Ask Questions on Defy Stains

by Defy Help

Last Updated on February 8, 2021 by Defy Help

Update on Defy Stains for 2021

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 the 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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Carolyn McKinney
Carolyn McKinney
2 days ago

I put one coat of defy stain on me deck floor and it looks great, but I didn’t understand that the 2nd coat should be applied “wet on wet”. Should I just leave it with one coat?

Rich zaia
Rich zaia
8 days ago

I have used and reordered your hardwood stain for use on my ipe deck. Should I do wet on wet for this type of wood. ?
I’ve not done wet on wet in the past.. thanks Rich..

Richzaia
Richzaia
8 days ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thanks…

Eve
Eve
16 days ago

Our deck was refinished at the end of last summer. All prep work was done as instructed on your website with your cleaner, stripper, and brightener. Staining was done with Defy Extreme, wet on wet application, with a hand brush. Hours of work and $$$$. Deck looked gorgeous when it was done. Then winter came with snow. When the snow melted, the stain was all peeled off. Please see pictures of prepped deck, stained deck, and what we have now. 
so now what why did this happen?

Thanks! 

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Eve
Eve
16 days ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thank you for the reply. The second coat was applied over the first coat before the first coat was dry, so that was not the issue. We worked on this in small sections in very early AM before the sun was up and quit by 800 – 900 AM. However, it was hot and humid even in the very early morning.
I am assuming that I do not need to strip the remaining stain just pressure wash it, correct?

Thanks again!

Carol
Carol
19 days ago

Can I use brighter on COMPOSITE DECK

Carol
Carol
18 days ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Will Extreme deck sealer hide scuff marks? Or do I need to do additional work Watched YouTube video that stated light sanding or heat gun will alleviate. Is that something you would recommend?
Thank you

Santos
Santos
27 days ago

Buying a new cedar pergola. Comes with a light colored stain. Can I put a second coat using Defy stain to darken and protect the color.

Sheryl Montgomery
Sheryl Montgomery
1 month ago

We put a new redwood deck on last summer. Now ready to use your product. My question is: since we’ll be using a cleaner, is a brightner also necessary?

Larry
Larry
1 month ago

Hi, I would like some advice on the prep and application for this project, I want to stain the fence.

  • Split rail fencing
  • Wood Type is cedar
  • Wood Installed 2012
  • The last Brand of Stain used – First Thompsons water sealer with tint, they stopped making this product, then used Thompsons stain.
Cliff
Cliff
2 months ago

I replaced my old deck last summer and used the Defy Clear Stain on the new one later in the fall. The Defy product looks beautiful and seals even better. I couldn’t be happier, but… The deck surrounds a pool, and when wet, the deck is very slippery. After a rain in early December I took a pretty hard fall, and recovered. I was hoping by now the deck would be less slippery. With swim season coming soon (Florida) I must put something on it to make the it less slippery. I could use some suggestions.Thanks in advance.

cliff
cliff
2 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thank you, I talked to the contractor and they applied a third coat, makes sense. No simpler solution?

kathy morgan
kathy morgan
4 months ago

which water clean up stain is best for new cedar deck. do i order extreme stain and sealer or hardwood stain and sealer?

Bob Eslinger
Bob Eslinger
5 months ago

I spilled some Defy pine wood house stain on my concrete floor. It is dry now. How can I remove the stain properly without damaging the concrete.

Mike Woertz
Mike Woertz
5 months ago

I recently used Defy composite deck sealer and followed instructions listed on product and I am left with a milky residue on the deck when wet? What could’ve caused this.

Mike Woertz
Mike Woertz
5 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thanks, how soon is soon?

Stacey
Stacey
5 months ago

I accidentally purchased AND APPLIED Extreme Deck Stain for Hardwoods (semi transparent, light walnut) instead of the product that is not meant for hardwoods which was initially used 6 years ago on our treated pine deck and a western red cedar fence.

We’d not yet applied any maintenance coat, and once power washed, our deck looked like most of the original stain was gone, especially on the horizontals.

The 2-coat wet on wet hardwoods stain appears to have gone on okay, although the fenceline only got one coat that was allowed to completely dry.

2 questions (as I’m feeling kind of sick upon recognizing our mistake after application):

1) Should we anticipate less durability having used the hardwood exterior stain instead of the non-hardwood stain that was initially used (and did great)?

2) Should I continue on with the hardwood exterior stain when it’s time for a maintenance coat in 2-4 years? Or at that point, should I strip and apply the non-hardwood exterior stain?

3) Our fenceline completely dried after just one coat of the hardwood exterior stain? Should we just let that fence stain wear and apply whatever next coat you recommend above..or can we apply second coatof thehardwood stain now?

Hoping this mistake may not turn out as badly as I fear…thanks!

Stacey
Stacey
5 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Whew! Relieved. So just to confirm, if in a couple of years, it’s time for a one coat maintenance coat, I can just wash, brighten (if needed) and use EITHER the DEFY exterior hardwood OR the non-hardwood on both our treated pine deck and red cedar fence…on top of the Defy hardwood stain that’s on there now?

Paula
Paula
5 months ago

Does the crystal clear version work for inside hardwood floors? An if yes…does it work as a stain or as a poly finish?

Francis Clark
Francis Clark
5 months ago

Deck now stained for about 2 months. Some areas on horizontal surfaces appear grey/green after a rain. Suggestions?

Larissa
Larissa
5 months ago

My redwood deck has been aged for one year and I have never applied any stain on it. I have just ordered 3 gallons of Defy Extreme Clear stains, should I apply one coat or two coat on the deck for this first time staining?

David Chapman
David Chapman
6 months ago

Can extreme stain recover from being frozen? I have a can that is almost full that unfortunately spent last winter in outdoor storage. Perhaps heating it would work. I have read that you can heat boat building epoxy and if will remove the crystallization.

Theresa Kane
Theresa Kane
6 months ago

I redid my porch with walnut semi transparent penetrating stain. My dogs tracked white primer paint in it which wont come off. Is there something that would remove it. Or can I strip the stain and start over?

Theresa Kane
Theresa Kane
6 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

How do I remove it? Can you explain how your stripper works. Does it penetrate into the wood and take it back to bare wood?
Even though I just stained it? If I strip it will it retake new stain? So would I strip and then brighten? Also can I just do a section? Since the majority of the porch Is good. It’s just an area of about 5 feet wide that has the marks on it. Thank you

Anne Perry
Anne Perry
6 months ago

How long should the stain be down before possible rain. I have a mix of 6-month-old boards with older boards, so am applying one coat with another coat in a year.

Anne
Anne
6 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thank you!

Grant Rehder
Grant Rehder
6 months ago

I live in western NC and it rains every other day. I need to clean/brighten wood siding prior to staining. We have a nice weekend coming up, and I’m planning to clean/brighten this weekend. How long is it okay to wait till I apply the Defy stain after cleaning/brightening the wood siding? It’s pine siding. Also-looks like rain the following week. Can I give it 10/14 days before the first coat of stain?

Deena Austrager
Deena Austrager
6 months ago

Hi there, Can I add an additional coat of transparent stain to new wood deck. First coat is very light in many areas and also terribly blotchy, and also the stain did not cover all in between each board. I understand the final product will be darker.
The first coat was applied one week ago.
Thank you for your help! Deena

Bob
Bob
6 months ago

I used defy extreme on cedar siding and deck. I live in NE Maryland. I like it on the siding. (first photo) not so sure on the deck. (Use to use Flood) First applied to deck in 2018 on new cedar deck that had been sanded first. Summer of 2019 some spotting started. Some small spots where stain did not seem to take. Some from grease spots Brats dripping. (see second photo) Last year at end of season, i did a lot of scrubbing on grease spots and then brightened and stained. Got most of the grease spots but the areas where stain didn’t take very well did not really take again. I did use the stain from the previous year so MAYBE that was the issue. Not surprising I have new grease dripping spots from this summer. I want to fix the issue. Any recommendations specific to either the 1) grease spots or 2) areas where it didn’t take? Do I have to sand or strip?

The staining issue with the grease was a surprise. Should I not use this product for my deck? Any product that I should be using instead?

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Bob
Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

My Flood stain was. But I did not like the build up I was getting from 20 year of stain on stain. Another question. for maintenance coating, will I always have to strip and brighten?

Theresa Kane
Theresa Kane
6 months ago

I put your walnut stain on my pine porch floor 2 years ago. It held up good but needs refreshing especially on the ends where it gets the weather. I was going to redo it again with the walnut. But I just change the color of my roof and I would actually like to switch to the gray stain. Would I have to strip Somehow the walnut off before I could do the gray or can I go right over it?

Theresa Kane
Theresa Kane
6 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

What is involved in stripping. How do I do that? Thank you.

Theresa Kane
Theresa Kane
6 months ago
Reply to  Theresa Kane

Also the product on there now is your penetrating stain. Does that still have to be stripped?

Kirby Davis
Kirby Davis
6 months ago

I accidentally purchased Extreme Deck Stain for Hardwoods (semi transparent, natural pine) instead of the same product that is not for hardwoods, which is what I have been using for the last 10 years on my deck. Can I use the “for hardwoods” product or do I need to return it and get what I have used in the past? Thank you.

Phil
Phil
6 months ago

Can Defy Extreme Semi-Gloss Deck Stain be applied on two-year-old pressure-treated decking?

Phil
Phil
6 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thanks. You’re right. I meant semi-transparent.

John Pasquini
John Pasquini
6 months ago

I just installed a fence with AC2 pressure treated lumber, do i need to use any of the defy products to prep the wood, or can i stain right away with the extreme stain.

Francis Clark
Francis Clark
6 months ago

Applied Defy Extreme, Semi-Transparent Cedar Stain to Deck after cleaning and brightening and following directions. Yesterday was heavy storm with mostly water beading over most of deck. However a few areas were unbeaded with a matte look. Should these areas be re-treated/stained after fully dry?

Regina Riedel
Regina Riedel
6 months ago

Looking for advice for a 14 year old Mahogany deck. Which product would you suggest? Just cleaned and power washed the deck this weekend. We did have green mold on the deck, which we cleaned and previously used Penofin , but not satisfied that this green mold appeared in less than a year after it was done. It’s now 2 years and ready to protect my deck. Would an oil base product still be the best or could we use a water based product? Thanks for your help

Marvin K Collins
Marvin K Collins
6 months ago

I missed the 2nd coat 20min to 1hr+ window of time. What do I need to do to apply a 2nd coat? ( I also noticed the instructions say horizontal surfaces may need “maintenance coats” how do I avoid patchy adherence if I apply a maintenance coat? )