine
Annette Merwine

Quick question, will cleaning and brightening remove pine sap? Sap is on bare wood.
Thanks!

Sheryl Montgomery
Sheryl Montgomery

In rereading your instructions I’m
More confusing.
When to apply on new redwood deck?
Do I only apply one coat the first time??
What prep is needed for new redwood deck?

Oscar
Oscar

Hi,
I am getting ready to apply a maintenance coat to my deck. Upon reviewing the “prep” recommendations, there seems to be conflicting advice as to what product to use. The following are listed in different advice column: 1) regular detergent + water, 2) defy cleaner, and also 3) defy brightener. The deck is not in bad shape but water absorption has increased to the point that I think maintenance is needed.

Please let me know what product you recommend
Thanks in advance,

Lawrence Henderson
Lawrence Henderson

Last fall cleaned, brightened, and had time for one coat only of extreme stain. Need to recoat now. Thought I read to brighten only then recoat. Is that ok, and can I do 2 wet on wet recoat applications?

Brian Shea
Brian Shea

I have a cedar deck that was stained with oil stain (it is now wearing off in high traffic areas). How would you clean/prep the deck for new stain and what Defy stain would you recommend? I also have a treated deck (not cedar) that was stained with latex stain (it is now pealing). How would you clean/prep the deck for new stain and what Defy stain would you recommend? What color choices do you have and is there an ability to make custom colors? Thank you for your help.

Marge Webster
Marge Webster

Stained cedar sided house with defy epoxy about 18 years ago. Need to restain with defy. Do I have to strip the old stain off or just use brightener and restain?

Chip
Chip

Best way to remove dried Defy overspray from vinyl siding.

Chuck Pfeiffer
Chuck Pfeiffer

Have to complement Defy Stain – it’s the best. Still looking pretty good in pics, used light walnut for cedar. Applied it to a new cedar board on board (BOB) fence, total length 150 ft in 2011, both sides, took most of 25 gallons. I recently power washed to bare wood, redid a 40 ft section that caught harsh west sun in 2018 and recoated top of 2×8 boards. Most of it still looks great. Time for a redo on exterior sides. One note – the cedar 2×4 interior stringers don’t hold the stain as long as the boards, flaked… Read more »

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Katrina Theodore
Katrina Theodore

Why am I getting very dark spots and very light spots on my decking? I installed the cedar last year and allowed it to dry in-place. I sanded w/60 grit paper and cleaned with Sherwin-Williams Revive according to package instructions. After waiting two days I applied two wet-on-wet coats of your Extreme in Cedar Tone.

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Lisa Highfill
Lisa Highfill

I applied Defy Extreme wood stain today with the wet on wet method for the second coat. Hours later I noticed I missed a spot on one of the boards. What can I do at this point to fix it? The color is Butternut and it’s very noticeable.

Mark
Mark

Not staining a deck, but looking for the best stain for a split rail fence. Is there anything to consider specifically for staining split rail fencing?

George
George

I have a piece of outdoor furniture I want to build and would ideally like to use treated 2 x 4’s for the upper part of that piece of furniture. However, visiting the lumber yard, I looked thru dozens of treated 2 x 4’s and the quality was terrible – hacked up, warped, knots-galore. On the other hand, the regular untreated 2 x 4’s were great, not hacked-up, straight, etc. My question is given that I live in fairly dry central Texas, and that there will be no ground contact for the pieces in question, would staining with Defy Extreme… Read more »

Ken Wilkinson
Ken Wilkinson

After 14 months, did a single defy extreme maintenance coat on an impregnated pine deck. Did it on mid 80F day that was humid and had high clouds (not direct sun but kind of a whitish scattered light). Some areas of the deck are now “sticky” Can anything be done to alleviate this condition???

Colin Meskell
Colin Meskell

We have a 1 year old cedar deck that was previously stained (much too early we now know) with an oil based stain. We have successfully stripped and brightened the deck and have dried it for 48 hours. We have the DEFY Extreme hardwood stain here and are looking to apply it. (You had previously recommended the hardwood stain due to the young age of the cedar). My question is, would you recommend 1 coat or 2 coats? If two, how do we ensure that we are not over applying it? Should we test a small area first, and what… Read more »

Elizabeth Wood
Elizabeth Wood

I’m getting a patio table made of composite wood. Can I use Defy to seal and preserve it (color) without any kind of residue or tacky/stickiness?

Ken Campbell
Ken Campbell

Is the Defy Deck Cleaner and Brightener environmentally safe to use on a dock over a fresh water lake? Thanks Ken.

Christopher Austin
Christopher Austin

Hello, I recently stained a deck using the Defy extreme semitransparent butternut stain. I removed all of the old stain, sanded all surfaces with a random orbital sander/sanding attachment on multi tool, pressure washed, cleaned with the Defy wood cleaner followed by the wood Brightener. The deck boards are several years old although the exact age is unknown since I bought the house about a year ago. It seems that sap is coming up out of the boards. The deck was stained about 2 weeks ago and looked great for a few days. Any suggestions on what to do? Is… Read more »

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Robin
Robin

I have a 300 SQ ft pressure treated wood deck more that 20 years old. I have power washed it, used Defy Deck Brightener, and sanded it. I need some Defy Extreme deck stain. Redwood. I have some questions. I assume I will need 3 gallons: Is that correct? I live in Montreal Canada. How long will it take to get here? Does shipping include cost of Canadian customs clearance ? Will it be shipped direct to my door? Your website says not to stain the deck in mid-summer. I have no choice. But my deck faces east so it… Read more »

Stefanie Powell
Stefanie Powell

I sanded a section of cedar siding that had been stained a dark color. The majority sanded off well but there was residual stain left in the corners and grooves. I purchased Defy Exterior Wood Stain Stripper to remove the rest of it. Easy directions to follow, but the cedar is now the shade of coffee. It has the appearance of being restained. Applied twice, still coffee. What happened?

John Leach
John Leach

What is the difference between the extreme wood stain and the extreme 40 stain? Is one a better product for cedar siding located in mid Missouri, USA?
Thanks

alan kaufman
alan kaufman

my deck has a semi transparent stain on it but the weathering is so back that i may need to do a fair amount of belt sanding (to remove the splinters). So what is the best order to do the process, is it to first use the stripper and power wash, then use the belt sander then use the brightner and then finally stain the deck? ive read that i should use the brightner within 24 hours of doing the stripping.

thanks