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

 

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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    yugeen · 07/07/2021
    I have TWP 1501 Cedartone. Some deck boards still bead water. Others don't. Should I have wait until all boards not longer bead before I re-coat?   
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      TWP Stains · 07/07/2021
      Is this new wood or older wood with a stain on it?
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        yugeen · 07/07/2021
        Older wood with the 1501 Cedartone that was done about 18 months ago
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          TWP Stains · 07/07/2021
          Did you prep with the Gemini Kit already? This should make the surface porous for recoating.
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    Denis · 07/06/2021
    I already cleaned my deck; previously applied Timber Oil (Cabot) along with resurfacing about 4-5 years ago...and would like to stain with TWP 1500. Please advise if I need to still clean or utilize a stripper?  Please see the pics attached.
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      TWP Stains · 07/06/2021
      Strip and then brighten is correct.
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    Tom B · 07/02/2021
    I've stained my deck with TWP 1515 Honeytone after using Restore-A-Deck cleaner and brightener once in 2019 and once in 2020. Yesterday, I cleaned (sprayed on cleaner, lightly broomed while keeping surface wet, 10 minute dwell time then thorough rinse) and brightened the deck yesterday according to RAD directions as in the past for the yearly single coat but the wood surface looks "splotchy" over most of it. Looks like water spots. A few boards look darker then the rest. Maybe I didn't keep it wet enough during the process? Not sure what went wrong but need to know if I can just prep again with cleaner and brightener to prep the wood for its yearly staining. See attached pictures. I need your advice. Thank you for all your current and past help! 
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      TWP Stains · 07/02/2021
      Use the Cleaner and a good pressure wash and that should even it out. Brightener after.
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    Julie · 07/01/2021
    I asked several questions about how your products affect vegetation and wildlife under the deck (or from runoff).  I can’t find my questions in your list?  Only the ones I asked about the process of using your products.
    You previously replied that your stripper and brightener are eco-safe and biodegradable.  The brightener product information says “eco-safe”, but doesn’t explain why... can you please tell me why it is eco-safe or is that just your advertising?  
    The stripper doesn’t say anything on the packaging or labeling eluding to it being eco-safe at all? Can you please tell me where I can find information to support your reply saying that the stripper is “eco-safe” and biodegradable?
    I know most people don’t care how cleaning their deck affects small wildlife, but I really do.
    Thank you,Julie 
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      TWP Stains · 07/01/2021
      Hi Julie,
      We have responded to your questions numerous times and the back of both packages states that it is biodegradable as well.  In addition, the point of the Step 2 brightener is to neutralize the stripper, canceling it out and leaving the pH balance in a non-corrosive or caustic state.
      As we mentioned, all products that are chemicals in liquid form have issues if ingested or swallowed and this would also go with the TWP stain. This is why you have warnings in case this accidentally happens. It would not matter if a fertilizer for your plants, household cleaner, deck stain, or a paint on the house. Once the products cure or dry, there are not any issues.
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        TWP Stains · 07/01/2021
        Also, if you would like to return it, just shoot us an email from your order.
        Thanks
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    Marc · 06/30/2021
    Hello,
    We have a 30 year-old, pressure-treated wood deck. We're planning to apply TWP 1530 Natural Stain with the Gemini Restore-a-Deck Cleaner and Brightener before hand. The deck has some areas with cracks that will require wood filler. I was planning to sequence the project as follows :

    1. Lightly pressure-wash debris off deck2. Apply cleaner and brightener3. Apply wood filler to cracks4. Sand deck5. Apply stain
    Does this sequencing make sense? We have read that some recommend the cleaner and brightener step after sanding, but in our case we have to sand after the filler. I would like to avoid sanding twice and thus the sequencing above. Is there any downside to this approach?
    Thank you,Marc
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      TWP Stains · 06/30/2021
      Do not use a wood filler. It will not work with outside wood and will not stain to blend with the TWP. It will look terrible.
      1. No reason to sand but if you do, do it after cleaning and prior to the brightener.
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    Mike · 06/26/2021
    Do I need to do Restore a Deck on new Deck? Build in November of 2020. 
    ThanksMVD
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    Deborah Clouser · 06/25/2021
    I still have stain on areas of the deck which were covered. Does this cleaner strip old stain from the wood or do I need to buy another product?  
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      TWP Stains · 06/25/2021
      You will need the Restore A Deck stain stripper and then the Brightener. 
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    Brian · 06/22/2021
    quick question.. can you just apply the cleaner and brightner with pump sprayer and rinse after 15mins or do you have to brush it in?  Thanks.
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      TWP Stains · 06/22/2021
      You pressure wash off the cleaner and rinse the brightener. You do not have to scrub it in when pressure washing.
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        Brian · 06/22/2021
        thanks good to know.. and i can apply the brightener as soon as I pressure wash off the cleaner correct?
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          TWP Stains · 06/22/2021
          Correct.
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            Brian · 06/23/2021
            had some rain last night.. ok to apply the cleaner and brightner this morning even though the wood is wet? (no puddling) just wet.
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              TWP Stains · 06/23/2021
              Yes.
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                brian · 06/23/2021
                last question.. how long do you leave brightener on before rinsing off with garden hose?  15 mins like the cleaner?  doesn't say on instructions. thanks
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                  TWP Stains · 06/23/2021
                  Pressure wash off the cleaner after 15-20 minutes, rinse well, apply brightener, let dwell for 15-20 minutes, rinse well after.
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    Julie · 06/22/2021
    The stripper, cleaner and brighter say that they may darken redwood.  I have clear heart 1year old redwood. I paid a ton for the beautiful wood. Unfortunately, the idiot contractor put the stain on before the wood was dry and it’s not sealing well. I’m concerned about the wood not maintaining its natural orange look.  Do you suggest sanding instead?
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      TWP Stains · 06/22/2021
      The Stripper and or Cleaner will darken/raise the pH of all woods but this why to brighten the wood after to neutralize and restore the color/pH balance. Tt is normal and not an issue.
      Best to strip and brighten for prep.
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    Michel de Coninck · 06/21/2021
    I will be staining a 45 year old cedar log cabin (Pan Abode) that has never been stained.  Many logs are grey or blackened from sun damage. I plan to use an orbital sander to remove all weathering and damage.  Can I just apply the TWP Cedar Tone 1501 stain after sanding - or do I need to do additional prep work?  Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 06/21/2021
      You should clean and brighten for prep after any sanding using this kit above. Never sand finer than 80 grit.
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    Kyle · 06/21/2021
    Would it be best to Clean+Brighten a 3-year old porch, where certain areas show lots of wear and tear and others none at all; or should a Stripper+Brightener be used? I would really like to clean and re-stain the high wear and tear areas on the horizontal boards as well as the railings, but I'm not sure of the best approach, nor if the new stain would look weird against the old stain that's in good shape.
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      TWP Stains · 06/21/2021
      Hello,
      Send some pictures of the current condition and what stain brand and type was used prior?
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        Kyle · 06/21/2021
        No problem. TWP 101 Cedar Tone.
        Pictures are attached. I tired to show an area with no wear, a little bit of wear, high traffic area, and the railing.
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          TWP Stains · 06/21/2021
          We would strip and brighten for prep to get this even and so the stain applies evenly.
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            Kyle · 06/21/2021
            Thanks. Will the stripper affect the pain on the side of the house? Should I take precautions to cover that up when spraying near those edges?
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              TWP Stains · 06/21/2021
              The stripper does not remove paint.
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    Paul Mikulencak · 06/20/2021
    why does two stain go bad after 12months in an unopened can?
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      TWP Stains · 06/21/2021
      2-3 years is the shelf life unless it froze.
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    Bill · 06/15/2021
    What is the shelf life of an unopened gallon can of TWP100 stain?   I need to get several more gallons of the same stain; would it be advisable to mix that older stain w/ the newly purchased product before applying it?
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      TWP Stains · 06/15/2021
      2-3 years if unopened. Yes, mix all.
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    Mike · 06/15/2021
    Will Restore-A-Deck cleaner and/or brightener damage the finish on my Trex railing or the painted Hardy board house siding?
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    Bill · 06/15/2021
    I want to clean a previously stained (pressure-treated SYP) covered front porch that I intend to paint using Kilz 'Premium (high hide) Primer & top-coated w/ Kilz (latex) gray-colored Porch & Floor Paint - both are exterior-rated products.   Most of the existing coating has worn away (and there's zero pealing nor flaking of the remainder of the finish).   I need to know if Gemini Restore-A-Deck is a suitable cleaning product for this application?
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    Tom B. · 06/14/2021
    I have approximately 2 gallons of TWP Honeytone 1515 leftover that has been opened, used and closed twice during a 20 month period with plastic wrap touching the stain to help seal off air. I has been stored inside with the can lid tightly closed during this time. Can this stain be used again? I bought too much originally and this amount would be enough to do the job. 
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      TWP Stains · 06/14/2021
      TWP shelf life if opened is about 12 months or less. It has most likely gone bad.
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    Lynn · 06/14/2021
    I’ve been reading all of these great posts. Read that a new deck with newly milled wood should not be stained right away.  Well, my contractor stained my redwood deck right after install.. and put 2 coats on.  Is this a problem for me now?  
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      TWP Stains · 06/14/2021
      It will probably need to be stripped and redone in 1-2 years. He over coated and did not weather and prep, so it will fail faster.
      https://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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        Lynn · 06/14/2021
        It has been a little over one year.  Can I clean and brighten instead of strip? I understand your cleaner is biodegradable but your stripper is not. Everything I use on my deck goes right into the environment (vegetation and animals)... I don’t want to add toxic chemicals to that?
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          TWP Stains · 06/14/2021
          The stripper is biodegradable. You will need to remove it, not just clean it.
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    Julie · 06/14/2021
    I have a 1 year old deck/fence/pergola with clear heart redwood. I put a second coat of TWP stain right on top of the first coat without cleaning any of it.  I didn’t know any better... but you said that was very bad.  Should I use Gemini on it now and then put another coat of stain on?  Does Gemini clean off the current two layers of stain? Even though I think it looks fine now, I’m worried about bad long term effects. It was all very expensive. I don’t want to screw it up.   But I really don’t want to sand as it’s only a year old.Pressure washing seems to damage the wood since it’s so soft. can I just use a hose?Thank you 
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      TWP Stains · 06/14/2021
      Leave it alone for now, it will be fine. In 1-2 years you will need to strip and brighten for prep when it is time to redo.
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    Tom B. · 06/11/2021
    Have given our pressure treated pine 1 coat of TWP Honeytone 1515 approx. 6 months after installation in 2019 and 1 maintenance coat in Oct, 2020. Surface is lightening/greying up now and plan on another coat. Should I  put on 1 maintenance coat or two coats (wet on wet) this season? I don't want it to get darker over the years. 
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    Joe · 06/09/2021
    Should I wet the deck with water before starting the cleaner/brightener process?