Maintaining Defy Stains

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Defy Wood Deck Cleaner

Defy Wood Deck Cleaner

Update 2020 on Maintaining Wood and Deck Defy Stains

How to Maintain for Defy Stains? We love hearing from our customers who have used the Defy 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.


Prepping Help for Defy Maintenance Coats

With any type of wood stain, maintenance is essential for continuing, lasting results. All wood stains will eventually begin to fade as graying occurs. With Defy Wood Stain’s VOC compliant formula maintenance is easier, less time consuming and effective.

To maintain wood that is stained with Defy Wood Stains occasionally clean the surface with a mild detergent and water. This will normally restore stained surfaces back to their original appearance. If the wood has begun to fade, a light maintenance coat of Defy Stain is recommended for maximum protection.
Test to see if the wood surface has weathered sufficiently enough to receive a maintenance stain coat by sprinkling a few drops of water onto the surface. If the water easily absorbs into the wood within a few seconds, the wood has weathered enough to apply a maintenance coat of Defy Stain.

To apply Defy maintenance coats, first clean the wood lightly with Defy Wood Cleaner and a scrub brush or pressure washer. For the best results do not try to remove the existing Defy Stain. Clean only to remove other contaminants such as mold, mildew, dirt, and graying.

Follow Defy Wood Cleaner with an application of Defy Wood Brightener. After cleaning, the wood will appear dark, while it is still wet apply Defy Brightener to restore the look of the wood and expand the wood pores for better stain penetration. Allow the surface to dry for 48 hours then apply a maintenance coat of Defy Wood Stain per the original application instructions.

If the wood surface is allowed to weather too long, graying or significant darkening may occur. If cleaning and brightening will not remove the gray or darkened wood appearance, the stain should be removed completely using Defy Wood Stain Stripper and then brightened with Defy Wood Brightener before finally refinishing the surface with Defy Wood Stain according to the original stain application instructions.

 
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Lottawisdom40
Lottawisdom40

Stained our deck during the fall of last year with wet on wet coats. Looked Beautiful!!! Now there are spots throughout the deck where the stain appears to have “chipped” away but it’s not flaky; just bald spots. If that makes sense. How do I fix this? Will this occur every year?

Eric Bowen
Eric Bowen

Hi, Red pine log cabin in Wisconsin. Applied Defy originally in 99/2000. Pressure washed and did maintenance coat of Defy in 08/09? Logs are aging beautifully. Planning to use Defy original again. Need prep advice.
Was going to carefully pressure wash again and let dry 2-3 days. Then spray on and brush in two wet/wet coats. Any opinions/advice on this plan? Much appreciated, thanks!

kyle
kyle

I used defy about 2 years ago. It had a lot of sap (I assume…white residue) come up about 6 mos after I coated even though I waited 1.5 years to stain with defy butternut. In preparation to restain now 2 years later, I used the cleaner and brightener but still showed all the white spots. So I sanded off the white areas with 60 grit orbital and went over the rest of the 500 sq ft deck w/ a try to get it somewhat consistent and knock off any splinters/high edges. There was still white deep in some areas… Read more »

DefyHelp
DefyHelp

You need to strip the old coating off now so the new coating applies evenly. Use the Defy Stain stripper and pressure washing to remove. Use the Defy Brightener after.

Whit
Whit

We put extreme stain on a new ( after 4 months of weathering) treated pine deck about 24 months ago. We need to recoat. I hand scrubbed a couple boards with cleaner and essentially all the stain color disappeared….it had begun to fade prior to cleaning. Should I pressure spray the entire deck (600sq ft.) and begin over with two wet on wet coats? Or should I gently clean to save as much old stain as possible. This deck is in the Texas sun.

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Whit, at this point it would be best to remove all of the old stain/color and start over with a fresh and clean surface. This will ensure that everything will apply evenly.

Keith
Keith

Hi, I have two decks that I coated with Defy Epoxy clear sealer about two years ago. They look great and I am more than satisfied with the results. Looking at some of the flat surfaces, it appears a maintenance coat may be in order soon.

Can I apply a coat of Defy Extreme over the Defy Epoxy? I hope so, because according to the Defy Epoxy, the Defy Epoxy is no longer available in clear, and I really don’t want to go to a color.

Thanks,

Keith

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Keith,

You can apply the Defy Extreme Clear on top of the Defy UV Epoxy Clear.

Jacob
Jacob

How many maintenance coats I need (applied Defy 4 years ago, treated pine)?
How many gallons i need for overpainting 500 SF?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Jacob, two light coats wet on wet. 5 gallons should be enough. Make sure to prep well first.