- Restores the Natural Beauty of Wood
- Removes Rust Stains & Tannin Stains Caused by Leaves
- Neutralizes Wood Stain Strippers & Cleaners
- Improves Absorption of Wood Stains
- Concentrate Makes 5 Gallons
DEFY Wood Brightener is an oxalic acid deck brightener that removes dirt, grime, tannin, rust, and fungi stains from wood surfaces. This liquid concentrate is mixed with water (four parts water to one part concentrate) to brighten and restore the natural beauty of exterior wood. DEFY Wood Brightener will not harm wood fibers, grass, or most plants when used properly. DEFY Wood Brightener is recommended for surface preparation prior to initial application of clear and semi-transparent finishes and stains. It is used as a neutralizer and brightener for all wood species that have been cleaned with DEFY Wood Cleaner or DEFY Stain Stripper. For best results, use DEFY water repellent wood stain finishes.
DEFY Wood Brightener is a liquid concentrate sold in one-gallon containers. One gallon of concentrate will make five gallons of solution and will clean approximately 500-1,000 total square feet (or 100-200 square feet per gallon). DEFY Wood Brightener is not formulated to remove intact paint, stain, or clear finishes and may dull painted and metal surfaces if not quickly rinsed.
DEFY Wood Brightener is designed to be used after DEFY Wood Cleaner or DEFY Stain Stripper to neutralize the surface and restore the natural beauty of exterior wood. This product excels at removing rust or tannin stains caused by fallen leaves and is recommended for use on all species of wood, including redwood.
- Coverage Rate: Approx. 500-1,000 sq. ft. per concentrated gallon
- Available Sizes: 1 Gallon
- Ideal Application Temperature: Minimum 45° F
- Application Method: Pump Sprayer, Mop or Soft-Bristle Brush
- Rinsing Method: Garden Hose or Power Washer
- Clean Up: Soap & Water
Warning: This product can expose you to Chloromethane, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm, and 1,4-dioxane, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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DEFY Wood Brightener is a liquid concentrate that is mixed with water to brighten and restore the natural beauty of all species of exterior wood. Product removes tannin and rust stains and is safe to use on redwood. DEFY Wood Brightener will not harm wood fibers, glass, or most plants when used properly. DEFY Wood Brightener is recommended for surface preparation prior to initial application of semi-transparent finishes and stains. Product can be used as a cleaner and brightener for redwood, or as a neutralizer to further brighten wood species, like pine, that have been cleaned with DEFY Wood Cleaner. For lasting protection of your exterior wood, after using DEFY Wood Brightener, treat the surface with DEFY Wood Stains.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
STEP 1: MIX: Shake DEFY Wood Brightener to thoroughly mix. Dilute 1 part DEFY Wood Brightener to 4 parts water in a plastic container and mix well.
STEP 2: APPLY: Thoroughly wet surface and ALL surrounding vegetation with water before application. Apply DEFY Wood Brightener solution to wet wood with sprayer, brush or mop and scrub moderately with a stiff brush, working on small areas (20 - 30 sq. ft.) at a time. Note: Scrubbing is unnecessary if used after cleaning wood with DEFY Wood Cleaner. Let solution stand for 3 - 5 minutes, keeping wet with additional solution if necessary. On vertical surfaces begin applying solution at the bottom and work to the top. Application may be repeated if desired.
STEP 3: RINSE: Rinse wood and all surrounding vegetation thoroughly by flooding area with water from garden hose. Rinse vertical surfaces from bottom up to avoid streaking. Heavily weathered or soiled areas may need to be scrubbed with undiluted DEFY Wood Brightener and rinsed again.
COVERAGE: Each gallon of diluted brightener covers 100-200 sq. ft. depending on wood texture and porosity.
CLEAN UP: Clean tools and equipment immediately after each use with soap and water.
DANGER! Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Harmful if swallowed. Keep out of reach of children. Do not take internally. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Causes permanent damage to the cornea, iris, or conjunctiva. Avoid breathing mist. Close container tightly after each use. Do not re-use containers. Store only in original container. The use of chemical splash goggles and rubber gloves is recommended when handling this product. Accumulation of product on ladders, scaffolding, decks, etc. may result in a slippery surface. Contains oxalic acid. Do not mix DEFY Wood Brightener with DEFY Wood Cleaner, chlorine bleach, or other chemicals.
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 unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Obtain emergency medical attention. For skin contact: Rinse using water. 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 15 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Seek medical attention immediately. For additional information for this product, consult the Safety Data Sheet 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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