Few products have ever earned my personal 5 star rating, but Defy Extreme gets it and more. Having tried a dense brown stain that peeled in 3 years and an expensive deck paint that peeled in 2 years, I planed off the top 1/8" surface of the then 10-year old wood decking to expose a clean surface with which to apply the Defy Extreme in 2011. It looks like milky water so it has no filling of cracks capability but those nano particles left on the surface do an amazing job of stopping sun weathering. After 2 full years of exposures to high altitude (9,000') UV sun and temps from -25° to 90°, there is no sign of peeling (product penetrates into the wood so no surface coat to peel) and the surface looks new. Be careful to follow the instructions to apply second coat while first is still damp and don't over apply.
Replaced 29 year old original deck with brand new one waited 3 months as directed before using the clear stain and it looks awesome! Now I know all that money spent on new deck will not be wasted thanks to the super long lasting protection of DEFY!
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!!!
Shipped fast. Packaged great. Went on easy. Looks great!
They say 100-150 sq ft. 2 coats. I got less than half that. Barely 100 sq ft with one coat. Great product though, you'll need much more than you'd expect.
This wood stain was the 4th brand in as many weeks to try to restore our weathered pressure treated deck. The results were surprising, even retaining some of the desired weathered look while completely sealing the surface. Remarkable stuff.
I have just applied Defy on my new salt treated deck, it went on very easy and dried fast. I will know more after it rains and the sun beats down on it for a couple months.
We applied the Defy Extreme wood stain to newly built cedar decking stairs last year. What I remember the most is that is "runs" of wood really easily, so you have to apply it slowly and deliberately. It also means you don't put it on thick which reduces the cost. Once applied and dried you don't even know it is there. After one year the wood turned grey and has quite a few cracks. The cracks could be the wood that is causing it. It certainly does not peel, since I can't even see where it is applied once dried. We just finished an 1000 Sq foot deck and will use the same product again. We love the look and the fact that it does not add any color, and certainly the wood is now elegant slightly greyed without spots.
Often I wonder though if it provides enough protection against humidity.. and if I should apply a second product that provides water proofing protection. Time will tell and by that time it may be too late to change it.
I really loved the finished look of this product....would definitely recommend.