Defy Stain Color Help

by Defy Help

Update on Defy Stain Color Help 2020

Do you have Defy Stain Color Help Questions? We love hearing from our customers who have used the Defy Extreme Stains or have questions. We appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.


Defy Wood Stains come in a variety of semi-transparent colors that penetrate into your wood while enhancing the natural grain with colored pigments.

Here are the current color choices for Defy Wood Stains

  • Defy Extreme Stain: Natural Pine, Cedartone, Light Walnut, Redwood, Driftwood Gray, and Butternut
  • Defy Stain for Hardwoods: Natural Pine, Cedartone, Light Walnut

*Important: There is not any difference in the colors between the different versions of Defy Stains.

The final color for Defy Stains will vary depending on your wood. Each wood species will vary in color from each other while the age of the wood will have significant factors in the final color as well.

This article will further explain the Defy Stain Colors to help you determine which is best for you. If you have questions, please ask below.

Defy Natural Pine

Defy Natural Pine

Defy Natural Pine is the second most popular color in the Defy Stains. It is a golden color that will enhance the wood grain similar as if the wood is wet with water.

Available In:

  • Defy Extreme
  • Defy Hardwood Stain

Defy Cedartone

Defy Cedartone

Defy Cedartone Color is the most popular color. This color is a traditional Cedar color in that is an “orangy/gold”.

Available In:

  • Defy Extreme
  • Defy Hardwood Stain

Defy Light Walnut

Defy Light Walnut

Defy Light Walnut is not a straight brown color but rather a brown color with a hint of red. Great color and the 3rd most popular color in the Defy Stains!

Available In:

  • Defy Extreme
  • Defy Hardwood Stain

Defy Redwood

Defy Redwood

Defy Redwood is a medium red color that does not contain any other color highlights. This is a very popular color for Redwood Decking.

Only Available in the Defy Extreme Stain

Defy Driftwood Gray

Defy Driftwood Gray

The Defy Driftwood Gray is a great color choice for customers who are looking for that oxidized rustic look but still want to protect the wood from natural weathering.

Only Available in the Defy Extreme Stain

Defy Butternut

Defy Butternut

Defy Butternut is a brand new color for 2013! This color will fill the void for a medium to darker brown stain that the Defy brand was lacking.

Only Available in the Defy Extreme Stain

Defy Clear

Defy Clear

Defy Clear is for customers who do not want to add any tint into their stain but still want to protect from water and mold damage. The Defy Clear offers limited UV resistance as exposed wood will need to be coated annually if you want to prevent graying.

Only Available in the Defy Extreme Stain

Feel free to ask any questions in the comment area below.

 
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Larry Chisenhall
Larry Chisenhall

Is there a way to add more color pigment of some sort to the Coastal Gray stain? It is turning the wood sort of greenish/gray from the sample I obtained. I would like something darker if possible

Leslye
Leslye

What color would you suggest I try mixing with butternut to make it more of a medium brown on my cedar deck? The cedar has an orang- red cast when wet.
It tends to go more red as it ages with a stain. It is sanded, cleaned and neutralized with your products. Also does the butternut have much red in it? Thank you in advance

wendy k hicks
wendy k hicks

i WANT TO USE DEFY EXTREME BUT SINCE THE COLORS ARE LIMITED (COMPARED TO MOST OTHER BRANDS, FLOOD, bEHR, cABOT, OLYMPIC) , iD LIKE TO MIX TWO OR MORE OF YOUR COLORS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE AS CLOSE A MATCH AS POSSIBLE TO MY HOUSE TRIM, ETC WHICH IS A TAUPE, (GREYISH BROWN). GARAGE DOORS, METAL WINDOW TRIMS, ALL ARE IN THIS COLOR FAMILY WHICH IS NOT GRAY AND NOT BROWN, BUT A MIX OF THE TWO. THE BEHR COLOR WAS CHATHAM FOG AVAILABLE IN SEMI TRANSPARENT AND SOLID STAIN. i PREVIOUSLY CALLED YOUR COMPANY WITH THIS QUESTION AND IT… Read more »

Susan Lynch
Susan Lynch

Our deck had been stained about 5 or so years ago with defy extreme butternut. The uprights are still nice and the majority of the surfaces need a redo. Recently I power washed it and would like to reapply same color and product. What steps do I need to do next to prep then stain?

Michael Bolohan
Michael Bolohan

As a Canadian can I purchase product and transport across the border?

Over what was green pressure treated lumber how do you imagine colours to be affected.

RjRJ
RjRJ

I see above hints say that one must reapply the clear stain to prevent greying. I don’t mind the natural greying but does the greying indicate the wood is no longer protected/sealed? Does the greying indicate UV protection is gone? if one is OK with the greying, but want protection, how often does one need to reapply the clear stain? Thank you

Jasmyne
Jasmyne

How many gallons for 225 sq ft deck?

wendy
wendy

please tell me what colors to mix together to get a brown/gray color such as taupe? i bought a gallonn of the gray but it needs more brown or tan in it to match my exaisting trim, etc.

donna l treinen
donna l treinen

Can you mix 2 colors of defy stain together
For example butternut and light walnut

Sara J Wells
Sara J Wells

I am refinishing my Ipe bench/deck and want something that enhances the natural color. I like the reddish tone that ipe has. What is the best stain to use to keep the natural color and is most durable. I was thinking about using Defy Deck Stain for Hardwood in Light Mahogany but I am afraid it will make the color too dark brown. Also, what would be better for Ipe, Defy Deck Stain for Hardwood or Defy Extreme Deck Stain. Also, can you tell me what the difference is between the two stains? Thank you. Sara

Bill Russell
Bill Russell

Do you have to wait a few months on a new pressure treated deck before doing Defy Semitransparent stain ?

Mark
Mark

Hi I have a cedar fence that has an oil based sealant on it (Thompson’s) but the next time I finish I would like to use your product. Unfortunately I just used the oil stain. How long do I have to wait before I can use a clear defy stain thanks.

Mike Wassem
Mike Wassem

Can you buy your product at Lowe’s, if not can you buy directly from you. Price per gallon and shipping charges please to Missouri? For a pretty large deck with side rails and stairs with railing down, estimate on how many gallons would need?

Mike Wassem
Mike Wassem

Wanting to use on a pressure treated wood deck, is semi transparent cedar a good choice? Will it help retard mold growth and over time does product flake or peel very much. Sorry for so many questions.

Martha Patterson
Martha Patterson

could I have a phone number for questions regarding DEFY sealer for composite decking

Jared
Jared

We’ve heard great things about Defy and like the Butternut color. We were planning to use the semi transparent stain on the deck floor but were thinking about using a solid stain on the railings and spindles. Is the Defy solid stain available in the Butternut color?

Ed
Ed

Are Defy Stains connected in ANY way to TWP Stains?

Paul Berkey
Paul Berkey

what about using defy extreme on untreated southern yellow pine. will it result in swelling?

Susan
Susan

we would like to use Defy, but in the past we used oil based Olympic redwood stain. That stain peeled in places, but remains intact in other places. Would it work to use a similar color of Defy over the previous, now irregularly stained cedar surface?

Ken Fate
Ken Fate

Will the Defy Hardwood Cedar Tone significantly outlast the Pine regarding UV protection?

Jo Marie Hogan
Jo Marie Hogan

I have a 15 year old deck with multiple years of staining and graying. The upper deck has a railing. It has held onto the barn red stain put on it before. We want to change to a more neutral color like the butternut. How do I prep those spindles so they will be same color as deck? Will the stain stripper and power washer work well enough to get it back to a neutral base? Or should I give up and just use the redwood again?

Bonnie Stokes
Bonnie Stokes

We are using new treated pine for our deck. Will the Defy Extreme do well on new wood. I’m new at trying to figure out what is best. So if I understand about your stains, I will not need to put anything else on the deck to repel water? I thought I was going to have to buy two different types of applications.

Thank, Bonnie

Jacob
Jacob

I ‘m refinishing an old solid stain redwood deck (powerwashed, stripped, sanded, and brightened). I had purchased Sherwin Williams stain, but have returned in in favor or Defy Extreme based on your online reviews, so thanks to the great community here. We’d like a deep reddish brown (not orange) color and I’m considering mixing Redwood + Butternut OR Redwood + Light Walnut. Any thoughts on what mix work best? Two photos (one before stripping and another showing current pre-stain state).

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JeffT
JeffT

We just bought a weathered mahogany outdoor dining table/chairs and we kinda would like to maintain the gray finish. We plan to clean it up and sand it. Should we finish it with the Defy clear or the driftwood gray?

Harry
Harry

how many galllons required for 1,700 square feet of decking?

Steve
Steve

What is required to recoat a deck we did with your stain 2 years ago

Gail H.
Gail H.

What color stain in Defy Extreme would you say matches this color when my pergola was first stained. It was stained with Sikkens I believe. 4th pic is what it looks like now.

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Tyrone
Tyrone

How many gal will it take to stain a 9 mo.old deck 16×25

Matthew
Matthew

what product do you recommend for an IPE deck to retain dark color without graying?

angela
angela

Can I mix defy extreme clear with natural cedar?

Rob Gosselin
Rob Gosselin

Can the different color stains be mixed together to make a different color? I’d like a brown with some gray tones to it. Any thoughts?

Della
Della

Our covered cedar deck was stained some 10 years ago. Do we need to strip the old stain prior to using Defy Extreme?

Erik
Erik

Does defy extreme clear make deck look wet or does it go on invisible?

Timinski
Timinski

Following much reading, your products seem to come well recommended. We have an outdoor teak table and chairs set that has UV/weathered to grey and atmospheric dust/dirt. We have just cleaned and scrubbed it and now when it is wet, the original teak grain and colours glow wonderfully. When dry, the furniture returns to UV-greyed. Which of your products would restore all or some of the original luster to the furniture and further protect it from UV damage? We would very much like to keep the natural teak colour and grain vs recreate it with a tinted/coloured product. Our locale… Read more »

Patty
Patty

If I have just finished applying the Clear tone and decide I want a little color – do I have to strip the stain I just applied to add a different color?

John gunther
John gunther

Can I mix butternut and driftwood extreme together?

Nick
Nick

Here it goes. After doing a couple days of research on deck staining, it has led me to this website as the Defy Extreme line is very highly recommended. I need help picking a color. I dont want to end up with an “orangy” color. I will be milling the wood myself, rough cut fir. Tops will be lightly sanded and the edges routed. The wood will be less than 6 months from when the tree was downed. Maximum protection/penetration is most important. What color would be best suitable for fir?

Al Klein
Al Klein

We used Defy driftwood on our deck a couple of years ago, but the boards were laid so the cupped up slightly at the edges. I decided to sand them flat before reapplying. After sanding should I still clean/powerwash and brighten before restaining?

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy

For repair work I need a darker stain to match my existing color. Can the Cedartone be tinted and if so, what with?

becky
becky

did my question go through? I am looking for a deck stain that’s not “natural” wood color. Pressure treated wood is ugly anyway so why pretend it is redwood or something else worthy of showing off. I am looking for blue-grey. More blue than the grey you have.

James
James

I have a new Deck it was installed last April,Do I need to use your cleaner first and how much will it take ,the deck is 20ft by 15 with grill bump out of 3×6. And how stain would be needed for this deck ,it has 2 sets of stairs with 5 steps the deck also has rails on all sides. Appreciate any help and input thank you.