How to Apply Defy Extreme

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Update on How to Apply Defy Extreme 2020

How to Apply Defy Extreme Stains? 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 Extreme Wood Stain is a long-lasting synthetic resin, semi-transparent wood finish that helps shield against fungi, water, an

Defy Extreme Stain 1 Gallon

Defy Extreme Stain 1 Gallon

d UV damage. Its VOC compliant water-based formula contains “oxide” based Nano Particles. Over 30 trillion particles per square inch provide outstanding protection.

Defy Extreme Stain Uses

Defy Extreme Wood and Deck Stain is used for interior and exterior wood surfaces such as wood siding, log homes, decks, fences, gazebos, wood shakes, and outdoor furniture. Good on pressure treated and all other natural wood surfaces.
The Surface Preparation

Allow pressure treated lumber to dry out for 3-6 months prior to application. Do not apply Defy Extreme Exterior Wood Stain over existing stains or paints. Strip any old stains with Defy Exterior Wood Stain Stripper. Clean wood surfaces using Defy Wood Cleaner when no old stain is present to remove any mill glaze, dirt, soils, mildew, and graying.

Apply either Defy Stain Stripper or Defy Wood Cleaner using a pump up sprayer. Clean the wood surface with a brush or lightly wash with a pressure washer. Rinse the surface well. The wood will appear dark as a result of cleaning. To brighten the wood and open the wood pores for better stain penetration, apply Defy Wood Brightener while the surface is still wet again using a pump sprayer. Rinse well.

Permit the wood to dry for approximately 48 hours before continuing. Do an absorption test on the wood by sprinkling a few drops of water on the surface. The wood should absorb the drops immediately if not, do not apply the stain. The wood may not be dry or porous enough to accept the stain correctly. Test a small area before staining to assure desired results.

The Defy Extreme Application

Stir or shake contents prior and occasionally during use. Do not thin Defy Extreme Stain. Surface and air temperatures should be between 45-95 degrees for staining. Avoid applying Defy Extreme in direct sunlight. Cover non-targeted surfaces such as plants, siding, concrete, windows, etc using plastic, tarps, or drop cloths.

Use only high-quality polyester or nylon brushes. You can also use rollers, stain pads, pump up or airless sprayer for application. Back brush when spraying to ensure a more even appearance.

Start on deck railings first. Do not over apply Defy Extreme Deck Stain. Work out excess drips, runs, or puddles before the stain is allowed to dry. Start on the bottom of vertical surfaces and work up. Do not stop staining in the middle of a board or this may cause color variations and lap marks. Stain entire board from end to end or to a natural break in the surface before stopping.

On porous and pressure treated woods two coats of Defy Extreme Stain can be applied. Best to wait for a minimum of 20 minutes between coats and do not allow the first coat to dry before a second coat application. Avoid an unwanted shiny appearance and peeling issues by only applying as much Deft Extreme Deck Stain as the wood can absorb.

Coverage: When applying two coats, Defy Extreme will cover 100-150 sq. ft. per gallon depending on wood texture and porosity.

Clean-Up: Clean tools and equipment directly after use with soap and water.

Dry Time: 2-4 hours to touch and 24 hours before use. Drying times will vary depending on temperature and humidity.

Maintenance: Occasional cleaning with mild detergent and water is recommended. Defy Extreme Wood Stain should be recoated within 24 months, or when graying begins to appear. Brighten with Defy Wood Brightener after washing and before recoating with Defy Extreme Stain.

 
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Ann Marie Madigan
Ann Marie Madigan

I want to use your product to stain/seal to prevent mold/mildew/algae from growing on the horizontal support beams (not posts) underneath my composite deck(live on a pond). Planning on using weathered gray- would love to do a color similar to dark chocolate or charcoal gray- if you have one. I am in the process of power washing with a Simple Green product to clean beams- want to avoid harsh chemicals. Should I be concerned if not all the algae/mold/mildew is removed? It appears the wood is “stained” in some areas. There is tinge of green that remains in some small… Read more »

Mike Geduldig
Mike Geduldig

I applied defy stain last year to me deck and i think I need another this year.I plan on applying the brighter then stain, as the deck looks good, no great differences in color and no mold. Rain and scheduling is my current issue. How long can I wait after using the Brightner to apply the stain ( a week, more?) Also how long should I wait after a rain to apply the stain and how long should I plan for rain after applying the stain

Leonard Muller
Leonard Muller

I purchased your Exterior Wood Stain Stripper to remove the stain and underlying mildew from my cedar siding. The directions state to use Defy Wood Brightener immediately after or within one day of using the Stripper. I already (and apparently inappropriately) used your Wood Cleaner on one quarter of the house. Do I need to start over and use the stripper, brightener, cleaner and then stain the house? Four separate steps seems like a lot to do, but I want to do what’s right. And how necessary is it to apply the brightener IMMEDIATELY after the stripper? Thank you

Lou
Lou

I sanded my entire deck. Then used 4 to 1 ratio water to stripper to clean it and then used Defy brightener. Then did 2 coats wet on wet. Looked great initially. Now about 2 weeks later, looks like stain absorbed more in certain areas of the wood so looks like it wasn’t stained in those areas. Any suggestions?

EdK
EdK

I am stripping a fence. Home location is 4 blocks from beach. Power washed which removed almost all old stain and then sanded w 60 grit to remove any remaining stain. Do I need to use the cleaner or can i just brighten before applying stain. Also, what is your applicator recommendation to apply stain to fence? Brush, pump sprayer and back brush, stain pad and back brush? Thank you

Dave
Dave

Deck is 9 mo the old. First time staining. I cleaned and brightened the wood. Got a lot of furring so I sanded off with 220 grit paper. Should I clean and brighten again before applying stain? Wood seems to be nice and dry and soaks up water just fine.

Lydia Hu
Lydia Hu

Hi, I plan to stain this afternoon, but there’s a 20% chance in the AM tomorrow (8 am). But if Defy semi transparent dries in 2-4 hours, can I still stain today?

Tim
Tim

It says dry time 2-4 hours to touch and 24 hours to use. is the 2-4 hour time sufficient that it could handle a light rain without damage?

Neil
Neil

Is it more important to have 20 minutes between coats or to apply wet and wet between coats? I found that the stain dried quickly so I had to apply the second coat within a few minutes. Thank you

Neil
Neil

I just applied defy extreme to my deck and while the handrails look great, the deck wood didnt accept the stain despite using the cleaner and brightener beforehand as directed. The only difference was that I used a deck roller instead of the paint brush for the deck boards. What should I do? How long do I wait for another coat? Thank you

Bill M
Bill M

I applied the stain to my deck, and unfortunately it started raining about 20 min after I finished. Do you think that will hurt the finish?

Neil
Neil

Do I have to start over if it rains between the brightener and staining step?

Ej
Ej

Is there a good way to remove the extreme stain (butternut) from concrete deiveway? Thanks!

Evelyn
Evelyn

After stripping and brightening my pressure treated pine deck I noticed one of the pine knots is weeping a black sticky tarry substance. It’s been a week since the stripper/brightener was done. The deck is about 15 years old. Any idea what to do with it? I’m afraid to stain over it for fear of smearing it further.

David Schucker
David Schucker

We have a 12 yo deck that we originally used defy redwood on and it lasted great for 4-5 years. We had someone else apply ~ 3 years ago but they did not apply 2 coats and it has worn off in many places and very uneven. We intend to restain very soon need to know if we must strip all of existing product off? Use stripper and brightener? Please advise. We also had a front porch stained in the driftwood gray but again it was not done with 2 coats and worn uneven. We want to restain that as… Read more »

Kinn
Kinn

If I apply a wet on wet coat of the stain won’t it cause marks on the stain of the deck if I walk on it?

Bobby J
Bobby J

Hello, I just recently applied the Defy extreme redwood semi transparent stain to my redwood deck. I did the steps of stripping the oil based stain off and brightening and cleaning, and it was really nice to work with the product but it came out much more orange colored than I was expecting from my test sample. I am curious if I were to apply some cedar colored semi transparent stain over top if you think that that will knock the orange tone down some and make a pleasant color, or if that’s just a terrible idea? Maybe I just… Read more »

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Donna Newport
Donna Newport

It is recommended that decks stained with DEFY EXTREME WOOD STAIN be occasionally cleaned with mild detergent and water as needed. Can you please elaborate further (e.g. which “mild detergents” are acceptable to use; should the detergent be agitated with brush to clean deck; can pressure washer on low setting be used to rinse, etc)? I apologize if the answers seem obvious, but I am new to deck care & maintenance.

Richard
Richard

I’m using this to redo wood deck chairs. I’ve sanded them down to the natural oak wood. Do I need to use a cleaner or wood conditioner before applying the stain? Also, since the chairs will be in south-facing direct hot sun at 8,000 feet in Colorado, should I put a coat of polyurethane over the stain to protect it further? Thank you.

Mary Boyle
Mary Boyle

I stripped Behr solid stain from my 7 year old redwood deck with your stripper. A lot of paint remains so I’ve had to sand. Do I need to reapply the brightener before applying the stain? Should I use two coats of stain wet on wet on redwood? If it rains before I get the stain on do I need to take additional steps? Thanks.

Peter Weber
Peter Weber

I applied Defy clear stain a year ago to new deck after aging 3 months, cleaning and brightening. Just cleaned and brightened again, and will stain again. After the year there was greying (full sun), most of which is netter after cleaning. Will the greying get less over time as I restain with clear each year? (Also, I didn’t strip before this year’s coat – that okay?)

Kay
Kay

I used Defy stain on the cedar siding of my house. Some stain got under the tarps and on some of my windows. Any suggestions for a product to remove the stain from glass? Window cleaner is not working.

Lisa
Lisa

I am about to clean, brighten and stain my 12’x75’ deck. During this time we are having a new dock installed. That wood is treated lumber designed for docks. I would like to stain it to match my deck, after it has weathered. Can you use Defy stain on dock wood? Thanks!

Mark Keefe
Mark Keefe

Going to use Defy Extreme to stain a new redwood deck. What is the recommended waiting time to let the wood age before staining? Will use your brand cleaner and then brightener before staining. Then one coat or two for the first staining? Thanks!

Keith
Keith

I have a composite deck that is 5 years old. We have pressure washed it every year and is now looking faded and worn. Can I use Defy Extreme on my composite deck?

Charles
Charles

I didn’t know how to edit my previous question, but I wanted you to know that I power washed the deck and then applied your brightner.

Charles
Charles

I am going to stain a 7 month old deck tomorrow, I have EMT conduit in the railing, should I mask this all? Will it get discolored?

Also, what size tip should I use with an airless sprayer?

Thank you.

Sue
Sue

The sprayers, be they pump or electric, clog quite quickly. Can I thin your semi transparent stain with a latex plaint thinner without affecting the quality of your product?

Duane Dunlap
Duane Dunlap

How long can you go (hours/days) after applying Defy Wood Brightener until I apply Defy Extreme Stain?