Last Updated on January 30, 2023 by Defy Help
Update on How to Prep for Defy Stains 2023
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How to Prep for Defy Stains
Defy Stains have superb penetration and color retention properties. They resist moisture and block out damaging UV rays. Defy Stains are not prone to flaking or peeling making them easy to maintain. The VOC compliant formula gives long-lasting protection against the elements for years of beauty.
Defy Stains can be used on wood siding, decks, fences, log homes, shake shingles, outdoor furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces. Before applying any of the Defy Stain products the wood surface must be prepped correctly to assure proper penetration and stain performance.
Surface Preparation: New cedar wood should be prepped and stained as promptly as possible to evade sun and water damage. Pressure-treated pine and “oil-rich” woods like mahogany need to weather 3-6 months prior to being prepped and stained.
Stain Stripping: Do not apply Defy Stains on top of already stained or painted surfaces. Strip the surface with Defy Exterior Wood Stain Stripper to remove any existing coatings prior to staining with Defy Stains.
Wood Cleaning: All wood surfaces should be clean and dry prior to applying Defy Stain. To remove mildew, graying, mill glaze, and other unwanted soils use Defy Wood Cleaner. Proper wood cleaning will remove contaminants that may block surface pores and hinder Defy Stain performance.
After applying Defy Stain Stripper or Defy Wood Cleaner to use a scrubbing brush or pressure washer to gently clean the wood in a methodical manner to remove foreign matter. Rinse completely after cleaning.
Wood Brightening: Both the Defy stain stripper and the wood cleaner will have a darkening effect on the wood. Use Defy Wood Brightener to reverse this effect and restore the wood to its natural color. Defy Brightener will also open wood pores allowing for better stain penetration. Apply Defy Wood Brightener while the surface is still wet following stripping or cleaning.
After wood prep for Defy stains is complete, allow the wood to dry for a minimum of 48 hours prior to applying any of the Defy Wood and Deck Stains.