This post was updated on January 30, 2023
Our Woodrich Brand 2lb Citralic Wood Brightener & Neutralizer covers up to 750 square feet of wood. Citralic is a specifically formulated blend of acids and surfactant that was designed to neutralize and brighten wood quickly, without the unwanted bleaching or damage to the wood. This step in a professional wood restoration achieves that like-new look of fresh-cut wood.
Citralic Wood Brightener Scores (1-10)
Wood Brightening/Lightening: 8
– We used the Citralic Wood Brightener on a fence that was cleaned first with its sister product, EFC-38. The Citralic brightener lightened the wood within 5-10 minutes of application.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
– The Citralic brightener was applied to 700 feet of fencing. One 2 pound container covered this entire area.
Ease of Application: 6
– Citralic is a powder concentrate that mixes with water at 6 oz. per gallon. The powder dissolves easily into the water and the applies well with a garden sprayer. We would have given it a higher square if it was easier to get the powder out of the container. It was slightly “sticky and hardened at the top.
– Citralic is a decent and cost-effective wood brightener.
Where To Buy: Online Only
Product Type: Concentrated Powdered Wood Brightener. Citric/Oxalic Acid Mixture.
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Concentrate. Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 40-100 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Pump Sprayer
Manufacturer: Extreme Solutions
Test Fence Stats:
Fence Wood Type: Cedar
Fence Square Footage: 1000
The condition of Fence: The fence was cleaned first with EFC-38 Wood Deck Cleaner
How Much Product Used: 2 Pound Container. Retails for $29.99
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.
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