Helpful Advice and Tips for DefyStain.com

by Defy Help

Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Defy Help

2021 Update for Tips and Advice for Defy Exterior Wood and Deck Stains

Defy Deck Stains have become one of the top-rated water-based exterior coatings in 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.


Welcome to the official help site for DefyStain.com! DEFY wood and deck stain products are formulated with premium quality synthetic resins that resist mold and mildew growth, are easy to apply, and are environmentally friendly. Defy stains offer protection from UV fading, wood rot, water damage, and mildew for all types of wood species. Use DEFY Wood Stains on pressure-treated lumber, cedar, mahogany, redwood, or any vertical or horizontal exterior wood surface.

The Defy stain help site is designed for exterior wood and deck owners looking for help with Defy Extreme Stain and Defy Stains for Hardwoods. We will offer tips and proper application instructions for Defy Stains so you may achieve professional results.

Please read our articles and ask any questions you may have as we are here to help.

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Dave
Dave
26 days ago

How long before or after a rain do you wait to apply brightened? Also, it was said not to apply brightened on metal. I have black aluminum spindles. So, what do you recommend for that? The deck and stairs were thoroughly cleaned and sanded. Pictures included.

Jie
Jie
1 month ago

Hi, I still would like to know what is the lowest outdoor temperature I can stain my deck and not ruin it, and will the new cedar clean and brighten well if we don’t have a chance to stain it before snow flies?

Jordan DeWald
Jordan DeWald
1 month ago

How long after sanding deck should I wait to apply stain?

Marcii
Marcii
3 months ago

Just thought of another question. If applying the stain in the evening how long does it have to dry before wildlife can walk on it? Racoons and maybe a possum or a stray cat?

Marcii
Marcii
3 months ago

I know you should wait 48 hours after cleaning and brightening. What, if for some reason, you have to wait longer. Do you need to clean and brighten again?

Marcie
Marcie
3 months ago

Want to make Light Walnut a lighter shade of walnut. Can I add paint thinner (how much) to the gal. of stain? Then, can I use the clear stain for the second application?

Elaine J Kozub
Elaine J Kozub
4 months ago

Hi we stained our new deck last fall and I contacted your company to see if we could apply a single coat this spring and the answer was yes we could,,
Before we do that is there anything we should do to prep the deck beside cleaning it – I was thinking of powerwashing it ?? Anything else we should do

Julianne B
Julianne B
5 months ago

We have a mix of older and newer cedar-the first few rows next to the house were in great shape and not replaced. I sanded the old stain off of those with 60-80 grit. My husband replaced the rest of the boards. We allowed them to weather for a year. We cleaned and brightened the deck. Put a single coat of stain on and wanted to wait a year for the 2nd coat. It looked beautiful last summer but unfortunately looks terrible this year-we we’re planning on putting the second coat on but it’s peeling in several spots on the newer wood. Now what?

Julianne B
Julianne B
5 months ago
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So use Defy cleaner to get off peeling stain? do we need to brighten again before we put second coat of defy on? I’m not sure if you received attachments.

Julianne B
Julianne B
5 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

I sanded the old boards to remove a different oil based stain. Most of the boards were replaced with new cedar. We let the boards weather for almost a year in Michigan. Last year we cleaned, brightened and put one coat of Defy stain. Old boards look great. All of the new boards are peeling.

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Christine Harris
Christine Harris
5 months ago

I am in the process of cleaning our wood siding with Defy cleaner and even though I have thoroughly rinsed after cleaning, I am having a hard time getting the streaks off of the glass of our windows. I have tried dawn dish soap with water and light scrubbing. Do you have any suggestions?

Christine Harris
Christine Harris
5 months ago
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Ok! Thank you. I will give the green scrubby a try. Is there any risk to the windows when using the brightener next? Specifically the metal frame?

Danny
Danny
5 months ago

How many coats for a pressure treated pine picket fence? I’m using the cedar tone extreme wood stain color. Thanks!

Kathy
Kathy
11 months ago

The temperature will only be over 46 for about 5 hours this afternoon in Ohio. Tonight it will be in the lower 30’s – maybe freezing. Can I still stain today, or will the temperature drop tonight affect the curing of the stain. Also, I lightened the deck about 5 days ago, then I decided to sand a small area (2’x 18”) to remove a dark stain. Do I need to lighten that area again?

Bobby Anderson
Bobby Anderson
11 months ago

I am using western cedar for posts and railings on my covered front porch. I want to retain the color but protect from mildew and moisture. What product do you recommend?

Kimi
Kimi
1 year ago

I’m staining new cedar posts for my front porch. I’d like to use the extreme in butternut but I know there is also a stain specifically for hardwood. Is the extreme okay to use? Do I need to allow it to weather, if so how long is recommended? What sealer do you suggest?

Cheryl
Cheryl
1 year ago

We have a new tight knot cedar deck. It has dried for 4 weeks. Please advise as to what we need to do to prep for applying Defy Extreme Clear Wood Stain.

Oscar
Oscar
1 year ago

Hi I am getting ready to “refresh” my deck that was stained with defy semitransparent woodstain about a year and a half ago. Couple of questions:

1) How/with what product should I prep the desk before applying new coat?
2) Should a use the same color stain I used originally or should use a lighter or clear stain?
3) How many coats should I apply. Will one maintenance cote suffice?
4) Is there “how to brochure” that describes this “maintenance” process?

Thanks for you help

Steve Mahoney
Steve Mahoney
1 year ago

I have used defy wood cleaner and will use defy wood Brightener next.are your defy stains a sealer also or are they just a penetrating stain

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

I have composite deck 17 years old ,, is there positives or negatives to putting on a 2nd coat?

Robert kidney
Robert kidney
1 year ago

How to clean any dried extreme stain Splatter on vinyl Siding and railings

Marion Bona
Marion Bona
1 year ago

I used Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Wood Stain in Driftwood Gray on my very weathered deck last year. I followed all instructions concerning cleaning and brightening and the result is great. I remember reading that after a year I should apply a light maintenance coat. However your website now gives different instructions as how to clean the deck beforehand, eg. mild soap cleaner or brightener. What should I be using?

Marion Bona
Marion Bona
1 year ago
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thanks

Katie
Katie
1 year ago

I have 21 large cypress posts on my Acadian style house! They are 15 years old and very weathered. I originally wanted the weathered look but they are suffering from exposure. 10 of my posts get the hot Louisiana evening sun and rain. How would your products work for these posts? I can not redo 21 posts every 2-3 years. Any suggestions????

Katie
Katie
1 year ago
Reply to  Katie

Do you have samples of small quantities to buy and try first?

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

I am looking to stain my deck posts and perhaps the joists, my deck is composite.

I am looking at the DEFY Extreme Wood Stain product for this purpose. Is this product:

a) allow air to move in and out of the stain so that the stain does not trap water and cause decay

b) when the coat overtime fades could it just be re-coated or will the previous coat need to be stripped?

c) where can we get samples? I would like to try out some color combinations

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Please confirm, utilizing Defy Extreme Water Base Stain on a one year old vertical pressure treated pine fence only requires one coat? Thanks Dan

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

Best method for Applying stain to upright spindles. I know Defy is watery, should I use a lambswool mitt?

Also, can I use latex paint to cover any stain splashes on painted side of house?

Thank you!

EJ HE
EJ HE
2 years ago

If I cannot stain in 15 days after prep, how to redo prep? Using brightener and then wait for 48 hours?

EJ HE
EJ HE
2 years ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thanks!

Ed Lange
Ed Lange
2 years ago

Our PT pine deck is on the north side of our house and is heavily shaded by trees. The last oil-based semi-transparent stain I used mildewed terribly. I have spent many hours sanding away the old stain and as much of the mildew as possible. I plan on trying DEFY, but is there anything more I can do to help prevent mildew? Upstate NY.
Thanks.

Dot
Dot
2 years ago

Do I need to use a cleaner on new treated lumber to open wood pores?

Alberta Gibson
Alberta Gibson
2 years ago

I have a 5 gallon bucket. Do I need to stir, can I pour what I need into a bucket that contained scented powder laundry soap. Do I need to remove imbedded stuff from cracks the pressure washer didn’t get out

alicia foster
alicia foster
2 years ago

how many coats do i have to put on a new, but ready to stain fence. can i spray it once and backroll or backbrush it or is more needed

alicia foster
alicia foster
2 years ago

if i used defy extreme on a fence 3 years ago can i restain it without stripping it

Harvey Johnspn
Harvey Johnspn
2 years ago

I have a few drips on a vertical surface applied with Extreme. What is the best way to remove the drips and keep the consent color of the stain?

Harvey Johnspn
Harvey Johnspn
2 years ago
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Karen Bracken
Karen Bracken
2 years ago

Well the deck is cleaned, brightened and stained. My contractor was so impressed with the product he offered to buy the cans we had left over for another job he is doing. We stuck to the advice of your team and just did one coat but I believe the deck floor could have definitely used 2 coats. We will be waiting until next spring to clean the floor and apply a maintenance coat. But the deck turned out beautiful. We chose Butternut and it is gorgeous. I didn’t want anything real dark and I didn’t want a stain that had red in it. I have attached pictures. All the research I did and my final decision to purchase DEFY was well worth it. You get what you pay for. I have attached some pictures of the deck. It is a large deck (24′ X 32′ with a wood skirting.

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Karen Bracken
Karen Bracken
1 year ago
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Well it is 9 months since our first coat of Defy on our new deck and I believe we are now supposed to do a maintence coat?? Pictures of finished deck is in my original post above. Do I need to use cleaner and brightener before maintenance coat? If so where do I start? As you can see the deck bottom is enclosed with wood and stained. Do I start from top to bottom or bottom to top?

Personally I don ‘t think the sides need a maintenance coat but if cleaner and brightener run down on it will it make stains and marks?

Karen Bracken