How to Prep for Defy Stains

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Update on How to Prep for Defy Stains 2020

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How to Prep for Defy Stains

Defy Stains have superb penetration and color retention properties. They resist moisture and block out damaging UV rays. Defy Stains are not prone to flaking or peeling making it easy to maintain. The VOC compliant formula gives long-lasting protection against the elements for years of beauty.

Defy Stains can be used on wood siding, decks, fences, log homes, shake shingles, outdoor furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces. Before applying any of the Defy Stain products the wood surface must be prepped correctly to assure proper penetration and stain performance.
Surface Preparation: New cedar wood should be prepped and stained as promptly as possible to evade sun and water damage. Pressure treated pine and “oil rich” woods like mahogany need to weather 3-6 months prior to being prepped and stained.

Stain Stripping: Do not apply Defy Stains on top of already stained or painted surfaces. Strip the surface with Defy Exterior Wood Stain Stripper to remove any existing coatings prior to staining with Defy Stains.

Wood Cleaning: All wood surfaces should be clean and dry prior to applying Defy Stain. To remove mildew, graying, mill glaze, and other unwanted soils use Defy Wood Cleaner. Proper wood cleaning will remove contaminants that may block surface pores and hinder Defy Stain performance.

After applying Defy Stain Stripper or Defy Wood Cleaner use a scrubbing brush or pressure washer to gently clean the wood in a methodical manner to remove foreign matter. Rinse completely after cleaning.

Wood Brightening: Both the Defy stain stripper and wood cleaner will have a darkening effect on the wood. Use Defy Wood Brightener to reverse this effect and restore the wood to its natural color. Defy Brightener will also open wood pores allowing for better stain penetration. Apply Defy Wood Brightener while the surface is still wet following stripping or cleaning.

After wood prep for Defy stains is complete, allow the wood to dry for a minimum of 48 hours prior to applying any of the Defy Wood and Deck Stains.

 
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Lora
Lora

I had a gallon of the Brightener leak when I set it on the floor of my van. When I got home the whole thing was empty. There was a split on the bottom corner of the jug. UGHHHH I soaked up as much as I could with towels. I then sucked up what I could with a shop vac. Then I soaked the carpeting with baking soda water (that’s what I found on the internet to neutralize it). Repeated this process several times and the carpet is still testing acid when I use a ph tester on it. I… Read more »

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MaryAnn
MaryAnn

I have a beautiful mahogany deck by the water on my pond. It’s needing some tlc and has grayed. Which stain product would I use and would I need to clean and brighten mahogany before staining? Thanks

Melody
Melody

How long should I wait after cleaning with Defy cleaner to apply the Defy brightener? Is there a wait time? I know I need to wait for 48 hours following the brighter before I apply the stain.

Dennis
Dennis

I have a deck that I rebuilt about 4 years ago and used Defy Extreme Stain on it. I love it, but I think it is time to apply the stain again this fall. Do I need to strip the original stain before applying a fresh coat?

Dennis
Dennis

I am rebuilding an old deck and I am going to reuse the existing cedar deck boards.To do that, I am planing them, removing about 1/8″. The boards are beautiful. My question is this: given that they boards will be freshly planed, do I still need to prep the wood with the cleaner and brightener?

Thanks for your help.

Kay
Kay

Will the stain stripper harm my landscape plants?