What is brightening? Brightening is what we call the deep cleaning procedure used to remove gray, tannin, and rust marks from a wood surface. Gray and/or black are the natural colors of the exterior of dead wood. It becomes gray because ultraviolet rays from the sun kill the top layer of cells, leaving the wood left behind looking lifeless and dull.
Unfortunately not all deck brighteners are created equally. Usually products that contain some form of chlorine bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, have the ability to take away gray/dull areas while at the same time break apart wooden fibers which makes it difficult for stains and sealers to penetrate into wood properly. This is why so many homeowners only get a single season out of their stains and sealers.
Description: DeckGeneral® Wood Brightener is a biodegradable, non-flammable brightener and rejuvenator that is safe and effective on exterior wood surfaces such as decks, fences, outdoor furniture, log homes and hardwood. DeckGeneral® Wood Brightener quickly and safely restores UV damaged, gray and weather wood to its natural color and beauty. DeckGeneral® Wood Brightener also lifts away tannin, rust, nail stains and invisible coating barriers, such as mill glaze and from wooden surfaces, enabling proper adhesion and penetration of subsequent coatings.
For maximum results, use DeckGeneral® Wood Brightener as the final step to neutralize and brighten wood surfaces that have been treated or cleaned with DeckGeneral® Deck Stripper or DeckGeneral® Wood Restorer.
Oxalic Acid: Oxalic acid, which usually will be listed that way in the ingredients list. Oxalic acids are particularly effective at removing tannin stains and iron stains. A particular consideration with cedar and redwood decks. Oxalic acid is not as effective against mildew. If you have a mildew problem, try a cleaner made with bleach before using oxalic acid to attack the tannin and iron stains.
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|DeckGeneral® WOOD BRIGHTENER 4022||Phosphoric acid based wood brightener|
|DeckGeneral® DOWN STREAM INJECTABLE WOOD BRIGHTENER 4441||Phosphoric acid based wood brightener for down stream injectors|
|DeckGeneral® WOOD BRIGHTENER 5664||Citric acid based wood brightener|
|DeckGeneral® HOSE END WOOD BRIGHTENER 5753||Phosphoric acid based wood brightener for hose end spray applications|
Always pretest an area to be cleaned to insure compatibility with the product. Shake well before using.
1. Apply immediately after done cleaning/stripping the wood. Do not allow the wood to dry! Take extra care to pre-rinse vegetation.
2. Spray surface to be brightened with water, then apply Wood Brightener with a brush, roller or pump up sprayer. Use synthetic brushes or rollers only. Wood Brightener is supplied as a concentrate. Mix 1 gallon of Wood Brightener to 1 gallon of water for normal use.
3. Apply product at temperatures above 50ºF and below 90ºF. Do not apply in direct sunlight or high winds if possible.
4. Keep Brightener wet on surface by occasionally misting with water. Brightener is not effective when dry. If product dries on surface misting with water will reactivate its power. Allow Brightener to stay on surface approximately 5-15 minutes to restore wood to its original color. Difficult areas may take longer.
5. When done take time to rinse the wood, home, vegetation, cleaner residue, grime, and wood fibers.
6. Wood should dry for 48 hours prior to a deck stain or sealer application.
Water Test: If the water beads up or stands on the deck, your deck may not need sealing yet. A water test is the easiest way to ensure that the wood can absorb sealer or finish. Sprinkle water on the deck. If it soaks in immediately, the deck can be sealed. If the water beads up or stands on the deck your deck may not need sealing yet. When you are certain the deck needs sealer, lightly sand rough spots with a pole sander and 80-grit paper. Be sure to wear a mask so you will not inhale the sawdust.
SAFETY NOTE: Wear rubber gloves, close-toed shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants when applying deck chemicals to minimize the chance of skin irritation. Also, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from back spray. Follow all manufacturers’ safety instructions.