Defy Exterior Wood Brightener

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Defy Exterior Wood Brightener is an oxalic acid deck brightener for wood deck cleaning that removes dirt, grime, tannin, rust and fungi stains from wood surfaces. Find out how to clean your wood deck for the best results to restore the wood?s natural beauty. Defy Wood Brightener is a liquid concentrate that is mixed 5:1 with water to brighten and restore the natural beauty of exterior wood.

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  • Restores the rich look of new wood
  • Won't harm most plants or shrubbery
  • Removes tannin and rust stains
  • Biodegradable
  • Neutralizes strippers
  • Helps stains penetrate

Defy Wood Brightener removes tannin and rust stains and is recommended for use on all species of wood, including redwood. 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 finishes and stains. It is used as a neutralizer and brightener for all wood species that have been cleaned with Defy Wood Cleaner. For best results, use Defy water repellent wood finishes.

How to clean your wood deck with oxalic acid deck brightener
Even new wood needs cleaning to remove mill scale, making the surface more porous to easily absorb deck stains. Defy Wood Brightener is the 2nd step in a 3 step system to maintain your deck and keep it looking like new. The 3 steps are:

  1. Brighten using Defy Wood Brightener
  2. Apply Defy water repellent wood stains

Product Data Sheet

Defy Wood Brightener is a liquid concentrate sold in 1 gallon containers. 1 gallon of Defy oxalic acid deck brightener makes 5 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.

Sizes: Gallons Only
Concetrate: Makes 5 Gallons
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-150 sq. feet
Temperature: 45-95 F
Application Tools: Sprayer, Mop
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
Quoting Phil Mangan:
I have a TREX accent deck with some areas that are discolored. Are the following products recommended by Defy to use safely on my TREX deck?
1. Defy Wood Cleaner
2. Defy Exterior Wood Cleaner?

Thanks, Phil Mangan

You can clean the Trex with the Defy Wood cleaner to remove dirt, mold etc. Not sure what you mean by discoloration as you cannot fix "fading" of the Trex.
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
I have a TREX accent deck with some areas that are discolored. Are the following products recommended by Defy to use safely on my TREX deck?
1. Defy Wood Cleaner
2. Defy Exterior Wood Cleaner?

Thanks, Phil Mangan
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
Quoting dick burns:
where can I buy just the defy brightener product in Mpls, MN

We only ship online to your areas as we are a dealer.
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mr
where can I buy just the defy brightener product in Mpls, MN
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
Quoting Susan:
We just spent the weekend stripping old solid stain from our deck and we are now down to the natural wood. How long should we wait after the stripping is done to apply the wood brightener and after the brightener how long should we wait to apply a stain.

You should brighten right after the stripping, while wood is wet. Stain 48 hours after brightening to let wood dry.
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
We just spent the weekend stripping old solid stain from our deck and we are now down to the natural wood. How long should we wait after the stripping is done to apply the wood brightener and after the brightener how long should we wait to apply a stain.
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
The Defy Brightener will not harm the
Azek nor will the Defy Wood Cleaner. If you are going to stain the natural wood, then you must not get any of the Defy Stain on the Azek as it will stain it.
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RE: Defy Exterior Wood Brightener
I have a new deck. It is Azek Deck with cedar railings and risers, with pressure treated wood supports. What products do you recommend for the railings, risers and pressure treated wood supports? Will any of them discolor the Azek Deck? Do I need to take any special precautions for this?
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re: Owner
The Defy Hardwood Stain penetrates new wood the best. I would suggest this.
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Owner
I am building, and sell, wood display boxes and wagons. While some are inside displays, many are used to as plant displays I people yards. I use only new wood both cedar and pine. Some of these boxes sit out in the sun and rain year round. Since it is new would, what would be the best product?
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Re: Engineer
Without knowing what the black stains are it is hard to give a correct answer. I am guessing it is water damage since it is close to the ground. If so, the balck water stain will be deep in the wood and cannot be removed with a cleaner or sanding. The wood would need to be replaced.
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Engineer
I am trying to restore my redwood deck, it has black stains on the vertical surfaces close to the ground. I tried several products but can't get those black stains. I am planning to keep the natural wood grains of the deck. Do I need scrap it, sand it or do you have a cleaner that can work well.
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Roberto,

I would use the Defy Extreme in the Redwood after prepping with the Defy Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener.
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Mr
I just purchased a home that has a dock on the river. I would like to know what would you recommend for the dock. Its has been abandon for a few years. I would like to stain it Redwood.
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The cleaner can raise the pH balance of the wood which darkens it. The brightener will lower this and give the wood a more even appearance.
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Mahogany Deck
I have treated my deck several times with the Defy Wood Cleaner and I was planning to apply the Oil without using the Brightener. The Wood Cleaner worked great and all of the mildew is gone, but the deck is now many different shades ranging from very light in some areas to very dark in others. The deck used to be very evenly colored and on the dark side but now it's a variety of shades. Will the Brightener help to even out the color of the deck or is it supposed to be a variety of shades? Thanks.
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re: #coats for siding
For vertical newer wood we would suggest two light coats wet on wet.
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#coats for siding
I will be applying defy extreme to new cedar siding, do you recommend one or two coats for vertical surfaces?
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re: IPE Questions
For IPE you do not have to use the Defy Brightener
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IPE Questions
I plan to use the Defy cleaner on my 2 year old IPE deck; deck is grey because never finished. if I DON'T plan to finish the deck with UV or stain should or could I still use the Defy Brightner?
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quantity
Is there a quantity estimator on your website so I can calculate how much product I require?
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re: a very big Cedar Deck Stress
You cannot use the Defy Extreme on top of the Cabot semi-solid. It will not properly work. It needs to be able to penetrate into the wood and the old Cabot would prevent this.
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a very big Cedar Deck Stress
We have just stripped a "semi-solid" cabot stain from all horizantal surfaces of a very big deck in prep for a new stain. The railings and apron around the deck (that are also cedar) held the old semi-solid stain better and were not stripped completely to the bare wood. Can/Should the Extreme product (being a semi-transparen t) be applied on the railings and apron, or does all wood need to be stripped down to the bare wood?

Thanks!
Steve and Michele
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re: Deck stripper & brightener
Most likely you will not have an issue but best to always do a test spot first as all surfaces may react differently.
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Deck stripper & brightener
Hello. I plan on using the deck stripper & brightener soon. Are there precautions that need to be taken with vinyl siding or the aluminum ballisters with the baked on metal finish? Thank you! :-)
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Jon, I would use the Defy Hardwood stain for both. It will not match exactly but it should be close in color.
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I am installing a new cedar deck with Pressure Treated 4x4 railing posts. Is there a stain that I can use on both? Is there a stain the will make the colors of the two different woods close to matching?
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re: prepping new deck
New wood should weather for a few months then be cleaned and brightened before applying the stain.
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Is a cleaner and brightener needed for prepping a new cedar deck for stain? Or could I skip the cleaner during this initial application?
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Sealing a Trex composite wood deck
Hello, can your semi-transparen t stains or clear stain be used to water seal a Trex composite wood deck? If not, what product would you recommend? Thanks for your help. DJ
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re: Extreme colors
All the colors above now come in the Defy Extreme as of this year, 2013.
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Extreme colors,
We have decided to use the Extreme product on our new deck that was put up last August . We are a bit confused what stain colors are available, in one of you above answers you say the driftwood is not available for extreme, but then in the color chart it states drift wood, red wood and butternut only are able in extreme. Please list all the color options available for the Extreme, we don' want to order a sample we would not be able to get in the Extreme. Thank You
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re: new eastern cedar deck
I would use the Defy Hardwood stain after waiting a few months and prepping. Please read this article for more info:

Prep New Wood for Defy (www.defystainhelp.com/.../)
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Installing a new eastern cedar deck. How long should I wait before staining? Will I need to prep the surface? Do you recommend Defy Extreme or Hardwood? The deck will likely be covered if that makes a difference.
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re: Driftwood gray in extreme product?
The Extreme does not come in Driftwood Gray. You can use the Epoxy version.
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Driftwood gray in extreme product?
Moist Pacific NW coastal site requires mold mildew protection. Can I use Driftwood gray? Is it now available in the extreme product?
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You should apply the Defy Brightener as soon as you are done with the cleaning while the wood is wet. You can clean the entire house then brighten the same day. Stain needs to be applied 2-3 days later.
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Should Defy Brightner be applied to dry? damp? wet? wood that has been Defy Cleaned?

Would it be okay to clean the entire house and then brighten the entire house and then stain?

Thanks / adekock
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re: best product for cedar deck?
The Extreme will not come in a Redwood color. If you have mold then the Extreme would be best as it has zinc oxide which really helps reduce any chance of mold.
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best product for cedar deck?
I have a cedar deck that I have just stripped and cleaned back to its original color. I really like the sound of Defy Extreme, but the Cedartone colour sample I got is very "blah". The Redwood stain only comes in the "Epoxy Resin" version of the product. Will this product be suitable for my deck or will I just have to put up with a color I don't love? I live in the Pacific Northwest and mold and mildew are more of a problem than a lot of UV rays. BTW - Is Defy Extreme ever going to come in the Redwood colour? i see I am not the only one asking about it. Thanks.
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re: Defy Stripper and Brightner
They are both biodegradable products.
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Defy Stripper and Brightner
Are both of these products "Certified Green" like the stains?
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re: I am building cedar fence
I would use the Defy Extreme Stain for your fence. It has excellent UV protection for verticals.
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I am building cedar fence, using 6" smooth, premium cedar pickets. The rails are 2x6 doug fir.
What is the recommended Defy product to use on this fence?
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re: Color change for older deck
You can change to the Light Walnut Color if you want to go a little darker.

Thanks
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Color change for older deck
My deck was previously stained with Defy epoxy Cedar tone stain. Can I change the color to light walnut if the wood is not stripped completely clean, or would it be better to stick with Cedar tone?

Thanks.
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re: Cedar Deck and Fence
You should have a tint in your stain if you want it to last longer then a year. The clear will need to be redone annually. You would probably need three 5 gallon pails to cover the deck and both sides of the fence.
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Cedar Deck and Fence
Hi - I'm installing a 450 sq ft cedar deck and a 60 ft cedar privacy fence 6ft 6in tall (5ft of dog ear boards, 18in cedar lattice). I want to retain the natural color of the cedar as close as possible. Do you recommend the Defy Extreme Clear stain? I just purchased three different samples to test the color on our cedar boards for which we like best (clear, cedar tone, redwood)... Can you recommend a quantity that we will need for full coverage of our deck and fence? Thanks!!!
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re: have horizontal smooth pine poles
A Stain Strippers effectiveness if not based on the wood type but rather on what type of finish you are trying to remove. No wood deck stain strippers will remove shiny varnish type coatings effectively. The Defy Epoxy is an excellent choice and will work very well on a vertical pole as long as the previous coating has been removed.
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I live in southwest Arizona and have horizontal smooth pine poles and vertical rough hewn planks (above windows) on my southwest style house. The poles have been sanded, but the rough hewn appears to have stain and possibly varnish. Does the Defy stripper work well on rough hewn planks? Regarding staining,would the Epoxy work well in this condition(prefe r the redwood color) or should I stick with the Defy extreme (I know it does not come in the redwood color, my color preference). Thanks
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re: will this harm my newly sodded lawn
no it will not
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wi this harm my newly sodded lawn
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re: Defy Hardwood stain sample
The samples colors are all the same. There is not difference in color between the the three different stains. Each sample is roughly 2oz.

Thanks
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Defy Hardwood stain sample
Is it possible to get color samples in the Defy Hardwood Stain? i see that color samples are available but i don't see there is any place to specify which type of Defy stain.

Also, what size are the samples?
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Use of Defy stain over previously stained wood
My deck has been stained with Cabot oil-based stain. It hasn't worked well at all. With thorough cleaning, can I apply Defy to the deck now?
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You can order them above.
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Would like some deck sealer samples if possible!
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Oak is an American Hardwood so you did get the correct product. In future just use the Defy Cleaner and Brightener to prep.
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After a long story which I will not burden you with, I have two white-oak Adirondack chairs which have been Defy cleaned and Defy brightened. I have been steered to (and have now have in the garage) a gallon of Defy Hardwood stain rather than the Defy nano stain. Does this sound right? The chairs will be used at the end of a dock all summer (four months) next to Lake Michigan. If the Hardwood stain is "OK", but not first choice, I'll be maintaining them in a couple of years anyway.

And when I "re-do" the chairs in a couple of years, can I just go back to the wood cleaner and brightener and re-stain with whatever is the first choice?

Thanksl
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It is not possible to add tint to the stain. You can try mixing with a different color of Defy though.
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I just purchased the Defy epoxy stain. However sampled it on the deck and can not stand the color. I love the idea of using this product, but not the color. Can I tint this stain. I have five gallons.
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The colors between the Epoxy, Extreme and the Hardwood Stain are all the same.
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do you have samples of the epoxy stain?
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Defy Extreme
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Which clear stain is better for a new pressure-treate d wood deck, Defy extreme clear or UV expoxy?
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Yes to all of your questions.

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I have a new cedar deck. Approximately 460 sq feet plus rails. I would like to maintain the natural color for as long as possible. I was thinking the extreme stain with cedar tint. Would this be my best option? Would 5 gallons be enough. Would I need 2 coats on the horizontal areas?
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No. Defy stains are semi-transparen t.
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Do you have what is commonly referred to as SOLID COLOR LATEX STAIN for decks? I am trying to match a McCloskey stain that is on my back deck.
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