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

 

Gemini Restore A Deck

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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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    Stacey · 08/08/2018
    I am looking to restain our deck after recently painting the house. Will RestoreA Deck cleaner and brightener strip or peel paint it comes in contact with? Any suggestions?
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    Susan · 08/08/2018
    I applied a stripper on my deck today but missed some areas. In the process of taking off the stripper with the power washer, I must have been a bit overzealous and some of the wood is a bit fuzzy.

    1. Is it okay to apply more stripper tomorrow to the areas I missed, or should I just plan on sanding the missed areas since I am needing to sand the fuzzy areas?
    2. Also, once the sanding is done do I need to lightly pressure wash again to get the sanding off?
    3. Do I need to wait after the light power washing to move on to the Brightening portion and Staining? 4. I'm planning on using RAD Brightener and TWP 102 for the final stain, but will that be ok since I used a non-RAD product for the Stripping part?

    I just want to make sure there's no weird reactions. Thank you so much for any input you can provide!
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      TWP Stains · 08/08/2018
      1. Yes.
      2. A light rinse and then brighten the wood.
      3. Yes
      4. It will be okay.
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    Mel · 08/01/2018
    The steps were replaced 1.5 months ago. I should wait to stain them until October?
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    Mel · 08/01/2018
    I am not sure what type of stain was on the deck previously. I have sanded most of it off, but not all. This is what is left to show the stain type. I am not sure which cleaner/brightener to use now. Thank you!
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      TWP Stains · 08/02/2018
      You will need to sand the rest of the stain off before using the TWP. Once removed fully, you will need to use the Gemini Restore Kit for the final prep.
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        Mel · 08/02/2018
        Is there an easier way than hand or electric sanding? Does the water pressure cleaner help at all? Thank you so much! How long does the stain last in the can? The website calculator suggested I get 3 gallons so I wonder if getting 3 or 5 is better (having some to touch it up in a couple years if needed?) Thanks again!
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    Catherine · 08/01/2018
    Our deck was stained in the summer of 2016 with TWP 101 Cedartone Natural. I've attached a photo to show where the stain has worn off to bare wood. Can I use the Gemini Restore-a-Deck, then apply new stain in the same type and color? Or, do I need to do something else? We are on Lake Huron, so we generally have high humidity. I will be using a contractor, so please be as specific as possible in your recommendations. Thank you for any advice you can provide.
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      TWP Stains · 08/01/2018
      Yes, prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing before applying another coat of the TWP.
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    Annie · 07/24/2018
    How would you approach staining this. We are replacing the railing and some floor boards on a 20-30 year old deck with Brown Treated Pine. We have stripped, sanded, cleaned and brightened the old wood about 2 weeks ago. I would like to get it stained by winter but everything your site says about new wood is to hold off for a season. Is brown treated any different? Our contractor says that we should be able to stain it this season but I don't want to mess anything up. Your advice would be great!
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    JB · 07/17/2018
    I will be staining our cedar deck the first week in September. Can I use the cleaner and brightened now, or do I need to wait until right before we stain?
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    Shan · 07/17/2018
    I used this cleaner combo 2 years ago on my brand new wood deck and applied TWP #207 stain. The cleaner did an awesome job. Now I want to apply a 2nd coat of TWP #207. Since the first coat absorbed a lot and prefer a tiny bit darker shade. What cleaner should I use before I re-coat the deck?
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    LL · 07/16/2018
    We have 3 years old unstained deck. We used this cleaner to clean and power washed the deck. Whether it's good enough to start brighter and stain? Should we wait the deck dry enough to apply brighter or we can use brighter now? It suppose to rain in next 2 days.
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      TWP Stains · 07/17/2018
      Best to go over this with a cleaner again. Make sure to pressure wash with a 40 or 25-degree tip, going with the grain of the wood. The gray oxidized wood fibers still need to come off.
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    CM · 07/16/2018
    So for a 4 month old never-before-stained cedar fence I should use the restore a deck before staining? And when the stain needs re-coated in a couple years I would use restore a deck again before re-staining? No need to strip the TWP stain when doing re-coats in the future?
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    JB · 07/13/2018
    I cleaned and power washed my deck with a mixture tsp and bleach. It came out looking very clean. Well between a long vacation and other things that was 6weeks ago. It has only been rained on twice and it’s been very hot in KC the wood has turned a little darker but not too bad. My question is could I get by with using a brightener and then stain?
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      TWP Stains · 07/13/2018
      Lightly pressure wash with water and then brightener.
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    Denny · 07/13/2018
    TWP 1500, Redwood color, White Pine, Puget Sound area

    Had the deck resurfaced 4 years ago; 3 years ago I used the RAD stripper/cleaner/brightener kit (the wood was pre-stained) and then did a wet-on-wet 2 coat application of the TWP. It held up really well, so this is the year I'm doing a maintenance re-stain with some of what I had left (I *way* over-estimated my need). I cleaned it with Defy oxygenated wood cleaner (forgot to order RAD in time for the week off I took, but the Defy cleaner is very similar in effectiveness and other qualities, and available locally) gave it a day-and-a-half to dry (hottest week of the year so far) and am doing the staining today. I did not use a brightener--forgot to buy one when I was at the Defy dealer and I'm not sure I trust whatever Lowe's or HD have. Looking at the wood, except for some places I may have hit too hard with the pressure washer, it appears I won't need but one coat this time. Does that seem right?
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    Louis · 07/12/2018
    I have wood stairs and a deck that TWP-116 was used on, but has been neglected for almost five years while the home was sitting empty.

    I power washed it, and most of the stain has come off but there are still some areas where it is visible, as well as on the vertical railing posts.

    I want to change to a different color in the TWP-100 line, how do I remove the remaining visible TWP-116 so that I can use a different color?
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    Steph · 07/10/2018
    I've already used Wolman DeckBrite cleaner & coating prep to clean the deck rails. I have not done the floors yet. Is it ok to continue the floor with the same cleaner? and Do I need to use a brightener on the part I've already cleaned with that product before I use the TWP transparent stain? Thank you!
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      TWP Stains · 07/10/2018
      Best to continue with the Gemini Restore Kit for the floor and then use the Brightener on all.
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        steph · 07/14/2018
        Is this product available in stores or do I have to order online? Thank yu
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        Steph · 07/10/2018
        Can you tell me if the Gemini Restore Kit is safe to use near vegetation? The deck is to a walk out with small trees & shrubs beneath. Thanks so much
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          TWP Stains · 07/11/2018
          It is eco-safe but always pre-wet and rinse any vegetation to avoid any soap or grime from the prepping being stuck to the leaves, etc.
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    Rayna · 07/05/2018
    We just finished installing a brand new cedar deck. We will be lightly power washing and sanding before applying TWP 1500 Cedartone stain. Do I need to use Restore A Deck cleaner and brightener on a brand new deck? Thanks!
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    Deborah Klibanoff · 07/03/2018
    I have used the cleaner on this two year old yellow cedar deck and sanded it. How much sanding should I do? All the way down to the bare wood where all the discoloration is sanded away? See photo with some area sanded all the way down and some not

    And you did say to pressure wash after sanding, before spraying the brightener on. I am afraid pressure washing will cause it to furr /fuzz again. what is wrong with garden hose spraying sanding dust off?

    thanks

    Deb
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      TWP Stains · 07/04/2018
      Looks good in the picture. Lightly pressure rinse when done to remove the dust. A hose should work as well.
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        Deborah Klibanoff · 07/05/2018
        thanks, I am ready to use the graco airless sprayer for TWP 100 dark oak, to unstained wood, deck seasoned two years and fence seasoned 8 months, both have had gemini kit used, PW and sanded.

        Please help me understand two statements below about 2 coats that read conflicting to me from your wet to wet instructions between first and second sentences.

        Do not apply 2 coats of stain to new wood or decking.
        Apply your second coat of stain within 10-60 minutes of the first coat.
        TWP Wood Stains can be applied with a stain pad, brush, roller, or sprayer.

        thanks

        Deb
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          TWP Stains · 07/05/2018
          Only 1 coat for new smooth wood that is less than a year old. Any other wood gets the two coats applied wet on wet.
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            Deborah Klibanoff · 07/05/2018
            thanks for the deck, AYC milled decking 2 years old, never stained but recently prepped correctly, do I back wipe between wet to wet coats with sprayer?
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              TWP Stains · 07/06/2018
              Spray first coat and then do your second coat with a brush or stain pad.
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                Deborah Klibanoff · 07/06/2018
                thank you again. Do I back wipe 10-60 minutes between sprayer coat and stain pad coat or just after final coat?
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                  TWP Stains · 07/06/2018
                  Just the final.
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                    Deborah Klibanoff · 07/06/2018
                    well another question. I am using a manual sprayer and the wand got out of control and sprayed a corner section of neighbors house. I immediately wiped up with paint thinner. But a faint discoloration is still there, even with a scrubby and paint thinner. The house is very thin white plastic siding. I even tried 120 grit sandpaper. What would take the remaining faint stain completely off?
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                      TWP Stains · 07/07/2018
                      Try a water-based graffiti remover from your local HD or Lowes.
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    Eric · 07/02/2018
    I just power washed my deck to get the mildew/dirt/etc. off of it and it was not previously stained or painted. It is quite clean now so do I need the Gemini Restore a Deck Kit yet or just the brightener before I apply TWP 100?
    Thank you!
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    Deborah Klibanoff · 06/25/2018
    I am currently pressure washing this Alaskan Yellow Cedar fence which was built in Nov. 2017. I am ready to stain with TWP100 dark oak once I have cleaned with the Gemini cleaner/brightener.

    The pressure washer is set on 2080 PSI but it is making irregular marks on the wood. I am using the widest nozzle holding it about 6 inches away at an angle. Will the stain cover these striations and irregularities or should I pressure wash again to even it out?

    I tried to upload a photo, does not look like its loading.

    thanks

    Deb Seattle
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      TWP Stains · 06/25/2018
      Try pressure washing again or sanding. That is furring that was caused from excess oxidation of the wood.
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        Deborah Klibanoff · 06/26/2018
        thanks, I 'd like to understand this excess oxidation. I am pressure washing another fence panel now that is behind a shed in shade, and not getting that furring, even on the same 2080 PSI. Where does this oxidation come from? Why one some panels and not others. The ones with the most furring is in full sun.

        Also, I am palm sanding the furring area today. I am sanding that furring down to a smooth surface but do I also need to sand out the white powdery surface so it does not come through the stain?

        second part: I have stained two sheds with TWP 100 dark oak but would like the roof trim to pop more. Would the redwood stain be able to show up well if applied over the dark oak so there is a color difference between the roof trim and the sides?

        thanks

        Deborah
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          TWP Stains · 06/26/2018
          Oxidation happens from the UV and turns the wood white to silver to gray as it sits outside exposed. The longer it sites exposed, the greater the oxidation of the wood fibers. The heavier the oxidation of the wood the more likely the chance of "furring". This is not a result of the prep products but the removal of the oxidation.

          Wash off lightly and powder that is removed with the sanding.

          No, you cannot add a different color of TWP over the Dark Oak and make it stand out more. The Dark Oak will always be the dominant color.
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            Deborah Klibanoff · 06/26/2018
            Thank you. One photo shows the white oxidation I am unable to sand or effectively pressure wash away between boards. Will the stain still take over this white area?

            And I am sanding with 60 grit but the entire board is now looking like peach fuzz? Second photo shows this. Will it flatten and smooth down once pressure washed again and dried? Should I use a higher grit sand paper than 60?


            How will the other side of the fence that is not facing me ( it's north facing) look like if I don't sand off the white oxidation or furring areas? I have 160 feet and to sand both sides is a huge job. will it stain evenly and nicely or looked blotchy?

            Deb
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              TWP Stains · 06/27/2018
              Hello,

              Typically when stained you will not see this white fuzz as the stain darkens the wood overall. I would not spend too much time on the sanding. Just go over the obvious spots with the 60 grit. Lightly pressure wash after.
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    Betty Edson · 06/25/2018
    ? need brighter after using TWP cleaner on new, dried, PT wood. Looks bright before cleaning.
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      TWP Stains · 06/25/2018
      Yes. Neutralize with the brightener and it will help the stain absorb better.
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    Robyn · 06/23/2018
    How long do I have in between cleaner/brighter and staining?
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      TWP Stains · 06/23/2018
      Wait 48 hours after the prep and try to stain within 2 weeks.