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Defy Stain Stripper Review

Defy Deck Stain Stripper

Defy Deck Stain Stripper Review

Defy Stain Stripper RatingDefy Exterior Wood and Deck Stripper is designed to remove transparent and semi-transparent exterior wood and decking stains. Defy Stripper is a biodegradable deck stain remover that restore wood to a like new appearance that will work on both water-based and oil-based stains.

Defy Wood Brightener is needed to neutralize after using the stripper

Defy Stain Stripper Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

– Defy Stain Stripper removes general dirt and graying with relative ease. The deep penetration of the stripper softens the dirt and grime so it can easily be rinsed from the wood.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

– We used 4 gallons of Defy Stain Stripper for the 600 square foot deck. Cost for the 4 gallons was $80, or $.13 per foot. This is average for a stain stripper. Better then most liquid gallons but much more then a powder concentrate.

Removal of Old Stain: 9

– Defy Stain Stripper had no problem with removing the two year old TWP stain. It softened the stain to the point that light scrubbing would remove the finish. On first pass with the stripper, more then 90% of the old stain was removed. Spot treating the rest proved effective for 100% removal.

Ease of Application: 8

– The Defy Stain Stripper comes premixed and is not to be diluted. We took precautions by wearing protective clothing, gloves and eye wear. The stripper was applied with a garden pump sprayer, sat for 15 minutes, scrubbed, then high pressure rinsed off.

Final Appearance of Stripping: 9

– The cedar wood had retained 90% of it’s natural color after the Defy Stain Stripper and Defy Wood Brightener.

Overall Score Defy Stain Stripper: 8.25

– Excellent deck stain stripper. Defy Stain Stripper would be a solid choice for a residential homeowner who is looking to remove a failed deck stain.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Select Stores and Online
Product Type: Liquid Wood Deck Stain Stripper
Available Sizes: 1 Gallon
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer
Manufacturer: Saversystems

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Cedar
Deck Square Footage: 600
Condition of Deck: 2 year old TWP Stain was removed
How Much Product Used:
4 Gallons. Retails for $19.99 a gallon

*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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Average Ratings Score From Consumers Who Have Used Product 

4.33/5 (2)


17 responses to “Defy Stain Stripper Review”

  1. John says:

    I just put down a semi transparent from Cabot just this weekend, 5/28. It came out bad, too dark. Anyway I want to get it off soon. I read good things about this. Is it best to do it now or wait for aging. The wood is about 1 1/2 years old never been stained. The deck is 12×36. Not a lot of fun

    • John, very hard to remove a stain that was just applied. It does not matter if you do now or wait, either way it will be difficult unless you wait a couple of years.

    • WEW says:

      What stripper can you recommend to strip Behr premium solid deck stain (acrylic), considering that you found the Behr stripper product to be essentially worthless?

      • When dealing with solid stains, no stripper will work very well. Plane to use a powdered stripper like HD80 or Restore A Deck, mix strong, pressure wash to remove much as possible. This could be anywhere from 20-80% in our experience. Sand rest to remove. This is not an easy thing to do.

  2. Ellen says:

    Is it OK to use Restore-A-Deck Injectable Stripper, Defy Brightener, and Defy Extreme Stain or should I use one manufacturer for the whole process?

  3. Al says:

    I have a 20 by 60 deck 6 years old,cedar, it weathered 9 months, stained with Sikkens, semi-transparent,looked bad after 2 and one half years,restained with Cabot semi with some dark tint, after 2 and one half years its showing lots of the old Sikkens. All done by a contracter,now he says just paint over it with a oil base paint,is he smoking something or will it last as he claims for ten years? thanks Al

    • Al, nothing lasts more then 2-3 years on a horizontal deck. The key is to use a penetrating semi-transparent stain that can be applied int he future without a hassle. There is nothing that can go on top of your coatings and \”fix\” the underlying issues. The oil based paint will probably last 2-3 years but no longer.

  4. joyce says:

    This product not as good as it was 5 years ago.

  5. Meg says:

    I used the Defy Stain Stripper and have several areas where the stripper was not effective (actually I wasn't effective in scrubbing it completely off). It has been well over 24 hours and I'm not sure whether I should reapply the stripper to the trouble areas or use the Brightener to neutralize the stripper. The deck floor is completely fine, it's mainly on the vertical areas i.e. the spindles on the rail.

  6. Greg says:

    I need to remove a solid stain. Was wondering what stripper would work the best to remove the stain?

  7. Kevin says:

    I'm trying to strip a fence. However, since I have to refinish nearly 2000+ sq feet, I 'm having trouble stomaching the cost of this stripper. I tried a cheaper one, but it is taking forever to get all the stain off. I'm applying the remover per the instructions and today it took me about an hour to remove the stain from 300 sq feet using a 3000 PSI pressurer washer.

    1. How important is it to remove ALL the old stain. Can I just stain over the really tenacious stuff? I'll be covering my fence with Defy acrylic. The old stuff is Olympic acrylic.

    2. If #1 is not a good idea, any suggestions on a more cost effective stain remover?



    • 1. When switching brands it is best to remove all or as much as possible of the old stain. Try for 95% or more. Little here and there and in the knots should be okay.

      2. Depends on the type of stain that the Olympic was? Semi-trans? Semi-Solid? Solid stain? The RAD stripper and HD80 are pretty economical.

      • Kevin says:

        I used Olympic Maximum semi-transparent.

        As an aside, I hit a portion of my fence where i can't get the stain off at all. Would it be best for me to use the Olympic stripper? Or try the RAD / HD80?

        Thanks very much!

        • I would try the RAD or HD80. They are powders that can be mixed stronger if needed for difficult to remove stains. Make sure that you wear protective clothing, gloves, etc when doing this.

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