Updated February 2020
Defy Extreme Hardwood Stain Review 2020
Defy Hardwood Deck Stain was developed to penetrate dense exotic woods such as IPE, Tigerwood, Camura, Teak, and Mahogany. The Defy Hardwood Stain contains synthetic resins that absorb into the wood leaving a natural semi-transparent finish. Defy Hardwood is a “green” friendly finish that blocks out water and provides long-lasting protection from weather damage.
Defy Extreme Hardwood Stain should also be considered for oil-rich woods such as Cedar and Redwood, offering better penetration for these wood types.
Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains
Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained, will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.
Defy Hardwood Deck Stain Rating (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8
– We choose the Defy Hardwood in the Light Walnut color to enhance the natural brownish/red tones of the IPE decking. The IPE looked stunning when the stained was applied but dried a little lighter. Overall a very rich look to the IPE as expected.
Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 8
– As mentioned previously we only test exotic hardwoods for 1 year. Defy Hardwood Stain was one of a few stains that lasted the full 12 months on the IPE wood. About 80% of the original color was left on the IPE.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8
– Being that IPE is extremely dense we expected some wearing of the Defy Hardwood Stain. Overall the Defy did well and small amounts of wearing were visible throughout the IPE on the flooring and steps.
Cost Per Square Foot: 7
– Defy Hardwood Wood Stain costs $35.99 per gallon. The IPE decking was 450 square feet and we used all 5 gallons for the 2 coats. Costs $.40 a square foot.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9
– No mold or mildew on the flooring surface. A small amount of algae was present in the shaded area. This area seemed to be constantly wet from the bushes and sprinklers.
Ease of Application: 8
– For a water-based stain, Defy Hardwood penetrates extremely well without any filming on the surface of the wood. Coverage per square foot was not what we would expect with an oil-based stain but on par with similar water-based wood stains. We applied the Defy Hardwood with a brush to the railing and a lambswool pad to the floor. Two coats were applied to the floors. The first coat took 2-3 hours and the second took 1 hour.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 10
– Defy Hardwood Stain did not darken but faded lightly after the 1 year. This would make re-application easier.
Difficulty of Reapplication:8.5
– Since the Defy Hardwood Stain had faded evenly without any peeling or darkening, it would be easy to apply a wood cleaner to prep the wood. Re-coating should not be an issue since the stain had penetrated into the wood.
Overall Score Defy Extreme Stain at 1 Year Period: 8.31
– We were very pleased with the Defy Hardwood Stain on the IPE decking. Overall the stain lasted longer than most hardwood stains and did not darken or turn black in color. This will make annual maintenance easy for the IPE.
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Cost: $40.99 per Gallon, $209.99 per 5 Gallon Pail w/Free Delivery
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: Cedartone, Natural Pine, Light Walnut
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. “Wet on Wet” Cedar and Exotic Hardwoods
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:
Deck Wood Type: IPE Exotic Hardwood Decking
Deck Square Footage: 450 Square feet
UV Exposure: 20% Shade 80% Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used: Light Walnut
*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.