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.

  • 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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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Great for prepping for reapplication of TWP!

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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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      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?
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    Jennifer · 10/07/2020
    Hi there! Really needing advice on staining our deck. We had new cedar floor and railings put on our 18-year-old deck 10 days ago. We chose not to replace posts and slats as they are still in good shape. However, we are now concerned we made a mistake because getting a stain to match the new and old cedar is a challenge. All surfaces have been power washed and are ready for stain. Question for you is 1) can we proceed with staining the entire deck now with TWP and 2) do you think TWP dark oak will be a good match to use everywhere? Thanks so much for your help!
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    Doug · 10/04/2020
    I’m thinking of using TWP 100 on a brand-new cedar pergola for the backyard. No deck involved, just the posts and frame to support the roof. I assume I don’t need to do any cleaning/brightening first.m, but wanted to check.
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    Dahi · 10/03/2020
    My deck is about 20 years old. I used Behr Deckover water based stain. It is peeling off and I want to stain with oil base TWP stain. I am trying to remove old paint with stripper. Then I will apply cleaner and brightener. Is it ok if I leave my deck prepped and stain next spring ? What are the best product to use to remove old paint from deck board and railing.
    Thanks.
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      Neal Cummings · 10/22/2020
      Dahi,
      I'm afraid TWP is correct. The only way to remove this much paint is to sand it off. However, there are devices you can use to do this. Two that come to mind are, a paint stripping machine that has a proprietary head on it that avoids gouging the wood. Looks and acts like an angle grinder that lays flat on the surface. Another choice would be similar to an interior hardwood floor sander. I've successfully used that on an outdoor deck years ago. One sander for the "main" deck and one that's an "edge" sander, if needed. Both can be rented from a reputable rental company, or you can hire a floor refinisher.
      Never use paint on outdoor decks. Stain is the only way to go, IMHO.
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      TWP Stains · 10/04/2020
      You cannot strip off a paint. You will have to power sand to remove it and then clean/brighten the wood. You can do it all in the Spring or now.
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    Joseph · 10/02/2020
    First, TWP stains are the best... been using them for years on decks and fences. And your prices and guidance are also the best. I believe you answered this question below but I would like to confirm: New deck aged about 7 months. Deck boards are for sure ready. Once I apply Restore a Deck Clean/Bright, I have 2 weeks to apply stain? Is that correct? Thank you!
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      TWP Stains · 10/02/2020
      Correct and just one coat to new wood.
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        Joseph · 10/02/2020
        Thank you for your quick reply!
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    Elizabeth Blondefiel · 09/28/2020
    We are going to restain our deck (first time for us). The deck and stairs have minimal stain remaining, other then next to the house and the edges of the stairs. The posts/railings still have plenty of stain. What product(s) do you recommend prior to pressure washing and staining with 1500? We also have two boards that were recently changed. I know they won't match the rest and I'm ok with that (don't have a choice). Any special treatment for those two boards before doing it all?
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    Panda Manurung · 09/19/2020
    10 mins after Gemini cleaner application, I used a scrubber while washing with high pressure garden hose (don't own a pressure washer). Staining in 48 hours once dry, of course :)
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    Panda Manurung · 09/19/2020
    Hi, I've used the gemini cleaner and brightener but there are still some dark areas that weren't covered by patio furniture. Should I go ahead with staining or resolve the matter first? If the latter, please provide instruction. FYI: 20 month old deck, never stained nor sealed- only cleaned with leaf blower. Thank you so much!
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      TWP Stains · 09/20/2020
      I do not think that will come out so you can stain now.
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        Panda Manurung · 09/20/2020
        Appreciate your response! 1 more question please: Will it be okay to stain with current condition as pictured? Have a great weekend!
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    Rik Reinhart · 09/15/2020
    I stained my deck back May and for about 3 months and the deck had a nice sheen on it, and the deck beaded up every time it rained. Now the sheen is gone and the deck doesn't bead up anymore. If I use the cleaner to clean the deck will it bring back the sheen or bead up when it rains? Thanks....
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      TWP Stains · 09/16/2020
      TWP is not supposed to have a shine of any level and it is not supposed to bead water as it is breathable. It sheds water. Basically you over applied it at first and now it is behaving as it should.
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    Phil · 09/14/2020
    Is Restore-A-Deck safe for vinyl railings I have on my deck that I need to prep?
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    Don Barnes · 09/12/2020
    I have your two step restore a deck kit and I am hoping to clean deck today. However, it rained last night and is raining this morning. When it stops raining this afternoon, can I still clean the deck? Temp wise it is low 70's and clouds. So I figured it would be the perfect day but I was not sure if the deck would be too wet and reduce the quality of the results. Also, are the chemicals pet safe once I am finished?
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      TWP Stains · 09/12/2020
      You can clean a damp or wet deck. Pet safe once you rinse well and all area is dry.
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    Neal Cummings · 09/11/2020
    What's the difference between the Gemini Restore Kit and the Restore-A-Deck Stripper & Brightener? I've used the Restore-A-Deck products before.
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      TWP Stains · 09/12/2020
      Gemini Kit is a cleaner and brightener while the other is a stripper and brightener.
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        Neal Cummings · 09/24/2020
        I applied TWP 1500 in 2017 and would like to reapply either this fall or next spring. I'd like to keep all the remaining stain on the wood and simply clean it. Would a product like Jomax + bleach be just as good as Gemini Kit?
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          TWP Stains · 09/24/2020
          No, and you will no matter what remove some of the current stain. This gives you the foundation, adhesion, and proper penetration into the wood grain.
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    Peggy Muller · 09/03/2020
    We have had and will have lots of RAIN. I need to clean, brighten and then stain my 2 decks (@1000 sq'). I have sanded down all this!! Purchased all the material earlier this summer. I have 3 questions: (1)May I assume I can clean and brighten when the decks are wet, then wait until fully dry (at least 48 hours) before staining? (2) If it rains again before deck has a chance to fully dry, how long do I have before I can stain. (3) Or, what determines when I need to re-clean and re-brighten?
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      TWP Stains · 09/03/2020
      1. Correct.
      2. 48 Hours.
      3. More than two weeks after prep and have not stained.
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    Stephen Boyd · 09/02/2020
    I applied you 1500 series product several(4-5) years ago, but deck needs a new application. Parts of deck look devoid of any stain, other parts have visible stain remaining. Railings have stain remaining plus some green stuff growing on it. Should I use stripper/brightener kit or the Restore-A-Deck kit?