Ask Questions on Defy Stains

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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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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?
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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.

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Steve Mahoney
Steve Mahoney

Have treated lumber deck.used defy wood cleaner and am going to use wood Brightener next.is defy semitransparent stain a sealer as well as a stain.if it isn’t can I use somebody else’s product that is both a sealer and a stain.thank you

Steve Mahoney
Steve Mahoney

I have used defy wood cleaner on a deck that was neglected by previous owner.im going to use the Brightener today.i was thinking of using defy stain as the final step.but i am asking is your stain a sealer as well as a stain.if it isn’t,can I use another product that is also a sealer after your steps wood cleaner and Brightener?thanks

Teresa Looney
Teresa Looney

Is Defy Extreme Semi-transparent Wood Stain safe to use on the outside and inside of wooden vegetable planter boxes?

Lou
Lou

I sanded my deck. Then, as suggested, cleaned it with 4 to 1 ratio water to stripper. Then applied Defy brightener. Then, a few days later applied 2 coats wet on wet Defy Redwood Stain. Looked great! Now, about 2 weeks later, there are several areas that looked like the stain really seeped in and looks like it wasn’t even stained! Any suggestions?

Ken
Ken

Have a pressure treated pine deck. Getting ready to apply a maintenance coat of extreme stain. Already applied your brightener. when I put the stain on, do I just put on a single coat or do I use a wet on wet method?

Barbara
Barbara

So I stained my back deck that had no previous stain on it. It was about 1 year old and I cleaned and brightened with defy products then stained it with butternut stain looks good then I did saa as me thing with my front deck but it was older like 8 years old so it needed sanding And cleaned and brightened then stained it with the butternut stain. The front deck ( the older one) is way darker then my newer deck. Is it because the wood was so much dryer and course it sucked the color right up?… Read more »

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Stephanie
Stephanie

I have one more question. I have a two year old, pressure treated deck. I will use a stripper and cleaner before applying Defy. But my question is about Defy holding up under the chickens poo. I work all day and unable to keep them off my nice shady deck. Should I be using some kind of a stronger sealant or just stain more frequently?

Stephanie
Stephanie

If I am unable to apply a second coat within 60 minutes. How soon after could I apply a second coat?

Sonny M
Sonny M

1) If I use Stripper on a previously semi-transparent stain, would I have to do any sanding or Stripper again?
2) Do I use Brightener immediately after stripper? What if I need to sand?

Laura
Laura

We just put one coat of defy extreme deck stain, and didn’t realize you had to put a second coat on within 20 minutes. Should we try to apply the second coat now? It seems to be beading up a bit. If we should wait, then for how long?

Jeanne Chapman
Jeanne Chapman

i have a cedar deck that was stained 3 yrs ago with an oil based stain. I just want to clean it a bit, not re-stain it this year. If i use your cleaner will i remove the stain and need to restain this year? I cannot, so i just want something to clean the surface a bit. Any suggestions?

Sk kumar
Sk kumar

Hello. Do you think I need a stripper or is a cleaner plus brightener sufficient?

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John Pappas
John Pappas

What pigments can be used to adjust the color of Deft Extreme Semi-Transparent Stain?

Katrina
Katrina

I’m replacing the cedar deck under a veranda. The underneath side of the boards was stained with your semi-transparent extreme stain in October and installed. Unfortunately I didn’t clean the drips before everything dried. It’s now time to sand & stain the top surface. What do you recommend for removing the drip spots that show on the surface?

Joe
Joe

How long does extreme defy stain take to dry

Bill nelkin
Bill nelkin

What do I use to apply extreme wood stain brush,roller, pad

William Seelig
William Seelig

Cab wood brightener be applied the day after a big rain or does deck need to be totally dry? Has already been cleaned with defy wood cleaner.

Wendy
Wendy

The last time we did anything to the deck… was 8 years ago and we used the defy epoxy fortified stain- do we still need to strip it?

Michael Faran
Michael Faran

Hi,

We had a Iron Wood deck built about a year ago. Initially a clear oil based stain was applied. I would like to switch to your product but wanted to be sure that was possible. Deck has been exposed to the sun and there are few areas that look as if it had been previously treated. Thank you,

Sincerely,

Mike Faran

William Seelig
William Seelig

I plan on cleaning and brightening my deck today to prep for staining. It might rain tomorrow. Is that ok as long as I let it dry before staining or will the rain negatively affect the cleaning and brightening I did? Thank you

Linda Derby
Linda Derby

Last fall we stripped sanded cleaned and brightened our pressure treated lumber deck all with Defy products. We now want to apply your Extreme stain in driftwood gray. Do we have to clean and brighten again or can we just scrub off any dirt and apply stain when totally dry?
Thanks

Maleko
Maleko

I have a can of brand new, unopened stain from 2016. Can I still use it on a cedar deck? The deck was stained with the exact stain in 2016; I bought two gallons, but only used one. I plan on stripping, whitening and re-sealing this spring.

William Seelig
William Seelig

I’ll be staining my deck next week using defy semi transparent butternut stain, using it on pressure treated lumber that I’ve stripped down with a belt sander to bare wood. I’ll be using the cleaner and brightener beforehand. My main question is after the first coat what is the ideal amount of time to wait before the 2nd cost? Also, can I walk on the deck to apply the 2nd cost or should I do it in a way where I dont retrace my steps and step on the deck? Any advice would help, I really want it to come… Read more »

Catherine Dean
Catherine Dean

Semi-transparent: Can I mix a can of clear with a can of butternut to get a less intense color?

Joe
Joe

What to use on PT pine knots before staining

Joe
Joe

Is there a time limit between cleaning,brighting then staining weather is wet in ohio

Mike
Mike

Can Defy Stain be used on a Composite deck!

Linda Keller
Linda Keller

We did our second staining of a PT deck 2 years ago, both times were with Defy wood stain. It needs to be re-stained. The stain appears to have worn off just where the grain of the wood is more prominent, and not as tight. When tested with water drops, the areas where the stain has held up resists the water but the lighter areas do slowly absorb some water. I assume the stain will absorb in the lighter areas but will the stain adhere to the areas that are still dark, since it is now weathered? Will one coat… Read more »

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Ellis
Ellis

Previously stained, maybe with a solid stain , then sanded , pt pine dock 10 yrs old. Should I use marine seal or extreme semi transparent ? Marine seal indicates not applying over previously stained wood.

David Gauthier
David Gauthier

I’m going to sand all the stain off of my redwood deck to get back to the original color. Will Defy Composite deck sealer work on the redwood deck or is it only for composite products?

Rich
Rich

I have some intricate exterior trim that has much of the old polyurethane finish gone for various reasons. Removing all remaining poly is impractical. What issues, both long and short term, will I experience by applying Extreme Wood Stain over the poly? I would hope after several years all of the poly will have failed and been removed by the annual cleaning process.

Bob
Bob

I have used defy hardwood cedar tone for my cedar deck. What would I need to do to use defy extreme instead?

James
James

What product is a better Sealer for a clay brick patio? Do not want an uneven blotchy look.
Defy masonry saver heavy duty water repellent
Or
Defy masonry saver brick water repellent.