Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Defy Help
Update 2021 on Maintaining Wood and Deck Defy Stains
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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.