DEFY Extreme Wood Stain

(9 customer reviews)

Product Features & Benefits

  • Durable – Lasts an Extra Season or Two Over Competition
  • Resists Color Fading with Sunscreen Technology
  • Enhanced Mildew Resistance
  • Resists Darkening & Fading
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Tolerant of Damp Conditions
  • Eco-Friendly & Water-Based
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DEFY Extreme Wood Stain is a synthetic-resin, semi-transparent wood stain formulated using state-of-the-art nano-technology to create a level of durability that simply has not been available in a wood stain finish in the past. Extreme Wood Stain is the newest member of the DEFY line of wood products and is our most innovative, high-performance product yet.

Ultraviolet rays cause wood to turn gray and become susceptible to water penetration and decay. DEFY Extreme Wood Stain effectively protects the wood from the harmful effects of the sun and from graying by using state-of-the-art nano-technology.

Extreme Wood Stain contains zinc oxide particles that reflect the damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. When you reduce the size of these zinc particles down to the nano level, they become invisible to the naked eye. These nano-particles are distributed at a rate of over 30 trillion per square inch of surface area to provide protection from the sun, much like sun blockers and sunscreen lotions.

This will not only help to prolong the graying, but, as the nano-particles are highly resistant to mold and mildew, will also enable you to retain the natural color.

This VOC-compliant, semi-transparent stain provides the maximum UV protection available, adding a semi-transparent tint to your wood. Extreme Wood Stain is available in six semi-transparent colors: natural pine, cedar tone, light walnut, redwood, driftwood gray, and butternut. It also comes in a clear finish.

DEFY Extreme Wood Stain Uses

DEFY Extreme Wood Stain is designed to be used on interior or exterior wood surfaces including:

  • wood siding
  • log homes
  • decks
  • fences
  • shake shingles
  • outdoor wood furniture
  • pressure treated lumber
  • all other natural wood surfaces.

Applying Extreme Wood Stain is easy! A treatment of DEFY Wood Cleaner will generally clean and restore previously treated surfaces to their original appearance. Once cleaned, a quick application of DEFY Wood Brightener will brighten the wood and restore the wood’s natural beauty. This deck sealer will provide long-term beauty and will protect the natural appearance of your wood. The surface should be recoated annually or when graying initially starts to appear.

Note: PREPARATION BEFORE APPLYING EXTREME WOOD STAIN. To ensure your satisfaction with this product, it is highly recommended that you use both DEFY Wood Cleaner and DEFY Wood Brightener, per label instructions, to prepare any weathered wood for staining. Use of alternative products or methods prior to sealing may produce unsatisfactory final results.
DEFY Extreme Wood Stain dries to a flat, semi-transparent finish that allows the natural wood grain to show through. It is sold in one- and five- gallon containers and covers 100-150 square feet per gallon depending on wood texture and porosity.

Easy Deck Care Maintenance

Periodically, as the surface begins to get dirty or dull, simply wash it down with a mild detergent and water. As the weather begins to wear away at the surface, a maintenance coat will need to be applied. To see if the surface is ready for a maintenance coat, simply sprinkle a little water on it. If the water is immediately absorbed into the wood, then it is ready to be recoated.

The first step in the maintenance process is to apply a coat of Wood Brightener. This will lighten any minor graying and clean the surface. Allow the surface to dry for 24 hours, then apply a single-coat application of Extreme Wood Stain as directed on the label.

9 reviews for DEFY Extreme Wood Stain

  1. Mike stidham
    5 out of 5


    I love this stain

  2. Tom S.
    5 out of 5


    I got Defy samples but then bought another brand (Cabot) at a home improvement store which was an oil based, water clean up formula because I had a store coupon. The other name brand was terrible to apply due to blotches/uneven marks and was mostly opaque even though it was supposed to be semi-transparent. The store tinted color was also a poor match to the brochure chip. I decided not to use the 3 gallons of that I bought and use Defy as originally planned. Defy went on without splotching and penetrated the wood well. Both stains were somewhat messy to use on vertical and upside down surfaces because of the thin and watery consistency. The result was nice and much, much better. The only negative is that when I called the local distributor to order they acted like it was too complicated to figure out what to order even though I had the exact product description. They wanted a SKU or product number. I looked on-line but didn’t see any such ID for this product which is already easily identifiable. I wanted to support the local business but apparently they wanted me to do the leg work for them so I just ordered on-line and got it quickly (faster than my local supplier that places orders only once a week) and delivered right to my door. This product was a little more expensive but should last much longer and be more resistant to mold/mildew from what I have seen from other sources on line.

    • defyadmin


      Tom, good to hear that DEFY was easy to use and absorbed into the wood so well. I’m sorry you had a negative experience with trying to order the product. We have a lot of dealers that carry different product lines, but we do our best to ensure that your experience is as easy as possible. Our gold preferred online dealers stock everything we make and can typically get you product quickly, so I’m glad that worked out for you. I’d love to hear how your project goes after it has had some time to weather.

  3. Dan
    5 out of 5


    I used DEFY for Hardwoods Light Walnut to stain my mahogany deck 3 months ago, and liked it so much that I just bought more to stain a Cumaru fence. Part of my decision was based on not wanting to use an oil based stain just because of ease of use, and I came to DEFY because of some good online reviews. Well I cannot say how long the stain color will last yet, but so far so good. It was very easy to apply especially on the horizontal surfaces. They have a video where they use a car wash brush, and I have to say this worked great (pour into 5-gallon bucket, dip and scrub). I used a regular paint brush for Balusters which took a lot longer but has more control. The stain did have a bit of a tacky glossy finish for the first week or so; perhaps I over-applied as I was not sure if I should err on waiting more or less than 15 minutes for the second (wet-on-wet) coat. I applied to multiple boards waiting 15 minutes before returning to the original board, so I chose the over 15 minute approach.

    I was going to compare it to an Ipe Oil sample, but so far that has not come yet, so I cannot speak much to how DEFY compares to other brands. I did compare the 3 sample colors of DEFY (the first sample I paid for, but then with the last 2 they shipped for free. BONUS). In general, I could barely tell the difference between the colors although there is a slight yellow cast to the Pine, red to the Cedar, and brown to the Walnut. Overall, the color of the underlying wood mattered most of all, and I was unable to see any differences on the Mahogany balusters with slight difference on the Cumaru.

    This was also the first application on a very weathered deck, so I cannot speak to how easy it will be to reapply, but overall I approve so far of the appearance and certainly the ease of application.

  4. Vinny
    5 out of 5


    Power sanded 25 years of solid stain on a 800 sq/ft PT deck. Finished off with DEFY cleaner and bleach and top coated with Clear Stain. Looks brand new. Must follow instructions. Now wait to see how it holds up. Full sun from 11 am to 6 am

  5. Negina Kolesar
    4 out of 5


    Used the cleaner, brightener, and natural pine stain 2 years ago on a very weathered deck. It looked great, with a few greyish areas still noticeable. After 2 years, it looked quite grey and weathered again with lots of mildew areas. Some parts of the deck never see sun even though temps regularly reach 100+ in Central Texas. I was concerned about excess product runoff in the nearby drainage ditch, so this year I scrubbed it with an organic household cleaner, Defy brightener, and a single coat of Defy natural pine. 24 hours later it’s still the tiniest bit tacky.

  6. Bill
    4 out of 5


    Had a single coat professionally applied on new (allowed to dry out for 6 months first) PT wood deck/privacy fence of about 3000 sqft total in June 2016. All surfaces had been professionally power-washed before application (at suggestion of painting company). I did a small area using the cleaner and brightener to look for differences in performance. Loved the color (cedar). Went though a Nova Scotia fall/winter/spring. Verticals look great as of late June 2017 ( slight fading but the area gets sun virtually all day). Horizontal deck floor showed some wear and bleaching – no appreciable difference in area cleaned/brightened versus just power washed. Overall very happy with performance so far. Having a second coat professionally applied at this time. Hoping for two seasons from the verticals and expect to have to re-apply to the deck floor annually if last year is indication of performance. Overall – very happy with the color and quite satisfied with the water protection on all surfaces. Wish you distributed in Canada (had to buy in US and bring with me on my snowbird trip North).

  7. Juno
    5 out of 5


    Gets a thumbs-up from me. Was easy to apply, and after a year of Philadelphia winter and summer I can barely tell the difference from the day I applied. I used the cedar tone on red cedar, it darkened just a bit to a nice, warm look and hasn’t faded at all.

  8. tim
    2 out of 5


    I purchased Defy wood stain 4 years ago to stain my new deck. I waited 6 months to let the pressure treated pine dry, then cleaned and brightened with Defy brand cleaner and brightener. ALL of the horizontal surfaces on my deck were fading, and peeling within 3 months. I had to reapply the following spring less than one year from the first staining. The second, which I carefully pressure washed, again using Defy brand cleaner and brightener and stain did not last through the summer before deteriorating. I am now preparing for my 4th application of stain in 4 years. the only reason I am still using Defy is because I originally over bought and restocking and return fees were too high, so I decided to keep it for when it was time to re stain, not expecting at the time the horrible performance i have experienced. Since I am stubborn when it comes to wasting money, I have been using it until it’s depleted. I will not use it again. I will however state that all of the vertical surfaces have held up well, especially those that receive the most amount of shade during the day, but that would be the case with any cheap-o stain. Where I was expecting the longevity, and durability of this stain is where it failed most, on the horizontal surfaces that get the most daylight. I have been grossly, and repeatedly disappointed.

    • defyadmin


      Tim, sorry to hear about your negative experience, this is certainly not the type of experience we want our customers to have. I’m not sure exactly what the problem is here as it sounds like you did everything right. I’m wondering if there was a product issue…possibly expired product? Do you happen to have any remaining cans of product with batch numbers on them? If so, please contact our customer service at (800) 860-6327 and they can help you out.

  9. David Beam
    4 out of 5


    We just had two cedar decks built. One small and one large. I’ve never done this before so I experimented on some planter boxes I built before going to any decks. I found that brushing was not as satisfactory as I would have liked so I bought a mini foam roller and used it. I’ve only done the small deck because here on the west coast (Oregon) we have to dodge the rain. At first I was concerned because using clear was difficult to tell where I went. I am happy to say though it turned out beautiful. You were right about the cleaner and brightener. It’s well worth the money to use it. I can’t tell you how long it will last but I sure love it right now. I had trouble getting it. The Defy site gave me a name but they didn’t offer it. I got it online though and the Defy online customer service was great. They sent me some samples of colors that would best fit my desires. Looking forward to getting the big deck done. fyi by big I mean about 400 sq ft with rails and vertical 2×2’s. Those things are hard to cover.

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