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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    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/
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    Ron Berger · 08/20/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 08/17/2014
    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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    Joyce Barnes · 08/16/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 08/11/2014
    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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    Mike Hawkins · 08/10/2014
    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
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    TWP Stains · 07/08/2014
    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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    Carl Mauney · 07/08/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/24/2014
    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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    Michele Bahl · 06/24/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/17/2014
    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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    thoganco · 06/16/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/16/2014
    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.