Defy Hardwood Stain 1 Gallon

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If you are looking for the best stain for cedar decks in a water-based product, then look no further. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is a synthetic, semi-transparent finish specifically formulated for use on cedar, mahogany, redwood, and other dense or difficult to penetrate woods. 

DEFY Hardwood Stain also works well on composite woods. It is a VOC-compliant stain that penetrates wood pores to block out water and provide long-lasting protection from weather damage. 

DEFY Deck Stain Uses 
DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods can be used on interior or exterior smooth hardwood surfaces including: wood siding, decks, outdoor wood furniture, and other hardwood surfaces. For more porous surfaces such as pressure treated lumber, pine and cedar log siding, or rough sawn lumber, use DEFY Extreme Wood Stain. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is available in Cedar Tone, Light Walnut, and Natural Pine. Finding a cedar stain or redwood deck stain product that actually works is difficult, as most deck stains have trouble penetrating oil-rich or dense wood types. This product was specifically designed with smaller resins to penetrate better which helps eliminate surface buildup and peeling. Other products out there claim to be the best stain for cedar decks but there is only one DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods. 

Easy Maintenance 
DEFY deck stains will give you years of protection for your deck and are easy to maintain. When the surfaces begin to look weathered and worn, which should normally be every 2-3 years and 3-5 years for the vertical surfaces, simply reapply a light maintenance coat. No need to strip the deck every time. It may be beneficial to use DEFY Wood Brightener to clean and brighten the surface before the maintenance coat. DEFY deck stains contain powerful sunscreens to block damaging UV rays. Ultra violet rays cause wood to turn gray and become susceptible to water penetration and decay. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods contains synthetic resins that do not attract mildew and algae like other natural resin stains (oil-based products) do. Additionally, DEFY deck stains are water repellent.

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    Tony Morton · 09/14/2020
    How much Defy cedar stain do I need for a new cedar deck of 500 Sf. Do I need to put two coats on?
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      The Sealer Store · 09/14/2020
      New wood needs to weather for 3+ months and then cleaned and brightened for prep. Just one coat of the stain on new wood. About 3-4 gallons.
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    Davey Baker · 04/29/2018
    I'm deciding between this and the extreme stain. Is the hardwood stain transparent or semi-transparent? Which one would last longer? Can both of them get a "refresh" coat after 1 year or so without having to strip all the old product off? My deck is redwood. It is 6 years old. I just flipped the boards over so it has nothing on it. I plan to wash and brighten using defy products. It is half in hot sun and half in (also hot) shade. Very warm dry summers and mild winters. Thank you.
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      The Sealer Store · 04/30/2018
      Both are semi-transparent. Both can be cleaned and recoated as needed. Both last about the same.
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    The Sealer Store · 05/31/2012
    3-4 gallons should be enough for this size of a deck. You could alos get the 5 gallon pail as it ships free.
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    Larry Smith · 05/31/2012
    How many gallons of this product would I need to put 2 coats on a 350sf new cedar dec?
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    The Sealer Store · 10/20/2011
    Yes you can use this for your cypress decking and cedar railings.
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    Jeri Wall · 10/20/2011
    is this product recommended for cypress, too? (we have cypress decking and cedar rails and ballusters on our new porch...)
Parameters of Product: Deck/Wood Stains
Available Sizes
1 Gallon
Coats Needed
2 Coats Wet on Wet
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Oil or Water Based
Water Based
Stain Transparency
Your Wood Type
Exotic Hardwoods/Ipe
Horizontal or Vertical Surfaces
Low VOC State