Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain Review 4.5/5 (3)

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Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain Review

Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain Review

Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain RatingUpdate for 2019: This is our initial Review of the Defy Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain.  This review will be updated through the years. The Defy Extreme Solid Stain is an excellent choice for a solid color wood and deck stain. As always, we appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects using the Defy Extreme Solid Stain.

Defy Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain Review

Summary: DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain is a synthetic-resin, opaque wood and deck finish that helps protect against water, mildew, mold, algae, and UV radiation on exterior wood surfaces.

This V.O.C. compliant water-based product provides a beautiful finish, fortified with transparent “oxide” based Nano Particles. There are over 30 TRILLION nano-particles per square inch that provide extreme protection for your wood by blocking out the sun’s harmful UV rays, moisture and fungal growth.

Defy Extreme Solid Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

– The DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain in the custom-mixed Redwood color has a beautiful finished appearance. Coverage was excellent and the grain of the wood was completely covered, which is the nature of solid opaque stains.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

–At the 1-year mark, there was no peeling anywhere. Little to no wearing was visible.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– We applied two coats to our 600 sq. feet of verticals that included all railings and steps. 4 Gallons were used at a cost of $55 per gallon.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9

– After 1 year a slight area of green algae was detected in a shaded area of the deck but seemed to only be on top of the stained surface. This seemed to be more of an issue of the deck’s location than with the actual stain.

Ease of Application: 8

– The DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain is easier to apply than many of the solid color deck stains that you can find in big box stores. Using a staining brush or roller is best for efficient coverage.  We applied both coats, waiting about 20-45 minutes between coats.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 8

– Pressure wash to remove all dirt and grime using a deck cleaner. Let dry and reapply 1-2 coats of the solid stain. No need to strip off, just remove any loose stain prior to reapplication.

Overall Score Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain at 1 Year Period: 8.5

– The DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain is a great solid stain and shows lots of promise. It is newer to the market but that does not mean you shouldn’t consider it. Advances in technology mean that durability is better now than previously.

Product Information

Where to Buy: Do-it Best stores
Cost: $54.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based
Available Custom-Mixed Solid Colors: Custom tinted to any color.
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats  Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-250 sq. ft
Application Tools: Airless Sprayer, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: SaverSystems

Test Deck Stats

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 600 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used: 
Red Custom Mix

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

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Can this stain be applied over a previously applied water-based stain.


Hi there. I see that in your review here the DEFY Extreme Solid is quoted as covering 150-250 ft/Gallon. However on their product page it says 100-150ft/Gallon –

Was the 150-250 based on your experience of actually using the product? It looks as though you were able to cover 600sq ft with 2 coats using 4 gallons, which according to their spec would have required 8 gallons..?

I’m re-covering a deck with an existing solid brown stain and will be using the DEFY extreme in a similar if not slightly darker color of brown.


Where can I buy DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain near me 60915 60 miles south of Chicago IL


Are Defy Extreme or Restore-A-Deck available in any stores in Canada?


Can I apply defy solid stain over a previously applied solid stain that I have power washed and sanded

Trisha Harmon
Trisha Harmon

I painted my huge deck last year with olympic and now it’s peeling!!! It’s a cottage gray color. I have washed the deck down. If I lightly sand where there is peeling can I apply defy?


hello, ive been reading many posts here and appreciate all the help and had a few questions. We bought a house with a weathered deck that seems to have been stained previously with a solid stain and now is peeling off. Deck is roughly 10-15 yrs old as the house is 15 yrs old and i dont believe the deck was built with the house. I have been able to remove some of the peeling with a pressure washer and was going to attempt to remove more of the stain with a combination of deck stripper and sanding
1 – would that be sufficient enough to remove the old stain or is there other options?
2 – am i now limited to only solid color staining as semi-transparent would most likely show the old stain?
3 – am able to stain over with another solid stain such as the defy solid color stain if i am not able to remove all the stain such as with the vertical rails?
3 – is there a stripper that is recommended for removing solid stain specifically or are they all for stains in general?

i know that it will be time consuming to remove the old solid stain but would rather put time and effort into correctly removing and staining 1 time and just up-keeping from there. Thanks for your help and input


Last summer was so rainy I missed the window to restain my 1,500 sq. ft deck, treated pine, gets full sun daily until late afternoon.. I use a solid color stain and like the look. Parts of always peel so it has to be scraped and redone every other year. If we get another rainy spring and summer does the deck have to be bone-dry to accept a water-based solid color stain? If I start over this year and sand it down, what would the optimal weather/sun conditions be and the best brand solid color stain to get a deck finish that doesn’t peel? I’ve been using Olympic but not thrilled.
Thanks for any advice.