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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    Geoff Stafford · 06/06/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 06/04/2014
    John316:
    Is the Gemini Restore kit good for cedar decks?

    Yes you can use this on Cedar wood.
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    John316 · 06/03/2014
    Is the Gemini Restore kit good for cedar decks?
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    TWP Stains · 05/11/2014
    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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    John Esposito · 05/10/2014
    Should I use this on a 1 year old pressure treated pine deck?
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    TWP Stains · 04/28/2014
    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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    Ed Dehmer · 04/28/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 04/20/2014
    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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    John Winer · 04/20/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 04/20/2014
    Jerry, yes all new wood needs to be properly prepped and that includes using a cleaner and wood brightener.
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    TWP Stains · 04/20/2014
    Barry, it would be best at this point to use the kit and re-coat the floor.
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    Jerry Yecny · 04/19/2014
    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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    Barry Vaudrin · 04/19/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 03/27/2014
    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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    tara shaffer · 03/26/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 03/23/2014
    Craigb, yes it would be best to prep with the Gemini Kit then stain with the TWP.
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    Craigb · 03/23/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 03/20/2014
    Soapy water and a light push broom should help remove the dirt.
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    howard · 03/18/2014
    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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    TWP Stains · 02/25/2014
    Walt, yes it would be best to prep with the Gemini Restore Kit for this. Not sure what you mean by streaking issues?