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 · 07/06/2015
    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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    Dianne Martin · 07/05/2015
    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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    Dianne Martin · 07/05/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/30/2015
    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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    Mark Holland · 06/29/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/15/2015
    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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    Janet R LaGrange · 06/14/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 05/12/2015
    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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    Keith R · 05/11/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 04/26/2015
    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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    Judy Meilink · 04/25/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 03/28/2015
    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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    Kristin Wooten · 03/27/2015
    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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    TWP Stains · 10/29/2014
    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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    Sean, m · 10/29/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 09/30/2014
    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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    Bill Walsh · 09/29/2014
    Can you use a filler such as custom patch to repair cracks on a deck when using TWP-1500?
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    TWP Stains · 09/03/2014
    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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    Buddy Adams · 09/02/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 08/21/2014
    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: http://www.twpstainhelp.com/prepping-new-wood-for-twp-stains/