DEFY Exterior Wood Stain Stripper is a biodegradable, easy-to-use deck stain remover that will remove weathered, clear, and semi-transparent wood stains and restore the natural beauty of wood surfaces. Stains and varnishes are removed with the collected dirt, mold, mildew and mill glaze.
If you are unsure whether the wood needs to be stripped or just cleaned, test a small, inconspicuous area to determine which method will provide the best results before proceeding. DEFY Exterior Wood Stain Stripper will cover 100-150 sq. ft. per gallon.
Apply a generous amount of the product with a polyester brush, roller, or pump-up sprayer. Then allow it to set for 15 minutes. Once the finish begins to lift, scrub with a stiff bristle brush in the direction of the wood grain. After scrubbing, rinse with large amounts of water in the direction of the wood grain.
Using a pressure washer, though not mandatory, will eliminate the need for scrubbing. However, particular care should be taken with a power washer to avoid damaging the wood. After rinsing, you must neutralize and brighten the wood with DEFY Wood Brightener immediately. If stubborn areas remain, repeat the application in those areas.
- Coverage Rate: Approx. 100-150 sq. ft. per gallon
- Available Sizes: 1 gal & 5 gal containers
- Application Temperatures: Minimum 45° F
- Application Method: Pump Sprayer
- Rinsing Method: Garden Hose or Power Washer
- Cleanup: Soap & Water
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Warning: This product can expose you to 1,4-dioxane, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and Chloromethane, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
DEFY Exterior Wood Stain Stripper is a ready-to-use liquid that quickly removes worn finishes to restore wood surfaces. Both water-based, and oil-based stains and varnishes are removed.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
LIMITATIONS: DEFY Exterior Wood Stain Stripper is not designed to strip paint or other film-forming surface coatings.
SURFACE PREPARATION: Surfaces to be stripped must be above 50°F. Protect adjacent surfaces; cover with plastic sheets and/or tape off any adjacent areas not being stripped. Thoroughly wet and/or cover plants and shrubs. Rinsing residue will not harm plants or roots. Exposure to full strength product will burn foliage. Test area: Test product in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure desired results before general use.
- Shake well before use.
- Lightly dampen (not saturate) surfaces to be stripped to avoid excessive grain raising.
- Apply a generous and uniform coat with a polyester brush or pump-up sprayer. On vertical surfaces, apply product from bottom up to avoid streaking. Avoid application in direct sunlight.
- Allow DEFY Exterior Wood Stain Stripper to remain wet on a surface for 15 to 25 minutes. Reapply if drying occurs. Allow time for product to work.
- When finish begins to lift from wood surface, scrub if necessary with a stiff bristle brush in the direction of wood grain.
- Rinse in the direction of the wood grain with large amounts of water using highest pressure from a garden hose or power washer with 500- 1200 psi. Using a power washer will eliminate the need for scrubbing. However, particular care should be taken with a power washer to avoid damaging wood. Rinse adjacent areas at the same time.
- If stubborn areas remain, repeat the application in those areas.
- Neutralize and brighten wood with DEFY Wood Brightener immediately after stripping, or within one day. Any stripper not neutralized and thoroughly rinsed will cause poor coating adhesion.
- Allow wood to dry before refinishing.
Note: Product may darken cedar and redwood and raise the grain on some species of wood.
COVERAGE: 100-150 square feet per gallon depending on surface.
Cleanup: Clean tools & equipment immediately after each use with soap & water.
Danger! Corrosive. Keep out of reach of children. Do not take internally. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Avoid breathing mist. Close container tightly after each use. Do not re-use containers. Contains sodium hydroxide and sodium metasilicate. Causes eye, skin and mucous membrane burns. Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Vapor harmful. Use only in a well ventilated area. Wear chemical resistant gloves, boots, goggles and protective clothing. If vapors or mists are generated while applying or removing, wear a NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator and face shield. Change clothing and wash thoroughly when finished. Avoid contact with bare metal surfaces. Project surfaces are extremely slippery to walk on. Do not store in aluminum containers.
If inhaled: Ensure fresh air breathing. Allow the victim to rest. In case of breathing difficulties, administer oxygen. Seek medical attention immediately. If swallowed: Rinse mouth with water (only if the person is conscious). Do NOT induce vomiting. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Obtain emergency medical attention. For skin contact: Rinse using water for 15 minutes after skin contact. Remove contaminated clothes. Wash skin thoroughly with mild soap and water. If skin irritation persists, seek medical attention. For eye contact: Immediately flush eyes thoroughly with water for at least 20 minutes holding eyelids open. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Seek medical attention immediately. For additional information on this product, consult the product data sheet and SDS for this product available at www.defywoodstain.com.
- DEFY not only stains the wood, but it also seals it against water penetration
- DEFY stains can be applied to visibly dry wood or wood that is slightly damp. This makes it possible to clean, brighten and stain all in one day.
- DEFY stains are penetrating stains that soak into the wood pores to form a strong, long-lasting bond.
- No messy solvents needed! Clean-up is easy with just soap and water.
- DEFY offers clear, semi-transparent, and solid stains in a variety of colors that not only protect but beautify your wood.
- DEFY stains are available in flat, natural-looking finishes as well as finishes with a satin sheen (DEFY Ultra).
- DEFY stains are formulated with the latest technology, combined with high-quality ingredients that create a lasting finish that is not prone to peeling, premature fading, or graying.
- DEFY stains offer weather protection from the sun, rain, and snow.
DEFY stands behind the integrity of our products. If you are not satisfied with the performance of this product, and provide that you have followed label instructions, return the unused portion with a proof of purchase for refund or replacement of product.
This guarantee does not include the cost of labor for removal or application of the product.
When you've been making wood stain products as long as we have, you get used to answering similar questions. So we've gathered some of our most frequently asked questions for you here.
If you can't find the answer you're looking for below, we have more FAQ's here. Our blog is also has helpful resources and videos designed to help homeowners with every type of wood stain project.
CLEANING & PREPARATION
The answer varies based on the current condition of your wood. If you do decide to pressure wash your deck, use pressure between 1,000 or 1,200 psi. Also be sure to work with the grain and never against it, as it will cause damage to the wood's surface and splinters.
If you don't have easy access to a pressure washer or have to pay to rent one, we recommend DEFY Wood Cleaner instead. It's easy to use and will clean deep into the wood, which makes your next coat of wood stain more effective and more beautiful.
If you are using an oil-based stain, definitely. You can use DEFY stains, which are water-based products, even when the surface is slightly damp.
With oil based stains, wood must be bone-dry before you can begin staining. However, DEFY stains are water-based, so you can use them even when the surface is slightly damp.
If your wood is in constant shade and moisture is present often, you might never be able to prevent mold and mildew completely. However, you can improve your chances with a professional-grade synthetic stain (like DEFY Extreme Wood Stain) compared to an oil based stain. Oils are a critical food source that mold and mildew feed on, so by eliminating the oil from your deck it's less likely to return.
Use a diluted bleach solution to clean it off. Mix DEFY Wood Cleaner with water (five parts water to one part cleaner), spray it on, let it set for five or ten minutes, and rinse it off. The mildew should die off in the process. To prevent it from coming back, stain your deck with DEFY Ultra Wood Stain for the ultimate mold and mildew protection.
TOOLS & APPLICATION
The best tool for the job varies by the type of job. For decks, the quickest and easiest method to apply DEFY deck stain is with a "car wash" brush. Some have handles and some are handheld and they can be found in most home improvement stores.
You can, but we don't recommend it. Paint rollers were designed for thick paint, not water-based wood stains. Using a roller will often simply push the stain around on the surface and not force it into the pores. It can also leave a stipple effect in the finish when the stain has dried.
When using a semi-transparent DEFY stain (Essential, Extreme or Ultra), only apply as much stain as the wood can absorb easily. If any puddles form during your staining process, be sure to brush them out to disperse the puddle.
DEFY Essential and Extreme stains have a flat finish, so if a gloss has formed on the surface the stain has been over-applied. Over time, it will be likely to peel. Even after two coats, your deck should still have a flat finish.
With DEFY Ultra stains, two coats will result in a satin finish. One coat will appear flat. A glossy appearance, would still indicate an over-application.
This can vary slightly based on where you live, but typically the Spring and Fall offer the easiest conditions to work in. Below 80° is ideal and regardless of the season, it's best to stay out of direct sunlight because it can cause the stain to dry too quickly.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
We know it's easier NOT to stain your deck, but we've designed DEFY wood stains to be the next easiest thing! Leaving your deck untreated, means you'll be building a new deck in a few years and that's much more expensive than protecting the one you've already got.
Your home's outdoor spaces are extension of your life and they deserve both beauty and protection. DEFY wood stains will help protect your investment from UV rays, stains from mold and mildew, and moisture. Restore and extend the life of your deck with DEFY.
That’s easy! Clean your deck with DEFY Wood Brightener, which will give it a boost in appearance. You can also apply one, light coat of new stain once you've brightened.
Yes, DEFY Composite Deck Sealer works well on most composite wood surfaces. Just follow all of the directions in the same way that you would if you were staining regular wood and you'll love the results!
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CLEAN or STRIP
If your wood that is weathered, dirty, graying, or already has a worn out stain on it, use DEFY Wood Cleaner. If there is existing, weathered stain that is still holding up, use DEFY Stain Stripper instead. These products help prepare your wood to receive the maximum amount of new stain and give the entire surface a consistent color.
Once the wood has been cleaned or stripped, use DEFY Wood Brightener to neutralize and brighten the surface.
It also opens the wood pores, so that they can receive the maximum amount of stain.
DEFY offers a variety of stains designed specifically for exterior wood, marine wood and composite wood. Choose your preferred stain color and transparency, then apply one or two coats to protect the natural appearance of your wood.
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