Mar 24 2010

DEFY Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain

One of the most reliable and accredited deck stains available on the market today is the DEFY Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain, which is available in epoxy_fortified_wood_colorfive colors for optimum visual enhancement for your deck. After either pressure treating your wood or washing it using oxygen bleach, this stain is incredibly easy to use. A very promising aspect of the DEFY Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain is the fact that it is environmentally friendly, meaning it won’t kill vegetation around the deck while you are applying it. You won’t have to worry about covering up shrubbery or flowers in order to stain your deck or other project. It is water based and, due to its penetrating finish, resists peeling unlike other wood stains.

When it comes to choosing what deck stain is best for you, be sure to take into consideration how much of the actual grain you would like to show through. DEFY Epoxy Fortified Deck Stain is semi-transparent, meaning it is going to allow almost all of the grain show through and all of the texture, while enhancing the natural color with its pigmentation. Other stains may be more opaque, which does not allow as much of wood’s natural beauty to show through, or more transparent, which provides less protection from the sun. My team and I feel that this particular stain is the perfect balance.

The finish is penetrating, meaning that it prevents the destructive effects of water, fungi, and UV rays on your deck, swing set, or other exterior wood project. When shopping for deck stain, it is imperative that the stain be penetrating. A film forming stain that simply rests on the surface of the wood will not enhance the look of the wood, nor will it provide the same protection as a wood stain that penetrates, such as DEFY Epoxy Foepoxy_fortified_wood_canrtified Wood Stain. Although it is formulated for use on pressure treated wood, it also can be used on interior or exterior wood surfaces such as outdoor wood furniture, log homes, wood siding, shake shingles, and other naturally porous wood surfaces.

This wood stain lasts up to twice as long as conventional wood stains before it becomes necessary for another application, covers approximately 100 sq. ft. per gallon (150 sq. ft. if only one coat is required), and can be applied using a pump sprayer, brush, airless sprayer, or pad applicator in any temperature above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. After application, you should wait about 24 hours before replacing your deck furniture or walking about on it. Clean up is easy, requiring only soap and water.

16 Comments on this post


  1. Michael said:

    My question for you is which Defy product is better and offers more protection for a dock that has been newly constructed?

    Both the Defy epoxy and the extreme seem to be good products, but which will give me the most protection with the least amount of prep and maintenance.

    I have read something about using a product that has silicone in it. Is silicone a characteristic of a good sealer? I also have a question about the Defy extreme going on milky white, some have said the milky white products seal differently then penetrating clear stains.

    March 30th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
  2. administrator said:

    The best is the Defy Extreme in one of the 3 tints. It offers the best UV protection. The tints do not go on milky white like the clear will.

    Silicon sealers react with the wood by densifying the cell structure. Will not protect from UV graying which is the main reason to stain your wood.

    Please see this for which Defy Stain to use:


    March 30th, 2011 at 12:52 pm
  3. Thomas Fincher said:

    I am building a new deck with cypress wood. I plan to use the Defy Epoxy Wood Stain. Do I need to do any prep before using on new cypress wood?


    June 6th, 2011 at 9:28 pm
  4. administrator said:

    All new wood needs to be prepped with a wood cleaner and a wood brightener prior to applying a stain. Please read this article for more info:

    Stain a New Deck

    June 6th, 2011 at 11:07 pm
  5. charlie said:

    i have an approx. 500 sq. ft. deck that has been either painted or stained with a solid color stain (it has been peeling off)…i am in the process of cleaning and re-staining…i have been unable to get all of the old paint/stain off and i don’t want to go through the expense/hassle to use paint stripper to get it off…sanding would take days…i would like to use a semi-transparent stain to let the wood grain show…however i feel that i’m going to have to go back with a solid stain (which i don’t hate the idea of)…but after reading the comments here…is that the best idea? what brand of stain is best?…i don’t mind buying a good product…but i don’t want to spend in excess either…any ideas? comments?

    June 14th, 2011 at 4:10 pm
  6. administrator said:

    Removing a paint/solid stain completely is nearly impossible. A paint stripper will not work either. You cannot put on a semi-transparent deck stain over top of a solid stain/paint. If you cannot get it removed then your only choice is to use a solid stain.

    June 15th, 2011 at 11:13 pm
  7. Cindy said:

    We have just completed the sanding of our pressure treated deck and are trying to decide what stain to use. We are in Northern Ohio and the deck gets sun for a few hours a day. Are the DEFY products you recommend sealers or stains? What about the TimberOil Brand that you recommend also? I don’t want to strip this deck again!!!!

    July 16th, 2011 at 10:29 pm
  8. administrator said:

    The Defy products are both sealers and stains. Same as with the TimberOil. Both are very good products and would work well in Ohio weather.

    July 17th, 2011 at 1:12 pm
  9. Jimmy D said:

    I have been using Deft for over 10 years and love the product. I have a hugh deck in the U.P. of Michigan, faces North and gets little sun. With Defy I get very little mildew or mold. Oil based stains seem to attract mildew and mold and had turned the deck black in a year. Defy on the deck works for about 4-5 years and then I reapply. My question— How do I get dry defy off my vinyl sideing caused from over spray??? I know that it comes off easy with soap and water when wet, but I missed a few areas and the defy has now dried. Help!!

    July 27th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
  10. administrator said:

    I would go to you local hardware store and look for a water based graffiti remover. Typically in the paint sections. They are citrus based and should not harm the vinyl. Do a test spot first to make sure.

    Glad you like the Defy Stains!

    July 28th, 2011 at 10:37 am
  11. angela brebber said:

    I have just power washed and sanded an existing wood deck. I am very interested in the defy epoxy fortified wood stain. I live in southern bc and would like to know where i could buy this stain. I am ready to do it now.


    August 21st, 2011 at 7:53 am
  12. administrator said:

    You can buy the Defy Epoxy Wood Stain online here:

    Defy Stain in Canada

    There is not any stores on British Columbia

    August 21st, 2011 at 2:22 pm
  13. Bob in BataviaIL said:

    I used DEFY Cedar on my 400 sqft Red Cedar deck 9 years ago. Only now am I refinishing it. For 20 years, the Chicago seasons have had at it. Mildew loved one third of the deck, which is in heavy shade, and The Sun beat down on the rest. During the first ten years, the shaded part needed annual cleaning plus treatment on odd years with oil-based stains (the usual suspects). This issue got solved when I read that the oil itself was promoting mildew growth, so I tried DEFY. No mildew for two years. Its return has been greatly slowed, to the point where I have more green lichens than black mildew. And easier to wash away. Then there’s the sunny area. I like a weathered look, which slowly returned over the years, but I can still see the original stain in the low traffic areas as I wash and prep. We have walked, shoveled or otherwise worn off the finish at the higher hard grains, but can still see the DEFY which penetrated the softer wood in between. It is a great product, which exceeded my expectations. It’s hard to find.

    March 20th, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  14. administrator said:

    Great comment! We appreciate the honest review!

    March 20th, 2012 at 7:51 pm
  15. Jan said:

    I would like to use Defy Epoxy Fortified on my cedar deck but it seems to only be recommended for pressure treated decks. I like the sound of the Defy Extreme and it does list cedar as one of the woods it can be used on. But I really strongly prefer the Redwood colour that only comes in the Epoxy Fortified. I live on Vancouver Island so UV isn’t the main problem – mold is.

    Will I have problems if I use the Epoxy Fortified? Thanks.

    June 22nd, 2012 at 12:48 am
  16. administrator said:

    The Hardwood stain version actually penetrates the Cedar the best. Not much difference between the Epoxy and the Extreme when it comes to cedar wood. The Extreme would offer better uv protection though.

    June 26th, 2012 at 8:22 pm


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