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 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.

  • TWP Stain Calculator

    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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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting jerry kilpatrick:
my stain is approx. 3 years old what do I need to clean with and restain I think the last was 1500 honey dew color

Use this kit for the prep. Thanks!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
my stain is approx. 3 years old what do I need to clean with and restain I think the last was 1500 honey dew color
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting fritzdahms:
Hello, we have new redwood siding for a rainscreen application. Should i stain all sides before installing or install and then wait 4-6 months before staining?

Thank you!
fritz

Install and wait:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Architect
Hello, we have new redwood siding for a rainscreen application. Should i stain all sides before installing or install and then wait 4-6 months before staining?

Thank you!
fritz
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Ania Morris:
Hello I stained my deck 3 years ago with TWP stain not sure what number. I think it is time to do it again but I am not sure should I only clean and brighten and reapply the stain? On the railing there are some black stripes not sure if did something wrong while applying the stain.

You should be okay with using the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing for the prep.

Also in 2013, you ordered the 1530 Natural color.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Ania Morris:
Hello I stained my deck 3 years ago with TWP stain not sure what number. I think it is time to do it again but I am not sure should I only clean and brighten and reapply the stain? On the railing there are some black stripes not sure if did something wrong while applying the stain.

You should be okay with using the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing for the prep.
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Mrs
Hello I stained my deck 3 years ago with TWP stain not sure what number. I think it is time to do it again but I am not sure should I only clean and brighten and reapply the stain? On the railing there are some black stripes not sure if did something wrong while applying the stain.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting :
Must I use this product even with power washing the deck? I have 4 year old 1500 on there now.

Yes, you use the kit while pressure washing. Pressure washing by itself is not adequate and can damage the wood.
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A must even with a power wash?
Must I use this product even with power washing the deck? I have 4 year old 1500 on there now.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting ted collins:
Do you sell samples of restore-a-deck? I ordered stain samples and want to clean a sample of the deck just like the entire deck will be cleaned prior to application of the stain.

We do not sell samples of the Restore a Deck.
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Do you sell samples of restore-a-deck? I ordered stain samples and want to clean a sample of the deck just like the entire deck will be cleaned prior to application of the stain.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Paul Landraitis:
I used TWP 101 Cedartone Natural on a new cedar pressure treated wood deck 7 years ago. It's held up very well in protected areas, worn and even peeled in a few sunny / traffic areas. It sounds like I could use the Gemini restore-a-deck instead of stripping everything if I re-apply TWP Cedartone. Is that right?

Yes, you can use this for the prep.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Brad Edmark:
Do I need to use the Wood Deck Cleaner and Brightener if the deck was stained 5 years ago?

Yes, you do.
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Mr.
I used TWP 101 Cedartone Natural on a new cedar pressure treated wood deck 7 years ago. It's held up very well in protected areas, worn and even peeled in a few sunny / traffic areas. It sounds like I could use the Gemini restore-a-deck instead of stripping everything if I re-apply TWP Cedartone. Is that right?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Deri Pedersen:
We have 3 decks pressure treated lumber used
One deck is 10 yrs one is 8 yrs and one is 5 yrs
All of them connect to each other
We used defy and it isn't holding up
We live by water ... there is mold and mildew and no peeling but the stain has faded .
What do you recommend to re seal it and the best way to do so

Hello, the Defy will need to be removed before using the TWP. Use the Stripper Kit and pressure washer for this: www.twpstain.com/.../

Once removed, use the TWP 1500 or the 100 Series.
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Owner
We have 3 decks pressure treated lumber used
One deck is 10 yrs one is 8 yrs and one is 5 yrs
All of them connect to each other
We used defy and it isn't holding up
We live by water ... there is mold and mildew and no peeling but the stain has faded .
What do you recommend to re seal it and the best way to do so
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Deck Guy:
Will the cleaner/brightner be harmful to plants/shrubs? Thank you, Ed

If you prewet the plants and rinse well when done, you will not have any issues.
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Impact to Plants
Will the cleaner/brightn er be harmful to plants/shrubs? Thank you, Ed
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Gloria:
First directions on how you use, second - safe for pets and pond?

Yes, it is safe for pets. See here about steps:
www.twpstain.com/.../
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Question on Restore A Deck
First directions on how you use, second - safe for pets and pond?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Wally Cox:
I want to stain my whole deck ( 1/2 has never been stained and was added 1 yr ago and the other half was stained w/ twp aprox 4 yrs ago) so it will all match. Do I use the cleaner, brightner and stripper( on the faded already stained part) Please tell me I do not have to sand.

Restore A Deck Stripper and Brightener for the older half and Gemini Cleaner and Brightener for the newer half.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I want to stain my whole deck ( 1/2 has never been stained and was added 1 yr ago and the other half was stained w/ twp aprox 4 yrs ago) so it will all match. Do I use the cleaner, brightner and stripper( on the faded already stained part) Please tell me I do not have to sand.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting bossmansmith:
Quoting TheSealerStore:

The Gemini Kit is designed for prepping when reapplying the TWP, not just for general cleaning as it may remove some of the current stain. This is normal for prep.

Best to put the umbrella back in the same spot if not reapplying the TWP.


Thanks for clarifying the Kit, was very worried because of the last time (but i did use a deck brush to help it clean which I don't think I will do this year). Since i have cleaned everything very well (sponge and soapy water all surfaces) can I just use a sprayer to apply part 1, let it sit as recommended and then use sprayer to apply part 2, then rinse - so no scrubbing at all to lessen stain removal?
Also, should I use it more dilutated (i read somewhere that for maintenance coat use at half strength if no issues - and since the only issue i have it very isolated to 2 handrail top boards that are 14 and 20 feet long everything else but under umbrella looked good)?

Yes you can do that. Use at 4-6 oz per gallon of water.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting TheSealerStore:

The Gemini Kit is designed for prepping when reapplying the TWP, not just for general cleaning as it may remove some of the current stain. This is normal for prep.

Best to put the umbrella back in the same spot if not reapplying the TWP.


Thanks for clarifying the Kit, was very worried because of the last time (but i did use a deck brush to help it clean which I don't think I will do this year). Since i have cleaned everything very well (sponge and soapy water all surfaces) can I just use a sprayer to apply part 1, let it sit as recommended and then use sprayer to apply part 2, then rinse - so no scrubbing at all to lessen stain removal?
Also, should I use it more dilutated (i read somewhere that for maintenance coat use at half strength if no issues - and since the only issue i have it very isolated to 2 handrail top boards that are 14 and 20 feet long everything else but under umbrella looked good)?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting bossmansmith:
I use Restore-A-Deck kit in 2016 and it ended up removing some of my existing TWP 100 (stained in 2014) so I had to sand everything down and start from scratch instead of just a maintenance coat.
I only have time and energy for maintenance coat this year, (2017). I have cleaned everything with soapy water and it looks good except for 2 issues.
1) I have some small black streaking on the top handrail. Can I use safely use this to clean and brighten without removing the existing stain which has otherwise held up well over the last year?
2) i had an offset umbrella out all year and during cleaning noticed the area under it has not faded at all, I do not want to strip or sand the whole deck for this 2ft by 2ft area, any ideas? I can put umbrella back in same place to hide it if only way to lessen the difference is strip and/or sand.

The Gemini Kit is designed for prepping when reapplying the TWP, not just for general cleaning as it may remove some of the current stain. This is normal for prep.

Best to put the umbrella back in the same spot if not reapplying the TWP.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I use Restore-A-Deck kit in 2016 and it ended up removing some of my existing TWP 100 (stained in 2014) so I had to sand everything down and start from scratch instead of just a maintenance coat.
I only have time and energy for maintenance coat this year, (2017). I have cleaned everything with soapy water and it looks good except for 2 issues.
1) I have some small black streaking on the top handrail. Can I use safely use this to clean and brighten without removing the existing stain which has otherwise held up well over the last year?
2) i had an offset umbrella out all year and during cleaning noticed the area under it has not faded at all, I do not want to strip or sand the whole deck for this 2ft by 2ft area, any ideas? I can put umbrella back in same place to hide it if only way to lessen the difference is strip and/or sand.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting SteveL0213:
Good morning,
What is the typical time frame/sequence following steps 1 & 2 before applying new stain? How long after Step 1 to wait for Step 2 and how long following Step 2 to re-stain?

Thanks.

Step 2 goes on right after you are done with the Step 1, while wood is wet. Wait 48 hours to dry before staining.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Good morning,
What is the typical time frame/sequence following steps 1 & 2 before applying new stain? How long after Step 1 to wait for Step 2 and how long following Step 2 to re-stain?

Thanks.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Doug Adamson:
We have a new screened porch with pressure treated pine sides. We are located in AL and are planning to use TWP100 after waiting a couple of months for aging/drying. The floor of the porch is slate with a sealer,enhancer on it. I understand the need for the Gemini prep kit but am concerned with potential damage to the finish of the slate floor. Should I be?

Wait 4-12 months before staining. No issues with this Kit harming a sealer for slate.
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Prep kit used on slate flooring
We have a new screened porch with pressure treated pine sides. We are located in AL and are planning to use TWP100 after waiting a couple of months for aging/drying. The floor of the porch is slate with a sealer,enhancer on it. I understand the need for the Gemini prep kit but am concerned with potential damage to the finish of the slate floor. Should I be?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Kcoyle11:
I stained with TWP a year ago and i want to restain it. I have some rust spots from metal furniture will the restore a deck remove these or will i need to strip the TWP and sand?

Depends on how deep the rust has soaked in. Sanding may not even be able to get it out. The Step 2 brightener is the most effective at removing rust stains, not the cleaner or stripper.
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Rust Spots
I stained with TWP a year ago and i want to restain it. I have some rust spots from metal furniture will the restore a deck remove these or will i need to strip the TWP and sand?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting ross57023:
When I use the cleaner to prep my deck for staining. Do I also need to use the brightener after the 1st step. I'm not taking of my twp stain I put on. Just re doing my stain to protect the wood from sun snow ect...

It is helpful to use the brightener to neutralize after the cleaner.
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cleaning my deck
When I use the cleaner to prep my deck for staining. Do I also need to use the brightener after the 1st step. I'm not taking of my twp stain I put on. Just re doing my stain to protect the wood from sun snow ect...
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting bart spinelli:
I used twp 1530 about 3 years ago for my deck. I want to give it a new coat. do I need to preclean and if so with what. thank you. bart

Yes, prep with the Gemini Restore kit.
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twp recoat
I used twp 1530 about 3 years ago for my deck. I want to give it a new coat. do I need to preclean and if so with what. thank you. bart
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Steve Carrara:
I have a cedar deck that is three years old. every year, I have used B Moore Arbor coat semi Trans Oil Based Cedar stain following the recommended cleaning procedure. I am not at all satisfied with the longevity of this overpriced product. I would like to start over by using the Gemini restore kit and then TWP oil based. Once the deck is prepped and allowed to dry. Am I correct in my understanding that your product is a two coat wet on wet process? Also, were can I see your color samples?
Steve Carrara

Hello, to prep your deck you will need to remove all of the old coatings of the BM Arborcoat fully from the wood. This cannot be cleaned or stripped off. Most likely you will need to sand to remove the Arborcoat. Once removed, you do apply wet on wet. Samples are here: www.twpstain.com/stain-samples
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Cedasr deck stain
I have a cedar deck that is three years old. every year, I have used B Moore Arbor coat semi Trans Oil Based Cedar stain following the recommended cleaning procedure. I am not at all satisfied with the longevity of this overpriced product. I would like to start over by using the Gemini restore kit and then TWP oil based. Once the deck is prepped and allowed to dry. Am I correct in my understanding that your product is a two coat wet on wet process? Also, were can I see your color samples?
Steve Carrara
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting DonH:
I am about to use Restore-A-Deck on 4+ years old White Oak outdoor park benches. There is no close by water source. I will be taking 2 or 3 5 gallon buckets of water. I can get more if required.

Can I use Step #1 on one day and Step #2 on the next day and following that a few days later with the TWP Stain I also purchased?

Any other hints.

Step 1 and Step 2 should be the same day. Apply the Step 1 and scrub to remove all graying and dirt. Rinse and apply the Step 2 right away. Rinse and let dry for 48 hours before staining.
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Restore-A-Deck on White Oak Outdoor furniture
I am about to use Restore-A-Deck on 4+ years old White Oak outdoor park benches. There is no close by water source. I will be taking 2 or 3 5 gallon buckets of water. I can get more if required.

Can I use Step #1 on one day and Step #2 on the next day and following that a few days later with the TWP Stain I also purchased?

Any other hints.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting ross57023:
The Gemini cleaner and brightener as I apply and it gets on glass will that hurt it or stain it when it dries. Can I clean it of easily once the deck is completed. I don't want to mark up the glass with your kit. thanks

The Gemini Kit does not harm glass but make sure to rinse well when done and while wet to remove any soap, dirt, etc. It will make the cleanup much easier.
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sliding glass doors and glass in general
The Gemini cleaner and brightener as I apply and it gets on glass will that hurt it or stain it when it dries. Can I clean it of easily once the deck is completed. I don't want to mark up the glass with your kit. thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Melodie Martin:
I have pressure washed my 6 yr old unstained deck. Do I really need to clean and brighten it? Also i want to approximate the chocolate brown trim on my windows; which color would be closest to a med-dark chocolate i.e. no red tone.?
Thanks!

Yes, you should clean and brighten. Prep is key in the final outcome and performance. Dark Oak color would be closest.
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Pecan, dark oak or black walnut
I have pressure washed my 6 yr old unstained deck. Do I really need to clean and brighten it? Also i want to approximate the chocolate brown trim on my windows; which color would be closest to a med-dark chocolate i.e. no red tone.?
Thanks!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Rex Terry:
I cleaned, brightened and coated my cedar deck with pecan, 1500 last year. There has been some fading, not severe. I plan to clean the deck and recoat this year. Is it necessary to use brightener after cleaning? Will that lighten the existing stain/finish?

You do not have to brighten when doing a maintenance coat and the current stain is still intact. You can though. No, it will not lighten the color of the stain.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I cleaned, brightened and coated my cedar deck with pecan, 1500 last year. There has been some fading, not severe. I plan to clean the deck and recoat this year. Is it necessary to use brightener after cleaning? Will that lighten the existing stain/finish?
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Quoting Chris Knepler:
I had a fryer boil over on my deck and it appears to have stained the wood. The deck is about 2 years old and it's nnever been stained or sealed. What product do you recommend to clean, prep, and seal ?and will it remove the grease stain along with power washing?
Thank you

Grease stains will not come out of wood. Best to replace those boards that are affected. Once replaced, prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and stain with the TWP.
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Grease stain on deck
I had a fryer boil over on my deck and it appears to have stained the wood. The deck is about 2 years old and it's nnever been stained or sealed. What product do you recommend to clean, prep, and seal ?and will it remove the grease stain along with power washing?
Thank you
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tmuz:
Hello, I stained my deck in September prior to winter last year. I utilized the Natural finish TWP 1500 series. I noticed some light spots in the deck. It's been seven months. Should I wash the deck down and apply another coat of stain or do I need to restore. It's faded in some spots only??? I was gonna apply one coat prior to summer over the decking??

Prep with the Restore Kit first and apply another coat.
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Restore needed
Hello, I stained my deck in September prior to winter last year. I utilized the Natural finish TWP 1500 series. I noticed some light spots in the deck. It's been seven months. Should I wash the deck down and apply another coat of stain or do I need to restore. It's faded in some spots only??? I was gonna apply one coat prior to summer over the decking??
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Susan1628:
Will this remove paint from the deck rails. We just painted and worried if it gets on paint it will remove it.
Thanks

This product does not remove paint.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Will this remove paint from the deck rails. We just painted and worried if it gets on paint it will remove it.
Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tim D:
Is this kit Lake safe? I don't want to kill fish when it gets in water. I have a dock I want to use it on. Thanks

Yes it is.
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Is this kit ok to use on a dock on a Lake
Is this kit Lake safe? I don't want to kill fish when it gets in water. I have a dock I want to use it on. Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting toddmcampbell:
Hi there - I am about to clean, brighten and stain my newly installed deck (9/16) with 120. This weekend, a team installed flagstone on surrounding concrete patio areas and some of the concrete got on the deck itself, not to mention puppy print stains from the surrounding yard. The mortar spots are very minor - but the red puppy paw stains are pretty prevalent. Did not want to start until I knew if it would be a problem, and if so, how to deal with it properly before staining. Thanks!

Both have to be removed. The cleaner and brightener with pressure washing should remove the paw prints. Not sure if it will remove the mortar spots or how to remove if it does not.
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Georgia clay stains and mortar
Hi there - I am about to clean, brighten and stain my newly installed deck (9/16) with 120. This weekend, a team installed flagstone on surrounding concrete patio areas and some of the concrete got on the deck itself, not to mention puppy print stains from the surrounding yard. The mortar spots are very minor - but the red puppy paw stains are pretty prevalent. Did not want to start until I knew if it would be a problem, and if so, how to deal with it properly before staining. Thanks!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Stephen Moore:
Is this product safe for COMPOSITE DECKING?

Yes it is.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Is this product safe for COMPOSITE DECKING?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Is this product safe to use on composite decking? My decking material manufacturer recommends GEMINI WOOD BRIGHTENER PLUS. But I cannot find it anywhere.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Bill Dawkins:
I have a fairly new deck, 1 year. I have pressure washed it but still need to clean it. I plan on using the 1500 series stain. What do I need to clean it with?

Prep it with this item, the Gemini Restore a Deck Kit.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I have a fairly new deck, 1 year. I have pressure washed it but still need to clean it. I plan on using the 1500 series stain. What do I need to clean it with?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jim P:
I just stained my deck using TWP 1500 after using the Gemini restore kit (cleaner/brightener). I missed a section of the deck when I did the brightener phase and didn't realize it until after staining because the wood is darker in this section. Can I still use the brightener in that spot AFTER staining? If so, will it harm the stain and will it brighten the wood?

Sorry but that is not possible to brighten after the staining. You would need to strip and start over.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I just stained my deck using TWP 1500 after using the Gemini restore kit (cleaner/bright ener). I missed a section of the deck when I did the brightener phase and didn't realize it until after staining because the wood is darker in this section. Can I still use the brightener in that spot AFTER staining? If so, will it harm the stain and will it brighten the wood?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tod Anderson:
I used both products on my cedar deck 3 months ago. I need to stain it but I noticed the wood had grayed again. I used the brightener to refresh it, but noticed some dirt and light mildew in places. If I use the cleaner on those areas again, will i have to use the brightener (step 2) again? Or will cleaning it be enough?

If you use the cleaner, you have to brighten after to neutralize.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I used both products on my cedar deck 3 months ago. I need to stain it but I noticed the wood had grayed again. I used the brightener to refresh it, but noticed some dirt and light mildew in places. If I use the cleaner on those areas again, will i have to use the brightener (step 2) again? Or will cleaning it be enough?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting FLF:
My deck is too big to clean at one time so I will do it in segment over the course of a few days. Should I apply the brightener right after cleaning each segment, or can I do all the cleaning over the course of a few days and then apply the brightener all at once?

Clean all and brighten all after when done.
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Cleaning Deck in Segments
My deck is too big to clean at one time so I will do it in segment over the course of a few days. Should I apply the brightener right after cleaning each segment, or can I do all the cleaning over the course of a few days and then apply the brightener all at once?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Richard Dame:
I applied one coat of TWP 1500-1 to a new redwood deck 18 months ago. It still looks good but is light in a few spots. I would like to re-coat it with the same finish, should I use the Gemini restore-a-deck product before I apply this second coat, or simply wash it with soap and water ?

R. Dame Maryland

Since it has been 18 months, we would suggest the kit for the prep.
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owner
I applied one coat of TWP 1500-1 to a new redwood deck 18 months ago. It still looks good but is light in a few spots. I would like to re-coat it with the same finish, should I use the Gemini restore-a-deck product before I apply this second coat, or simply wash it with soap and water ?

R. Dame Maryland
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Johnny Rinehold:
My cedar deck is 8 years old and has been treated with Superdeck maybe 3 or 4 times. It's very dark in places but in very good shape otherwise. We get 60 to 70 inches of rain from Oct to Apr. The summers are warm & sunny. I live 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Southern Oregon Siskiyou Mts. According to your calculator our deck is 946 sq ft. It says I need 2 Gemini kits plus 10 gallons stain. What kind stain and what other tools do I need.

Need to prep with the Restore A Deck Stripper kit to remove the Super Deck. You will need two kits of this. Apply the stripper with a pump sprayer and pressure wash off. 10 Gallons of the TWP. Use the 100 Series.
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Old Dark Stain
My cedar deck is 8 years old and has been treated with Superdeck maybe 3 or 4 times. It's very dark in places but in very good shape otherwise. We get 60 to 70 inches of rain from Oct to Apr. The summers are warm & sunny. I live 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Southern Oregon Siskiyou Mts. According to your calculator our deck is 946 sq ft. It says I need 2 Gemini kits plus 10 gallons stain. What kind stain and what other tools do I need.
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Quoting Dave Kisker:
I'm working on preping our unfInished redwood fence,constructed fall 2014. After applying the cleaner and power washing, a sort of "gel like" goo appears--almost has an alligaored appearance. Tried both scrubbing and more power washing and it seems to reappear in places. Decided to let it dry and see what happens. Now there are areas that are very light grey, that may have been left behind, but no more goo. Do i need to do more cleaning or is this something that the brightener will clean up?

Never heard of a gel like coming out of your wood. Nothing to do with the cleaner. Just rinse well and brighten.
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Cleaner behaving a little strangely
I'm working on preping our unfInished redwood fence,construct ed fall 2014. After applying the cleaner and power washing, a sort of "gel like" goo appears--almost has an alligaored appearance. Tried both scrubbing and more power washing and it seems to reappear in places. Decided to let it dry and see what happens. Now there are areas that are very light grey, that may have been left behind, but no more goo. Do i need to do more cleaning or is this something that the brightener will clean up?
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Quoting Aggie:
My pressure treated wood is 7 months old. Doesn't look gray or in bad shape at all. It's at a very sunny spot in Georgia and some bare wood is showing. I know it needs to be cleaned but do I need Restore A Deck or can I just use normal household cleaners? Same question about the brightener. Since the wood is so new do I need them both? Thank you!

Yes you need to properly clean with a deck cleaner and a wood brightener. This removes the mill glaze on the new wood.
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Ms.
My pressure treated wood is 7 months old. Doesn't look gray or in bad shape at all. It's at a very sunny spot in Georgia and some bare wood is showing. I know it needs to be cleaned but do I need Restore A Deck or can I just use normal household cleaners? Same question about the brightener. Since the wood is so new do I need them both? Thank you!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jerry Calderon:
Before using the Gemini cleaner on my new deck... do you have to lightly water the deck down? Or just put it on with a sprayer? thanks...Jerry

Lightly mist with water.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jerry Calderon:
Before using the Gemini cleaner on my new deck... do you have to lightly water the deck down? Or just put it on with a sprayer? thanks...Jerry

Lightly mist with water.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Before using the Gemini cleaner on my new deck... do you have to lightly water the deck down? Or just put it on with a sprayer? thanks...Jerry
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Rick K:
Deck looks fine I just want to clean it. What should I use? I used your TWP 1500 on it.

Soapy dish soap and a very soft car wash brush to remove dirt only.
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Homeowner
Deck looks fine I just want to clean it. What should I use? I used your TWP 1500 on it.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting dennisellis:
On a ~5 months old deck with no greying, is it necessary to use a pressure washer after appying Restore A Deck? Or do i even need to scrub?

You can lightly pressure wash to remove the oxidized wood cells or you can heavy scrub and rinse well.
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Pressure Washer
On a ~5 months old deck with no greying, is it necessary to use a pressure washer after appying Restore A Deck? Or do i even need to scrub?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Ginger Borgman:
MY condo association is wanting to seal our 280' beach walkover that was installed last year. The walkover goes over protected plants (sea oats) and tortoises. Is there any danger of the Restore a Deck Cleaner, the TWP 100 and the TWP Stripper to plants or animals? This is in FL where is frequently rains in the afternoon. How many days of dry weather is needed to ensure the product drys? Can TWP be applied with a roller? total sq is 3600+- with the rails and stairs. Also can you please send me the SDS for the above products? Thank you for the information

TWP should not get on plants or animals while wet. You will need to cover. The Gemini Kit should be fine. Best to apply the TWP with a deck stain pad. Rollers are not as effective for applying evenly. Dries typically in 24-48 hours at most. It can take a rain 12 hours after applying.
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Safety question
MY condo association is wanting to seal our 280' beach walkover that was installed last year. The walkover goes over protected plants (sea oats) and tortoises. Is there any danger of the Restore a Deck Cleaner, the TWP 100 and the TWP Stripper to plants or animals? This is in FL where is frequently rains in the afternoon. How many days of dry weather is needed to ensure the product drys? Can TWP be applied with a roller? total sq is 3600+- with the rails and stairs. Also can you please send me the SDS for the above products? Thank you for the information
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting dennisellis:
I know the cleaner and brightener say to wait 48 hours after used before you stain. But is there a maximum time? IOW can I clean and brighten one weekend and then stain the next or is that too long in between? What about 2 weeks in between?
Thanks.

2 weeks after prep is the max you should wait.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Gloria:
The contractor that stained our deck (used TWP) got some on our vinyl siding. They were able to get it off of floor level siding by detaching the siding and working it with Goof Off. Stain on the wall of the house where it meets the deck is still there. The siding is somewhat textured and the stain has settled into the recesses. Nothing we have tried is getting it off. Any ideas?

Water based graffiti remover from you local paint store.
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Stain on vinyl siding
The contractor that stained our deck (used TWP) got some on our vinyl siding. They were able to get it off of floor level siding by detaching the siding and working it with Goof Off. Stain on the wall of the house where it meets the deck is still there. The siding is somewhat textured and the stain has settled into the recesses. Nothing we have tried is getting it off. Any ideas?
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Stain on vinyl siding
The contractor that stained our deck (used TWP) got some on our vinyl siding. They were able to get it off of floor level siding by detaching the siding and working it with Goof Off. Stain on the wall of the house where it meets the deck is still there. The siding is somewhat textured and the stain has settled into the recesses. Nothing we have tried is getting it off. Any ideas?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting pcarriere:
Hi, I need to put some stain on my cedar siding because some areas start to have bare wood exposed. The stain used before was TWP 1500. How do I prep the surface without removing old stain, I just want to add on it. On another side of the house, mildew need to be remove, will the stain be remove as well? Is this a different prep than siding that just need to add stain?
>Thanks

Siding is the same prep as decking. Best to use the Gemini Restore Kit for prep and pressure washing. See here for more info on our help site: twpstainhelp.com/.../...
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Cedar wood prep
Hi, I need to put some stain on my cedar siding because some areas start to have bare wood exposed. The stain used before was TWP 1500. How do I prep the surface without removing old stain, I just want to add on it. On another side of the house, mildew need to be remove, will the stain be remove as well? Is this a different prep than siding that just need to add stain?
>Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting kylev75:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting kylev75:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
[quote name="kylev75"]I have a newer(3years old) pressure treated deck, never cleaned or sealed. I started cleaning the deck (starting with the railings and spindles) with the cleaner sold here. etc...quote]
This happens when you are moving a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells. Typically on decks that are left unstained for 1+ years. Yes you can lightly sand or buff to remove the fuzzies, then brighten.

What grit sandpaper would you suggest

60-80 grit at most.

I noticed on cleaning/stripping/brightening how-to the brightener section said to apply immediately after cleaning and "do not let the wood dry". I had to let it dry so I could sand away the fuzz. Should I wet the deck before adding the brightener? It's a large deck, 20x30 +stairs and rails, should I brighten in sections. and keep it damp the same way I did for the cleaner?

Just lightly wet the deck and brighten all at once.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting kylev75:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
[quote name="kylev75"]I have a newer(3years old) pressure treated deck, never cleaned or sealed. I started cleaning the deck (starting with the railings and spindles) with the cleaner sold here. etc...quote]
This happens when you are moving a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells. Typically on decks that are left unstained for 1+ years. Yes you can lightly sand or buff to remove the fuzzies, then brighten.

What grit sandpaper would you suggest

60-80 grit at most.

I noticed on cleaning/stripp ing/brightening how-to the brightener section said to apply immediately after cleaning and "do not let the wood dry". I had to let it dry so I could sand away the fuzz. Should I wet the deck before adding the brightener? It's a large deck, 20x30 +stairs and rails, should I brighten in sections. and keep it damp the same way I did for the cleaner?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting antonio giraldez:
i have a 2 year cedar deck treated with twp last year.
it has now some parts dirty with black spots from leaves.
what should i do before putting another coat? restore? powerwash? scrub? sand? just reaply anothrer coat?
thanks

Prep with a deck cleaner and lightly pressure wash for prep before applying a light coat of the TWP.
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recouting my deck
i have a 2 year cedar deck treated with twp last year.
it has now some parts dirty with black spots from leaves.
what should i do before putting another coat? restore? powerwash? scrub? sand? just reaply anothrer coat?
thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting larry nore:
I have used the product on my year old cedar deck, Question. when I applied the product I let it sit for the 15 minutes and then power washed it and wheni would step on it it would leave my boot print in wood so I applied again and used a brush and the stuff came off like snot. then power washed again and did it again and then it seemed the wood was clean. Is this the way it is suppose to work??? I am very stiff today after that workout.

it sounds like you are removing a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells. It looks like pulp. Just pressure was and rinse well. It should come very clean.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting kylev75:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting kylev75:
I have a newer(3years old) pressure treated deck, never cleaned or sealed. I started cleaning the deck (starting with the railings and spindles) with the cleaner sold here. It has left behind a fuzzy look. Should I lightly sand the deck before I use the brightener, or do you recommend another solution. Located in NE Ohio.

This happens when you are moving a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells. Typically on decks that are left unstained for 1+ years. Yes you can lightly sand or buff to remove the fuzzies, then brighten.

What grit sandpaper would you suggest

60-80 grit at most.
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owner
I have used the product on my year old cedar deck, Question. when I applied the product I let it sit for the 15 minutes and then power washed it and wheni would step on it it would leave my boot print in wood so I applied again and used a brush and the stuff came off like snot. then power washed again and did it again and then it seemed the wood was clean. Is this the way it is suppose to work??? I am very stiff today after that workout.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting kylev75:
I have a newer(3years old) pressure treated deck, never cleaned or sealed. I started cleaning the deck (starting with the railings and spindles) with the cleaner sold here. It has left behind a fuzzy look. Should I lightly sand the deck before I use the brightener, or do you recommend another solution. Located in NE Ohio.

This happens when you are moving a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells. Typically on decks that are left unstained for 1+ years. Yes you can lightly sand or buff to remove the fuzzies, then brighten.

What grit sandpaper would you suggest
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting kylev75:
I have a newer(3years old) pressure treated deck, never cleaned or sealed. I started cleaning the deck (starting with the railings and spindles) with the cleaner sold here. It has left behind a fuzzy look. Should I lightly sand the deck before I use the brightener, or do you recommend another solution. Located in NE Ohio.

This happens when you are moving a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells. Typically on decks that are left unstained for 1+ years. Yes you can lightly sand or buff to remove the fuzzies, then brighten.
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fuzzy surface
I have a newer(3years old) pressure treated deck, never cleaned or sealed. I started cleaning the deck (starting with the railings and spindles) with the cleaner sold here. It has left behind a fuzzy look. Should I lightly sand the deck before I use the brightener, or do you recommend another solution. Located in NE Ohio.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting dennisellis:
My pressure treated wood is ~5 months old. Doesn't look gray or in bad shape at all. I know it needs to be cleaned but do I need Restore A Deck or can I just use normal household cleaners? Same question about the brightener. Since the wood is so new do I need it?

Yes you need to it remove mill glaze, dirt, and any oxidation of the wood cells.
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Newer wood?
My pressure treated wood is ~5 months old. Doesn't look gray or in bad shape at all. I know it needs to be cleaned but do I need Restore A Deck or can I just use normal household cleaners? Same question about the brightener. Since the wood is so new do I need it?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting William A:
Will the Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit kill my grass?

Not is is eco friendly.
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Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Will the Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit kill my grass?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Marcia:
Do you recommend Restore-a deck and/or TWP stain for older wood shingles? They have been coated only with a preservative previously and are weathered in places.

Thanks

Yes, prep first with the Gemini Restore Kit before applying the TWP.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Marcia:
Do you recommend Restore-a deck and/or TWP stain for older wood shingles? They have been coated only with a preservative previously and are weathered in places.

Thanks

Yes, prep first with the Gemini Restore Kit before applying the TWP.
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wood shakes
Do you recommend Restore-a deck and/or TWP stain for older wood shingles? They have been coated only with a preservative previously and are weathered in places.

Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting tom lloyd:
I live in North Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille and have a brand new Cedar 800 sq ft deck. Since we are approved for either TWP 100 or 1500, which do you recommend and why?

See this about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../

Use the TWP 100 Series.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I live in North Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille and have a brand new Cedar 800 sq ft deck. Since we are approved for either TWP 100 or 1500, which do you recommend and why?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting elkin2228:
I stained my new PT pine deck in the Spring, 2014 with 2 coats of TWP 1500. I followed all your instructions including, first cleaning with your Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit. Now that 2 years have passed, it may be time to apply another coat as the rain no longer beads-up as before. But before I do, will it be necessary to apply the Gemini product again or is it OK to just apply the new coat over the old one?

Isn it has been two year you should prep with the Gemini Restore kit. We forwarded your order to you from 2014. it was Cedartone 1501.
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Previous Order
Do you keep a record of purchases made by customers like myself? I purchased your stain in 2014 and I am planning on re-staining my deck this spring, with the same type and color. But I cannot recall what exact product I purchased. Is that something you keep record of?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting John LeBas:
I have a treated wood (pine) deck in the Texas Hill country. I don't think it was ever sealed or stained. About half is more or less covered, and the half not covered shows more degradation from the sun and rain. What products should I use to clean and stain/seal it? I's about 840 ft^2tyotal. Also, it is elevated above a lower concrete deck. Should I clean and stain/seal the underside?

Use the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing for the prep. Stain with the TWP 100 or 1500 Series. You can do the undersides if you like.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tom Scharf:
I applied 2 coats of twp 1530 last season on a cedar deck . The deck still looks good but I would like to put another coat this season .what prep work do i need to do before I coat it again and will I need to do the 2 coat wet on wet again or will 1 coat be sufficient.

Lightly wash to remove any dirt but not the coatings from last year. Just apply one light coat of the TWP.
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Product Recommendations
I have a treated wood (pine) deck in the Texas Hill country. I don't think it was ever sealed or stained. About half is more or less covered, and the half not covered shows more degradation from the sun and rain. What products should I use to clean and stain/seal it? I's about 840 ft^2tyotal. Also, it is elevated above a lower concrete deck. Should I clean and stain/seal the underside?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Patricia Heacock:
I applied 2 coats of TWP 100 on my deck. It now has black discoloration on it. I plan to put another coat on it this spring. Do I need one or 2 kits for a 60x20 ft. deck. Thanks.

For 1200 sq. feet yo would need two kits.
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Restore a Deck Kit
I applied 2 coats of TWP 100 on my deck. It now has black discoloration on it. I plan to put another coat on it this spring. Do I need one or 2 kits for a 60x20 ft. deck. Thanks.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting foofielol:
I used twp rustic four year ago on my wood deck. Some of my boards have areas with no stain left at all while others still have stain on them - all within the same board. I know I am way overdue for another coat. Will your restore product be enough so my new coat will be consistent or do I need to pressure wash everything off down to raw wood?

At this point it would be best to use the the Restore A Deck Stripper followed by the brightener for the prep.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I used twp rustic four year ago on my wood deck. Some of my boards have areas with no stain left at all while others still have stain on them - all within the same board. I know I am way overdue for another coat. Will your restore product be enough so my new coat will be consistent or do I need to pressure wash everything off down to raw wood?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Joshua Lee:
Hi, I stained my 8 ft by 35 ft deck in 2015. It still looks fine but I want it to look brand new again! First, how should I prepare the wood? Second, how nany gallons would I need to apply the maitanence coat?

Yes the Gemini Kit for prep and apply one coat. 2 gallons should work.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Sheila L:
When do you know to strip wood that previously stained or will a cleaner and brightener be sufficient?Previous olympic toner applied over 2 years ago, water does not bead over deck and siding.

If you are switching to TWP from a different brand then you will need to use the RAD Stripper and RAD brightener.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
When do you know to strip wood that previously stained or will a cleaner and brightener be sufficient?Prev ious olympic toner applied over 2 years ago, water does not bead over deck and siding.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting ErikO:
It looks like I got a little heavy handed with the pressure washer during the cleaning phase and gave the wood a "fuzzy" or fiberglass-like appearance in some spots. Should this be a concern before staining and if so, what would be my next step.
Thank you.

Try and lightly sanding the floors to remove the raised wood fuzzies.
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Oops
It looks like I got a little heavy handed with the pressure washer during the cleaning phase and gave the wood a "fuzzy" or fiberglass-like appearance in some spots. Should this be a concern before staining and if so, what would be my next step.
Thank you.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Harold TenBrink:
I noticed that your instructions indicate a wet on wet application for a second coat, however I also noted in your instructions that a second coat is not required on a new pine wood deck? I am some what confused as to if I need to perform a "wet on wet" application on a new deck or not. PS how do I determine the moisture content of the wood on the deck? My deck is at present, 4 mos. old.

Only one coat on new wood and please read this as well:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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New Pine Wood
I noticed that your instructions indicate a wet on wet application for a second coat, however I also noted in your instructions that a second coat is not required on a new pine wood deck? I am some what confused as to if I need to perform a "wet on wet" application on a new deck or not. PS how do I determine the moisture content of the wood on the deck? My deck is at present, 4 mos. old.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting pete busicchia:
is it necessary to strip the old stain off before re-staining? I previously used TWP 206. The verticals are in decent shape; its the flat surfaces that need the most work. I have been told that just light pressure washing would be sufficient. (don't really trust where I got the information)

Thanks for your help

If reapplying TWP then you do not need to strip but you should use the Gemini Restore Kit to clean and brighten.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting js395:
I live in coastal SE Virginia. I have a new deck that has seasoned for about 6 month now. Looking to stain. What prep do I need to do and what stain should I use.

Thanks

Use the TWP 100 Series for your area and prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. See this article for more info on new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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prep work
is it necessary to strip the old stain off before re-staining? I previously used TWP 206. The verticals are in decent shape; its the flat surfaces that need the most work. I have been told that just light pressure washing would be sufficient. (don't really trust where I got the information)

Thanks for your help
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New Deck
I live in coastal SE Virginia. I have a new deck that has seasoned for about 6 month now. Looking to stain. What prep do I need to do and what stain should I use.

Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Joe OBrien:
My redwood deck will be finished this week. When is the appropriate time to use RAD?

See this about new wood:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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New Deck question
My redwood deck will be finished this week. When is the appropriate time to use RAD?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Lise Boisvert:
Where can I buy this in Ontario Canada?

Sorry but it is not sold in Canada.
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Home Owner
Where can I buy this in Ontario Canada?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Barbara Walsh:
is this a stripper and cleaner in one?

No this is a cleaner and brightener kit.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
is this a stripper and cleaner in one?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Nancy Ashmore:
have an Indiana deck of pine (think treated) approx 20 yrs old. Looks like was painted with exterior house paint. How should one go about preparing this deck for stain- to remove paint,etc?? Am I correct to then use the 1500 series stain?

Cleaners and or stain strippers will not remove a paint off a deck. You will have to power sand it all off. Once fully removed, it is helpful to use the Gemini Restore Kit for final prep. Use the 1500 Series for IN.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
have an Indiana deck of pine (think treated) approx 20 yrs old. Looks like was painted with exterior house paint. How should one go about preparing this deck for stain- to remove paint,etc?? Am I correct to then use the 1500 series stain?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mike McMahon:
Is there a retail outlet in Omaha Ne., 68144, for restore-a-deck cleaners?

We personally do not have a dealer there.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Is there a retail outlet in Omaha Ne., 68144, for restore-a-deck cleaners?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tailor:
Finished stripping with restore stripper. Will using Gemini cleaner on older PT pine decking boards help remove loose fibers before applying brightener or is using a cleaner after stripping just an over kill?

Over kill. No need to use cleaner after stripping.
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Prep work
Finished stripping with restore stripper. Will using Gemini cleaner on older PT pine decking boards help remove loose fibers before applying brightener or is using a cleaner after stripping just an over kill?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Andriana:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Andriana:
We have a new cedar deck (built in May) and I was planning on using Restore A Deck before staining with TWP. We already have some black stains that I assume are tannic acid reactions from metal deck furniture feet.

Will this product remove this type of stain? thanks!

That is rust and the brightener may remove it some but it depends on how bad and deep the rust stains are.


thanks for the quick response! Do you recommend using another product/method prior to the restore a deck in this case?

Only a wood brightener will remove a rust stain.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Andriana:
We have a new cedar deck (built in May) and I was planning on using Restore A Deck before staining with TWP. We already have some black stains that I assume are tannic acid reactions from metal deck furniture feet.

Will this product remove this type of stain? thanks!

That is rust and the brightener may remove it some but it depends on how bad and deep the rust stains are.


thanks for the quick response! Do you recommend using another product/method prior to the restore a deck in this case?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Andriana:
We have a new cedar deck (built in May) and I was planning on using Restore A Deck before staining with TWP. We already have some black stains that I assume are tannic acid reactions from metal deck furniture feet.

Will this product remove this type of stain? thanks!

That is rust and the brightener may remove it some but it depends on how bad and deep the rust stains are.
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acid stains
We have a new cedar deck (built in May) and I was planning on using Restore A Deck before staining with TWP. We already have some black stains that I assume are tannic acid reactions from metal deck furniture feet.

Will this product remove this type of stain? thanks!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Chris James:
I have a new deck that was built about 3 months ago. It has only slightly grayed, and we are going to stain with either TWP 100 or TWP 1500. Is there any need to brighten before we stain?

You have to clean and brighten to remove the mill glaze with the Gemini Kit. Please read this: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Chris James:
I have a new deck that was built about 3 months ago. It has only slightly grayed, and we are going to stain with either TWP 100 or TWP 1500. Is there any need to brighten before we stain?


we would be using rustic regardless of which product line, if that matters.
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New Deck
I have a new deck that was built about 3 months ago. It has only slightly grayed, and we are going to stain with either TWP 100 or TWP 1500. Is there any need to brighten before we stain?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Ken Flowers:
I have a 25 year old pressure treated deck. It has been treated sometime in the past, but not in a long time and I'm not sure with what. I've already cleaned it with bleach and a pressure washer. Some of the old stain or sealer remains. I live in Alabama. Assuming I want to go forward with TWP, how do you suggest I proceed now and which TWP would be best?
Thanks

Since you have some old stain remaining you should use the Restore A Deck Stripper and pressure washing to remove. Use the brightener after you strip off the old stain.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I have a 25 year old pressure treated deck. It has been treated sometime in the past, but not in a long time and I'm not sure with what. I've already cleaned it with bleach and a pressure washer. Some of the old stain or sealer remains. I live in Alabama. Assuming I want to go forward with TWP, how do you suggest I proceed now and which TWP would be best?
Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Stephen V:
How soon after cleaning with gemini restore
should I wait before applying sealer?

About 48 hours.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
How soon after cleaning with gemini restore
should I wait before applying sealer?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Linda Dunham:
I need to purchase Gemini Restore a deck cleaner-step 1 only. Still have on hand the brightener, step 2. Can I purchase the cleaner only?

Sorry but we do not sell the cleaner only for the Gemini Step 1 Cleaner.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I need to purchase Gemini Restore a deck cleaner-step 1 only. Still have on hand the brightener, step 2. Can I purchase the cleaner only?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mullen7:
I am staining a fence over grass. Will this product kill grass?

This cleaner kit will not kill grass. The TWP stain will.
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Grass f?riendly
I am staining a fence over grass. Will this product kill grass?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting MBOhio13:
I have a pergola that is bare wood, but had been exposed to Ohio elements (sun and snow) for 1 year. The wood still looks pretty good, but you can see some minor dark streaking, probably from algae/mold. Should I use the Restore-A-Deck or would something else be better to prep for staining with the TWP 1500?

Prep with the Gemini Restore a Deck Kit.
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Prep for New, Bare Wood?
I have a pergola that is bare wood, but had been exposed to Ohio elements (sun and snow) for 1 year. The wood still looks pretty good, but you can see some minor dark streaking, probably from algae/mold. Should I use the Restore-A-Deck or would something else be better to prep for staining with the TWP 1500?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting T Zefo:
I applied the 100 series on my cedar deck 2 years ago. Very happy with it and it looked great. It still displays the full cedar color (no grey) but this spring it looks dull. Would I require a full Gemini kit or would a light power wash and a top coat of the 100 work?

Since it has been two years it would be best to prep with the Gemini Kit while lightly pressure washing.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I applied the 100 series on my cedar deck 2 years ago. Very happy with it and it looked great. It still displays the full cedar color (no grey) but this spring it looks dull. Would I require a full Gemini kit or would a light power wash and a top coat of the 100 work?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting billybob:
Is this product oil or water base. I have a 20 yr old cedar deck. still in good shape, but has been neglected the last 5 yr. No stain or sealer has been applied. What would you recommend?

You are asking about the cleaner and this is a powder. The TWP stains are oil based if that is what you meant.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Is this product oil or water base. I have a 20 yr old cedar deck. still in good shape, but has been neglected the last 5 yr. No stain or sealer has been applied. What would you recommend?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting joe sebes:
Pressured treat fine deck which was sanded to bare wood will be treated with 1500 dark oak stain. Will I need 1 or 2 coats for 875 sq. ft. and how many gallons?
Thanks

You should use the kit to prep the wood after the sanding. This will remove any sand dust and help the stain to penetrate deeper. Only one coat this time as two coats may not soak in properly after heavy sanding. You will need about 5-6 gallons for one coat.
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Pressured treat fine deck which was sanded to bare wood will be treated with 1500 dark oak stain. Will I need 1 or 2 coats for 875 sq. ft. and how many gallons?
Thanks
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Mr
I have recently sanded away all previous Olympic solid stain down to original wood of my pressured treated deck.
Is this okay to apply 1500 dark oak now?
Since it is fresh wood what would the Gemeni Restore kit accomplish?

Thanks

Joe
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting howard hunter:
we built a gazebo next to our pool last year, after 4 months of exposure part of the deck had to be replaced, so now we have two colors of decking.. we are getting ready to stain the deck with your twp 1500 stain but will clean with restore a deck...do you think the gemini cleaner will make the deck boards the same color? any suggestions?

As long as the wood is the same type and grade it should all clean up and look the same.
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two tone deck
we built a gazebo next to our pool last year, after 4 months of exposure part of the deck had to be replaced, so now we have two colors of decking.. we are getting ready to stain the deck with your twp 1500 stain but will clean with restore a deck...do you think the gemini cleaner will make the deck boards the same color? any suggestions?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Sabrena Bondari:
Hello. I have previously calculated 2181 Sq Feet on our 2 level deck / railing. I also have a playgroun that may need to restored; the tree house part is wood. The rest is metal.
Thanks for any help in calculating how many Gemini restore a deck kits that I may need.
Sabrena

For 2182 sq, feet you would need 3 of the Gemini Restore Kits. Thanks!
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Mrs.
Hello. I have previously calculated 2181 Sq Feet on our 2 level deck / railing. I also have a playgroun that may need to restored; the tree house part is wood. The rest is metal.
Thanks for any help in calculating how many Gemini restore a deck kits that I may need.
Sabrena
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Quoting nancy buffin:
We installed a 24x12 deck last summer with 2 story steps.
What do you recommend to stain this deck leaving it as natural looking as possible.

The lightest tint is the Honeytone color.
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We installed a 24x12 deck last summer with 2 story steps.
What do you recommend to stain this deck leaving it as natural looking as possible.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting wtstanf:
I applied TWP 1500 Cedartone to my pressure treated deck last spring, 1 year after installing the deck. I prepped with the Restore-A-Deck product and applied 2 coats of the stain. The stain has held up well, but the deck is Quoting Ed Q:
I stained my deck with TP100 last year. What is the best way to clean it?

dirty. What product should I use to clean the deck? I'm hoping to not have to re-stain the deck for another 1-2 years.
Thanks.

Try soapy water a soft bristle brush. Too much pressure or a deck cleaner at full strength and you will most likely need to restain.
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How to clean without re-staining
I applied TWP 1500 Cedartone to my pressure treated deck last spring, 1 year after installing the deck. I prepped with the Restore-A-Deck product and applied 2 coats of the stain. The stain has held up well, but the deck is Quoting Ed Q:
I stained my deck with TP100 last year. What is the best way to clean it?

dirty. What product should I use to clean the deck? I'm hoping to not have to re-stain the deck for another 1-2 years.
Thanks.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mike13:
Would a composite deck cleaner be better than the Restore-A-Deck cleaner for Trex composite decks or should they work about the same.

I have the Restore-A-Deck cleaner on-hand to use if there isn't much of a difference.

They will work the same.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Would a composite deck cleaner be better than the Restore-A-Deck cleaner for Trex composite decks or should they work about the same.

I have the Restore-A-Deck cleaner on-hand to use if there isn't much of a difference.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mike13:
A friend of mine has a moldy, dirty Trex deck that is fairly old so I don't know which Trex version it is. Probably the original one that had issues with mold, etc.

Is there any problem using the cleaner on that? I don't think it should be a problem but wanted to check with you guys anyway.

What about the brightener? Any issues? While I don't think it would be a problem either I'm not sure it would do any good. I don't know if it would "brighten" the Trex (I would try a test spot 1st) & I don't think the "neutralizer" part of would be of any benefit. Your thoughts?

Yes you can use both but if the mold is deep into the Trex, then you may need to clean it a few times to get it out all the way. The brightener will not have much affect.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
A friend of mine has a moldy, dirty Trex deck that is fairly old so I don't know which Trex version it is. Probably the original one that had issues with mold, etc.

Is there any problem using the cleaner on that? I don't think it should be a problem but wanted to check with you guys anyway.

What about the brightener? Any issues? While I don't think it would be a problem either I'm not sure it would do any good. I don't know if it would "brighten" the Trex (I would try a test spot 1st) & I don't think the "neutralizer" part of would be of any benefit. Your thoughts?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Kimberly:
I have a new deck that is one year old ( it has turned grey) and I am going to use the restore a deck kit prior to staining with the TWP 100 Stain. I would like to lightly sand the entire deck before staining. Can this be done and if so should I sand before I apply the restore a deck kit or after?

Lightly sand after using the Gemini Kit but do not use more then 60-80 grit paper. You will also need to heavily rinse with water after the sanding to remove any sand dust from the pores of the wood.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I have a new deck that is one year old ( it has turned grey) and I am going to use the restore a deck kit prior to staining with the TWP 100 Stain. I would like to lightly sand the entire deck before staining. Can this be done and if so should I sand before I apply the restore a deck kit or after?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jeff Peek:
The YouTube video suggested that there was a special formulation of Gemini Restore a Deck for Redwood. Is this correct? If so, what is the product name and how do I order it?
Thanks.

That is an older video and does not apply. The Gemini Restore Kit can be used on all wood types.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
The YouTube video suggested that there was a special formulation of Gemini Restore a Deck for Redwood. Is this correct? If so, what is the product name and how do I order it?
Thanks.
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Quoting GingerM:
We have a 2+ yr old cedar deck. We are on the Oregon coast.....and get a lot of rain. We applied a stain the first year, but now the deck is dark and slimy. For the sake of safety, I'd like to simply get the slick stuff off and then will fully clean/treat/brighten with your kit k57in the spring as soon as weather allows. Would you recommend I just scrub with a soap solution and a good deck brush...then hose off? Unfortunately, today I started with a bleach based cleaner. It did remove some of the grunge, but it looks awful. Your input is appreciated.

Yes that should be fine but if you have a pressure washer use it to make it easier.
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when to clean
We have a 2+ yr old cedar deck. We are on the Oregon coast.....and get a lot of rain. We applied a stain the first year, but now the deck is dark and slimy. For the sake of safety, I'd like to simply get the slick stuff off and then will fully clean/treat/bri ghten with your kit k57in the spring as soon as weather allows. Would you recommend I just scrub with a soap solution and a good deck brush...then hose off? Unfortunately, today I started with a bleach based cleaner. It did remove some of the grunge, but it looks awful. Your input is appreciated.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting DanC:
We have powder coated metal railing for our cedar deck.
Will the Cleaner or Brightener corrode the coating or do I need to wrap the railings in plastic for protection?

It should not but all coatings are made differently so it is best to test first.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
We have powder coated metal railing for our cedar deck.
Will the Cleaner or Brightener corrode the coating or do I need to wrap the railings in plastic for protection?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting John R Hertzler:
I just cleaned my year old wolmanized wood deck with both steps of Gemini cleaner and brightener. There is a white residue on most of the wood. Used a pressure washer on step 1 and garden hose on step 2. Can I apply 1500 stain over this or must it be removed.
Thank you

Most likely that is oxidized wood cells that were not completely removed during the cleaning process. If it does not show when wet with water then it will not show when you stain. Take note, knots do have a tendency to be lighter in color and is not related to this.
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I just cleaned my year old wolmanized wood deck with both steps of Gemini cleaner and brightener. There is a white residue on most of the wood. Used a pressure washer on step 1 and garden hose on step 2. Can I apply 1500 stain over this or must it be removed.
Thank you
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mike Burgess:
Will brightner clear white residue from cleaner?

No but water should.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Will brightener clear white residue from cleaner?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Will brightner clear white residue from cleaner?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Dianne:
I moved into a brand new house 1 year ago. The back deck and front steps have never been stained or sealed, but now have one year of weathering. What is the best way to prep and stain them?

The Gemini Restore Kit would be best.
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Staining A New Deck
I moved into a brand new house 1 year ago. The back deck and front steps have never been stained or sealed, but now have one year of weathering. What is the best way to prep and stain them?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting BD:
Hello,

I've built a new deck with "outdoor wood" treated Hem/fir decking. It is days old and would like to get it done before winter sets in, if possible. I am in WA state. I'd like to prep and stain it with the restore a deck kit, followed by a TWP 100 stain. Can I pick these products up in the Portland Oregon area?

Please read this about new wood:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Chris12:
I'm replacing a lot of the wood on my deck this year, leaving only the main posts (in the ground) and the joists. All the rest will be new wood. For the new wood, I read that I should wait 4-12 months before applying the stain/sealer. For the old wood (treated pine, not greyed or very weathered) what prepping do I need to do before applying your stain, AND should I use a different stain for the old wood than I do for the new?

Same stain for both wood. Use the Gemini Restore kit for the prep.
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Mr.
Hello,

I've built a new deck with "outdoor wood" treated Hem/fir decking. It is days old and would like to get it done before winter sets in, if possible. I am in WA state. I'd like to prep and stain it with the restore a deck kit, followed by a TWP 100 stain. Can I pick these products up in the Portland Oregon area?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I'm replacing a lot of the wood on my deck this year, leaving only the main posts (in the ground) and the joists. All the rest will be new wood. For the new wood, I read that I should wait 4-12 months before applying the stain/sealer. For the old wood (treated pine, not greyed or very weathered) what prepping do I need to do before applying your stain, AND should I use a different stain for the old wood than I do for the new?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting RickG:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting RickG:
Why would I need to use Gemini Restore-A-Deck on a brand new deck with treated wood?

To remove mill glaze. Please read this:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../


I was told to sand the deck down first, I guess to remove the treated material, and then stain. Should I still do this?

No need to sand. Just use the kit.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting RickG:
Why would I need to use Gemini Restore-A-Deck on a brand new deck with treated wood?

To remove mill glaze. Please read this:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../


I was told to sand the deck down first, I guess to remove the treated material, and then stain. Should I still do this?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting RickG:
Why would I need to use Gemini Restore-A-Deck on a brand new deck with treated wood?

To remove mill glaze. Please read this:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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New Deck
Why would I need to use Gemini Restore-A-Deck on a brand new deck with treated wood?
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