How to Apply Extreme Wood Stain

DEFY Extreme Wood Stain is an easy-to-use, water-based deck stain that can be used on decks, siding, fences, or any other type of exterior wood surface. DEFY Extreme Stain can be applied to pressure-treated lumber, vertical cedar, or pine. To stain your wood surface using DEFY Extreme Stain, follow these three simple steps.

1. Clean or strip the wood.

Even if you have new wood, it’s important to clean the surface with a wood cleaner. When new wood is is cut, it has something called “mill scale” on it, which is a crushing of the grain of the wood. DEFY Wood Cleaner will remove the mill scale and open the grain of the wood to receive the maximum amount of stain. If your wood is extremely weathered or has turned gray, DEFY Wood Cleaner will clean it and remove any graying. For wood that has previously applied stains that are still intact, use DEFY Stain Stripper to completely remove the old stain.

2. Brighten the wood

Regardless of whether you clean or strip the wood, next you’ll need to use a brightener to neutralize the surface of the wood. Brightening can be done immediately following the cleaner or stripper. No wait time is needed. DEFY Wood Brightener is used after the cleaner or stain stripper to neutralize and brighten the surface of the wood. Using the cleaner or stain stripper on the wood causes the surface to become extremely alkaline. This is bad for staining as it can cause premature stain failure. By using a brightener, you’ll bring the pH level of the wood back to neutral quickly, and get the maximum lifespan from the stain applied in the next step.

3. Stain the wood

Allow the wood to dry for 12-24 hours before staining. If you’re staining a deck, start with the railings and spindles first. Cover the flat parts of the deck with cardboard or drop cloths to prevent any drips. Apply two coats with a synthetic bristle paint brush.Next apply the stain to the horizontal boards. It’s usually a good idea to use a paint brush to trim the first board or two against the house. After that, the quickest way to stain your deck is to use a car wash brush. You can purchase one in the auto cleaning section of most home improvement stores. Pour the stain into a five-gallon bucket (if you purchased in single gallon cans), ad dip the brush in the bucket, and apply the stain to the deck boards. Watch this short video below to see an example.

Allow the wood to dry for 24 hours before walking on the surface or moving your patio furniture back on the deck. In extremely humid conditions, the stain could take longer than 24 hours to dry properly.

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  1. Tekla says:

    If I want to reapply in a year(I live in Hawaii) Will I have to strip this product? Or can I clean and brush on? I want a product that penetrates wood, not coats it, otherwise I would use paint.

    • defyadmin says:

      Tekla, for maintenance, simply clean and reapply a single maintenance coat. Stripping is not necessary. Our products are penetrating stains. They’re designed to soak into the wood rather than lay on the surface.

  2. Rick says:

    Going to apply Defy extreme deck stain to douglas fir and cedar boards before reconstruction of my deck. The wood is raw construction grade. 1) do I have to clean it before staining? 2) what’s the best method in applying the the stain to the boards?

    • defyadmin says:

      Rick, yes you should clean and brighten it first before applying the stain. Using DEFY Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener will remove any mill scale, open up the pores of the wood and ensure an even application of the stain. The best way to apply it is to use this brush.

  3. James Gira says:

    We power washed our 5 year old 500 sq’ wolmanized deck and then sanded it with a power dry wall sander. We applied Defy Extreme light walnut stain to the prepared deck and couldn’t be happier!
    Our deck looks like new and the compliments we receive are beyond imagination. We have never used a stain easier to apply and the results are wonderful.

  4. Kurt Neidhardt says:

    I have a vertical smooth cedar house. why is the defy extreme better than the hardwood deck stain for this ?

    I have been doing first coat with Extreme and second coat ( couple days later) with the hardwood stain to bring out more color?is this bad?

    Most importantly if I just use the extreme stain and then want to reapply two years later how do I clean it without stripping the stain off.?Your cleaner takes off the old finish.

  5. Joyce says:

    I will be staining a wood wall approx 4 feet tall, so the grain is vertical not horizontal like a fence. What is the best way for me to put on the stain and what tools should I use.

  6. Dwight says:

    Two coats in 20 minutes???
    In one area of your website it says to allow no longer than 20 minutes between coats.
    How am I supposed to walk on the deck after the 1st coat to apply the 2nd???

  7. Julie Lewis says:

    We are using the Extreme Wood Stain to stain fir posts and rafters on our house. The wood will be sandblasted first to give it a rough-sawn appearance. What kind of prep do you recommend?

    Because it is such a large and complex area, we are planning on using a sprayer for the application. Is there anything else we need to be aware of?

    • customerservice says:


      After you sandblast, use the cleaner and the brightener before staining the rafters. This will help open up the pores of the wood and will allow the stain to soak in.


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