DEFY Extreme Wood Stain Maintenance

DEFY Wood Stains are easy to maintain. In this video, you will see how quick and easy it is to apply a DEFY Extreme Wood Stain Maintenance coat. DEFY wood stains are water based products as opposed to an oil based product, which makes it easier to quickly apply a maintenance coat without starting from scratch. The easiest way to apply a maintenance coat of DEFY Extreme Wood Stain is with a push brush (like you would use at a car wash) and a block brush for the trim and hard to reach places. The deck in this video was treated about three years ago with DEFY which makes applying the maintenance coat as simple as it gets.


  1. John M McIntosh says:

    Brand new deck, #1 board on the floor and railings. After the deck is done, (it was installed one month ago in a very hot NC. beach sun) and we were wondering when we can start staining. The wood is already starting to split.

    • defyadmin says:

      John, typically we recommend a few months for the wood to dry out but that can vary. In your case it may be ready now.

      • joshua payton says:

        I used the light walnut a year ago this month. I am going to restrain this same deck. Do you all recommend me just power washing before retaining or using your deck cleaner as well.

        • defyadmin says:

          Joshua, we typically recommend just a quick application of the Wood Brightener as this product will clean and brighten the surface before staining. You can use a power washer if it’s really dirty, otherwise rinsing with a hose is usually sufficient.

  2. Steve says:

    We put original stain on new deck one year ago. For a maintenance coat do we need to clean and brighten for prep?

    • defyadmin says:

      Steve, if you want to lighten the wood, you can use the Wood Brightener, but otherwise, just make sure the wood is clean and you’re good to put a maintenance coat on.

  3. Lisa says:


    What color were the railings in this video?

  4. James Piorkowski says:

    Last year, I had DEFY Extreme Clear Wood Stain applied to a new build porch floor made of Douglas Fir. It looked terrific. But then, dirt would get ingrained into the surface finish and it does not come out when scrubbed. I thought that the dirt would be easily mopped away with a sponge mop and Dawn detergent, but that’s not the case. I was hoping for this not to be a high maintenance floor surface, but now I am having my doubts.

  5. Nancy Johnson says:

    Treated new cedar deck in fall 2018 with Defy cleaner, brightener, and Extreme cedar tone semi-transparent stain. We want to now do maintenance. The deck has some cracks and mildew. Should we clean and brighten again before staining? Your maintenance video shows someone only cleaning with Dawn dish soap and then one coat of stain.

    • defyadmin says:

      Nancy, if the deck is in pretty good shape with only a minor amount of dirt/grime/etc…, you can use dawn dish soap. Otherwise, you can use Wood Brightener to clean and brighten up the surface, followed by a single maintenance coat.

      • Nancy Johnson says:

        Thank you. The tops of railings are quite sun damaged and are also starting to splinter. Is it ok to lightly sand that area before maintenance coat.
        Should we clean before or after sanding??
        Nancy Johnson

  6. Don says:

    I am ready to apply a coat of Defy over my 9 month old Redwood deck that i had been stained with one coat of OIL BASED Preserve-a-Wood semi-transparent Cedar Tone stain.

    Can I use Defy’s Water Base over the Preserve-a-wood Oil base stain. Any Caveats? I hate the smell of my Oil base stain and am assuming that Defy has little more no Oder?

    My present deck is still showing Buckskin tan on the wood, but it is getting very dirty. Will a power washer application be ok, or do I have to do the cleaner and brightened route? I also use a nice staining pad On a pole instead of a pole stain brush… this ok?

    Thanks with appreciation for your help and stay well and safe from the virus.


    • defyadmin says:

      Don, if you’re planning on using DEFY Extreme Semi-Transparent, you’ll want to use DEFY Stain Stripper to remove the previous stain first. If the previous stain isn’t removed, it will create 2 potential issues: 1) The previous stain color will show through and the color of DEFY will be different since it’s a semi-transparent stain, and 2) The previous stain may not allow DEFY to penetrate into the wood, which could cause peeling later on. You are correct, DEFY stains are low odor. The best way to proceed is to follow a 3 step process: 1) Apply DEFY Stain Stripper. Allow it to set on the deck for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with a pressure washer. 2) Apply DEFY Wood Brightener. After 5-10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with a garden hose. This neutralizes any remaining stripper, and brightens the wood back to it’s new look. 3) Apply DEFY Stain. You can use a staining pad, but our favorite application method is to use a car wash brush for the flat parts of the deck. This will make your project go much faster, and it does a good job of evenly applying the stain and forcing the stain down into the pores of the wood. As an alternative, we do make DEFY in a solid color version that would be a little less involved. If you went that route, you would simply clean the deck, and then stain it. With it being a solid stain, it won’t allow previous stains to show through beneath it. Hope this helps.

  7. Carol Morasch says:

    Can Defy stain be applied to old-generation Trex decking? I plan to use the Defy Deck Cleaner and then stain due to considerable fading. Thank you .

  8. Lucy says:

    Hi can I add another clear coat to an already dried defy stain. I re did my deck with two coats and would like to add a third.

    • defyadmin says:

      Lucy, once the stain is dry, you want to avoid applying additional coats. The additional coats won’t be able to penetrate into the wood, and will instead lay on top of the surface, which could result in peeling.

  9. EIleen Hoffman says:

    How many square feet of stripping can I expect from one gallon of Defy wood stain stripper?

  10. Kim DION says:

    Can I just use the wood brightener on a newer deck to maintain its natural colour?

    • defyadmin says:

      Kim, yes, you can certainly use DEFY Wood Brightener as often as you’d like to maintain it’s natural color. You may consider using DEFY Extreme Clear Wood Stain to get an even longer lifespan between brightening applications.

  11. Teresa Chen says:

    I applied stain on new deck last yr and this year some areas stain stripped off. Should I strip whole deck and stain with 2 coats

    • defyadmin says:

      Teresa, if you want an even finish, the best way to ensure that is to strip with DEFY Stain Stripper, then rinse with a pressure washer. After that, use DEFY Wood Brightener to neutralize the surface and it’s ready to re-stain. Allow it to dry out, and apply 2 wet-on-wet coats. Only apply as much stain as the wood can absorb. If the finish is shiny after your done, it may be an indication that too much stain has been applied, which can result in peeling.

  12. Marty says:

    How soon after staining with semi-transparent stain can I re-stain. Do Ihaveto wait a year?

  13. Eric Frey says:

    About how long should we wait between 2 wet-on-wet coats?

  14. Diane Arnold says:

    Three years ago we stained our wood deck with Defy semi-transparent stain. We have a large deck made of 1/2 redwood (deck “floor”, rail, stairs) and fir (structural beams, vertical posts & trellis) with part of the deck covered by a roof. When I drop water or spray water on the stained parts of the deck that get full sun exposure, the water is absorbed and when I do the same on the stained wood that is in the shade, the water still beads up (amazing). Because of the design of the deck and the roof, one side of the same beam, post, etc. can have the stain that absorbs the water and another side that repels water.

    1) Can we do a maintenance stain on both the water absorbing and the water repelling sections or do we need to strip the stain away on both? We don’t think that we would be able to just strip one side of a beam, post, etc. Hope this makes sense.
    2) Since our deck is both redwood and fir, can we use the Defy Semi Transparent stain for Hardwoods on both types of wood (redwood and fir)?

    Thank you for your help.

    • defyadmin says:

      Diane, to answer your 2 questions:
      1) I woudn’t apply stain to a board that is beading water. If it beads water, it will also bead the stain, and it won’t be able to soak in.
      2) Yes, you can use the hardwood product on both types of wood.

  15. Laura Krause says:

    I am using the solid stain and I was told to use the wet on wet application but the can says to wait until it is dry to apply the second coat. I was also told and the website says only one coat for vertical surfaces but the can says 2 coats for vertical and horizontal surfaces. I have started this weekend and hoping I’m not messing it up doing the wet on wet application and only doing one coat on vertical surfaces. Please advise. Thank you.

    • defyadmin says:

      Laura, the wet on wet application is recommended for the semi-transparent stain. For solid stain, you can apply the second coat once the first is dry. As far as number of coats, we usually recommend 2 coats, but I would apply however many coats are necessary to achieve a uniform look. Depending on the color you choose, it may only take one coat. If you complete your project and it still looks like it needs another coat, it’s fine to re-apply the stain regardless of how much time has passed.

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