Protecting your exterior wood surfaces from harsh elements is the key to enhanced appearance and increased lifespan. Unprotected wood will rot, decay, and discolor quickly from moisture and harmful UV rays. To protect your wood surfaces from Mother Nature, the wood must first be cleaned and prepped prior to applying a wood preservative.

The Gemini Restore Kit is a powerful deck cleaner and brightener system. The 2-part restoration system is Eco-Friendly and 100% biodegradable. It is a concentrated powder formula that preps wood surfaces prior to staining or sealing. This easy to use system is perfect for the do-it-yourself homeowner looking to increase the appearance and protection of most any exterior wood surface.

 To prep a wood surface using the Gemini Restore Kit use these easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

  1. Air temperatures should be between 45-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to move all furnishings, potted plants, and outdoor décor from the immediate work area.
  2. Cover and protect landscaping, plants, shrubbery, windows, doors, etc. or pre-wet with clean water.
  3. Follow the Gemini Restore Kit instructions for mixing the Wood Cleaner (step 1) in a clean 5-gallon bucket until all the solid crystals are dissolved thoroughly.
  4. Lightly moisten the wood with clean water. Use a pump sprayer or scrub brush to apply the Gemini Wood Cleaner. Allow the cleaner to soak on the surface for 5-15 minutes. Make sure the wood remains moist by misting it with clean water.
  5. Scrub with a brush or use a pressure washer to remove graying, dirt, and grime from the wood surface. Be cautious not to use extreme pressure.
  6. Once the wood surface has been washed, rinse the surface along with the surrounding landscaping, windows, house siding, etc.
  7. Mix the Gemini Restore Wood Brightener (step 2) according to the instructions. Apply to a still wet wood surface using a pump sprayer and let soak for 10 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with fresh water.

The clean and prepped wood surface should be allowed to air dry for 1-2 days prior to deck stain or sealer application. Gemini Restore Kit is best for gray and weathered wood surfaces and may not be best for removing old deck stains or sealers. 

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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting ZachM:
Hello,
I have a pergola made of thick, rough-sawn wood. Do I need to prep this type of wood or is it porous enough to begin staining?

You do not have to prep rough sawn wood as long as it is clean and dry.
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Rough Sawn Wood Prep
Hello,
I have a pergola made of thick, rough-sawn wood. Do I need to prep this type of wood or is it porous enough to begin staining?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting DaveS:
Does the restore kit have to be applied when the deck is dry (and if so, how long does it have to dry for)? Or can it be applied, for example, right after a rain shower has occurred?

You can do the prep with the wood damp.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Does the restore kit have to be applied when the deck is dry (and if so, how long does it have to dry for)? Or can it be applied, for example, right after a rain shower has occurred?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Jeff-J:
My fence is about a year old and I've already pressure washed it. There are still a few spots that are a little green or discolored. My neighbor used a liquid spray cleaner and just hosed it off. Do you think that would be adequate for using the TSP cleaner? I plan to follow up with TSP 100. I live in the Seattle area.

It would be best to prep with the Gemini Restore Kit for this. TSP is not the proper way.
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My fence is about a year old and I've already pressure washed it. There are still a few spots that are a little green or discolored. My neighbor used a liquid spray cleaner and just hosed it off. Do you think that would be adequate for using the TSP cleaner? I plan to follow up with TSP 100. I live in the Seattle area.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Jeffery Bird:
I have a new ceadar fence about 10 months old. what is the best prep method for twp 1500.

Using the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I have a new ceadar fence about 10 months old. what is the best prep method for twp 1500.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting joec:
will the wood cleaner or brightener affect concrete pavers or stone? i.e do I need to cover the patio before using the products on a nearby deck?

No they do not harm/effect concrete or pavers. It may clean them some though.
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Restore Kit affect on masonry?
will the wood cleaner or brightener affect concrete pavers or stone? i.e do I need to cover the patio before using the products on a nearby deck?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Rob Zimmerman:
Planning to use Gemini restore kit on cedar clapboards previously stained (5 years ago) with TWP101. Water supply to the house is via drilled well and is within 15' of the house. Is Gemini system safe to use in this situation?

Thanks,
Rob

Yes it is fine.
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Estimator
Planning to use Gemini restore kit on cedar clapboards previously stained (5 years ago) with TWP101. Water supply to the house is via drilled well and is within 15' of the house. Is Gemini system safe to use in this situation?

Thanks,
Rob
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting tom ambrey:
I refinished my decks last year with TWP about a year ago. The surface is mostly wearing evenly however in some areas the finish is completely gone. Can I apply a new coat over the entire deck or do I need to do something more? If I can reapply directly over the existing what steps do I need to take to prepare the old surface to receive the new coat>

Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit and apply another coat to all.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I refinished my decks last year with TWP about a year ago. The surface is mostly wearing evenly however in some areas the finish is completely gone. Can I apply a new coat over the entire deck or do I need to do something more? If I can reapply directly over the existing what steps do I need to take to prepare the old surface to receive the new coat>
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Maryland Homeowner:
My deck and vertical railing was stained with TWP 1500 series in 2015. I replaced the top railing board with pressure treated pine that same summer. Now (12 months later) I'd like to stain those unstained boards. Will the Restore Kit damage the stained wood? Any prep to the top railing board will make contact with the stained deck and vertical railing underneath. What are my options?

It would be best to prep all the wood. New and the perviously stained wood. Apply one light coat to all.
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New Wood over Stained Wood
My deck and vertical railing was stained with TWP 1500 series in 2015. I replaced the top railing board with pressure treated pine that same summer. Now (12 months later) I'd like to stain those unstained boards. Will the Restore Kit damage the stained wood? Any prep to the top railing board will make contact with the stained deck and vertical railing underneath. What are my options?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Jamie Putnam:
I am sanding my 30+ yr. old clear heart redwood deck down to bare wood and plan to use semi-solid TWP Stain. Is newly sanded old wood to be treated like new wood in terms of waiting times between cleaning, brightening, and staining? Does the brightening eliminate black tannin streaks that appear awhile after sanding?
Thanks!

TWP does not come in a semi-solid. Wait a month after the sanding and clean and brighten the wood for the prep. It should help with any tannin stains.
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Homeowner
I am sanding my 30+ yr. old clear heart redwood deck down to bare wood and plan to use semi-solid TWP Stain. Is newly sanded old wood to be treated like new wood in terms of waiting times between cleaning, brightening, and staining? Does the brightening eliminate black tannin streaks that appear awhile after sanding?
Thanks!
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting phyllis miller:
I restored my 30 yr old cedar deck 5 yrs ago using your products. I am planning to clean one deck this yr. Vegetable oil spilled on it. What do I do?

You cannot remove just the vegetable oil without removing the TWP. You will need to use the Restore A Deck Stripper/Bright ener kit to remove all and restain.
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home owner
I restored my 30 yr old cedar deck 5 yrs ago using your products. I am planning to clean one deck this yr. Vegetable oil spilled on it. What do I do?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting art bowles:
I just had a new dock built.before staining is it recomended to use the restore kit?

Please see this article that explains new wood: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I just had a new dock built.before staining is it recomended to use the restore kit?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Frank Wohlau:
I intend to re-deck with freshly milled cedar
boards within the coming months.Will the
Gemini Restore Kit be sufficient next spring?

Yes that will prep for the TWP next year.
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Homeowner
I intend to re-deck with freshly milled cedar
boards within the coming months.Will the
Gemini Restore Kit be sufficient next spring?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting bc:
Assuming I do both parts of the Gemini kit in the same day, how long can I wait before putting on TWP 1500? I know I want it to dry thoroughly, but if I wait a week or two for dry weather do I risk it going back to grey?
Thanks!

Stain within two weeks.
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Time after prep
Assuming I do both parts of the Gemini kit in the same day, how long can I wait before putting on TWP 1500? I know I want it to dry thoroughly, but if I wait a week or two for dry weather do I risk it going back to grey?
Thanks!
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting jpd:
How does the Gemini work on hardwoods, like mengaris?

It will prep exotic hardwoods.
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contractor
How does the Gemini work on hardwoods, like mengaris?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Wade Stoughton:
My deck is 20 year old pressure treated pine that has been treated four or five times with unknown but non TWP stains and sealers over the years. How and what products should I use to prep this deck? What is the end point of the prep...bare wood? Would I just be better off to paint the deck? Thanks for your help.

Without knowing the stain brands and types of stains that you used before, it is impossible to say the best way to prep. You will need to remove all of the previous coatings if you want to use the TWP. If you do not want to do this, then you can use our Gulf Permabond and Deck Revive products:

www.twpstain.com/.../
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Removing old deck stains/sealers
My deck is 20 year old pressure treated pine that has been treated four or five times with unknown but non TWP stains and sealers over the years. How and what products should I use to prep this deck? What is the end point of the prep...bare wood? Would I just be better off to paint the deck? Thanks for your help.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting GREG PHill:
Hello,
Looking to remove 3 year water based stain. It has faded. Want to use TWP 100 series which is oil based. Can I use cleaner and brightener or do I have to use the Stripper product. Have about a 750 sq foot deck.
Thank you -

You will need the Stripper and pressure washing to remove. Brighten after when done.
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TWP 1500
Hello,
Looking to remove 3 year water based stain. It has faded. Want to use TWP 100 series which is oil based. Can I use cleaner and brightener or do I have to use the Stripper product. Have about a 750 sq foot deck.
Thank you -
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Ken Baker:
I have just built a saw cut/hand hewn cabin with 6X12 eastern white pine logs. The cabin is located in Pennsylvania. Next Spring can I apply TWP 1500 directly to the log surface. Plan to use the clear, because I want the cabin to grey naturally.

Yes you can but you will need to prep with the Gemini Restore Kit first as the wood will oxidize over the Winter.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I have just built a saw cut/hand hewn cabin with 6X12 eastern white pine logs. The cabin is located in Pennsylvania. Next Spring can I apply TWP 1500 directly to the log surface. Plan to use the clear, because I want the cabin to grey naturally.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting jake1199:
Hello - Are the chemicals used in the Gemini Restore Kit safe for grass if the run-off from rinsing ends up in/on my lawn?
Will this kill my grass or discolor it?

Thanks

Yes it is safe for grass.
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Gemini Restore Kit - Safe for Lawn
Hello - Are the chemicals used in the Gemini Restore Kit safe for grass if the run-off from rinsing ends up in/on my lawn?
Will this kill my grass or discolor it?

Thanks
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting amscruggs:
Is this product safe to use on deck railings with aluminum black spindles? Concerned that I might damage or discolor my spindles when cleaning my deck and railings before staining.

It depends as not all spindles are made the same way. In most scenarios they are coated with a clear coating and there is no issues. Some are powdered coated and these "may" have an issues but hard to say yes or no for sure. Best to test first.
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Gemini restore kit
Is this product safe to use on deck railings with aluminum black spindles? Concerned that I might damage or discolor my spindles when cleaning my deck and railings before staining.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Dianne Martin:
We live in Murray, KY. Replaced all the horizontal boards on our 12 yr old pressure treated lumber deck in late summer 2014. Stripped old stain off surfaces of all other support beams, etc. In April 2015 cleaned and brightened all surfaces. Once dry, applied 2 coats of TWP 1503 to all old wood and 1 coat to the new boards. New boards look like they will need another coat of TWP this fall. Should we use Gemini kit before recoating hortizontal boards or just clean with soap and rinse thoroughly?

Just soap and water will work.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
We live in Murray, KY. Replaced all the horizontal boards on our 12 yr old pressure treated lumber deck in late summer 2014. Stripped old stain off surfaces of all other support beams, etc. In April 2015 cleaned and brightened all surfaces. Once dry, applied 2 coats of TWP 1503 to all old wood and 1 coat to the new boards. New boards look like they will need another coat of TWP this fall. Should we use Gemini kit before recoating horizontal boards or just clean with soap and rinse thoroughly?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
We live in Murray, KY. Replaced all the horizontal boards on our 12 yr old pressure treated lumber deck in late summer 2014. Stripped old stain off surfaces of all other support beams, etc. In April 2015 cleaned and brightened all surfaces. Once dry, applied 2 coats of TWP 1503 to all old wood and 1 coat to the new boards. New boards look like they will need another coat of TWP this fall. Should we use Gemini kit before recoating hortizontal boards or just clean with soap and rinse thoroughly?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Mark Holland:
I am building a floating dock with redwood decking. It is at 9300' in the rockies with intense sun in the summer and very cold in winter. I intend to let it season ~10 months and then apply twp1500 next spring.

Prior to the twp1500 application, I understand I should do a Gemini restore and brightening. It says 100% biodegradeable, but I'm concerned about the rinsed product going into my lake. Is it perfectly safe? It is very difficult to bring the dock ashore.

Thanks!

Yes you will be fine for this.
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Gemini Restore on floating dock
I am building a floating dock with redwood decking. It is at 9300' in the rockies with intense sun in the summer and very cold in winter. I intend to let it season ~10 months and then apply twp1500 next spring.

Prior to the twp1500 application, I understand I should do a Gemini restore and brightening. It says 100% biodegradeable, but I'm concerned about the rinsed product going into my lake. Is it perfectly safe? It is very difficult to bring the dock ashore.

Thanks!
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Janet R LaGrange:
My deck currently has Cabot stain on it that is about 3 years old. Is the Gemini Restore kit the only prep I need to do the deck with the TWP 1500 product this time?

No you need the Restore A Deck stripper to remove the Cabot then the RAD brightener.
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Switch from Cabot to TWP 1500
My deck currently has Cabot stain on it that is about 3 years old. Is the Gemini Restore kit the only prep I need to do the deck with the TWP 1500 product this time?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Keith R:
IN 2009 I STAINED DECK USING TWP200 SERIES RUSSET BROWN, Should i use gemini product ot clean if putting down same TWP 200 series product? or will a good preesure washing only, let deck dry be ok?

Use the Gemini Kit for this prep while pressure washing.
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do i use Gemini product with TWP 200 ?
IN 2009 I STAINED DECK USING TWP200 SERIES RUSSET BROWN, Should i use gemini product ot clean if putting down same TWP 200 series product? or will a good preesure washing only, let deck dry be ok?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Judy Meilink:
We have a new cedar deck that has weathered, per instructions, for almost 12 months. We will be applying Gemini Restore two step process kit. This is stated as being "ECO friendly" yet states to cover or wet down any plants. Will this cause damaged to plants and grass? Also we have composite railings. Could Gemini Restore damaged the finish of the composite? What precautions should we take?
Thank you!

It will not harm the composite rails. Pre wet and rinse vegetation to avoid any issues. it is friendly but you do not want soapy residue on your plants.
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Using Gemini restore
We have a new cedar deck that has weathered, per instructions, for almost 12 months. We will be applying Gemini Restore two step process kit. This is stated as being "ECO friendly" yet states to cover or wet down any plants. Will this cause damaged to plants and grass? Also we have composite railings. Could Gemini Restore damaged the finish of the composite? What precautions should we take?
Thank you!
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Kristin Wooten:
I have used a power washer to strip my deck, then sanded it. Since I have sanded it do I need to do both the cleaner step and the brightner step or just the brightner? I plan to apply TWP 100 Stain when done.

Yes you should clean and brighten to remove sand dust and open the grain of the wood. Sanding is not really the best way to prep and if you over sand to smooth, the stain may not penetrate as deep.
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Just brightner?
I have used a power washer to strip my deck, then sanded it. Since I have sanded it do I need to do both the cleaner step and the brightner step or just the brightner? I plan to apply TWP 100 Stain when done.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Sean, m:
How much time can I let pass between cleaning the wood and brightening it? I am working in the hot Florida sun and the wood may dry before I finish cleaning and move to the Brightening step.

You should do it as soon as you are able. Same day best.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
How much time can I let pass between cleaning the wood and brightening it? I am working in the hot Florida sun and the wood may dry before I finish cleaning and move to the Brightening step.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Bill Walsh:
Can you use a filler such as custom patch to repair cracks on a deck when using TWP-1500?

No crack fillers will not work for outside wood and the TWP will not stain the filler to blend.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Can you use a filler such as custom patch to repair cracks on a deck when using TWP-1500?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Buddy Adams:
Our treated yellow pine deck is about 10 yo and has never had a stain or anything. It is under a huge elm tree and is covered with tree sap, green mold in places, etc. Is the Restore-A-Deck product what I need to use? Thanks!

Yes that would be the correct product to prep with. Nothing though removes sap.
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10 yo deck never stained
Our treated yellow pine deck is about 10 yo and has never had a stain or anything. It is under a huge elm tree and is covered with tree sap, green mold in places, etc. Is the Restore-A-Deck product what I need to use? Thanks!
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Ron Berger:
Should I use the two part cleaner on new cedar wood? The cedar wood has been in place for 2-months in 80-90 degree weather. I plan on using a 100 or 1500 series clear on the cedar. Is it still to soon to apply? This is a mountain area and I need to apply before the snow flies.

Thanks, Ron

Yes you need to use the Gemini Restore Kit for the prep. Please read this article: www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Should I use the two part cleaner on new cedar wood? The cedar wood has been in place for 2-months in 80-90 degree weather. I plan on using a 100 or 1500 series clear on the cedar. Is it still to soon to apply? This is a mountain area and I need to apply before the snow flies.

Thanks, Ron
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Joyce Barnes:
Is the Restore a Deck product recommended also for decks that are still "bare", i.e., are simply through the recommended weathering period and waiting for their first application of stain? Or……should I just rinse the deck with water and go ahead with the stain?
Thanks

No you need to the Restore Kit for prep as well.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Is the Restore a Deck product recommended also for decks that are still "bare", i.e., are simply through the recommended weathering period and waiting for their first application of stain? Or……should I just rinse the deck with water and go ahead with the stain?
Thanks
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Mike Hawkins:
I have already pressure washed (water only) the deck and railings. 80% of the old stain was removed from the wood. Trust me, the wood is CLEAN! I have my 1500 Dark Walnut stain on its way as well as the Gemini Restore Kit. Is it a MUST to redo the pressure wash with the Cleaner --- and 1) just go the Brightener step -- OR 2) would you recommend going through the Cleaner/Pressure wash AGAIN --- OR -- 3) use the Cleaner with an ordinary hose to wash off? Thanks

You would want the RAD stripper (not cleaner) and the brightener to remove the rest of the old stain before applying the TWP.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I have already pressure washed (water only) the deck and railings. 80% of the old stain was removed from the wood. Trust me, the wood is CLEAN! I have my 1500 Dark Walnut stain on its way as well as the Gemini Restore Kit. Is it a MUST to redo the pressure wash with the Cleaner --- and 1) just go the Brightener step -- OR 2) would you recommend going through the Cleaner/Pressur e wash AGAIN --- OR -- 3) use the Cleaner with an ordinary hose to wash off? Thanks
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Carl Mauney:
I have a dock being built with a relatively new twice pressure treated wood. The manufacturer recommends immediate staining as this new wood has reportedly been dried out as part of the process. Do you have any experience with this type of wood and what do you recommend regarding immediate staining versus the waiting period ?

Best to wait and prep correctly first with Gemini Restore Kit. Maybe not the full 4 months but at least a 2 months.
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New wood
I have a dock being built with a relatively new twice pressure treated wood. The manufacturer recommends immediate staining as this new wood has reportedly been dried out as part of the process. Do you have any experience with this type of wood and what do you recommend regarding immediate staining versus the waiting period ?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Michele Bahl:
I'm redoing a deck that has TWP on it. It was done 4 yrs ago. I'm going over with the same color. Do I have to get all the old stain off? Can I just use the Gemini Restore cleaner and powerwash it? And do I have to do the same process on the railings? I'm doing this for a friend and want it to look primo!!!!

Since it is 4 years old it would be best to get off about 90% or more of the old stain. The Gemini Kit will remove much but the Restore A Deck Stripper will remove all. Brighten when done and yes do the same to the rails.
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homeowner
I'm redoing a deck that has TWP on it. It was done 4 yrs ago. I'm going over with the same color. Do I have to get all the old stain off? Can I just use the Gemini Restore cleaner and powerwash it? And do I have to do the same process on the railings? I'm doing this for a friend and want it to look primo!!!!
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting thoganco:
Is there any adverse effect if I use the Restore kit today, and it rains tomorrow, but I stain after two dry days?

No issues if it rains, just let it dry after.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Is there any adverse effect if I use the Restore kit today, and it rains tomorrow, but I stain after two dry days?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Michael Burke:
Can this product, cleaner & brightener, be used just to freshen the appearance if not intended to stain/seal?

It is more for reapplication prepping.
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General cleaning
Can this product, cleaner & brightener, be used just to freshen the appearance if not intended to stain/seal?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Deckinger:
Should I apply the Gemini restore kit to vertical posts and railings in addition to the decking? The PT deck was completed 1 year ago and left untreated since in an open area and now has a bleached wood look to it. How will I know if mill glaze is there or not? I received my twp stain and Gemini restore kit and am just waiting for favorable dry weather.

Yes you want to apply to all wood. Apply the cleaner and lightly pressure wash. Apply brightener when done.
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Gemini deck restore kit question
Should I apply the Gemini restore kit to vertical posts and railings in addition to the decking? The PT deck was completed 1 year ago and left untreated since in an open area and now has a bleached wood look to it. How will I know if mill glaze is there or not? I received my twp stain and Gemini restore kit and am just waiting for favorable dry weather.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Lia:
I have a 3 yr old deck that was stained in the Dark Walnut (series 500) 2 yrs ago. I want to re-stain it this year with the 1500 series but wondered-do I need to use the stain stripper or the restore kit to prep?

Use the Gemini Restore Kit.
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Stain remover or Restore kit?
I have a 3 yr old deck that was stained in the Dark Walnut (series 500) 2 yrs ago. I want to re-stain it this year with the 1500 series but wondered-do I need to use the stain stripper or the restore kit to prep?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting DG:
I built a cedar deck last April, 2013. I used the cleaner/brightener and 1 light coat of TWP in September. The wood still looks clean and lightly stained (slightly dried and faded but good). I'm getting ready to apply another coat. It doesn't "appear" to need cleaned or brightened. Do you recommend using just the cleaner, the cleaner and brightener, or simply cleaned with water?

Just a very mild concentration of cleaner and a light water rinse for the prep. You just want to remove the dirt.
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clean looking cedar
I built a cedar deck last April, 2013. I used the cleaner/brighte ner and 1 light coat of TWP in September. The wood still looks clean and lightly stained (slightly dried and faded but good). I'm getting ready to apply another coat. It doesn't "appear" to need cleaned or brightened. Do you recommend using just the cleaner, the cleaner and brightener, or simply cleaned with water?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting geoffstafford:
Should I use the cleaner and brightener on the fence that is less than a year old, or is the cleaner good enough?

It is a redwood fence (forgot to mention)
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10 month old fence
Should I use the cleaner and brightener on the fence that is less than a year old, or is the cleaner good enough?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting John316:
Is the Gemini Restore kit good for cedar decks?

Yes you can use this on Cedar wood.
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Cedar
Is the Gemini Restore kit good for cedar decks?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting John Esposito:
Should I use this on a 1 year old pressure treated pine deck?

Yes this is correct to prep.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Should I use this on a 1 year old pressure treated pine deck?
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Quoting Ed Dehmer:
Do I have to use the Brightener on a previously stained deck with not too much graying (newly stained in 2012)?

You can just use the cleaner if reapplying TWP. You should not apply TWP on top of a different stain brand.
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Using the Brightener
Do I have to use the Brightener on a previously stained deck with not too much graying (newly stained in 2012)?
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re: removing old/failed stain
John, sorry but the Gemini Restore Kit is a cleaner, not a stripper. In addition, stain strippers are not effective at removing solid stains. Best to sand it off.
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removing old/failed stain
Hello,

We have an exterior deck located over our garage. We need to remove the old solid stain that has extensively peeled, then re-stain. Is your Gemini Restore system a good choice? Will any chemicals in it damage our garage roof? [Note: our roof has poor drainage under the deck, so water tends to pond until it evaporates.]

Thanks, JW
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Jerry, yes all new wood needs to be properly prepped and that includes using a cleaner and wood brightener.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Barry, it would be best at this point to use the kit and re-coat the floor.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I built approx. 600 sf. of new redwood deck last year. Per your advice I waited until now to stain (I plan to use TWP 100). Now I see that you recommend the Gemini Restore Kit even for new decks. Do I need it? Do I use both the cleaner and brightener? Thank you
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Hello. We applied TWP to our North facing 400 SF deck in Seattle two years ago. It is a great product. The deck looks a little dirty from the long winter, from pollen and you can see the a noticeable difference between the wood finish where fully exposed and where protected by the roof overhang. There are also some noticeable scratches where our dog has played.

What do you recommend for cleaning the deck? Do we have to use "Restore a Deck Kit" and then need to re-stain or, is there a simpler way just to get through another year? Maybe a light pressure washing?

Thank you,
Barry
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
tara, you would need to remove the paint if you want to use TWP and the Restore A Deck products will not remove paints. You would need to sand it all off.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I have a deck that I had painted sage green three years ago. I can plainly see mold growing on parts of the surface. Is Restore A Deck meant just for stained wood as opposed to painted surfaces? If I used step one and two, would it remove the paint color at either phase?

Thanks,

tara
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Craigb, yes it would be best to prep with the Gemini Kit then stain with the TWP.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
I want to use your stain on a new deck. When I had the deck installed the cedar was stained before it was put Dow. It failed miserably and I sanded the stain w 50 grit lady summer. I have let the deck age over the winter. It does not bead water, can I use the Gemini restore kit and the TWP? Probably would use redwood color to match other wood. Last spring replaced decking and joist and band boards on elevated deck. There is an under deck ceiling system that is Aluminum to carry water and act as ceiling to room added under the deck. Railings and spindles are composite, expensive but maintenance free. Look forward to hearing from you.
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Soapy water and a light push broom should help remove the dirt.
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deck cleaning
Had 2 coats of TWP 1515 put on relatively new pressure treated wood deck late last summer .

deck looks very dirty now. Is there a way to clean it and not have to restain it so soon ?

Thanks
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RE: How to Prep with Gemini Restore Kit
Walt, yes it would be best to prep with the Gemini Restore Kit for this. Not sure what you mean by streaking issues?
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Mr.
I have new decks with pressure treated wood put up in late Fall, 2013. I am planning on applying TWP 1500 as soon as the weather permits this Spring. Should I still apply the Gemini product?
Also, we had streaking issues using Thompson Water Sealer stains. Do any of your stain color choices have less streaking issues than other ones?
Thank you. Walt Dawson
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