Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit

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Make Restoring Your Exterior Wood ...Easy!

info buttonRestore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener system is a powerful "eco-friendly" two-part restoration system.

Step 1 Wood and Deck Cleaner that deeply cleans your wood to remove dirt, grime, mold, algae and general graying. The cleaner will help prep neglected wood and or prep for re-coating with a wood or deck stain.

Step 2 Wood Brightener is used after the wood cleaner to "brighten" the wood while neutralizing the cleaner to a natural pH balance. This step will improve the overall appearance of your wood while helping the wood deck stain longevity.

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    100% Biodegradable product
  • Concentrated powder formula - Cleans up to 1000 sq. feet!
  • Prep wood surfaces for re-coating with a wood or deck stain
  • Restores weathered gray wood to natural color
  • Eco-friendly

 

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Kit Contains:

 Step 1 Cleaner Bottle and

 Step 2 Brightener Bottle

Coverage Per Kit:  Cleans and Brightens 600-1000 Sq. Feet
Concentrate:  Each Bottle Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Temperature:  45-95 F
Application Tools:  Pump Sprayer, Scrub Brush

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Great for prepping for reapplication of TWP!

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    Denny · 04/10/2021
    What's the difference between the Gemini Restore A Deck Kit Combo Pack and TWP series ones in plastic bottles the other in bags?
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      TWP Stains · 04/11/2021
      One is cleaner and brightener and the other is stripper and brightener.
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    abelm · 04/07/2021
    Hi I am about to begin the prep with the cleaner and brightener. Will the chemicals damage the grass I have around my deck?
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      TWP Stains · 04/07/2021
      No, but rinse well with water when done to remove the soap and dirt.
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    Vito Maniaci · 04/05/2021
    I am refinishing my deck and will use the Gemini Restore A Deck Kit. Adjacent to the deck is painted wood siding and painted railings. I am not planning to repaint the siding or railing. Will the chemicals in the Gemini kit damage the paint. Should I cover with plastic or tape?
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      TWP Stains · 04/05/2021
      It should not harm paint unless the paint is failing/peeling.
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    Steve P Burtis · 04/02/2021
    Last year when I used the Gemini Kit on my new cedar deck it resulted in significant fuzzing of the horizontal surfaces which required hours of sanding to remove including the rental of a floor sander after which I stained with good results. If I use the kit to prep for the second coat next week will fuzzing reoccur or will the initial sanding and stain prevent this?
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      TWP Stains · 04/02/2021
      Fuzzing (if that happens) of the wood is not a result of the cleaner but a result related to how much oxidation/graying you had and the removal of that. All cleaners would have had the same result as the oxidation has to come off. You may have some with the next prep but should not be as significant.
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    Steve Burtis · 04/01/2021
    Preparing to put second coat (pecan) on my new cedar deck (new last year). What steps do I need to take before putting on the second coat after the winter? Do I need to do the steps on the vertical surfaces as well i.e. pergola and rails? What is the best way to stain the decking, roller, brush, etc.?
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      TWP Stains · 04/01/2021
      Use the Gemini Kit for prep. Use for all that will be coated. Stain pad or brush works well.
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    Ron · 03/31/2021
    I have a Redwood pergola directly above a Trex composite deck. Will the wood cleaner and brightener runoff and rinsing harm the composite deck surface?
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      TWP Stains · 04/01/2021
      It shouldn't but make sure to pre-wet and rinse well when done. You do not want to have soap residue dry on the wood. It would make it more difficult to clean off.
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    Nate · 03/30/2021
    We have a 15 year old composite deck that has smooth cedar posts and railings with rough sawn cedar trimming around the elevated deck. We have 15 year old rough sawn cedar posts on our front porch. Both have been stained over the years with Cabot semi-solid redwood. We are going through a remodel and are replacing the present gable brackets with new rough sawn Cedar Gabel brackets, so we will have new wood on the front of our house along with the 15 year old stained wood on the front porch. The pictures show the front of the house and a couple pictures of the deck posts and railings with sample boards of some stain colors we were looking at that would go with our sage siding and the color of our composite decking.
    1) Since the new gable brackets are rough sawn cedar, should I stain them before they are installed, or do I need to wait and stain them later in the summer? (Or do I need to do a test of the wood moisture when they arrive this week to see if the wood is dry enough to stain?) Is there any prep that is needed for new rough sawn cedar before the stain is applied?
    2) How do I prep the old wood so that it will match the new gable brackets when they are both stained? Do I use the Restore-a-deck stripper and then brightener? Will that allow the wood tones to match
    3)What stain should we use? From Minnesota, so TWP100 is an option. I think we would be leaning toward redwood or rustic for color, as we are wanting to avoid orange tints that don't really match the composite decking that is more red red/brown. Are there samples I can get to try?
    Thanks!
    Nate
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      TWP Stains · 03/30/2021
      1. You can stain the rough sawn now without prep.
      2. Use the RAD Stripper with both additives. Brightener after.
      3. Use the 100 or 1500 for this.
      https://www.twpstain.com/stain-samples
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        Nate · 03/30/2021
        Can 1500 be used after initially using 100? I'm just wondering this in case Minnesota changes their laws where 100 can't be used in the future. Thanks!
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          TWP Stains · 03/30/2021
          Strip and brighten for prep if you ever need to switch. Very easy to do.
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            Nate · 04/05/2021
            The gable brackets were delivered today (picture of one of them). They are rough sawn, so I would like to stain them before installation, getting all the wood covered. Is there any test I need to perform on it to make sure the wood is dry enough to take stain? Do I put a drop of stain or water on one of the hidden sides to see how it soaks in? The wood seems fairly fresh. I know that they make these brackets to order, so it was just put together. Thanks!
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              TWP Stains · 04/05/2021
              It is rough sawn, go ahead and stain now.
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    Jim · 03/29/2021
    Can Restore-a-Deck be safely used on cedar siding, soffits, and roof overhangs. I have a sun room that is cedar sided with 1 foot cedar overhangs on the side and a 3 foot long cedar overhang on the gabled end over some of the deck. There is a lot of black mold on the soffits and overhangs. The last stain that was used was Benjamin Moore's Arbor coat semi-transparent oil. There are windows on both sides and the end that are aluminum clad with a brown baked on enamel finish. There is a 4" wide piece of cedar separating each of the windows. Will RAD affect the finish on the windows? The deck floor is pressure treated wood and it is not stained. I just use a cleaner and thompsons water seal on it.
    Is this product only for use on deck floors and railings?
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      TWP Stains · 03/30/2021
      It should be fine but test spot on the aluminum to make sure there is not a reaction.
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    Gary · 03/27/2021
    Mine is a brand new alaskan yellow cedar deck. this deck was resawed from 20' full dimension 2x6s into 7/8" thick boards. The upper surface is the bandsaw surface that is perfect for decking. I installed it last summer and now it needs the TWP 1500 clear stain that's waiting to be applied. do I need this product restore-a-deck kit for this wood. The wood sat stickered in a covered pole barn for 15 years. The only issue I see with it right now is that it has some water stains from this winter's storms where snow blew in and then dried up before I could sweep it off. Leaving a stain line in places. It's 700 sq feet. How many of these would I need?
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      TWP Stains · 03/28/2021
      Yes, you will need to prep it. One kit should work.
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    MG · 03/27/2021
    I have TWP 1530 Natural stain on my deck. Will the restore a deck cleaner remove the existing stain?
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      TWP Stains · 03/27/2021
      The cleaner is only to be used for when you plan on re-coating. It may remove some if the stain has deteriorated.
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    GM · 03/24/2021
    I am staining a pressure treated wood pergola that sits on top of composite decking. I will use tarps, but if worse case some of the Gemini Restore-A-Deck gets on the composite will it discolor it? I plant to take reasonable precautions, but just trying to get a sense of how careful I need to be.
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      TWP Stains · 03/24/2021
      The TWP will stain composite wood.
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        Gary Moser · 03/24/2021
        I am more worried about the prep steps that are sprayed. I will be brushing the stain.
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          TWP Stains · 03/25/2021
          The prep steps would clean the composite but not discolor it. Just rinse well when done any dirt and soap residue.
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    Dennis · 03/21/2021
    Can TWP 100 and 1500 be mixed I ordered both types in the past. I need to order again but I have some 1500 left over from the deck last staining. I had used 100 on deck and house about 8 years ago. Is there just a VOC difference. I may just order 1500 again. It doesn't make a difference in this State which I use. The 100 worked well on house. Deck not sure but 1500 may have seen ware earlier.
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    Barbara Petronaci · 03/15/2021
    Last year we stained our 10 month old almost new deck with TWP 1500 dark oak - beautiful! After the snow this winter, we need to clean the deck. We do not want to restain for another year or two. Should we use the restore-a-deck cleaner and brightened? Will this strip the stain that is present? Thank you, Barb
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      TWP Stains · 03/15/2021
      Our prep products are only to be used when you plan on reapplying.
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        Barbara Petronaci · 03/15/2021
        Follow up- if these products are only used before reapplying, what do you recommend we use to clean the winter residue?
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          TWP Stains · 03/15/2021
          Outside of using water with a little bit of dish soap, there is not a cleaner that will remove just dirt and grime without harming the stain to some extent. Make sure to never use bleach.
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            Amber · 04/18/2021
            Curious: What will bleach do? I’m reading through all of these questions and answers before we stain our timbers. 
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    Ray · 01/07/2021
    I built a cedar fence about a year ago, with pressure treated douglas fir posts. The posts were power sanded a year ago to eliminate a lot of the darker color, but they still look a bit darker than the cedar wood. The fence has a lot of horizontal members, which need to be treated on the bottom as well as the sides. This spring I want to use the Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener to prepare the wood for the application of the TWP 1500 stain (California).

    Would it be helpful to use the Thickening Gel Additive with the Restore A Deck Cleaner to help the cleaner to cling to the bottom of the horizontal members for the recommended 5 - 15 minute dwell time? Or is the Thickening Gel Additive not compatible with the Cleaner?

    I have read that after the cleaning is done, and the brightener is applied, that there is a waiting period recommended of 48 hours before applying the stain. How does one know that 48 hours is sufficient? Is there a recommended percentage of moisture for the wood prior to stain application?

    Thank you!
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      kim · 03/27/2021
      Hi Ray- Question for you as I have a similar new fence in northern CA. Are you hoping to maintain the natural color of the cedar of your fence (I am with mine)? If so, what color stain are you planning to apply? I'm struggling with the color selection. Thank you!

      Kim
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      TWP Stains · 01/08/2021
      The Gel will not work with the Cleaner. 48 hours of drying is sufficient. You do not have to test moisture %.
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    Andras · 11/22/2020
    1. My neighbor does not want to stain our new California redwood fence on her side. Is there a point to stain only one side and the top of the fence if we would like to preserve the nice color on our side. Wouldn't it gray through?

    2. What is the difference between redwood and California redwood? Which would look more natural on a redwood in California :) (ei: pinkish red grains)?

    3. If part of my fence is new, but there is an old and grayed section next to it as well, will the cleaner and brightener even the color difference out between them?



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      TWP Stains · 11/23/2020
      1. It would not gray through but more than liley some of your stain will bleed through on the other side and could look streaky or blotchy.
      2. The Redwood ahs a lot more red pigment: https://www.twpstain.com/twp-1500-series-stain-colors-and-photo-albums/
      3. it will help to even it out but it will not be 100% the same as older wood will be more absorbent so the color will be darker.
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    Brian · 11/08/2020
    Just used the kit and powerwashed instead of using a scrub brush. It looked clean, but now it looks like this an hour later after it dried. Is this wood "fur" or just remaining residue? What do I need to do?
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      TWP Stains · 11/08/2020
      Yes, it is furring. You should sand or buff it off.
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        Brian · 11/09/2020
        So don't stain it as is? What caused this? I have an electric pressure washer so didn't really think it would have enough pressure to do this. The dock is just under a year old.
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          TWP Stains · 11/09/2020
          Too much oxidation and not using a pressure washer to remove the loose fibers fully. It is a result of the removal of oxidation/graying from letting the wood sit too long prior to staining. You can stain as is but it may show slightly. Try a test board to see if you are okay with the stained appearance.
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            Brian · 11/09/2020
            It's new wood (10 months). Never stained. So, I pressure washed with too much pressure or too little? I just don't want to repeat the same mistake next time.
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              TWP Stains · 11/09/2020
              It is 90% from too much oxidation/graying. Using a little more pressure would have reduced this but at this point, it would not matter.
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                Brian · 11/09/2020
                I'm just glad I don't have to redo it. A little sanding won't kill me.. I don't think. It is on a dock and I'm using an electric sander.. Anyway. Thanks for the help.
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    Lisa · 10/22/2020
    Pressure treated pine- new wood, 5 months old and ready. I read the "new wood" info you posted, but have been wondering if ya'll would recommend a darker shade, as someone said that the lighter shades would appear more yellow or orange like due to pine's natural color? Seems i see more people going with "Cedartone" or darker than say "California Redwood" or something. I'm in burning hot texas with a full sun deck. Advise? I realize this is a color OPINION question, but i'm looking for gut instinct....LOL. Thank you in advance...
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      Neal Cummings · 10/22/2020
      Lisa, I would agree with TWP people. Different deck installs will look differently depending on how long the wood has been down (installed), what it looked like to begin with, climate, etc. TWP also sells or sends for free a handful of samples of the stain you THINK you might like, then stain a handful of sample boards (extra pieces from the install?) and then decide...rather than commit to 5gals or more and then be disappointed. Also, nothing lasts forever, so you may restain in 3 to 5 yrs and you can go darker the second time, if you wish. I happen to use Pecan, and on old pressure treated decking it looks rich (and dark, because the original wood soaked up so much stain). I like this stain!
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        Lisa · 10/29/2020
        now that was the best answer i've received including from the website. LOL. Did you use 2 coats or one? i have a NEW pine pressure treated deck and curious to see how much it soaks up.
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          Neal Cummings · 10/29/2020
          Hi Lisa. Thanks! Only one coat. Basically, I applied the stain to very old pressure treated deck boards (cleaned properly with Gemini products) and a few new boards until the wood refuses to absorb the stain. Then move on. It's actually quite simple to apply. What I have found works the best is to use stain/paint pads on an applicator handle.


          Just fill the pad with stain and pull it toward you on each board, then go back and brush in between boards as necessary. Smooth out any "extra" stain so the boards look uniform, then move on!

          The new boards won't absorb nearly as much as older boards, hence a lighter color will ensue.

          Hope this helps.
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          TWP Stains · 10/29/2020
          Only one coat for new wood after wait and prep: https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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      TWP Stains · 10/22/2020
      Hi,

      We already responded to you about this. Best to test samples to see how it looks on your wood as colors will always vary based on age, wood type, prep, etc. You can also see photos here: https://www.twpstain.com/twp-100-series-stain-colors-and-photo-albums/
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    Niles Polzine · 10/17/2020
    I have about 2-3 gallons in a new 5 gallon bucket left over from staining a fence. I plan to use it in the spring for a maintenance coat on my deck. I have 2 clean, empty, 1 gallon cans, but they might not hold all the stain I have left. Could I use a milk jug or some other plastic storage container for the stain that won’t fit in my gallon cans? Will the stain soften the plastic and make an awful mess? I have some empty wide mouth plastic (peanut) jars…..would they work for about 6 months' of TWP 100 storage if sealed tightly?
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      TWP Stains · 10/18/2020
      You need metal cans to store leftover stain.
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        Neal Cummings · 10/22/2020
        Niles- what's the disadvantage of using plastic milk jugs? Thanks.
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    Danny · 10/17/2020
    I have wood that needs to be cleaned/brightened before staining, but it is right above some outdoor ceramic patterned tile. Will the chemicals in this set be harmful to the tile or the design? The way the tiles are positioned, it would be difficult to mask off the tile effectively without covering some of the wood that also needs to be brightened. Thanks!
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    Mel Zimowski · 10/07/2020
    Is there any shelf life for TWP 1500 Series? I know that it needs to be thoroughly stirred before use, but is there a test that one can perform to verify that left over TWP 1500, which has been stored for a few years, can still be used?