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How to Apply DEFY Wood Oil for Decks

With a Little Help from your Friends

DEFY Wood Oil for Decks with its VOC compliant water-based formula penetrates deep into wood fibers...

providing maximum long-term protection from weather damage and offering color retention superior to conventional oil-based stains. When properly applied, DEFY's excellent penetration helps cut out surface build-up and peeling. DEFY Wood Oil for Decks is a long-lasting, semi-transparent wood stain specially developed for use on all types of decking materials including cedar, mahogany, redwood, pressure treated lumber, exotic hardwoods and composite lumber. DEFY Wood Oil for Decks is available in 3 semi-transparent colors of Natural, Cedar and Redwood.

Because Oxide based pigments are only available in red, yellow and black this limits the products color selection. Iron oxide pigment is ideally the most effective deck protective pigment available. Often used for industrial paint applications that are going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions. Since DEFY™ Wood Oil for Decks is also damp wood friendly, this efficiency permits cleaning, prepping and application of the product all in a single day.

DEFY Wood Oil for Decks Application Procedure

Before you begin:

Dock shown with DEFY Wood Oil for Decks Cedar Tone.Using DEFY Oxygenated Bleach Wood Cleaner or a similar sodium hydroxide solution for cleaning wood decks, releases the dead wood fibers from the healthy wood surface. These products normally work on contact and can easily be applied with a garden sprayer or low power pressure washer. Next, use a hose and a scrub broom, or again the low power pressure washer, to clean and remove the old degenerated wood fibers from the surface of the deck. Note: If you are redoing a previously coated deck you may need a stronger solution to remove the old coating such as DEFY Exterior Wood Stain Stripper or similar wood stain stripper as some coatings cannot be removed simply by cleaning.

As decks weather they turn a grey color. This is the result of the Sun’s UV rays. This grey looking surface is actually nature’s way of protecting the wood underneath from harm. Sort of like how a suntan protects your skin in the summer months. Unfortunately once grayed, the deck’s appearance does not look as nice as a good tan. Hence DEFY Wood Oil for Decks was born. It gives great UV protection while allowing a beautiful wood tone (or surface suntan) to be enjoyed.

 

Use DEFY Oxygenated Bleach Wood Cleaner to remove mill glaze, mildew, graying and other foreign matter that might block surface pores and interfere with product penetration. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or power washer (maximum 1200 psi). DEFY Oxygenated Bleach Wood Cleaner will darken redwood and some types of cedar; however, this darkening will disappear once treated with DEFY Wood Brightener.

 

Dock shown with DEFY Wood Oil for Decks Cedar Tone.

 

Use DEFY Oxygenated Bleach Wood Cleaner to remove mill glaze, mildew, graying and other foreign matter...

which might block surface pores and interfere with product penetration. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or power washer (maximum 1200 psi). DEFY Oxygenated Bleach Wood Cleaner will darken redwood and some types of cedar; however, this darkening will disappear once treated with DEFY Wood Brightener.

 

You're almost ready to coat:

The next step is to apply DEFY Wood Brightener to fully open the pours of the wood, thus allowing maximum stain penetration.  As wood ages it naturally moves towards an acidic pH. DEFY Wood Brightener will adjust the pH level and prepare the wood fully to accept DEFY Wood Oil for Decks.

After allowing the deck surface to visually dry from cleaning and brightening, sprinkle a few drops of water on the wood. If the water easily absorbs within a few seconds, continue with the staining process. If it doesn't, then don't apply the finish. The wood has either not been cleaned sufficiently or is not porous enough to accept the finish correctly. A second application of cleaner or stain stripper may be necessary. For heavily weathered or soiled areas you may need to scrub with undiluted DEFY Wood Brightener and rinse again.

If your wood is new or has never been coated you will have what is known as Mill Crush or Glaze on the surface. This condition will inhibit the wood from fully absorbing a coating. Again DEFY Wood Brightener will open up the pores of the wood for saturation.


   


The Application:

Now that your deck has been properly cleaned and prepped, you are ready for application of DEFY Wood Oil for Decks. With two coats, one gallon of DEFY Wood Oil for Decks will cover approximately 100 - 150 sq. ft., depending on wood texture and porosity. Apply out of direct sunlight and on a cool surface above 45 F (5 C). If the surface is above 95 F (38 C) do not apply. Avoid application of product when the daily low is below 45F (5C) or rain is in the immediate forecast. Stir DEFY Wood Oil for Decks well prior to use and stain railings, benches, uprights and undersides (only one coat is required on undersides) first! Utilize any DEFY Wood Oil for Decks that may run down the railings or uprights to work into your deck application. Always beginning with boards near those pickets so that the product does not pool at the bottom. Treat your horizontal surfaces last.


By Brush:

First Coat application will use the largest amount of product as it is more readily absorbed by direct contact with the wood surface. Brushing is the preferred method of application but can often be difficult on your back. If this is a concern you may want to consider using another method.  Plan to apply two coats of DEFY Wood Oil for Decks with a 6 inch combination nylon and polyester paintbrush, except for dense woods (i.e. cedar, mahogany and redwood) where only one coat is necessary.


By Roller:

Apply generously with a medium roller two or three boards at a time, completing a full length of boards each time before moving to the next set. Use an 18 to 24 inch wide soft bristle push broom to work the coating into the wood fibers before moving to the next set of boards. The push broom doubles as the brush you did not use above, merely a wider and longer version. You will want to avoid pooling material and uneven application which is associated with roller applications. A good rule of thumb; apply product on 3 or 4 full board lengths and then work the product back in. This helps better control the product and should look nice with some basic practice. Help from your spouse, relative or neighbor will make this go quicker. Using this procedure may help avoid Lap and Line Marks.


By Sprayer:

If spraying, soak a small surface area and then immediately back-brush to promote saturation of the wood.


2nd Coat Application:

After you finish the whole deck take a break for about an hour or two or until the first coat is tacky. Don’t allow the first coat to dry as it will then repel the second coat rather than allowing it to penetrate the wood. Beginning at the same spot as before and repeat the entire 1st Coat application procedure. The second coat will absorb much less product and will move along at a faster pace. It will look good when finished but will look even better a day or two later. DEFY Wood Oil for Decks is dry to touch in about 2 to 6 hours depending on temperature and humidity. However, allow 48 hours for complete cure of the coating; especially for walked on surfaces.


Time to clean up:

Tools clean up with water. Clean tools and equipment immediately after each use.


Maintenance:

A maintenance coat is needed if rainwater immediately penetrates the wood without runoff (that is does not bead). Normal guidelines suggest about two years; however your time will vary dependent on climate and the area of country in which you live.