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 a 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 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.
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 than 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.
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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.