Helpful Advice and Tips for DefyStain.com

by Defy Help

2019 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 2019. 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, Defy Stains for Hardwoods and Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain. 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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Susan
Susan

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

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

Ed Lange
Ed Lange

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

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

Alberta Gibson
Alberta Gibson

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

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

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

Harvey Johnspn
Harvey Johnspn

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?

Karen Bracken
Karen Bracken

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… Read more »

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Leslye
Leslye

What kind of wood. PT PINE OR CEDAR WAS THIS WITH butternut stain?

Karen Bracken
Karen Bracken

My contractor is here to start staining and he said the can says in bold letters not to apply in direct sunlight. It is going to be sunny every day. How do you avoid direct sunlight when the deck is wide open with no shade. The temp is about 79 degrees right now. My husband is going to tell him to move forward. Just not sure how we avoid direct sunlight. Even if he started at 8am the job will take most of the day to complete. The deck is huge and has a wood wall under it that also… Read more »

Lora
Lora

I have used the Defy Extreme wood stain for about 6 years now on my wrap around porch. I am getting ready to do a maintenance coat again. On the porch we have railings, etc that are stained with a solid color stain (looks like paint). I am wondering if I treat the railings with Wet n Forget will that hurt the Defy stain on the deck boards? I am planning on covering the deck boards when I apply the Wet n Forget but when it rains the product will eventually come in contact with some of the deck boards.… Read more »

Jack Johnson (John)
Jack Johnson (John)

I need a five gallon pail of stain. I was hoping you have a record of what I bought. It is a steroid base stain, but I don’t remember what color. I lost all of my records when my computer crashed.
Jac

Jen
Jen

We have a new fence and are trying to decide if we want it to go “naturally gray” while still protecting the wood. If so, would it be any more protective to use driftwood gray instead of clear?

Mark
Mark

I have applied 2 coats of Driftwood gray at air temp of 49˚. The stain took longer to set up for the second coat and the final results had great penetration but not as much gray color on the surface as I would like. Can I add one more coat on cured product to increase the gray color?

john bertholl
john bertholl

An older friend had a can of Biowash Natural Deck Oil (OLD) and I put it on her porch. It won’t dry, how do I get rid of it and replace it with Defy wood oil. She like it cause there is no chemical that she is a allergic to.

john bertholl
john bertholl

is Defy and biowash natural deck oil the same thing

john bertholl
john bertholl

can you use Defy on picnic tables and chairs-wood

Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor

I just used cleaner on my deck. A large deck a little tired at 75 . Can I wait to do brightener or does it need to be done right after the cleaning. We have been having some pretty hot days in the 90’s. How long can I wait to stain. I am concerned the stain will dry to quick . My deck is in the hot sun all day. Thank You

Kathy
Kathy

I have a 1 year old, unfinished, gabled tongue & groove red cedar ceiling over a paver brick patio. It is trimmed in Trex siding so it is not exposed to the elements. I live in Northern Illinois. I have been told that although the ceiling does not get any snow or ice on it that it is possible that as the sun sets in the afternoon and shines down on my brick pavers that the ceiling can be getting some UV exposure. My patio is not enclosed. Not sure if this is true or not but makes sense. At… Read more »

Drew Beck
Drew Beck

Although it’s been at least 48 since the last rain some of the boards still feel wet. Am I okay staining today?

Jeff
Jeff

I have a 15 ft vaulted tongue and groove ceiling ,unfinished pine, two year old screened in porch Would be a bear to clean.No weather exposure. Is prep necessary in this sort of application. Wood looks great, but needs protection no graying or fading yet

Diane H
Diane H

I used Defy cleaner, brightener and stain last Spring on my new deck after waiting several months for the wood to dry. It looked great! I doesn’t seem to be repelling water as well as it did at first. Should I apply a second coat this year, and if so, do I need to clean/brighten again first, or just wash with soap and water?

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Hello
Approximately 7 years ago I stripped and restrained my log home using the Epoxy redwood stain. I see that is no longer available. I am going to use the extreme redwood this time. Do I need to strip the epoxy off of just give it a good cleaning and then a apply extreme with 2 coats wet on wet?

Christoph Kunkel
Christoph Kunkel

Hi – My wife and I just finished restoring our deck with your products (stripping, brightening, sanding, and staining). Hard work, but result is immensely satisfying. We love the light walnut tone. We have two single gallons left, I ordered generously to protect against running out. How long will the stain keep in a fairly cool basement for a refresh down the road? And am I correct in thinking that for a deck that gets quite a bit of sunlight and rain (Maryland climate) at least the floor boards and railings will need a new coat in 2 or 3… Read more »

Ralph Gesin
Ralph Gesin

I previously applied Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood stain with very good results. Now it si time to reapply. What product can I apply over the Epoxy fortified stain?

Kurt
Kurt

Hi- I have just cleaned, brightened, and stained entire vertical cedar house beautiful. What do I do going forward? I don’t ever want to have to strip this whole house again?

bob
bob

I am using Defy Extreme butternut, love it . Sadly i have some drops on my vinyl siding what the best way to remove them without damaging my siding? Thank you

Karleen Pratt
Karleen Pratt

My deck has previously been stained. It has been power washed but some stain still remains. If I am understanding correctly I would not be able to use Defy Extreme without total stripping.

Janis
Janis

Thank you. However, the whole point of kiln dried after (pressure) treatment- KDAT is that it has already been dried and finished shrinking. The plan is to treat immediately as is recommended for KDAT. Is cleaning and one coat of Defy Extreme still the recommendation?

Janis
Janis

I plan to use Defy extreme on a new deck with KDAT flat surfaces and pressure treated uprights and beams. The KDAT will be treated immediately. The pressure treated will wait at least 6 months. Are there any special considerations using Defy extreme?

Mike Smellie
Mike Smellie

Hi I am going to use defy extreme to restore my decks. I have metal spindles in my rail system and wanted advice on the best way to protect these while stripping brightening and staining. The metal spindles are supported by PTW top and bottom. Thanks!

DefyHelp
DefyHelp

Are the spindles coated? The coated spindles should not be affected from the prepping products but always best to test first. As for the stain, either mask off the spindles or stain around them carefully and wipe off any stain that gets on them immediately.

Mike Smellie
Mike Smellie

Yes they are coated. I’m assuming it is a powder coating. Thanks for the really quick reply.

Victor
Victor

I have a recently built walkway and a 2-y old patio, both with flagstone that I would like to seal. Does any of your sealer products work for that kind of material? Tks.

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Victor, best to seal the flagstone with the Masonry Saver Heavy Duty Water Repellent:
http://www.defystain.com/all-purpose-water-repellent.html

Tom
Tom

We stained our deck with Extreme about 4 years ago. It is in need of being stained again. Do I need to use the wood cleaner and brightener or just the brightener?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Tom, you would need to wood cleaner and brightener.

Mpg
Mpg

We are trying to sand our deck down to the bare wood which had years of Cabot solid stain on it, but previously someone power washed it and chewed up the wood. We can not get into those grooves. Is there some way to remove that so we could put a semi transparent stain on?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Mpg, sanding is really the only effective way to remove a solid stain as a stripper will not work.

Hauda
Hauda

CAN i use the defy satin product on a Deck Wood That i did pût a teint last year??????
I am not able too take OUT all teint i cléan all surface with pressure machine …
I want it too pût new teint this sommer but friend suggestion your product defy sealer??
Is it so late bécause the Wood was teint ones??? Thanks too Answer as soon ..
If yes i CAN use it and i live in Montréal Canada so How too order it???

Defy Help
DefyHelp

You cannot apply Defy on top of another stain. The old stain would need to be removed first.

Jediah
Jediah

Can a water soluble powdered dye be added to the Extreme Stain to achieve a custom color?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

No you cannot do that.