Ask Questions on Defy Stains

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Update on Asking Questions for Defy Stains 2019

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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James
James

Do the Cleaner and Brightner affect painted surfaces? Thinking about the house walls around the deck. Do I need to tape these off.?

LarryG
LarryG

Can the new “clear” Defy Extreme be mixed with other Defy stains, in order to lighten a color? I’m concerned that they aren’t compatible for mixing, since the clear is milky in color.

Leslye
Leslye

Only day soon that looks ok to stain is Sunday,
but temps Go down to 36 degrees at night. Only 57 during day. Is that ok to use extreme semi transparent?

Leslye
Leslye

How much stain do I need for 450 sq ft. And do I need one or two coats?
Older deck but great condition. Sanded, cleaned and neutralized. Thank you.

Leslye
Leslye

Additional question…sorry so many. Can it go below 45 degrees at night after application. Atlanta area. Surprising this time of year.
If 75 degrees is it ok to apply in sun?

Teresa loy
Teresa loy

We stained with defy light walnut 2 years ago. The color said it had a red tinted, but it actually had annoyance tinted more like cedar. I dont like the orange tint. Can I apply butternut over that after cleaning to cover the orange toned light walnut?. Do I need to use a brightner after cleaning.

David Evans
David Evans

Last year I used Defy Extreme Wood Stain Cedar Tone on my wood siding and it came out a nice redish color. I bought it again and used it again this year and it came out brown. Did Defy change the color? Can I get the same redish color now? Is the redwood color similar to the old cedartone?

ROOSTERPUPPY
ROOSTERPUPPY

HOW MANY COLORS ARE THERE

Bob
Bob

I have used Defy Extreme (clear) on my deck at 2,500′ elevation in the woods of WV to great effect. After stripping an earlier product, cleaning and brightening, I now just powerwash and apply a coat every other year. Attached to the deck is a 22 year old cedar sided house (rough planks and board/ batten) that has been stained several times with a semi-transparent alkyd Benjamin Moore product. Unfortunately, the product was darkened by the mfgr between the first and second staining and is darker than we care for. It also is due for another staining. We are assuming… Read more »

scott alexander
scott alexander

Hi – I need to seal a concrete porch and would like to use one with a light color tint like driftwood gray or light burnt orange or light tan. Does DEFY sell such concrete sealer products? If not could you recommend a company that does? I have just stained the steps, and rails surrounding this concrete porch with Extreme DEFY light walnut and it looks great! I have used Defy products for years and trust your products without exception or hesitation! Thanks for your help.

Scott Alexander
540.746.6109

Chris Hill
Chris Hill

I am planning to stain about 1500 sq ft of new pressure treated syp decking (pre-install, both sides). After a fair bit of research I have decided on your product. I have had the boards sticker stacked for about 3 months to dry adequately before stain application. I want to use semi-transparent defy stain. My question is about color, I want a light golden color that does a decent job of covering or obscuring the green flashes from the pressure treatment. I would love to go with the natural pine, but I am concerned it may be too light to… Read more »

gary brichler
gary brichler

I bought Defy wood stain back in 2012. The color was Colorado Gold (#260). Do you still have this color. If not, what color is closest to Colorado Gold.

Thanks,
Gary

Zach
Zach

I did not buy enough stain and now I have to finish the first coat (only about 10 percent of the main deck to finish) and do the railings and outward facing structure. Should I avoid a second coat this time and wait until next summer to clean and do a second coat, as we are getting ready to go into fall/winter here? I love the product but am so frustrated, this is an older deck and I spent many hours pressure spraying and sanding. The deck is not in bad shape but used to have solid stain so after… Read more »

Evelyn
Evelyn

I understand that Defy crystal clear will not enhance the grain of the wood but will you get the same matte appearing finish you get with the semitransparent finishes?

Don
Don

My deck is 5 years old, made with treated yellow pine in New York State. Original stain was Behr premium solid stain. I had to hand sand all of this stain off which took many hours to say the least. Is this now considered “New Wood”? Should i only do one coat of Defy and then another 12-18 months later? Or can I do Wet on Wet application?

Evelyn
Evelyn

I am trying to beat the predicted rain coming. Can I apply your deck stain 24 hours after using your cleaner and brightener?

Evelyn
Evelyn

Ok Thanks I will have to wait. How long after a rain do you have to wait to apply your deck stain. And if there is a long period where I can’t get to it because of weather how long before I have to reapply the brightener?

Alan G
Alan G

I have a 20+ year old cedar deck. I just power washed it over the weekend. Removed about 5 year old TWC cedar stain. I also have to replace a few rotten boards. what is the best way to age the wood and get it to look similar to the current deck? I know it won’t be exact just want closer. Have had the replacement material sitting outside since spring trying to weather it. What stain do you recommend? I am thinking the Defy Extreme Butternut to help even out the wide range of wood colors. The deck is 14… Read more »

Evelyn
Evelyn

I have a dry sunny day to apply your deck stain but rain is expected overnight. Is it best to wait? What is the time frame from deck application to potential rain.

charles rehm
charles rehm

I have a 950sqft western cedar deck installed in May this year in southeastern PA. It has not been stained or sealed yet but needs to be in the next 30 days. I have used Defy Deck Stain for Hardwoods since 2014 but want to try Defy Extreme this time. * How many gallons will this take for one coat? * After 5 months the surface still apears clean but it actually shows a faint dirt tint. Will the stain cover or must I powerwash? * If I move the furniture/canopy to half the deck and finish the other half,… Read more »

Nancy Nagy
Nancy Nagy

I did wet on wet application on my deck as your instructions suggest. 12 hours later it rained and washed some of the stain off my deck. It has a very uneven stain pattern, some areas are stained some aren’t. Please help!

Evelyn
Evelyn

I stripped the deck stain off my deck with defy stripper and followed with brightener. There are gray spots remaining on the boards above the rails from metal hooks we had there. Will Defy Deck cleaner remove that or do you have another suggestion. Hand sander did not remove. Also I have to go over several floor boards that did not completely remove the stain. So I will redo those areas. Do I have to go over the entire floor with brightener to keep it even or can I just do the boards I use stripper on. I am having… Read more »

Michael Connolly
Michael Connolly

Hi, I read I think on your site or in your videos that we are to apply two coats of Defy stain, wet on wet. But I’ve just read the can that for horizontal cedar, the wood should only receive one coat. My deck is not new. It’s three years old. I’ve used Defy Cleaner and Brightener. Should I do two coats?

Steven broderius
Steven broderius

Can butternut stain be mixed with another color to reduce it’s intensity, and if so what color if one wants to retain the brown color but just reduce the intensity of the mixture.

Doug Watson
Doug Watson

Can I just sand an old deck railings and put deft stain on directly after and skip the stripping, brightened.

Marc
Marc

I purchased a cedar gazebo kit from Costco. It is prestained but it does not look like a sealer-stain. Can I apply Defy semi over this?

Nancy Nagy
Nancy Nagy

Hi, I have a cedar deck that’s about 3 years old. Originally I applied Cabot Australian Timber Oil, Natural. It now needs to be refinished. I have small areas that are sun bleached and an uneven stain/finish. I have been trying to sand it off with a deck pole. Will your deck cleaner clean it sufficiently for restaining with a semi-transparent stain? Do I need to use stain remover? Keep sanding? Please let me know what the best course of action is.

Thank you,

Nancy

Patty
Patty

I finished staining my deck railings 2 days ago and was planning to do the floorboards today. Forecast looked good but then it sprinkled this morning. Most of the deck (where under cover) is totally dry but a few areas did get wet. How long before I can stain? I’m worried it won’t look evenly coated.

Tiffany
Tiffany

2 Questions – 1) I was just reading a section on your website that suggested Defy Hardwood is the best stain for cedar wood. I have attached a photo of what I was reading. I have also read on your website that Defy Extreme would be best for rough cedar siding. Please guide me as to what would be the best product. 2) What should be allowed time between applications for the wet-on-wet application. I live in Kansas and currently it is still warm and sunny. Humidity does vary. Should I be allowing 10/20/45/60 minutes between the initial coat and… Read more »

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Evelyn
Evelyn

I worked diligently on using Defy stain remover to strip the rails and posts on my deck. I followed it with defy brightener and it is now dry. The wood is very rough and some areas furry. Should I sand it down before staining? And how long after brightener is applied can you wait to stain. I have yet to strip the floor boards.

Trevor S Weaver
Trevor S Weaver

I have a pressure treated deck that is over a year old that has never been treated or sealed. It has a lot of green algae. I have used defy oxygenated cleaner and defy brightener and I have power washed it. It looks much better when dry, but as soon as it is wet, it still looks green! I want to stain it with Extreme semi-transparent stain, but don’t know if i should proceed?

Rebecca McGill
Rebecca McGill

How long before we can place patio furniture or plants back on the deck?

Becky Brown
Becky Brown

Hello. I powerwash an older composit deck. I used your extreme deck sealer yesterday. It rained this morning. Now I have white spots where the water needed up. Help

RJRJ
RJRJ

After an initial proper cleaning and brightening on pressure treated wood, when staining with the Defy CLEAR extreme (do NOT care about the wood greying naturally but I want to prevent the wood from rotting) does one have to prep by cleaning and brightening every time (2-3 years) I reapply the clear stain?

Jim
Jim

Are Defy Extreme or Defy Deck Stain for Hardwoods recommended for an Eastern Cedar shingled roof?

RJRJ
RJRJ

Instructions say that the Defy brightener should be applied while the wood is still wet from the rinsing after using the cleaner. i have almost 2k sq ft of decking and portions will likely dry before applying the brightener, so how important is this procedure to apply while wet?

MICHAEL ALAN MCDEARMAN
MICHAEL ALAN MCDEARMAN

I bought a 5 gallon bucket of Defy Extreme stain about 2 years ago. I still have some left. What is the shelf life of the stain?

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy

Can I use a sprayer with Defy stain? The deck is OK but the wood rails were new & stained 7 years ago.

Jim Park
Jim Park

Video of 19 yr ol deck

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Jim Park
Jim Park

Our deck is 19 yrs old has been cleaned and restained 4 times. Last stain was put on 4 – years ago. After stripping cleaning and sanding we stained deck with semi-transparent I think Cabot products. Within a year deck that is exposed to susun started to peel-flake off. The part of deck covered by roof look great up until last summer. What would u suggest for cleaning and staining with Defy. Half the deck gets full day sun. This is the half that peels quickly.

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JIM BAEL
JIM BAEL

I am building new board and batten shutters and ordering a new garage door for our Colorado home. I am using kiln-dried, S1S2E cedar. Rough cut will be facing outwards. My primary objective is to try to maintain the natural cedar coloring for as long as possible. So a clear stain or lightly colored. My wife wants a stain (if we go with a color) that will not be or turn orange. I have the following questions. 1. Which stain will you recommend? 2. Should I strip and clean before staining since the primary side is not lumber factory planed?… Read more »

Larry
Larry

25 year old deck I think is cedar. Multiple different stains over the years.Sanding to wood with da.Can I go to brighter then stain. If after using brighter I can’t stain for a week is that ok? Do I need to back brush if using a pad for application?

Patricia A Shields
Patricia A Shields

When I’ve seen your “how to” videos, you show first staining the spindles and posts. One coat or two? Also, what’s the best way to clean and prep the top of the handrails?

Gene
Gene

How many hours of no rain must elapse after applying wet-on-wet of your Extreme Semi-Tansparent Wood Stain to ensure no damage to the stain?

Patty
Patty

I have a new deck that has “dried” over several months and am ready to prep & stain. I have watched application videos that have called for single and double cleaner applications. I have also read about application of 1 and 2 coats of stain. What is correct for a new deck that sees full sun all afternoon?
I have chosen semi- transparent butternut stain.

Norman Berman
Norman Berman

We had our decks stained last fall with two coats of DEFY after full prep and sanding 1:1 blend of light walnut and butternut. After just one season, some areas (more exposed) are showing fading and could stand to be touched up. Can I touch up without stripping and brightening or do I have to redo the entire decks?

Joe
Joe

Should a wood fence be recoated after 3 to 5 years? If so how to prep the fence

Alberta Gibson
Alberta Gibson

After applying defy extreme, when is it rain safe

Richard Watkins
Richard Watkins

I have a cedar deck installed in 2007. It has been stained twice, the last time in 2015 with Superdeck Transparent cedar stain. It was covered with green, slippery algae. I washed it with water plus dishwashing soap and borax, and then powerwashed it with water to remove the algae and dirt, etc. It now looks quite nice, fairly white with just a few hints of the old stain. So, my question is, “Can a waterbased stain now be used on this deck? Would I be better off using an oil based stain, or will the waterbased stain soak in… Read more »

Matt Cartwright
Matt Cartwright

You talk about moisture meter do you sell them or do you have a recommendation. Would like to check moisture content on a new 12×14 deck made out of yellowwood that was built July 5th 2019. It’s in Fort Smith Arkansas and I am thinking about using defy extreme stain this year

Tiffany
Tiffany

What is the beat method and product to apply Defy Extreme Stain to a rough Cedar siding home. Any specific brand or type of application tool? Thank you!

Maryanne Recchion
Maryanne Recchion

Is there a WHITE defy deck stain? We would like a grey deck with white railings ….