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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    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.
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    Doug · 06/21/2018
    I built a large, covered porch (650 sq ft) 2 years ago, and used TWP California Redwood 1511 on the cedar decking. I would like to restain the flooring and need some guidance on how best to proceed. Thanks!
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      TWP Stains · 06/21/2018
      Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit for this.
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    Patrick · 06/18/2018
    My wood fence is about 18 months old. Would the 2 step cleaner and brightner products be enough prep work? What is the process to use the 2 step cleaner? Must I use a pressure washer after I apply the cleaner? If so how much psi is recommended? Can I apply the wood stain with a Wagner paint sprayer?
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      TWP Stains · 06/19/2018
      You will need a pressure washer while using the Step 1 Cleaner. PSI is relative to how far away you are from the wood. a 3000 psi machine is fine because you will wash at 8-12 inches away. This reduces the psi to less than 1/2 of the machines rating. You can spray the TWP stain but you will need to back wipe for even application.
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        Patrick · 06/19/2018
        And roller and brush would be good to apply stain?
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          TWP Stains · 06/19/2018
          Stain pad is best. Brush is second best.
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        Patrick · 06/19/2018
        Thanks... so I can
        Apply the cleaner with a pump sprayer, let it sit, and then pressure wash? Do I apply the brightener with a pump sprayer as well and let it stay/not rinse?
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          TWP Stains · 06/19/2018
          Lightly rinse the brightener. No pressure washing is needed on the brightener. Rest is correct.
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    Greg · 06/18/2018
    Stained new deck last year with 1530 Natural last summer. I'd like to add another coat this summer. Can I just add another coat or is it necessary to use the "Cleaner" and "Brightener". I don't want to strip the old stain off. Just trying to add another coat. Thanks in advance.
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      TWP Stains · 06/19/2018
      Yes, you always have to prep by removing any dirt or grime.
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    Steve F · 06/14/2018
    What is the maximum time you can go between cleaning then pressure washing, and applying the brightener? I found it took me a long time to do the pressure washing on my smaller porch and stairs. My other is at least twice as large. Should I do it in sections (both cleaning and brightening) since it will probably take 2 hours for the pressure washing? It says to let cleaner sit 15 minutes, but it was actually on much longer as I worked my way down. Should I have at least hosed it all prior to pressure washing?

    Thanks for your help so far!
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      TWP Stains · 06/14/2018
      Do the cleaner/pressure washing in sections. Brighten all when done on the same day.
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        Steve F · 06/15/2018
        How long can I go before I brighten? It may take 2 days to complete the stairs, alone. Weather is to heat up and I want to do it in the shade, so that limits the amount of time I can spend.
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          TWP Stains · 06/15/2018
          Try to brighten the same day for best results.
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    Brian Deegan · 06/13/2018
    I am at the point of using Restore-A-Deck. I would like to know if I can apply it with a light rain predicted today before I finally get 3-4 days of sun? When I do apply it do I use a sprayer to put it down on the boards? Do I need to scrub the Restore-A-Deck product into the deck with a scrub brush? When applying the stripper and then the brightener do I need to wait between applications and do I need to wash off the first application before putting the 2nd (brightener) down? Thanks again for the help.
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      TWP Stains · 06/13/2018
      Light rain will not hurt the prep. Best to apply the products with a pump sprayer and then pressure wash off. You have to do all the Stripping first, rinse and then brightener.

      All directions are on the containers and the product pages as well.
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    Mike · 06/12/2018
    Reusing some older p/t pine deck wood. Some of the old wood have 'impressions' or lines in them only when wet. This is because these boards were flipped and the lines are from where they rested on the support beams. Sanding and cleaning has not removed the line/impressions when they get wet. Will this go away once stained with TWP100? If not, any recommendations?
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      TWP Stains · 06/12/2018
      The TWP is a semi-transparent stain so any imperfections or line marks will show through when stained.
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    Carl · 06/11/2018
    After using Restore-A-Deck on my T&G Douglas Fir porch, the cleaning/treatment process pulled some discoloration which bloomed out of the joints. Black stains, from old nails, even after sinking them 3/8"+ deep and plugging with glued wood plugs. Faint greenish stains, from Wood-Life Copper Coat, used to treat the underlying framing. And one curious orange stain from who-knows-what. I think another R-A-D wash would just repeat or worsen the problem. Can these be lightly spot treated to remove from the surface?
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      TWP Stains · 06/11/2018
      The black is rust from your nails. Try just the brightener over all. It should remove the black rust spots and should help with the green.
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    Brian Deegan · 06/11/2018
    A couple questions. I replaced almost half of my deck boards, power washed the entire deck, re-hammered all the nails that were up, and sanded the entire deck with a rented sander in the Fall of 2017 and was told to let it weather over the winter. I'm ready to stain now and have these questions?
    1. Do I need to power wash again before using your Restore-A-Deck product?
    2. Do I need to hose down the deck BEFORE I apply the Restore-A-Deck product?
    3. How long do I need to wait after using the Restore-A-Deck product before I can begin to stain?
    Thanks.
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      TWP Stains · 06/11/2018
      1. Yes.
      2. No need.
      3. 48 hours.
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        Brian Deegan · 06/17/2018
        I stained my deck yesterday and it looks great-thanks for all of your help. But I do need a bit more assistance on a few things. The boards I replaced are noticeably lighter than the others -is there something I can/should do to correct that? Should I go back and stain just those new boards with an extra coat and if so should it be done today before it fully dries or can it be done tomorrow? I also noticed a few of the last spots I finished are still shiny wet and not sure why-it could be they are not getting enough sun and there is very little wind here in NJ the last 2 days. It has also been getting increasingly hot (90+) and more and more humid-expecting 100 degrees tomorrow. Will that change in temps affect the drying process-I do not want to put anything back on the deck or even allow my dog across it until I'm sure it's dry and doesn't need a 2nd coat on the new boards. Thanks again for helping.
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          TWP Stains · 06/18/2018
          No. The new boards will be lighter as they are less absorbent. Adding more will not fix this and could create an issue where the TWP cannot soak in.

          The shiny spots are areas where the stain was most likely over applied. You can back wipe off the excess now but it will cure and even out over time. If you have any oil rags, saturate them in water and lay flat to dry outdoors.
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            Brian Deegan · 06/18/2018
            As always thanks for the great advice. I will send a couple of pics later.
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              Brian Deegan · 06/18/2018
              Here are 2 pics-please let me know your thoughts on how it turned out and if I need to do anything further.
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                TWP Stains · 06/18/2018
                No way to even this out now. Strip and brighen in two years and it will all blend then.
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                  Brian Deegan · 06/18/2018
                  Ok. What should I have done prior to staining that would have evened it out?? I said from the beginning that I had to replace a lot of boards so I don't understand why you responded like that?
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                    TWP Stains · 06/19/2018
                    There is nothing you could have done to even out new wood and old wood. It is not the TWP stains fault, but the way the wood takes the stain based on porosity. It will not be an issue for future applications, only the first time staining the new boards.
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    Brian Deegan · 06/10/2018
    Can you point me to any videos that show the best way to use the restore-a-deck products? I've checked Youtube and have not been able to locate anything that is very helpful. Do you have any videos on this website? If not that would be a great thing to add. Thanks.
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      TWP Stains · 06/10/2018
      I am sorry but we do not have any videos as of yet.
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    Pstrick · 06/08/2018
    Will it harm composite decking?
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    Zory · 06/06/2018
    We just used Gemini restore deck cleaner and brightner on our new deck that we built in February in preparation to stain with twp 101. The wood looks like it got eaten away. There was shreds of wood coming off when rinsing. IS that normal?
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      Greg · 06/18/2018
      Had same issue. Gotta sand it. Mine happened from getting too close with the pressure washer. gotta be careful depending on how much PSI your machine has.
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      TWP Stains · 06/06/2018
      That is oxidation of the wood fibers that you did not get removed completely during the prep, not a result of the cleaner. Either reclean, getting closer to the wood with the pressure washer or lightly buff off the wood fibers with a sanding pad.
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    Steve · 06/05/2018
    I built my deck last year in July with pressure treated pine wood and want to stain it this spring. Is TWP 200 the right product? Do I have to prep with the Restore-a-Deck kit although the deck is pretty new and clean?
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      TWP Stains · 06/05/2018
      Yes, you will have to prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. As for the stain, use the TWP 100 or the 1500 Series.
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        Steve · 06/06/2018
        I am here in Western Canada, so in my understanding the TWP 100 is not an option. Why the TWP 1500 over the TWP 200? I would like to stain in a semi-transparent, medium brown tone. Which would you recommend, rustic or dark oak respectively russet or butternut brown. How many coats will likely be required?
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          TWP Stains · 06/06/2018
          Only the TWP 200 is an option for Canada. It is a semi-transparent stain. Use Butternut. 1-2 coats depending on the age of the wood.
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    Carl · 06/02/2018
    I bought the 1501 stain and the Restore-A-Deck (RAD) kit. However, the 1501 can only mentions a bleach solution wash. Should I use BOTH a bleach wash AND the RAD prep? If yes, which one should be done first? If no, which one is better for first-time prep of newly sanded old (Douglas Fir) wood?
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    Keith · 06/02/2018
    I recently used the 2 step restore a deck & TWP 101 stain on my deck. I just added a deck skirt using 1x6 kiln dried pt wood. When I apply the cleaner/brightner to the skirt do I need to make sure it doesn't get on the recently stained deck?
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      TWP Stains · 06/03/2018
      Just be careful by rinsing any overspray right away and you should be okay.
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    Kip Owen · 05/29/2018
    New cedar deck put in August 2017 (Chicago area). It was not stained and now I'm getting ready to stain it. Do I use the cleaner and then the brightener? Or just the cleaner?
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      TWP Stains · 05/29/2018
      Cleaner and the brightener for the prep.