An interview with Roy Branch and James Porter of Standard Paints Wood Defender Fence and Deck Stain product line in Dallas, Texas.
The guys from Wood Defender were nice enough to fly me down from Nashville Tennessee all the way to their factory in Mansfield, Texas right outside of Dallas to record a podcast, get some great BBQ and an all day Staining Class on Friday. Standard Paints has been in business since 1952 and started the Wood Defender product line in 1995. Standard Paints is involved in many different industries and private labels for many other companies. With a large background in many other industries Standard Paints is able to take all of their technology to the Wood Defender line. Quality is number one for Wood Defender, they make a Transparent and Semi-Transparent Fence and Deck Stains. All Wood Defender products are backed by a manufacturers warranty which is almost unheard of in the commercial grade stain industry. If customers follow the directions on the bucket then you should never have a warranty claim. When the time comes for a re stain you do no have to strip or pressure wash the fence. Wood Defender fence stains are easy to apply, it will not dry on a non porous surface and can be cleaned easily. Concrete surfaces can be kept wet and any overspray can be rinsed off later. Roy recommends an HVLP sprayer system but any application method with work. The three things that are most important is to 1. stir the product thoroughly 2. be sure the wood is dry 3. completely saturate the surface of the wood with stain.
Wood Defender also has a pre stained lumber facility in an undisclosed location in Texas.
Roy recommends to check references on contractors, see if they are investing in marketing their business and to expect a written estimate from reputable staining contractors.
Wood Defender is an oil based deep penetrating stain product so there are no drips, runs or lap marks. If you have an old gray fence Wood Defender recommends using a Clorox bleach solution to remove mold and mildew and renew the look of the wood before staining. Wood Defender Stains can be applied at any temperature as long as the wood is dry and not frozen. Wood Defender can be used on all species of wood. Wood Defender offers a 1 day Fence Staining school on the last Friday of every month January through November. People come from all over the US and Canada to attend the school. The school is now accredited with American Fence Association. You can go to Wooddefender.com to find a dealer near you or call 817-477-5060. Please check out The Stain and Seal Experts University Facebook Group.