Maintaining Your Deck Stain & Setting Expectations

No deck stain will last forever. Eventually all deck stains will fail. The question is how long does it take, and how easy is it to maintain when it begins to fail. Some deck stains will need to be completely stripped or sanded every other year or two. Others, simply fade away and won’t need to be stripped. DEFY Wood Stains are easy to maintain. Simply clean the surface with an application of Wood Brightener and apply a light maintenance coat of DEFY semi-transparent or clear deck stain and you’re done.


  1. MArijo says:

    MY deck is five years old, in need of a semi transparent stain. I live in central Texas. Heavy rains and hot Summers. Do I go with an oil base by Defy.

    • defyadmin says:

      Marijo, you could use DEFY Wood Oil for Decks or DEFY Extreme Wood Stain. Both products would work well.

  2. Nancy says:

    I have a light colored cedar that needs it’s first staining but do not want to change the color that it is right now. Do notwant to make it orangy like others I have sampled. Would the clear stain change the existing color of the cedar?

    • defyadmin says:

      Nancy, no DEFY Extreme Clear Wood Stain would not change the color of the wood. It’s totally clear.

  3. Greg W says:

    What happens to a deck that has benn previously treated with a water based stain and then is treated with an oil based stain?

    • defyadmin says:

      Greg, most stain manufacturers will recommend that you remove the previous stain in order to ensure the longest lifespan for their stain. With that being said, oil based products usually can adhere to water based products. The only issue you may have is that if the oil based stain doesn’t penetrate the surface because of the previous stain, then it probably won’t last as long compared to being applied to bare wood.

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