We have a very large western red cedar deck which is exposed to a lot of debris as our backyard is heavily wooded. Our deck requires a lot of maintenance. We have tried every high end stain and sealer out there with price no consideration. Far and away DEFY is the best. It goes on easy, lasts long, and most importantly makes the deck look spectacular. We used to have to clean, stain and seal it every year but we are now down to every other year or 3 years. This product is excellent.
We clean the deck with OxiClean after removing all the debris from the spaces between boards. We never power wash it because that damages the surface fibers. Then we apply one coat of cedar tone stain followed by 2 coats of the clear sealer. We only have to do the vertical slats every 5 years or so (thank Gooodness...there are over 150 of them). The end result is unbelievably gorgeous!
I would like to also add that this vendor, Small's DTEPStore is outstanding. I received the product within days, incredibly packaged (every can was in a sealed plastic bag), with the invoice and a thank you card. I was blown away at how well it was carefully packaged. I am a huge purchaser of things on the internet and I must say that these folks are one of the best I have ever seen. That is something considering I am from Michigan and they are in Ohio! Go Blue!!!