Question regarding putting a maintenance coat on. I have used Cedar tone for the initial stain on a deck. When I want to apply a maintenance coat, I will use the Wood Brightener, then another coat of Defy Hardwood Deck Stain. My question is, if I use the brightener, will it bleach any of the original cedar tone color? I like the color of the original cedar tone stain, but don’t want to make it too much darker with additional coats of stain. So should I brighten and then apply more cedar tone or should I brighten and then apply a clear coat of Defy?
Andrew, using the wood brightener will lighten the wood and offset the darkening effect that applying multiple coats of stain can have. The Brightener will not bleach the wood, but it will lighten it somewhat. For the best protection, I would use the Brightener first, then another coat of cedar tone.