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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    TWP Stains · 08/30/2017
    Bobee:
    Is it a problem if it were to rain after I cleaned & brighten my deck?

    No. Just make sure it dries for 24-48 hours after a rain before applying the TWP.
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    Bobee · 08/30/2017
    Is it a problem if it were to rain after I cleaned & brighten my deck?
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    TWP Stains · 06/23/2017
    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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    ZachM · 06/23/2017
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/15/2017
    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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    DaveS · 06/15/2017
    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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    TWP Stains · 05/10/2017
    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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    Jeff-J · 05/09/2017
    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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    TWP Stains · 10/10/2016
    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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    Jeffery Bird · 10/10/2016
    I have a new ceadar fence about 10 months old. what is the best prep method for twp 1500.
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    TWP Stains · 09/01/2016
    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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    joec · 09/01/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 08/08/2016
    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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    Rob Zimmerman · 08/08/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 07/21/2016
    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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    tom ambrey · 07/20/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 07/17/2016
    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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    Maryland Homeowner · 07/16/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/19/2016
    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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    Jamie Putnam · 06/18/2016
    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!