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 · 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!
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    TWP Stains · 06/14/2016
    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/Brightener kit to remove all and restain.
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    phyllis miller · 06/14/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/06/2016
    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: http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/
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    art bowles · 06/06/2016
    I just had a new dock built.before staining is it recomended to use the restore kit?
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    TWP Stains · 04/25/2016
    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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    Frank Wohlau · 04/25/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 04/09/2016
    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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    bc · 04/08/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 04/08/2016
    jpd:
    How does the Gemini work on hardwoods, like mengaris?

    It will prep exotic hardwoods.
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    jpd · 04/07/2016
    How does the Gemini work on hardwoods, like mengaris?
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    TWP Stains · 03/19/2016
    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:

    http://www.twpstain.com/gulf-synthetics
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    Wade Stoughton · 03/19/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 03/08/2016
    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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    GREG PHill · 03/08/2016
    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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    TWP Stains · 11/01/2015
    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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    Ken Baker · 10/31/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 09/10/2015
    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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    Jacob Uchitel · 09/10/2015
    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