Defy Stain Stripper Review 4.3/5 (12)

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Defy Wood Deck Stain Stripper

Defy Deck Stain Stripper

Defy Stain Stripper Rating

Update 2019: Defy Stain Stripper Review

Note: Defy Stain Stripper had a label change in 2019.

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Note: Defy Stain Stripper had a label change in 2019.


Defy 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 restores the 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. The cost for the 4 gallons was $80, or $.13 per foot. This is average for a stain stripper. Better than most liquid gallons but much more than 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 the first pass with the stripper, more than 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 eyewear. 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 its 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
The 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 into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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Bob Hansen
Bob Hansen

can I use this to remove over spray deck stain on vinyl siding?

Lorraine
Lorraine

We have a really challenging stain situation. Five years ago, we had a general contractor apply Sikkens (now part of PPG) Log & Siding stain on our split log siding. This is a semi-transparent oil stain. The problem is, the wood wasn’t cleaned and prepped properly after they power washed the old stain off, so the end result of the stain is that it’s way darker than it should be, and there is wood fuzz/felting everywhere from the aggressive power washing. It’s looked pretty bad for five years.

Since Sikkens is a five-year stain, we decided that this year, we’d clean the wood and re-apply the stain properly, doing one side of the house at a time. The problem is, Sikkens is a VERY hard to remove stain. In an effort to try to clean the old stain off, I ordered a gallon of this Defy stain stripper online. I followed the directions, let the stripper dwell on the wood (wet) for 20-25 minutes, and then power washed it off. While I could tell the Defy was doing something (running your fingers over the siding after application, you could see the Sikkens stain color coming off on your fingers), after the wood dried, it didn’t look like any stain had been removed at all – the color looked the same!

After one application of Defy and no results, I emailed Defy’s customer service (parent company: SaverSystems), explained the problem I was having, and asked some questions. The lady I spoke to, Tricia, wrote me back the same day and answered my questions. She said that yes, you could apply multiple applications of their stain stripper without damaging the wood. She was very apologetic and even offered to send me an extra gallon of stain stripper to help me finish the job. I said, “cool, send it on!” Note that I also emailed Sikkens and asked them how the heck I’m supposed to remove their stain. They never responded.

A week later, I received not just one gallon of free Defy stain stripper, but 10 gallons! And a couple of gallons of their wood brightener! I was amazed at the extra mile this company went to try to help me with this impossible project.

In the end, on the one side of the house I worked on, I actually wound up having to hand sand (random orbit sander) off the Sikkens stain. No stain stripper wouldn’t remove the Sikkens (I tried a different brand’s, as well). But if you have normal, non-hardcore Sikkens stain to remove, I would highly recommend Defy’s stain stripper because 1) it does seem to dissolve oil-based stain, just not ours, and 2) their customer service is out of this world amazing.

frank
frank

how does the stripper work on Cumaru wood with Armstrong oil based stain that is mahogany color?

Jack
Jack

I sanded my deck with an industrial pad sander but there is still small amounts of stain down in low spots of wood. Is there a stripper that would remove a solid color stain?

Melanie
Melanie

Is this product plant safe? I have boxwood around my deck. Should we cover with tarp?

Melanie
Melanie

Is this plant safe or should I cover my plants that are around my deck?

Alex Castro
Alex Castro

Can I use RAD Brightener after Defy stripper? I already have it.

Anna
Anna

Will this remove paint as well or deck stains only?

Dorie
Dorie

When I washed the stripper off my redwood deck with the power washer, the grains of the wood were raised up. I followed with the brightener. If the grain s in the wood are still raised when the deck railing dries, should I lightly sand the wood before staining?
What caused the wood grains to raise and how do I prevent it?
Thanks,
Doris

Jan Mc
Jan Mc

Thanks for the review on DEFY. The stain stripper and then brightener really did the job. We have a 600 + square foot deck, stained after a new build with Penofin (at the recommendation of a contractor and another knowledgeable person). 2 1/2 years later, the finish was peeling, and needed to be removed. After doing research on this site and others, decided on Defy liquid stain stripper and Defy brightener. It was stripped and cleaned and brightened today, see the photos to see the difference. Stain (with Armstrong) will be done early next week.

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Jan Mc
Jan Mc

Just FYI… In the product stats, it says that this product sells for $19.99 per gallon. We had to buy from Amazon, because we could not find it locally anywhere. It is $34.99 per gallon on Amazon. Used a little less than 3 gallons for the deck.

Mike
Mike

Everyone has a deck stain story, and basically all the stories are bad. I never do reviews, but Defy Wood Stain Stripper saved our sanity. Our 1700 square ft deck plus benches and stairs was originally stained with a horrible product called Penofin. It turned black and the factory came and stripped it and re-did it working 8 hours a day for a month and unfortunately restrained it with the same lousy product. The deck turned black again. The factory man had quit. The contractor denied responsibility. My wife found Defy on the internet, and ordered a gallon.

Defy applied liberally, allowed to set up for around a half hour, and hit with just a narrow torrent of water from the outdoor spigot with a good old-fashioned spray nozzle saved our deck. Sure I had to do a couple of areas twice, but so what.

Jenny
Jenny

Does this product work on removing Behr Deck over?

Joe
Joe

I just finished stripping a cedar deck using both the Defy stripped and cleaner. I have been a deck owner on several homes over many years I absolutely detest this every 2 to 4 year project. Having used several different products, a friend recommended the Defy product and I have to say that I am absolutely amazed at how well the Defy products worked.

Preparing a deck to be stained is still not an easy task, but I followed the directions and the results were fantastic. I did use a power washer to remove the stripped, but the old stain came off every easily. You have won over a new customer.

Kevin
Kevin

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?

Thanks!

Kevin

Greg
Greg

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

Meg
Meg

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.

joyce
joyce

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

Al
Al

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

Lem
Lem

i’ve been in the same boat,..we bought the (supposed ) best toughest (Cabot) and followed the directions to the T,..waste. peeling and all after 2 years,..my father in law, painted his deck with good ol Rustoleum Gray paint (tru values version) using gray primer 1st,..has FAR outlasted the the stupid over priced Cabot stuff. i’ll never use anything but a rustoleum type paint again on my deck again. Everyone else can “talk” all they want…

Ellen
Ellen

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?

John
John

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

WEW
WEW

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?