What is Wet On Wet Stain Application

by Defy Help

Last Updated on January 20, 2022 by Defy Help

2022 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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Margo
Margo
16 days ago

What is the best way to apply Defy to a 1.5 month old Redwood horizontal board fence? I’m in Northern California so it won’t rain for months (or years). How many coats? We’re going to use clear, Butternut, or Light Walnut semi transparent, after we apply some small samples to an inconspicuous area.

Kathy
Kathy
1 month ago

Is it ok to mix the crystal clear with colors like pine or walnut for a lighter tone?

Terry
Terry
1 month ago

Hello, if I treated fence ( treated pine ) with Thompson’s clear water proof what would be the best way to apply defy extreme? Can I use a pump sprayer? Also treated porches with Thompson , but much more. What difference will defy have that say an Armstrong Clark or stain and seal expert won’t have? Thanks

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Terry
Terry
1 month ago
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Ok great … when using stripper should I use a brush and scrub each board? Also would it be ok to complete stripping over about a week, possibly between rain storms then brighten when completed? Thanks

Terry
Terry
24 days ago
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Hello, I decided to clean fence with a cleaner and pressure washer and ended up getting the fuzzy on most fence boards( treated pine) any good ways to smooth out the boards and rid the fuzzy s ? Thanks

Terry
Terry
1 month ago
Reply to  Defy Help

I’m also curious, is there a difference in chemicals between defy stripper and others? Can I apply stripper with a pump sprayer ? Thanks

Valerie Malter
Valerie Malter
1 month ago

does my deck need to be completely dry to apply DEFY stain or can I apply it if it rained 12 hours ago?

Marty
Marty
1 month ago

We have a 3 year old cedar deck that was previously stained with another product that turned dark after several months. We have now cleaned, brightened it and have applied a light sanding. We will now be using the Defy Extreme semi transparent cedar tone stain. Would you recommend one coat or two ? Would the second coat make the final look a bit darker ? Thanks

Marty
Marty
1 month ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, we did remove the prior coats completely. And the preference would be to use a stain pad or synthetic brush to apply ?

Marty
Marty
1 month ago
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How many hours of no rain in the forecast do I need in order stain the deck so as not to take a chance of the rain impacting the applied stain? Thankd.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Can I mix clear coat and semi transparent together to lighten the semi transparent. I am going to use the redwood color semi transparent. Thanks

vince capobianco
vince capobianco
2 months ago

how many coats do i need to apply to a new deck? its about 12 months

Donna
Donna
3 months ago

After new pressure treated deck wood has been cleaned and lightened, do I understand correctly we only apply one coat of stain? Must we use only large bristle type brushes?
Thank you

LISA ARMSTRONG
LISA ARMSTRONG
2 months ago
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We just ordered our stain for our 2 yr old pressure treated deck that has never been stained. We should only put 1 coat??? What happens if we do 2?

Craig
Craig
8 months ago

Can you apply your solid stain on the deck with the carwash brush

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

Planning on using Defy solid stain. Can’t find any videos on application of the solid stain, so don’t know how much thicker consistency to expect. I understand the need to prep, brighten, and wait at least 48 hours before staining, and maintaining wet edge while applying. Is the best tool for applying solid stain on deck floor, a brush or stain pad? I will be replacing some deck floor boards (pressure treated first), and railing tops (cedar). Based on this, I’ll plan on doing 1 coat on everything, with 2nd coat next year after cleaning…or are application rules different for solid stain? Also, is any other prep required next year for 2nd coat? And finally, should I restrict next year’s 2nd coat, for railings, only to the top horizontal surfaces? Thank you…

Tom
Tom
10 months ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Are the 2 coats for the solid stain still required to be wet on wet?

Dustin
Dustin
10 months ago

I have a new Cedar deck. From reading your help instructions, its sounds like I should first clean, then brighten and then apply a single coat of defy Extreme, with the brush (not pads or brushes) being the best tool to apply (just doing deck boards, railings are painted). Do I have that all correct? Any other prep/application tools I should have on hand?

Charles P. Brink
Charles P. Brink
11 months ago

I have a 10 year old deck, that I stripped, sanded and brightened. I applied Defy extreme and have a couple of lighter areas that I noticed 10 hours later. Should I apply another coat over just those areas, the whole deck or wait 12 months clean, brighten and reapply stain?

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

I am staining a 10+ year old redwood deck that had severe stain buildup (oil based) . I sanded down to bare wood. What prep should I do and how may coats of semi- ?transparent stain should I apply

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Should I apply 1 or 2 coats ?

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago
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Used very coarse 36 Grit to remove old stain layers and then used 80 Grit to finish

Jeff
Jeff
11 months ago
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I’m in Northern CA and the weather is dry and hot. Can I stain in the morning when temps are in the 70’s when the afternoon temps will reach the 90’s ?

Jeff
Jeff
11 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Reading the instructions on the Defy cleaner it says for redwood I must use brightner after on redwood. Is that really necessary ? I am staining with defy extreme Butternut.

Deanna
Deanna
1 year ago

Why do you not apply 2 coats to new wood? And how long do you need it to be rain free after applying

Deanna
Deanna
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

My boards have been down for 6 months. Is that enough time for 2 coats

Jim De Brock
Jim De Brock
1 year ago

I am applying the Gray deck stain to a friends deck. I had to sand and strip the old paint off before staying. We only bought three gallons which covered the deck with one coat but it needs a second. He reordered more stain but I won’t be able to do a wet on wet application. Any suggestions before I apply the second coat. It’s been three days since the first coat.

Jim De Brock
Jim De Brock
1 year ago
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Ok. Thanks.

Terry
Terry
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Does the semi-transparent stain lighten or darken with age? Thanks

Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thank You.

Penny Streets
Penny Streets
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Mark
Mark
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Defy Help

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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago
Reply to  Defy Help

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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago
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What do you recommend to strip it?

Jack Pittrof
Jack Pittrof
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago
Reply to  Defy Help

We applied two coats, wet on wet.

Jennifer Winn
Jennifer Winn
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 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
3 years ago

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

Phil
Phil
3 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
3 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
3 years ago
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And one coat or two please? :o)

Barnes
Barnes
3 years ago

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 still quite warm here, I will likely not stain the deck until September or October, possibly November. With this particular situation, would you recommend one coat or 2, or, since this this is the first stain application, should I stick to one coat regardless? Also would it be better to just wait until spring and let the wood age longer? Lastly, the application video says that a car wash brush is by far the best tool for applying stain, but you only sell pads, sprayers and paint type brushes. Is a pad as effective as a car wash brush? A sprayer seems like it would be easier and faster, but based on the video, the stain would not penetrate as well.

Thanks for your help.

Barnes
Barnes
3 years ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thank you for your quick reply. One more question. I am considering the clear stain but the color help page says it “offers limited UV resistance as exposed wood will need to be coated annually if you want to prevent graying”. I don’t mind the graying, but, are there other considerations for not staining annually? I think you do recommend staining every 2 years anyway, but please advise if that is not necessary.

Barnes
Barnes
3 years ago
Reply to  Defy Help

Thanks again!

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

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

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