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DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods

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DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is formulated with smaller resins that penetrate hardwoods or oily softwoods better. If you're 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 deck sealer specifically formulated for use on cedar, mahogany, redwood, and other dense or difficult-to-penetrate woods.


DEFY Deck Sealer 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 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; most deck stains have trouble penetrating oil-rich or dense wood types. This product was specifically designed with smaller resins in order to penetrate more efficiently, which helps to eliminate surface buildup and peeling. Other products claim to be the best stain for cedar decks but there is only one – DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods.

This VOC compliant stain penetrates wood pores to block out water and provide long-lasting protection from weather damage. This product also works well on composite woods. For clear protection on composite wood, use Composite Deck Waterproofing Sealer.

Easy Deck Sealer Maintenance

DEFY deck stains will give your deck years of protection and are easy to maintain. 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 and the color begins to fade, a maintenance coat will need to be applied. To check the surface to see if it 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 of DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods as directed on the label. A maintenance coat will generally result in a slightly darker color than the original application.

All of the DEFY deck sealers contain powerful sunscreens to block damaging UV rays. Ultraviolet rays cause wood to turn gray and become susceptible to water penetration and decay. Deck Stain for Hardwoods contains synthetic resins that do not attract mildew and algae like other natural resin (oil-based) stains do. Additionally, this deck stain is a water repellent that reduces water penetration up to 90%.

Environmentally Friendly Deck Stains

All of the DEFY wood stains meet the Green Performance Standards of the Master Painters Institute (MPI) which takes into account performance and environmental friendliness in light of the latest environmental regulations. Click here for the Green Approved Product List.


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Size/Color Approx. Weight Product Code UPC #
1 gal/Cedar Tone 9 lbs 300166 709057550017
5 gal/Cedar Tone 45 lbs 300169 709057550055
1 gal/Light Walnut 9 lbs 300167 709057551014
5 gal/Light Walnut 45 lbs 300170 709057551052
1 gal/Natural Pine 9 lbs 300168 709057552011
5 gal/Natural Pine 45 lbs 300171 709057552059

  • Coverage Rate: 100-150 sq. ft. per gallon (figure 100 sq. ft. for 2 coats)
  • Available Sizes: 1, and 5 gallon recycleable containers
  • Application Temperatures: Min. 45° F
  • Application Method: Pump-up Sprayer, Airless Sprayer, Pad Applicator, or Brush
  • Dry Time: 2-4 hours (above 45° F), Allow 24 hours before using
  • Cleanup: Soap and water


DEFY Wood Stain Instructional Video