This post was updated on April 5, 2022
Defy Wood Brightener Review 2022
Defy Wood Brightener is an oxalic acid blend deck brightener and neutralizer. Designed to be used with either the Defy Wood Cleaner or the Defy Stain Stripper. Defy’s Wood Brightener is a concentrated liquid gallon that can make up to 5 gallons covering about 750 square feet. The purpose of this product is to “brighten” the wood’s appearance while canceling the caustic effects from wood cleaners and stain strippers. Helps to prep new decking by removing mill glaze. Defy Wood Brightener can also be used to remove rust spots from brick, concrete, and masonry.
Defy Wood Brightener Rating (1-10)
Wood Brightening/Lightening: 8
– An almost immediate reaction when applying. The Defy Wood Brightener lightened the wood right before our eyes. After the wood dried there was a very natural look to the cedar decking.
Cost Per Square Foot: 9
– Concentrated liquid gallon makes up to 5 gallons. One gallon for $19.99 covered the 600 square foot deck with ease.
Ease of Application: 8
– Defy’s wood brightener applies very easily with a pump sprayer. No issues with clogging the sprayer. There was no need to scrub or wash the wood after applying. Just rinse with water to remove any residue after 15 minutes of activation.
– Easy to apply, brightens immediately, low cost per square footage. Everything a wood brightener should be. Defy Wood Brightener is an excellent choice!
Where To Buy: Select Stores and Online
Product Type: Concentrated Wood Brightener. Oxalic Acid Mixture.
Available Sizes: 1 Gallon Concentrate. Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 150 sq. ft
Application Tools: Pump Sprayer, Garden Hose
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Western Red Cedar
Deck Square Footage: 600
The condition of Deck: Wood was cleaned first with Defy Wood Cleaner
How Much Product Used: 1 Gallon. Retails for $34.99
*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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