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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kathy morgan
kathy morgan

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

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

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.

Stacey
Stacey

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… Read more »

Paula
Paula

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

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

Larissa
Larissa

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

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

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?

Anne Perry
Anne Perry

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.

Grant Rehder
Grant Rehder

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

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

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… Read more »

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Theresa Kane
Theresa Kane

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?

Kirby Davis
Kirby Davis

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

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

John Pasquini
John Pasquini

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

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

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

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? )

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?