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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    Michael Burke · 06/16/2014
    Can this product, cleaner & brightener, be used just to freshen the appearance if not intended to stain/seal?
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    TWP Stains · 06/12/2014
    Deckinger:
    Should I apply the Gemini restore kit to vertical posts and railings in addition to the decking? The PT deck was completed 1 year ago and left untreated since in an open area and now has a bleached wood look to it. How will I know if mill glaze is there or not? I received my twp stain and Gemini restore kit and am just waiting for favorable dry weather.

    Yes you want to apply to all wood. Apply the cleaner and lightly pressure wash. Apply brightener when done.
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    Scott · 06/11/2014
    Should I apply the Gemini restore kit to vertical posts and railings in addition to the decking? The PT deck was completed 1 year ago and left untreated since in an open area and now has a bleached wood look to it. How will I know if mill glaze is there or not? I received my twp stain and Gemini restore kit and am just waiting for favorable dry weather.
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    TWP Stains · 06/09/2014
    Lia:
    I have a 3 yr old deck that was stained in the Dark Walnut (series 500) 2 yrs ago. I want to re-stain it this year with the 1500 series but wondered-do I need to use the stain stripper or the restore kit to prep?

    Use the Gemini Restore Kit.
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    Lia · 06/08/2014
    I have a 3 yr old deck that was stained in the Dark Walnut (series 500) 2 yrs ago. I want to re-stain it this year with the 1500 series but wondered-do I need to use the stain stripper or the restore kit to prep?
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    TWP Stains · 06/07/2014
    DG:
    I built a cedar deck last April, 2013. I used the cleaner/brightener and 1 light coat of TWP in September. The wood still looks clean and lightly stained (slightly dried and faded but good). I'm getting ready to apply another coat. It doesn't "appear" to need cleaned or brightened. Do you recommend using just the cleaner, the cleaner and brightener, or simply cleaned with water?

    Just a very mild concentration of cleaner and a light water rinse for the prep. You just want to remove the dirt.
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    DG · 06/06/2014
    I built a cedar deck last April, 2013. I used the cleaner/brightener and 1 light coat of TWP in September. The wood still looks clean and lightly stained (slightly dried and faded but good). I'm getting ready to apply another coat. It doesn't "appear" to need cleaned or brightened. Do you recommend using just the cleaner, the cleaner and brightener, or simply cleaned with water?
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    Geoff Stafford · 06/06/2014
    geoffstafford:
    Should I use the cleaner and brightener on the fence that is less than a year old, or is the cleaner good enough?

    It is a redwood fence (forgot to mention)
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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