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Defy Epoxy Fortified Stain Review4/5(1)

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain

Discontinued and Replaced with Defy Extreme Stain

Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain is a MPI “green” certified exterior stain that protects wood from the damaging effects of weather. The “Epoxy” is not like an traditional epoxy that goes on a garage floor but rather a synthetic epoxy resin that penetrates deep into the pores of the wood. This epoxy resin hardens inside the wood creating a weather proof barrier that prevents water damage and UV graying.

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain can be used on all types of unfinished exterior fencing, decking, and wood structures/homes.

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

- Defy Epoxy in the Light Walnut color added a rich semi-transparent look to the natural grain. The Light Walnut color was a medium brown with a slight hint of red. Our 300 foot deck attained a nice “mahogany” look to it after drying.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 9

- We tested the Defy Epoxy for 2.5 years. When evaluating the deck we would say that 90% of the original color remained on the vertical railings and 80% remained on the horizontal flooring.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7.5

- The Defy Epoxy did well on 75% of the deck when it comes to wearing/peeling. There were zero issues with the verticals but there was a some wear/tear on the flooring. It is noted that this deck is used for everyday access into the home. This is acceptable in our opinion and other related stains have shown wearing in high traffic areas.

Defy Epoxy Light Walnut

Defy Epoxy Light Walnut

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

- Defy Epoxy Stain costs $35.99 per gallon. We applied the suggested two coats of stain wet on wet. Three gallons of Epoxy Stain were used for the 300 foot test deck. Translates to $.36 a square foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 10

- There was no mold or mildew on the deck after 2.5 years.

Ease of Application: 7.5

- We found that the Defy Epoxy Stain was a little difficult to apply. Saversystems, the manufacturer of Defy products suggests applying two coats of stain “wet on wet”. We watched the free DVD that came with the stain and followed the directions. The first coat penetrated into the wood extremely well. So well that we needed to move fast so the stain would not dry. The second coat was applied 30 minutes after the first coat. This second coat was substantially easier to apply and evened out the overall appearance. We would suggest tarping the floor when staining the rails to avoid drips drying on the floor.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 9

- No darkening and just a slight fading after 2.5 years.

Difficulty of Reapplication:8

- Defy Epoxy would be easy to re-coat since the stain penetrated into the wood with little to no darkening. Using the Defy Wood Cleaner would be enough to prep the wood.

Overall Score Defy Epoxy Stain at 2 Year Period: 8.25

- Defy Wood Stains continue to impress. We found that the Defy brand of stains will penetrate better into the wood then any other water based stain on the market. The Defy Epoxy easily outperforms other water based stains such as Behr Premium and Sherwin Williams Deckscapes, putting the Defy Stains on par with many high end oil based stains.

Product Information:

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Cost: $35.99 per Gallon, $179.99 per 5 Gallon Pail w/Free Delivery
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: Cedartone, Natural Pine, Light Walnut, Clear, Redwood, Driftwood Gray
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. “Wet on Wet”
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
Cleanup: Soap and Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Saver Systems

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: May 2007
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 300 Square feet
UV Exposure: 40% Shade 60% Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2.5 Years
Stain Color Used:
Light Walnut


*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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23 Responses to “Defy Epoxy Fortified Stain Review”

  1. [...] Defy Extreme Wood Stain is an improved version of the Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain. Containing the same ingredients but with the added UV protection of the zinc oxide nano particles [...]

  2. Carole says:

    Are you aware that your pages will not print? I wanted to print-out the info and then confer with my husband. Soome pages will print, but never the first page.

  3. Tony says:

    Do you have any pictures of this deck? We are building a home on the panhandle of florida and have a 400 sq ft pressure treated pine deck that I plan on staining in a couple of months. I am thinking about using the Defy Extreme in walnut. I know you tested the Defy Extreme but I think it was in the cedar color. Do you recommend both a wood cleaner and brightner prior to applying the stain? One more question. When you apply wet on wet, recommendations on what to do to prevent stepping on areas already stained when applying the second coat.Really enjoy your site as it is packed with excellent information and helped me with my choosing a stain.

    • We have added the picture. Yes you should clean and brighten the wood. You can step in your first coat after about 20 minutes just do not step in your second coat.

  4. Donna Downeast says:

    We have a white cedar deck that has not been treated. It was installed last summer/fall and is a weathered grey color right now. I need to treat it with something in the next few weeks.

    I have had very bad experience with Cabot's water-based deck stain and wouldn't go with water-based again. All I want to do is apply a product that will protect the wood, not change the color much.

    I live on the ocean in Maine where the weather is challenging, to put it mildly. Part of this deck is on the water-facing side and also a Southern exposure, so it takes a beating.

    Recommendations? I looked up TWP and Defy stains and it seems they're not available in my area…

  5. bill edens says:

    you are not supposed to apply a second coat if the first is dry. so how do you apply second coat wet on last section where you only have one exit.

  6. Teri says:

    Can this product be applied to Trex decking? We live in southern New Mexico and our deck is starting to deteriorate so we need to seal it.

  7. Mike says:

    I live in Omaha, Nebraska and had a new Cedar fence put up in November. I plan on staining it this spring and wanted you suggestion on what stain to use. I would like to preserve the Cedar natural look, but a stain that will provide the longest amount of protection. Considering it will only be a few months after the fence was up, do I need apply any cleaning products as part of the preparation process or would a power wash alone be sufficient?

    • Mike, If you have rough wood as most fences do then you can just do a light cleaning to remove dirt then stain. if the wood has started to gray then you would want a wood cleaner. Pigments in the stain is the key to longer life. The richer the tone the longer it takes to fade is the general rule. I would look at TWP Stains or Defy Extreme Stain.

  8. [...] Important Note:  This is Our 2nd Review of Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain. Our first review of the Defy Epoxy Stain was started in 2007 and completed in 2009.  See Here for First Review: Defy Epoxy Stain Review [...]

  9. Kevin R Hall says:

    I have about 2.5 gallons of Defy Epoxy Fortified Stain left that i bought in Sept 2007. It has been in my non heated garage all those years. Any ideas on whether it would still be OK to use?

  10. Trudy H says:

    Hello. Need to apply a new coat of stain to my deck which was stained with a water based stain about 3 years ago. It was a solid stain that is mostly stripped from the deck floor at this point. I would like to use the Defy brand but I don't know which one of their stains would work. I would appreciate some advice.

  11. Trudy H says:

    I started with my stain removal and I'm wondering if 100% removal means every single spot. I've been using a chemical stain remover and its leaving behind small spots and patches. Is there something else I need to do to get this off?

  12. Gary says:

    Hello, I have a cedar deck. I removed each board and sanded with a belt sander. I would like to used the epoxy fortified deck stain stain, but was wondering if it works on cedar decking. I reside in central Oregon, where the climate is dry, less then 20" of rain a year, but is in the snow zone (4000 ft elevation). Thanks Gary.

    • Gary, best to use the Defy Extreme which is an improved version of the Epoxy. The manufacturer has stated that the Epoxy will no longer be available after 2014. Yes you can use the Extreme for the Cedar wood.

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