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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Craig
Craig
9 days ago

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

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

Dustin
Dustin
2 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
2 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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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Should I apply 1 or 2 coats ?

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

Jeff
Jeff
3 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
2 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
4 months 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
4 months ago
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My boards have been down for 6 months. Is that enough time for 2 coats

Jim De Brock
Jim De Brock
5 months 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
5 months ago
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Ok. Thanks.

Terry
Terry
6 months 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
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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
1 year ago
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Does the semi-transparent stain lighten or darken with age? Thanks

Doug A Campbell
Doug A Campbell
1 year 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
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
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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
11 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
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What do you recommend to strip it?

Jack Pittrof
Jack Pittrof
1 year 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
1 year 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?