The preparation process outlined below should be followed to
ensure adequate penetration, coloration and optimum
performance of this product.
Perform Splash Test:
Regardless of whether wood is newly installed or pre-
existing, it is important to determine if there is a surface barrier present
which would prevent the proper penetration or adhesion of a
new coating. To conduct a Splash Test, sprinkle several handfuls
of water on a few distinct areas of the surface. If the water
absorbs rapidly, the surface is ready to be coated. If the water
beads, puddles or is not absorbed, an internal or external barrier
exists, and must be eliminated before coating can begin.
Prepare the Surface:
Use Wolman DeckBriteT™ (Powder Concentrate), Deck &
Fence Brightener (Liquid Concentrate) or DeckStrip® based
on wood conditions below. After preparation, repeat Splash Test to
confirm water absorption.
Chlorine bleach cleaners alone are not recommended. These
products degrade the wood structure, interfering with penetration and adhesion
of protective coatings.
Uncoated, New Wood
If pressure-treated lumber, beading or puddling water may indicate
either a surface barrier such as excess surface wax or
excessive internal moisture content. If new Cedar or Redwood,
“mill glaze” on the surface is likely. Following the label guidelines,
select the appropriate Wolman surface preparation product
for your particular wood type, either Wolman DeckBrite powder
concentrate or Deck & Fence Brightener liquid concentrate.
follow usage directions on label, then conduct Splash Test again.
If absorption is not improved, allow wood to dry two weeks in
temperate weather (avg. 70°F, 50% humidity), longer in cooler or
more humid conditions. Test for absorption again before applying
Uncoated, Weathered Wood
Before coating, weathered wood must be thoroughly cleaned to
remove ground-in dirt, mildew, mold and algae stains, gray, UV-
damaged wood fibers and any other surface contaminants. According to label
guidelines, select the appropriate product for your particular wood type, either
Wolman DeckBrite powder concentrate or Deck & Fence Brightener
Follow usage directions on label, then conduct Splash Test again.
Previously Coated, Weathered Wood
Previous coatings should be removed before application of this
product. If a pigmented oil or latex coating exists, use WolmanDeckStrip®
Stain & Finish Remover according to label directions to prepare
the surface. Acrylic coatings may require a paint stripper. If
coated with a clear sealer or lightly pigmented finish and little to no
pigment remains, Wolman DeckBrite powder concentrate or
Deck & Fence Brightener liquid concentrate may be used to restore
the surface and remove residualcoating/water repellency. Based on
label guidelines, select the appropriate wood cleaner for your particular wood
Cover all surrounding areas not intended to be coated. Do not
tint, dilute or mix this product with any other product. Mix product
thoroughly before use.
“New generation” (non-CCA) pressure-treated lumber,
when initially installed, may develop pronounced mildew growth
during the first few months of weathering. To reduce or avoid
mildew stain on the coating film and immediately protect against
water damage,pre-treat with this product for 6 months or allow
wood to weather for 1 to 3 months before applying a protective
This product has a milky white appearance, and a whitish,
appearance when applied, but dries clear. Do not tint, dilute or
mix this product with any other product.
Mix product thoroughly before use.
APPLY ONLY ONE (1) COAT. DO NOT OVER-APPLY.
Do not apply over a painted, stained or sealed surface.
Do not apply oil/alkyd coatings over this product.
Apply when outside temperatures are between 50°F and 90°F
and when no precipitation is expected for 24 hours. If the surface
is in direct sunlight and hot to the touch, dampen with fresh water
to cool. Remove any standing water before beginning application.
Pump Style Sprayer – Back-brush along grain any drips,
runs, uneven coverage or surface puddles.
Brush – Natural or synthetic bristle. Always work from end
to end on a few boards at a time, and maintain a wet edge.
Roller or Stain Pad – Short nap roller cover or pad.
Backbrush for best results.
Airless Sprayer – Use a 0.11-0.21inch tip and 100 mesh
filter screen; 250-500 psi. Back-brush along grain any drips,
runs, uneven coverage or puddles.
Apply when outside temperatures are
between 50°F and 90°F and when no precipitation is expected
for 24 hours. If the surface is in direct sunlight and hot to the
touch, dampen with fresh water to cool. Remove any standing
water before beginning application.
Actual coverage will vary depending on wood age and species,
surface porosity, method of application.
Approx. 150-200 sq. ft. / gallon
Approx. 300-350 sq. ft. / gallon
At 75°F, 65% relative humidity:
TOUCH: 30 minutes
WALK-ON: 6 hours
Because temperatures and humidity fluctuate, allow a minimum 24
hours before placing furniture or allowing seating or heavy
foot traffic on decks, docks, boardwalks, outdoor furniture or play
Clean tools and equipment immediately after use
with water. Clean up over-spray, drips or spatters on
surrounding surfaces with fresh water before they dry. If dried,
use mineral spirits or lacquer thinner.
HANDLING AND STORAGE
May cause eye and skin irritation. Avoid eye
contact. Avoid prolonged or repeated contact with skin. Wear
appropriate eye protection and protective clothing. Wash
thoroughly after handling. Do not take internally. Avoid
breathing vapors and mists. Use only with adequate ventilation.
Bare wood or coated surfaces can become slippery when wet.
Use caution when walking on wet surfaces.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
KEEP FROM FREEZING.