Best Defy Stain for Cedar

by Defy Help

Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Defy Help

2021 Update on What is the Best Defy Stain for Cedar Wood

When applying to cedar wood, it is best to use the Defy Hardwood. This varies based on where you live though. We appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.


Maintenance on a cedar decks and homes are essential for the longevity of the wood. Cedar siding takes a lot of abuse from Mother Nature, from rain, harsh UV rays, snow, and freezing temperatures. All of these natural elements do harm in their own way and take a toll on wood fibers, which can deplete the natural oils in the wood causing them to dry out and deteriorate. When maintained properly, a cedar home can last for many, many years. Regular cleaning and staining the cedar is the key to a long-lasting beautiful cedar wood.

In terms of deck and wood stains, one brand name has always lived up to consumer expectations in helping wood last. Defy stain is a well-known deck and wood stain that is in a class of its own. Using defy will preserve the cedar while giving a beautiful finish. Defy produces many types of wood stain for certain specifications. So what is the best Defy Stain for cedar homes and decking? Although there are several different Defy Stain products that could be used there is one that will be the best for cedar wood.

The best Defy Stain for the cedar is Defy Hardwood Stain, which is specifically formulated for cedar as well as other hardwoods like mahogany and redwood. This synthetic semi-transparent finish will dive deep into the hard to penetrate wood fibers of the hardwood types. Defy Hardwood Stain for the cedar is available in 3 different color tones that still allow the beauty of the wood grain to show through and will even enhance its appearance.

For the best results in using Defy Hardwood on a cedar, pressure wash the wood with Defy wood cleaner to remove dirt, grime, and grayed wood fibers. Then use Defy wood brightener as a final step prior to staining the wood with Defy Hardwood Stain. This deep penetrating synthetic stain will protect cedar for several years while enhancing the wood grain’s natural beauty.

 
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Steph
Steph
1 month ago

Used Cabot Australian Oil Natural on cedar deck—it’s been on for about 10 months. Pleased at first but now water seems to be penetrating/soaking into wood, not beading. Also, mold is a problem here in Northern Virginia. Plan is to clean and brighten deck and reapply Australian Oil—but I’d have to repeat process yearly.
I love the natural look of the cedar (and natural tone of Australian oil). I don’t want a an orange toned cedar deck. I’m very interested in Defy Exteme.
—Which defy extreme semi-transparent stain would you recommend?
—What color? Would natural pine be a close match to keeping the natural color of the cedar?
—What is your recommendation or absolute preferred process or steps in applying Defy Extreme on a deck that has had Australian oil applied?
Thank you!

Steph
Steph
1 month ago
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Thank you!
Just a little clarification…When you say similar to a wet look—does that mean that when Defy Extreme natural pine stain is dry it will look like darker like my wood is wet? Am I understanding that correctly?

Deb
Deb
1 month ago

We are making an outdoor table for our daughter out of kiln-dried cedar. She lives in Milwaukee, WI. We have never used your product before. She wants a dark brown tone with gray to get as close to her existing fiberglass table which has failed. See picture below. 1. Do you recommend an application of Extreme for hardwood and a second coat of Extreme to achieve a dimensional look? 2. I was hoping to use Butternut color, but after reading your comments, it seems light walnut is the darkest available color in Extreme for Hardwood. Correct? 3. The picture below is the look we are trying to achieve. Any suggestions?

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Deb
Deb
1 month ago
Reply to  Defy Help

1. Can I use extreme over extreme hardwood doing a wet on wet application? 2. Do you recommend extreme for cedar?

Deb
Deb
1 month ago
Reply to  Defy Help

One final clarification…1. You have Defy Extreme for Hardwood and Defy extreme, correct? 2. Of the two which offers more UV protection for cedar wood. 3. Is Defy Extreme for hardwood also semi transparent?

Debbie Rowe
Debbie Rowe
5 months ago

Hello,
Last year this ding dong I hired to stain my deck must have done something wrong. I bought one gallon of semi transparent cedar. It was a deck built a year before, but did not appear to be dirty. The first coat looked great.
He then bought the second gallon and put on and it took on this orange hue and almost looks like a solid stain. Now already it is chipping and peeling after less than a year. Where did he go wrong and what do I need to do to fix it? Thank you!

Brian McInnis
Brian McInnis
11 months ago

It has just been a few months since we stained our large deck with Defy stain. It has since dulled/faded. Can you please give your recommendation on what we can do to revive the color and make it look more freshly done?

Thanks!

Josh Musich
Josh Musich
1 year ago

I have a cedar fence that has been previously stained with an oil based semi transparent stain. It is starting to chip off, can I use Defy..if so which kind and what is the best way to remove the chipping stain in order to prep the fence?

Bonnie Lober
Bonnie Lober
1 year ago

I had my vinyl siding house and knotted cedar deck power washed. I just found out they used only water. Knotted cedar deck and steps came out pretty clean with exception of 2 boards. The posts and handrails not as clean, but good. It was previously stained 3 years ago, but most had been burned off by sun. Can I stain with just Defy Extreme for Hrdwood/Cedar, or do I need to use the brightened first?

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

We originally put Defy Extreme on our cedar log home and Defy Hardwood Stain on the cedar deck. I now want to put another coat on the house. Is there a problem with putting Hardwood Stain over Extreme?

Lisa Marie Bourgeois
Lisa Marie Bourgeois
1 year ago

I have a mahogany deck that I would like to stain. I am unable to find the hardwood stain. Can I use the extreme stain? Is it the same?

Kevin Milner
Kevin Milner
1 year ago

About 2/12 years ago I cleaned my cedar lap siding and applied “Penofin” cedar tone to it. Within one year the entire house started to darken and within two years it is totally black with mold or mildew. I have used a bleach based siding cleaner in a few spots and the black disappears, but it appears that the Penofin may still be on the wood. I want to clean the siding again and apply a DEFY product. What steps and product do you recommend? I calculate approximately 3000 sq. ft. of siding.

D. Chance
D. Chance
2 years ago

I recently completed staining my deck with Defy Extreme and I love the results. My wood fence is now ready to be stained; however, we have had a lot of wet weather and the wood is totally saturated. How many drying days will I need before I can apply the stain? Also, if I am unable to do the staining before the temperatures get too cold will I need to repeat any of the cleaning steps in the Spring?

Lawrence Henderson
Lawrence Henderson
2 years ago

If I’m not sure my deck is cedar is defy extreme a good product as an all purpose stain?

Ken Fate
Ken Fate
2 years ago

If I use Defy Hardwood Pine color can I switch to Defy Hardwood Cedar color for maintenance coats?

MArk
MArk
3 years ago

How long does a new cedar deck need to weather before staining with Defy Hardwood? THe moisture in the cedar is approximately 12%. Should it still be allowed to “dry out” 3 to 6 months? Ideally I would like to stain before winter.

And a final question. For a 2 story deck is there any benefit (or harms) other than looks to staining the bottom of the deck boards?

Rob Fischer
Rob Fischer
3 years ago

I have a cedar play gym the is about four year old and needs to be re-stained. What stain and cleaner would you recommend? Do I need to remove any plastic pieces first?

Rob Fischer
Rob Fischer
3 years ago
Reply to  Defy Help

It came with a clear stain. Now it just looks weathered.

Rona Seidel
Rona Seidel
3 years ago

I am ready to treat my new (2 months since installation) cedar fence, what would you recommend ?

Jeremy
Jeremy
4 years ago

Several years ago I applied Defy Extreme Natural Pine to the cedar siding on my home. I just read this article that the Defy Hardwood is better for cedar. It is about time for another coat. I plan to use the cleaner and brightener and then reapply stain. Can I switch over to the Defy Hardwood Natural Pine if I originally used the Defy Extreme Natural Pine?

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