What is Wet On Wet Stain Application

by Defy Help

2019 Update for Wet on Wet Application for Defy Exterior Wood and Deck Stains

Defy Deck Stains are applied wet on wet for most scenarios. We love hearing from our customers who have used the Defy Stains or have questions on the application. We appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.


Wet on Wet stain application consists of applying a coat of stain the applying your second coat of stain while the first coat has not dried or cured completely. This process allows the application to be evenly applied while at the same time, over application issues are minimized.

So how do you apply Defy Wood and Deck Stains “Wet on Wet”? This article will explain the simple steps taken to help you apply your Defy Stains properly.Defy Stains Wet on Wet Application Help

  1. Make sure that wood is properly prepped first. See here for Defy Prepping Instructions
  2. Start with railings first. Apply one coat of stain to all railings. Take care to protect the floor from any drips. After the first coat is applied, apply a light second coat to the top of the railings only. This should be done 20-120 minutes after the first coat is applied.
  3. Repeat Step 2 for any wood benches or other vertical structures.
  4. Once done with the verticals, apply one coat of the Defy Stain to the flooring and walking surfaces. Make sure to do the entire floor.
  5. Reapply a second light coat to the floor within 20-60 minutes of the first coat. it is okay to walk on your first coat of stain even though it has not dried completely. Take care to no step in your second coat of stain.

Defy Stain Tips for Wet on Wet Application

  • Do not apply 2 coats to brand new wood.
  • Wear shoes that you do not care about getting stain on.
  • Apply quickly to avoid overlaps.
  • Only 1 coat is needed for the verticals while all horizontals should get the second coat
  • Do not over apply. Two light coats are best.
  • Defy is a penetrating wood stain that works best by diving deep into the wood grain. Make sure to avoid “filming” of the stain on the surface from excessive application.
  • Defy Stains are best applied with a stain pad applicator, brush, or sprayer.

 
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Christian
Christian

I have a 4 year old clear cedar fence prepped by sanding and cleaning and brightening. I’ve tried to read all that I could on your site but of course still have a couple of questions. 1) I plan to put on the “Natural Pine” stain because its slightly lighter in tone than the “Cedar Tone” and we really like the natural look of the wood. My question is, does the amount of pigment in the stain extend the life of the stain or the need to re-apply? If so, by how much? 2) The fence boards are are horizontal… Read more »

Eric
Eric

20 y/o redwood deck. Previous solid stain product placed 3 yrs ago. Deck sanded to bare wood 1 month ago. Significant weather including rain and wind since. What preparation is needed prior to staining with Defy Extreme transparent Cedar Tone

Bryan and Tami Smithee
Bryan and Tami Smithee

We cleaned and brightened our deck two weeks ago and stained it last week Saturday, all with Defy products and per directions. The deck was ten years old and had never had anything done to it. The stain is still sticky, 6 days later. What do we need to do?

Jennifer Winn
Jennifer Winn

Hi. After cleaning and brightening our 10 yr old deck, per Defy instructions and using Defy products, we applied a coat of stain yesterday evening. We ran out of light and only got a second coat on the top rails (horizontal surface) but not on the floor boards. Can I put a second coat on the floor today? It’s been about 12-14 hrs since the first coat was applied. Temps have ranged 60-75 with low humidity. Thanks!

David
David

Do I use one coat or wet on wet 2 coats on a ten month old cedar fence that has been prepped with Defy Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener?

Wayne G. Smith
Wayne G. Smith

Do I need A high pressure washer to clean the stain remover, or will a hose nozzle be sufficient to clean the deck?

Lisa
Lisa

We stained our deck but ran out of daylight. Some areas need a second coat. It has sat overnight. Can we still add a coat if no longer wet.

lou
lou

I read that Defy Redwood stain is very popular for redwood decks. Would it be ok to use on a treated pine deck? Thanks

Mike Wassem
Mike Wassem

Will it be ok to give just one coat using Defy Extreme Semi Transparent? Will it look ok, the guy doing this for us just wants to do one coat? What will happen just giving one coat, will it give complete coverage?

Laurentiu Dumitrescu
Laurentiu Dumitrescu

So I have been reading that after prep (clean/strip) must wait 48 hours prior to applying the wet on wet stain. If it is a high traffic area (wood small deck landing in front of front door of home) will this cause issues when applying stain since it would have been walked over a few times? Thanks!!

Sharon
Sharon

Hello- ordered Defy Extreme for 10×10 PT deck, wood is bare and over 5 years old. If I can only put one coat on this year (and not do wet on wet) can I recoat in another year when we are ready to sell the house? How long until another coat will absorb?

Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy

Hi..just had a firewood shed built with pressure treated wood and I’m letting the wood dry a bit before staining…is that a good idea? Also, this new wood should not get a second coat?

Sandy
Sandy

What is the lowest outdoor temperature the stain can be applied?

Phil
Phil

How long should I wait between the Brightener and applying the two coats of stain, i.e., can I apply the Brightener Friday afternoon and stain on Saturday morning if it is still damp? The deck has already been stripped. Thanks for your help.

Pam Martin
Pam Martin

I used linseed oil 2 years ago on a new wood doug fir porch. I have cleaned and brightened with defy just this past weekend. Given what was applied previously, should I anticipate any problems with staining? Should I do one or two coats? How can I check to see if the wood is ready for the product? Thanks.

Barnes
Barnes

I replaced the boards on my deck in north Florida earlier this year (about 6 months ago) with pressure treated pine. The deck gets a lot of direct sun exposure, plus we have had a fair amount of rain this year. Others on this thread have asked if they should apply 1 coat or do a wet on wet application and your response depended on length of time after the install – for about 6 months, you recommended 1 coat, for 12 months or so, you recommended wet on wet. So, a couple of questions – given that it is… Read more »

Joe
Joe

Also, do you recommend sanding the wood during the preparation period prior to staining?

Joe
Joe

I built a new deck and have allowed it to weather over the past year. Do I need to apply two coats (wet on wet) or do I just apply one coat? I noticed your site said do not apply two coats to new wood.

Richard Schreep
Richard Schreep

What if I can’t apply second coat within the time frame indicated for wet on wet application? Do I need a sealer after the second coat? Thanks.

Judy
Judy

Had to quickly apply 2 coats of stain to last 2 boards of deck in order to meet 12 hour dry time before rain. Looked at the deck this morning after rain. All boards effectively beading up fallen rain except the last 2 boards stained. Is there any way to put one more coat of stain on those 2 boards?

Steve Hicks
Steve Hicks

Where can I find a promo code?
I’m ordering everything, 5 gal stain, brighter, cleaner, & sprayer. Am I paying $36 shipping for the cleaner, etc? Because shipping on the 5 gallons are free, right?
And, how do you ship? FedEx, UPS? Truck? Because UPS won’t deliver to the house, they deliver to the Post Office. Will it all come in one shipment?

Steve Hicks
Steve Hicks

I have a new deck (6 months old, pressure treated pine) do I need 2 coats or one?

Dennis
Dennis

Did all the prep on a new redwood deck, hired out to have extreme stain applied.
Areas were only one coat was applied, etc. All in all just a very poor job. I want to redo it. Do I strip the previous stain off completely? Can I leave the verticals and railing only, they seem to be ok. How long should I wait to do it?

Patrick
Patrick

I am staining a pressure treated deck that has “dried” for six months, should I only apply one coat on horizontal boards?

JOHN
JOHN

I am laying 5/4 redwood cedar on my covered porch floor. New wood! Do I apply one or two coats of Defy Extreme Clear sealer? I have 130 feet of 10 foot deep porch that wraps around my house. I plan to put dividers in the cedar floor for a clean division, so I can build in sections and seal immediately.

Dawn Mosteller
Dawn Mosteller

I have read all your instructions on the product data sheet, as well as online and know that I need to only apply 1 coat to the railing slats (vertical) and two coats to any horizontal (railing tops and deck boards). However, product data sheet says apply wet on wet no more than 15 mins. in between each coat, but elsewhere on the site it states anywhere from 20-60 minutes in between. Should I adhere to the stricter 15 minutes, or is there a way to tell when to apply the 2nd coat? I am applying Light Walnut Extreme stain… Read more »

Greg Harrowe
Greg Harrowe

“Do not apply 2 coats to brand new wood.” what about old boards that were sanded down to new wood?

Arthur Bass
Arthur Bass

Can Defy Extreme Deck Stain be sold or shipped to Massachusetts?

Joanne
Joanne

I sent you the wrong email. Comment was about needing the water repellent wood stain in cedar. Sorry

Joanne
Joanne

I used the defy cleaner and brightner on the cedar wood on my house. Looks great! Now I need to use the Defy water repellent wood stain. I am having hard time finding it in the cedar stain. I only see walnut or pine. Can I order it through your website and how much is it.

Glenn
Glenn

I have an old redwood deck that I power washed two years ago. There is no stain on it. I plan to prep and stain with Defy Extreme. For prep, should I use Defy Cleaner and then power wash or power wash and then use Defy brightener. I’m in SoCal.

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Guest
Guest

What happens, and what should I do, if I overdo the coating with Defy Extreme and get a bit of a film?

Donna
Donna

I recently asked a question on deckstainhelp.com and the recommended product was TWP-100 but I’d rather use the water-based DEFY. 1) Would that be okay? 2) I used sander to remove old stain and the deck has been rinsed thoroughly. Is it ready for stain? 3) If I start the stain at 7 am and finish by noon, and the next day calls for 20% chance of rain but that usually happens between 2 to 5 pm. Is is okay to stain with DEFY Extreme from 7 to noon the day before? 4) How do I measure the square feet… Read more »

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Carol
Carol

After I powered washed the 2 different decks the boards all have different color tones to them and fuzzies. After applying stain to small deck I have different tones of stain now. Is this me being a novice or the wood? I applied it with a hand brush 5 inch wide. Afraid to start the big main one now. Should I go to a solid stain instead so it will be even? Need help on what to do.

Carol
Carol

Why do you only get 100-150 sq ft coverage per gallon. Other stains give 250-300 per gallon. Big difference when you have to cover alot. Have 700 sq ft to cover, its new pressure treated and aged never stained which means only 1 coat. Thats like 4-5 gallons more, looking at cost too. Was given sample at store and like the butternut alot.

Ed Iwachow
Ed Iwachow

I have a 25 year old house which is sided with horizontal cedar. I have power washed it to remove all of the mold, mildew and black tannin. It is now down to the natural color. I plan on using Defy Extreme Clear on the siding. Is that ok and should I put on 2 coats?

Thank You
EddieI

Ricky
Ricky

Question on the stain pads. Which ones are the best? I also saw a that you could use a car was brush for applying?

Lauren
Lauren

I am confused about how to apply one coat, and then apply another without ruining the first coat by stepping on it. Is it actually okay to walk on the first coat? How long do I have to wait between coats?

DefyHelp
DefyHelp

Answers to your question are in the article above.

Mari
Mari

We are coming in to the season in which heavy overnight dew is occurring. Can I go ahead and stain?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

As long as the dew dries off before staining you can.

Gary F
Gary F

I have a new deck completed the end of August made with Yellow Wood (PT) and Cedar skirting. First question: How long should I wait for the wood to season? Because of the oncoming lower temperatures (below 45) is it OK to wait until spring? The Yellow Wood folks say to just wait one month…what do you think? Second question: I am going to use Defy Extreme but read that Defy does better on cedar. Should I use both products or is it OK to just use Extreme on the whole deck?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Hello, see here about new wood: https://www.defystainhelp.com/prep-new-wood-for-defy-stains/

Use the Extreme for all wood and wait until Spring.

Ned
Ned

Hi, reufbishing old cedar deck, had to replace all railings and posts, I used PT pine, clenaed and brightened cedar decking. I plan on staing the deck with Defy Extreme, and wiating until next year to do the railings, spindles. Will htere be a huge difference in color between cedar and pine?
Thanks

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Not a huge difference but definitely a difference.

Ken
Ken

Hi again. (from ken, deck 11 months old, never been finished, treated pine). I power washed and cleaned w/ an off the shelf deck cleaner. I already brightened w/ defy before I noticed the classic fuzz from power washing too close (or using to harsh a cleaner). Anyway, I had to sand. I hit it w/ a hightech sander I rented (40 grit) and went over again w/ my belt sander (50 grit) because of cupping that the highteck couldn’t get to. A lot of work but looks really good now, barring a bit of fuzziness esp on the edges… Read more »

Defy Help
DefyHelp

No need to sand to a finer grit as that can create an issue with penetration. Best to wash down with water prior to applying the stain. Much better then blowing off the dust.

Ken
Ken

Thanks!

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Welcome!

Ken
Ken

Do you recommend also staining between boards and the bottom side? Best method (some are tight no gap, some have up to 1/4″ gap)? For bottom – do I need to use defy or can I save $ by using any good exterior paint simply to seal (won’t see it…4′ above ground below deck).

This is new wood…I am using pressure treated pine, about 11 months old, already cleaned and used your brightener a couple weeks ago — works great btw).

Defy Help
DefyHelp

No need to to the bottom or sides.

Kevin
Kevin

My deck is PT pine. I power washed it and then bleached it a month ago. It still looks clean and absorbent…not much rain here. Do I still need to use he cleaner and brightener? I would like to avoid these steps if possible because I’m old and it’s a hard job, but shoot straight with me. I plan to use the Defy extreme if the test samples I ordered look good. I also plan to do 2 coats . Thanks!

Defy Help
DefyHelp

If it prepped well then you can go ahead and stain.

soosl
soosl

We took possession of a house in coastal southwest Florida in May, but do not live there yet. Sometime in June the PT deck was power washed by a well-meaning friend.Now the deck is exposed to the tropical rains almost every day, as well as the summer sun. I have decided to use Defy Extreme. After reading some of these Q & As, though, I need clarity on what the weather/deck conditions need to be. No rain within 24-48 hours and no direct sun? Is this the ideal scenario or mandatory? Also, one deck is on the north side of… Read more »

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Indirect sun is best so it does not “flash” dry and dries evenly. Should be dry for 24-4hours before applying and should not rain for 12 hours after completing.

sprockette
sprockette

I purchased extreme and applied it on my clear cedar deck…is that okay?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Yes that is fine.

Laurajwb
Laurajwb

And, does the coverage listed on the container include the 2nd light coat? I have aprox 800 square feet – first time using this product after stripping old redwood deck. Have to order online so want to be as accurate as possible.

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Coverage is 150-200 sq. feet for one coat. For two coats it is 100 sq. feet. You will need about 8 gallons.

Laurajwb
Laurajwb

What if I can’t finish my first coat of the whole deck in 60 minutes? Can I do the deck in sections (stopping between boards, not on a board)?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Best to do the entire floor and then go back and repeat. Hard to do in sections but is possible of you do not overlap into a middle of a board.

michele
michele

can I apply a second coat after the first coat has dried?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

No you should not do this.

mac
mac

A review I read indicated that Defy for Hardwood actually works/penetrates best on PTWood, but the Defy website lists Defy Extreme for PTW. Which is correct and what would be the difference?

Defy Help
DefyHelp

Defy Hardwood works best on Cedar and Exotic hardwoods. The extreme works best for pressure treated pine.