I'd recommend Defy Extreme Wood Stain strongly. I had a large new deck with redwood planking. When it came time to stain it, I was very careful in selecting what I applied as I'd had bad experiences in the past. I researched many products and picked Defy Extreme. It has turned out splendidly -- the first deck is now 18 months of wear, and another deck has 8 months. Both have held up well to the elements and look close to the day they were finished. One tip I'd add: the manufacturer says to NOT recoat the wood once the two initial layers have dried. I have done so successfully with one trick: as the first coats work well the additional coat tends to pool upon application, concentrating the stain into "stains". The trick is to apply a small area, let it get tacky, then spread. The tackiness then keeps it from pooling.
The product was delivered via FedEx promptly. Two of the Gallon containers were individually wrapped and sealed in plastic bags, then put in a box with bubble wraps. I ordered 4 Gallons so two of those boxes were again bubble wrapped and placed in a larger box. Very secure package. I would definitely use this store again.
First a little history - I have a cedar deck and have used an oil based product, an acrylic product, and now this new "miracle" stain from Defy. I was so disappointed with the oil based product. It looked beautiful for a year and then turned totally black with mildew. I had to strip it all off with a power washer.
Then I tried the acrylic product that is really more like a paint - it stays on the surface rather than penetrating. That pealed and started to look bad in the second year. So, I stripped that. Last year I tried the Defy Extreme Wood Stain Cedar Tone and .... so far so good! It looks almost as good a year later as when I first put it on!
I just finished the last of the deck (did half of it last year) and am expecting it to last a very long time. This is clearly the best product I have ever used on my deck. It is very "thin/watery" when you apply it, so it's a little harder to apply it, but not a big deal. I don't really care because it LASTS!
The product arrived quickly and extremely well (safely) packaged. I am in the process of staining a once beautiful (and expensive) 6-yr old cedar picnic table and benches, which have been out in intense sunlight, monsoon rains, ice and snow. I could not be more pleased with the way these items look now, and I am hoping that (as advertised) the wonderfully rich cedar color will last far into the future.
I used this product on a house with cedar siding and on a deck that is also made of cedar. The product applied easily and was easily absorbed into the wood. The best results I got was to have one person spray the Defy onto the wood and have someone come right behind and brush it in. I used a pump sprayer of the type you would use for spraying weed killer and it worked very well. When the Defy dried it was very water repellent. On the deck it would not let water soak into the wood and the water stayed beaded on the wood until the sun dried it. The deck was also not slippery at all. In fact, when it got wet the Defy provided excellent traction. There was no chance of slipping on the Defy coating at all. I give this product 5 stars.
I needed to refinish a cedar garage door and also a pressure-treated deck. The garage door had been finished with urethane that had turned very dark over the years. After stripping off the old varnish with a combination of a heat gun, paint stripper and sandpaper, I decided to try a penetrating rather than a surface-sealing product. I liked the idea of nano-particle technology to protect the wood and maintain the bright color. The door has been through one winter and looks good. This spring, I did a light sanding and put another coat on. I also used the product to spiff up the deck which had been treated with Thompson's Water Seal for many years. The garage door looks great, but it was difficult to get the pressure-treated deck stripped enough to take up the Extreme Wood Stain evenly. It looks a lot better but would have been better if I had started with it years ago instead of the Thompson's water sealer. One great thing about the Extreme product is that it is water clean-up. Be careful when you apply it because it tends to drip. I found that on vertical surfaces, I needed to keep going back to brush out the drips until it was dry enough.
I put in a new deck, stairs to a lake and dock. I used DEFY last year with the wood cleaner and brightener to have the stain absorbed on new treated lumber. Per the directions I saw on a home owner web site, I just put another coat on this spring. I used the cedar color both times. The wood is holding up extremely well and it looks beautiful. My neighbor used Thompson's Water Seal. What a difference between my stain and sealer to theirs. My wood still looks like new. I get compliments from all my neighbors around the lake. HINTS: Don't stain in bright hot sun. Add the 2nd coat before the 1st one dries and make sure it is not "puddling" anywhere. If it does, just brush it out.
Stain works greats, good color, and repels water, mold, mildew great. This is my second application after 2 years on a deck which doesn't get any sun. Product is way better then previous chain store stains. I only gave 4 stars because the stain didn't cover as much as expected based on the the product description when using a Wagner paint sprayer.
I have tried many different products on my redwood deck over the past twenty years. This product by far is the best. It still looks great after two+ seasons and I've decided I don't need to look further for a better product. There probably isn't one, anyway!
Looks good after initial two coats. Easy to apply. Will have to see how it last over time.