What is Wet On Wet Stain Application

by Defy Help

Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Defy Help

2021 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.

If You Need any Help, Please Ask Below!

 
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Terry
Terry
12 days ago

We have an old pressure treated wood deck that had previously been stained grey. Most of it had peeled off and we replaced several of the boards last year. We have sanded the deck and would like to apply your extreme stain in grey. Previous stain was grey and there is still some grey color to some of the boards. Now that it is sanded (old and new wood). Should the brightener be used on the sanded wood? Since all the wood has been sanded down do I use 1 coat of stain, or 1 coat on new boards, 2 coats on old boards?

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Sid
Sid
6 months ago

I am confused by your wet on wet article. I have a new deck. Do I use 2 coats or 1 coat?

Michael Kostur
Michael Kostur
6 months ago

I have a new pressure treated wood deck. Install finished 9/28. Took a week. Wood is stamped kiln dried. Weather dry. Deck exposed to sun. Deck boards have shrunk to about 1/8” gap between. Massachusetts has drought conditions. I bought 3 gallons of Defy Extreme light walnut. Wood seems ready to stain. Is it necessary to apply wood cleaner and Brightener? Wood is brand new. Also instructions say don’t apply two coats to new wood but same instructions then say apply 2 coats to all horizontals within about an hour of the first coat. Should I just lightly sand? Also contractor and building inspector recommend staining now before it gets colder. I’m confused by the conflicting advice. Can I stain this weekend? Weather appears perfect to do it.Thanks Mike

Scott Monroe
Scott Monroe
6 months ago

We have a ‘new’ cedar deck that was installed abut 10 months ago. Should we use one or two coats? Thanks, looking forward to seeing the results!

Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell
7 months ago

What do you mean to not apply 2 coats to ‘brand new’ wood? I will be applying to a few new replacements of vertical grain fir porch flooring. It is not pressure treated and has probably been sitting in the lumber yard for awhile.

Thanks

Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell
7 months ago
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Because I will be staining old exposed boards along with new wood, should I just stain them all with 1 coat and follow up with a second coat in 12-18 months?

Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell
6 months ago
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Does the semi-transparent stain lighten or darken with age? Thanks

Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell
6 months ago
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What’s the difference between your semi-transparent Extreme and the Extreme 40? Do they both exhibit the same color and matte finish? Thanks

Greg Supplice
Greg Supplice
7 months ago

I am planning to use a Paint Sprayer (Homeright Finish Max Super) to stain my deck. I’m aware I can use airless, but can I use HVLP Sprayers also?

Greg Supplice
Greg Supplice
7 months ago
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Thank You.

Penny Streets
Penny Streets
7 months ago

I have a grill gazebo and a natural gas grill on my upper deck, why couldn’t I work around those if it is ok to walk on 1st coat of stain?

Sheryl Montgomery
Sheryl Montgomery
8 months ago

I am going to use your product on a new redwood deck. I plan on waiting for it to totally cure. So next Spring. But I read in your literature to NOT apply to new wood. Please explain.

Grayson B Grant
Grayson B Grant
8 months ago

My pressure treated pine deck is approx 6 months old. Is this considered new? Do I need one or two coats?

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

Are you able to provide more detail on the recommended “brush” for applying your wet on wet method? What kind of brush is it exactly? It says a “car brush” but the youtube video seems to show more of a brush broom. Thanks

Stacey
Stacey
5 months ago
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This product description states handle must be purchased separately. Can you confirm a push handle can be attached and do you offer it for order on your website?

John Leach
John Leach
9 months ago

It has been over 2 weeks since I cleaned and brightened my cedar siding. I read here it is best to apply stain within 2 weeks. Can I reapply brightener and let dry a few days then apply stain or should I use cleaner then brighten again before staining? Or as a third option, just apply stain?
Thanks

JEFF THOMAS
JEFF THOMAS
10 months ago

I recently put together a pre-fabricated and pre-stained Backyard Discovery cedar pergola. The manufacture’s stain is very thin with limited penetration and they stated the pergola should be sealed right away. Can I directly apply the Extreme stain to the manufacture’s stain and will it seal the cedar wood properly. Thank you

JEFF THOMAS
JEFF THOMAS
10 months ago
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In regards to your answer the manufacturer stated this “This wood on our products are flash heated which dries the stain fast into only the first few layers. This allows you to re-stain or paint with a different color on top of the pre-stained wood, you can also use a water or oil based sealent on the pre-stained wood as well.”
What are your thoughts using the Extreme based on this additional information?
Thank you

Ken Doane
Ken Doane
10 months ago

I’m in the middle of staining my pine deck with butternut. I’ve been trying to protect the deck from drips, but I still ended up with some drips and patches of stain that I created by trying to fix the drips. I’m not a perfectionist and what I’ve done looks good to me so far. Should I sand the drips/patches of stain on boards before I coat them? I just want to make sure the board accepts the stain. Thank you! Really loving your products.

Dana Meyer
Dana Meyer
10 months ago

We sanded off the old oil based sealer from my Cedar deck. 2 days later we applied the Defy Cedar tint stain, 2 coats, wet on wet. It did not dry evenly. The sales person at the hardware store said we could use a roller to apply the stain, but you can see areas where my son stopped and started again and areas where the stain went on thicker vs lighter. What do I do to give it an even look? Can I put a third coat on in early fall, 4 months from now? Will that even help?

Dana Meyer
Dana Meyer
10 months ago
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What do you recommend to strip it?

Jack Pittrof
Jack Pittrof
10 months ago

As a precursor to ordering a sample/or quantity of Extreme semi-transparent stain, do you have a color cross reference of your Driftwood Gray to Olympic Cape Cod Gray or Valspar Cottage Gray, both semi-transparent? Application vertical cedar siding properly prepared.
My concern is getting a close match to existing as the entire job will span 2 summers.
Thanks for any help,
Jack

lee mclaughlin
lee mclaughlin
11 months ago

hello I have a a new pressure treated deck 16 by 34 by salt water marsh, I want to use extreme , one coat or 2 and how much will I need to order?

sharon m stanton
sharon m stanton
1 year ago

Can I strip and brighten the deck on one weekend, and then wait one to two weeks before applying stain?
sometimes the weather does not give us back to back good ,dry days.

Luke
Luke
1 year ago

I am planning to strip and brighten prior to applying stain. I know I need to wait 48 hours after brightening prior to applying stain. If it rains during this time do I need to wait an additional 48 hours? If it rains between periods does it effect the stain should I just wait for a clear forecast?

Christian
Christian
1 year ago

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 and very long and I’m worried about being able to apply “wet on wet” successfully over the whole length. Do you have advice on how best to do this and what tools would be best?

Thanks!

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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?

Bryan and Tami Smithee
Bryan and Tami Smithee
1 year ago
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There was no previous stain on the wood.

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Bryan and Tami Smithee
Bryan and Tami Smithee
1 year ago
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We applied two coats, wet on wet.

Jennifer Winn
Jennifer Winn
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Phil
Phil
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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.

Pam Martin
Pam Martin
2 years ago
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And one coat or two please? :o)